Dear Families,

                Welcome to the 5/6th grade at Rio Seco School. My name is Justin Fetty. I will be your child’s teacher this year. I am excited to have the opportunity to learn about you and your child. We are going to have a fun, engaging, and productive year in room 202! You and your child can expect a caring and fair classroom culture in which everyone is treated with respect (bullying will not be tolerated).

    I grew up in Santee and remained in east country through adulthood. I am a San Diego State alumni. I received my bachelor’s degree in 2009 with an emphasis in literature. Additionally, I have studied vigorously in the areas of music (including theory and audio engineering) as well as in the sciences. I have a strong passion for education and am happy to have been given the opportunity to be able to pass that love for knowledge on. Concerning my educational experience: I have substitute taught in various east county school districts, including the Santee School district, since 2010. I went back to school in 2014 to get my multiple subject credential after being inspired by the positive impact I had made on students’ lives via substitute teaching. I student taught for my esteemed colleague Colleen Peterson here at Rio Seco and was contracted the following year to teach at Hill Creek Elementary (also in Santee). My wife, Jolene Fetty, is also a teacher in the Santee School District. We have two children, a four-year-old son (Colton) and a 2-month-old son (Weston).


    Student and Parent/Guardian Responsibility


    • Student’s will receive a planner to keep track of assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, events, and homework. They will be responsible for filling the planner out and getting it signed by you each day.
    • As a valued member, your child’s presence is vital for proper function of our class. Many of the activities we will be doing are collaborative and group based. Please keep absences and tardiness to a minimum.
    • Please monitor your child’s planner, taking time to look over their homework and classwork. I have high expectations in regards to organization, neatness, completeness and the academic growth your child will achieve this semester. Reviewing his/her work allows you to watch them grow intellectually and conveys a sense of care that all children need (even if they act like they don’t).
    • Please note: As part of our district's Wellness Program, schools must follow strict nutritional guidelines and limit the non-compliant food celebration days per year. Classroom celebrations will be reserved for special occasions, periodically, and must occur AFTER lunch.  In the past, you may have sent in cookies or cupcakes for your child's birthday celebration.  In sixth grade, we ask that your child not celebrate his or her birthday with food.  Students may bring items such as stickers, pencils, special erasers or a donated book for our class library as a celebration of his or her special day if they so choose. Non-Compliant food days/Classroom "celebrations" may only occur once a month, but don't necessarily occur if we don't have something special planned.


                Students and Parents are often asking what kinds of supplies they should have for class. The following list is a guide with recommendations but not mandatory. This year my class will be using a ROCKET notebook as some of the other 6th grade classes do. ROCKET is an acronym for:


    Really Organized Children Keeping Everything Together!


                The idea is that students will keep the folder and subjects/homework organized to help them stay on top of their school work and have a very successful year.




    • 1-inch 3-ring view binder (please, no zipper binders)
    • 5 tab subject dividers
    • Pencils (yellow No.2 preferred)


    **Please note that I do have a small supply of materials if children are unable to get some items and need them. Please just let me know.


    Class donations (these items will be shared by all students)

    • Pencils No. 2
    • Wide-ruled lined notebook paper
    • Kleenex


    Working together to help your child grow academically and socially is a top priority for me. Behavior will be monitored based on the district citizenship rubric. Disciplinary action will be based on the districts 5 Step System. Parents may be contacted via writing on the student planner, email, or phone or phone conference, if needed. Please see the attached page for more information on this system. There is also a PG movie permission slip attached that should be signed and returned to me as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns throughout regarding any of the above information or throughout the school year.


          Mr. Fetty



    Contact Info.
    You can reach me via email at justin.fetty@santeesd.net or by phone at (619) 956-5500 ext. 5572