Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education K-8 Endorsement Gifted and Talented
Mrs. Donna Castillo
Welcome to 7th Grade GT ELA class and 8th Grade ELA class! I am excited to have your child in my class this year. Seventh grade are exciting years because the students are acquainted with middle school and the expectations. I have high expectations for academic growth and behavior for all. I believe what happens in the classroom will affect your child’s future. Your child’s time here will be well spent. He or she may even come home exhausted from all the thinking done during the day. We, teacher and students, will make every minute count.
A little bit about me. I am a 4rd generation Idahoan that enjoys the seasons and outdoor life. My two brothers, sister, and I were raised attending Meridian schools and are now raising our families in Meridian. My husband and I have a son that is twenty-four years old and a daughter that is nineteen years old. Teaching has been my life-long dream and I have been teaching in the Meridian District for over twenty-five years.
Student Rules and Expectations:
- Be prepared for all classes.
- Be considerate of others.
- Listen to and follow directions.
- Follow safety rules.
- Accept responsibility for all you say and do.
Corrected papers will be coming home regularly with students. Please take time to go over the work with your child and have him/her explain the concepts covered. Papers should be kept safely at home until the end of each semester. Some of your child’s work will be in a portfolio at school that the students will use to track their progress in writing.
An excellent communication link for parents is PowerSchool Parent found at www.westada.org. PowerSchool Parent is an online site for parents to view student progress. With a log-in and password, parents can view grades, print progress reports and view attendance. This program allows you access to your child’s graded assignments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students who struggled with turning in work often improved when parents regularly checked grades online and/or emailed teachers with concerns.
Teacher Website and Weekly Agenda:
Teachers each have a website located under www.westada.org the school website. My website is updated each week with the agenda.
Positive parent communication with teachers is a key to student success. Please contact me with any concerns about your child so that we can work as a team to help your child have a fun, successful 7th grade. In the past, communication via the internet has been very effective for parents and their children.
Throughout the year I will be communicating with you through my website, graded student work, PowerSchool, and parent-teacher conferences. Please feel free to contact me by calling Heritage Middle School between the hours of 7:45-3:20, or by emailing me.
Thank you in advance for your support,
Heritage Middle School
350-4130 ext. 1208