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Greetings Parents,

 
Welcome to our website for PLN CMS! Welcome to our class website and I am glad you are here. 

 

About Mr. Balderas

I was born in Los Angeles, moved to Palm Springs, and eventually settling in Corona, in the Inland Empire area. My family has a rich history in Southern California. My family were some of the first to live here permanently in Alta California in the 17th century under the Spanish and Mexican governments in the Rancho system. My great grandfather signed the California Constitution.
 
Both my parents are both retired teachers. My mom recently retired as a Kindergarten teacher, having taught over 35 years. At one point I worked with my Mom as a teacher at her school! My Dad is a retired High School Administrator, having retired after 40 years in Education. Several my aunts are teachers as well.
 
I attended University of California, Riverside and graduated with a degree in Political Science with Pi Sigma Alpha Honors. After attending California State Fullerton after graduating from UCR, I received my Teaching Credential at Cal Baptist University in 2007 with a 4.0 GPA.
 
I later completed a graduate degree with the University of Central Missouri in May 2016. I received a Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Curriculum/Instruction with a 4.0 GPA. 
 
I have two cats, Socks and Taffy. Taffy is a big cat! She is 16 pounds! In my spare time enjoy snowboarding in the winter, traveling to exciting places, reading good books, and hanging out with my friends and family.
 
Interesting facts: I have traveled to Europe, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada. I have been to 14 states in the United States. I have a black belt in Karate as well!
 

Teaching Experience

 
I will be going into my 10th year of teaching. I have taught in the Corona-Norco Unified School district in Corona, CA for 5 years. There I taught Kindergarten, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Sixth Grade, and as an Intervention Specialist. I trained other teachers in the district in intervention support strategies for students.
 
I have taught grades four and five in the Los Angeles Unified School District during the 2014-2015 year. I also lead multiple workshops for teachers on Problem Based Learning Projects for students throughout the year for teachers in the district as a teacher leader.
 
This is my fourth year at PLN CMS teaching Math and Science for 6th grade. I am excited to work with an amazing staff and amazing organization that puts students and families first!
 

My Teaching Philosophy and Role as Teacher

I always believe that students should be in charge of their own learning. I am a strong advocate of hands-on, student led-learning. I like to have a classroom in which students are engaged, have meaningful activities, and enjoy coming to school. I like to play music, have students up and moving, and students actively discussing with partners and groups. My classroom is rarely a quiet place! All my activities are aligned to Common Core standards
 
As a teacher, it is my position to create an environment that is safe, accessible, and enjoyable for all my students to learn in. I want my students to enjoy coming to class, feel comfortable expressing their viewpoints and perspectives with others, and be engaged in activities that are Common Core based. It is my role to prepare your students for high school, college, and beyond. 
 
It is an honor to welcome you and your students to my classroom!
 
 

Recent Posts

Balderas Week 36

Good Evening Parents,
 
Attached is the agenda for the week. 
 
We are still testing this week. We will be taking the Math Smarter Balanced Test this week:
 
Monday and Tuesday: Math Adaptive Test Part 1 and 2
 
Wednesday and Thursday: Math Performance Task Part 1 and 2 
 
We will still be on modified bell schedule this week as a result of testing. Please make sure that your child arrives on time to school. If they are more than 20 minutes late, they will not be admitted into class and will have to take the test in an alternate room. Make-up testing will be on Fridays. 
 
Again, there are no homework packets given due to testing. Work not completed in class becomes homework. 
 
Please make sure your child has ample time to relax at home and is well rested for testing. High-protein breakfasts and low-carb/low-sugar is best for concentration.
 
If you have any questions, please let me know. Have a great week!
 
Mr. Balderas

Balderas Week 35

Good Evening Parents, 
 
Here is the agenda for the week.
 
We are starting the Smarter Balanced Assessment in 6th grade starting this week. We will be taking the exam for the next two weeks. 
 
A couple of reminders:
 
Students should be at school on time this week for their advisories. If students are late, they will NOT be admitted into their advisory classes and will have to take the exam in an alternative place. 
 
The exam will start promptly at 8:00am in advisory classrooms. 
 
Please make sure that students eat a healthy breakfast free of sugars to ensure maximum concentration.
 
Please make sure that your child gets a good night sleep every night. 
 
We will be taking the SBAC on Monday-Thursday in Advisory. Make ups will be on Fridays.
 
If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you and have a good week!
 
Mr. Balderas

Balderas Week 34

Good Afternoon Parents,
 
Here is the agenda for the week. We are still on modified period schedule this week due to testing in the month of May
 
Starting this week, homework will be given nightly and homework packets will not be given out for the rest of the school year. Any work not regularly completed in class will become homework for that evening. 6th grade has decided to do this in order to prepare the students for testing and to minimize the work load for them to prepare for testing next week and during testing.
 
We will preparing for the SBAC in all classes this week. I will still post a newsletter to let you, the parents, still know what is going on each day in class. 
 
I will be posting instead the classwork that we are completing in class, so that if students did not finish it in class, they can finish it at home.
 
