Mr. Beckwith - Fifth and Sixth Grade 2017-2018 ELA

2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR


Dear 5th and 6th Grade Students and Parents

Welcome back to Shelling Sr. (Lincoln) Elementary School! I’m very excited to start the 2017-2018 school years and hope you are as well. This is going to be a fun and challenging year for everyone. I will be your child’s sixth grade language arts teacher. I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and I also completed my master’s degree in teaching at Grambling State University.

            This year students will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum in all core subject areas. As you may know LEAP 2025 testing will continue to be assed via computer, with this in mind, we will perform majority of our class and homework activities via the computer. We will use a variety of teaching techniques and activities to explore the various skills identified and outlined in the districts scope and sequence for English Language Arts. Students will be expected to continue their learning at home in order to fully understand the concepts taught. Your son/daughter will usually have two or three homework assignments for language arts per week. Homework will be in digital form via Google Classroom and

Therefore, students will need to be prepared to set aside some time each evening for their studies. Throughout the year students will be assigned various online projects so students will need access to the internet, all projects will be accessible via cell phones, laptops, or computers. Please help your child be successful by checking my website at  and on a regular basis for assignment, study resources and LEAP Prep resources.  Due to the challenging curriculum of fifth and sixth grade it is difficult for students to catch up if they fall significantly behind. If your son/daughter needs additional help I am usually available after school until 4:00pm, and will set up any additional time necessary to help a student be successful. I have also created a reading intervention program to help students who struggle with reading on grade level. This program is designed to improve students reading fluency and comprehension, which are important components necessary for success.

I believe students achieve at a higher level when teachers, students, and families work together as a team. Therefore, I will often be communicating with parents throughout the school year and encourage you to contact me should you have any questions or concerns. The best way to reach me is by email at or by phone at 318 329-4558. If I am unavailable to take your call please leave a message, and I will return it as soon as possible. I will respond to your communication within 24 hours. 9 week study guides, detailing skills taught via the districts resources will also be available at the beginning of each 9 weeks.

Go Leopards!

Marcus Beckwith

5th and 6th Grade Teacher