Mrs. Disinger's Class

"The life of a republic lies certainly in the energy, virtue, and intelligence of its citizens."
~Andrew Johnson 1865

              Welcome Back to School!

My name is Christy Disinger and I am looking forward to teaching your child this year.  I will be 7thGrade Gifted/Advanced Civics this year.

 My main goal is to provide students with a learning environment that stimulates their curiosity and encourages optimum intellectual development.  However, the only way that I can achieve this goal is with the help and cooperation from both parents and students. I strongly believe that parents/guardians play a vital role in the education of their child; therefore, I invite and encourage any and all communication.  I am open to any suggestions and concerns that you may encounter. Feel free to contact me at any time throughout the school year, as I would love to get to know you all and be able to put a face to all the names. 

Please use this website to stay involved in your child's education.  As you navigate through this site, you will see a calendar of events, photographs of activities or projects, a teacher's blog, and a place to download assignments. 

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to the start of a very rewarding year!      

                

DISINGER FIRST DAY CONTACT LETTER

                      Supply List for Success

  • 1. 3 Subject Spiral Notebook -- Plastic Cover Preferred
  • 2. Gluesticks (These will be used throughout the school year)                  
  • 3. Scissors
  • 4. Colored Pencils
  • 5. Highlighters
  • 6. Pens/Pencils 

                   (Students are expected have the materials mentioned above every day)

The following classroom donations are always needed and welcomed:

  • 1. Glue Sticks
  • 2. White Computer Paper 
  • 3. Hand Sanitizer
  • 4. Dry Erase Markers
  • 5. Tissue/Kleenex

                           Civics End of Course Exam

     This is an important year for your child because they will be required to take a state mandated End of Course Exam in Civics.  This exam will count as 30% of their final average in my class, per state legislation. There are links below that provide important information about the exam.  You will be hearing about this exam throughout the school year.

Civics EOC Assessment Blueprint  

                        WHAT IS COMMON CORE?

       Stetson Demonstration Classroom

This school year my classroom will serve as a Stetson University Demonstration Classroom.” This is a collaborative agreement that provides Stetson students majoring in Teacher Education the opportunity to observe teachers via a virtual observation platform.  Future teachers will have the ability to observe students working with teachers who are using the strategies and methodologies being taught by the university without disrupting the classroom.  All observations are scheduled at the sole discretion of the teacher. All observers, as is always with case with Stetson University, are screened and cleared by the VIPs office before participating in field experiences such as our Demonstration Classroom environments. If you have any concerns or need more information, please let me know.

 

                        "MAKE UP MONDAYS"

"MAKE UP MONDAYS" will start on August 31th and will go on every Monday in my room after school, unless something comes up and I have to cancel.  If students ever miss a day and need to catch up or need some extra tutoring or guidance on an assignment or Notebooks, I will be in my room (Building 2 Room 112) on Monday afternoons until 4:30 PM. This is also a great time to use my computers for projects and research.  

                WRITING IN THE CONTENT AREA

There is a large emphasis on "writing in the content area", as part of our new Common Core Standards. Students will be expected to write "evidence based" responses in my class.  They will be using classroom experiences, primary/secondary source documents, the textbook, Cornell notes, etc. to support their written responses.  I want "substance" in their writing.  They should be able to "show me" they understand through their writing. They are expected to write in complete sentences and use proper grammar and spelling in their writing.  On a day to day basis, I will be referring to the HAMBURGER RUBRIC (see full rubric in Handouts section) to remind the students what I expect in their writing. I am always going to push students to give me the "Kitchen Sink."

Each quarter, students will be completing a Volusia Writes Prompt, which will be graded as a "Summative Assessment."  In this prompt, they will have to provide evidence to support their thesis statement. I will be using a scoring rubric for these responses. I will post this rubric when our department has finalized on.

 

                  COMMUNICATION

Cooperation between the teacher, student, parent or guardians is essential to the success of the student. Please continue to check this website to stay involved in your child's education. In addition, please be on the lookout for my weekly emails with updates and reminders.  If you are not on this distribution list and would like to be added, please e-mail me and let me know.The best way to contact me is via e-mail cldising@volusia.k12.fl.us or you can call the school and leave me a message.  

 "History gives answers to those who know how to ask questions" ~Hajo Holbor

                    TOGETHER WE WILL SUCCEED!

                            What is R.A.P? 

In an effort to help students become independent and assertive thinkers and writers, I am asking that students R.A.P their responses in my class.  This means:

1. They must RESTATE the question in their answers.

2. Then, they must ANSWER the question.

3. Finally, the MOST IMPORTANT, they must  PROVE, DEFEND, or EXPLAIN their response.  It is okay to be wrong, but I want students to be confident in their writing.  If they are going to make a bold statement, they have to support it with evidence.

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