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WIS Academics

Students at Weston Intermediate School experience a comprehensive curriculum taught by certified teachers in the areas of the Arts, Physical Education, Health, Information Technology Literacy, and World Language.

ACADEMICS

Grade 3

Our Third Grade program is a comprehensive classroom based curriculum in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  In addition, children work with certified teachers in the areas of the Arts, Physical Education, Health, Information Technology Literacy, and World Language. 

Curriculum

Grade 3 Curriculum

FAQs

Get answers to our most often asked grade 3 questions.

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Grade 3 Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Student Binders/Planners used for?

Keeping the lines of communication open is very important.  Each child has received a binder that will act as our home/school connection.  All notes, notices, homework, and finished work come home in a yellow folder that is inside the binder.  Orange EveryDay Math family letters will also be sent home in the folder at the beginning of each new math unit.  Please use the yellow folder to send notes, lunch card money, etc. to school.  Placing all notes from home in a designated area has become a part of our morning routine.

Each binder also includes an assignment planner.  We will focus a lot of attention on this planner, as a way to foster organization and responsibility.  Each day the students will update their planners with homework assignments, due dates, and special reminders. I request your help in getting our third graders into the habit of utilizing this important resource.  Please initial each day’s column to confirm that you and your child read and discussed that evening’s assignments.  I hope this process will assist our children in gaining responsibility and ownership of their work.  *It is essential that this binder be returned each day.

How do I change my child's dismissal plans during the day?

The main office, (203) 291-2700 should be notified of any last minute dismissal changes by noon.  They in turn, will notify me of the change.

How are birthdays celebrated in third grade?

Birthday treats are welcome.  Keep the treat simple, something that the child can pass out themselves. This can be an edible treat or a non-edible treat such as an eraser, pencil, puzzle, or book donation to class.  Per our District Wellness Policy, if you do send in edible treats, you must also send in a healthy alternative. Please provide a few days notice and drop off the goodies in the classroom before school.  We will make sure that we schedule time in the day to celebrate.  Please be aware that students are no longer able to hand out birthday treats throughout the school.  Thanks for your cooperation!

How can I find out whether or not a book is too hard for my child?

Use the Five Finger Rule – Open a book to a page in the middle and have your child start reading.  Each time he/she misses a word, or questions the meaning of a word, fold down a finger.  If you have all five fingers down by the end of the page, the book is probably too hard for your child.  If your child attempts to read it independently, it may increase his/her frustration level.

What happens if my child cannot read their 20 minutes one night?

We understand that children and families sometimes have special events going on outside of school.  If your child cannot read one night because of such event, please make a note on the reading log for that day.  Encourage your child to make up that 20 minutes over the remaining nights.

Where is the Lost and Found?

The newly established school wide “Lost and Found” is located in the main entrance of the Cafetorium.  If your child has lost a jacket, sweater, or lunchbox, be sure to visit the Lost and Found before or after school.

ACADEMICS

Grade 4

Our Fourth Grade program is a comprehensive classroom based curriculum in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  In addition, children work with certified teachers in the areas of the Arts, Physical Education, Health, Information Technology Literacy, and World Language.

Curriculum

Grade 3 Curriculum

FAQs

Get answers to our most often asked grade 4 questions.

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Grade 4 Frequently Asked Questions

How are birthdays celebrated?

Birthdays are small celebrations in fourth grade. A special snack (and a healthy choice) can be brought in to share with the class only.  Please send in any other necessary serving items.  Either send it in with your child or drop it off in the office for us to pick up later in the day. 

What field trips are taken in fourth grade?

In fourth grade, we visit Hartford as part of our social studies unit on Connecticut.  We also view a movie at the IMAX theatre in Norwalk related to our explorers unit.  Throughout the year we invite science programs into our school to help reinforce concepts learned in our units.  The fourth grade is a part of the LINKS program sponsored by the New Canaan Nature Center

How much homework is given in fourth grade?

There is an average of 30-40 minutes of homework daily, plus an additional 20 minutes of reading.  Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday; none is given on Fridays, but unfinished work is to be completed over the weekend.  Each teacher assigns various long-term projects throughout the year.

How should I help my child with homework?

Homework is a reinforcement of work previously introduced in class.  The appropriate parental role may be as a facilitator since students should be encouraged to complete homework assignments independently to the best of their ability.  If written work causes undo frustration for your child, please send a note in with the assignment for the teacher.  For long-term projects, parents may assist in reinforcing organization and time management skill

What happens if my child forgets his/her homework?

Homework assignments are expected to be turned in by the specified due date.  To reinforce student responsibility, we encourage parents to refrain from bringing in your child’s homework.  If there are extenuating circumstances, please send a note in for the teacher.  While we understand that extra-curricular activities are important to the development of the whole child, we strongly believe that homework should be factored in as a priority in your child’s daily activities. 

ACADEMICS

Grade 5

Our Fifth Grade program is a comprehensive classroom based curriculum in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  In addition, children work with certified teachers in the areas of the Arts, Physical Education, Health, Information Technology Literacy, and World Language. 

Curriculum

Grade 3 Curriculum

FAQs

Get answers to our most often asked grade 5 questions.

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Grade 5 Frequently Asked Questions

How are 5th grade students assessed on the Progress Reports?

Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies are assessed with letter and effort grades.  Additionally, students are assessed on Citizenship and Work Habits.

How is the transition to the Middle School handled?

Parent meetings and student visits occur in the spring.

What is the homework policy in 5th grade?

The handbook states that students may receive an average of 40-60 minutes of homework per night plus an additional 20 minutes of reading.  Please see the Weston Intermediate School Community Handbook for more information

What field trips do fifth graders go on?

Students go on two major field trips: Sturbridge Village and The Bronx Zoo