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EOY Activities

I just wanted to post this letter that was sent home by Mrs. Mendoza before spring break initiated. There is certain criteria that students must meet in order to participate in our End of the Year activities–one of it being 90% of completion of assignments. (EOY Activities Criteria)

We have been working on the following assignments in class for the quarter. I have made a list of them followed by the due dates:

  • Should College Athletes be Paid? Essay due: Friday May 11
  • Unexplored Place Narrative due: Friday May 18
  • Ancient China Museum Project due: Friday May 25 (there is multiple components to it)

Class time has been granted for each of these assignments and therefore it is expected all assignments are turned in completed. 6th Grade policy states that students will loose participation in EOY activities in order of AMC/Park day, Olympic Day, then Legoland if assignments are not turned in. I have reviewed the criteria with students and reviewed the letter they received as well to ensure we are all on the same page for the EOY activities criteria. If your child does not submit an assignment, I will notify you via email. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or ClassDojo me.

Thank you for your cooperation to ensure we finalize the year smoothly.

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End of the Year at a Glance

Hello 416 Families,

I wanted to give you a brief overview of what these last four weeks of school will look like. As stated in the calendar sent home CAASP testing will begin on Monday up till Friday. Monday the 14th will be the final exam, which is the Achieve Level Set to update their final Lexile score for middle school. Our month will then look like the following:

Week of 5/7-5/11: CAASP Testing

Week of 5/14-5/18: A.G.E classes will begin. If you do not want your child to participate please send back the permission slip I sent home three weeks ago so I can make accommodations during these lessons for your child.

5/18: Promotion Rehearsal at MPR, Final Day to turn in EOY Money and      Permission Slips.

5/21: Promotion Rehearsal at Eastlake Church

5/24: 6th Grade Awards Ceremony (I will send letters home if your child will be receiving an award)

5/25: Promotion Rehearsal at MPR

5/28: Memorial Day (No School)

5/29: AMC/Park Day

5/30: Olympic Day/ Kickball

5/31: Legoland

6/1: Promotion Ceremony at Eastlake Church

Lastly, to clarify Legoland is $20 not $15. On the permission slip we wrote the incorrect amount. I will send home a receipt to verify you paid the $35 for the activities. If by any circumstances you cannot pay please notify me as soon as possible. Also, I am in need of more chaperones. Please send back the chaperone slip I sent home if you would like to chaperone any of our EOY activities.


Thank you,

Ms. Gamboa

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Class Update

Hello 416 Families:

I wanted to update you all on some things happening in the classroom. To begin, every Monday I will be staying after school till 3:45 for Math tutoring. Anyone is welcome to come if they need or want the additional support. Geometry has been a difficult unit so far, so I am hoping offering tutoring and additional support will allow us to get through it successfully. This is posted on our white board “Class News” for a reminder and I also wanted to notify parents in case you want your child to stop by.

Second, I had to create a Class Dojo account separate from the existing one as I am unsure of why I wasn’t able to co-teach with the original one. I added all my students and have been using it. I will send the class codes so you can connect to it and we can use it for behavior communication. Please connect to it as the kids are very responsive to it and I will be updating it continuously for both positive and negative points throughout the day. Thank you for your support.



Ms Gamboa

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Health Education Form

Hello Families,

Today I sent a Health Education form home. This form does not need to returned to me unless you do not want your child participating in the class. If so, your child will be placed in a separate class while we cover this content. If you have specific questions feel free to email me.


Thank you,

Ms. Gamboa

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Hello 416 Families!

I am hoping everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! I would like to begin by introducing myself. I am Ms. Gamboa and am the new teacher in your child’s classroom. The Chula Vista community is fairly new to me, but so far it has treated me very well. Previous to Camarena I worked as a long term substitute in a Dual Immersion 6th Grade classroom at Veterans Elementary and was referred to Camarena from there. Today as my first day I got to meet and interact with your children and they are such a sweet group of kids! They were very supportive and respectful about the transition we are all making. Along with Mrs. Mendoza we are working together to ensure that we can make this transition as smooth as possible.

I will continue to use the classroom blog to keep classroom families updated on everything happening in our classroom. For classroom behavior we will continue to use ClassDojo and I also have parents emails in case I need to contact you directly. However, I am also available via email (I have attached it here) if you have any questions and am usually very responsive to that. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am truly looking forward to finishing the school year with your children and am very excited to begin working with them as we finalize 6th grade.



Ms. Gamboa


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Conferences (Minimum Days)
Spring conferences (and minimum days) begin this Thursday, 3/8, and continue all next week. Please be sure to follow your scheduled conference time. Remember that your child will be your host during this time. You may check the conference schedule here.

EMS (blue) Forms
There has been some confusion regarding the Eastlake Middle School forms and where to turn it in. On the cover page, it states to turn in the form to the 6th grade teacher by 3/9 so I am waiting on confirmation that EMS will be coming to pick them up after that date. I’m sorry for the confusion and will try to give you an update as soon as I hear back.

Ancient Greece Research Reports due Thursday
Research reports are due this Thursday, typed on Google Classroom. Most of the work is being completed in class, but please ask your child to see his/her project before the due date. Students have been very engaged and eager to research an Ancient Greek topic of their choice.

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Week at a Glance

This week is Read Across America week. See below for daily events.

Tuesday – field trip to Innovation Station – students must bring a healthy sack lunch.

Students will be taking the Interim Smarter Balanced tests in Language Arts this week. Please be sure your child comes to class on time each day.

We started a research project for Ancient Greece last week. Students each chose a subtopic to research; two-column notes are due this Thursday and the final 1-2 page typed report will be due next week. Ask your child to see his/her notes and project directions.


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Spring Conference Signups

Please click here to sign up for your spring conference. The conference will be student-led, meaning your child will present his/her work and data to you so be sure your child can attend the conference that you select. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Week at a Glance

Monday – Kindness Week begins; ELPAC testing begins (for English Learners only)

Tuesday – Spring Pictures

Wednesday – Valentine’s Day – bring cards and non-food items only for each student; VAPA; Variety Show auditions for 6th graders; Math Mid Module 4 Assessment

Thursday – minimum day; field trip to Eastlake Middle School; finish Math Mid Module 4 Assessment

Friday – No School – Lincoln’s Birthday