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    Welcome 5th Grade Class of 2018-2019!

     
    In just a few days I'll finally get to meet you face to face. Even though its been a great summer, I am definitely excited.  I know there is probably some nerves right now, some excitement, and some worries for many of you- that includes the parents too...and even me.  Don't worry.  All the people at the school know there are adjustments and lots of new things you'll be doing.  We are there to help you.  Relax but be prepared to think and do your best. 
     
    Classes move quickly right from the start so please do everything you can to have your supplies and be ready to go.  Its a lot easier if you start ready to go and aren't playing catch-up.  I know many students worry about the locks.  If you haven't already worked with a combination lock we'll help you out.  It'll just take a bit of time.
     
    East Middle is an absolutely awesome school.  There are SO many opportunities to do cool things and learn so much.  There are clubs, sports, musicals, concerts and activities to take advantage of as well as the classes and events we have in store at the grade level.  The sky is the limit for you. 
     
    Please don't be mistaken though.  While the school is fantastic, there is work to do.  You earn the right to participate in everything by completing your assignments and by meeting the expectation that you will act like ladies and gentlemen.  Those things will open many doors for you- in school and in life.
     
    On Wednesday, September 5th your adventure begins.  If you are in my homeroom please just come straight to room 3 from the bus.  We'll take care of assigning lockers, desks etc. at that point.  You will meet your other teachers later that day.  We'll iron out schedules, explain things, direct you, review procedures... during the course of that day and into Thursday as well.  Just have supplies, be ready to listen and think and we'll have a super start.
     
    I'm looking forward to Wednesday and meeting you all.
     
    Best Regards,
    Mr. Ball
     

    Student Reports/ Grades

    Dear Parents,
         
    At Open House few parents had questions regarding grades and report cards this year.  I'll do my best to clarify here.  
     
    Grading is a bit different here at East Middle School when compared to what you may have seen in your child's previous school.  In our 5th Grade classes, students will receive grades quarterly.  The dates are posted below.  All grades are published electronically via the Parent Portal.  Printed paper report cards are NOT sent home unless there is a written parent request sent to the main office.  
     
    We no longer use the 'B', 'D', 'S' grades you may have seen at the Elementary School.  Students are graded numerically from 0-100. 100 is the highest grade attainable in 5th grade and is exceptionally difficult to achieve.  A student must maintain a minimum grade of 65 to pass.
     
    Reports are usually available approximately a week after the grades close.  Below are the grade closing dates.
     
    • 1st Quarter- November 2nd
    • 2nd Quarter- January 25th
    • 3rd Quarter-  April 5th
    • 4th Quarter- June 25th

    A final average will be calculated by averaging the 4 quarterly grades.

    I hope this clarifies things for everyone.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at the school by phone or through email.

     
     

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    Greetings to our 2018-2019 Families

    Dear Parents and Future Students,

    Welcome to the East Middle School Green Team.  This promises to be an amazing year ahead and I'm looking forward to teaching you.  The Middle School offers SO many amazing opportunities for growth, learning and fun that its mind boggling.  It will be the greatest year you've ever had- IF you decide to make it that.  

    There's plenty of hard work to be done- that's for sure, but its interesting, challenging and fun work.  There are clubs, assemblies, sports and lots of interesting projects to do.  If you get involved, and do your best, there is no limit to how great you will make the year.

    Lots of students worry about the adjustment to middle school.  Don't!  Yes, there is an adjustment but its definitely one you can handle.  It will take a little time, but if you listen to your teachers and principals... put in your best effort and think, you'll be fine in no time.  All of us who work here know that you are new and we'll help you. Just be sure to help yourself too.

    One bit of advice, come prepared.  Have your supplies on the first days of school.  Shop for sales over the summer and save a new bucks too.  The supply list is below.  Its especially good if you can get a cheap combination lock to learn how to use it over the summer.  We'll be supplying a lock for you but knowing how to use one really makes life easier right off the bat in September.

    That's all I'm going to say for now- there'll be plenty more in September.  Enjoy your summer, be smart and safe.  We'll see you in a few months.

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Ball

     

    PS- If you have questions, you can email me and I'll try to get back to you over the summer.  The email link is on the Home Page near my Volkswagen!

