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Sixth grade is an important milestone, the final year of elelmentary school.  Students experience many lasts, and many more firsts this year and I am thrilled I get to share this momentous year with my students.

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6th grade

Welcome Letter- August 29, 2018

Dear Parents,          

Welcome to the beginning of another fabulous year!  This, your child’s final year of elementary school, is an exciting time, and I look forward to being able to share it with him or her.  This is a time of change as your student prepares for the responsibilities and challenges of the transition to junior high.

About Me.    This is my 20th year here at Warm Springs, my fourteenth teaching sixth grade.  I love teaching sixth grade, with all of its special challenges and rewards!  I grew up here in Fremont and cannot imagine anyplace I would rather live and teach.  I have two very active little boys, a seven year old in second grade and a four year old.  I love travel, and have been lucky enough to travel to many places around the world- which has helped me to know how much I appreciate my home.

On my expectations and classroom discipline.    Ask your child about the Eight Great Traits.  Do they know them-and what they mean?  Great!   As long as they display them in their behavior, we won’t have any problems.  However, being human, I expect there might be the occasional lapse.  On these occasions the student may simply receive a Bench Slip to sit out a recess or I may send home a Responsibility Slip, which will need to be signed and returned.  This slip may be just a warning, notice of discipline given, or notice of consequences the student has earned.  It is an opportunity for you to speak with your child about their behavior and making better choices.

Regarding homework.    The Student Planner really makes keeping track of homework easy.  Everyone is expected to have one, and we will use them daily in class.  There will be a combination of nightly homework and long-term assignments.  All assignments must be recorded in the Planner.  I will stamp the planner daily, making it easy for you and your child to keep track of any missing work.  These stamps will translate into points towards their Habits for Success grade.


A brief note on this year’s curriculum.    The reading program this year is a new adoption called Benchmark.  It is a complete comprehensive system designed to help students master all reading and writing Common Core standards.   While Springboard is the basis we use for our math curriculum, we will often utilize a number of additional resources such as weekly Mountain Math and Problem of the Week, to ensure that Common Core Standards are being met.  This year the district has made the final shift towards implementation of all strands of the New Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  We will not be using the previous Earth Science book, but rather a new computer-based program, STEMScopes.  Sixth grade definitely has the most interesting Social Studies curriculum as we learn about six important ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome.

I will be sending home a folder containing information including more specific details on classroom discipline, homework, and grading policies as well as information on volunteer opportunities in the Wolf Folder September 6th.  Please read through all of the information in the folder and bring it with you to Back to School Night, Tuesday, September 11th.  I look forward to meeting all of you then.



Rebecca Oram