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Dear Upper Grade Parents, I am really looking forward to beginning this year with your child! I also look forward to working with you to make sure that your child receives the best education possible that fits his/her needs. I am a teacher who wants to help children get to know Jesus, make positive choices, grow from experience and hard work, and acquire the skills necessary to accomplish their goals. I hope that you will not only pray for me as I teach your child, but also for our kids to learn and grow together as a body in Christ. I love the fact that each child excels in different areas, and learns in various ways, which brings beautiful diversity into the classroom. Because of that, I hope to get to know each student and their learning style(s) as well as possible, so I can teach them accordingly. In the classroom I have rules & procedures, which the students created, that help foster a safe, productive, and fun environment. Within this environment, your child will be able to learn and grow at a comfortable pace. Here is the classroom rule that will be used to maintain this environment: RESPECT God, yourself, each other, the teachers, & the classroom If a student chooses to disobey a rule, then there will be a natural consequence. If repeated, the teacher and student will meet when time permits in order to discuss the infraction. Within this discussion the teacher and student will talk about the behavior under scrutiny, how it breaks a class rule and disrupts others, why they may be behaving this way, and then develop a positive plan of action to prevent that misbehavior from happening again. The success and effectiveness of this classroom depends not only on my guidance, but also on the support you give them at home and at school events. After all, we are a team, and Jesus is our coach! Let us by example work together for their success.

You can boost your child’s achievement by: 1) Having regular family worship and prayer with your child. 2) Helping your child maintain an excellent attendance record. 3) Making sure all assigned homework is done. 4) Limiting television watching. 5) Encouraging your child to read independently. 6) Making sure your child has a good breakfast. 7) Making sure your child receives a good night’s sleep. 8) Reading to your child and having your child read to you. 9) Making sure your child has a library card that is used regularly. 10) Staying in touch with your child’s teacher and occasionally visiting the school.

Thank you for your prayers and support! This year will be awesome! Sincerely, Chris Duckett School Phone # 509-245-3629 Email: Website: “True education is the preparation of the physical, mental and moral powers for the performance of every duty; it is the training of the body, mind and soul for divine service.” Ellen White

Daily Schedule 8:00 8:15 8:25 8:30 9:30 10:00 10:20 11:00 11:50 12:20 12:50 1:30 1:50 2:30 2:45 3:00

MONDAY - THURSDAY Edmodo Worship Warm-ups Math Reading Recess Bible Science / History Lunch & Greenhouse Writing / Keyboarding P.E. Spelling & DOL Guitar (M) / Band (T,W,Th) Jobs & Daily Planner Story Time 隆Adi贸s! FRIDAY 8:00 8:30 8:45 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:30 11:45 12:00

Worship Reading Buddies Math MV/Spelling/DOL/HW/Blog Recess Art Yearbook / Life Skills Jobs & BYL Procedure 隆Adi贸s!

CLASS RULE Ø o o o o o

God yourself each other the teachers the classroom

CONSEQUENCES *Before issuing a consequence to a student, the teacher will seek to understand and hear perspectives from all those involved. ‘Forgive & Forget’ will always be a goal, but may not be enough to prevent a misbehavior from happening again. In that case, the teacher will always strive to give an appropriate consequence that matches the misbehavior in order to prevent it from happening again. With that being said, here are some possible consequences created by the students that may be issued:

• The student will write an apology letter to the • • •

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affected person(s). The student will lose daily job points. The student will perform extra chores during part of recess (dig up weeds, trash hunt, etc.) The student will be given extra exercise activities to perform during recess, such as pushups or running the mile, to help them cool off and think about what they did and how they could do better next time, as well as increase their fitness. Privileges may be withdrawn, such as computer use. You break it – you pay for it.

*The teacher reserves the right to modify and add to these consequences or rules at any time. The teacher may also contact the parents to communicate what happened and enlist their help in preventing a misbehavior in the future. *If the majority of the class breaks any rules or disregards a known expectation, the teacher may impose consequences on the whole class.

