Hess' Hot Sheet Sept./Oct. 2006
Volume 1, Issue1
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Mrs. Hess 6 , 7 , & 8 Grade Reading Classes
Reading Logs (Yes, Homework!)
Your student should be reading log activity. Right now they
bringing home reading logs. This is a may read whatever is available at
weekly assignment that will help home (books, magazines,
him/her improve his/her reading newspapers, etc.).
skills. It is the students’ If your child forgot their
responsibility to pick one up and reading log at school, you can
complete weekly. download one from my home page on
Reading Logs are our weekly the Tacoma Public Schools Web Site.
homework for reading class. Parents can send questions/comments
Students are to read for twenty back to me on the back of the reading
minutes and write a brief summary log and I will contact them as soon as
about what they read. Each week a possible to address any concerns.
student is required to read four times
a week (Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, and Thursday) and then
have the entries signed and returned
on Friday. Eventually I will be
assigning books to your child for the
What we’re doing…
This month we started out by establishing our classroom norms. Norms are
like classroom rules, except they are stated in a positive fashion. Students were
given a list of 45 norms and told to vote on 10. In class we narrowed this down to
5. Our 5 norms are: 1) Be on time. 2) Stay focused. 3) Listen., 4) Be respectful.,
and 5) Pay attention.
Then we started working with CHAMPS. CHAMPS is a program where
the students and teacher work together to define the classroom expectations for
virtually every classroom activity. C stands for conversation. H represents help. A
signifies activity. M is for movement. P stands for participation and S represents
success. We worked on defining what each of those look like for nearly every
Now we are moving into reading fluency and the Rewards word recognition
program. Reading fluency is where students are timed as they read aloud for a
minute. They read twice and keep track of their improvement by graphing their
results. Rewards works on breaking down word syllables and blending them into
words. This improves word recognition and reading skills.
A Few Words About Grading And Absences…
Mrs. Hess I wanted to take a moment to explain the grading system. As a school, we are moving
6th, 7th, & 8th toward a standards based classroom. We are moving to have grades reflect how well your
Grade child is doing at meeting state standards.
Reading In the Past: Current Grade:
A EX means exceeding On the 27th of January
B M means meeting the first semester ends
C AP or APP means approaching and second semester
D BEG means beginning begins. The time to
E/F F means failing turn in missing
Phone: 253.571.7726 assignments is
My grades are an effort to relate grades to the standards I am teaching in our classroom.
The majority of my students are below grade level. Your child will only receive an A or
B in my class if s/he can read and comprehend at his/her grade level. If this happens, then
E-Mail: s/he should be moved to the next reading level class. If your student is absent from
email@example.com school, s/he is expected to make up what has been missed. It is his/her responsibility to
check with the teacher to see what s/he needs to complete. If you have questions, please
contact me at 253.571.7726 or just jot a note on your child’s reading log. I will contact
you as soon as possible.
Ways to Help Your Child Improve His/Her Reading Skills
You have the power to help the time to do so, you are showing
your child improve his/her reading your child that reading is important.
skills. There are simple things you Not to mention that you are spending
can do at home to support what your important time with your child.
student learns in class. Ask your child questions from
Reading aloud to your child, his/her reading. Help your child go
even when they are in their early back to the text to support his/her
teens is important. Not only in terms answers. Once you’ve done this help
of helping them improve their reading him/her connect what he/she read to
skills, but also because just by taking the world around them.
How to Contact Mrs. Hess
I am usually in the building at 6am. I am available until 7:10. Or, on
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday you can reach me during my
planning period from 11:30 to 12noon. If you’d like to call me, my direct
number is 253.571.7726. If you have email and prefer to correspond via
email, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Hess’ Reading Class
JASON LEE MIDDLE SCHOOL If your child comes to class late without a hall pass, s/he is
602 N. SPRAGUE AVE. considered as having an unexcused tardy. When your
TACOMA, WA 98403 student arrives, s/he must sign in on the tardy log located on
my door. When the student is tardy the 4th time in a month,
s/he serves a Wednesday School. Wednesday school is
from 2:35-5:00pm in room 2703. Students will bring home
a Wednesday school form for parents/guardians to sign.