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Daniel K.

Inouye Elementary
School
Grade 5 Student Handbook
2016-2017

VISION
Daniel K. Inouye Elementary empowers learners to explore, discover, create and
share.

MISSION
At Daniel K. Inouye Elementary, learners explore through hands-on experiences and
inquiry-based learning to discover new ideas. We expect students to collaborate and
communicate with each other and to rely on critical and creative thinking skills to
gain new insights into their learning.

LEARNING PRINCIPLES AND BELIEFS


We believe . . .
all students can learn.
Therefore, we will address individual
strengths and needs by using a variety of teaching strategies.
instruction should be rigorous and relevant.
Therefore, we will provide instruction based
on big understandings and essential questions.
assessment should be ongoing and authentic.
Therefore, we will use multiple assessment
tools to guide instruction and measure learning.
a safe and nurturing environment is essential for learning.
Therefore, we will promote caring and
respectful relationships.
education is a community responsibility.
Therefore, we will encourage parents and the
community to take an active role in our school.

GENERAL LEARNER OUTCOMES

GLO # 1: Self Directed Learner


I come to school on time, ready to learn.
I set goals for myself so I can do better in school.
I work with my parents and teachers so I can achieve my goals.
I complete my schoolwork and my homework and turn them in on time.
GLO # 2: Community Contributor
I work cooperatively with others on assignments and projects.
I follow school and classroom rules.
I show respect to others and listen to their points-of-view.
I make positive contributions to the group, the classroom or the school.
GLO # 3: Complex Thinker
I apply prior knowledge to new situations.
I generate new and creative ideas when solving problems.
I analyze and solve problems by looking at the problem in different ways.

I evaluate whether the solution works and make adjustments if needed.


GLO # 4: Quality Producer
I identify and describe what a quality product is.
I know what I need to do to meet or exceed the grade level benchmarks.
I consistently produce work that meets or exceeds the standards &
benchmarks.
GLO # 5: Effective Communicator
I listen attentively to others, and I use the information effectively.
I communicate clearly through speaking, writing, or drawing so others
understand
my thoughts.
I ask questions when I dont understand.
GLO # 6: Effective and Ethical User of Technology
I use the computer and other learning tools to discover new information.
I use the computer and other learning tools to share information with others.
I use the computer and other learning tools to produce quality products.
I follow the school rules about the use of the computer and other learning
tools.

TRIBES AGREEMENTS
Mutual Respect
Attentive Listening
Appreciations; No Put Downs
Right to Pass

5TH GRADE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW


Big Idea: Change is part of our world!

Social
Studie
s

Quarter 1:
Exploration

Quarter 2:
Systems and
Interdependence

Quarter 3:
Conflict and
Change

Quarter 4:
Transformations

Natives and
Explorers

Colonies

Road to Revolution

American
Revolution
& Democracy

Ecosystems

Molecules and
Organisms

Earth and Space

EDP and STEM


Matter and
Interactions

Scienc
e

Earth and Human


Activity

Motion and
Stability
Place Value

Math

Operations &
Algebraic Thinking

Human Body
Health

Geometry
Fraction
Operations

Fraction Operations

Readin
g&
Writin
g

Earths Systems

Novel Study

Novel Study

Novel Study

The Writing
Community &
Process

Fiction Writing
Expository Writing

Functional Writing
Opinion Writing

Summative Review
Remediation
Poetry

Narrative Writing

ASSIGNMENT POLICY
Projects and
ME
MP
DP
WB
NA
SC

exams will be graded as follows:


Meets with Excellence
Meets Proficiency
Developing Proficiency
Well Below Proficiency
Not Applicable at this time
See Teacher Comments

Being responsible about completing assignments is essential in developing good


study habits. Each student is responsible for all assigned work in the classroom.
1. Homework assignments must be written in the planner daily.

2. Although reasonable time is given to complete class


assignments, if students do not finish, they may also be required to complete
these assignments at home.
3. Incomplete or missing assignments will hinder your childs
performance on assessments and General Learner Outcomes (GLOs).
4. Make-up work for absences will be handled on a case by case
basis. It is the students responsibility to see the teacher about missed
assignments when they return to school.
5. We understand that many students have other commitments
which may occasionally be time-consuming. However, it is imperative that
students understand that school work should always come first. Work not
completed for any reason other than illness or family emergency will not be
excused. A parent note is required in these instances.
6. If the student will be absent for an extended period of time, the
parent needs to notify the teacher a week in advance to coordinate make-up
work.
7. Some assignments may require that students use the computer
at home. Please monitor your child closely to see that these assignments are
done according to the requirements.
8. There will also be times when assignments require research.
Although we do have a library and one scheduled library time, we ask parents
to support their childs efforts by bringing them to a public library to continue
their research.

DISCIPLINE POLICY
1. When a student does not follow the GLOs or TRIBES agreements,
he/she will be given a warning.
2. If a student continues to ignore agreements, this will be
documented on the Behavior Log and he/she will complete a Conflict
Resolution sheet.
3. The Conflict Resolution sheet must be completed before the
end of the school day and the student will meet with the teacher regarding
his/her behavior.
4. Other possible consequences may include the following:
a. Notes/phone calls/email home to parents
b. Conference with parents (to develop an academic/behavior contract)
c. Referral to the counselor, Vice Principal or Principal
d. Loss of recess/loss of privileges
5. Please also refer to your Chapter 19 pamphlet for more information.
As a means to reward appropriate behavior, the teachers may use any of the
following positive reinforcements:
Praise: verbal/written
Certificates/awards
Bonus points on assignments
Homework pass
Display of student work
Spotlight student/Student of the Month

Positive Notes home


Other special activities

Other Important Reminders


1. School starts promptly at 7:55am. The first bell rings at 7:45am.
It helps for your child to be in class on time so that he/she can put away
belongings, hand in homework, get settled and be ready to start class.
2. Please remind your child to keep books borrowed from the
classroom and the library in a safe place as students will be charged for
books that are damaged or not returned.
3. All valuables should be kept at home. If your child brings
educational items to share with the class, caring for them will be the
students responsibility. Teachers will not be responsible for lost or damaged
items.
4. Homework will vary from class to class. It would be helpful if
your child has a quiet place to study with the necessary supplies available to
complete homework, rather than taking school supplies home to do
homework.
5. Check the Wednesday folder each week for important
information. Parents please sign the card and return any necessary
paperwork by the same Friday.

These policies are subject to change at any time depending on student


needs. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these policies,
please feel free to contact us via each teachers email address that was
provided at the beginning of the year.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN FIFTH GRADE


The following was found on Scholastics website entitled, The 10 Best Ways to Help
Your 5th Grader Succeed in School.
1. Encourage reading in any way you can.
2. Treat your child as though he/she is an author.
3. Make math part of his/her everyday life.
4. Teach your child how to listen.
5. Support your childs teacher and the school rules.
6. Tell the teacher everything.
7. Make sure your child is ready for school.
8. Spend time in your childs classroom.
9. Encourage responsibility and independence.
10.Ask your child about school everyday.

We look forward to a great year!