The notebook is the key to the student's character. Each student records what he has internalized. Parents should understand the notebook method. Parents should frequently look at the assignments in the notebook and discuss them with their children. Teachers will be happy to discuss or answer any questions about the notebooks. Notebooks are first introduced in kindergarten and are formally required to be handled by the student in the fourth grade. All tests must be signed and returned by students in the sixth through twelfth grade. Students must not doodle on notebook pages and must copy over inferior work. Notebooks contribute a significant amount to the overall grade IN EVERY CLASS.


There should be four (4) sections in each student's notebook:

1. Assignment Sheet
  • The date of each assignment and the assignment itself are listed; written assignments are numbered.
  • Daily homework and class assignments
  • 2. Numbered Assignments - Homework and Classwork
  • A. Assignments are to be kept in numerical order.
  • B. Assignments are to be kept in chronological order.
  • 3. Classroom Notes
    • Lecture Notes
    • Teacher's dictated notes and notes from the board
    • 4. Returned Daily Tests and Quizzes
    • (The teacher keeps major tests on file.)


    Regulations for Grading of Notebooks:

    1. There must be an assignment sheet.

    2. Late notebooks are accepted only one day after due date. The grade will be lowered accordingly.

    3. Late notebooks are accepted only one day after due date. The grade will be lowered accordingly.


    Standards for Written Work

    Junior and Senior High School:

    1. If three or more different words are misspelled on a written assignment, the paper must be recopied.

    2. The score of any paper is lowered for extremely poor spelling or sloppiness.

    3. Spelling and vocabulary are to be included in the grading of all examinations.

    4. All written assignments and examinations are to be written in ink, with the exception of mathematics. Writing is to be done in complete sentences.

    5. Students are to use wide-lined, white notebook paper, standard 8½ x 11 size. No composition paper is to be used for hand-in assignments.

    6. The student's name, class, and current date are to be written in the upper right-hand corner on all assignments, notes, and tests.

    Elementary School:

    1. The name is to be written neatly in the upper right-hand corner of the paper.

    2. A one-inch margin is to be left on each side and at the bottom of the paper.

    3. Skip a line between the title and the first line of the first paragraph on compositions, stories, etc.

    4. If four or more different words are misspelled, the paper must be recopied.

    5. If the paper is not neat, it must be recopied.

    6. All compositions, stories, essays, etc. must be written in complete sentences.

    7. Paper is to be the same as used for high school except where specified in lower grades.

    8. Primary grade children learning from Open Court curriculum will use phonetic spelling. The Open Court program has specific strategies for teaching spelling through an intensive phonics program. Through this technique, children's spelling will evolve from phonetic to standard spelling.