• MSA - A Place to Belong

    MSA:  A Place to Belong!




    Hello 6th Grade Students and Parents!

    Summer is flying by, and I am very excited. It is my philosophy that Reading is a passage to other worlds, and that Creative Writing is a way of taking other people along with you.  I look forward to enjoying that journey with all of you. Before we start, I would like to give everyone an idea of what to expect from me as your teacher. 
    First, if you wish to contact me for any reason my phone numbers are: 
    CELL:  813-389-4420 I am happy to text, as well. 
    SCHOOL:   941-721-6800  Ext 1039.
    My email is: vkazanski@msaschool.org
    I won't say that I'm available 24/7, however, I am happy to receive texts or calls after 8:00 AM and before 10:00 PM.  If you call during my planning periods or after hours, I will be happy to talk to you at once.  If it is during a class period, I will try to get back to you before the end of the day. (My cell phone or email address is the best way to reach me.) 
    Second, I hope you will use this website as a resource. Although you will find most assignments and resources under our Google Classrooms, supplements to what we do in class will be posted on this website.  The list will be arranged with the most recent lesson on bottom.  If you want to see the current lesson plans only, these can be viewed at Google Classroom. 
    The lessons will be dated approximately (with 6 classes, not everyone will be on the same lesson on the same day),  but you should be able to tell what unit your class is currently working on, or what lesson you want to review.  In addition, upcoming tests/quizzes/major assignments will be listed in the calendar, here.  By looking at the worksheets, powerpoints, etc. listed in Google Classroom, and checking the "calendar" section here, you will have a pretty good idea of what you should be doing.  Check under the tabs marked "Syllabus" and "General Procedures" for important notes about homework and turning in assignments.
    Third, to the parents:  during the first week of school, your student will be receiving a syllabus (along with other papers) to bring home for you and your student to review and sign.  The syllabus will include goals and expectations for the class, as well as a request for the best method of contact between you and me. You can preview the syllabus under the "Syllabus" section of my website.  "General Procedures" are also included for an idea of what to expect from this class.  The last page of this handout is the signature page for you to sign and return.
    Fourth, to the students:  you will find a list of supplies needed for my class under the "Supplies" tab on my website.  You will also receive a hard copy of the list in class, but I wanted to give you a head start.    
    It is my intention to keep everyone as informed as possible about his or her progress in my class.  For students, that will come in the form of returned graded assignments and periodic conferences to review your work.  For parents, it is very important that you check the "Parent Portal" regularly for your student's grades and missing assignments. In addition, please include your contact information on the form you send back to me the first week. Lastly, if you are interested in receiving information on how to set up a parent account in your student's Teen Biz reading program, please let me know, so I can give you the sign-in information.   This will give you access to how your student's reading is improving over the year.  It is my plan to keep my students engaged in learning throughout the school year. 
    Finally, you should know that we use the computer/internet/flash drives a lot in each of my classes, and that your child will be assigned a "Google Account," that will allow them to access certain assignments on the computer, participate in class activities, and send assignments to me electronically.  The account will be restricted to only those people associated with MSA, and they will not be able to send or receive email to or from anyone outside of MSA. If your child does not have access to a computer or cell phone at home, I need to know as soon as possible so I can make other arrangements for them.
    My philosophy on teaching follows that of William Butler Yeats, who said, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire!"  I hope to light the fire in all the minds in my care this year.  I look forward to working with a great new SIXTH GRADE CLASS!!
    Sincerely,  Vickie Kazanski
    Reading Teacher - 6th Grade
    PS:  As important as reading is, you should ALWAYS bring a book with you to class, regardless of which of my classes you are in!