5th Grade Course Syllabus and Contract

  • Welcome to 5th Grade

    Ms. Carucci


    Dear 5th grade students and Parents,


    Welcome to a new school year. In this letter you will find all of the necessary tools and important information that will be needed in order to have a successful school year. Please read over every section carefully. At the end, please sign stating that you have read and understand the information given in this letter and return it to school tomorrow.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.



    The following is a list of supplies for 5th grade math. Everything on this list is a necessity for school use except for the required items. The required items are helpful to have at home for homework use. You are expected to have these supplies along with your Mathematics textbook with you in class every day.


    Grade 5 Connected Math Program Supplies:

    One, 1.5 inch ring binder

    Lined Reinforced Notebook paper

    5 insertable binder dividers

    Pencils with erasers (you must have at least 2 in class)

    Extra erasers

    Pencil pouch not case

    Headphones/Ear buds

    2 Two-pocket folders

    ***NOTE: You will not receive a math book unless you have your one, 1.5 inch binder.


    Binder Sections – Divider Tabs


    It is important to set up your divider tab section names in this order to be prepared and organized, and that work is put in the correct section:  We will be checking together in class to verify proper order/names of sections.


                                        Math Minute




                                        PARCC Prep




    Homework is usually assigned Monday through Thursday and is checked on a daily basis.  You are expected to complete all homework assignments in a careful manner and to the best of your ability.  If you do not understand how to complete an assignment you should refer to the notes that have been given in class for that particular lesson. 

    All work must be shown in your math book and/or the homework section of your math binder.  Credit will not be given if only answers are shown! Homework that is not completed will have a three day grace period to be completed and will receive a partial grade. If the assignment is incomplete as a result of an illness, you may submit the assignment the following day with a doctor’s note to receive full credit.


    You are expected to make-up all homework that is missed due to absences and/or extra-curricular activities. It is your responsibility to make sure that your homework assignments are up to date. 


    Parents, please check in Genesis to make sure all homework assignments are handed in.  If a missed assignment is not turned in during the three day grace period, the assignment will become a zero and cannot be made up!      


    Grading Policy


    Grading Components


    There are five components that determine your math grade.  They are listed below in order of importance with their percentage of the total grade.


    Test = 40%

    Quiz = 30%

    Class work/Participation = 10% each

    Homework = 10%


    Grading Scale


    The marking period grade is a percentage that will be converted into a letter grade based on the following grade scale:


      A+       97% - 100%               A         90% - 96%

                              B+       87% - 89%                     B          80% - 86%                          

      C+       77% - 79%                  C         70% - 76%

    D         65% - 69%                  F           below 65%


    Extra Credit


    There are no extra assignments/projects that will be given individually to help raise grades.  There are no exceptions to this rule!  If you are having difficulty with any topics that are being covered, you should seek extra help not extra credit.  I am available for extra help during the first half of lunch and certain days after school which will be communicated and posted. 


    School-Home Connection


    Communication between home and school is a big part of student success.  It is important that we have different ways and different tools to use to keep the lines of communication open throughout the school year.  Below you will find everything you need for this school year.




    Parents, our school uses a grading program called Genesis.  The program is a great tool to keep you abreast of your child’s academic progress.  I encourage you to create an account so you are up to date on your child’s math progress in my class as well as their other classes.  You can contact the main office to set up an account.


    My Webpage


    Please visit my webpage in order to view information regarding upcoming events, daily homework assignments, and important information. I encourage you to visit often to keep up with what is going on here at the Middle School and in the classroom.



    1.       Go to www.hackensackschools.org

    2.       Click on the link on the left side of the page “teacher websites.”

    3.      A search box will come up.  Type in my name “Carucci” and hit “search”

    4.      My name will pop up.  Click on my name. This will direct you to my webpage. 

    5.      At the left of your screen you will see a navigation bar.  You can view homework and a calendar from this location.




    Parents, sometimes having all the tools above are just not enough.  I welcome you to e-mail me whenever necessary at d.carucci@hackensackschools.org  Please provide me with an email address that you check regularly so that we may be “GREEN”.  The best way to do this is by sending me an e-mail with your child’s name in the subject line.  This way I will have a direct way to contact you from my classroom and you and I can stay connected.  If you don’t have an e-mail or need anything else, I can always be reached by contacting the school.