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Dear Parents and Students,

Buffalo Basket Benefit - Bump, Set, Spike -Train & Play

I sent the letter home with students on Thursday, October 2nd. It is also attached here as a .pdf document. We are very excited to offer a new type of basket this year. Many students are interested in volleyball and trying out for the team next year. We have had a very successful season and hope to keep the excitement for the sport alive. Please help by sending in an item to add to our basket. I gave many suggestions but look forward to your unique contributions as well. All donations will be added to your PI involvement time. The Basket Benefit is one of our few fundraisers for the school and its success depends upon you! If you would like to help by wrapping our basket, please let me know. Thank you for all your contributions and support!

6th Grade Field Trip to Epcot: October 24th  Chaperones have been chosen and notified. Two parents were chosen from my homeroom. Thank you to everyone that volunteered to help us with this trip. Soon, the students will be involved in choosing their groups.

Class Motto: We read closely, think deeply, and write completely!

Textbooks: Our textbooks have arrived, and I've given my students the choice of bringing one home or using the online version if they have access to the Internet.

Supplies: Students should have a 3-Subject Notebook to leave in the classroom, a 2-pocket folder to keep in their backpack for Lang. Arts and their AR log. Students should also have a pencil, red pen, and a highlighter each day. Any extra supplies should be left at home to replenish their backpack when needed.

Classroom Wish List:  I would like i-tunes, Barnes & Nobles, ice cream shop, Walmart, or Target gift cards to raffle at the end of each marking period for my classes. You receive Parent Involvement Time for donations like this. The gift card amounts can be in any amount ($5 - $25). Students will have to earn an entry into the drawing by turning in exceptional work or tests. I think the students would be very motivated to work for the extra reward.

 AR Reading: 1st 9 Weeks testing begins August 11th. Students should have two books checked out. Students are given opportunity most days of the week to read and AR test as well as check out books when they have finished testing. Students should try to achieve their point goal by earning a few points each week. Students are assigned points according to their Reading FCAT scores. The point chart is listed in the planner on page 20. Deadline days are posted on an attached .pdf document.  If your child is reading a large book, then they should be sure to get approval by me. If a student waits until the last week to test on a "big book" and fails the test, he or she is in jeopardy of not making their goal and earning a poor grade for the marking period.

 AR Home Connect- Check your child's current AR status 

 Homework: Homework is due the following day unless otherwise specified. Failing to turn in homework, on time, will result in a maximum grade of 60% if turned in one day late. Two or more days late will result in a zero for the assignment. Although I plan to give students enough time to work in class on assignments, it may be necessary for some students to finish assignments at home if not completed in class. 

Students may also want to revisit some of the lessons from class at home. They can do this through LearnZillion, an online tutorial of the new Florida Standards for English Language Arts.


Our reading selections will come from our new literature textbook and can also be accessed through the Pearson website at home.


Works Cited Creater - Helps organize your source information while completing research


PDF documents
2014-15 Sunshine State Books - Read all 15 for a reward
6th Grade Language Arts Syllabus -
7th Grade Language Arts Syllabus -
AR Goal Deadline Dates -
AR Reading Log and Information Packet -
Buffalo Basket Letter - 6th Grade Homeroom
Hanukkah Homework Assignment - 6th Grade
Hanukkah Homework Rubric - 6th Grade
Open House Notes -
PAYPAM - Online Lunch Account
Word Work-Crossword Puzzle - Due 9-26
Zlateh the Goat Story - Use for Hanukkah Homewok assignment

 July 2014
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