|Catherine DiBello Kolbe 305 Calendar||176 views since 08/12/2019|
I am so excited to be back for my second year at St. Ambrose and leading St. Maximilian Kolbe House! I will be teaching 6-8th Language Arts (grammar and literature). This year, St. Ambrose students will continue to strengthen their grammar and literary skills, while showing their individual creativity allowing them to stand apart from their peers in other area schools.
I attended South County Technical for high school and graduated from UMSL in 2015 with a degree in Secondary Education/English. Go Tritons! I am certified in 5-9th and 9th-12th English Language Arts.
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.
Tuesday, August 13 - Meet and Greet from 5:00-7:00 pm
Thursday, August 15 - First Day of School; Noon dismissal
Friday, August 16 - Noon dismissal
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.
***Language Arts 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.
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 Grammar and Literature.
I do try input grades almost daily (they will definitely be posted by end of day on Fridays). 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 due to absence or other circumstances noted with the grade.
A participation grade for Language Arts will be given periodically. The students will earn an A, C or F. The student will earn an A if he/she comes to class with questions/comments and adds to class discussion more than once a week. The student must also be prepared for class with all of his/her materials and cause no disruptions or distractions. The student will earn a C if he/she comes to class unprepared, causes minimal disruptions, or makes a minimal effort to join in or comment on class discussion. The student will earn an F if I do not hear from him/her all week or if the student causes multiple or repeated distractions within the classroom.
I also watch closely during project work/ group assignments when students are working collaboratively. I expect all students to interact and interject their thoughts and ideas. We all can learn from one another.
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.
REMINDER FOR BIRTHDAY TREATS
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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