Grade Level Expectations

K/1

Behavior– We focus our classroom climate around a positive environment.  K/1 teachers use a colored string system to monitor students’ behavior choices. Children start every day on the color green string.   In the course of a day, a student will first receive a verbal warning for making poor behavior choices.  After a verbal warning, the student will move his/her clothespin to yellow to help him/her remember to check him/herself.  The second warning will result in moving to an orange string and writing a letter home about his/her poor choices. If a child has made it to the fourth color (red), he/she will make a phone call home. If this happens the teacher discusses a plan to help that child to make better choices in the future.  On a positive note, we have added a blue string to acknowledge children who are consistently making great choices.  We call this going over and above.

Homework– Students are expected to do a weekly Reading Log. Every other year, one student a week gets to lead out a “What’s in the Bucket?” activity or “Shining Star.”  A kindergarten homework calendar gives families daily ideas of skills to work on with their children each month (such as: talk about a nickel and how much it’s worth). First graders receive weekly spelling and math homework.

Recognitions-When students are respectful and responsible they may receive positive recognition such as verbal praise, free read time, free write time, high fives, stickers, nice notes or calls home. Additionally, students who end the day on blue are acknowledged as going “over and above” with their good choices that day.

Communication-Teachers send a monthly newsletter home to families. Teachers can always be reached via email, telephone, or handwritten notes.

 2/3

Behavior– Students are expected to make good choices that allow them to be Responsible, Respectful, and Safe throughout the school day.  Student behavior is tracked with a green, yellow, red model. If they display that they are Livin’ By the Keys, they get to stay on green. If they make a poor choice and aren’t able to make changes to their behaviors, they move to yellow.  Students who continue to make poor choices throughout the day move to red. Some behaviors, like physically harming another student, can constitute a move directly from green to red.  Students ending the day on red need to communicate their choices in some way (phone call, email, or letter home) to their families.  Students track and communicate their behavior daily by coloring calendar squares with the appropriate color.

Homework– Students are expected to write a Reading Log letter once a week.  These are due on different days which are indicated in the student’s log.  Assignments for the Reading Log can be found on the back of the Homework Chart.  Math homework is sent home and due on Tuesdays and Fridays. Students are expected to read nightly for a minimum of 20 minutes.  Spelling words and math facts (1+1, 5-2, 12-7, Et cetera) should be practiced for about 10 minutes each night. Homework is not typically due the next day. Students are encouraged to review their homework and ask their teachers for help prior to the due date.

Missing Homework– If students are missing homework, they attend Working Lunch.  Working Lunch is a silent environment where students are given extra time during their school day to complete homework. Students may also choose to volunteer for Working Lunch to get a jumpstart on homework.

Recognitions: Students who Are Livin’ It, color their calendars green everyday, and remember to turn their behavior calendars in are recognized at Whole School Meetings.  Students’ good behavior as a class is celebrated by Fine Arts Media and Español  teachers and homeroom teachers with paperclips or alligators.  When a certain number of paperclips or alligators are earned, the class earns a celebration.

Instruction: Students receive instruction from a variety of teachers on the 2/3 team. For example, math instruction is by grade level.  Students are placed in one of the classrooms for either 2nd or 3rd grade math.  Flexible groupings of students are consistently utilized by the 2/3 team in all subject areas in order to best meet the variety of learning needs of all students.

Communication: Seasonal 2/3 News and Notes are sent home electronically. Teachers can always be reached via email, telephone, or handwritten notes.

 4/5

Behavior – Students are expected to be “Livin’ It” throughout the building. If a student is having difficulty making choices that positively impact his/her learning or the learning of surrounding students, this student is asked to “Step Out” and reflect on classroom behavior.

Missing Work – If students are missing homework, they attend Working Lunch.  Working Lunch is a silent environment where students are given extra time during their school day to complete homework. Students may also choose to volunteer for Working Lunch to get a jumpstart on homework. 

Recognitions – Kids are recognized periodically in the classroom for reflecting “Key Behavior” in the classroom (such as no missing work, living by the keys, above and beyond)  Quarterly, 4/5 teachers host a recognition ceremony in the gym to recognize: music students, key behaviors, no missing work.  They have a slide show featuring activities from the trimester, and parents are invited.

Instruction – Students receive instruction from a variety of teachers on the 4/5 team. For example, math instruction is by grade level.  Students are placed in one of the classrooms for either 4th or 5th grade math.  Flexible groupings of students are consistently utilized by the 4/5 team in all subject areas in order to best meet the variety of learning needs of all students.  

 Communication – Monthly 4/5 News, and teachers can always be reached via email, telephone, or handwritten notes.

 Middle Level (6,7,8 grades):

Schedule – Each student in middle level has access to a variety of enriching experiences through core classes and exploratories.

Core Classes – are comprised of science, math, and humanities (language arts and social studies).  District curriculum is used, and essential outcomes apply.

Exploratories – Students may have but are not limited to the following course selections:  band, orchestra, three levels of Spanish, media, study skills, performing arts, world cultures, and art.  Exploratories are scheduled based upon skill development and interest.

Lunch – We have no central lunchroom at Lincoln Prairie.  Students eat in any of the 6 classrooms designated for our level’s lunch.

Advisory – Students meet in a group with a consistent teacher throughout the year for the purposes of information sharing and attendance.  There is a short class period weekly to address social emotional needs/situations, prepare for student led conferences, etc.  The teacher who is your child’s advisory teacher is, in most cases, the person you will conference with at the designated times, however, individual conferences can be arranged as needed with teachers other than your child’s advisory teacher.

Parent Communication – As of the 2010-2011 school year, Lincoln Prairie middle level will be participating in Infinite Campus, a system where parents can check on their student’s progress/grades/missing assignments via the internet.  Middle Level also has a homework helpline on the Lincoln Prairie website.  Twice yearly, students conduct student-led, goal-setting conferences.  We also have a culminating end of-year experience at Portfolio Night in May.  Otherwise, teachers and parents are encouraged to contact each other as needed.

Celebrations:

Gym Jams – In place of classroom parties, our middle level parents organize three gym jams yearly which are open to all middle level students.  The spring gym jam is open to incoming 6th graders as a way for them to meet and mix with their future peers.

Honor’s Breakfast – Students who have a grade point average of 3.5 or above for that school year are invited to an Honor’s breakfast, planned and organized by PTSA.  Invitations are sent home based on the 1st and 2nd trimester grades.

FAME = Fine Arts, Media, and Español. 

We are a group of specialists that have the great opportunity to teach children about our own personal best intelligence.  We are lucky to work at a school that welcomes the multiple intelligences and creates an environment for students to grow in all of the specialty areas, whether that is music, art, language, fitness, or technology.

Behavior Expectations:  We follow the same expectations for students and specific behavior system as the classroom teachers at each grade level.

Music Student of the Week:  The Music Student of the Week award is given at the end of most weeks to one student in each general music class in grades one through five.  The purpose of the award is to recognize excellent participation and behavior in music class.

Spanish Student of the Month:  This is an award that any student in Spanish can receive.  Two students from each grade level grouping are chosen each month.  The students who win the award are students that are showing an interest in their own Spanish learning, participating in class, and having fun doing it!