Curriculum, homework, and assessments
CURRICULUM, HOMEWORK AND ASSESSMENT
STATE LEARNING STANDARDS
Grade level learning standards provide details about what students should know and be able to do in each grade level. Standards are aligned from kindergarten through grade 10 so that parents, students, and teachers can see how skills and knowledge build from year to year. Standards are developed for each content area and can be found by visiting the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) website at www.k12.wa.us.
We believe that homework is an important part of the learning process. Homework reinforces skills taught in class and gives students an opportunity to practice these skills independently. It also fosters a sense of responsibility and provides an additional opportunity for communication between school and home. Parents can help by expecting their child(ren) to complete assignments and to turn them in on time. Teachers will provide homework for absent students providing the absence is excused (as detailed in the School Board Attendance Policies). Parents may contact their students' teacher to request homework for an absent student. Please note a 24-hour notice is required for the processing of all homework requests.
Kindergarten, first, and second grade students are given Early Reading and Early Math assessments in October, January, and May. Second through fifth grade students will be given a computerized diagnostic test to determine grade level skill attainment for reading and math called the FAST Test. This will be given in the fall, winter, and spring. Third through fifth grade students will also take state testing (Smarter Balanced Assessment and WCAS).
In Yelm Community Schools, textbooks are loaned free of charge. Please remind your child to be careful with school books and library books. Parents are responsible for replacing damaged or lost books. Students with library fines must pay these fines before attending field trips and receiving a final report card. Fines follow students throughout YCS.