Dear Parents and Students:
Welcome back to the 2012-2013 school year! I am planning
and anticipating a year filled with challenge, learning, and
excitement. The following outline will supply you with
information concerning the program. Please sign, cut and return
the designated portion. Thank you.
RULES OF CONDUCT
others, materials, and the classroom learning experience.
assignments, textbooks, and supplies to class.
Be in the door
when the bell rings.
directions on all assignments. Be thorough, neat, and
room clean and neat when you depart. When you are seated
quietly, the teacher will dismiss you.
HOMEWORK & GRADES
Students should expect approximately 5-10 hours of homework weekly in
order to keep their grades up. New homework is not assigned every day.
However, your student should have social science and/or language arts
assignments to work on every night. Long-term projects will be
introduced and worked on in class and at home. Due dates will be fair
and strictly enforced. I will accept late work within reason. Excused
absences will allow for extended deadlines. Current grades are posted
regularly through Learning Point for student and parent viewing.
Thus, students are able to inform you of their current status
throughout the school year and you can view current grades through the
internet. Progress notices will be posted on the published dates.
Please monitor these postings and if you have concerns
about anything, e-mail me, write me a note or call me at 748-0802 xt
2004. Our classroom website includes many of the assignments,
assignment due dates, the current grades, and a variety of other helpful
information. You may also find the content standards that drive the
curriculum, activities, lectures and the eighth-grade experience. The
site is located at: http://www.powayusd.com/teachers/stbass/ You
can access this information to help ensure success for your students.
SILENT READING PROGRAM
Each student needs to have their own silent reading book(s). I expect
students to read at least 80 minutes a week on their own and outside of
the classroom. Parents need to monitor this time and send written
confirmation that this reading is being completed. The
“Silent Reading Form” is collected on the first day of each week. I
will send Silent Reading forms home periodically. These forms can also
be found on the webpage and in the classroom. Success in this area
correlates significantly with good grades. Please take this
program seriously and strictly monitor their reading.
SUPPLIES RECOMMENDED FOR THE CLASSROOM
Our class will be involved in many diverse
activities. Students can help to ensure success by being
equipped, organized, and prepared. Each student will need two
three-ring binders. One will be for their history notebook, and
the other will be for their language work. If buying the
following supplies causes any financial hardship, please write
me a note.
1/2 to1 inch, fairly empty, three-ring notebook
Language Notebook: Student preference is fine...
Paper (lined, unlined, colored, and white)
Dividers for language
and history notebooks
Pens & pencils: Black, blue, red. A multi-colored pen
would also be helpful.
Package of colored marker pens
Binder reminder or similar planner
Thesaurus / Dictionary
An appropriate, parent/teacher approved for pleasure
Scissors, stapler, ruler, hole punch, glue stick,
white-out tape, etc.
I want students to leave the classroom and be
in high school and life. I expect them to become productive and
self-directed. I would like to see an academically strong and enjoyable
year for all students. Through student, parent, and teacher involvement,
all students should succeed.
Again, welcome to the classroom. Here's to a great year!
I have read the back-to-school letter.
Student Signature __________________________