I am so happy you are here...It's going to be an amazing year. 


    Hello parents and students,

    Welcome to Mrs. Hillenbrand’s Language Arts and Social Studies class! I hope you all enjoyed your summer! This is my 28th year teaching in the district and I am beyond excited to teach children of this age!

    In Language Arts this year, we will continue to develop writing, spelling, and grammar skills. Our curriculum this year is titled, MyPerspectives, and the online version is called Savvas Realize. We will aim to strengthen students’ reading abilities by reading and responding to the district curriculum, as well as other literary genres. Our Social Studies textbook is, World History: Ancient Civilizations by McDougal Littell. In Social Studies this year, we will learn about archaeology and the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Israel, Egypt, China, India, and Greece.

    I look forward to getting to know you and working with you to provide your child with the best education possible in 6th grade this year. When parents and teachers work together, they can encourage a child’s positive attitude towards school and lifelong learning.



    I strongly believe that it is important to develop a safe and nurturing classroom environment where each student has the right to learn, and all students can and must behave appropriately. To succeed in my class, please:

    *   Show respect to yourself, your teachers, and your peers. Every choice has a consequence!

    *   Be on time to class.

    *   Come prepared with the proper materials. Always bring:

          1. Sharpened pencils (at least 5)

          2. Composition book

          3. A binder with dividers (for all 5 subjects)

          4. Lined paper

          5. A book to read

          6. A pocket folder with 3 prongs (you will need about 4 for the year).

          7. Colored pencils or pens

    To create the best learning environment, I will be using a “3 Strikes” discipline policy. Students who struggle to meet the class expectations will be signing the “3 Strikes” book. On the third strike, students will receive after-school detention. Severe behavior will result in immediate removal from the classroom and referral to the principal.

    Students who show respect will earn:

    1. Lots of praise and recognition.
    2. Individual and class incentives. I use a ticket raffle system.
    3. A sense of pride and responsibility!



                * Grades are weighted in both classes.

                *  Formative 40%, Performance 60%,

                .* Please keep updated on your child’s progress by logging into Aeries. You will receive information on how to access your child’s account soon.


                * Please make every attempt to discuss concerns about your child’s progress as soon as


                * Keep in mind that it is not uncommon for a 6th grader to fall behind because

                     parents may believe that once their child is in middle school, he/she is “grown up”

                     and can motivate him/herself. I found that a middle school student still

                     need his/her parents’ continual support to be successful.



                * Homework is due the day after it is assigned unless otherwise stated.

                * Late homework will lose 5% each day, up to 50%, if not turned in on the day it was due,

                   and will not be accepted once the unit is over or the novel is complete.

                * I do accept late projects. However, it will lose 5% each day if it is late.

                * All assignments will be written on my Canvas page. Students are

                   Expected to use a planner/calendar to copy down

                   assignments from the board daily.

    * Please note that all incomplete/missing homework will negatively affect

        your child’s grade.



    * Students are responsible for determining the assignments they missed while

        they were absent.

    *  Students will have as many days as they were absent to complete and turn in

         missing assignments.

    I urge you to be proactive in checking your child’s grades frequently. Utilize this tool! I try my best to keep grades updated. Do not wait until the last minute to discuss your child’s grade.

    I want all students to have a fantastic learning experience in 6th grade at TMS. I am committed to ensuring your child’s success. I take special care to give your child the encouragement he/she needs to provide opportunities for success. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me!



    Andrea Hillenbrand


    (951) 696-1410 ext. 4523






Last Modified on August 21, 2022