Welcome to ELA with Mrs. Vilardi!

My name is Mrs. Vilardi and I am so excited to work with all of my students this year across two grade levels. I will be teaching one of my own 5th grade ELA classes and co-teaching a 5th grade class with Mrs. Sprengel as well as an 8th grade class with Mrs. Sucato.

In order to find information for my 5th grade class, please use this site only, using the tabs above. If you are interested in finding information about one of my co-taught classes, use the tabs above to find the link to the other teacher sites.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

I am looking forward to a great year :)

Contact Information:

Cara Vilardi


732- 775-4413 ex. 333

5th & 8th ELA

Grading policy

Below is the breakdown for grading:

50% = Major assessments

30% = Minor assessments

10% = Homework assignments

10% = Class Participation

Major assignments Minor ASSIGNMENTS

-completed essays -reading log

-book talks -reading response

-vocabulary tests -writers' notebook


  • No extra credit is assigned.
  • Students can request to retest major assessments. [Tests only, not essays]

homework policy

Homework can be graded twice:

1) For completion.

2) Graded for accuracy as a participation grade.

***Students will be notified for homework grading category.

It will be posted on homework page as well.

Grading Scale for Homework Completeness:

100% = Completed

75% = Attempted, more than half / late score after one day

50% = Attempted, mostly incomplete / late score after two days

0% = No attempt, not handed in

How much time should students spend on homework?

Grade 4 = 40 minutes

Grade 5 = 50 minutes

Grade 6 = 60 minutes

Grade 7 = 70 minutes

Grade 8 = 80 minutes

*Late homework will be taken, with a penalty, up to two days from assigned date.

PArticipation grading

  • Contributes to discussions, lessons, and activities
  • Responds thoughtfully to other students’ comments
  • Suggests different ways of approaching activities
  • Demonstrates consistent preparation
  • Maintains engagement in lessons and activities

Participation Grading

100-90 Exceeds expectations

89-80 Meets expectations

79-70 Attempts

60 Below expectations