Teacher: Ms. Mackenzie
Co-Teacher: Ms. Zeyneb Cakmak
SIS (Student Information System)
If you are new to the school, you will be issued an account on the first day of instruction. Grades and basic classroom details will be posted here, in addition to being sent home. You can access SIS through the Pinnacle Academy website from any computer. This is a great way to keep up with the class and your student from home.
School Wide Rules
Respect yourself and others.
Follow directions for the first time they are given.
Be prepared for class.
Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
Transition quickly and quietly.
Students cannot be on school grounds before 8am and after 4pm unless previous arrangements have been made.
All students must follow the uniform policy.
Please refer to the Parent/Student Handbook if you have any further questions regarding the school wide rules.
During the first week of school we will work together as a class to determine our classroom rules.
Classroom Behavior Plan
In our classroom we have a clip chart. Students will have their own clip that will start on a large paw at the beginning of each day. They will then have a chance to put their clip onto the color chart starting on whichever color represents their behavior. Throughout the day students will be able to move up or down depending on how their day is progressing.
The colors on the clip chart represent:
Purple:Awesome, you have earned two paws
White: Good Job, you have earned one paw
Orange: Stop what you are doing, a think sheet will be sent home
Red: Stop! You will be sent to the office
This clip chart allows students to earn paws for rewards. At the end of each week if a student has earned 5 paws they have earned dress down day on Friday and if they have earned 10 paws they have earned dress down day on Friday as well as a coupon from the class coupon book (including homework pass, extra dress down day, etc.)
We will be having a morning snack time each day. Please send your child with a healthy snack (fruit, veggies, yogurt, cheese, etc.). Cookies, cake, pudding, and candy are not acceptable snacks. We are trying to promote healthy bodies and healthy minds! Also, please send your student with a reusable water bottle each day that they can keep with them.
Written homework will be given four nights a week (Monday through Thursday) starting the third week of school. You can expect word study and math each of these nights with the occasional science, social studies, or character education homework. Students will also receive a reading log where you can write down what books they have read (or had read to them). It is recommended that kindergartners are reading or read to 15 minutes each night. Student’s homework grade is based on completeness. Please complete ALL homework by the due date (which is the following day, unless otherwise specified).
Throughout the year our students will be introduced to a variety of topics in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Character Education including:
- Reading and comprehending a variety of literature
- Using text features
- Developing knowledge of letter names and letter-sound relationships
- Reading for meaning
- Applying beginning reading concepts
- Demonstrating comprehension
- Developing an understanding of new vocabulary
- Communicating through drawing and writing
- Sharing written work
- Expanding use of vocabulary
- Writing a variety of literature
- Participating in group discussions
- Listening actively
- Recognizing sounds in words
- Whole numbers
- Procedures for computation
- Non/Standard units
- Identifying, Classifying, and Transforming Shapes
- Collecting, Organizing, and Analyzing Data
- Plants and Pumpkins
- Animals, Ants, and Squirrels
- Colors of Objects
- Collecting Data
- Nonstandard Units
- National Holidays
- Symbols of USA and Virginia
- Important people in American history
- Past and Present
- Making Connections
- Following Rules
- Using Maps and Globes
- Character Education:
- Skills for learning
- Emotional management
- Handling disappointment
- Problem solving
- Fair ways to play
Classroom Work (group work, partner, & individual) = 40%
Homework = 15%
Participation and Behavior = 20%
Assessments = 25%
As we progress through the school year, I will inform you of any changes that have been necessary to our course syllabus and/or classroom policies and procedures.
Please review this syllabus with your child and complete the following page and return to class by September 4, 2015.
Reading and comprehending a variety of literature
Using text features
Developing knowledge of letter names and letter-sound relationships
Reading for meaning
Applying beginning reading concepts
Developing an understanding of new vocabulary
Communicating through drawing and writing
Sharing written work
Expanding use of vocabulary
Writing a variety of literature
Participating in group discussions
Recognizing sounds in words
Procedures for computation
Identifying, Classifying, and Transforming Shapes
Collecting, Organizing, and Analyzing Data
Plants and Pumpkins
Animals, Ants, and Squirrels
Colors of Objects
Symbols of USA and Virginia
Important people in American history
Past and Present
Using Maps and Globes
Skills for learning
Fair ways to play
The main focus during the first weeks of computer lessons is to introduce and improve using mouse and keyboarding skills through educational online resources. The selected learning games target math and reading skills. Teacher introduces and models activities, then provides guided/assisted practice sessions. Students will consistently and regularly type the alphabet A-Z to develop letter recognition and basic keyboard literacy.