Whitehouse Independent School District

Symonds, Jana » Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

1. What about grades?  I take at least 2 or 3 grades a week, which usually includes the Friday Spelling Test, a Reading Practice daily grade, and another daily grade for alphabetizing or some other activity.  I always have more than 25 grades in a 9-weeks so when a student is absent, that person will usually have one less grade and does not need to do make-up work.  When a student has a grade below 70, the corrections I assign is to correctly write each word missed three times.  I use the District Grading Policy which can be accessed at the following link.
 
2.  What is your schedule?  This year my schedule is six classes at Holloway Sixth Grade.  
1st Per. (8:00-8:53) We are working in Kit 3 and hope to finish Kit 4 by the end of the year.
2nd Per. (8:56-9:49) We are working in Kit 5 and hope to begin Kit 7 by the end of the year.
3rd Per. (9:52-10:45) We are working in Kit 5 and hope to finish Kit 6 by the end of the year.
4th Per. (10:48-11:42) We are working in Kit 6 and hope to finish Kit 7 by the end of the year.
5th Per. (11:45-12:51) We are working in Kit 4 and hope to finish Kit 5 by the end of the year.
6th Per. (1:24-2:18) We are working in Kit 5 and hope to begin Kit 7 by the end of the year.
7th Per. (2:21-3:15) My conference/planning period.
 
3.  What about tutorials?  I do not have a scheduled time for tutorials, but I am available almost every afternoon (except Thursdays) with prior notice.
 
4.  What Homework do you give? Some students have asked for flash cards to practice at home, but I rarely assign homework.  In the spring I ask my students to do a project.  Students will have several weeks to work on it and Project Presentations are often a highlight of the year.