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Welcome 6th grade students and parents! Here you'll find information related to our classroom. Use the table of contents to the right to navigate this page.
6th Grade Rocks Banner

This is a calendar of all the upcoming events related to the school and our classroom. I update it weekly, so be sure to check for new information.


This section is updated weekly with all major homework assignments for the week. *Please note it is subject to change and I will update it as soon as possible if any changes occur* Feel free to contact me with any assignment questions!

Week of Monday, December 5th - Friday, December 9th

Finish cutting out fraction pieces
Equivalent fractions worksheet
No homework, fractions game
Math book pg. 112 #'s 1-10
No School
Light Experiments,no homework
Light Experiments,no homework
Science book read pg. 87-92
Quick Checks #'s1-3
Kaleidoscopic project
Read Ch. 4 of Holes, journal response
Finish Ch. 5 Holes questions
Finish Holes Vocabulary Worksheet
Spelling Test, no homework
Social Studies
Read S.S. book pg. 95-100,
Come up with 1 discussion question
Egypt Discussion, no homework
Work on Egypt Diorama
Work on Egypt Diorama
Finish Grammar Workbook
pgs. 64 and 65
Study spelling words, test Thurs.


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Here are some great websites for students and parents to check out that will help with school work, studying, and staying connected in the school and community.

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For Parents:

Volunteer Opportunities

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I can always use an extra set of hands in the classroom and on field trips, so if you are interested in helping out in our classroom take a look at the list of opportunities below. Also, if have any other volunteer opportunities you want to suggest, please let me know! Thanks!

# of volunteers needed
Field Trip to the Museum of
Science and Industry
January 20th, 2012
8:00am - 2:30pm
3 to 5
Reading Group Help*
Every Monday and
10:00 - 10:30am
1 or more
Holiday Party
December 16th, 2011
12:30 - 2:00pm
1 to 4
Classroom Cleaning
January 2nd, 2012
2:00 - 4:00pm
1 or more
Community Book Drive
December 12th, 2011
2:00 - 4:30pm
1 or more
*This is general help I could use all year long, but you don't have to come in both days every week. We can make any adjustments needed.

Meet Miss Zamudio


Hello! I'm Samantha Zamudio and I am the new 6th grade teacher here at Jefferson Elementary School. I'm a recent graduate of Illinois State University where I received a Bachelor's degree in elementary education with endorsements in the areas of language arts and social science. This is my first year teaching, but I have gained a lot of experience in grades K-9 through pre-service teaching hours. I am so excited to be your child's teacher for the 2011-2012 school year! We're going to have a great year together and I hope to build a classroom full of successful learners.

A little more about me. I live in Elgin with my cat Sophie and by dog BoBo. I'm a volunteer at the local YMCA and in my free time I enjoy reading, socializing with my friends, shopping, swimming, traveling, and going to the movies. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember and my passion has always been in working with children. I have worked with children all the way from my early teen babysitting years through my college career. Teaching children and seeing them learn and grow and be successful is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. I can't imagine doing anything else with my life but teaching!

I like to think of my classroom as a learning community. This means I want my students, parents, and guardians all tied in together with me, the classroom, and the school. We are all in a partnership together to help our students succeed. I'm sure I will be seeing many of you at the annual Back to School Night in September, but please, don't be a stranger! Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns with the information below. Thanks again!

Ms. Samantha ZamduioRoom 14(847) 555-1243 Ext. #14smzamud@ilstu.edu

My Educational Philosophy

Today’s classrooms are full of diversity. I don’t expect to walk into my classroom on the first day and see kids of all the same race and ethnicity looking back at me. Each of my students comes with his or her own story, his or her own way of learning. This is why it is important to understand and be sensitive towards individual and cultural diversity. In order to prepare for diversity in my classroom, I want to learn about what effects the learning styles of various cultures. If I am able to understand the essentials of various cultures, I will be able to reach my students with more ease. To do this, would love to take some summer courses on multicultural education practices. I can also spend some time volunteering at my local YMCA. They have after school programs and summer day camp programs that would allow me to get hands on experience with diverse groups of children.

With the diverse needs of my students in mind, I am able to put to use appropriate teaching strategies. I am a first year teacher but, in my time studying at Illinois State University, I have learned many useful teaching strategies. One such strategy is to create lessons that accommodate learners in many ways. For example, a lesson on the properties of light would include visuals, hands on learning experiences, and in depth discussions. Another strategy I use is to include a unit on culture in the curriculum where students are given the opportunity to research different cultures. This is a great strategy for building students’ knowledge, tolerance, and respect of other cultures. I believe it is important for a teacher to recognize the diversity of his or her students as well as educate them about diversity.

Another important part of my educational philosophy is an interest and ability to seek out informational and technological resources. Kids today are becoming more technologically savvy than ever. Because of this, I always strive to bring useful technology into my classroom to enhance learning. This year our school got all new SmartBoards in every classroom and I spent a great deal of time getting to know how it works so that I can better serve my students. I also think it is important to keep up with the latest information regarding teaching. Research may find new and better ways to help my students and I wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to try them in my classroom. The more informed I stay, the more I can help my students succeed in the classroom and in the future.


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Education reform: Parents as school partners. (n.d.). Bornstoryteller. Retrieved December 6, 2011, from http://bornstoryteller.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/education-reform-parents-as-school-partners/

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