GOALS CORE GOALS for the students: • Start or progress in a real, growing relationship with Jesus Christ • Feel cared for, valued & safe in the classroom, unafraid to make mistakes • Face and work through challenges as a team with a positive, persevering attitude • Acquire the skills & knowledge necessary to succeed in high school and beyond Worship: Psalm 100:2 • to acknowledge who Jesus is, what He’s done, and what He will do via praise & prayer • to turn our thoughts from ourselves to Jesus, the only one worthy of praise & worship! Bible: 2 Timothy 3:16 • to get to know Jesus more through prayer, Bible study and memorization of His Word • to learn and apply Biblical lessons to our lives in personal & collective ways • to discover the joy of sharing what we learn through outreach activities Math: Numbers J • to learn and use strategies that will help in understanding mathematical concepts • to solve problems accurately and successfully Reading: Matthew 21:16 • to enjoy reading more and see the value in various types of books • to learn multiple reading strategies in order to be a proficient reader P.E.: 1 Corinthians 3:16,17 • to understand the importance of and how-to stay active and healthy for life • to develop fitness, strength, cooperation & coordination skills Writing: 2 Corinthians 1:13 • to be able to express ideas with complete and proper sentences using correct grammar • to be able to write poetic, narrative, persuasive, expository, response and research papers • to publish and share written work Science: Romans 1:20 • to search for answers about our world using the scientific method • to share our observations and feedback with others Social Studies: Romans 15:4 • to learn from the past in order to improve the present and future • to become a competent, caring citizen who is devoted to making the world a better place • to respect and value diversity in our world Handwriting & Spelling: Galatians 6:11 • to be able to write and spell neatly and correctly Technology: 1 Corinthians 10:31 • to become a responsible and efficient digital citizen through creativity, communication, collaboration & critical thinking in person and online

“GIVE ME 5” If the Teacher: says “Give Me 5” or raises their hand

Then: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Eyes on teacher Lips closed Ears listening Sit up straight Hands & Feet quiet

NEED HELP? If teacher is not busy:

If teacher is busy:

Raise your hand and WAIT or Quietly go up to his desk for help

Quietly place name card on the teacher’s desk, then continue to work until your name is called

When walking between your desk and the teacher’s, you are not to distract another student.

Name # Subject Assignment _______________Date ___________________ ___________________ If you forget to put a ___________________ heading on your paper, you will receive ½ off. ___________________ If the teacher cannot read ___________________ your writing, you need to re-write the assignment ___________________ (or type it) so that it is ___________________ readable. ___________________

Things to do when you’ve completed the assigned task(s)

Finish other assignments

Read / Write / Draw Yearbook Online Activities @ (ask for permission)

Before You Leave • Complete daily planner & put in backpack with homework • Clean off top of desk • Clean in, under & around desk • Help your classmates finish their jobs • Sit quietly in your seat for final words from teacher & dismissal

Grading Scale A AB+ B BC+

93-100% 90-92% 87-89% 83-86% 80-82% 77-79%


73-76% 70-72% 67-69% 63-66% 60-62% 59% or below

Math Policy 1. Grade percentage breakdown: Tests & Quizzes = 40%, Assignments = 50%, Math Facts = 10% 2. Write the assignment in your daily planner, then write a complete heading on your math paper, including the page #’s and problem #’s and begin the assignment. 3. When finished with the assignment (including showing all work), turn it in to your grade box. You will receive 100% (5pts) for turning in the completed assignment on time, no matter how many problems you got right or wrong, unless you have not tried. If you miss more than 30% of the problems on an assignment, then you have to fix those before receiving credit for that assignment and beginning the next assignment. 4. If you turn an assignment in late or incomplete you will receive a maximum of 2.5pts for that assignment. 5. After the students’ tests have been graded, students must fix their errors. You will receive assignment points for doing that. 6. Math Facts will be assessed purely by your participation in class and documented progress, not by how many facts you have mastered.

Computer & Internet Acceptable Use Policy 1. Class computers are for educational purposes only. In other words, they are only to be used for schoolwork. 2. You may NOT eat, drink, play games, use social networking sites or watch un-approved videos on the computers. When researching, use only reputable, professional sources, and cite them. 3. School email addresses may only be used to sign-in to educational accounts such as Memverse & Khan Academy, store files online, and communicate with the teacher. Your email account will not allow you to send or receive email to or from anyone outside our school. The teacher reserves the right to view all messages you send or receive at anytime. 4. If you are distracting others from being productive, you will be asked to leave the computer area until the teacher determines you are ready to return.

