Degrees and Certifications:
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Grades K-12 B.A. in Liberal Studies with an Emphasis on Education M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction
Mrs. Lynette Vella
Welcome! I have taught in Temecula for over 20 years. I have two children, a husband, and a very special dog. I love teaching Sixth Grade students!
MY WEBSITE: My lesson plans/homework plans for both SS and ELA are on this website.
GOOGLE CLASSROOM: Many of the assignments to be completed are on-line at Google Classroom (your child must use their school email account to access this at home through CLEVER.
QUIZLET: This website allows your child to create flashcards for vocabulary. There are many academic games to be played using these vocabulary words. Your child will have an account under their school email account.
McGraw-Hill: This is an on-line learning experience to bolster their reading comprehension abilities and writing skills. Your child is able to log in from home using their personalized email from CLEVER.
Pearson: This is also accessed through CLEVER. It has the textbook on it.
INFINITE CAMPUS: This is a website to check your child's grades and completion of work. Your child has an account, HOWEVER I strongly urge you to create a PARENT PORTAL which you can access on your own. You may create an account on the BVMS website.
DONATIONS: Tissues and copy paper are needed throughout the year.
I look forward to a great year!
BELLA VISTA MIDDLE SCHOOL
LANGUAGE ARTS and SOCIAL SCIENCE
Welcome to BVMS! Most important information for student success:
- We use Infinite Campus for grades. Each student has an account, but please create a parent portal account on the BVMS website. You can look at student's test scores and missing assignments this way.
- My lesson plans/homework for the week are on my website. Go to BVMS, then Staff, and scroll down for Mrs. Vella, and then click the links on the left side for Social Science and Language Arts. These are live documents so if there's a change in plans/HW, I amend it to keep it up to date.
- Each student has a Google Classroom account linked to my classes. It is here that I upload many assignments to be completed on-line.
- Students will also have a Quizlet account which the students use to write vocabulary words and their definitions especially for social studies.
- For language arts, we have a reading program ConnectEd (StudySync). It's a learning experience designed to engage students and bolster their reading comprehension abilities. Each student will also have an account which they can access through the BVMS website, lower-right.
- For social science, we have a new program from Pearson. It is an interactive learning experience designed for creativity and collaboration. Each student will have an account accessed through the BVMS website, lower-right.
Language Arts - This class is designed to assist your student in further developing skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening through 6th grade Common Core State Standards. Students will read grade level appropriate material including describing and connecting the essential ideas, arguments, and perspectives of the text by using their knowledge of text structure, organization, and purpose. Students will read and respond to historically or culturally significant works of literature. Students will write clear, coherent, and focused essays. Students’ writing will exhibit their awareness of the audience and purpose. Essays will contain formal introductions, supporting evidence including citations, resources, and conclusions. Students will write argumentative, narrative, expository, and descriptive texts. Students will deliver focused, coherent presentations that convey ideas clearly and relate to the background and interests of the audience. They will evaluate the content of other students’ and their own oral communication.
Social Science - This class is designed to assist your student in expanding their understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Students will describe what is known through archaeological studies of the early physical and cultural development of humankind from the Paleolithic era to the agricultural revolution. Students will describe what is known through archaeological studies of the early physical and cultural development of humankind from the Paleolithic era to the agricultural revolution. Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush, the Ancient Hebrews, Ancient Greece, India, China, and Rome. Finally, students will deliver focused, coherent presentations that convey ideas clearly and relate to the background and interests of the audience. They will evaluate the content of other students’ and their own oral communication.
In both Language Arts and Social Science, most essays and projects will be started in class; however, students will need to have access to a computer to complete the assignments. This can be done in several ways. Students can use a computer at home that is available to them, many can use their smartphones, or they can use school computers in the library, before school, at break, lunch, or after school to complete the assignments. Additionally, students can use the public library or other public location to access sites necessary to complete work. In 6th Grade, we are training the students to 21st century skills by utilizing Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Classroom for completing, sharing, and turning in assignments. This means no more printing at home and forgetting or losing the assignment or flash drive.
Grades: Classwork and homework are posted by visiting the BVMS website at http://bvms.tvusd.k12.ca.us. A student earns the grade by completing assignments and assessments in class and at home. The easiest way to earn a good grade is by paying attention in class, putting names on papers, being an active member of class, completing assigned work, and being prepared for assessments and tests given. If a student has a questions about their grade, it is best if the student lets me know at the start of class. Students in middle school who advocate for themselves and discuss questions or problems with the teacher are more likely to advocate for themselves as adults. Student who cheat on a tests, either by copying answers or giving answers to other students will receive a discipline referral. Grades are calculated by percentages points are:
50% for Summative tests and essays
30% for Formative quizzes, rough-drafts of writing, and projects
20% for Practice classwork and homework
5% TVUSD District Benchmark (2 per semester)
45% Summative tests and essays
30% Formative quizzes, rough-drafts or writing, and projects
20% Practice classwork and homework
Test retakes will only be allowed until parent Conference mid-October for a maximum of 70%, C-. We spend much time in-class learning and reviewing the information. Studying at home is still necessary.
