First Day Letter Information

Welcome to Mrs. Kvalheim’s

7th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies Classes! 

I am so happy to be teaching 7th grade again this year, and I look forward to getting to know everyone. The following information describes the expectations and requirements in my classes.

1. My teacher website is updated daily with assignments completed in class, and weekly with homework assignments.

       When students are absent they should check my teacher website’s “In Class & Homework Assignments” page to find out what assignments were missed in class and assigned for weekly homework.

       To access my teacher website from Etiwanda School District’s website (etiwanda.org) follow these steps:

        Under the “Schools” tab, click “Summit Intermediate” under “Intermediate/Middle Schools”

        Under the “Teacher Websites” tab, click “7th Grade”

        Click “Mrs. Kvalheim” in the teacher list on the left side

        Click “In Class & Homework Assignments” in the sidebar

        Please bookmark this webpage for ease of future use.

2. Homework is due on Fridays.

       Each week’s assigned homework is reviewed on Monday mornings in class and should be written in students’ Pride Planners. The assignments will also be listed briefly on the whiteboard in my classroom and available in detail on my teacher website’s “In Class & Homework Assignments” page.

3. Students will be given an individualized Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for each trimester based upon their score on the STAR test the first week of each trimester. Students can only take AR tests at school, and they should read books within their assigned reading level. Students’ progress toward their goals can be viewed online at home through Renaissance Home Connect. The link is available on my teacher website under the “Helpful Links” tab. I encourage parents to check this site weekly to monitor their student’s AR progress.

4. I update my students’ grades weekly in Aeries and give time in class to check their grades after each update.

       It is very important for students and parents to check grades weekly using the Parent/Student Portal. The link is available on my teacher website under the “Helpful Links” tab.

       If you need assistance with your parent or student portal account, please call the Summit Intermediate School office at (909) 899-1704.

5. My policies for extra credit and late work are as follows:

       I do not offer extra credit on an individual basis to bring up grades. On rare occasions I will offer extra credit for a special task to all students.

       I accept late work. The highest grade that can be earned on late work is 70%.

6. Our classroom is part of a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) school, which embraces the following framework:

       Be Safe

       Be Responsible

       Be Respectful

Mrs. Kvalheim’s Classroom Behavior Matrix

 

Be Safe

Be Responsible

Be Respectful

Arrival to Class

       Walk to class and wait patiently

       Report to your seat

       Be on time

       Check the screen for instructions

       Get out required materials

       Use an appropriate volume and G-rated language

       Use the chromebook on your desk

       Greet your tablemates

During Instruction

        Sit correctly in your chair

       Keep your belongings under your desk

       Have out necessary materials

       Listen to & follow instructions

       Ask questions to clarify

       Raise your hand to speak

       Listen politely

       Speak when it is your turn

Group/Pair Work

        Sit correctly in your chair

       Keep your belongings under your desk

       Contribute to the work

       Have required materials ready

       Listen to & follow instructions

       Ask questions to clarify

       Show acceptance, cooperation, good manners, and patience

       Use an appropriate volume and G-rated language

Restroom

       Wear a yellow vest

       Sign out on the clipboard

       Use as little class time as possible

       Walk quietly in the hallways

Dismissal

       Wait behind your pushed in chair to be dismissed

       Pack up all your belongings

       Clean up your area

       Take cell phones out beyond black gates

7. Food and drink policies:

       Water is the only drink allowed in class. If possible, please bring a water bottle to school each day to avoid disruptions.

      Snacks may be eaten in class as long as they do not create a distraction.

8. Homeroom families only: The first opportunity to indicate your preference for a conference time will be at Back-to-School night on Wednesday, August 7th. Conferences will be held Monday, 9/23/19- Friday, 9/27/19. My conference schedule will be posted on my teacher website.

If you have anything special you would like me to know, or if you have any questions or concerns, I can be best reached through e-mail at Melissa_Kvalheim@Etiwanda.org. A message can also be left for me by calling the Summit Intermediate School office at (909) 899-1704. I look forward to working with everyone this year!

Thank you,

Mrs. Kvalheim