Mr. Duong

Welcome Message


Mr. John Duong · Room 205  

Welcome to Room 205! My name is Mr. John Duong and I am ecstatic to begin the year with you and your child. I believe this is going to be an exciting year full of new experiences and critical conversations. This year students will explore various reading genres, learn new writing techniques, transform into investigators in mathematics, and continue to learn from personalized lessons through our blended learning program.


Teaching Philosophy:       

  • Holistic Approach—Every student is a person first and foremost. I try to be understanding and sensitive to the needs of my students. I tailor my lessons and assessments to cater to all of the different learning modalities and do my best to incorporate their interests and talents.  
  • Community of Learners—I am a strong advocate for collectivity and collaboration. We are a community of learners that support and encourage each other. Every student brings a unique perspective and set of skills and abilities that enhances our classroom and learning.
  • Agents of Positive Change—I believe students have the confidence, intelligence, and empathy that make them effective agents for positive change. They all have experiences and knowledge that allow them to begin understanding and seeing the world through multiple perspectives and resolve conflicts. We work to maintain a positive environment through complements and troubleshooting. I expect students to take these skills beyond the classroom and into the community.
  • Responsibility and Accountability—Students are given multiple opportunities to show they are responsible—completing their class- and homework to taking care of each other and resolving conflicts on the playground. Rules and expectations are put in place to help students understand and practice personal accountability and begin transferring sense of personal responsibility to the class, school, and community.
  • Positive Self-Image—Research has shown that if children believe in themselves and their ability to achieve something, their brain functions differently. I believe it is one of my duties, as their teacher and mentor, to help them foster this positive self-image—to know that they have experiences and knowledge that will allow them to understand and experience the world around them.


Rules & Expectations:

  • Joseph Weller Elementary Rules: Respectful, Responsible, and Safe
  • Classroom Golden Rules: Be positive, polite, productive, and perseverant.
  • Students are academics in the classroom (and save social conversations for the playground).
  • Students follow rules and procedures.


Discipline Plan:

  • If students decide to break a rule:
  • Verbal Warning
  • Students write their name on the behavior log
  • Student-Teacher Conference
  • Call Home
  • Referral

*Depending on the severity of the action, students may be immediately removed from the classroom with a call or note sent home



  • Agenda— Scholars will be provided with an agenda to record their daily homework. I ask that parents review the agenda and initial that homework is compete and that students have read.  Agendas will include homework assignments, assessment dates, events, and teacher notes.
  • Reading—A consistent reading schedule is very important in your child’s development. Students are to read 20 minutes every night and once over the weekend. They will document their reading online. I strongly believe reading is a skill that only improves with practice, and it is extremely important that students are reading every day.
  • Writing—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 that we can be proud of.    
  • Math—Students will be given worksheets and practice problems to review what they learned in mathematics. I will do my best to make sure students do not go home with problems they cannot solve independently. My goal for math homework will purely be additional practice, problems will be challenging, but should not be frustrating.


*Researchers found that students who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, and a lack of balance and even alienation from society. Therefore, you may not see a lot of homework from our class. I strongly believe that children need to spend quality time with their families and friends.


If you feel strongly about getting your child additional homework, I will continually update my class website to include resources and worksheets that you may assign your scholar. If you need any other additional resources, please let me know and I will do my best to find them and send it your way.



  • Pre- and post-assessments are given before and after almost every unit.
  • Post-assessment dates will be written in the student’s agenda several days before the assessment.
  • District and state assessments dates will be written in their agendas and I will be giving students practice problems in class.  


Parent/Guardian Volunteer Opportunities:

If you’re interested in volunteering in the classroom I can always use help with:

  • Collaboration Centers
  • Copying, Stapling, & Filing
  • Read Aloud  


If you also have a hidden talent like painting, sewing, spoken word, etc. and would like to share that with our class, please let me know so we can schedule a workshop facilitated by you!


*Please contact me via email if you are interested in volunteering or facilitating a workshop.



  • Teacher-Student Communication: It is important for students to develop the skills to communicate academic and social needs with their teacher. I am always available during school hours for student conferences or they may write me notes (anonymously if they prefer).
  • Teacher-Parent/Guardian Communication: I am at school from 7:30am to 3pm every day. I am usually outside with the students if you have a question or concern. After hours, email is the best way to reach me and I will respond no later than 24 hours later. You can also schedule a conference with me by appointment if those hours do not work.  


Additional Notes:

  • Students are able to bring backpacks to school this year for important papers, books and personal belongings.  Due to limited space in the classroom, rolling backpacks are not recommended.
  • Morning announcements begin at 7:57am and school begins at 8:00am. Please be on time. We will be meeting on primary blacktop between the Learning Lab and Multi-Use Room.
  • Back to School Night on Thursday, September 1st! Mark your calendars! I am excited to meet you and get to know your family.
  • We are sending home “Welcome Packets” with emergency cards, media release, responsible use, etc. Please complete these forms and return it by Friday, August 19.

School Supplies


  1. 1” Binder with College Rule Binder Paper (Folders and Dividers are Optional)
  2. Mechanical Pencils (don’t require sharpening)
  3. Notebook
  4. 2 Books (1 Book at Scholars Lexile, 1 Book of Choice)


Room 205 Wish List


I have done my best to provide your child with everything I require for my classroom. However, we can always use more of the following:

  1. Printer Ink for EPSON XP-200 or Toner for HPLaserJet P2035
  2. Post-it Table Top Easel Pad
  3. Technology (Chromebooks, iPads, Tablets, Laptops; old/used is welcomed)
  4. Headphones
  5. College ruled lined paper
  6. Pencils
  7. Tissue
  8. Room air fresheners
  9. Hand sanitizer
  10. Colored Pencils
  11. Markers
  12. White Board Markers
  13. Disinfecting Wipes
  14. Post it notes (any size)
  15. Your dedication & time


Again, I am ecstatic to begin the year with you and your child. I look forward to meeting and working with you throughout the year. Remember I am readily available for any questions or concerns before and after school and via email after hours. Please sign and return attached form, informing me that you have read and reviewed this welcome letter.




Mr. John Duong
Fourth Grade Teacher
Joseph Weller Elementary School
(408) 635-2876 x1127