Late/Missing Work Policy I want you to succeed in school and develop good habits for life. To do this our classroom has rules, consequences, policies and rewards. These work well, but sometimes you might forget or neglect to turn in an assignment. This causes you to fall behind, lose points and miss some recess to catch up. It also creates a lot more work for the teacher. After much thought and consultation with veteran teachers and parents, I have determined that the following policy will help motivate you to turn assignments in on time: 1. All work is due the morning after it is assigned, unless specified by the teacher. 2. Assignments turned in late (after 8:15AM the day it is due) will receive ½ off. Assignments will not receive any credit after Friday of the same week, but may still need to be turned in depending on the assignment. 3. It is the students’ responsibility to check with the teacher daily to find out if they have any missing work, to write down their missing assignment, and to complete it as soon as possible. Parents are welcome to regularly check with the teacher as well. Students will write their assignments/homework in their daily planners each day and take it home. Parents are expected to look at and discuss what the student did and learned that day, find out if you have any homework, and then sign the bottom of the page. 4. Spelling activities completed after the day the test is given for that week will not receive credit. 5. Math assignments will not receive credit after the day the test is given for that unit. § Exceptions: i. If a student has an excused absence due to sickness, doctor appointment or family emergency, they will be given one day to complete their work for every day that they are absent. ii. Circumstances that prevent a student from having any time to do homework, which need to be confirmed by their parents. The parents need to call Mr. Duckett as soon as possible to explain the circumstances. The student will then be given a time extension, depending on the situation. iii. Late Licenses: If a student turns in all their assignments on time for one week from Monday-Friday, and their parents sign their daily planner Monday-Thursday, then they will receive a Late License the following week, which they can use to turn in one assignment one day after it is due. Late Licenses may not be used for tests, or to delay an assignment that is due on Friday. A late license may only be used the week it is given to the student. I believe that all the students at UCAES are capable of turning in all their work on time, and I pledge to do my part in helping them succeed.

Homework Tips #1 Survival Kit Students can waste a lot of time in searching for homework supplies. To eliminate this possibility, have a kit of school supplies in their backpack and study spot at home. This kit should have a supply of lined paper, graph paper, pencils/pens, erasers, and colored pencils/pens. #2 Study Time & Place Having a regular time each day to do homework will prevent you from saying “I’ll do it later,” and then never doing it. Doing homework right after school will enable a student to have uninterrupted recreation for the rest of the evening. Also, a quiet place free of distractions will usually help. #3 Avoid the “Homework Trap” Many students would prefer that parents sit beside them and check each answer as they go. Please avoid this. Parents should help only with that part of the homework the student cannot do independently, such as using flashcards, practicing spelling tests, and clarifying assignments. This builds responsibility and independence in the student. #4 Call the Teacher @ Work: 245-3629 or email: If there is a question that you have, call or email me. I will do my best to answer your question(s). If I’m not available, then leave a message or email. I will return your message as soon as I can, which may be at school the next day. #5 Do what works for you! When I had homework, I would turn my stereo on to help me during Math, I would wear a “thinking cap” to motivate myself, and I would run around after a certain amount of time to get blood pumping throughout my body! I also liked to reward myself for completing a task by playing my guitar or having a treat afterwards!

Why Memorize Scripture? Memorizing Scripture has many benefits. In Joshua 1:8 the Lord tells Joshua, "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Our spiritual prosperity will be greatly affected by our diligence to meditate upon and obey God's word. Memorization is a means to meditation. As we memorize, Scripture, we can then meditate on it and apply it to our lives. 16 reasons to memorize Scripture: 1. Help avoiding sin Ps 119:11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 2. Comfort in affliction Ps 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. 3. Spiritual life Ps 119:93 I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. 4. Wisdom Ps 119:98-100 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. 5. Delight Ps 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 6. Guidance Ps 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 7. Hope Ps 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. 8. Peace Ps 119:165 Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. 9. A heart of worship Ps 119:171-172 My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right. 10. Freedom Jn 8:31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 11. Makes Scripture readily available to teach, witness, encourage or reprove others 2 Ti 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 12. Increased faith Ro 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. 13. Victory over temptation Mt 4:4 But he answered, "It is written, ' Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" (This is from the account of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness. Jesus answered each of Satan's temptations by saying, 'It is written...' then quoting a Scripture from memory.) 14. Confidence in prayer 1Jn 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 15. To imitate Jesus' own example Jesus often quoted Scripture, for example, when teaching (Mt. 5:21ff), when tempted (Mt. 4:1-11), when confronting the Pharisees (Mt. 9:13), and when explaining the parables to his disciples (Mk. 4:12). 16. If four-year-olds can do it, so can you! See a four-year-old recite Jeremiah 29:11. (

Reading & Writing All assignments & reports will be graded based on the following criteria:

• A full Heading in the upper right-hand corner of paper

• Following directions & answering all the questions that are assigned • Using COMPLETE sentences • Answering the questions correctly and adequately • Capital letters where appropriate • Using correct punctuation

Book Reports • Before starting to read a book for a book report, the teacher needs to approve it • For reports that are written (typed out), the following guidelines need to be met: o 5th Graders: 1 page double-spaced, 12 pt font o 6th Graders: 1½ page double-spaced, 12 pt font o 7th Graders: 2 pages double-spaced, 12 pt font o 8th Graders: 2½ pages double-spaced, 12 pt font "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." ~ Dr. Seuss

