Dear Families of Room 113,
Hello and welcome to Room 113's web page.
My name is Tim Henke. I began teaching at Chartiers Valley School District in 2002. I have been working at the primary level since I began and have enjoyed the process of teraching the foundational skills that lead my students to success.
Behavior Managment System
Individual Behavior System: All students are encouraged constantly and the use of positive reinforcement is number 1. We do have a system in place to help support student behavior. I use a clip up and down system which includes a daily reward. All students begin each day on green. If a student is repeating an undesired behavior they will receive a verbal warning. If this undesired behavior continues and/ or the student is not acting appropriately after receiving the first verbal redirection then they will receive a 1 on 1 consultation with teacher to discuss proper decision making and appropriate behaviors which are expected in the classroom. At this point the student will get a visual warning as well if needed. (Yellow) The student would now place a yellow circle next to their name located on the board and their name will be clipped down to yellow. Students can have their visual warnings removed after changes are made and desired behaviors are observed. If the undesired behavior continues then a RED warning would be given. At this point there could be consequences given. The consequences would be a possible loss of recess time, consultation with principal and official write up if necessary. All red warnings will be communicated with parents whether they are written up or not. All visual warnings can clip back up to green with positive changes and a display of desired behaviors. I want to use this process to encourage students who make mistakes to identify them, make appropriate changes, and move forward in a positive rewarding way.
Homework: Homework will be nightly and I encourage you do it with your child or be available to look over it when it is complete. Even if your child is or becomes independent it is important to show them your interest. Many times students do not complete their homework when parents are not checking on them daily. In order to avoid this I ask that an adult checks the weekly homework sheet nightly and signs it before returning it on the last school day of the week. I will be leveling the homework based on individual reading and math levels. Please make sure your child does their work neatly and takes part in packing it up to be brought back in. I am expecting more student responsibility which will only come with consistent routine and patients. Math homework will also begin once the routines are set with reading and language arts.
Headphones: All students will need headphones. The ones provided by the school are not very good or even new. These will not be shared and will be kept separate from others in their own zip-lock bag.
Pencils and Erasers: Each student is asked to bring in items at the beginning of the year. The only ones that will need to be replentished will be the pencils, erasers, and dry erase markers. Please check with your child each quarter to see if they are in need of any of these items.
Communication: I will be in touch with many of you for a variety of reasons. Please provide me with your email address so I can contact you throughout the day. There are very few times during the day that I can call.
***If there are any areas of concern or questions you may have about operations please let me know so I can answer them and get that information out to the other families if needed.