|Van R. Butler Elementary School||
Butler Elementary School serves students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and
in Grades 1-4. Butler Elementary School is accredited through AdvanceED which
is designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards. The accreditation process is also known in terms of its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education.
At Van R. Butler our students, staff, families and community members work together to nurture the development of each child – academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. We believe that every student is important and can learn. We believe that learning to read is the cornerstone for all education. We believe that family and community involvement benefits student achievement. We believe that student continuous improvement is essential to the growth and development of both students and staff members. We believe that a safe and secure environment is essential for teaching and learning.
Butler Elementary aligns all curriculum with the State of Florida Department of Education guidelines. To learn more, visit the FDOE Curriculum and Instruction
Grading System & Information
1. All students will receive report cards at the end of each nine-week period.
2. All students will also receive an interim report at mid nine weeks to keep parents better informed of academic progress.
3. Parents can also sign up for the on-line parent portal to access grades.
3. Conferences may be held at teacher’s discretion periodically throughout the year. Parents may also request a conference by contacting the school office.
Point System for Computing Grades:
To improve accuracy and effectiveness in grading, document student progress and inform instruction, the point system will be utilized to determine your child’s nine weeks, semester, and yearly averages. The point system is based on the total number of correct answers divided by the total number of questions. For instance, if a test contains 14 items, and a student correctly answers 11 of them, he/she will be awarded 11/14 points for the assignment. At the end of the grading period, the total points correct will be divided by the total number of test items.
Additional grading system information is available in the Walton School District Student
Progression Plan which can be accessed on the district website at www.walton.k12.fl.us
We believe homework provides additional practice, thus increasing the amount of time students are actively engaged in learning and extending time on task. Homework is the time students spend outside the classroom in assigned activities to practice, reinforce, or apply newly acquired skills and knowledge and to learn necessary skills of independent study. Research shows it is an effective way to increase student personal responsibility, individual accountability, and leads to increased communication between parents and the school. Furthermore, we believe homework encourages parent awareness of student learning. Parents have the responsibility to provide an environment supportive of learning.
Primary Level (Grades K-2) Expectations
Pupils should read, or be read to, every evening. On occasion, students will be requested to complete skill practice activities. All primary grade students need an opportunity to discuss what they accomplished in school that day. Homework activities at the primary level should not exceed a total of thirty (30) minutes per day. Students may be required to complete unfinished class work at home.
Intermediate Level (Grades 3-5) Expectations
Homework in certain areas may be assigned on a regular basis, especially in reading and mathematics. Homework at this level should not total more than one hour per day. Work missed due to absences or failure to complete class work assignments at
school could impact the amount of time a student needs to work at home. (Class make-up work)
Understanding Common Core Standards
Education standards like the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards are learning goals. They identify what skills your child needs to master in each grade before moving up to the next.
Florida has adopted new standards, called Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, which will impact the way children are taught, how they learn, and how they will be assessed. Florida’s schools will be fully integrated with these standards by school year 2013-2014. By understanding these standards now, parents can get a head start on paving the road to success.
Some Facts about Common Core Standards: Developed by the best teachers, administrators, and experts in the field
Links: Common Core State Standards.
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Butler's Math Website
Renaissance Place Login
K-Grade 2 Math
Mother Groose Caboose
K-Grade 2 Reading
Scholastic for Kids
Grades 3-4 Math
Internet 4 Classrooms
Math Worksheet Site
Grades 3-4 Reading
Other Educational Sites
Brain Pop, Jr.
PBS for Kids
Scholastic for Kids
Sunshine Florida Facts
Time Magazine for Kids