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Classroom Policies

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Whole Class Management:

The class can work together to paper chains. When our paper chain reaches the ground we will have a celebration!


We will use the CHAMPS framework to establish classroom expectations at the beginning of the year. These will be referenced daily and retaught when needed. Students are expected to follow our classroom rules and guidelines for success.

Bierbower Funds:

Part of the fourth grade social studies standards is understanding financial literacy. Students will participate in a classroom economy system. Each student will have a bank account, a job, earn a monthly salary, pay rent and utilities, and learn about budgeting for fixed and unfixed costs. Please reach out to me if you would like to learn more about this!

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Assessment Information

Types of Assessments used to measure student progress throughout the year:

  • Formative Assessments
  • Unit Assessments
  • Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) - Reading and Math

Grading System

  • Formative (daily) work:

    • I check student work/behavior/attitudes daily to inform my instruction.

  • Summative (final) assessments:

    • The rubric found on the district report card is below. It does not correspond to letter grades (A, B, etc.):

      • S = Secure: The student demonstrates mastery of this topic and applies it independently.

      • D = Developing: The student demonstrates inconsistent mastery of this topic.

      • B = Beginning: The student demonstrates an introductory level of mastery of this topic.

      • N/A = Not Assessed

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4th Grade Information

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Behavior Expectations


Homework Expectations



Social Studies

Fourth Grade Team


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Student ​Resources

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Ms. Bierbower's Playlists

Username: bierbowere@avoca37.org

Password: bierbower



Reading A-Z


Math Apps


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Meet the Teacher

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My name is Emily Bierbower and this is my ninth year at Avoca West. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. I have a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master's Degree in Integrated Curriculum. I love teaching fourth grade and am excited for a great year!

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Please email me at bierbowere@avoca37.org for any questions. This is the easiest way for me to communicate throughout the day. Please email me if you would like to set up a phone call. I am available to schedule in person meetings before and after school.



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