• Mrs. Kazanski


    January, 2020

    Hard to believe we are in the 2nd semester already.  I am enjoying my time with these current 6th graders, and have to say that they are a very pleasant group of students. 

    We have a lot planned for the upcoming months: a field trip to "Embracing Our Differences" and Ringling Museum (watch for permission slips coming home towards the end of January), a Winter Wonderland Dance for Middle Schoolers, another dance showcase, and much, much more. 

    There are some changes in the classroom, too.  Look for information in the Assignments page of this website for your student's class. 

    As always, thank you for entrusting me with your kids.  It is both a pleasure and an honor.  If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please feel free to call or text me at 813-389-4420, or email to vkazanski@msaschool.org. 

    Sincerely, Vickie Kazanski, Reading, Creative Writing, Discovery Learning.


    November 15, 2019 


    Second quarter progress reports are due to come out this Friday, so students are busy getting those last minute assignments in and making up tests.  We're on the countdown to the holidays, as well, so this will be a busy time for everybody.  Please remind your students that they will need to get their work in on time, despite the extra practices and performances, family gatherings and festivities, and social activities that seem to be a special focus during this quarter every year.  

    I have an incredible group of students this year, and am very proud of the progress they are making both academically and in their maturity levels. Of course, it takes the efforts of the students, the parents, and the faculty at MSA to make that happen, and we, at MSA, appreciate the importance of those relationships.

    Speaking of relationships, we have special rewards every month, now, for those 6th grade students who have gone out of their way to exemplify this year's three R's....Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships.  Talk with your students about what they might like to do to support those concepts and, maybe, get a special reward for doing so when somebody is sure to notice!

    One final note, look for a 6th grade newsletter coming soon.  My Creative Writing class has decided to put their efforts into providing a source of information for 6th graders about 6th grade at MSA by publishing a quarterly newsletter.  Coming soon!

    As always, 

     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:   SCHOOL:  vkazanski@msaschool.org
    Sincerely, Vickie Kazanski

    October 20, 2019 


    The first quarter is under our belts, and report cards will be mailed to your home.  Keep an eye out for them. I am very much enjoying my students, this year, and they are a cooperative group of kids.  It is a pleasure to see them work together (even though sometimes group work turns out to be more social than work :).

    With that in mind, a concern I have for this year's group of sixth graders is that there doesn't seem to be an urgency for completing their work on time.  Over the weekend before grades were due, I was busy grading a LOT of last minute papers. Even with the busy weekend, there are quite a few students with missing work.

    Please encourage your student to do their work during class.  I would like to see the grades reflect what your student is capable of, rather than what work they are missing.  You might want to ask them about homework, too.  Unless they are in the Discovery Learning class, they have weekly assignments that need to be finished at home (See HOMEWORK, here on my website).

    I am looking forward to a productive and enjoyable second quarter, and hope to continue to help your students develop their critical thinking skills, as well as embrace this year's three R's --- Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships!

    As always, 

     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:   SCHOOL:  vkazanski@msaschool.org
    Sincerely, Vickie Kazanski



    July 28, 2019 


    Hello 6th Grade Students and Parents!

    Summer is flying by, and I am very excited. It is my belief 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:   SCHOOL:  vkazanski@msaschool.org
    I won't say that I'm available 24/7, however, I am happy to receive calls after 8:00 AM and before 10:00 PM.  If you call the school during my planning periods, 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.  All classwork and lessons that we do in class will be posted on this website under "Lessons for Reading," "Lessons for Creative Writing," and/or "Lessons for Discovery Learning".  The list will be arranged with the most recent lesson on bottom, so if you miss a class, or want to review what we are currently doing, you can go straight to the bottom lesson to find out. If you want to see the current lesson plans only, select the current month and year at the top of the page and click "filter". 
    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.  By looking at the worksheets, powerpoints, etc. listed in "lessons" and checking the "calendar" section, 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.  There will also be two pages marked "General Procedures".  The second 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 summaries.  For parents, it is very important that you check the "Parent Portal" regularly for your student's grades and missing assignments, and that I receive information as to which method of communication you prefer.  Please include your contact information on the form you send back to me the first week. In addition, you will be receiving information on how to set up a parent account on our Teen Biz reading program. 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 EMail 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 email to anyone outside of the MSA website. 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!