5th Grade Syllabus - click here
Welcome to 5th grade! My name is Scott Andrews and I will be teaching language arts and math. Core students will be in my class for math in the morning and again in the afternoon for language arts. All students will be in my class at some time during the day for math.
My teaching platform has always been “Learn By Doing”. I am a very active person at home and at work and I have brought that same mentality to my classroom. Students will be out of their seats frequently and be involved in an education that promotes interactions, movement, hands on activities, and excitement. The use of technology plays a large part in our daily activities, and with the district’s one-to-one Chromebook policy, we have more capabilities than ever.
I believe that students must want to come to school in order to be successful and I truly do my best to make that possible. Being a success at school also depends on their efforts at home as well. I’m looking forward to working together with students AND their parents as a team to be sure that students are getting the most out of their education. I consider myself a resource to both parents and students, so please feel free to contact me any time if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting you and having a great year.
All trimester averages shall be calculated on a percentage system for each type of assignment.
Major (Summative) – 60%
Minor (Formative) – 40%
Summative assessment of the mastery of standards. Includes assignments such as: mastery/final assessments, summative presentations, demonstrations of proficiency, portfolios, final draft of writing assignments, on demand writing, inquiry projects, labs and major performances.
Formative assessment of mastery standards such as quizzes, journal entries, notebook/classwork, exit slips, small group conversations, homework and quick writes.
Grading Philosophy: I believe that grades should be an accurate reflection of the student’s knowledge of the class content and his/her ability to demonstrate that knowledge. All students should have every opportunity to succeed and every opportunity to demonstrate mastery of content. Students will most often be graded on a 4-Point Rubric which will then be converted to a letter grade for recording purposes. Students who routinely receive “A’s” but are not challenged are not truly showing what they are capable of. To receive an “A” the student must show understanding that exceeds what was taught in class. Grades should be utilized as feedback the student can use to self-assess and improve learning.
4—The student has a complete and detailed understanding of the information important to the topic that exceeds what was taught in class.
3—The student has a complete understanding of the information important to the topic but not in great detail.
2—The student has an incomplete understanding of the topic and/or misconceptions about some of the information. However, the student maintains a basic understanding of the topic.
1—The student’s understanding of the topic is so incomplete or has so many misconceptions that the student cannot be said to understand the topic.
0—No judgment can be made about the student’s understanding of the topic.