7th GRADE




    Mr. Smith



    Ms. T. Smith

    Assistant Principal


    Ms. Coffie

    Assistant Principal


      Mr. Wilson

    Assistant Principal








    7th Grade Reading/English Language Arts Teacher:



    Mrs. Penny Lee-Cox






    Markham, Illinois

    (708)210-2860 ext.2447

    Email: plee-cox@phsd144.net











    Dear Seventh Grade Parents/Guardians,



    You can’t imagine how excited I am about teaching your children! We are going to have a great time in class, and we are going to learn a great deal together.


    When I say, together, I mean all of us…your child, you and me! We will be working together as a team with a common goal. The goal is to educate and nurture your son or daughter. You see, I believe firmly that we must all work together if the children are to succeed. I can’t do it alone; you can’t do it alone; certainly the students can’t do it alone.


    Please be involved in your child’s studies. The rewards for active participation in your child’s education are hard to see on a day-to-day basis, but they will manifest themselves down the road, I assure you.


    I pledge to you that I will do my utmost for your child. I will work to make him or her a better person, more responsible, more caring, and more educated!


    I pledge to you that I will work to the best of my ability to teach the subjects so that your child will arrive at the other end of this year with a better understanding of the material. I pledge to care for your child while in the school so as to increase his or her self-worth. Each child is important. There are no losers in this classroom. I will try to be fair and open about disciplinary issues and I will let you know of any – if and when they arise.


    I pledge to be open to your communication. Please feel free to contact me whenever you feel it necessary.


    Let’s work together to make this a great year!



    Believe and Achieve!




    Seventh Grade Teacher,




    Mrs. Lee-Cox






    7th Grade Survival Skills



                The following are suggestions that will help you work with your child at home to reinforce organizational habits and good study skills.


    Check your child’s subject spirals regularly. You may want to pay particular attention to the following:

    ü Is there a separate spiral for each subject?

    ü Are the spirals neat and organized? 

    ü Is the material dated and clearly identified?

    ü Are the classroom notes neat and legible?

    ü Are each of the spirals labeled with your child’s name and the subject area for easy identification?

    Invest in a daily planner or assignment notebook.  Check your child’s daily planner/assignment notebook to see if your child is using it to record daily assignments and important reminders. This planner may also be used as a means of communication between home and school. Please feel free to write notes or questions to me in your child’s planner.

    Remind your child of the importance of coming to class prepared with all school supplies and check to see if these supplies need to be replaced throughout the school year. You may also want to keep a set of school supplies at home as well. (See list below.)

    Most importantly, continue to talk to your child every day about school work and any problems or concerns they may have.



    Extra School Supplies


    Loose leaf notebook paper 

    Hand sanitizer

    Paper towels  

    2 boxes of facial tissue



    **No Trapper Keepers, rolling backpacks, or regular backpacks allowed inside the classroom. Teachers will not be responsible for the bags and their contents when left in the classroom. 







    7h Grade Classroom Rules


    1.    Follow directions the first time they are given.


    2.    Raise your hand to ask for permission to speak or to get out of your seat to do any of the following:

    ·         sharpen your pencil

    ·         get tissue

    ·         throw trash away

    ·         speak to a classmate

    ·         to touch any material’s on teacher’s desk


    3.    Come prepared to class. This means you must bring all books and materials to each class. This includes the following:

    ·         sharpened pencils

    ·         pens (blue or black ink)

    ·         red pens (to be use for correction only)

    ·         colored pencils

    ·         subject notebook (separate one for each subject)

    ·         textbook(s)

    ·         planner

    ·         AR book


    4.    Keep the classroom neat and clean. This includes your desk and locker 

    areas (pick up garbage and straighten desk).Store all of your materials (books, coat, book bag, gym shoes) in your locker or in the basket below your desk.



    What happens if a Student chooses to break a Classroom Rule?



    First time:       Student is made aware of the rule. Student is then asked to comply with the rule broken.


    Second time:  Student’s name is placed on the whiteboard.


    Third time:       A check (√) is placed by the name and 5 points lost.


    Fourth time:     Lunch detention and phone call home. 


    Fifth time:       Teacher referral to Dean and a 10 point loss. 


    Thank you for complying with the classroom rules. 


    Names and checks are erased each Friday afternoon.







    Praise (daily).


    Positive notes and phone calls home (randomly).


    Class free time (monthly).


    Mustang “Bucks”: May be used as a homework pass (4) or treats (3).


    Teacher treats.


    The joy and fun of learning (every day of the school year).


    7th Grade Homework Policy


                The purpose of homework is to check students’ progress, to determine if concepts are mastered, and to boost grades or offset low test scores. Additionally, homework can be an extension of classroom activities or preparation for projects.

     As the parent, you can help your child by putting homework routines into place. Get your child into the habit of completing his/her homework at the same time and place every night, and go over their work every night. All children could benefit by keeping daily or weekly assignment logs in which teachers and parents could quickly initial. Not only does this allow for better communication between home and school, but also this system would be extremely beneficial for checking homework daily.

    In an effort to reduce the amount of late work; please be aware of the policy regarding late assignments and absences. Please take a moment to review this with your child as it is important for you and your child to understand the following points:


    § Late work: Homework is considered late if it is incomplete or if the student is unable to turn it in when the teacher collects it. (This includes any work left in a locker.) Homework will usually be collected at the beginning of each period. 


    Correction Policy


    If your child receives a grade, lower than 100% on a graded assignment, the paper will be marked with Parent Signature. The student is to correct, and have a Parent sign to receive half of their points back.  For instance, receive a 50%, student’s correct and have Parent sign, now the score is a 75%. This policy accomplishes re-teaching the skill, as well as giving the student a “second chance” at the occasional bad score. With this policy, no student should fail a subject. 


    Seventh Grade Curriculum


    ReadingReading instruction will focus on a variety of areas, including: guided reading, centers, comprehension, word attack skills, cause and effect relationships, the narrative elements, sequencing, vocabulary, identifying main ideas, and exposure to and appreciation of a variety of literary genres. 


    EnglishStudents will learn to identify and use correctly all parts of speech (noun, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, and sentence structure). Also covered will be the various conventions of grammar and skills, such as using a dictionary and/or thesaurus. 


    CompositionTopics covered will include prewriting strategies, writing, revising, and publishing. Students will also explore techniques for improving the style, content and mechanics of their papers. Students need to be able to compose effective narrative, persuasive, and expository essays by the end of the school year. 


    All instruction correlates with the Common Core State Standards. 


    Thank you,

    Mrs. Lee-Cox


    Please complete and return this portion, verifying that you and your child will read, and discuss the information in this packet. If you have any questions, feel free to call or e-mail.


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