     
     


     

    Grade 5 Green Team 2018-2019 Supply List

    Item Name

    Quantity

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    Packs of (12)pencils

    4

    Please do not buy "clicker" pencils.  Old fashioned #2 are all that's needed.  This may seem like a lot but kids will go through them pretty quickly.
    Pencil bag

    1

    Please no boxes, they are harder to carry around and break open when dropped.  A larger bag (7"x9"ish) is preferred as it just holds more.
    Twelve pack of colored pencils

    1

    Please do not get markers or crayons.  You don't need the huge 24 pack or bigger either.  Its just more to carry. 12 is plenty.
    A hand pencil sharpener

    1

    It should have the small compartment to trap the shavings when used.
    Five Subject notebook

    1

    Please not single subject notebooks.  All the notes will fit in here if your child doesn't raid it for writing paper.
    Highlighters

    0

    The Green Team (us) will not be using them this year.
    Black permanent fine marker

    1

    This is to label your belongings.
    Red Pens

    2

    These are for correcting.
    One hundred sheet pack of lined paper.

    2

    Please get the "Wide Ruled" if possible.
    Index Cards (100 Pack)

    1

    These are for use in making flash cards and other study aids.
    Small bottle of white glue

    1

    Please do not get a glue stick.  It just doesn't hold well.
    Glue Sticks

    3

    This is in addition to the bottle of glue
    Post-It Notes

    1

    Square package. The 3"x3" size gives the best change to write on them
    School scissors

    1

     
    Box of Facial Tissues

    2

    These get shared all year long through the allergy and flu seasons.  (100 noses use a lot of tissues:-)
    *Spiral Sketch Book

    1

    This is for Art classes.
    *Wooden pencils

    6

    These can be taken from your packs.  They are also for Art classes.
    *large pencil eraser

    1

    This will be for Art classes as well
    Avery Flexi-view Folder

    1

    The school has purchased these in bulk and is selling them for $2 through the bookstore when you arrive in September.  You don't need to go out and buy one.  We'll collect the money for them in September.
    ***Roll of paper towels

    1

    This is NOT REQUIRED, it's just to help in our room.  The paper towels we have don't do much absorbing when there is a spill or bloody nose.

     


     
     
     
     

    EXTRA CREDIT

     

    There are many opportunities for children to earn extra credit.  It is my position that to earn extra credit a student must do something beyond the typical work of his or her school studies.
     
    Prime examples of this are doing things like visiting an historical museum or place with the family, scouts, church group etc.  A student might interview a grandparent or a veteran etc.  Another option would be a project that your child takes on that is beyond what is assigned.  They might make a family tree, diorama of an historical event or other creative activity.  Students should get my approval and guidance before doing a project.
     
    The activity, project or visitation MUST happen during this school year.  I cannot award credit for past trips.
     
    If a child brings in proof of the activity such as his/ her ticket, a note from a parent or guardian or similar, I will award credit.
     
    Credit is awarded by raising the student's grade on his or her lowest assignment.  I raise a grade up to 8 points (one letter grade) for each activity they do.  If they do two extra credit activities then two assignments are raised, or a single assignment might be raised twice.  If grades are already very high, I might award classroom merits instead of raising a grade.
     
    Extra Credit is NEVER REQUIRED... It is OPTIONAL and done at the student's discretion.
     

     


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    Extra newspaper boy Our District's Parent Portal is not yet live for the  2018-2019 school year.  It will be online at about the 5th week of the year. 
     
    Here is the Parent Link.  You can/should probably add it to your 'Favorites'.

    Reminder:  Our Report Cards are NOT sent home on paper.  Your child's grades will be reported to you electronically unless you notify the office to send home a paper copy.  Report Cards are published through the Parent Portal.

    You can also use the Parent Portal to keep track of your child's progress on a daily basis.  Each family has a password that is unique for their child.  Teachers do NOT have access to your passwords.  If you do not have yours, or need to create a new account please contact the Middle School Office or call:

        Renee Denz at 677-3685 or Laurie-Jean Stachowiak at 677-3537 for a password reset or tech support.
     
     
    The office cannot give the passwords directly to your child.  They will be mailed to your contact address.
     
    Parents please check here often as I will do my best to keep you up to date with the news.  I have also asked the children to look at the grades with you.  It is important that they know and understand the importance of the grades and are active in keeping them high.
     
    Sincerely,
    Mr. Ball
     

     

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    We are always looking for items to make our room a little more fun, comfortable and successful.  If you think you can help, please do.  The list grows and changes all year long so please check here often.
     
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    auction items We hold auctions throughout the year using merits from our token economy.  As such, we always need gently used games and toys, promotional items, sports equipment, dollar store items etc. that we can use for our auctions.  If you are clearing out, cleaning, downsizing or have access to things for the children, please send them in. 
    museum items If you happen to have any items that would add to our classroom museum, or a presentation you may want to do, please feel free to contact me and we'll arrange to display or present them.  We LOVE old stuff.  Of course items are on a lend/lease so you'll get them back (unless you want to donate them).
    boxes of facial tissues
    Between allergy seasons, cold and flu seasons each year we go through boxes of them.  If you would send in a box with you child that we can share it would be appreciated.