Mrs. Brush’s Classroom Rules/Procedures/Expectations:

Welcome to my ELAR & reading classes! My name is Stephanie Brush, and I look forward to having you in my classroom this year. This is my 17th year to teach, and it is my 4th year at RLMS. I have three beautiful daughters, one son, and a fabulous husband, Greg Brush! I attend Buchanan First Baptist Church, where I am over the Children’s Church Ministry. My husband teaches at Texas High, and he is also our church’s youth minister.

 

Red Lick Middle School is a wonderful educational environment. I want to ensure that you succeed in every way within my classroom and the school. Therefore, I have listed the rules, procedures, and expectations for my classroom:

 

Rules:

 

The students will follow all school rules as outlined in the student handbook. Students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner that does not disrupt personal learning experiences, or the learning experiences of others. Additionally, below are the classroom rules:

1. Respond in a polite and courteous manner at all times.

2. Respect all staff members and peers at all times.

3. Follow the dress code at all times.

4. Be in your seat and prepared to work, and have all necessary supplies when the bell rings (keep backpacks in lockers, please).

 

Routine Academic Procedures for Sixth Grade:

 

1. There will be three units per nine weeks.

2. Students will have a Word of the Day daily. These vocabulary words will be turned in the second Friday of each unit.

2. There will be a vocabulary test the last Friday of each unit.

  

Novels for Sixth Grade:

 

We will read some of the following novels throughout the school year, and each will have assignments and projects assigned:

The Pearl

A Single Shard

Nation

The Borrowers

 

 

Routine Academic Procedures for Fifth Grade:
 
1. There will be three units per nine weeks (3 weeks long). Each unit will have a set of vocabulary/spelling words. (These are on my webpage.)
2. Creative spelling homework will be due the second Friday of each unit.
3. There will be a vocabulary test the last Thursday of each unit.
4. There will be a spelling test the last Friday of each unit.
  
Novels for Fifth Grade:
 
We will read the following novels throughout the school year, and each will have assignments and projects assigned:
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Bridge to Terabithia
 
 

Accelerated Reading (AR) Guidelines:

 

Students will need to read novels on their own, outside of the classroom. We will visit the library every other Friday as a class.  Students are expected to take three (3) AR tests per nine weeks. Each individual test is for a daily grade. If a student fails an AR test, they may take an additional one. I will take the three highest AR grades at the end of the grading period. You can find AR due dates on the classroom calendar.

AR testing can be done in the classroom or in the library!

 

 

Late Work Policy:

 

1. Full credit will be given to all assignments turned in on the due date.

2. Failed daily work will be allowed one redo opportunity. This redo must be turned in by the date assigned on the attached redo slip (the very next day). Failure to meet the redo deadline means the grade stands.

3. Assignments not turned in will have one additional day to turn in. These late assignments will result in a late grade of no higher than a 70%. After this deadline, the grade of zero stands.

4. Students may retake any failed test. Students will have a deadline to retake tests. Tests can be retaken before or after school. If the test is not made up by the deadline, the grade stands.

5. Students who miss a test will need to take the make-up test no later than the deadline date listed on the absence slip. Tests can be taken before or after school. If the test is not made up by the deadline, a zero will go in the grade book.

 

Tardy Policy:

 

We will follow the student handbook/district tardy policy:

Classes start promptly at 8 am, and arriving to school on time is extremely important for the learning process. A student who arrives late to school will be assigned to detention hall beginning with their third (3rd) late arrival each semester. Repeated instances of tardiness will result in more severe disciplinary action, in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

 

 

Classroom Management:

 

Students are expected to come to class prepared, and on time. Failure to follow rules and procedures, or failure to come prepared could result in a sign-in. Here is the policy for sign-in's:

1. First sign-in is a warning

2. Second sign-in is a parent contact and one day of lunch detention

3. Third sign-in is a parent conference and one day of lunch detention

4. Each additional sign-in will result in a parent contact and office referral.

Sign-in's start over at each nine weeks.

 

*Repeated offenses, or major disruptions, will result in an office referral. In addition, any child's name left with a substitute teacher will result in that child receiving lunch detention.

 

Restroom Breaks:

Students are allowed 9 emergency restroom/hallway/office passes per nine weeks. Students may turn any unused passes in for extra credit at the end of the grading period.

Scholastic Book Orders:

We do order books all throughout the year using Scholastic.com. You can send check or money order to the classroom, or you may order online at any time using my classroom code. The code is: MJ6DC.  I will post when new orders are sent home and when deadlines are set.