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Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences


Grade 3 2016-2017

Ms. James – Room 310W

Science Syllabus

Contact Information: ashleyjames@daask12.com 
For urgent needs during the school day, please contact the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences office at: (313) 259-1744.

Academic standards are important because they help ensure that all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in college and the workforce. They help set clear and consistent expectations for students, parents, and teachers; build your child’s knowledge and skills; and help set high goals for all students. Of course, high standards are not the only thing needed for our children’s success. Standards provide an important first step, a clear roadmap for teachers, parents, and students. Having clearly defined goals helps families and teachers work together to ensure that students succeed. Standards help parents and teachers know when students need extra assistance or when they need to be challenged even more. They also will help your child develop critical thinking skills that will prepare him or her for college and career.

Click to read -----> Grade 3 Science Grade Level Content Expectations 


Each child will receive a Communication Folder to deliver handouts, permission slips, and notes from school-to-home and home-to-school. This folder will come home nightly and should be returned every morning; please plan to check your child’s folder every evening and remind your child to turn in any notes or signed papers.

Please email or call the school to schedule conferences if you have any questions or concerns about your child. Teachers cannot hold conversations or conferences during class time. Parents are required to stop and check-in at the security station in the front lobby. All visitors during school hours must have a visitor pass present and visible to all building personnel.


Third Graders take an Achievement Network (ANET) standardized test every 7 weeks and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) three times a year. We use the information to form our instruction and reteaching groups. Students will take science quizzes throughout each science chapter, as well as a test at the end of each unit.

I will communicate student performance through quarterly report cards, parent-teacher conferences, and graded assessments.

Science classwork, homework, quizzes and tests can be administered to students using the ThatQuiz website. All grades are immediately reported to the students. Teachers receive complete record keeping of test results, including all grades and wrong answers. 

Classroom Management

I use Whole Brain Teaching for creating structure and building a strong classroom community. Whenever possible, I empower students to be independent thinkers and problem-solvers. I use role modeling to introduce and reinforce appropriate behavior and language; I employ logical consequences to address misbehavior, and hold class meetings to reflect, set goals, and celebrate achievements.

Students are expected to show “D.A.A.S. P.R.I.D.E. ”. This will provide students with reminders and opportunities to fix mistakes. If you are not connected to Class Dojo, please contact me.






Prepared      Responsible Integrity        Determination   Engaged

Progressive Discipline Steps

Step 1

Verbal warning

1 to 1 discussion

Redirect behavior

Step 2

Class Dojo

Point(s) taken

Step 3


Buddy teacher

Think Sheet

Conflict resolution

Step 4


Parent contact

Student infraction Document

Classroom Disruption Log

In each third grade class, students may visit a “buddy teacher” if they demonstrate or decide they need space or time to refocus their thoughts or regain control of their emotions. This allows children to calm down and regroup safely and quietly. Students will be asked to complete a Think Sheet during their “break” in order to share their thoughts and reflections. If your child fills out a Think Sheetit will be sent home for a parent/guardian to sign. We ask that you use this opportunity to discuss appropriate behavior with your child.

Also, students may lose privileges or free time/recess if they choose not to use their learning time appropriately (i.e. demonstrate consistent off-task behavior or are hurtful or disrespectful to another student or teacher).