The ABCs of7thGrade2012-2013 Welcome to Ms. Hunter’s Open House!
A is for Agenda A • Agenda- Each day the agenda will be posted on the board. It is the student’s responsibility to record the assignments in their agenda. • The agenda is also posted on my website daily.
B is for Behavior B • Behavior- Our seventh grade students are always expected to be on their best behavior. We have very high expectations and hope that you do too. We request that our students treat all people with kindness. Students are also expected to come to class prepared and ready to learn. Whether they are in the classroom, hallway, media center or cafeteria we expect that our students are always practicing being responsible, respectful and safe. Students that are a discipline problem will not be allowed to attend field trips, assemblies, and any other fun activities we plan.
C is Cheating & Cell Phones C • Cheating- Any student that is caught cheating will be given a zero on the assignment and their parent will be contacted. We remind students that even if they let someone copy their answers that is the same as copying answers off of someone else. Either way it is CHEATING! If a student forgets to do an assignment it is best to accept the consequence and move on or use a late pass, if available. We firmly believe that honesty is always the best policy. • Cell Phones- According to school rules, cell phones are not allowed in class. Cell phones that are brought to school are to be turned off and out of sight. If a student is found to have a cell phone in class, the cell phone will be taken away and given to the office. The student will be allowed to pick up their cell phone at the end of the school day. If this problem persists, the cell phone will be taken away and can only be retrieved by a parent. This will also require a meeting with the principal. If the problem is chronic, it may result in a school suspension.
D is for Discipline D • Iroquois Middle School has adopted a school wide Positive Behavior System. As your child’s team teachers, we follow this system and its guidelines for discipline. Below you will find the steps that we follow in regards to discipline: • 1st offense: Warning • 2nd offense= Student-teacher conference + parent contact • 3rd offense= Counselor intervention • 4th offense= Detention + parent contact • 5th offense = Principal referral *Serious infractions could result in immediate office referral
E is for Expectations and Email E • Email- I can be contacted via email. If you have any concerns please contact but keep in mind that it may take a day before I am able to respond. (firstname.lastname@example.org) • Expectations- Our expectations for our students are very high. We will not accept less than what we feel each student is capable of giving us.
F is for Field Trips and Fun F • Field Trips- Each year the seventh grade teachers plan some field trips for our students. If students are interested in participating they must be on their best behavior to join in on the fun. • Fun- We will do everything in our power to make our classrooms as fun and engaging as possible.
G is for Grades G is for Grading G
H is for Homework H • Homework- Any work that is not finished in class is considered homework. Homework is always due the following school day unless specified otherwise. During this class time students are reminded to ask for help if needed. • Reviewing homework with your child is a great way to stay informed about what they are learning. • Do not throw assignments away even if they have been graded and entered into the grade book. These benefit students in their other classes when preparing for a test or quiz.
I is for I.M. Talk and Individuality I • I.M. Talk- We understand that there is a new technology language but that is not acceptable in school. We expect our students to use correct grammar when writing and speaking in all of their classes. • Individuality- All people are entitled to be who they want to be, so we ask that all students give their peers that opportunity. Students are reminded that making fun of or picking on others will not be allowed. We are all human beings and deserve to be treated with respect.
J is for Joint Journey J • Joint Journey- As educators we know that a child’s success is more likely when there is a team approach between parent, student and teacher. When it comes to communication we have an open door policy. Please never hesitate to call or email us if you have a question or concern.
K is for Know How K • Know How- We want you to know exactly how to contact us if needed. You can email or call when you have a question, concern or need an update. Please keep in mind that the only time I am available for phone calls is during my 6th hr. prep hour, otherwise I amteaching students. Ms. Hunter-723-3830 email@example.com
L is for Late Work L • Late Work- Students are permitted to turn in late work ONLY if it is submitted to the teacher one day late. This means that if an assignment is due Thursday a student can submit it to the teacher the next day, Friday. All late assignments will earn half credit.
M is for Make-up Work M • It is the student’s responsibility to determine what work they missed during their absence from school. I will keep a work log that you can refer to. Handouts will be in a designated area. If the log is not complete or if worksheets are not in the designated area, the student is responsible to find out what they missed! Students should also find out what was checked when they were out. One day is added to the due date for each day that they are absent. If you know ahead of time that you will be absent, please inform me so that I can send work home with you if possible.
