Policies & Information ~ 2017-2018
Attendance & Participation
- Students must Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and demonstrate Integrity.
- Emphasis is placed on personal responsibility, care for materials, artwork and supplies, collaboration & leadership, and individual paths to mastery through creativity and innovation.
K-5th grade students will all take Visual Art in at least one 6-week daily rotation through the school year. 6th-8th grade will take Visual Art only if they choose it as an elective. Electives will be chosen by the end of first week of school. All students will participate in visual art concepts and visual thinking through our arts integrated programs, where I co-teach will other teachers throughout the year.
Participation in arts classes is an integral part of the TCEA curriculum. All students are expected to be present and participate in these classes. Attendance is taken for each arts course in addition to the daily school attendance. Participation and regular attendance is vital to student success in the arts courses. Excessive absences/early check-outs from art courses will be reported to administration and may impact the student's grade. Please see the Student and Parent Handbook for the full TCEA attendance policy.
Classroom core teachers manage ClassDojo set-up with parents, and I am able to connect to you through their ClassDojo and email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ClassDojo is my primary means of communication through the messenger system. My Dojo notification hours are from 7:30am-4pm. My Dojo Quiet Hours start at 4pm daily and on the weekend/non-school days. I will response to messages withing a 48 hour response - or the following school day if Friday/Holiday (per the school-wide communication policy.) . I enjoy connecting with you through ClassDojo! Please contact me in advance to schedule an appointment to meet in person.
No Rescue Policy
The No Rescue Policy from the TCEA Student Handbook applies for all arts courses.
Grading Policy & Information: Click Here
- Homework may be assigned as needed to reinforce skills and concepts, but only in specific instances where homework will support that skill - or in cases where students did not complete their assigned work in-class.
- A winter drawing skills packet is sent home during winter break.
- Students will record any assignments, and pending tests, performances and events in their planner.
- Study Guides or other resources will be provided for any tests/quizzes 1-2 weeks prior. Tests will not be given without a study guide.
- If homework/study guide is assigned, I will do my best to communicate with the classroom teacher, so this information can be included in classroom communication that they send home, and to parents through class dojo.
- Homework will be due by a specific due date, but may be submitted early to the my mailbox at the receptionist desk.
- Late Homework: may be accepted for partial credit on a case-by-case basis.
Make-up Work for Excused Absences
- An excused absence requires a doctor’s note.
- Students with excused absences will have one week to make-up work from the student's return.
- After one week, make-up work will not be accepted.
- All TCEA expectations, procedures and guidelines for Respectful, Responsible and Resourceful Chameleons apply to Visual Art.
- Visual Art will use ClassDojo, connected to your student's classroom teacher to communication behavior. Follow instructions from your classroom teacher to use ClassDojo. The Arts Team will be connected automatically.
- If you do not not have access to ClassDojo, please contact me through written communication in the student planner. Please consider using ClassDojo, as it is a valuable tool in allowing me to communicate with you.
Flex Seating & Assigned Seating:
Students in visual art are able to take advantage of flexible seating options, based on research that many student find flex seating more comfortable . However, some students may find this overstimulating or find it makes it difficult to concentrate or not distract others. As part of Phase 1 intervention, students may be assigned seating if deemed needed for success. Intervention seating may take place for specific assignment if a student needs more support.
Visual Art courses will follow the school PBIS policy:
Within the Visual Arts Studio, under the school-wide PBIS system, I practice a tiered intervention system and positive reinforcement. I do my best to determine causes for behaviors while creating a safe, respectful classroom where creativity and excellence is fostered. I consider student age/development level, individual student needs and special circumstances in tiered interventions. Classroom expectations, policies and procedures are are thoroughly practiced and reviewed to ensure a healthy studio climate and that all students understand the expectations.
Visual Art Intervention Procedures
Students will have the opportunity to self-correct in-class issues during Phase 1 through positive reinforcement, reminders of policy, verbal warning, redirection, and/or loss of 1-2 DojoPoints, dependent on action/response. Students may also be assigned a seat rather than flex seating if deemed needed for success in class.
Students who do not respond to Phase 1 (or if the severity of the action warrants it immediately) will result in Chill-out Time with a time to reflect on their behavior through a drawn or written reflection. This reflection helps student understand why they are in Chill-out time and what needs to be corrected. I also explain to students, at the appropriate development level, reasons for chill-time and what must be done to improve. It is vital that the student is able to explain why they were in Chill-Out Time and what they will do for improvement of the behavior. I will also contact the parent via ClassDojo and deduct -3 "Chill-Out Time Required" ClassDojo Points.
Students who have not responded to Phase 1 or 2 (or if the severity of the action warrants it immediately), will have a student-parent-teacher conference, where all parties will create and sign an Action Plan Contract.
Students who do not abide by their Action Plan Contract (or if the severity of the action warrants it immediately), will result in an administrative referral.
Note: Cheating, threats, lying, stealing, foul language, and actions that injure or endanger others/self are never tolerated and are considered severe. These actions may result in immediate referral to administration and appropriate support staff within the school-wide PBIS system.