School Information:


New Market School 

155 College Street

New Market, AL 35761 

Phone: (256) 379-2751 

Principal: Dr. Mark Minskey

Assistant Principal:  Mrs. Keri Smith

Motto: “Every child. Every chance. Every day.”

Mascot: Raiders

Colors: Blue and white

Office Hours:  7:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Student Hours: 7:55 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.


Please call the office when your child has been out from school or send a note with your child explaining his/her absence.  Children that are late to school should report to the office prior to entering the classroom.


Please make sure that your current address and phone number are listed on your checks to the school.  This includes lunch money, money to school fundraisers, and classroom Scholastic book orders.


Parents are welcomed and encouraged to visit New Market School.  Please check in with the front office prior to entering the building.  You will be asked to sign in and use a visitor’s name badge. 

Classroom Information:

Check out our website for the class schedule, room tour, weekly newsletters, subject information, fantastic links, grading rubrics, project and assignment information, pictures of class activities, and the class handbook.   

WEBSITE:  https://msashworthsclass.wordpress.com



Ms. Ashworth’s Classroom Expectations:

·         Be responsible.

·         Be respectful.

·         Follow directions.

·         Exhibit self-discipline. 

My goal is to teach my fifth graders the art of self-discipline.  However, if a student’s behavior disrupts the rest of the class, that student must sign the discipline book.  Consequences for signing the discipline book include a verbal reprimand, conference with the teacher, phone call to parents, loss of privilege, lunch detention, and/or meeting with the principal or assistant principal.  Rewards for going above and beyond what is expected include eating lunch with a friend in another class, and gaining responsibility and classroom privileges.  Please contact me if you have any questions. 


Students will be evaluated using traditional assessment methods including tests and quizzes.  Tests and quizzes may consist of multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the blank, and essay questions. Vocabulary tests, reading comprehension tests, and spelling tests are given each week.  Students will be notified in advance of tests, but must be prepared for quizzes at any time.  Students will also be evaluated using non-traditional assessments including teacher observations, learning games, writing, presentations, and projects.


Your child’s homework should not average more than 50 minutes nightly.  Much of your child’s homework will simply be math work that he/she did not complete in class.  Other possible homework assignments are science or social studies projects and reports.  Students are expected to complete each homework assignment to the best of their ability.   Homework is graded for completion and accuracy.  If your child does not complete his/her homework, then he/she will be assigned homework detention during PE.

Make-up Work:

Students are responsible for the work they have missed while they were absent.  When they return to school, they can ask a friend, look at the planner, or check the make-up work folder for worksheets. Students will have the same number of days that they were absent to make up the work.  For example, if a child was absent for 2 days, he/she will have 2 days to make up the work.  Many of the activities that we do in class cannot be completed outside the classroom (spelling tests, literature groups, discussions, etc.). Regular attendance is encouraged. If your child is absent from school, please contact the school office. If your child has missed 3 or more days of school, you can request his/her homework.

Late Work:

All assignments must be completed and should be turned in on time.  Late work is accepted with percentage deductions.

Grading Scale:

The following scale indicates how students will be grade on major tests, projects, and assignments:

-90% – 100% ~ A               – 80% — 89% ~ B             -70% – 79% ~ C         -65% – 69% ~ D       

-65% and Below ~ F

Assignment Books:

All students have been provided with an assignment book.  It will be the students’ responsibility to write their assignments down in their books on a daily basis.  These assignment books encourage your child to be responsible and organized. 


Each year, I like to encourage as much parent participation as possible.  Please fill out a parent volunteer form to let me know how you would like to help in our class this year.  As you will see on the form, you can help by making copies, organizing parties, chaperoning on field trips, and volunteering in our classroom.

Scholastic Book Orders:

Scholastic book orders flyers will be sent home regularly.  Scholastic offers quality literature for reasonable prices.  Also, ordering from Scholastic gives our class bonus points that we use to order more books for our classroom library.  Please include your driver’s license number on your check when paying for your child’s book order.

Personal Belongings:

Make sure all of your child’s personal belongings are clearly marked with their name.  Cell phones are allowed only if they are turned off at school and on the bus. Toys, pets, other electronic devices and other personal items need to be left at home.   If a child brings a prohibited item to school, I will confiscate the item and I will arrange a time for the child’s parent to claim the item.  


We do not have birthday parties at school for students. However, students may bring a “quick and easy” treat to share with the class.  Great ideas are sugar-free popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, fruit roll-ups, or granola bars.  Please do not send peanut products.


Since 5th grade does not have lunch until 12:10pm, the students are welcomed to bring a healthy finger food for snack for themselves. The snacks should already be prepared and take about 5-10 minutes to eat. We will be continuing our work while eating snack.  Due to possible food allergies, students are not allowed to share snacks. Please only bring water to drink in the classroom.


Please contact me if you have any questions.  I will send home additional information as needed.

Ms. Shannon Ashworth

Email: sashworth@madison.k12.al.us

School Phone: (256) 379-2751