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Schedule & Classroom Procedures
Mrs. Morrison’s Classroom Procedures 2012-2013
8:05 - Enter Classroom
8:15 - School Starts
10:00 - Snack (Students are responsible for bringing their own healthy snack each day!)
10:05-10:20 - Morning Recess
11:25-11:45 - Lunch
11:45-12:05 - Lunch Recess
3:05 (2:05 on Tuesdays) - Dismissal
Monday: 8:35-9:15 A.M. – PE
12:40-1:15 P.M – Music
2:10-2:50 P.M. – Library / Computers
Tuesday: 8:35-9:15 A.M. – PE
Wednesday: 8:30-10:00 A.M. – Art
12:40-1:15 P.M. – Music
Thursday: 8:30 A.M. – All School Mass (Sometimes Mass will not be on Thursday.)
10:25-11:00 A.M. – Library / Computers
Friday: 8:35-9:15 A.M. – PE
Arrival: Students may enter the classroom between 8:05A.M. and 8:15A.M. When they enter they should greet Mrs. Morrison with a handshake and a smile each morning. Then they should follow the “Morning Routine” steps: 1) Take everything out of your backpack, 2) Read the board to see what homework needs to be turned in, 3) Turn in any late or absent work, 4) Place lunch, snack, coat and backpack in the closet, and 5) Read the board and work on your “Morning Work.” Any forms or papers that need to go to the office need to be placed in the blue basket by the door.
8:15A.M. - The bell rings and all students need to be in their classroom and seated in their desk. If a student arrives later than this time, they will be marked as tardy, and must to go to the office to get a tardy slip.
Sharpening Pencils: This is a before school job only! The pencil sharpeners may be used before school starts. I recommend students sharpen two or three pencils in the morning to last them all day. If they end up needing a sharpened pencil during the day, they can sharpen it at their desk with a small manual sharpener, or ask a friend to borrow a pencil. Students may also use clicker pencils which are always sharp.
Pens & Whiteout: In 5th grade we write in pen for most of our work. However, math computation needs to be done in pencil. Because our work is done in pen, we will learn how to cross out mistakes, and how to use white-out correction tape. White-out tape is only to be used on assignment that will be turned in. In your notebooks, please refrain from using white-out tape.
Bathroom Use: Students are expected to use the bathroom before school, at recess and lunch breaks, and after school. If a student needs to use the bathroom during class time, I will ask them to wait until an appropriate time. When given permission, the student will place the bathroom pass on their desk. Quietly, the student will walk down to the bathroom, and return promptly!
Desks: Student’s desk should be kept neat and tidy. The books and supplies need to be kept organized and clean inside the desk. The students should also keep the desk top and the area below the desk clean and free of clutter. The student’s binder needs to be placed under the desk. All loose papers need to be placed securely in the proper folder, not floating free in the desk.
Moving Around the Room: Students are expected to move around the room quietly and respectfully. Generally, students are asked to stay in their seats while the teacher is giving the lesson, or instructions. Once students have begun to work on the assignment, individuals may get up if they need to for appropriate reasons.
Hallways: In the hallways, students are expected to walk quietly. As a class we will walk in one ordered line, keeping to the right side of the hall whenever possible. Quiet feet and silent voices will show respect to the other classes which are working.
Behavior: I expect that all students will work together cooperatively and respectfully. I expect students to respect me and every person in this room. Behavior that is not loving and respectful will not be accepted. If one verbal reminder does not improve the behavior, I will conference with the student individually, and consequences will be discussed. If further disrespectful behavior occurs, the student and Mrs. Morrison will talk to the parents.
Proper Heading: Classroom assignments need to be headed properly with the student’s first and last name, and student number. A proper heading also includes the date, the subject and the assignment, as I will demonstrate.
**Folders and Binder: Each student is responsible for keeping their binder and folders organized properly. In your desk you should have 6 folders: Math, Reading/Vocab, Writing, Science, Social Studies and Religion. Students should never have loose papers in their desk. In your binder you should have some loose leaf lined paper, your planner, only one homework folder/pocket, and your zippered pencil pouch.
**Homework / Planners: Homework assignments will be written in the student planner each day, and the due date for long term assignment will also be written down. Planners need to be signed by a parent once a week. I will check for signatures on the last day of each week. Each student will use a folder or pocket for homework that goes home and returns to school every day. When homework is due, and completed, students are responsible for turning in their assignments when requested. Homework turned in late will receive fewer points.
Reading Logs: In 5th grade students are expected to read at least 2 hours each week. In order to earn credit on their Reading Log each week, students must read at least 2 hours and must have a parent signature. Reading Logs are due on the last day of each week. This reading should be extra independent reading; textbook reading, magazines, comic books, and assigned reading DO NOT count on the Reading Log.
End of Day Dismissal: Following our closing prayer, students will complete the “End of Day” tasks: 1) Pick up everything off the floor, 2) Open your planner and check the homework board, 3) Check to see that you have everything you need to complete your homework, 4) Collect your backpack, lunch and other items from the coat room, and 5) Load your backpack with your books and lunch at your desk. Desk should be left neat, with the chair up. Finally, students are expected to shake Mrs. Morrison’s hand before leaving the room.
Seventeen students will be able to choose a new job at the beginning of every week. Students who did not have a job the previous week will get first choice on jobs for the current week.
- C.E.O: Collects Mrs. Morrison’s keys, turns off the lights, and closes smart board when we exit the room. Closes and locks classroom door in an emergency. Assists teacher in special ways.
- Spiritual Leader: Helps lead prayer in the morning, before lunch and at the end of the day. Leads the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning. Is responsible for taking care of the prayer corner.
- Secretary: Helps writes daily homework assignments on the board, and helps check in homework from “In Box.”
- Color Guard (3): Responsible for hanging the flags in the A.M. and taking them down in the P.M..
- Date Keeper: Writes tomorrow’s date on the board at the end of the day. Crosses out today on the calendar, and makes changes to the calendar when needed.
- Couriers (2): At 8:25A.M., these students collect all of the blue office baskets from each classroom and take them to the office.
- Assignment Distributors (2): Hand out papers or supplies to the class.
- Food Voucher Administrator: Hands out lunch tickets on hot lunch days.
- Food Handlers (2): Take the empty lunch bin outside before lunch. After recess, these students need to pick up the lunch bin with all of the lunch bags in it, and return it to the classroom.
- Closet Investigator: In the morning this student needs to check that the closet area is neat and tidy with coats and bags hung up. At the end of the day they also need to check the closet and lunch bin for any forgotten items, especially on Fridays. This student also helps with the distribution of white boards, pens, and erasers.
- Safety / Health Inspector: Maintains order in the classroom; checks desks for tidiness; gives hand sanitizer to each student as we go to lunch and each time we return to the classroom; helps keep the white board clean; also gives out wipes for cleaning desks.
- Substitute: The all-important extra person who can quickly fill in for any absent employee.