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Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!. Curriculum Night August, 2014 Mrs. Venetia Lowe. Who Am I?. Mrs. Venetia Lowe. We are going to have a wonderful year! I am so excited to have each one of your children in my class.

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welcome welcome welcome

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Curriculum Night

August, 2014Mrs. Venetia Lowe

mrs venetia lowe
Mrs. Venetia Lowe

We are going to have a wonderful year! I am so excited to have each one of your children in my class.

  • Jackson State University (B.S), University of Phoenix (M.E.), Piedmont College (Ed.S.)
  • 22 years, 10 at Shiloh, 12 in Dallas ISD (Texas)
  • Husband (34 yrs), 2 daughters, 2 dogs(Skeeter and Chloe)
  • Masters - Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education Specialist - Teacher Leadership
  • Love BASKETBALL!! Reading, Technology, Shopping and Movies
the three r s respectful ready and responsible
The Three R’s ...…Respectful, Ready and Responsible


  • Be kind to self and others.
  • Use good manners.
  • Take care of school property.
  • Listen courteously to instruction, directions, etc.
  • Respect personal space.
  • Listen when others are talking.
  • Be positive.
  • Be on time for school/ class.
be responsible
… Be Responsible
  • Make good choices.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Help when needed.
  • Keep up with your books, pencils, jackets, etc.
  • Complete work on time.
  • Listen and follow directions.  
  • Resourceful
be ready
… Be Ready
  • Come to class prepared for success.
  • Have necessary materials (paper, pencil, planner, book, etc.)
  • Try to solve problems or locate needed information on your own before asking the teacher for help.
  • Use materials wisely.

Cafeteria Expectations

  • Students will enter the cafeteria quietly walking in a single file line.
  • Students will walk at all times in the cafeteria.
  • Students will respect the intervals minutes of silence so they can eat their food.
  • Students will talk with quiet voices after time has passed.
  • Students will be respectful of all students and adults in the cafeteria.
  • Students will line up quietly after cleaning their area.

Hallway Expectations

Silent transitions from bell to bell

  • Students will walk in a single file line.
  • Students will keep their hands by their sides or to themselves.
  • Students will walk silently down the hallway.
  • Students will stop at stopping points and wait for their teacher to tell them when to proceed

Restroom Expectations

  • Students will take care of their personal business without talking or playing.
  • Students will respect the privacy of others.
  • Students will be respectful of the restroom.
test retake policy
Test Retake Policy
  • Students will have the opportunity to retest on test only.
  • It will be given within a week of the score.
  • Requirements will be based on individual needs.
  • Opportunities for students to complete extra-credit assignments in an attempt to raise the students’ overall grade point average.
shiloh student management plan
Shiloh Student Management Plan

Shiloh has instituted a 7step behavior plan. This plan will be used for major offenses and repeated minor offenses when classroom consequences have not been effective. If students reach Step 4 on this plan, they will be assigned morning detention. The same consequence will be given for steps 5 and 6. Step 7 will result in an Administrative Referral.


Detention will be Friday mornings at 7:15 am. Students required to serve detention are expected to arrive on time., If they are late, they will not be counted as serving that detention, and another will be assigned. Students that miss 2 detentions will be assigned Saturday detention. If student do not attend any of these detentions, they will have an administrative consequence.



Homework takes time to complete. Please provide a nice quiet area equipped with necessary tools for your child to complete his/her homework free of distractions. It is a necessary extension of AKS learned during the school day.

All homework assignments will be recorded in the student agendas daily. Please review and sign your child’s agenda nightly. Make sure your child completes or attempts all assignments. If you have questions about the assignments or your child does not understand please make me aware the following day via agenda, email, or a phone call.

Homework will be given Monday – Thursday and some weekends.


Daily Schedule

7:45-8:15 Arrival/Calendar/Breakfast

8:15-8:30 Announcements, Pledge, Attendance

8:25-9:15 Science/Social Studies

9:15-9:30 CQI

9:30-10:40 Math

10:45-11:15 TDPE

11:20-11:45 Lunch (table 1)

11:45-12:50 Literacy Block

12:50-1:35 Specials

1:35-2:35 Literacy Block

2:35-2:45 Prepare for Silent Dismissal

(students may work on homework, play math games or read)


Instructional Models

Writer’s Workshop class cultivates young writers in many ways: as creative writers, as editors of their own work, and also as active workshop collaborators.

Readers' Workshop class focuses on fostering a love for reading within our students, and to differentiate, or personalize instruction in order to accommodate the learning needs of all students. In addition focusing on essential reading skills.

Guided Math Workshop is a differentiated math program. The program contains many types of hands-on activities designed to reinforce difficult concepts through independent, kid-friendly, student centered engagements. Children can work at appropriate developmental levels.


