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                                                   DeKalb County School District

4th & 5th Grade Standards & Grading Procedures

TEACHER

Shanterica Brooks  

EMAIL

shanterica_b_brooks@dekalbschoolsga.org

SCHOOL PHONE

(678) 874-2402

SCHOOL WEBSITE LINK:

http://www.wadsworthes.dekalb.k12.ga.us/

Sixth Grade students will receive instruction in Georgia Standard of Excellence (GSE) for ELA and Math., Science, Social

Studies, Music, Health and Physical Education instruction will be based on the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS.) Both,

GSE and GPS standards can be found at www.ga.doe.org  

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to acquire knowledge, reflect upon and use that knowledge, and gain a better understanding of self and others.  This course will also offer an in-depth study of the United States history in which all four strands (history, geography, civics/government, and economics) are integrated.

BOARD-APPROVED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Title

Social Studies United States History Early Years / Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (4th Grade)

Social Studies United States History Civil War To Today / Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (5th Grade)

*Note: If the textbook is lost, stolen, or damaged, it is the student’s responsibility to pay for the book before a replacement book is issued.  

ISBN

13:978-0-13-372669

Replacement Cost

$ 66.66 (4th) / $ 51.75 (5th)

Online book and/or resources

www.eduplace.com

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GRADING SYSTEM

The DeKalb County School District believes that the most important assessment of student learning shall be conducted by the teachers as they observe and evaluate students in the context of ongoing classroom instruction. A variety of approaches, methodologies, and resources shall be used to deliver educations services and to maximize each student’s opportunity to succeed. Teachers shall evaluate student progress to students and parents in a timely manner through the electronic grading portal. See Board Policy IHA.

GRADING CATEGORIES

GRADE PROTOCOL

Pre-Assessment – 0%

Assessment During Learning – 25%

(Warm Ups, Quizzes, Projects)

Guided, Independent, or Group Practice -45%

(Homework and Classwork)

Summative Assessment or Assessment of Learning – 30%

(Formal Post Assessment Tests, Culminating Exam, 

Culminating Project or Performance

90-100 Excellent P (Pass)

B   80-89 Good F (Fail)

C   71-79 Fair

70 Failing

F Below 70 Failing

GRADE POINT AVERAGE CALCULATION

Grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned by the number of chore classes. The GPA may range from 0.0 to a 4.0 and are calculated on a scale of A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1 and F=0.

Example: SS + MATH + ELA + SCI + SPANISH ÷ 5 = GPA 

STUDENT PROGRESS

Semester progress reports shall be issued four and a half, nine and thirteen and a half weeks into each semester. The progress of students shall be evaluated frequently and plans shall be generated to remediate deficiencies as they are discovered. Plans shall include appropriate interventions designed to meet the needs of the students.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND HONESTY

Students will not engage in an act of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, providing false information, falsifying school records, forging signatures, or using an unauthorized computer user ID or password.

See the Code of Student Conduct - Student Rights and Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook. Receiving and/or giving information for an assignment is considered cheating. When caught in the act, student will not receive credit nor receive the opportunity to make-up.

HOMEWORK

Homework assignments should be meaningful and should be an application or adaptation of the teaching/learning in the classroom. Homework is expected to be completed as assigned and can be used as a review and/or notes. It should be considered in the possession of the student, reviewed, and evaluated. Homework should be considered very important and as a means for continued study for mastery. 

LATE AND MISSING ASSIGNMENTS AND PROJECTS

Homework may be assigned Monday-Thursday. Periodically, a project may be assigned to enhance the learning of a unit. Each project will have a rubric with guidelines for points and a due date. Student assignments and projects must be completed within the prescribed time limit and missed assignments will be noted in the agenda. All late assignments and projects will be posted as a zero in Infinite Campus until it has been submitted as complete. Late assignments and projects submitted within two days after due date will be reduced by 10-20 pts. Assignments submitted three days late will receive a maximum grade of 75% pending 100% correct answers. Extra homework and projects will not be assigned to boost low scores due to negligence.

MAKE-UP WORK DUE TO ABSENCES

When a student is absent because of a legal reason as defined by Georgia law or when the absence is apparently beyond the control of the student, the student shall be given an opportunity to earn grade(s) for those days absent. Make-up work must be completed within the designated time allotted. Classwork and homework from each class will be collected for the absent student throughout the day. When the student returns from the absence, their makeup work will be given to them in a folder on the first day back. After receiving the folder, he/she must submit the assignments by the designated time allotted. Upon request, the makeup folder with assignments and necessary books/materials can be sent to the office for pick up after 2:30 pm. UPON RETURN AFTER AN ABSENCE, IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK WITH ALL TEACHERS FOR CLARIFICATION OF THE ASSIGNMENTS. 

MATERIALS/SUPPLIES

Students will be expected to report to class daily with their assignments, agendas, composition notebooks, paper, class folder, pencils, markers and glue sticks. 

THE USE OF AND ACCESS TO A COMPUTER, PRINTER, AND INTERNET ARE REQUIREMENTS OF WADSWORTH MAGNET PROGRAM.  

Please refer to the student agenda, and Thursday courier to stay current on assignments and activities. Parents are asked to monitor/initial the agenda for assignments and/or notes from the teacher daily. In addition, please remember to view Infinite Campus for your child’s current grades/evaluations. 

Please sign and return the following:

 

I have read the 4th/5th grade social studies syllabus and I acknowledge all of the requirements and expectations set forth by this course. I know that Wadsworth Magnet School is a community of parents, students, teachers, and faculty that will always work in my best interest to help me be a success!

 

Student Signature: _______________________________________________________________________

Parent Signature: ________________________________________________________________________

Parent Phone Number: __________________________________________________________________

Parent E-Mail: ___________________________________________________________________________

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