Admin

Fundraising, Gifted, and Homework

Fund-Raising Projects

The principal must approve all fund-raising projects sponsored by the school. Students are not allowed to sell items, make collections, conduct membership drives, or sell subscriptions on school property during the school day without the authorization of the principal. Students are not to participate in door-to-door selling of goods and services.

Gifted Education

Gifted students are those who perform at or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program.

Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student's abilities may refer a student. Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.

For each student referred, information is gathered in the areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.

To make a referral, contact the Gifted Specialist or Gifted Referral Screening Team chairperson at your child's school. If you have further questions, you may contact the Gifted Coordinator at 260-1012. For further information about the Montgomery Public Schools Gifted Program, go to http://www.mps.k12.al.us/index.php/departments/special-education/gifted-education.

Homework/Textbooks

Assigned homework will be purposeful, and it should be appropriate to the age and learning level of the child. The amount and frequency of homework assigned varies among grade levels and subjects taught. Procedures for homework have been established for each classroom that will help parents know what to expect. A copy of these procedures will be given to students at the beginning of the year. If you have any questions, at any time about homework, you may call the teacher through the school office. A mandatory reading log and 20 minutes of reading per night is required for all grade levels. Homework may be counted no more than 5% as part of a daily grade. Students are expected to return all homework on time.

Children are issued textbooks each year. Before a child is allowed to use state owned textbooks, the parent or guardian will sign an agreement stating that they will pay for any damages the book may receive during the year or the cost of the book if it is lost. Lost books must be paid for before new books will be issued. Textbooks must have a cover on them at all times.

To show your child that learning is fun and worth the effort, we suggest that parents take an interest in their child's school work and homework. Some suggestions are: 

·Check your child's backpack each evening for school notices.

·Set a regular time and place for homework whenever possible.

·Help your child concentrate by turning off the TV and radio and not permitting phone calls.

·Review your child's work and be available to offer assistance. If you observe that your child is having difficulty, offer support and/or notify your child's teacher. Homework is not a time for tears.

·Help children organize their things for the next morning. Establish a routine and a place to put all things that must go back to school to avoid forgetting needed items.

·Encourage your child's use of libraries, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other informative resources.

Try to determine how your child learns best: reading aloud, drawing pictures, making graphs, or manipulating objects. Your child's teacher can discuss this with you.

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