Phone: (907) 428-1311

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year at Ursa Minor Elementary School!

My name is Mr. Dennis Vecera and this homepage contains information about our classroom. I look forward to meeting you and your child.

This year your child will be working very hard in each subject area. They will have homework Monday through Thursday. I do not assign homework over the weekend. The homework that is assigned is expected to be turned
in the following
day. Most of the homework will consist of reading, math, studying spelling words, and an occasional project. Please look over your child's work and initial each subject when completed. Your signature tells me that you helped
your child with
their homework. Your help is much appreciated. Thank you!

On Thursdays, your child will be bringing home important handouts. Look for these handouts in their daily homework folder. On Fridays, your child will be bringing home their weekly folders with corrected homework, and the
next weeks
spelling list. Please look over their work and help your child study his/her spelling words.

On Mondays, I go over the spelling words. I stress one spelling rule each week. Throughout the week, we will practice using the words by playing games, writing stories, and in daily oral language exercises incorporating the
rules of English.
On Friday, your child will be given a test of
the spelling words. Our class goal is 94 percent for the week.

In addition to the learning of school subjects, the students are also learning how to work together. I employ a group setting and students learn to work independently, with partners, and as a group member. It is important to
learn how to
cooperate and behave in a socially acceptable manner. Students sometimes have difficulty learning these skills and we will be working hard on developing social skills throughout the year.

I will appreciate your input and welcome all of you to contact me at any time. Enclosed is also a copy of the grading procedures, classroom rules and consequences, and what your child needs for school supplies.


Grades should be viewed as an observation of a student’s progress. They are recorded daily for both academic achievement and effort and they reflect a student’s written work as well as participation in class discussions
and group

Overall work quality is reflected in grades. Students should take pride in the work they do. I believe in rewarding a student who has put his or her maximum effort into their work.

All assignments are not graded as some assignments are for practice. Students are expected to complete all assignments to the best of their ability, and their overall grade will reflect both graded and non-graded work.

Letter graded work will receive an “O, S, and N” whereas, non-graded work will receive a check. Assignments not received, will be given a zero. Each week there is at least one graded assignment for each subject area. My
goal is to get a
least one graded assignment for each subject area, so I can see a pattern to help determine the fairest way to grade the student.

I use a percentage basis for grades: For third graders the following scale will be used: 90-100%= O, 80-89%=S+, 70-79%=S, 60-69%=S-, and below 60%=N.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s grades, do not hesitate to give me a call.
Class Rules:

1. Be in your seat when the bell rings.
2. Raise hand for permission to speak.
3. Be on task and follow directions at all times.
4. Respect others and their property.
5. No passing notes, throwing objects, running, or hitting students.
6. No cussing, teasing, yelling, or tattling.

Indoor Recess Rules:

1. Use inside voices.
2. Stay inside the classroom.
3. No running in the classroom.
4. Silent read, write in journal, complete assignments, or play games quietly.


All students start on "Ready to Learn." Students will move their clip up or down during the day. The goal is to be a Superstar. Students who do not follow directions will be marked, "Warning," "Make Better Decisions," or "Something Needs to Change."

*Continued disruption will result in a written plan (Parents Involved).

There is a “Zero Tolerance” school district policy on violence, drugs/alcohol, harassment, and possession of weapons. We will follow District procedures concerning these issues.

Fighting: Participation in a fight will result in an out-of school suspension for the first infraction.

Pull-Out Schedule:

Lunch Recess: 12:00-:12:20
Lunch: 12:20-12:40

Monday: Music 2::55-3:25
Tuesday : P.E. 10:45-11:15
Wednesday: Art/Health. 10:55-11:55
Wednesday Music 2:55-3:25
P.E. 9:45-10:15
Thursday: Library 1:15-1:45
Thursday: Computer Lab 1:45-2:15
Friday: P.E. 9:10-9:40

School Supply List:

1. 30 #2 pencils
2. Glue Stick
3. One Over the Head Computer Headset
4. Scissors
5. Metric ruler
6. Lined paper (college ruled)
7. Spiral notebooks (2) (journal writing)
8.. Colored pencils or Crayola crayons (map work)
9. Box of tissues
10. Black Expo Marker
11.Gym shoes (label with name)


I want to make our classroom at Ursa Minor a great place to learn. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 428-1311, or e-mail me at

Thank you!

Dennis M. Vecera