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Jen Ronzio  Goretti 301  Calendar
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I am so blessed to be starting my eleventh year at St. Ambrose and leading St. Maria Goretti House! I will also be teaching 6-8th Science and 6th-8th Math. This year, St. Ambrose students will continue to strengthen their science, technology, engineering and math skills, while showing their individual creativity allowing them to stand apart from their peers in other area schools.

I attended Cor Jesu Academy for high school and graduated from Mizzou in 2005 with a degree in Animal Science. Go Tigers! I am certified in 5-9th Science, 5-9th Math and completed my Masters in Teaching at Webster University.

This school year, we focus on the virtue of perseverance. As we cultivate this virtue, we must remember that understanding, courage, knowledge and patience all play a part in strengthening this aspect of our lives. As we work on the virtue of perseverance, let us remember that it is the will to see things through until the end in spite of fear, obstacles, discouragement, and opposition. With perseverance, we can accomplish great things.

Monday, 8/26 - Band Meeting at 7:00 PM


As a partner helping your child make the most of learning, Glencoe Math and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt offer the right tools for you and your child. It all begins with a simple log in at the specific web sites listed below. All students will be given a username and password to log in to each online text where they will be able to access their math and science textbooks. It is highly suggested that you and the students become familiar with the online resources in order to better their understanding of the concepts taught in class.

Glencoe Math ConnectED -- (math)
HMH Science Fusion -- (science)
Quizstar -- (religion)


Mass participation will be a separate grade category under Personal Responsibility on the report cards. The child can earn a G, S, N or U according to the criteria listed below.

G = consistent, audible singing and responses
S = consistent singing and responses
N = no responses and/or no singing
U = causes distraction and/or requires teacher redirection


When homework is assigned, it should be written in the student's assignment planner; however, I will also post the assignment on my bulletin board and calendar daily. The date posted by each assignment is the date in which the homework is due. Math homework will be assigned almost daily.

***Math Homework***

Since math is a progressive subject, I will not accept late math homework. Each lesson builds upon the content from the previous nights homework and the preview page is designed to introduce the student to the next day's lesson. This helps build problem solving and critical thinking skills and cuts back on the time needed in class to review basic content that should already be mastered. Each student has an online log in and password for the math text, so not remembering to bring the math book home is an unacceptable excuse. Homework will always be accepted if written and worked out on loose leaf or graph paper as long as it is neat and legible. As a reminder, all math homework should only be completed in pencil and graded in red pen.

If a student is absent, I will follow the absent work policy (see handbook). The student must get their absent homework graded and report his/her grade to me before class on the day they return.

***Science Homework***

I will follow the homework policy guidelines: one day late (at the time of class) will receive a 10% reduction. If the work is not completed and turned in on day two (at the time of class), the student will receive a zero. This policy does not pertain to students who miss class due to illness, family emergencies, or other excused absences; however, it is the STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY to turn in any absent/late work before or at the start of class. When appropriate, the assignment should be graded prior to class.

Having late/missing assignments will negatively affect a students effort grade and will be posted on his/her report card. The scale is as follows: 1-3 late/missing assignments will earn an S, 4-6 will earn an N, and 7 or more will earn a U. Please be aware that effort grades can affect a student's chance for Honor Roll.

***Neatness Policy***

Middle school teachers will specify if assignments are to be handwritten on loose leaf paper, shared on Google Drive, or printed.

All middle school assignments must meet the following requirements:
-Have a full heading
-Be completed on approved paper
-Be written in a legible manner using an appropriate writing instrument and style
-Written in complete sentences with correct grammar and spelling
-Organized in a neat and orderly manner
-Presented in good condition

Homework should be turned in or shared on time, and must also be legible. If assignments can not be read or are in a state of disarray, middle school teachers will not accept them and the student will earn a late grade. See the family handbook regarding neatness and late polices.


I use a cumulative grade scale, where the grade will be determined by how many points are accumulated over the course of a quarter. This will be the same for Science and Math.

6th Robotics - There will be occasional assessment grades and participation grades given for robotics. Because robotics is part of the science curriculum, the robotics grades will factor into the cumulative points accrued for each quarter in science class. The robotics grades will be labeled in the Fast Direct grade book.

I do input grades almost daily. If your child is missing an assignment, there will be no grade in the grade-book along with a notation. These notations will identify whether the student was absent that day or if the homework is late. These notations are both for you to check on your child's progress and to help me remember why the grade is missing. If there is no grade and no notation, assume that I have not put in the grades for that assignment yet. If there is an "E" in the grade-book, your child has been excused from the assignment/lab due to absence or other circumstances noted with the grade.

The best way to reach me is through Fast Direct. Please be aware that some emails may warrant a phone call; Fast Direct is not a means of conferencing.

Please no soda or refrigerated items.
Treats should be store bought.
If the treat is brought for the house, it will be handed out during break.
If the treat is brought for the grade, it will be handed out during lunch.

If you would like to partake in a field trip or volunteer to help with your child's class, you must complete the Protecting God's Children Class.

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