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    Overview of Subjects / Grading Policy

    Subject Overview   

    Some of the things students can look forward to this year include the following:
    • Language Arts - This area of study consists of Reading, Grammar, and Writing.  In Reading, we will be focusing on strengthening independent reading and comprehension skills.  Students will have the opportunity to read and discuss a variety of texts throughout the course of the school year.  They will also be actively involved in student centered discussions about books.  These discussions will be held between students in small groups settings.  Spelling and grammar will be incorporated into our Writing program.  Students will continue to develop writing skills as they write narratives, opinion pieces, poetry, and biographies.  
    • Math - Students will enhance prior math knowledge in all areas, including problem solving and learning more complex multiplication and division concepts. (**If you haven't already done so, please make sure you memorize your times tables!! :)
    • Science - We do a number of hands-on experiments to introduce the concepts we cover in the book. The topics covered include Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science.
    • Social Studies - Students will gain knowledge about topics including civics, immigration, the American Revolution, and the Holocaust. New Jersey studies will be covered in detail in this content area.
    • Health - This course will include topics such as nutrition, hygiene, emotions, and peer pressure.  
       Grading Policy
          Grades are based on a point system.  Unit tests in Math and chapter tests in Social Studies and Science will count as 200 points.  They are weighted heavier than quizzes because they cover more content.  Quizzes will generally count as 100 points.  
         Some assignments that require a greater deal of effort will be more points than others for classwork.  For example, an exit ticket that is a quick form of assessment at the end of a lesson is worth only 10 points, a diagram or illustration might be 25 points, but an ongoing assignment done over the course of the week could be 50-100 points.  
         A homework grade of 15 points weekly is given in math.  There are typically 5 assignments with each worth 3 points. 
         Your child's overall grade in each subject is calculated by dividing the total number of points they achieve by the total number of possible points.  You will see those numbers in Powerschool.  If you have any questions, please feel to contact me.  


Last Modified on October 15, 2021