First Week Letter to Parents

Monday, August 7, 2017


Welcome to Mrs. Kvalheim’s

7th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies Classes!

I am very excited to begin my third year teaching 7th grade, and I look forward to getting to know everyone. The following information will help students understand the expectations and requirements in my classes.


1. My Teacherweb is my primary source of communication. Please bookmark it for easy accessibility: http://teacherweb.com/CA/SummitIntermediate/Kvalheim/apt5.aspx

  • My Teacherweb is updated daily with in class assignments. When students are absent, they should check my Teacherweb to find out what assignments were missed in class and need to be made up.

  • My teacher website’s address will be changing during this school year in compliance with a district level change. I will send home information regarding the change prior to when it occurs.


2. Our classroom is based upon the 6 Levels of Moral Development:

  • Level 1: I don’t want to get in trouble.

  • Level 2: I want a reward.

  • Level 3: I want to please somebody.

  • Level 4: I follow the rules.

  • Level 5: I am considerate of other people.

  • Level 6 (the level we strive for): I have a personal code of behavior and I follow it.


Potential Rewards:

Potential Consequences:

  • Verbal praise

  • Raffle tickets

  • Prizes from weekly raffle ticket drawings

  • Prizes in exchange for raffle tickets

  • Whole class “PAT Time” (Preferred Activity Time)

  • Verbal warning

  • Sitting apart from the group

  • Notice home to sign: Student will serve lunch detention in Mrs. Kvalheim’s room until the notice is returned with a parent signature


3. Homework is due on Fridays.

  • Each week’s assigned homework is reviewed on Monday mornings in class and should be written in students’ Pride Planners. The assignments will also be listed on the whiteboard in class and available in detail on my Teacherweb. Occasionally classwork that is not finished in class will become homework.

  • Students will be given an individualized Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for each trimester based upon their score on the STAR test the first week of each trimester. Students can only take AR tests at school, and they should read books within their assigned reading level. Students’ progress toward their goal can be viewed online at home through Renaissance Home Connect. The link is available on my Teacherweb under the “Helpful Links” tab. I encourage parents to check this site weekly to monitor their student’s AR progress.


4. I update my students’ grades weekly in Aeries.

  • It is very important for students and parents to check grades weekly using the Parent/Student Portal. The link is available on my Teacherweb under the “Helpful Links” tab. I often leave comments that address areas that can be improved upon for future assignments.

  • If you need assistance with your parent or student portal account, please call the office at (909) 899-1704.


5. My policies for extra credit and late work are as follows:

  • I do not offer extra credit on an individual basis to bring up grades. On rare occasions I will offer extra credit for a special task to all students.

  • I accept late work. The highest grade that can be earned on late work is 70%.


6. My policies regarding food and drinks are as follows:

  • Water is the only drink allowed in class. I encourage my students to bring a water bottle to school each day to avoid disruptions. Students may use the water fountain in class as long as it does not create a disruption. This policy may change based upon a class’s need.

  • Healthy snacks may be eaten in class as long as they do not create a disruption (no candy). This policy may change based upon a class’s need.


7. This is a suggested supply list and purchase of these items is voluntary:

  • pencils

  • red pens and/or highlighters

  • large spiral notebook with a divider tab or two small separate spiral/bound notebooks (one for each subject)

  • crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils for at home use


8. Homeroom only: The first opportunity to sign up for a conference time will be at Back-to-School night on Wednesday, August 16th. Please see my Teacherweb for additional information under the “Parent Conferences” tab.


If you have anything special you would like me to know, or if you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached best through e-mail at Melissa_Kvalheim@Etiwanda.org (you can also email me through Teacherweb). 


Thank you,

Mrs. Kvalheim