1. What is your grading policy?
Below is how each subject is broken down and graded. Notice how much tests are worth. It is important that your child prepare for these tests by practicing the skills and by completing the daily assignments. In the spring, sixth-grade students will be tested on their reading and math skills on the standardized test. Open-book tests cannot be redone for a better score. 

—Coursework: 20%, Projects: 20%, Reading Logs: 20%, & Tests: 40% 

Language—Coursework: 25%, Vocabulary: 25%, & Writing: 50%

History—Coursework: 30%, Projects: 30%, Tests: 40%

2. Should my child be studying spelling words? 
No. Students are expected to know how to spell (and use correctly) the words on the list of commonly-used words. Instead of spelling quizzes, students will learn hundreds of vocabulary words that are often found throughout the curriculum. The vocabulary lists are in the students' binders and under the Reading & L.A. tab. Throughout the week, students should study their words and complete the vocabulary assignment. For each word, students have to 1) write the word five times, 2) define it or draw a picture/diagram, and 3) use it in a sentence. The due dates for all vocab assignments are in the syllabus.

5. What do all of these letters on my child's graded assignments mean?
In addition to a grade written on an assessment, it might also have a couple assignment grading codes. Students should use complete sentences (UCS) and proofread for punctuation (PP) in their writing, show their work (SW) in math, or write the proper heading (H). An example of a proper heading is above. If Skyward shows that your child is missing an assignment, there is a possibility that the assignment is marked with the code NN and is in the "No Name" folder. If your child's assessment has the code RD on it, s/he is to redo and turn it in again for a chance at a better score. See the poster above.

3. What is your snack policy? 
Eating food is strongly discouraged in the classrooms at our school, so we don't have a snack time. However, responsible students can purchase "snack passes" with our classroom currency. A student may turn in a snack pass to have a healthy snack as long as it doesn't make a mess or distract him/her or anyone else. Snacks like apples and carrots are fine. However, students are not allowed to eat yogurt, granola bars, chips, pretzels, or crackers in the classroom. 
Crumbs are forbidden. For birthdays and class parties, however, we make exceptions. On these days, crumbs are okay as long as we clean up afterward. Students may drink water at anytime. They are encouraged to bring to class a reusable water bottle daily. I highly recommend Nalgene bottles. They are BPA free, very durable, available in different styles/colors, and made in the United States. Only pure water should be in their bottles. No flavored water, please. This includes Mio, Zipfizz, Crystal Light, etc.

4. What are the classroom rules?
In room 279, we adhere to Tukes Valley's values of being safe, responsible, and responsible. Students who demonstrate these values will earn various privileges, get to play educational computer games, and earn Hues (our classroom currency) to purchase items from the class store. More information can be found on the classroom expectations page.

6. My student’s textbooks are incredibly heavy. Is there a way to view them online? 
Yes! To access your child’s math book online, go to my.hrw.com. The username is aak2w, and the password is password. This should work on computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. Students can even view each of the history textbook's chapters online and download pages from the history workbook if they have lost their original ones.

7. My child says s/he doesn't have homework. Is this true?
I hardly ever assign "homework" except for the Reading Logs. I try to give as much time in class to finish coursework. However, whatever is not finished in class needs to be completed at home or during Homework Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please check Skyward often to make sure your child doesn't have missing assignments. To the left is what your child's Skyward "missing assignments" page might look like. It is important that students finish their work on time so that they don't end up with a long list of missing assignments. If this is a problem for your child, consider signing him or her up for Homework Club (an after-school program here at TVM).