Contact Mr. Duong

Fourth Grade Teacher
Joseph Weller Elementary School
(408) 635-2876 x1127

205 Wish List

  • Adopt-A-Classroom Donation
  • DonorsChoose 
  • Printer Ink for EPSON XP-200 or Toner for HPLaserJet P2035
  • Post-it Table Top Easel Pad
  • Technology (Chromebooks, iPads, Tablets, Laptops; old/used is welcomed)
  • Headphones
  • College ruled lined paper
  • Pencils
  • Tissue
  • Room air fresheners
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • White Board Markers
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Post it notes (any size)
  • Your dedication & time

Thank You Donors!

Thank you friends and family for your generous donations to our class Adopt a Classroom page. 


Also thank you to the following families that have donated supplies. 


  • Adrien & Family
  • Vanessa & Family
  • Ngoc & Family
  • Deepesh & Family
  • Jeremiah & Family 
  • Alana & Family
  • Arielle & Family 
  • Keira & Family

On the behalf of the 205 Scholars, we thank you. 


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One-Time Class Activation Code: MJXLQ


Dear Families,

Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why I am so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year.

With Scholastic Reading Club:

  • Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
  • You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child 

You'll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or by returning your order form and payment to me. I'd also love some help growing our classroom Reading Club. If you'd like to help out, please let me know! I'm excited to get our class reading!


Thank you for your support,

Mr. Duong 


  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

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Teaching Team Directory

Duong, John
Newstrom, Naomi

Mr. Duong



Online Reading Log (

"Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything" 



*Challenges are meant for enrichment. I want to give student the opportunity to research and learn more about certain topics we touch upon and discuss in class. Students are encouraged to go home and research more about this topics, but are not required to. 

Extension and enrichment resources can also be found to the right. 


Student Recognition

May Student of the Week


  • He is a kind and considerate scholar. He works hard to complete his tasks and is never too proud to go back fix his mistakes.


  • He is also a gentle hearted student. He loves to read with the class and continues to put forth his best effort in every subject.


April Student of the Week


  • She has shown incredible kindness this year, supporting many of her peers emotionally. She also works hard on her academics, putting her best efforts forward.


  • He continues to work incredibly hard in class. He is dedicated to his learning and is responsible with his assignments.


  • She remains a positive and hard-working scholar. She is a fearless learner and does her best, and always participates in class.


March Student of the Week


  • He continues has a beaming personality and always greets his peers with a positive and cheerful smile. His energy, hard work, and perseverance are just some reasons Jody is our student of the week.



  • He continues to maintain a positive attitude. Mateos has been keeping up with our reading and contributing his insightful thoughts during classroom discussions.


  • He continues to make great improvements in math and pushed himself to use the strategies we learn in class. He challenges himself, making continued growth.



  • For being responsible and respectful. Ngoc has put in tremendous work this year improving in every topic. Ngoc also follows the class rules and encourages her classmates to follow them as well.



  • For being productive and adding humor to the classroom. Jeremiah completes all of his work in and out of class and always incorporates his sense of humor into his writing. He has shown tremendous growth and helps his classmates feel at ease.


February Student of the Week


Bea Joy

  • For her initiative and dedication to learning. She is self-motivated and takes directions well. Bea Joy participates in class discussions and is never shy from sharing her ideas.


  • For improving her reading and taking meticulous notes. She always puts forth tremendous effort in all of her work. Kate is incredibly respectful and continues to do her best.

January Student of the Week



  • For her positive attitude and dedication to learning. She continues to work hard and persevere through difficulties.


  • For his positive attitude and continued dedication to his learning. He has worked incredibly hard and challenges himself every day. Linch continues to come to school happy and ready to learn everything from math to music.


December Student of the Week



  • He continues to work hard and remains positive throughout the year. He comes to school beaming and ready to learn every day.


  • For completing all of her work with tremendous effort. She collaborates well with her peers and shows great self-motivation.


November Student of the Week


  • For her kindness and dedication to her work. She continues to work hard in and out of class, modeling positive behaviors for her classmates. She has opened up and participated more and more. She is courageous, persistent, and caring.


  • For his hard work and determination. He has worked tirelessly to achieve his goals. He continues to work productively in class and puts forth his all into every assignment.


  • For opening up and participating. Mikhala has shown tremendous growth these past few weeks by engaging in group discussions and participating in class. She has shown tremendous grit and perseverance.


October Student of the Week

Joaquin (January SotM)

  • For his kindness and positivity. Joaquin is well liked by his peers, always willing to help his fellow classmates. He tries his best and encourages others to do the same.

Petra Joy

  • For her positive attitude. She always comes into class beaming and doesn't let her mistakes weigh her down. She remains positive and perseveres through difficult work situations.

Arielle (Macrh SotM)

  • For her strong work ethic and respectful attitude. Arielle continues to work hard on every assignment and is respectful to everyone in our school community.


  • For working hard and his willingness to collaborate. He always puts forth incredible effort and works well with his peers. Navjyot is kind, considerate, and persistent.


September Student of the Week


Abigayle (November SotM)

  • For her hard work and engagement. Abigayle comes to school excited and ready to learn. She participates in every  classroom discussion and works diligently to finish all of her assignments. 


