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Hello and welcome to Seventh grade!
My name Jamie Dedmon, and I will be your child’s homeroom teacher. I am very
excited to start my 6th year at St. Teresa. I live in Collinsville with my
husband Wesley and our two children, Jude (2 years) and Maxwell (11 weeks). I
am very close with my family who all live in the area. I have been a
lifelong parishioner at St. Teresa Church so I have known this community for
a long time. I went to Millikin University and McKendree University and
graduated in 2007 with my B.A. in History Education and my minor in Music,
Vocal Performance and Piano. My true passion is to teacher History and I’m
happy to be here doing what I love.
Below is a brief synopsis of the subjects I will be teaching and homeroom
ACCELERATED READER- We will still be using the Accelerated Reader program for
extra reading practice. AR compromises 20% of your student’s final grade, 10%
for meeting their goal and 10% for their quiz average. Ms. Diekemper is the
reading teacher and she will be in charge of the program, but I am always
available to help answer questions.
RELIGION: Each religion chapter will take about two weeks. The chapters will
have approximately 100 points of work. Each chapter will have a ten point
activity that can be done in class or as homework. There will be a review for
each test worth 20 points and the test is worth 70 points. This is a rough
outline for the chapters as it may vary.
Most chapters will have extra credit opportunities. Students may bring home
their workbook and discuss it with their parents or other adults. If the
child returns the paper signed on the day of the test, they will receive 5
bonus points on their test. I STRONGLY encourage you to take advantage of
this simple bonus opportunity.
SPELLING- Spelling pages will be assigned on Monday and are due on Wednesday.
Tests will be on Thursday or Friday depending on the mass schedule. Each test
will have bonus words for extra credit. This spelling book doesn’t coordinate
with the reader as it has in years past.
ART- Each week your child will complete an art project. Some projects may
involve bringing items from home, but I will give plenty of notice.
HOMEWORK- Students will usually have homework every night. Some class time
will be given to start assignments. With multiple teachers, there may be days
when there is a heavier homework load than others, but we will try our best
to work with each other to avoid this.
SNACKS- Students are allowed to bring a morning snack to be eaten during
break from 10:25-10:35. At this time they can use the restroom or get a
drink. Students are allowed to have a clear water bottle in class as long as
it doesn’t become a distraction. The water bottles are not allowed to be
brought to departmental classes.
GRADES- You can view your child’s grades on the Option C grade book program
we use at school. I update the grades a couple times a week. Tests will be
shown to the students, but will not be sent home to be signed. If you would
like to see a particular test, please send me an e-mail or a note.
UNIFORM- Please read the handbook regarding the uniform code. If your child
does not follow the uniform code, you will be notified and/or may be called
to bring in the necessary items. The student could lose non-uniform
privileges and/or have an in school suspension if the violations continue.
FIELD TRIP- The seventh grade class will be taking a field trip to
Springfield in the spring; the date has yet to be set. More information will
be sent home regarding the three fundraisers: McAllister’s (September 25th)
bake sale, and basketball tournament. Information will be sent home
approximately one month before the trip date.
More information regarding Scholastic book orders and student of the week
will be sent home at a later date. Please check my website for information
regarding these two items. Student of the Week will be posted under
the “Announcements” link.
If you would like to e-mail me, please allow me 24 hours to reply. I check
my e-mail throughout the day but sometimes a response may need some thought
I am looking forward this new year and I hope you are your child are as well!
My class expectations are simple:
I expect my students to follow these rules and to fully understand their
meaning. My classroom environment will be one of respectful young adults
being challenged to stretch their minds to new lengths.