Dear Parents and Guardians, August 16, 2016
Welcome back to school! I am Marianna Sronce and I will be your child’s teacher this year. My colleague and team teacher is Melinda Dinsmore. We work closely together to make sure all of our students are learning and growing. For the most part I will be their teacher and case manager. I am looking forward to a great year! We have a lot of fun lesson planned for this year and new friends to meet! I am very enthusiastic about the fun we will have!
If your child is in 8th grade there are wonderful activities planned for them throughout the school year. They will have 8th grade t-shirts available for purchase, spirt days, afterschool dances, grad night, and an 8th grade picnic. Make sure you check the website often for 8th grade activities! It is a lot of fun, a wonderful opportunity to be with friends, and to build lasting friendships for high school!
Many of our students will join their peers in general education classes for an elective or a social science class. Support will be provided by the special education assistants as available. I do the best I can to make sure they have support in every class they attend. They will be given a syllabus, textbooks, and assignments in those classes. Please make sure you keep in touch with their other teachers as well as with me. The special education team and general education team will do their best to make sure all educational needs are met. This is a great opportunity for your child to grow, become more independent, as well as make friends outside of our program.
All curriculums are provided by the District Special Education Office. They are The Unique Learning Systems Curriculum, and Attainment Math, Sciences and Social skills. In addition to those listed supplemental materials will be used to help meet individual goals and support them as well. Hopefully we will be doing some cooking and gardening for math and science. Our Units this year will be covering the following subjects.
Unit 17: My Country, My Rights (Government)
Unit 18: Middle School Science Fair (Scientific Discovery)
Unit 19: Our Place in Place (Earth and Space Science)
Unit 20: We Need Change (History)
Unit 21: What Makes this Place Special (Geography)
Unit 22: Making Waves Light and Sound (Physical Science)
Unit 23: I Can Earn Money (Economics)
Unit 24: I Look Like My Parents (Life Science)
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Time and Money
Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics,
Supplies: In middle school the students will need to carry a notebook with pocket providers or a spiral bound notebook and a folder, pencils, pens, and erasers. A quiet pencil sharpener is also a good idea. They may bring crayons or colored pencils. They will receive a planner which they will write their homework assignments in. You may use this planner to write brief notes if you’d like.
Attendance: In the event your child does become ill I also ask that as parents please remember that many of your child’s classmates may have some serious medical problems that could be aggravated by illness; please use your best judgment on whether your child is well enough to be in school. If your child is sick and going to be absent please call the attendance office or send in a note. While I appreciate you letting me know I can’t excuse the absence for you, you will need to contact the attendance office. If your child needs medication while in school the school nurse will need a note from your doctor.
Drop off and Pick up: If you are dropping your child off in the morning please bring them to the side gate where the buses drop off and pick; Vincennes St, at 7:45am. If you arrive after the buses you may bring them to the classroom (113 please walk them to class the first couple of weeks. In the afternoons students who are not riding the bus will need to be picked up at the same location by the bus gate. Supervision is available until all buses are loaded and gone this is usually 5 minutes after school at which time the gate is locked and students are sent to the yard. Please keep in mind that Youth Services has one couch for supervision there are No Special education Assistants available for supervision. In addition; if you are planning on picking your child up after school rather than having them ride the bus please let an adult know; whether it is I, the attendance office, or the bus coordinator. If it is someone on the emergency card they must go through the attendance office and show ID. Furthermore, Tuesday’s are shortened days please plan for these days as there is no supervision after school unless you have made prior arrangement with beyond the bell. Tuesdays are staff development days in which all school staff are required to attend and be on time; therefore there is no supervision available. Sitting in the office is not an option as there is no supervision there either. Thank you!
Homework: Home work will be assigned in my class on a duly basis. Generally they will have a math assignment, reading assignment and vocabulary words. Comprehension and math Quizzes will be administered on Fridays so Thursdays will be review and study nights.
Grading: Grades reflect the student’s progress in meeting IEP goals and progress in class
69- 60 D
I do not give out Failures all students will learn and show progress this year!
Work Habits and Cooperation will be based on their Behavior Support Plan and their homework assignments. Homework assignments should be turned in each day to receive credit.
I am available to schedule parent conferences before school from 7:00am -7:30am and after school from 3:00pm to 3:30pm; except Tuesdays. I am always willing to make time to speak with you. Your child’s education and success is important me. You may also email me at any time I check my emails several times throughout the day. To schedule a conference please call the office and leave a message or you may email me.
Please take some time to tell me all about your child. Thank you for your help and support. Together as a team we will make this a fantastic year!
My child’s favorite subject(s) are __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
My Childs least favorite subjects are __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Things that make my child happy __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Things that make my child unhappy __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
What I should know about your child; allergies, medical information, favorite foods, characters games, sports extra-curricular activities__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Pleas provide me the best and most convenient way to contact you should the need arise. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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