Absences: If absent and possible, a student should go to my website to see what we covered in class and any homework due. If they're able to work, they can. Otherwise, they'll be given 2 days per day absent to finish and turn in the assignments; however, the student is still responsible for current work and due dates. Check the homework daily by visiting my web page listed above. Otherwise, late work is generally not accepted; The exception is the occasional family emergency that would prevent work from getting done on time. In these rare situations, a student must have a note from a parent/guardian in order to have an extra day.
Independent Work/Assignments are 30 - 45 minutes of independent work daily. Students need to review notes and complete independent practice to be prepared for any tests. I suggest a “15/30 Model” for homework. 15 minutes of Social Studies and 30 minutes of Language homework should be completed at home daily. If your child works intently on the assignment for a 30 minute period of time, parent please sign the page at the last completed problem and have your student turn it in, or email me and I will accept it for full credit. All assignments will count towards the Work Habits grade on the report card.
Materials: Students are required to arrive to class prepared to work. Students should have their PLANNER and a silent reading book with them daily. Please see below for the necessary materials.
Behavior Expectations: I believe every student can behave appropriately at school. I will not tolerate any student infringing upon other student’s rights to learn or my right to teach. In order to guarantee all students the excellent learning climate they deserve, this class will be using 7 basic rules.
- Be on time and seated, with your planner, pencil, and materials by the time the bell rings.
- Complete the Planner daily.
- Keep hands, feet, eyes, and objects to yourself.
- Listen to and follow directions the first time they are given.
- Respect substitute teachers, guests, students, teachers, and yourself by using appropriate language and behavior.
- Do your best at all tasks at school and at home.
- Treat our Classroom Supplies with respect. This especially concerns Chromebooks, but also scissors, staplers, and crayons. Before your leave class, return all supplies to their correct place.
Supportive Feedback: Students who follow the rules and do all their homework may earn: positive notes home, Hawk Eye Awards, and other appropriate rewards.
Corrective Action: A verbal warning will be given before any disciplinary action will be taken unless infringement upon other’s safety or right to learn is too severe. All student Corrective Actions directly influence a student’s Citizenship grade. If a student chooses to break rules or chooses not to do class work or independent work, then break detention, lunch detention, loss of school day reward activities / assemblies, work time before school or after school may be additional corrective actions. If a student receives 12 discipline points in the school year, they will not be able to attend end-of-the-year activities.
6th Grade Common Discipline Plan
Student misconduct will be addressed in this sequence:
First time a student breaks a rule: Warning, seating change, and/or counsel student. If the behavior continues, even the next day, then it is considered a 2nd time.
Second time: Student completes 'Refocus' form + last to leave class
Third time: Class Suspension with Partner Teacher and Parent Contact (no discipline point)
Fourth time: Office Class Suspension to principal or administrator (discipline point)
Fifth time: Office Referral to principal or administrator (discipline point)
Severe clause: Immediate Office Referral to principal or administrator (discipline point)
Misbehavior with a Substitute Teacher:
Students who misbehave with a substitute will automatically be assigned a 'Take Home Detenion' task by the classroom teacher. This must be completed, signed by a parent, and returned the following day.
***Failure to return the completed form the second day will result in an Office Referral
Parental Contact: If you (or your student) are having difficulties with the class material or you need to contact me please do. The BEST and most secure way to contact me is via email. I check it several times a day. My address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to an exciting year!
How can I be a successful 6th Grade Student?
Students should have items with them at all times unless otherwise specified. Thank you for partnering with me in helping your student be successful!
- Headphones or earbuds
- Student Planner (from library): To be used daily to write down assignments/homework due.
- 3 Ring Binder 2 inch works best (to use for all classes)
- 6-8 Binder dividers (the plastic work best with pocket and they last longer than folders of paper that can break out easily)
- Package of paper - college ruled (put in a chunk to be replaced weekly)
- Pencil Pouch
- 1 red pen / pencil (for correcting papers)
- 1 large eraser (pink or white both work well and are inexpensive)
- 5 pencils with erasers (you will need to replace these weekly as they get lost often)
- Highlighter (to be replaced when dry)
- Glue stick (kind that will not spill in backpack)
- Pencil sharpener (with canister for shavings)
- Colored Pencils (box of 12) - preferably the twistable kind
- White copy paper for projects (small stack of 10 sheets will do to start)
- Donations of tissues are greatly appreciated!