• Grades & Homework
     
     
    Grades are on PowerSchool (PS)
    • All student grades are posted online to PowerSchool, the DVUSD online gradebook.  If you are returning, your child's login is the same as it was last year.  If you are new, you can obtain your child's login by stopping in the front office (you will need to show identification).  Students will also be logging onto PS regularly, and your child can show you how to log in at home using his/her login, too.
    • There is also an app you can download to your phone or tablet, allowing you to check grades as often as you'd like.
    • Consider setting up alerts so that you receive emails and notifications on a regular basis. 

     

     Homework in 5th Grade

    • Students in 5th grade should expect to spend 60-90 minutes on homework nightly.  Please check the Weekly News email that you will receive each Friday to know what and how your child should be studying.
      • Monday-Thursday, students will have nightly reading homework for Mrs. Orr's class that includes choice reading & response work as well, skill-based reading with questions, and/or online reading tasks.  Combined, these reading tasks should take about 30 minutes.  Students who find that they have busy weeknight schedules are able to request the reading homework packet the Friday beforehand and can get a jumpstart over the weekend.  In other words, maybe Tuesday nights are super busy with soccer or dance practice, but Saturdays are more open... students who choose can work ahead over the weekend to relieve some of the weeknight burdens.  
      • On very rare occassions, students might be asked to finish a writing assignment at home, but for the most part, all writing is done in class.  This allows us to guide students through the writing process while modeling and teaching the best strategies.  If writing homework is assigned, it will be listed on the Weekly News.
      • Students will also have nightly math homework for Mrs. Copenhaver Monday-Thursday. Depending on the math unit, the homework might vary, but students should spend 20-30 minutes on math homework nightly. Students are required to complete very specific problems in order to practice the skill of the day. If students desire or need more practice, there are always online supports that can provide assistance. Students should utilize online resources like Dreambox or Khan Academy to help them with homework struggles, as these are great online resources for homework support. If homework practice does not take 20 minutes, students should do online math practice to stay sharp on their skills with remaining time up to 20 minutes. In other words, there's no such thing as "I don't have math homework". Also... forgotten homework can be printed from Mrs. Copenhaver's page, so there's no such thing as "I forgot to take it home, so I can't do it." If math homework exceeds 30 minutes due to a lack of understanding or concept struggles, please have your child STOP, write a quick note on the paper to explain their struggle, and have them move on to something else. Students should not spend time on math that does not make sense to them. Homework is intended to be an independent opportunity to review, so when a child struggles with homework, that just means we need to revisit it more in class. I also use homework as a way to reinforce RESPONSIBILITY! We check homework daily in class. If students do not complete two nights of homework in one week, they will need to make up the work they missed. 
      • Students will also have science and social studies take-home homework from time to time, but on a regular basis, they should study their notebooks in order to avoid having to cram for a quiz or a test the night before.  A good way to do this is to read from their notebooks, make flash cards from vocabulary words or study notes, tell a family member what they learned that day, watch online videos to learn more about a topic, etc.
     
    Other information about grades...
    • Homework, classwork, and projects are to be submitted on time on the due date in order to demonstrate understanding of the skills being practiced (does not apply to absent students).  Failure to submit work on time prevents the teacher from reviewing the work and providing timely feedback and assistance when needed.
    • Students who submit "late" work will receive a notation in PS indicating that the work was not turned in on time.  "Late" work (homework, classwork, projects, etc.) is due no later than Friday of the week it was assigned.  If a student submits work after the Friday deadline, it will receive 50%.  Daily homework assignments will not be accepted late (ex: nightly math homework, DLR, HRL, DRC, etc.)  Exceptions will be made in the case of long-term absences.  It is the responsibility of the student to meet with the teacher to discuss late work.     
    • Students who have "missing" work will receive a ZERO in PS (indicated by an orange M) until the work has been submitted.  It is the responsibility of the student to meet with the teacher to discuss missing work.  
    • Teachers will not distribute replacement work to students based on parent email requests.  Parents should encourage their child to talk to the teacher to discuss the need for a replacement.
    • In order to allow teachers to process end of quarter grades and prepare report cards, late work will not be accepted the last week of the quarter.