N is for No Name Papers N • No Name Papers- Any papers that I receive that are nameless will be placed in the No Name Tray. These assignments will be given a 0% unless it is turned in the following day with a late pass.
O is for Opportunity O • Opportunity- Our 7th graders are given endless opportunities to do well. We as teachers are always willing to help our students but we also expect them to help themselves. Students can do this by paying attention, being prepared, asking questions and studying.
P is Parent Portal P • Parent Portal- Sign up if you haven’t already. Parent portal is a great way to monitor your child’s progress so there are no surprises!
Q is for Questions Q • Questions- Great learning happens when students feel comfortable to ask questions. We encourage our students and tell them that it is their job to ask questions and our job as teachers to answer them. Students should never hesitate to ask an appropriate question.
R is for Respect and Responsibility R • Respect- We expect our students to treat their teachers and peers with respect. We promote a bully free zone and will not tolerate such behavior. If you catch wind of something that we do not, please don’t hesitate to contact us. • Responsibility- Middle school is a great time for students to take responsibility for their actions. There will be a consequence for all behaviors that are deemed inappropriate.
S is for Study S • Study- Students are encouraged to study each night and not to wait until the night before a test or project due date.
T is for Tests and Talking T • Tests- Students will be notified before a test. This means that that they should be proactive and study a little bit each night before the test. • Talking- Talking during tests is not permitted. If a student is talking during a test we feel it is safe to assume they are cheating.
U is for Understanding U • Understanding- We consider ourselves to be very understanding. We hope the same is true of our students and their parents. We hope that you will help us encourage your child to be more responsible this year and make the best of it.
V is for Vocabulary V • Vocabulary- All year we will focus on increasing our vocabulary. We encourage students to look for better words when writing and speaking so they can broaden their vocabulary.
W is for Writing and Web Site W • Writing- A goal for all seventh graders is to become better writers. Whenever students write for use we ask that they follow directions, use proper conventions and double check for errors. • Web Site- Please check web site often. It contains the agenda, school calendar, helpful links, and useful documents.
X is for X-tra Copies X • X-tra Copies- We usually run some copies of each assignment. If a student loses a copy of an assignment they can check the Extra Copies Bin. If those copies run out we will not make any extra copies. Students are reminded to be responsible and keep their work in a safe spot.
Y is for Why We Do What We Do Y • Why Do We Do What We Do?- Curriculum in Chippewa Valley Schools is aligned with the state’s Grade Level Content Expectations. We follow the state and district’s guidelines to ensure that your child’s learning is on target with other seventh graders around the state.
Z is for Zero Z • Zero- Students who turn in an assignment that shows no effort will be given a zero. Also, if an assignment is more than one day late it will receive no credit.
What will my child learn ELA? • Students will be challenged to use reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing as vehicles of communication. • Students will practice and master grammar including the parts of speech, subject/verb agreement, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. • Students will practice the writing process in various voices.
What will my child learn ELA? • Students will focus on improving spelling, grammar, and vocabulary skills. • Communication strategies will be used to help students speak confidently, listen, and interact appropriately. • Students will read, interpret, and appreciate various genres. • Students will practice grade level vocabulary and be expected to utilize it in their writing.
What will my child learn in S.S.? • Students will have a better understanding of the geography and cultures of the world. • Students will further develop their map skills. • Students will be provided with a variety of perspectives and views for understanding different cultures. • Students will be provided with a variety of perspectives and views for understanding the world around them.
What will my child learn in S.S.? • Students will be given the opportunity to analyze and evaluate world events. • Students will be presented with a variety of ways to deal with large quantities of information. • Students will be asked to work in cooperative learning groups on a regular basis.
What will my child learn in Careers? • Class goal- You will be provided with a process for: • Understanding yourself and your skills in order to reach personal and career goals.
What will my child learn in Careers? • Exploring and developing awareness of career pathways, specific careers of interest, and traditional, nontraditional, and emerging careers. • Creating and Educational Development Plan that meets your career goals and interests.
What will my child learn in Careers? • The class is divided into three sections: • Who am I? – Self-awareness • Where am I going? – Career awareness and exploration • How do I get there? – Decision making/planning
CAREERS • WANTED: • Volunteers to give a presentation on their career! • See me for details and suggestions.