Mrs. Lauren Furlong
Rufus M. Hitch Elementary School
Middle School Information 2018-2019
Student Ownership: The Middle School years are important years of transition for your child. All students are expected to take an ever-increasing role in accepting student ownership of school responsibilities. These responsibilities include writing down class assignments, following up on work missed during school absences, and being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn every day. Middle School students are role models for the other children in the building. We encourage you to discuss these growth opportunities with your children as student ownership plays a critical role in college and career preparation.
Homework Policy: Late work will not be accepted.
Absentee Policy: Students are allowed one school day per day of absence to make up class work or homework. (Example – One day absent, one day to make up missed work) If absent for a Test/Assessment, students must make arrangements with the teacher for a make-up test. This make-up test must be taken within one week of the absence. Students are responsible for visiting each teacher before or after school to attain any make-up work or to reschedule tests. If parents would like to get homework for their absent child, they must request it through the office before the end of the morning homeroom period (8:10 am).
- A (90-100)
- B (80-89)
- C (70-79)
- D (60-69)
- F below 60
Academic Subject Area and Teacher Specific Information 2017-2018
Academic Subject Area: 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Diverse Learner Teacher for English Language Arts and Math
Teacher: Mrs. Lauren Furlong
Preferred Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
READING WRITING Math
Assessments 40% Assessments 40% Assessments 40%
Reading Log 10% Rapid Writing 10% Classwork 50%
Reading Workshop 50% Writing Workshop 50% Homework 10%
Curriculum Specific Information: As students are pulled out into the resource room, we will be following the curriculum for ELA and Math of their grade level. The material will be accommodated and modified to best fit student’s individual needs.
Our Language Arts Curriculum is organized into units. Each unit begins with Essential Questions and targets multiple Common Core State Standards, including those specific for Literature, Informational Text, Writing, Language and Speaking/Listening. Students will read both as a whole group and in small groups. Because our curriculum is differentiated, all students may not be reading the same book at the same time. Texts were specifically selected to increase in complexity and Lexile levels throughout the year. Independent Reading is a supplement to the work done in the classroom and should be completed outside of school hours. Students should be reading every night for 20-30 minutes and fill out their reading log. The more effort put in, the greater academic gains students will see. Students will take tests throughout the year (NWEA, reading comprehension quizzes, pre and post assessments) to monitor their progress and identify new areas of instructional focus. During the class period, students will also be working on their goals, grammar, and spelling/vocabulary.
For math, we will be using the Common Core Math in Focus Curriculum. During the class, students will also be working on fluency, math goals, and their problem solving skills each class period along with the content learned for the day and practicing that specific skill. Khan academy is encouraged to complete when there is any free time in class, but also for homework. This is a great tool for students to keep up and practice their math skills at home. It will help prepare the students for tests throughout the year, such as NWEA.
For specific ELA and Math curriculum information please refer to the content teacher’s syllabus. If extra help is needed in either one of these subjects, the students are more than welcome to discuss a time to meet before school, after school, or a day during lunch.
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