• 2018-2019 Parent Letter:

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

          Hello! My name is Nichole Taylor and I will be your child’s IEP case manager for the 2018-2019 school year. At some point this year, we will meet to discuss and review your child’s IEP. Typically, we will be holding our IEP meetings in the morning. In order to expedite the actual meeting, the IEP will be sent home via email several days prior to the meeting date. Please remember that the copy you receive is a draft and changes can be made at the actual meeting time. You will be able to review the paperwork at home and note any questions you may have. Questions or concerns can then be addressed over email, telephone or at the actual meeting. If morning meetings are not convenient for you, a phone conference can be arranged. I will also be utilizing conference days when possible to provide additional IEP meeting times. 
          At the IEP meeting, you will receive a copy of the Procedural Safeguards either electronically or as a paper copy.  Below is a link to the PDF format of this document. Feel free to review this information at any time. This is simply for your records. 
          I look forward to working with you and your child. If you have any questions throughout the year, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached by phone at 267-893-3300 ext. 6579 or by email at nstaylor@cbsd.org.
    Mrs. Taylor's Homework Philosophy:
    Math Homework: During class time, students are given instruction on how to solve problems and they practice completing these problems with teacher assistance.  The purpose of math homework is to see how students do when they have to complete a set of sample problems without teacher assistance.  This allows students the opportunity to recall what they have learned in class, use their notes and other resources and to apply learned strategies to solve the given problems.  Most nights, homework will only consist of a few problems and in some cases, the answers will be available so students can check their work.  Looking at the answers to see how to solve a problem is not considered cheating and can actually help students work backwards and problem-solve.  My only request is that students try each problem on their own and show all their work.  If a child is struggling with the homework problems, parents should simply make a note on the homework sheet so I know that the work was attempted. Having students complete math homework allows me to see where students need further instruction and practice.  Students are encouraged to let me know when they have trouble with homework assignments.  This is a great opportunity for students to practice self-advocacy skills and become aware of their areas of strengths and needs in math class.
    ELA Homework: The U.S. Department of Education (2005) maintains that avid reading promotes better skills acquisition, superior grades, and a desirable life, as measured by income, profession, employment, and other attributes. Independent reading also increases fluency, background knowledge, and self-confidence. In short...READING IS IMPORTANT!!  
    Throughout the school year, students will be asked to have an independent reading book with them at all times (take home each night and bring back to school each day). There will be times when students will need to record the number of minutes they have read and write a short summary. Instructions on how to record minutes will be given at the beginning of the school year.  
    AOWs (Article of the Week) is another assignment you might see at home.  These are typically articles that relate to something we are doing in class. Students usually have about one week to complete these assignments and they are designed to build communication between students and parents, opening up conversations about what students are learning in class.  Parents are encouraged to read the articles with their child and look at the questions together.  
    There will be limited writing assignments given as homework since we will be working on the writing process together at school.  There may be times when students are asked to write a rough draft or revise something that they wrote in class.  
    In general, I do not assign large amounts of homework and most of the ELA homework I assign is not due for several days.
    If you feel the homework I am assigning (in either class) is taking a significant amount of time to complete, please contact me so that we can see if an adjustment needs to be made.