Jo Anna Sanchez

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

My name is Mrs. Sanchez and it is my pleasure to welcome you, and your child, to a new school year at Nolan Richardson Middle School—Home of the JAGUARS!!  I am excited about the unlimited learning possibilities that will arise for your child on a daily basis. I will be having your student for Language and Arts, (English and Reading).  Please feel free to contact me as needed. During the 7th grade year, our students will be taking the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test in the spring. As with any school year, this test brings with it new challenges, but our goals here at Richardson Middle School remain the same—to guarantee your child’s all-around academic success.

The first thing I request is their best effort.  All work must be completed neatly; according to instructions; and on time.  Therefore, please encourage your child to begin assignments and projects in a timely manner.  The second is to treat others as they would expect to be treated.  The third is to be truthful—not only in speaking to his/her teacher, but through being truthful about where he/she stands academically.  If a student needs help, he/she should ask for it.    With these expectations in mind, we will uphold these simple-but essential-expectations:  


Because communication is the key for students to be successful in school, below are some things that you can do to help your child be successful in his/her classes:
  • Check your child’s agenda for assignments and projects
  • Keep all phone numbers/email addresses updated
  • Ask questions about your child’s assignments/projects (there will always be something for your child to be working on or studying)
  • Be as prompt as possible when returning the teacher’s phone calls
  • Don’t assume that every phone call is a bad phone call
  • If any unwelcomed issues arise, please call/email as soon as possible

It is my ultimate goal to create a stress-free environment, where all of my students are able to thrive academically and therefore I view my position as your child’s teacher with great pride. Again, welcome to a great year at Nolan Richardson Middle School and feel free to access the Parent Portal to monitor your child’s progress.                      GO JAGUARS!!

Mrs. Sanchez                                                             
7th Grade Language Arts                                             
915.822.8829 ext. 6723
Room: 217

Classroom Expectations:

  • Students are expected to come to class in the required standardized dress. No food or drinks (with the exception of water in a clear container) are allowed during instruction time. Students are expected to be attentive, respectful, and cooperative throughout the class period.No one has the right to interfere with the learning of others. Restroom breaks will not be allowed within the first or last fifteen minutes of class, or during instruction.
  • Students are expected to arrive on time, enter quietly, and be prepared to learn. Students should arrive to class with all necessary materials (agenda, textbook, paper, pencil, etc.). Our class time will be spent actively learning. This requires participation in class discussions and activities. Students must bring their agendas to class each day and write the day’s schedule in the appropriate section. Parents may refer to the agenda or the class website to find out what assignments are due and what is being taught in class.

Based on the above expectations, the following is required of all students:

1. Be seated and ready to begin class on time (before the tardy bell rings)

2. Bring all necessary materials to class each day

3. Treat everyone with courtesy and respect

4. Keep all school property neat and clean

5. Cheating and plagiarism are not allowed


**Failure to follow the above rules in our classroom may result in the following:

               1. A warning (verbal or non-verbal)
               2. A private conference with the teacher/change of seating
Parental contact and detention (After school from 3:00-4:00)
Parent-Teacher Conference
Office referral
In cases of cheating or plagiarism, a failing grade and/or detention


**Major misconduct issues (fighting, destruction of property, etc.) will result in immediate office referral

 **Tardies and Consequences: Students have 3 minutes to transition between classes. After 4 tardies, a student will be issued a referral as per school rules.

Instructional Goals:

  • To meet the requirements set forth by the state of Texas (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) to include the district’s curriculum
  • To provide a warm, welcoming learning environment that embraces all levels of learners and nurtures their individual strengths.

 Assignment/Homework/Grading Policy

All assignments will receive a grade between a 0 and 100. Larger assignments, tests, and projects may be counted two or three times in the grade book. Each grade will be determined by dividing the total number of points a student got correct on an assignment by the total number of points the assignment was worth.

All homework is due the next day at the beginning of class unless otherwise stated. If the assignment is not turned in by 3:00 P.M. on the due date, the assignment is considered late and will result in a deduction of ten points. If the assignment is not turned in after three days, the highest grade possible is a 50%. Even though points are deducted for a late assignment, we would much rather have the assignment completed than be forced to give any student a grade of “0.”

Make Up Work

Students who miss assignments due to any absence are expected to complete all missed assignments within a reasonable time (to be determined by District Policy and teacher) upon returning to school. To find out about the work that was assigned during their absence, students can call a friend, ask the teacher, look in the absence folder, or check the class website. Tests must be made up within the first three days of returning to class. In case of long term absences, parents are encouraged to call the school office and request a list of assignments.

Tutoring   In order to ensure that all students experience academic success, students who are either failing, or in jeopardy of failing, will be provided the following intervention:
Target Tutoring  3-4 pm  
Tuesdays & Thursdays-Student Support 3-3:45 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                             SLAM which is held in the school cafeteria

every morning 7-7:30 am

Students must attend mandatory tutoring:

  • If student is failing
  • If student is below the grade of 70
  • Assigned to tutoring after a parent conference