  • For her kindness and persistence. Alana shows immense compassion for others. She is dependable and continues to put forth her best work every day.   


  • For his positivity and leadership. Ian is always willing to help his classmates finish their work and compromise when necessary. He is cooperative and works hard to understand difficult lessons.  

Keira  (October SotM) 

  • For her curiosity and responsible attitude. Keira is incredibly inquisitive and is not shy from asking questions. She understands that we are here to learn and asking questions is a big part of that learning.   


August Student of the Week

Dennis (February SotM)

  • For his positive attitude and perseverant spirit. Dennis always comes to class with a smile on his face, ready to learn, and engages in classroom discussions.  


  • For his hard work and determination. Oscar continues to challenge himself in every subject and is set on improving with a growth mindset.   

Vanessa (September SotM) 

  • For her commitment to learning and her community. Vanessa is incredibly productive and focused. She finishes all of her work on time and always gives 110%. She is also caring, helping her classmates when ever they need assistance. 


*SotM = Student of the Month

Family Resources

In your Welcome Packet I provided resources on  

  • “What Can Parents Do?” to help their scholar succeed in school,
  • "15 Life Lessons" that our young students should know,  
  • "Raising a Reader" with helpful hints for our growing minds, 
  • and "Newbery Medal Winners (1941-Present)" for some suggested readings.

I would also like to share Be a Learning Hero, a resource from the Parent Teacher Association and Scholastic that helps you become a learning superhero.  

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 ...more

Where Our Mission Came From

We, the scholars in room 205, will be polite, positive, and perseverant. We are here to learn, encourage others, and improve. To achieve our goals we will challenge ourselves, listen to each other and be polite.

Vanessa, Arielle, Keira, Jerimiah, Kayden, & Jody


We, the scholars in room 205, will be productive, polite, and positive learners. We are here to learn, persevere, and be respectful of others. To achieve our goals we will never give up, work hard, and study.

Alana, Bea Joy, Armando, & Anthony


We, the scholars in room 205, will be productive, positive, and polite learners. We are here to learn, listen, and be perseverant. To achieve our goals we will word harder, stop saying “I can’t do this” and pay attention.

Joaquin, Jhaniel, Monica, & Adrien


We, the scholars in room 205, will be math learners, positive, and productive. We are here to learn, make more friends, and get a good grade in class. To achieve our goals we will say “I can try my hardest,” read big words, and read more books.

Jessica, Mateos, Evanny, & Deepesh


We, the scholars in room 205, will be polite, helpful, and grateful learners. We are here to learn, make more friends, and get good grades. To achieve our goals we will listen, be perseverant, and be good.

Ian, Dennis, Ngoc, & Jericho


We, the scholars in room 205, will be productive, polite, and perseverant learners. We are here to learn, help each other, and be smart. To achieve our goals we will be kind, never say “I can’t” and always try.

Kate, Navjyot, Ivy, Oscar, & Amanda


We, the scholars in room 205, will be happy, successful, and a role model. We are here to learn, achieve our dreams, and make friends. To achieve our goals we will stay focus, follow school rules, and be productive.

Troy, Abigayle, Linch, & Mikhala

Duong Scholars 16-17


Important Dates

Room 205 Mission Statement & Expectations

We, the students in Room 205, will be productive, positive, and polite scholars.


We are here to learn, make friends by encouraging others, and improve ourselves by persevering. To achieve this goal we will challenge ourselves, always try and do our best, and follow rules.



I, the teacher in Room 205, will help create a positive learning environment.


To achieve this goal I will do my best to be helpful, kind, and enthusiastic. I will share everything I know through fun and challenging lessons so that every student thrives.

Daily Schedule*

  • Science/Reading Centers [8:00-9:00]
  • Readers Workshop [9:00-10:00]
  • Exploratory Groups [10:00-11:00]
  • Recess & Lunch [11:00-12:00]
  • Math Exploration [12:00-1:00]
  • Writers Workshop/Physical Education [1:00-2:01]

* Fridays scholars will investigate California History and think about their social implications today.
**Mondays & Fridays (1:10-2:01)
 students engage in physical education that builds endurance, strength, and teamwork.


Note: Schedule subject to change based on student need and/or supplemental activities

Want to "level up" in reading?

Improve your reading by visiting one of the following websites! 

Practice some skills on i-Ready Reading!

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Visit the library on Raz-Kids and read some awesome books!



Read up on what's going on around the world on Times for Kids

Looking for more Math?

Have more fun with math at home! 

You can: 

Visit i-Ready and practice your math skills! 



Explore Khan Academy by watching tutorial videos and learn even more!




Complete some enrichment worksheets for Chapter 1 and Chapter 2

Give me more!

Reading and Math isn't enough? Check out some of these resources! 


Watch some videos, read some articles, take quizzes, or have fun with some activities on BrainPop


Work on your writing with Writing A-Z. Build a book or go through the writing stages on your own! Log in to your Raz-Kids account and click on "Writing A-Z" and start today! 



We will be typing a lot this year, so to improve I would also take a look at Typing Club to improve your computer skills! 

Curious about SBAC?