Sapphires

team

Mrs. Dube- Science (cdube@sksd-ri.net) Mrs. Porter - Math  (nporter@sksd-ri.net)

Ms. Christina - ELA  (achristina@sksd-ri.net)

Mrs. Preil - Resource (kpreil@sksd-ri.net) Mr. Lefort - Social Studies  (mlefort@sksd-ri.net)

Mrs. Hedman - 6th grade Guidance Counselor (lhedman@sksd-ri.net)  360-1828

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Welcome to the Sapphires!!!  We look forward to a great 2016-2017 school year.  This website will fill you in on some team-wide information and policies.  Individual teachers may also provide a syllabus that is specific to their class and may also utilize online resources to increase communication between school and home.


Beginning of Year Supplies:


In an effort to assist in organization, we suggest color coding student materials as follows:


  • Science: Blue

  • Math: Red

  • ELA: Black

  • Social Studies: Green


Science:


  • 3 composition notebooks (non- spiral)

  • Colored pencils

  • Folder


Math:


  • Binder with two dividers

  • Pencils

  • Good eraser

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Red Pen (or any color) for correcting

  • Dry erase markers


ELA:


  • 1" 3 ring binder (black) with inside pockets 

  • 5 section dividers

  • College ruled loose leaf paper

  • Writer's Notebook (Can be fancy or black and white composition works too) 

  • 1 package of multicolored 3 inch post it notes

  • 1 package of multicolored highlighters


Social Studies:


  • Needed:

    • 3 Ring Binder

    • Folder

  • Recommended:

    • Highlighters

    • Colored Pencils


Student Planners

Organization is a new challenge to 6th grade students as they adjust to changing classes and different expectations from class to class.  Student planners are provided as organizational tools to keep track of nightly assignments and upcoming due dates.


This valuable habit is taught and reinforced throughout the year. You may help your child by occasionally reviewing completed homework and referring to assignments as they are written in the planner.  Also, note that assignments will usually be updated on the team calendar.


This home-school partnership will assist Sapphire students in the development of important academic/life skills such as being responsible and accountable.


Communication


It is encouraged that students discuss issues or concerns with teachers first (whether in person or through email) when necessary, but parents can always follow up and communicate with teachers as well.  The most efficient means will be through our school email accounts.  Each teacher does have a phone line at the school as well.  Additionally, many teachers on team will use “Remind.com” for convenient contact to your mobile device throught text or email (your choice) where phone numbers are hidden.  More info on this will come home during the first week of school.


Student Grades


  • For information regarding your child's grades you are encouraged to visit Skyward.  You may need to contact main office for login information.  If there are any discrepancies or concerns, students are encouraged to advocate for themselves by contacting their teacher.


  • Students will receive Learner Qualities which will supplement their curriculum based letter grades.  Learner Qualities are treated as skills that students can work on to ensure academic growth throughout their education.


Homework


  • Homework is an important part of your child's education as it provides opportunities for students to review and practice the skills and content covered in school.


  • Students learn to organize their time and materials, they develop important study skills and learning behaviors that should become lifelong habits.


  • Homework completion will be communicated through Learner Qualities, however homework completion will be essential to success in the classroom.


  • For information on your child's assigned homework, you are encouraged to check their Student Planners and/or our website calendar.



Counselor

Loren Hedman is the 6th grade counselor.  She is a great asset to our team. We meet with her regularly to discuss the concerns/needs of our students.  You may contact her at any time.  lhedman@sksd-ri.net

Behavior

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We teach and encourage

students to follow the 6 principles of Kingian Nonviolence for solving conflicts and promoting a peaceful community.

Please review the BRMS Code of Behavior found in the student planner.

Pic Credit: Mettacenter.org

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports):

Our school's PBIS theme/focus is ROCKS:    Respectful - On task - Cooperative - Kind - Safe


  • Positive behavior is acknowledged with Golden Tickets and public recognition.

  • Negative behavior results in a Discipline Referral which must be signed by a parent/guardian and may carry additional consequences.


GENERAL TEAM RULES:


  • We respect the space and property of others.

  • We are considerate in language and actions..

  • We will not prevent the teacher from teaching or students from learning.


Parents & Families

We welcome your involvement! Let us know if you have any suggestions or areas of expertise you'd like to share with us.  Please feel free to contact us with any comments, questions, or concerns you have.  Email is the encouraged means of communication and we will do our best to respond promptly.  



We are looking forward to an exciting and successful year!

       Sapphire Team Teachers