Mrs. Bronwen Horton ** Sixth Grade Core
Room 76 ** Phone: 258-6269
*Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to O.I.S. and Sixth Grade Core. Core is a three-period block which covers language arts and social studies and follows a syllabus for both subjects that is aligned with the California State Framework. I look forward to getting to know you and to providing a rewarding educational experience for everyone in the class, but the purpose of this formal letter is to acquaint you with my classroom expectations and policies to ensure that your student will have a successful year. I will be able to provide more details, introduce myself properly and tell you about many other things at Back to School Night on Thursday, August 28.
My posted classroom rules are as follows:
1 Respect the rights of others.
2 Be polite to everyone.
3 Come to class prepared.
4 Do not interrupt or talk at the wrong time.
5 No unauthorized eating, drinking or chewing.
6 Respect property belonging to others or the school.
If a student has repeated problems in keeping any of these rules, I will let his or her parents know. Major infractions will result in a referral to the office.
Good organization is a major factor in success at the middle-school level. The school provides each student at O.I.S. with a student handbook of school-wide rules and an “agenda”, a booklet in which to record class homework assignments.
Homework will be given on a daily basis Monday through Friday. Long-term assignments may also require extra work on the weekend. The students are responsible for recording their own assignments but, as a back up, the homework will also be posted on on the school web site, ousd.schoolwires.com/OIS or www.orindaschools.org. Extra credit assignments are never given on demand. I accept late work without penalty, but I will expect any student, who has not done an assignment by the time it is due, to work at lunchtime. He or she may receive a Noon Study slip and be required to bring it back with a parent signature. Failure to attend Noon Study or to bring back a signed slip will result in a phone call to parents. Subsequent infractions will result in a referral to the office. If homework has been completed but left at home, I will do the student a favor by granting an extension. In return the student will owe me a favor and write his or her name on the “Big Favor” list. Later, I will call on him or her to do some classroom chore on his or her own time to repay me.
Grades are given in accordance with the district’s grading scale. There will be copies of the scale available for you to pick up at Back to School Night.
You will need to ask your student before Back to School Night for a copy of your child’s schedule, so you will know where to go to hear the presentations of all your child’s teachers. I hope I will see you then. Please fill out and bring the Parent Questionnaire to help me to get to know your child and to make his or her year in Core a positive and productive experience.
I look forward to teaching your child, and I am excited about the coming year.