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Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to the sixth grade, in room B-6! My name is Mrs. Bender and this is my twentieth year teaching at Bitely School. I have taught grades four through six. Each year, I look forward to meeting my new students and their parents. Let's work together to make it a great year! Let me begin by saying that classroom instruction begins with the California Common Core State Standards. The website for the California Department of Education is and you should be able to find the California Common Core State Standards for each grade and subject at this site. These standards are informative as they tell you what each child across the state of California will learn about each year.


Sixth graders have many math standards to become proficient in. As a prerequisite skill to many of these standards, incoming sixth graders must know their times tables accurately and quickly. Please work with your child daily to make sure he/she does not forget the times tables.


Our science program, FOSS, is a great program which allows the kids to learn from hands-on activities that stimulate thinking. Students work in cooperative groups of about 4 students to make observations, record those observations, generate questions about their investigations, and learn science vocabulary specific to what they are learning. 


In social studies, students learn about ancient civilizations.


Mrs. Bender

(626)307-3318 EXT. 4437