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Mrs. Betts

2016-2017 School Year Policies

Thank you for coming to Back to School Night.  These are some of the notes from what was discussed that evening.  I look forward to working with you and your child this school year.  


  • The most important area of emphasis at Sierra Vista is READING.
  • Parents can help foster reading skills by enforcing nightly reading at home. Encourage your child to read within his/her AR reading level and to take the AR test at school.


  • Language Arts - Houghton Mifflin/Medallions , Project Read Spelling, Step Up to Writing, Written Expression
  • RTI (Response to Intervention) - Federally mandated program that states students will be provided with instruction/interventions at their ability level in order to help improve or challenge their reading/academic success. Homogeneous groupings are used to differentiate instruction
    • Letters will be sent home in October to notify parents of your child’s group
  • Math - Common Core Expressions Houghton Mifflin series, CGI
    • Students are provided regular opportunities to employ math skills using problem-solving strategies and apply them to real life situations. Common Core Math Standards means a more rigorous and in depth look into what it means to think like a mathematician.
Classroom Rules and Discipline: Positive Behavior Intervention Support = Success!
  • Our class follows 4 basic rules of SOAR.
  • Classroom Incentives: Betts Bucks/class money, Blue Tickets, Marble Jar (marbles earned from PE will go towards a class reward), Eagle of the Month, Fun tickets (bring a stuffed animal to school, sit in the teacher’s desk, wear slippers in class, write in ink pen all day, put stickers on your papers, free homework pass!)….and praise, praise, praise! =)

Daily Planner/Parent Communication

  • Used to keep track of homework assignments, behavior, events, and needs 
  • Communicates to parents about assignments and upcoming tests
  • Bring it daily!

Homework – Why give it and what is it?

  • See the PYLUSD Homework Expectations policy pamphlet
  • Assigned nightly.
  • Recreational reading each night for 20 minutes is STRONGLY encouraged

Late Work Policy

  • Late work is accepted. However, each day that the assignment is late, the grade goes down by 10%.

Absent Students

  • Given 2 days for each day they are absent to make up work
  • Parents’ responsibility to help students with work brought home
  • Please try to schedule doctor’s appointments after school

Papers brought home

  • All fliers/papers will go home on Fridays and Friday Folders must be returned on Mondays
  • Please empty Friday Folders completely, I do not check inside these folders
  • Please go through papers with your child and discuss corrections that need to be made
  • ***GET A BOX TO SAVE PAPERS! I often use old quizzes, test, and worksheets to create review tests. Students and parents may want to revisit old papers sent home.

Ways to help your child be successful in school

  • Ask open ended questions and let your child talk to you
  • Look over your child’s homework, help where needed
  • Quiz your child using study guides from class
  • Reread chapters in Social Studies and Science along with stories in the Anthology
  • Play board games, dice games, and card games
  • Ensure your child reads nightly, encourage your child to do the Recreational Reading Program, and ask your children to take AR tests!

Lunch, Snack, and Water

  • Your child is hungry by recess time. Please send in a healthy snack each day.
  • If your child forgets his/her lunch, your child will purchase a hot lunch and it can then be paid for the next day. Remind your child that they must eat! It’s important!
  • Small water bottles are allowed in class.