Self Contained

2018-2019

MRS. SMITH

ROOM 101

OVERVIEW

To provide service as required by your child’s IEP, these classes are designed to help your child in any area where he or she has difficulty. I emphasize responsibility, punctuality, organization and socially acceptable behaviors. Throughout the year, we will be focusing on study skills which include learning to take notes, learning to study, learning how to read and write more effectively, and test taking strategies. We will also continue to focus on the topics from the Essential Elements as designated by the State of Michigan. Participation in and being prepared for class is very important!

PROGRESS REPORTS/PARENT CONNECT

Progress reports will be sent home approximately once a month to let you know how your child is performing in his or her classes. Parents and students are able to access their grades through Parent/Student Connect at any time. If you do not have access to Parent Connect yet, please contact Student Services at 313-295-5742. You will receive a password from them. Please remember some teachers may not post grades until a day or two after assignments are due.

HOMEWORK=EXTENDED LEARNING OPPORTUNTITIES

Homework, also known as Extended Learning Opportunities, will be sent home every Monday and may be returned as soon as it is finished, but will be due no later than Friday of the same week that it was given. Homework should be completed at home. However-questions and confusion are often part of the learning experience. I expect that all students make an effort to try their homework at home. Should questions arise, I will be more than happy to answer them and help out! Please ask questions!! Work missed due to an absence is considered homework and should be completed in a timely manner as noted in the IEP.

READ 180

We have adopted the READ 180 for our special education students. Each student will have their own workbook to use and write in. READ 180 is an expansive system of curriculum, instruction and assessment proven to raise reading achievement for readers who struggle. It provides individualized instruction for all learners. Implementation includes whole group instruction, modeling, and independent reading. STUDENTS WILL NEED TO BRING IN A PAIR OF HEADPHONES OR EARBUDS THAT CAN BE KEPT IN THE CLASSROOM FOR THE YEAR. Nothing fancy or expensive is necessary.

SCHOOLWIDE EXPECTATIONS:

Students at West will S.O.A.R.!

S- Students will exhibit self-control to the best of their ability.

O-Students will remain on task when given an assignment.

A-Students will act responsibly.

R-Students will be respectful to others as well as themselves.

ROUTINES

Attendance-absent work: student responsibility—remember to check your folder for you absent work; 1 day for every day of absence or per IEP

Assignments: Name, Date and Hour are a must on all papers

Grades: Percentage of total points; classwork, homework, tests and quizzes

Passes: No passes-use your time wisely. Passes will be given for extreme emergencies.

CLASS GRADING SCALE

A+  100-97%                 C   76-74%

A    96-93%                   C-  73-70%

A-   92-90%                   D+  69-67%

B+   89-87%                  D   66-65%

B    86-84%                   D-  64-60%

B-   83-80%                   E    59-0%

C+   79-77%

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: Erica.smith@taylorschools.net

West Middle School Main Office: 313-295-5783