Team 2

Depoali Middle School
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integrity

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Introduction to Teaming and Team Expectations
Greetings parents, family and friends! Welcome (back) to Depoali Middle School! We are very
excited to be welcoming you to the beginning of a new year. This year, as well as following years,
is important in your child’s development, and we will do everything we can to make the start of
eighth grade as smooth as possible.
Depoali, like many schools across the country, organizes groups of students into teams of
instructors and peers. In other words, your student is grouped with a few more than two hundred
other students, most of whom have the same teachers for English, math, social studies, and
science. This way, we are able to get to know the students and best help them with individual
needs. We intend to be a team that focuses on helping students make good choices and
encouraging both academic effort and success. With your help and support, we are confident
your student will be successful.
In order to help your child be as successful as possible we have some expectations and policies
that are consistent across the team. All of our policies are proactive—this means we want to set
your child up for success and avoid problems before they occur. Please review this letter and
other materials your child received (and/or will soon receive) in core classes, including the team
policies and procedures handout and class syllabuses. Those materials will help you become
familiar with policies and other expectations so that you and your child can be a member of our
team!

Expected Supplies
In this packet you will find team policies and procedures. That handout is expected to stay in
your child’s binder for easy reference.
That handout lists supplies that your child needs. Please review it and any class syllabuses very
carefully. It is worth noting that your child need not have many binders. With few exceptions,
he/she should have one central binder with section for different classes. This is intended to aid in
organization as well as reduce the stress of trying to remember which binders are needed at any
given time.
Your student’s binder and planner should go to and from school each day, along with other
needed materials, and a backpack will make this much easier. It’s simple: Students who never
bring work home are rarely successful. Students need to do their homework, study, and give
parents the opportunity to monitor and review their work. If you help us with this expectation, we
can make a huge difference.

Common Policies
One of the greatest benefits of teaming is that your student will experience some common
policies and similar expectations from all of his/her teachers. This limits confusion and conflict as
the year progresses. Please review with your son or daughter the team policies and procedures
handout that is in this packet.

Weekly Schedule, Homework & Communication with Families
This is Depoali’s school-wide schedule:
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Periods 1-7
Per 1, 3, 5 & 7
Per. 2,4 & 6
meet
meet
meet

Thursday
Periods 1-7 meet

Friday
Periods 1-7 meet

We imagine you are used to asking, “Do you have any homework tonight?” and you are also
often skeptical when your child always answers “no”. Well, let us answer for them. You can
expect homework every single night. Your student will be writing his or her homework
assignments in his/her daily planner. If you are concerned with whether or not your child has any
homework, this is a great place to check. Specifically, Math and ELA both will generally have
short homework assignments every night; other courses will vary.
 Email is a fantastic way to communicate with us. If you are concerned about your child’s
performance, drop us a message and we will respond.
 Although we prefer email, you can call us @ 775-852-6700. We are generally available
before school from 7-7:30 am and after school from 2:00-2:45.
 Simplest of all, we need your support in enforcing our expectation that your child brings
his or her work/homework home every day. This helps you monitor it and helps him or her
stay on top of it as well.

Addressing Behavior Problems
We are very serious about fostering a healthy and safe learning environment on our team.
Students who disrupt this environment will earn fair and stern consequences. Most small
problems are dealt with in our individual classes, but if we experience continued problems,
students will be escorted into other rooms, may earn in-house suspensions, parent conferences,
office referrals, and require development of behavior plans.

S.T.R.I.K.E. Signatures
Depoali has implemented a positive behavior system that rewards students for positive
behaviors, both in the classroom and out. If you are not familiar with the STRIKE matrix and
signatures, ask your child to show you the relevant pages in his/her planner. Students should
have no problems earning at least five signatures per week. When checking your child’s agenda,
it’s a good idea to see if your child is meeting that goal. If he/she is not, you may wish to have a
discussion, as we have learned that students who are not meeting their goal are frequently
struggling academically or socially.

Final Thoughts
Thank you in advance for all of your support and understanding. Over the next few years, your
child will decide if the path of a student is one he or she wishes to follow. He or she will further
develop attitudes to academic subjects and school in general. We will make every effort to
nurture these decisions and help your child earn success. If we work together, the next several
years can be some of the most rewarding of your child’s life. Again, thank you.
Sincerely,
The Teachers of Team 2
phone: 775-852-6700
Mrs. Evans:
Mrs. Hartman:
Mrs. Tolotti:

jnevans@washoeschools.net
thartman@washoeschools.net
htolotti@washoeschools.net

web: depoalitwo.weebli.com

or

Mrs. Weinhold:
Mr. Williams:
Miss Weeks:

www.washoe.k12.nv.us/depoali/
lweinhold@washoeschools.net
fwilliams@washoeschools.net
kweeks@washoeschools.net

Core Class Syllabus
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each of your core classes, you will be expected to
follow class objectives, grading, and procedures.
Advisory
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This is a daily class which could be considered as your student’s home
base. It focuses on character education (STRIKE), team building, and
enhancing communication skills. In short, it is a place where we build a
close-knit school community. It’s also a good first line of communication for
parents. In this class, we will check planners, create weekly home and
school goals, discuss homework skills, and also address some social issues.
may sometimes see home-school STRIKE assignments, which are great
opportunities to discuss these issues and skills with your child.

