Welcome to Room 121 -- 4th-6th Grade SDC Class
Welcome Back to School!!
My name is Ms. Denise Winer. I will be your student's 4th, 5th, or 6th grade SDC teacher. This will be my 6th year at Weller. For the past 5 and 1/2 years, I was Weller's Resource teacher (RSP). This experience gives me good insight to the students, staff, and administration here. I look forward to having a wonderful year with you and your student this year!
Music for Minors
Our class goes to Music for Minors on Friday afternoons. We participate with Mrs. Newstrom's class. Here are some pictures of when Mr. Callahan was teaching our students.
5th & 6th Grade First Presentation for the PLP
My 5th and 6th grade students worked on their first Personalized Learning Platform (PLP) project. It was the Orientation Project. Below are pictures from their presentation.
Friday Reading by a Student
Right after our first project, "It's in The Bag!", one of my students, Katie asked to read the class the book she brought for her object in her bag. So that is how it all started. Katie read her book "Darth Vader's Little Princess." Now every Friday, one of my students reads a story to the rest.
Friday Student Reading
A Parent Volunteers to Make Paper Lanterns for China's Mid-Autumn Festival
Carol, Esther's mom, volunteered to come in and work with our class to make paper lanterns and taste Moon Cakes to celebrate China's Mid-Autumn Festival.
The Lantern Making Process
I have extremely high expectations for our students. In order for our students to achieve their highest possible potential, I need to be working with you. Our students are expected to be very responsible for themselves and their work. This level of readiness is based on each of our students as individuals. My goal is to work with you as parents and your families to create the best educational setting possible for your children. Feel free to contact me at anytime throughout the year with concerns or questions. The best communication during the day is email, firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also leave a voicemail message, 408-635-2876 x1128. Let's have a fantastic year together!!
Message From The District
In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread, systemic non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.
The Milpitas Unified School District was not involved in the lawsuit and is not the subject of any of the suit’s allegations. Nonetheless, as a part of this lawsuit, the CDE has been ordered by the United States District Court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008. None of this information may be used outside the context of this lawsuit; no student’s identifying records will be disclosed to the general public.
Our District is committed to helping families stay informed about this issue and empowered to protect their children’s data. Parents and guardians who do not wish for their students’ information to be disclosed may complete and mail in an “opt-out form” to prevent the release of student data, the form is available at this link: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pdf. The form must be mailed by April 1, 2016.
For more information visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/morganhillcase.asp or contact the California Department of Education at (916) 319-0800.
Aviso de Divulgación/Publicación de Records Escolares (PDF)
Los padres de familia y estudiantes pueden objetar que los registros y documentos estudiantiles privados y protegidos sean publicados por la demanda judicial entre la Asociación de Padres Preocupados de Morgan Hill y la Asociación de Padres Preocupados v. el Departamento de Educación de California (Vea el caso número 2:11-cv-03471-KJM-AC)
Objeción a la Publicación de Información y Registros Estudiantiles (PDF)
With my classroom having 4th, 5th and 6th grade students, homework will go according to grade level. The one area that all grade levels has homework is:
30 minutes daily and one weekend day.
Every student needs to work on their i-Ready homework every day. They need to complete one Reading and Math daily and one weekend day.
Students will be given quick writes, on-demand writing, and long-term writing projects throughout the year. Every step we take is a crucial part in composing a writing piece of which we can be proud.
The students will also have additional math homework to do, but this may not be daily. The purpose of the homework will be to practice and/or review math skills, so it will be brief and to the point.
Spelling will be sent as homework on Mondays and will be due on Fridays. Spelling tests will occur on Fridays.
Cursive handouts will be sent as homework on Mondays and will be due on Fridays.
Students may have to work on portions of their projects at home. We will have one-to-two group projects this year, which may require families to coordinate with each other. They should also practice their oral presentations with family members.
30 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD INSTEAD OF "HOW WAS YOUR DAY?"
When we pick up our child or get home from work, we typically ask our child, "How was your day?" and the child responds with a vague,"Fine." Another good question we ask, "What did you do or learn at school?" and the child responds with another vague answer, "Nothing." or "I don't remember."
Here are 30 questions you can ask instead that can elicit more specific responses and start real conversations about how your child is feeling about school, their classmates, their teacher, and how well they are doing.
- What did you eat for lunch?
- Did you catch anyone picking their nose?
- What games did you play at recess?
- What was the funniest thing that happened today?
- Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
- What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
- Who made you smile today?
- Which one of your teachers would survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?
- What new fact did you learn today?
- Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?
- What challenged you today?
- If school were a ride at the fair, which ride would it be? Why?
- What would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? Why?
- If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
- If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
- Did anyone push your buttons today?
- Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not?
- What is your teacher’s most important rule?
- What is the most popular thing to do at recess?
- Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?
- Tell me something you learned about a friend today.
- If aliens came to school and beamed up 3 kids, who do you wish they would take? Why?
- What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
- When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
- What rule was the hardest to follow today?
- What is one thing you hope to learn before the school year is over?
- Which person in your class is your exact opposite?
- Which area of your school is the most fun?
- Which playground skill do you plan to master this year?
- Does anyone in your class have a hard time following the rules?
Help at Home
- Provide your child with a quiet place to study
- Please have your child arrive at school on time everyday
- Make sure that your child has a good breakfast, snack and lunch
- Have your child bring a coat or sweater to school in case the weather or classroom gets cold
- Make sure your child's name is on all belongings brought to school
- Have your child leave all toys and watches with alarms at home
- Make sure your child wears the appropriate shoes and clothing for PE and recess
- Talk to your child about their day
- Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep
- Read nightly with your child!
Here you will find links to tools and strategies to use for ELA.