• First Grade Syllabus


    Teacher Contacts:


    • Email: dcassell@henry.k12.va.us
    • School Phone Number: 276-638-1022
    • Cell Number: 276-618-0763


    *If issues, concerns, or questions should occur, please speak to your child’s teacher BEFORE contacting the principal. It is important that we work together as a team and keep the lines of communication open.



    Useful Websites:






    Attendance Policy

    • 8:05 is considered tardy



    • Paper
    • Pencils
    • Ink pens
    • Pencil box or pouch for storage.


    *If you are interested in donating items for use in the classroom, please feel free to share glue sticks, crayons, highlighters, folders, binders, and notebooks with your school.


    Daily Schedule:

    7:30-8:00: Breakfast/ Morning Work

    8:05-11:25: ELA 

    11:45-11:40: Recess

    11:40-12:05: Lunch 

    12:30-1:25: Math 

    1:25-2:05: Itinerant (a monthly itinerant schedule will be in your child’s BEE Binder)

    2:00-2:40: Math/ Social Studies/ Science

    2:40: Dismissal 


    Additional Information:


    • Lunch is FREE to all students. It’s encouraged for you to put money on your child’s account through the SchoolCafe app. All money sent to school needs to be in an envelope or baggie with your child’s name.
    • Tennis shoes are needed for RECESS and PE. Tennis shoes can be left at school. Put the shoes in a baggie with your child’s name on them. Flip- flops are NOT allowed.
    • Label all personal items with your child’s name and room (#14).
    • If there is a change in transportation, please send a note or call the office before 12:00. I am not always able to check my email so please let the office know instead of me.
    • Test retakes will not be allowed. We send study guides for most math, science, and social studies standards and will have test date written at the top.



    PowerSchool is updated every few days.

    The following are grade weights:


    • Classwork- 25%
    • Quizzes- 35%
    • Tests/ Projects- 40%



    Homework will be given DAILY Monday-Thursday of each week.  The homework assignment sheet and the materials needed for homework will be in the homework folder inside the BEE Binder.  Your child may need a pencil, crayons, eraser, glue, etc. to complete his/her homework. We will provide a pencil and eraser that needs to be kept in the pencil pouch inside the BEE Binder.         

         Homework will be for review and practice of reading, spelling and math skills as well as test study guides when needed.  It is not meant to be “busy” work. The purposes for homework are practice, preparation and elaboration. Research suggests that a maximum of 30 minutes per day should be spent on homework in the primary grades.  “Homework for young children should help them develop good study habits, foster positive attitudes toward school, and communicate to students the idea that learning takes work at home as well as at school.” (Classroom Instruction That Works).

         Parent involvement in homework should be kept to a minimum.  If you see your child struggling with the homework assignments, by all means, help your child.  However, this does not mean you give the answer. If this should occur, please jot a quick note on the homework letting me know what your child struggled with, and I will remediate the next day.  An exception would be with study guides.  Please study the facts and questions from the study guides with your child when they’re assigned.  

         Some helpful homework suggestions are listed below (Classroom Instruction That Works):

    *Help set up a consistent organized place for homework to be done.

    *Help your child establish either a consistent schedule for completing homework or help him create a schedule each Sunday night that reflects that particular week’s activities.

    *Encourage, motivate and prompt your child, but do not sit with her and do homework with her.  The purpose of the homework is for your child to practice and use what she has learned. If your child is consistently not able to do the homework by herself, please let me know ASAP. 

    *If your child is practicing a skill, ask him to tell you which steps are easy for him, which are difficult, or how he is going to improve.   If your child is doing a project, ask him what knowledge he is applying in the project. If, your child is consistently unable to talk about the knowledge he is practiced or using, please let me know ASAP.   

         If homework is NOT attempted and sent back to school the NEXT day, your child will complete the missing assignment during recess the following day.  He/she will also lose 1 point for the day’s performance in his/her planner.  





    • I will respect everyone and everything.
    • I will always do my personal best.
    • I will stay on task and not waste time.
    • I will listen carefully and follow directions the first time.


    • We will use the planners this year to report behavior. Each child will have a frog with his/her name on it. 
    • If there is a “3” in the planner, then your child’s behavior was good and his/her frog did not move.
    • If he/she breaks a rule, his/her car will move from the “pond” to the “warning lily pad.“ There will be “2” in the planner to indicate that your child lost one point for moving to warning.  There will also be a note explaining the misbehavior.
    • If he/she continues to break rules, his/her frog will move to the “time-out lily pad,” and this will result in time-out (inside or outside during recess)/silent lunch. Time-out consists of a secluded spot in the classroom where students can go and think privately about their actions and how they can improve them.  There will be a “1” in the planner as well as  a note explaining what happened.
    • If he/she continues to break rules, his/her frog will move to the “Principal’s office/phone call lily pad.“ This will result in a visit to the principal’s office and a phone call home. He/she will have a note in his/her planner explaining which rule was broken and for which subject. There will be a “0” in the planner.

    If there is a note about misbehavior, please address the matter with your child that day so the situation doesn’t escalate. 



    If your child earns at least 14 points for the week, he/she will get to participate in our Fun Friday activities. If your child earns less than 14 points, he/she will not participate in our Fun Friday activities, but will do remediation/enrichment activities instead.


    *Please initial the planner on a daily basis.  This lets me know that you are aware of your child’s behavior that day.  I will refer back to the planners when doing the citizenship portion of the report cards.

          I sincerely appreciate your cooperation in making the discipline plan work for your child and his/her classroom.



    Binder and Folder Procedures:


    BEE Binder:

    Your child will bring home a BEE Binder every day.  It will contain the following:

    *Pencil pouch that will contain a pencil and eraser to be used for homework.  This can also be used for you to put money in.

    *Homework folder.

    *Itinerant calendar.

    *Monthly lunch menu.

    *HCPS calendar.


    *PLEASE check the binder daily and return to school the following day.


    Communication Folder

    Your child will have a communication folder that will be sent home WEEKLY.  This will contain all of your child’s graded work for the week.  Please sign the sheet inside the folder and send it and the folder back to school the following day.  You may keep your child’s work that is inside the folder.


    Homework Folder

    There will be a homework folder inside the BEE Binder.  Please check daily for spelling words (test each week), DAILY homework assignments, important dates, etc. Everything your child will need for that day’s homework will be in the homework folder.  All homework needs to be returned to school in the homework folder the following day.  There will be homework on Fridays.  Please see Homework Policy above.


    **Additional policies and procedures are located in the front cover of your child’s planner (agenda).  Please take a moment to read this important information.