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Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

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STRIKE share,
Home goals,
and/or teambuilding

English and
Topics: (Nevada State

Language Arts
Common Core Standards):


Engagement with deeper level of understanding of literary and
nonfiction texts.

Greater proficiency in argumentative, informative, and narrative
writing.

Sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary
and syntax to the development and organization of ideas.

Adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications in
speaking and listening.
Grading Scale:

Assessments (tests, quizzes, projects, published writing) 50%

Homework
25%

Classwork and Participation
25%
Regular Weekly Homework:
assignments will be ongoing throughout the year: daily free choice
sustained reading and regular free choice writing. I cannot emphasize the
benefits of these enough. Students who read daily do better on
standardized assessments and have a greater chance for success in
college. Please be sure to dedicate time to reading and writing in a
distraction-free setting. Parents, please help your students in this
endeavor.
Homework and reading logs:



150 min. of free choice reading turned in Friday with parent signature.
Independent writing notebook – assigned once a week.
A weekly parent letter will be sent on Monday. The back of the letter will have the student reading
log.

Life Science

Objectives: per the NGSS Standards
Students in middle school develop an understanding of key concepts to help them make sense of the life
sciences. These ideas build upon students’ science understanding from earlier grades and from the disciplinary
core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts of other experiences with physical and
earth sciences.
The performance expectations help students formulate answers to the questions:
 How can one explain the ways cells contribute to the function of living organisms?
 How does a system of living and non-living things operate to meet the needs of the organism in an
ecosystem?
 How do living organisms pass traits from one generation to the next?
 How do organisms change over time in response to changes in the environment?
Science Grading Scale:

Assessments (tests, quizzes, writing, projects, and labs) 50%
Classwork and Participation
30%
Homework
20%

Math 7
Math





7 Overview: Common Core Standards Units:
Number Sense
 Geometry
Expressions and Equations
 Data
Ratios/Proportions

Probability
Your Homework: 1) Homework will be given regularly and is
essential for making you feel secure with your math skills. 2)
All homework will be checked for completion, showing all
calculations at the beginning of class and must be legible
showing: student’s name (first and last), date, and class
period. Work without a name, calculations, or poor
handwriting will not be accepted and will result in a zero.
Your Comp Book: will be used to take math concept notes
(foldables) and problem solve based on common core
standards. You are expected to have your comp book in class
each and every day. Comp books will be graded quarterly
under the classwork/participation category for approximately
100 points.

Math 7 Grading Scale: (based on district standards)

What’s due tomorrow?
What was yesterday’s
homework?

Where can I download
another copy of that
assignment?

Did you know that we have
a website with information
from all core teachers,
including an assignment
calendar?

Visit us at
depoalitwo.weebli.c
om.com and see
what’s up!
(no www)




Assessments and Projects
Homework
Classwork and Participation

50%
20%
30%




 Math 7/8

Math 7/8 is the accelerated math course and differs from the Math 7 course in that it
contains content from Math 8. This course logically builds from the 6 th grade, but with the
additional content it demands a faster pace for instruction and learning.

Did you know?


    Math 7/8 Overview: Common Core Standards Units:
 Number Sense
 Expressions
 Equations
 Ratios/Proportions
 Geometry

Infinite Campus has
apps for iPhone and
Android! Parents have
pointed out that it’s
even easier for
students and parents
to view grades using
the app. If you have an
iPhone, iPod with wifi,
or Android phone, be
sure to download the
(free) Infinite Campus
Mobile Portal!









Your Homework: 1) Homework will be given every night and is essential for making you
feel secure with your math skills. 2) All homework will be checked for completion, showing
all calculations at the beginning of class and must be legible showing: student’s name
(first and last), date, and class period. Work without a name, calculations, or poor
handwriting will not be accepted and will result in a zero.
Your Comp Book: will be used to take math concept notes (foldables) and problem solve
based on common core standards. You are expected to have your comp book in class
each and every day. Comp books will be graded quarterly under the
classwork/participation category for approximately 100 points.

Math 7/8 Grading Scale: (based on district standards)
Assessments and Projects
Homework
Classwork and Participation

50%
20%
30%

    Please keep in mind:
 Earning an “A” in Math 7/8 is very difficult. Don’t let this discourage you. This is a fast
paced intensive course. Completing and keeping up on homework and study materials will
be essential. See me early if you are having trouble.
 This course is intended for students whose maturity, computational and conceptual skills
are at a high level. Students will be required to take organized notes daily. Maintaining an
organized notes and binder is also essential to this course.
 My expectations will be very high. I will be teaching this class at a high
level.



 Social Studies

Class Overview:


I am so excited for this new school year and very thrilled to have the opportunity to be
your child’s Social Studies teacher. I will do my best to challenge your child
and help them further their education in Social Studies.

We have a few goals for 7th grade Social Studies. During this
next school year we have a large amount of exhilarating History,
Geography, Civics, and Economics material to examine. We will
engage in this material by using summarizing, analyzing, interpreting
skills, and questioning primary / secondary sources, and historical
texts. Students will expand their vocabulary and learn the importance
of hard work and dedication while engaging themselves in the
wonderment and excitement of social studies!

Concepts this year vary and range in years from about 1600-1965 and include the
following topics:






Geography
Social Studies Skills
Colonization
Revolutionary War
Constitution

Grading Scale:



Assessments
Homework
Classwork and Participation





Western Expansion
1st Industrial Revolution
Civil War
Nevada History
Play by the Rules

50%
15%
35%


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