1. Are students able to turn assignments in late? It’s very important children learn to manage their time and to adhere to due dates. With that said, they are children! There are times when life throws us a curve ball and we need to adjust. I’ll give them three Oops! Coupons per trimester. The Oops! Coupons allow the student to finish the assignment and turn it in the very next day without losing points for being late. Many students never need to use an Oops! Coupon, but it’s there to support the student if needed.
2. Are students able to redo poor scoring assignments? Students may redo most daily assignment. I understand that it is important to redo some assignments so that the student may have a better understanding of the concepts. The redo assignments are due to Mrs. Cooper the following day at the beginning of class. No major projects may be fixed. The student is responsible for correcting the assignment or getting it to me. Students will receive 80% of the total points earned after the assignment has been redone. I strongly encourage students to redo assignments!
3. Do you assign homework each night? No, I do not assign homework. Your student may need more time to finish an assignment we started in class, but I do not assign homework. Please make sure to contact me if your child is doing more than 60 minutes of “finishing” work from a daily assignment.
4. Are students allowed to eat snacks in your classroom? Snacks are typically allowed. We have a high number of food allergies, especially peanuts and tree nuts, and so any snack with these ingredients is not allowed. I would prefer students bring healthy snacks, such as fruits or vegetables or proteins, because it’s good fuel for the brain. The kids know we will discontinue snacks if messes become a problem. Water is the only drink allowed in class.
5. Is gum allowed in class? Yes! Again, I will allow the kids to chew gum until it becomes a problem.
6. My student said he/she can listen to music while working in class. Is this true? Yes, students can listen to music while working. I’m pretty strict when it comes to the “way” kids listen to music. Music can’t be too loud because they need to be able to hear me and it can’t be a distraction to other students. Phones must be face-down on the table when listening to the music or chrome books must be dimmed or closed.
Please never hesitate to contact any of your student’s teachers with questions or concerns. We are here to support your child’s academic growth and social well-being. 7th grade is often an emotional rollercoaster and we’re in this ride with your student and his/her family.