2017 Welcome Letter

Dear Sixth Grade Parents, Guardians and Students,

I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer vacation and are now ready to begin the most educational, exciting, and engaging year your child has ever been a part of. To achieve success, we must work together. Parents, students and teachers, as a TEAM. In order for this to happen, I would like to inform you about myself, as well as a few of my classroom philosophies.

I am a proud graduate of Norwalk High School, class of 1996. I earned my undergraduate degree from Western Carolina University, my masters degree in Elementary Education, and my Administrative Certificate from The University of Bridgeport. This will be my twelfth year teaching in the Stamford Public Schools. I have spent ten years teaching at Springdale Elementary School. I taught third grade for six years and fourth grade for four years. I was awarded the honor of Stamford’s 2014 Teacher of the Year and was named a 2016 Emerging Leader in education by ASCD. Most recently I help start a grade five program at Rippowam Middle School. This lead me to the opportunity to teach six grade Individuals and Societies as I enter my 14th year.

One of my strongest beliefs in student voice. All students understand they are a valued member of my classroom family. Student voice gives them an opportunity to have control over their education and has transformed the way my classroom operates. I’ve relinquished some control by giving back the classroom back to my students and involving them in the decision making process in the name of student achievement and engagement. I am a reading warrior, so literacy will be promoted each and every day in my classroom. I hope to translate my love of books to each and every scholar entering my classroom.

Technology integration is an integral part of how my classroom operates. My educational pedagogy revolves around the idea of utilizing a blended learning high tech/high touch philosophy. Nothing will ever replace a great educator, but I will create learning experiences that were never before possible because of purposeful technology integration. I can assure you that all the websites that are utilized are secure, private, and designed for educators by educators. More information will be upcoming as to the specific sites being used.

While I understand that homework should be given in order to ENHANCE LEARNING, I do not assign nightly homework. The best homework that can be given is you spending time with your family doing things you love. Have conversations at the dinner table, take walks, read together, and just enjoy each others company. Using this class website, Remind, Twitter, and Instagram, you will have unprecedented access to our classroom.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at jsapia@stamfordct.gov. My best wishes for an exciting, educational, and enriching sixth grade year!

Mr. Jimmy Sapia

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