Norterra Canyon School
Tish Mineer, Principal
Jen Hermanson, Assistant Principal
Lisa Knoebel / 5th Grade Syllabus
Parent Involvement is all about our working together to make the best educational experience possible for each and every student. Research shows that your participation in your child’s education will boost his or her achievement in school. At Norterra Canyon, we are committed to treat parents as partners while keeping lines of communication open and focused on the needs of your student. Mutual trust and respect between parents and teachers is required to maintain a positive learning experience. We believe that your trust in the staff at Norterra Canyon is required to ensure your child’s success.
About Ms. Knoebel
This is my third year with DVUSD. I earned her Bachelor of Science in Education at GCU. I’ve taught in a variety of settings over my 20 year career: homeschool, public school, adult education and community education. I enjoy traveling, photography, the outdoors and spending time with my family.
Curriculum Overview for 5th Grade:
- Unit 1: Place Value and Decimal Fractions
- Unit 3: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
- Unit 4: Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions
- Unit 5: Addition and Multiplication with Volume and Area
- Unit 6: Problem Solving with the Coordinate Plane
- Unit 1: Inventors at Work
- Unit 2: What a Story
- Unit 3: Natural Disasters
- Unit 4: Wild West
- Unit 5: Project Earth
- Unit 6: Art for Everyone
- Unit 7: Above, Below and Beyond
- Unit 8: A New Home
- Unit 9: Unexpected, Unexplained
- Unit 10: The Lives of Animals
- Unit 11: Genre Study: Nonfiction
- Unit 12: Genre Study: Fiction
- Force & Motion
- Earth & Moon
- Adaptations & Environments
- Unit 1: U.S. Regions
- Unit 2: American Revolution
- Unit 3: A New Nation: Government and Constitution
- Unit 4: Westward Expansion
- Unit 5: The Civil War
- Unit 6: Industrialism
- Map Unit: My United States
Links to AZ State Standards:
5th Grade Textbooks/Curriculum Materials:
- Math: Eureka Math
- ELA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Into Reading
- Science: Mystery Science/Gizmos
- Social Studies: Networks Social Studies - United States Early Years
5th Grade Parent Resources
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES (PLC’s)
Most Fridays, students will have their full schedule, but shortened classes so teachers are able to participate in PLC work. PLC work is directly related to the planning, instruction and interventions teachers implement in the classrooms to ensure that students master the standards.
Role of PLC
A professional learning community is a group of educators that meet regularly and work Collaboratively to improve teaching practices and the achievement of students. The questions that drive the work of PLC’s are:
- What do we want all students to know and be able to do?
- How will we know if they learn it?
- How will we respond if some students do not learn?
- How will we extend the learning for students who are already proficient?
PLC Teams are responsible for collaborating to establish general consistency among the following:
- Assignments, presentations, products, observations and assessments used to determine
a student's level of performance in relation to grade-level standards.
- The method and schedule for additional learning opportunities.
- Due dates, deadlines, and procedures for reassessment.
- Create opportunities for common scoring of assessments.
HOMEWORK & GRADES
- Research provides strong evidence that, when used appropriately, homework is essential for increasing and reinforcing student learning and achievement for course standards. Homework may be differentiated to meet the needs of our varied learners. The intent of homework is to practice, extend learning, and provide opportunities for students to develop critical, independent study skills and self-discipline for their life-long educational journeys.
- Grades are a reporting tool utilized to reflect what a student knows and is able to do in a content area. We measure achievement, not effort or behavior, in our grading system.
- The primary purpose of assessment and grading is to provide detailed feedback to inform and support student learning.
- Learning is a process that takes place over time and at different speeds for different students thus our standards based grading reflects growth towards mastery of standards.
- PowerSchool is an essential resource for parents and students. It is not only a tool for communication regarding grades, it is a resource for our students and parents to check progress, missing work, and what is being taught/learned regularly. Please ensure that you and your child have access (separate accounts) and even sign up for the app and push notifications or weekly email updates as an option in PowerSchool.
In 3rd through 8th grades students may earn the academic recognition of Principal's List or Honor Roll:
All 4’s (including special area and other elective courses)\
No Us or Ns for Citizenship grades
All 3’s and 4’s (including special area and other elective courses)
No Us or Ns for Citizenship grades
WHY STANDARDS BASED GRADING?:
- Progress reports are less mysterious and have more meaning
- Parents are aware of exactly what their child knows, is able to do, and next steps for progress
- Parents know in what areas their child needs more support
- Parents are empowered to increase their child's confidence and help their student set goals
- Learning targets are clearly defined and aligned with state standards.
- Students are offered multiple opportunities and ways through which to demonstrate proficiency
- Students monitor their own progress toward the achievement of specified targets
- Specific feedback on progress helps build self-esteem, pride, and motivation
- Teachers know exactly where students stand in their progress toward learning targets and what support needs to be provided
- Teachers of the same courses have aligned expectations and standards
- Assessment results help teachers determine when students need extra help and when they need more challenging work
PROCEDURES FOR RE-ASSESSMENTS AND LATE WORK
Learning is a journey that is often not linear. Some students learn content and skills quickly while others may require more time or feedback in order to learn. The primary objective of grades is to report where a student is in the learning process, regardless of how much time or effort the student needs to get there.
Our 5th grade team expectation is that all students will complete all learning requirements by the assigned due date. Students with missing work may proactively contract with the teacher to submit that work before the end of a quarter. Work for a specific quarter must be turned in before the end of that quarter.
Our 5th grade team expectation for a student to be able to retake a test is based on students/parents proactively contracting with the teacher to improve their grade.
STUDENTS ROLE IN LEARNING
As students grow and become self-directed in learning about themselves as a learner, they have to analyze their own study habits. They will need to figure out what actually works for them to retain the new knowledge they are gaining and use those strategies to support their learning. Citizenship grades on the report cards reflect student effort and behavior and are completely separate from their academic grades.
NORTERRA CANYON COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL
If a child’s safety or school-wide safety is a concern, please contact the front office or a staff member immediately. All Pirate Staff members work together to ensure the safety of all students. If you have any questions or concerns about my classroom, please contact me by email or by calling the office and leaving a message. Attached is a link to our campus communication protocol.
Academic Honesty Policy