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Marina Del Rey Middle School and Performing Arts Magnet

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HELLO! I’M MR. K.  I teach Language Arts for two periods, History for two periods and one Marine Science class.   I’ve taught at Marina for 20 years and believe that I am an effective educator.  I love kids and look forward to spending this year with your child.  

 

My wife and I are married 21 years.  Our three children, ages 18, 15  and 13, attend local public schools in the area.  I love playing basketball (coach basketball), camping, reading and spending time with my wife and children.  Creating curious, confident, compassionate children are a few of my goals as a father and teacher. 

Timeliness:  Your child should be at school by 7:45.  This gives him/her a chance to chat with friends and “wake up.” We will enter the classroom a few minutes before the final bell rings.  Please arrange a conversation with me if there are to be any problems with timeliness. 

Materials: 

  • The English and History classes each require a separate section in a notebook or a separate notebook.    Also, each subject requires two pockets to put handouts into.  Those pockets can be in a separate folder or part of the notebook (double sided pockets)
  • I've given out a composition book for Marine Science.
  • Please don’t combine my class sections with Mrs. Seekins math/science notes.      
  • Pencils and pens, erasers
  • a school safe scissors, a small stapler, glue stick
  • a pencil sharpener if you are using common lead pencils. If you always use mechanical pencils, you don’t need the sharpener.

 

Daily Planner(white):  Each student will receive an assignment book.   In this book, your child will write down his/her daily homework, important dates to remember, etc.  Your child should carry this home and back to school every day.  Please take a look at this immediately.  Your child will be given time to write the homework down in class.  From that point on it is your responsibility in partnership with me to make sure your child does his or her homework.  You should check this assignment book every night to make sure that the homework gets done and that it is quality work.   If it’s messy, make sure he/she writes it over. Your child learns what is acceptable from YOU! If you permit your child to turn in average or below average work, then that is what I’m likely to receive from him/her.  In the wonderful movie Stand and Deliver, Jaime Escalante, a famous math teacher says, “Children will rise to the level of our expectations!” I believe that wholeheartedly.   

Homework:  

English:  3 – 4 times per week

Most importantly, make sure your child is reading one of the many novels taken home throughout the year.

History: 3 - 4 times per week.

Marine Science: 1 a week

Make sure the homework is presentable.  Make sure that a heading is on the upper right side of the page.  I will also post homework on the school website (marinadelreyms.org), but I prefer that students and parents not rely on that method to retrieve homework information.  Students should be responsible enough to write down homework assignments in their daily planners.

 

Classwork:  I expect to do many projects as the year progresses..   There will also be quizzes, writing assignments, extra credit assignments, computer work (powerpoint projects), etc.  

 

Class management: KINDNESS IS MY BIG RULE!  I will often keep children for some time during nutrition, lunch or after school for misbehavior or to make up classwork or homework.  I expect all children to follow our uniform policy.  Gum is a big no no in my class.  

Consequences: 5 min, 10 min, or more during nutrition, lunch or after school.  If you pick up your child, I will have your child serve minutes during nutrition or lunch.

If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to visit the classroom, schedule a conference, or volunteer to help out, you can contact me at my persona email address (this is the best) skastenbaum@verizon.net or  smk8452@lausd.net.   You can also call the school at 310-578-2700.  As of now, my conference period is 5th period: 1:00 to 2 pm.  I can meet then, or we can meet after school.   I hope you can make it to the first parent night!

 

Sincerely,  

 

Seth Kastenbaum aka “Mr. K”

 
 

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Class rules and materials

Mr. Kastenbaum’s CLASSROOM RULES and MATERIALS REQUIREMENT!

 

BASIC RULES:KINDNESS!!!!!!!!!!!

1.  Follow directions.

2. Arrive to class on time. Period 1 students should arrive by 7:45.

3.  Wear a school uniform (No hats or hoods on in class: see school uniform code).

4.  Keep food, gum* and beverages out of the classroom (Plain water is okay.)

 

CONSEQUENCES of not following the rules:

- Minutes, detention at nutrition, lunch, or after school

  • Call home
  • Referral to Dean
  • Referral to Assistant Principal or Principal

 

Materials for Mr. K 

  • A 3 subject notebook with dividers that have pockets.     You need 2 sections for Language Arts (one titled “Writing” the other titled “Language/grammar”), 1 section for History.  The paper should be perforated, so it can be taken out neatly. 
  • Pencils and pens, erasers
  • a school safe scissors, a small stapler
  • a pencil sharpener if you are using common lead pencils. If you always use mechanical pencils, you don’t need the sharpener.

 

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Seth Kastenbaum

class policies

August 13, 2013

 

Dear Students and Parents:   

 

HELLO! I’M MR. K. (Seth Kastenbaum). I teach Language Arts for two periods, History for two periods and one Marine Science class.   I’ve taught at Marina for 16 years and believe that I am an effective educator.  I love kids and look forward to spending this year with your child.  v

 

My wife and I are married 16 years.  Our three children, ages 15, 12 and 10, attend local public schools in the area.  I love playing and coaching sports (coach basketball), camping, reading and spending time with my wife and children.  Creating curious, confident, compassionate children are a few of my goals as a father and teacher.  I love learning and hope my love of learning is contagious with your children.

 

Timeliness:  Your child should be at school by 7:45.  This gives him/her a chance to chat with friends and “wake up.” We will enter the classroom a few minutes before the final bell rings.  Please arrange a conversation with me if there are to be any problems with timeliness. 

 

Homework 

English:  3 – 4 times per week

Most importantly, make sure your child is reading one of the many novels taken home throughout the year.

History: 3 - 4 times per week.

Marine Science: 1 a wee

 

Daily Planner (BLUE):

This is also known as the assignment book or agenda.  Each student will receive (has received) an assignment book.   In this book, your child will write down his/her daily homework, important dates to remember, etc.  Your child should carry this home and back to school every day.  Please take a look at this immediately.  Your child will be given time to write the homework down in class.  From that point on it is your responsibility in partnership with me to make sure your child does his or her homework.  You should check this assignment book every night to make sure that the homework gets done.  You may also check the Marina del Rey website for the posted homework at marinadelreyms.org. Also, please make sure that your child does a good job with the work.  If you permit your child to turn in average or below average work, then that is what I’m likely to often receive from him/her.  In the wonderful movie Stand and Deliver, Jaime Escalante, a famous math teacher says, “Children will rise to the level of our expectations!” I believe that wholeheartedly.  

 

Classwork:  I expect to do projects as the year progresses.   There will be quizzes, writing assignments, extra credit assignments, computer work (powerpoint projects), etc.  

 

Class Management: KINDNESS IS MY BIG RULE!  I respect your children; once I’ve earned their respect, they should respect me as well.  I will often keep children for some time during nutrition, lunch or after school for misbehavior or to make up classwork or homework.  I expect all children to follow our uniform policy.  Gum is a big no no in my class.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to visit the classroom, schedule a conference, or volunteer to help out, you can contact me at my email address: smk8452@lausd.net.  That is the best way to reach me.  You can also call the school at 310-578-2700.  As of now, my conference period is 5th period: 1:05 to 2pm.  I can meet then or we can meet before or after school.   I hope you can make it to the first parent night!

 

Sincerely,  

 

Seth Kastenbaum aka “Mr. K”