Name, # Subject Assignment Date

Typed Book Report Rubric 2.5pts 2.5pts 10pts 10pts

Complete Heading (including the # of the B.R. idea) Complete Sentences (Capitalization & Punctuation) Quality of B.R. (perceived time + effort) Completed all typed & B.R. requirements




Artistic Book Report Rubric (media, 3D object, drawing, etc.) 2.5pts Complete Heading (including the # of the B.R. idea) 10pts Completed all requirements of the B.R. 12.5pts Quality of art (time + effort + neatness) _________



Things to Remember: • Each new B.R. must be on a book that the student has never read. • Students may use a book from outside the UCAES library as long as the teacher approves of it. • Book report books must be read at home and the report must be done at home. • Whether the book report is artistic, typed or done orally, the student will need to share their report in front of the class on the assigned due date. The student will lose significant points if they have not yet finished reading the whole book when called to present, or if they are not ready to present. • All non-artistic B.R.s must be typed, NOT written!

Book Report Schedule Date September 24 October 22 November 21 December 18 January 30 March 13 April 17 May 29

Genre Realistic Fiction Bible book / section Animals Poetry Missionary Washington, DC American History World History

Book Report Idea #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 or #9 #6 #7 or #10 #8

*Read the following book report ideas carefully and make sure to do everything that is asked in each one! Not only will doing these reports increase your ability to comprehend an author’s message, but they will also increase your creativity and help you become a better writer! 1. Identify: a. the plot of the book b. the setting (historical, geographical & cultural) c. the list of characters, making sure to identify the protagonists & antagonists d. the central problem & solution e. the author’s purpose (entertain, inform, describe, persuade, and/or narrate) 2. Make a poster advertising your book so someone else will want to read it. It needs to be larger than normal size paper. Make sure to include the book’s title, author, a quote from the book, a brief review of the book, and an illustration. 3. Prepare an oral report (whatever grade # you are in is how many minutes it needs to last). Give a brief summary of the plot and describe the personality and point of view of at least one of the main characters. Be prepared for questions from the class and teacher about any aspect of the book. You may use notes, but you may NOT read them word-for-word! 4. After reading a book of poetry, do the following [5th/6th: 3 7th/8th: 4] a. do an oral reading (using appropriate speed, expression, and eye contact) b. write an original poem that imitates the poet’s style and topic c. act out a poem (needs to last at least 1min) d. display a set of pictures which describe a poem (a ppt would work great) e. add original verses to one of the book’s poems f. write original music for the poem and then perform it or have someone else perform it for you that has agreed to

5. Interview a character from your book. Ask questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story. Ask the character about what they might have done differently, or what they plan to do with their life now, or how their relationship with God was affected through their experience, or how they feel about being an inspiration to the readers, etc. 6. Build an object or miniature stage setting of a scene in the book. Include a written explanation or description of the object/scene. (The explanation only needs to be one paragraph long.) This will be displayed at Project Night on Sunday, March 16. 7. Write a book review as it would be done for a newspaper, or that could be placed on the back cover of the book. Include a brief summary without giving away the ending, and use multiple adjectives to describe the story and the author’s style. Convince us that we NEED to read this book and will LOVE it! Also, you need to describe how the author uses at least one literary device to keep the reader’s attention. ( lists several) 8. Make an illustrated time line showing events of the story, and draw a map showing the location(s) where the events took place. Put at least as many events on your timeline as the grade level you are in. 9. Write a letter to the author of the book. Tell him/her what you liked about the book (your opinion), how it affected your emotions, what it made you think of (connections). You can also ask him/her questions about their inspiration for the book, how they want their readers to react after reading the book, what book they are currently working on or hope to write in the future, how they became an author, etc…After the teacher has graded the letter, you need to find the author’s address, if possible, and then the school will pay the postage to mail the letter to the author (if he/she is still alive). 10. Make a video (5-10min) of a scene or two from your book. Or, make a radio program using different ‘voices’ for the characters, music, and sound effects.

On the following page you will find “My Reading Log.” If you fill up this log before the end of the school year, the teacher will buy you a book of your choice for less than $20!


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Monday: Pretest, then print words to take home Tuesday: 2+ Word Meaning (Vocabulary) Games Wednesday: Sentences Thursday: Posttest. If perfect, you are done for the week. If not, then do Spelling Activities. Friday: Posttest if not perfect on Thursday. 1st try will be score put in the grade book. You must retake until perfect. *Tests, games & activities done at home will not count towards your grade, but will be helpful for you!

Upper Grade Handbook