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Classroom Procedures and Expectations

Mrs. Rockcliffe
Berkley Middle School
Room 201
Ms. Urbanek
Berkley Middle School
Room 221
5U / 5R Classroom Website
No gum allowed.
No backpacks allowed.
No cell phones in classroom. (locker only)
Food and drink allowed at AM snack time only.
Bottled water allowed in class. Sip moderately so
as not to require frequent bathroom breaks.
Students of 5R & 5U
Principal/Vice Principal
Mrs. R & Ms. U
Classroom Government
• Quizzes, Chapter Tests, Unit Tests, Written
Responses (averaged together for a letter
• Classwork & Participation
(count toward effort grade)
• Homework (not graded, unless told in advance)
• Projects
Parent Portal system – track your child’s progress.
Students are responsible to return fix, sign, and
return assignments.
Fix, sign, & return – Anything below a 70 can be
fixed, signed, and returned (new grade = 70)
Homework procedure:
• Homework is given in most subjects. There
will be homework every night and most
• Write all homework in agenda. Have the
teacher sign agenda at the end of the day, if
• If student does not turn in homework, they
will receive a Pink Slip. Sign/Return.
• Follow the fifth grade homework policy.
Homework is posted on our Class Homepage
each week. (please see note that HW may
Homework policy is in effect for all fifth
grade students. Pink Slips issued on first
and second days late. Any work not
turned in by the third day will result in a
zero. After 3 offenses, student will be
issued an before-school/after-school
detention. Each student will get 3
chances using our pink slip policy before
being issued a detention (per term).
Date: _____________
Name: __________________________________
Class: ____________
You’ve Been Pink-Slipped!
Completing your homework is your responsibility as a student.
Missing Assignment: ______________________________________
I did not have my homework today because:
_____ I did the assigned homework, but did not bring it to class.
_____ I chose not to do my homework.
_____ I did not have the appropriate materials at home.
_____ Other – please explain below.
Student Signature: __________________________________
*Parent/Guardian Signature: _______________________________________
*All signatures and assignment (completed fully as directed) are needed to get credit. Please attach this form to the
missing assignment.
NOTE: 1 Day Late: minus 10 points 2 Days Late: minus 20 points 3 Days Late: zero points
How to complete homework:
• Have a quiet place to work at home.
• Students should try to start homework on their own, and
develop a routine that is followed each time they have
• When students get stuck on a problem or question, they
can skip it and come back to it. This may help limit
frustration and may help to get the majority of work
done on their own. Students should show ALL of their
work for math
• Students may place a question mark next to things that
they didn’t understand. *Homework is not graded as it is
considered practice. This helps to gauge progress and
understanding. Please write a note or initial the areas
that your child needed assistance or could not complete.
• Students are encouraged to call classmates for help.
*Advance notice given if homework is to be graded.
Homework continued:
• Homework should take about 50 minutes a
night. *Homework should not be cause for tears
or arguments.
• Families can send a note or encourage the
student to speak to the teacher if something
needs to be reviewed in class.
Praise, Incentives, and Rewards
The joy of learning each day.
Daily feedback – on papers or through interaction
Positive Points - earn special events.
Berkley Bucks – when I notice something above or
Question of the Week (5U)
Estimation Jar (5U)
Current Event (5R)
Positive notes or calls home
Earning free time
What to do if student is late:
• Obtain a hall pass from main office, teacher
of the previous block, or nurse.
• Students will not be excused from any work.
• Get the assignment from a classmate or copy
from the “Homework” list and complete at
Call by 10:00
Pick up after 2:30
Absence Sheet
Subject Area
Missed Work
Social Studies
Ms. Urbanek and Mrs. Rockcliffe
Monday: ADD slip
Tuesday: Cursive strip & paragraph editing
Wednesday: ADD slip
Thursday: Cursive strip & paragraph editing
Friday: Cursive strip
Expectations: Students will grab a slip as they enter the room
each morning. During announcements, students are expected
to work on their morning work and complete it for homework
that night.
Extra Help
• Peer tutoring available soon.
• When students are struggling with a concept, the
sooner they ask for help the better. They should
not wait for a test to ask for help.
• Extra help can be arranged on an as needed
basis. Families can write, phone, or email
concerns. or
Berkley Middle School 508-884-9434
• Keeping workspace neat.
• Understanding what the assignment is.
• Writing all assignments into the agenda
correctly (instructions are given verbally and
are written on the “Homework” list in room for
students to copy from).
• Checking the agenda when loading the
backpack before leaving. Making sure all
books and materials are packed.
• Exchanging phone numbers with a friend as a
back-up plan.
• Checking our Class Homepage for
Teaches organization
Easy access for studying
Binder checks
Teacher samples are visible
• aligned to the Common Core
• rigorous & challenging
• online portion (complete
assignments and access books)
• 2 writeable texts
• interactive whiteboard lessons
• Math centers and teacher-led
small groups
 Science folder (purple)
 Unit packets (placed in folder at the beginning of the unit and
then placed in their locker for reference during the year.
 Unit packets contain alphaboxes, word bank, content, and all
experiments and response sheets. Great reference for reviewing
and studying.
Big Ideas in
S.S & ELA Curriculum
• Shift from learning to read to reading to learn.
• Long-term projects to encourage time
• Use of computers for research, study, and
presentations (laptop cart), etc.
• Combination of oral reports, art, and music to
demonstrate understanding.
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