Average nightly homework time as follows:
15 minutes math practice/facts
20 minutes of reading every night
We are committed to providing 10 minutes at the end of LA and math class periods for homework and review. This is a great opportunity for students to work on the evening's homework. They may also work on completing unfinished/late/make-up work.
We don't want homework to be a nightly struggle! If homework is taking longer than 20 minutes or you or your child are reaching a frustration point, please write a note on the homework or agenda to let the subject area teacher know. If this becomes routine, please contact the teacher ASAP to schedule a meeting.
Incomplete or missing homework (without parent note) will result in a 'warning.'
Enrichment/extension projects will come home in various subject areas throughout the school year. These will be assigned in advance of the due date (2-3 weeks, typically) and will be accompanied by detailed explanation and/or rubric from the teacher. Reminders will be sent via email, LivingTree, and/or in your child's agenda. At-home projects need to be turned in on the due date. 5 points off per day late and a warning in agenda per day not turned in.
Students are not permitted to call home for forgotten assignments or materials. Please help your child establish an evening or morning routine where he/she ensures all items needed for the school day are ready to go!
Behavior Rewards and Consequences:
Punch Cards are used for individual behavior rewards in third grade. Students can earn punches from any teacher for any exemplary behavior at any time throughout the day. When the punch card is full, the student earns the reward of Punch Lunch in the classroom with any third grade friend.
Honors Lunch is another fun reward in third grade. At the end of each two-week period, students' agendas will be checked for any warnings and/or strikes. Students with 0 or 1 warning earn Honors Lunch in the classroom with the teacher.
*Not following classroom or school rules (after a verbal reminder)
*Project not turned in on time
If a grade is below a 70, students need to make corrections and return, as indicated by the teacher. The highest possible grade on corrected work is a 70. 'Extra credit' is not offered in third grade.
Report card grading is different in 3rd grade. It is the first year for 'traditional' letter grades. Please remember: just because your child earned a '4' last year, does not guarantee they will get A’s in third grade. There’s not really such a thing as being a ‘straight-A student’ in kinder-2nd. :)
Behavior grades are treated similarly: we view a 3 as average, and a 4 as going above and beyond
Also, please understand that the character limit for individualized comments amount is extremely restricted. In third grade, we use that space for a generic reminder/report. Look for notes, emails, phone calls, conferences, and face-to-face time for individualized feedback regarding your child.