6th Grade English Language Arts: University of Denver
Welcome to 6th Grade English Language Arts, The University of Denver!
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year. I am excited to have your student in my 6th grade language arts class this year.
For those who don’t know me, my name is Jennifer Littrell, and this is my second-year teaching at Fountain Middle School. I have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor’s Degree in English. I am a mother of two wild and fun little loves.
Sixth grade is a huge transition for your student and you! Please know that I have an open-door policy and I invite you to come see what your student is learning during the school year. If you would like to meet with me, please feel free to call or email to set up a date and time. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and the school number is 719.382.1580.
There are several items that your student will need this year to help him/her be successful in language arts class. Please try to have the items by Monday, August 19. If there is a hardship preventing getting some, or all, of the supplies, please let me know - and course be assured that this information is always kept confidential.
- 3 boxes of tissues
- 1 hand sanitizer
- Pencils and pens (no red pens please)
- College ruled loose leaf paper
- Colored pencils
- 2” Binder
- Binder dividers
- Composition notebook
- 8GB USB flash drive
Classroom Procedures and Policies
Classroom procedures and routines are the meat and potatoes of my classroom management plan. Please see the following procedures and routines which will be implemented on day one of class.
Procedures and Routines:
Entering the classroom:
- Students will enter the class and sit in their assigned seat
- They will place their backpack underneath or to the side of their assigned seat
- They will receive and immediately complete the bell work
Transition to reading/lecture/note taking/activity/etc.:
- I will announce to the class that we will transition to the next task: reading/lecture/note taking/activity/etc.
- Students will either take out their class curriculum text books, class notes notebooks, or activity supplies and begin the assigned task
Transition to group work:
- I will announce to the class that we will transition to group work (students will work with their pod partners or teacher will announce partners)
Using the hall pass:
- Students will be able to use the restroom or go to their locker as long as they have a pass
- No more than one student can use the pass at a time
- Students will have no more than five minutes to return back to class (unless otherwise agreed upon)
- When they return, they are expected to be quite and return to their seat without interrupting the class
Classroom rules and Social Contract:
- On the first day of school, students will collaborate to create a social contract (an agreement of norms for the class to follow for the duration of this school year)
- Classroom rules will be posted in the classroom for student reference and reflection as needed
- We will discuss each rule during the first week of school
- We will review classroom rules when necessary
Turing in assignments:
- All assignments will be submitted either electronically or via paper and handed in to the designated class assignment submission tray
- Assignments are DUE on the DUE Date. Only students with an EXCUSED ABSENSE will be permitted to turn in their assignments past the due date with no deductions
- It is the students’ responsibility to turn in all assignments on time
- If an assignment is submitted after the due date, then it may receive a deduction or a zero on the assignment
- Please see the comments section for each assignment to know the parameters for that assignment (due date, deductions, if and when it can be turned in late, etc.)
- All students will have access to all assignments via the classroom platform (Google Classroom)
- All assignments for the unit will remain posted for students to access and complete until the end of the quarter
- I will not accept ANY assignments post the quarter end!!!
- It is the students’ responsibility to access and complete their missing work and have it submitted in the allocated time when returning to school
Leaving the classroom:
- All students will remain in their assigned seats until I have released the class (not the bell)
- Students will not line up at the door to be released by the bell
Classroom Discipline and Behavior Management
There are 5 general rules and 3 specific rules that I expect each student to follow, as I have high expectations for all of us. Each class will develop a social contract which will consist of student derived expectations for the year.
- Be Prompt- Arrive to class on-time every day and be in your seat working on the bell work activity when the bell rings
- Be Prepared- Come prepared for class everyday with all of the necessary materials (i.e. school supplies, worksheets, homework, etc.)
- Be Productive- Remain on task in class at all times, follow directions, and stay seated unless you have been given permission to do otherwise
- Be Patient- Quietly raise your hand if you have a question or comment and wait calmly for the teacher to respond
- Be Polite- Respect yourself, your classmates, and your teachers with your words and actions… do not vandalize, destroy, or steal items that are other people’s personal belongings. Please always respect your classroom environment.
- No cell phones or other personal devices visible WITHOUT the teacher’s permission (if you have a phone, keep it put away out of sight unless approved to have out for the use of a scholastic task)
- No offensive/inappropriate language
- No fidget spinners or other devices of the like – unless approved
General Consequences Matrix:
- 3 verbal warnings then a Think Sheet at a STOP location
- Upon return to class, if the behavior (or other undesirable/distracting behaviors) persist then students will be sent to ISD (In-School Detention)
- Parents/ caregivers to be informed each time their student is sent for a Think Sheet and/or ISD
In order to foster excellent study skills, I will occasionally assign homework. Establishing a suitable time and place for homework will allow your student to establish a routine of studying each day.
Last, but not least, parental involvement is vital to the success of each student. As mentioned previously, if you have any questions, concerns, or are interested in meeting with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can be reached via email at email@example.com or by calling the school at 719.382.1580. You are your students’ strongest advocate, but we are now in a place to transition them to learning to appropriately and respectfully advocate for themselves. Please allow your student the opportunity to learn and grow by them taking accountability and addressing their needs and concerns. This guides them and provides a healthy and safe environment for them to learn and thrive as a growing adolescent. Additionally, as you know your student better than anyone, please share with me anything that you think would help me help your student to be successful in language arts class.
I look forward to a great school year, and am excited to have your student in my class.
Jennifer Littrell, M.Ed.
6th Grade English Language Arts
University of Denver
Fountain Middle School