A new trimester has begun. November 2nd was the final day of the first trimester. My spare time this week will be spent writing report cards. Take a good look at Jupiter Grades and make sure you know what to expect. Feel free to email me with any questions and I will get back as soon as possible so that we may clarify the situation.
Please note that this information applies to my grade book only, I cannot speak for Mr. Bague, or Mrs. Vannix.
For Math - The math grades are done and they are final. As is typical for fifth graders, students who usually achieve high marks in math might very well be earning lower grades than they are used to. I find that while this is upsetting, at first, for students and parents, they do improve. The work level of fifth grade is much harder, and the skills being learned are new. Really tough stuff. But, they do get used to it, and they do get better.
Reading - Those grades are final. Just a few have some work to turn in from last week's story "Ten Mile Day". They may do so at the beginning of the week, and those will be included.
Science - Those grades are not final. Many, many students have not turned in their scrapbook pages. I also have plenty of papers without names. I give the students until Tuesday, to get those in to me, or find them in the "No Name" box in my room.
P.E. is graded on mainly participation. I have been keeping notes on each P.E. session and will use those. Next trimester, I will include a P.E. page in the grade book, so you can see how things are going.
Now, some thoughts for next trimester. This past trimester was plagued by students turning in work with no name or teacher's name. This next trimester I will make deduction for that. A small deduction, a point or two depending upon the weight of the assignment.
As for late work, I get a great deal of that as well. Most often, because students just leave my room, or stuff their work in their desk without hearing the directions "Turn in your work." So this next trimester, I will give the students one week to turn in late work without penalty, but they can only receive 70% after a week. They are in charge of knowing what the assignments are and getting them in.
Finally, remember, we start fresh for each report card. Every one has a clean slate as of Monday morning.
Have a great week,