FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GRADES:
Do the performance descriptors on the report card correlate with letter grades? No, letter grades are often based on how much effort the teacher believes the student put forth and how well the student met the teacher's expectations. Performance descriptors are based on objective data and indicate whether a student is working below, at, or above grade level.
To sign up for Mrs. Proctor's Remind 101
text @98gc6b to the number 81010.
You will receive a welcome text from Remind.
If you have trouble with 81010, try texting @98gc6b to (931) 259-4185.
Our class will be going outside for recess for 30 minutes each day. Students will not be required to wear masks while outdoors but they will be encouraged to maintain appropriate social distancing to the greatest extent possible. We must go out one class at a time so our recess will most likely be in the afternoon and on the middle school playground.
I will schedule several "brain breaks" and give opportunities for stretching and moving throughout the morning. We will have class outside as often as we possibly can. Your student may want to bring a clipboard, and beach towel or cushion.
Our class will be eating breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria. Students will be spread out as much as possible.
The microwave will not be available. Please send hot food to school in a thermos type container and cold food in a lunchbox with an ice pack.
Elementary school students are not permitted to use the vending machines in the high school.
Food will not be permitted in the classroom. Except for special occasions and emergency situations with proper hand washing and table cleaning/sanitation measures. Students will not be allowed to visit or pass out treats to students and teachers in other classrooms.
The drinking fountains will be only be used to fill water bottles. Please make sure that your student has a bottle for water. You may want to send in an extra to leave at school in case one is lost, broken, or contaminated during the day.
All handwashing will be done in the restrooms where we have touchless motion sensored sinks. We have a hand sanitizer station set up in our classroom but students will be encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water frequently throughout the day.
Students will be expected to keep their desks and areas clean and organized at all times. They will be wiped down at least a few times a day using disinfecting spray and/or wipes.
Students may keep unscented hand sanitizer in their desks and use as needed as long as it doesn't become a danger or distraction to others.
Chapstick, lip gloss, scented hand sanitizer/lotion, perfume, deodorant, brushes, combs, hair gel, etc must remain in backpacks.
Cell phones must be turned off and kept in backpacks at all times. Students are not permitted to have their phones during lunch or recess.
Please make sure that your student has a mask every day. Students will not need to wear masks at their desks but they will need to wear them when walking around the room, lining up, in the hallway and in the cafeteria before and after their meal.
Headphones are essential for learning and testing. They must be kept at school. It may be a good idea to purchase an extra pair or an inexpensive set of earbuds (the $ store has them) as a backup in case headphones become misplaced or broken during the school day.
Early drop off at the school playground will not be allowed. Students must be dropped off at entrance A or R and walk directly to our classroom or the cafeteria. I will allow them to read, draw, or use their iPads at their desks until the bell rings at 8:10.
Dismissals will be staggered. Students who walk home or picked up will be dismissed first. Then, I will walk the early bus students directly to the buses. Late bus students will remain in the classroom with an aide until I walk them out to their buses.
In Person and Online instruction will be very similar and will include our new McGraw Hill Wonders series, iReady Math, and the award winning MobyMax program.
All programs cover the Common Core and Michigan State Standards.
Here are links that explain some of the programs we will be using. As soon as your student has login credentials for these programs, I will share them.
iReady Family Central
Wonders Resources for Parents
I will send this to you this as soon as I receive your student's username and password.
MobyMax Help Center
Parent Portal-I will send school code and your student's login credentials as soon as I receive them.
3 Boxes of Tissues
1 (or more) Medium-Large Hand Sanitizer
1 (or more) Containers Disinfecting Wipes
Headphones (to be left at school)
1 Five Subject Notebook
1 Composition Notebook
2 Packages Wide Ruled Notebook Filler Paper
50 (or more) Wood Pencils
Colored Pencils (12 count)
Crayons (24 count)
Fine Point Markers (12 count)
1 Pair of Scissors
2 Glue Sticks
5 File Folders with Pockets
Shoes for PE (with shoebox if possible)
2 Book Covers
No “Trapper Keepers” or Large Binders (unless kept in backpack)
No Scented Hand Sanitizers or Lotions
Many of these items are available at the Norway High School clothing/school supply closet. Please call 906.563.9542 or email Mrs. Proctor firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New/Used Books and Board Games
Unisex Hats, Gloves, and Socks
Individually Wrapped Candies
Prize Drawer Trinkets
Post It Sticky Notes
Walmart/Dollar Store Gift Certificates
At NVS, we are fortunate to have the technology to create a virtual learning environment that allows us to collaborate and engage almost as if we we are all in the classroom.
My immediate priority is building a sense of community and introducing the students to the new programs that we will be using.
What does it mean to go to school online?
Like most teachers, Mrs. Proctor's online class is made up of many parts, most of them accessible through the Internet. Students will use Gmail and Weebly to check daily assignments and the tools provided to share ideas and information, access textbooks, read, write, research, ask and answer questions, work on projects, complete quizzes and tests, and do many other activities that are part of the 5th grade learning experience.
Everything students need in order to succeed will be here on our class Weebly and within the pages of the books that were sent home. My expectation is that students will check their email and Weebly at least once a day, Monday through Friday. This will be easier if they set up a regular time of day to do this.
Our first week of school will consist of fun activities designed to give students the opportunity to learn how to navigate our programs, organize their learning, check in with me, and ask for help.
We will also discuss on online safety and set ground rules for in person and online interactions.
We don't want to rush in with objectives and lesson plans but it is important that we get started using our curriculum right away so that students are comfortable with the tools and technology.
It is really important to me that we remain a class even if some students are working from home. We will have at least one Google Meeting per week to give in person and online students the opportunity to connect. We will also use Flipgrid and Padlet to share our thoughts, ideas and information with each other.
All weekly assignments will be posted to our Weebly by 8am on Monday Morning. Assignments will be due by 10pm on Sunday. Constructive feedback will be offered as soon as possible so that students can clearly identify which behaviors or skills need to be improved.
In 5th grade, I always reach out to the student first. If I do not receive a response, I will contact you. Please make sure that you sign up for remind and provide a current email address.
Please teach your child how to check their email. I discovered last year that many students knew how to compose and send an email but they did not know how to respond or read responses. This is important and we will be working on this in class as well.
For online students, there is no set schedule. You may need to help your student to determine a time and schedule they will go online to do their class assignments – assignments should be done on time and students should be going online several times a week.
We will have individual and group 'office hours' every Wednesday between 5-7pm. Students are expected to check in with me using Google Meet to discuss lessons and ask any questions they may have.
We will also meet as a whole class every Friday at 12:45pm. I will send out receive a weekly Google Meet invitations and reminders. Please let me know if these days/times do not work asap. Attendance will be counted!
Participation shall be measured by weekly two-way interaction between the on-site mentor and the student during the count period. For the purpose of measuring weekly two-way interaction, a week begins on Wednesday and ends on the following Tuesday.
How can you help?
Check in with your learner. Ask them to show you the work they have turned in and the grades they have received. Discuss their progress with them. Encourage them to contact me if they are having any difficulty.
Try to be a sounding board for your student's worries and disappointments and model perseverance.
As a parent, I understand how difficult it is to be positive at a time like this, The bright side is the type of education we are using today will help our students develop better executive functioning skills such as the ability to self-initiate, organize, plan, and ask for help when needed. It also gives them opportunity to learn digital literacy skills that are not typically taught until late middle school. I strongly believe that students will become more effective learners in middle school and beyond due to this experience.
If your student is having difficulty and you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me through email, remind 101 messaging, or using the contact form on the first page of this Weebly site.
We are in this together and I promise to give your child the best experience I can this year.