Parent Letter

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    Welcome back...

    to  Heatherwood Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year. I look forward to being your child's History teacher this year. I grew up in Spokane Washington and love the Pacific Northwest. I earned my Bachelors of Education degree at Eastern Washington University. While teaching down in the Las Vegas area for five years I earned my Masters of Education degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I am excited for my 21st year in the Everett School District. Further, I am looking forward to a great year with a fantastic group of students, parents/guardians, staff, and administrators. There will be high expectations for all and with those come high achievement and success! These pages will tell you about our rules and grading procedures here at Heatherwood, and my classroom expectations. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions or concerns.

    Seventh grade students will be studying about our Washington State history during 1st Semester and moving onto World Geography during 2nd Semester.  This study will examine physical and political features and how both of these have help/hindered civilizations.  Also tying these events in with what is happening today in the world today.


    Students need to have the following items with them during class each day.

    • Pencils/sharpener
    • Paper/notes in which to write a daily agenda
    • folder that I will provide (History)
    • Colored Pencils (History)


    Tests, quizzes, and major projects (Summative Assessments) will make up 100% of the grade. Classwork (Formative Assessments) will be graded either complete (scored 1, 2, 3, or 4 with 4 being the highest) or missing (History only). My expectations for students are that they complete all class (formative) and homework on time, and study for upcoming tests (summative). "Formative" is similar to football/volleyball practice that readies a player for the big game (the test).  Players who complete the practice (classwork) play well in the game (test).  Students will be given time to complete most work during class. They may, however, have additional work to be completed at home if they don't use their class time productively. Test/assessment re-takes should be rare, however are required if/when a student scores lower than a C. Students who "push" themselves by doing the exceeding standard requirements on the test/essay will earn bonus points. This will also encourage studying the material they are learning in class for their tests. I do not award extra credit.
    Late Work:

    Any work that is turned in late will be evaluated on an individual basis and given appropriate credit if the teacher is in agreement with the lateness of the work. Students are encouraged to be accountable for their work. If students are absent, they have two days per day of absence to make up their work. Asking for assignments and finding out what was missed is the responsibility of each student. It is important for your child to be in school because many of the learning experiences that occur in the classroom simply cannot be made up at home.



    New online grades will be posted approximately every two weeks on our website. No grade will fall below a 50%This helps student’s recovery their grade and is far more efficacious in student growth/success. The online gradebook is updated at the same time as I enter the grades in.  The grading scale will be as per Heatherwood Middle School policy:

    A = 100 - 93%           C+ = 79- 77          F= 59 - 0

    A- = 93 - 90               C = 76 - 73

    B+ = 89 - 87              C- = 72 - 70

    B = 86 - 83                D+ = 69 - 67

    B- = 82 - 80               D = 66 - 60


    Communicating with Student/Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

    It is recommended that students check Mr. Z.'s teacher website calendar daily.  This is also a good way for you to find out what happened in class and ask your student questions about what they've learned. Also, you have my teacher website at Heatherwood, located at my Canvas Home page in the middle of the page. There students/parents/guardians can access e-copies of essay rubrics and other helpful aids.  The calendar is updated regularly.  Parent involvement in education is a key to every student's success.  Also for grade 7 History you will be purvey to the online textbook, found at my Canvas homepage on the left, called "Experience State History".  Canvas will be used but not as much due to being back in person teaching.



    My classroom phone number at school is 425-385-6472. My planning period this year is period 2: 9:09 - 9:56 pm. I will do my best to return your phone calls or emails within a 24 hour time frame. Email is a good way to reach me, and it will be a quick and very helpful way for me to communicate with you about your child. My email address is


    American Character: George Washington
     American Character: The Liberty Bell

    Mr. Zinkgraf's Class Expectations: The American Character

    1. "With Malice toward none and Charity toward all". -- Abraham Lincoln

    2. All students need to be in their seats working, with class materials when the bell rings.

    3. Further, students are to be working the moment they enter the room.

    4. Listen, follow instructions, and apply your best effort at all times.

    5. Ask questions, help your neighbor, learn a lot, be safe, and have fun.

    6. "Judge not a person by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King




    Gregory L. Zinkgraf