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Welcome to class!

Dear students

Hi! My name is Daniel Grande, and I will be your¬†Life Science, Earth Science or Biology teacher this year at North Star School. I am so excited that you will be in my class this year! I can’t wait to meet you and start our year together. I know you are going to love Science and all the things it has to offer.

ABOUT ME

I would like to start out by telling you a little bit about myself. First, I am from Cando and graduated from North Star School in 2013. After graduating I went on to study Life Science Education at Minnesota State University Moorhead. I played football their as well for five years and enjoyed every minute of it. I live in town now and enjoy being back in the community. Some of my hobbies are camping, reading, and being with my friends and family.

OUR CLASSROOM

Our classroom this year will be room 101 in North Star School. I am excited to be able to bring energy and excitement to our science curriculum. It will be a place were life long learning skills and effort will be taught year round and harped on constantly. It is my goal to help you become a life long learner in not only science, but also life.

COMMUNICATION

Communication is essential and I will be doing my best to communicate with you and your families about the things that are going on in the classroom this year. You can also visit our class website for weekly updates, pictures, helpful resources and see everything that we are doing.

Please feel free to contact me at school at 701-968-4416, by email at Daniel.grande@k12.nd.us.

CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR PLAN

E+R=O is an equation I live my life by and it is life at its simplest form. Event + Response = Outcome. I will be teaching my students this philosophy and it will be the measuring stick for my classroom behavior and expectations plan. You can not control the Events that happen in your life, but you can control the Responses that you engage in to get the Outcome that you desire. I personally believe that as students now reach the age of being a high school student it is time to start putting more responsibility on themselves. They are in full control of the Responses they have to the Events that happen in my classroom. If they choose a bad Response they will get a bad Outcome. That is how life works and I want students to be able to understand and learn from the Responses that they CHOOSE to engage in on a daily basis. One response that will be front and center in my classroom, will be good effort. If students put in good effort we will get along just fine throughout the year.

HOMEWORK

I do not offer a lot of points on homework throughout the year so the points the students do get will matter. I do a lot of project based learning because I believe that that is the best way for the students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the topic we are discussing. It also allows me to see any misconceptions the students may be having and go back to address them. In regards to late work students are expected to turn their work in on time; life, like school has deadlines and it is my job to prepare these students for life after graduation. Points will be taken off for late work but it will vary in number depending on size of assignment and how late the work is submitted.

 

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice a gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

Your teacher,

Mr. Grande
North Star School