GCPS Academic Knowledge and Skills

Gwinnett County Public Schools website (www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us)

Click on AKS/curriculum

Choose the AKS for K-5

Download a copy


aks aligned to common core georgia performance standards
AKS aligned to Common Core Georgia Performance Standards
  • Benefits for Students:
  • Reflects rigorous knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and careers;
  • Provides consistent expectations across states for all students; and
  • Ensures relevant content and application of knowledge through use of critical-thinking, problem-solving, modeling, and higher-order thinking skills.
  • Based on evidence and research
  • Mathematics:
    • •Understand mathematical processes
    • •Recognize that mathematics is a technical language
  • English Language Arts:
    • •Understand increase in text complexity
    • •Understand increase in use of informational text
  • •For additional information, visit: http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps-mainweb01.nsf/0F8E7F10F1BA4AEE852579CA0054F72B/$file/AKS_Common_Core_ABM_flyer_FINAL.pdf

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Order of operations, expressions, graphing numerical patterns

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Whole number multiplication and division
  • Reading, writing, rounding, ordering, and comparing decimals
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals

Numbers and Operations: Fractions

  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions

Measurement and Data

  • Convert among different measurement units
  • Line plots
  • Cubic unit and volume


  • Coordinate grid systems
  • Attributes and classification of 2-D shapes

Classification of plants and animals

Parts of a plant and animal cell

Microscopes and microorganisms

Genetics and inherited traits

Constructive and destructive forces

Object is sum of its parts

Chemical and physical changes

Magnetism and electricity

social studies
Social Studies

Civil War


Turn of Century (inventors, cattle drives, transcontinental railroad

World War I

Great Depression

World War II

Cold War

Civil Rights

1975 to Present


Organization is the Key to SUCCESS

All work should be in their L.I.O.N. (Learning Involves Organization Now) binder, or designated folders.

Agenda books need to be checked and signed nightly.

Friday folders will contain important information and the weekly behavior sheets.



0-1 checks E Excellent

2-3 checks S Satisfactory

4-5 checks N Needs Improvement

6+ checks U U Unsatisfactory


Report cards and mid-term progress reports are graded on the following scale:

90-100 A Excellent

89-80 B Above Average

74-79 C Satisfactory

70-73 D Needs Improvement

69-0 U Unsatisfactory


50% Daily work (includes homework, quizzes, projects and etc

45% Test (assessment)

5% Benchmark


If your child is going home a different way than they normally do, please send a note so I can be sure to send them in the right direction at

dismissal. Please encourage your child to give the me the note as soon as they arrive at school to take care of the change without delay in the evenings.


Healthy snacks are allowed and may be eaten at 2:30 daily, no candy is allowed. Ice cream may be purchased during lunch for the cost of $1.00.


Learning takes places when students have good attendance. We would like to encourage perfect attendance. However, students do become ill and have family emergencies or other situations that may prevent them from coming to school. If your child is absent from school, please send a note of explanation.

We cannot excuse an absence without a note from the parents. State law limits the amount of absences children can have. It is also very specific about what excused absences are. Absences will be excused if it is a personal illness, death, or illness in the immediate family, if there is a court order, or for a religious holiday. It is also very important for your child to arrive to school on time each day. If they are not here, then they are missing out on valuable instruction.

friday folder
Friday Folder

Each Friday, your child will take home their red Friday folder. The folder will contain important pieces of information. This may include their classwork for the week (daily assignments and test grades), information from the school such as Title One documents, information from outside sources, and a weekly conduct report. The weekly report will inform you of their behavior and work habits for the week. Review the tests and assignments with your child and sign the weekly report. The folder with the weekly report and graded papers must be returned on Monday.

  • Daily Agendas (Please sign or initial daily)Please look for notes from me
  • Friday Folders

•Please sign and return on Monday

  • Email


  • Website: http://teacherweb.com/GA/ShilohElem/VLowe (linked on the school website under faculty as well)http://www.shilohes.org/faculty
  • Fifth grade website http://5shiloh.weebly.com (also linked on school’s website)
  • Phone Calls (Will return your call as soon as possible)
  • Written notes – (Will respond by the end of the school day or within 24 hours)
  • Conferences (Scheduled in September and February)
  • Additional conferences scheduled throughout the year as needed.

Testing Schedule

CoGAT 09/16 - 09/19

ITBS 10/20 - 10/29

Georgia Milestone 04/21 – 05/1

**replaces CRCT

how can you help your student at home
How can you help your student at home?
  • Sign agenda book nightly
  • Communicate with teacher
  • Keep your child organized
  • Support efforts at school
  • Encourage your child to do his or her best at all times
  • Encourage your child to ask questions if they do not understand
  • Provide a routine and space for homework
  • Limit television time
  • Encourage nightly reading at least 30 minutes
  • Ask questions of what they have learned or are learning in class
  • Attendance to school, tutorial, conferences and school functions
  • Avoid negative comments about your child’s teacher in front of them

Know that we want the best for all children.

We are in this together and together we can ensure success.

Thank you for coming out tonight. If you have further questions please leave me a note or contact me at another time.