•           March 11th Newsletter 

             First Grade                                         

    This website is an excellent resource to find information on our daily schedule, classroom discipline plan, Class Dojo, report card guidelines, testing information, and so much more. Explore and learn! If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at my school email address jennifer.bourque@marion.k12.fl.us  or call 352-671-7125.


     Report Card Guidelines

       Grades are taken for:

    • English Language Arts

    • Mathematics

    • Science

    • Social Studies


    Within each of these subjects grades are broken down into categories and have weighted percentages.


    English Language Arts is comprised of:

    Foundational Skills (30%) would be phonics assessments such as spelling tests. It also includes reading fluency and accuracy grades as well as sight word checks.

    Comprehension (40%) grades are taken from reading assessments and comprehension activities. . At this point we will be assessing reading comprehension. If a student, is unfamiliar with a word they will still have the right to raise their hand and ask for assistance. The teacher will help the child with the word if it is in the question or answer choices but not in the passage. 

    Communication (30%) grades include but are not limited to writing prompts, grammar checks, book responses, handwriting activities, speaking and listening exercises.


    Mathematics is comprised of:

    Assessments (50%) are chapter tests from our textbook series Go Math and teacher created assessments.

    Participation (20%) 

    Classwork/Practice (30%) are the problems we work on together in small group and independently at math centers. These are sometimes taken from the workbook pages, math journals or checkpoint quizzes.



    Science is comprised of:

    Assessments (40%) are provided from our textbook or created by the first grade teachers to assess Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS). These assessments can be in the form of a paper and pencil test with multiple choice questions or a performance task grade with a rubric.

    Science Notebooks (30%) are kept in the classroom. These notebooks contain lab write ups, observations, diagrams, data records, vocabulary, labeled drawing, etc. Not all assignments are graded but if one is the students are told beforehand. Each assignment is graded with a rubric.

    Classwork/Participation (30%) is daily assignments, quizzes and lab participation. 


    Social Studies is broken into:

    Performance Based Tasks (55%) are projects or presentations that are graded with a rubric. Assessments are also available through various textbooks and resources.

    Classwork/Participation (45%) are not limited to but can be daily assignments, discussions, projects or quizzes.







     Class Dojo

    This website/app allows the teacher to give points for positive behaviors and take away points for negative behaviors. Parents receive an invite through their cellphone or email and can monitor their child’s behavior. Class Dojo points are exchanged for eagle bucks that can be used in our classroom store, for campus events and the eagle cart.  We will still continue to use our daily "color" behavior chart.  Each student will start the day on E.  He/she will have the opportunity to move up to E+.    Your child's "color" will also correspond to his/her percentage of Class Dojo.



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