If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you and have a good week!
 
Mr. Balderas

Balderas Week 33

Good Afternoon Parents,
 
Here is the agenda for the week. Please keep in mind that throughout May, we will have an adjusted period schedule as a result of testing. Please look in the next post for the schedule.
 
We will start testing the week of May 15th for two weeks during advisory. It is very important that the students arrive on time at school. Students will not be admitted into class once testing has begun. 
 
Students who experience behavioral problems during testing will have to come to Saturday School to make up the test sections they missed because of behavior.
 
If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you and have a good week!
 
Mr. Balderas

Balderas Week 32

Good Afternoon Parents,
 
Here is the agenda for the week. We are on regular schedule this week. The students had a great time on Friday during the Junior Mustang Olympics. They are definitely looking forward to them for the next two years in 7th and 8th grades!!!!
 
In Science, we will start our LAST (wow!) science unit on cells. We will end the year with this unit! 
 
In Math, we will be finishing chapter 7 and will start preparing for the Smarter Balanced Test in May. 
 
In Middle School Success, students will continue to work on their "What should a 5th grader know about 6th grade" project. It is due on Friday, May 5th. 
 
For Advisory, the students have starting working on their end of the year mural project on Social Movement Art.
 
If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope you had a great weekend. Have a wonderful week!
 
Mr. Balderas

Balderas Week 31

Good Afternoon Parents,
 
I hope all of you have had a good spring break. Happy Easter to all of you!
 
Here is the agenda for the week.
 
Friday, April 21st is a minimum day. Dismiss at 1:00pm. We have our Mustang Jr. Olympics on Friday!!!! The kids will have a blast!
 
The next homework packet has been posted under assignments for my Math and Science Classes. If you have any questions, please let me know.
 
Thank you and have a good holiday weekend!
 
Mr. Balderas

Balderas Week 30

Good Afternoon Parents,
 
The homework packet for the week will be posted by Monday Afternoon before 4:00 pm. 
 
HOMEWORK IS DUE THIS FRIDAY!   They will be given time during their advisories and class to get their homework done if they are finished with their regular classwork. 
 
Here is the agenda for the week. We have two things going on this week:
 
Science: Mid-Unit OPEN BOOK assessment on Tuesday, April 4th for Human Impacts. The students have their notes for the assessment. 
 
Math: Spring Common Core Math Assessment: Friday, April 7th. Periods 1/5 and Periods 2/6 to give them adequate time to complete and finish the test. 
 
NEXT WEEK:
 
Spring Break: April 10th through April 14th. We will return on Monday, April 17th. 
 
Week after Spring Break:
 
Science: For Earth Day when we return from break, we will watch Wall-E or The Lorax based on student class vote as a culminating activity in our unit on Human Impacts on Earth Resources.
 
Math: We will finish Chapter 7 and start preparing for SBAC in May. 
 
Student Success: SBAC prep for May
 
Advisory: Olympics Prep.
 
I hope you have a great 'last' week and a WONDERFUL spring break with your friends and families.
 
Mr. Balderas

Balderas Week 29

Good Evening Parents,
 
Here is the agenda for the week. We are on regular schedule this week. This Friday, March 31st is NO SCHOOL. Cesar Chavez Day.
 
This week's homework packet will be posted on the assignments page.
 
Upcoming:
 
For the week of April 3 to 7, homework will be modified and due by Friday, April 7th. 
 
Spring Break will be from April 10th to 14th. We will return from Spring Break on Monday, April 17th. 
 
Thank you and have a good short week!
 
Mr. Balderas

Balderas Week 28

Good Afternoon Parents,
 
Here is the agenda/schedule for this week. Please take a look at it and please share with your child so that they are familiar on what we are going to be doing this week.
 
The homework packet has been posted on "assignments" on the website. 
 
We are on regular schedule this week.
 
On behalf of the sixth grade team, thank you for attending parent conferences and your help and support.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know. Thank you!
 
Mr. Balderas

Balderas Week 27

Good Afternoon Parents,
 
Here is the agenda for the week. We have a chapter 6 test scheduled for this Thursday, March 16th. They have a closure activity that we will be working on starting on Tuesday. We will be going over the closure in the homework packet on Wednesday. 
 
I was sick with a fever on Thursday and Friday of last week, so we were unable to take the SBAC interim math test. I will be giving it to them tomorrow, on Monday March 13th. 
 
Our schedule this week is going to be different. All Minimum Days this week. Since the week is going to be a modified schedule, the classes are going to run as follows this week: 
 
On Monday: 
Periods 1 and 2: SBAC practice test during math.
Period 3: Student Success as scheduled.
 
On Tuesday: 
Periods 5 and 6: Closure Activities for Math (Day 1)
 
On Wednesday:
Periods 1 and 2: Closure Activities for Math (Day 2)
Period 3: Student Success as scheduled.
 
On Thursday:
Periods 5 and 6: Chapter 6 Test
 
On Friday:
Periods 1 and 2: Science: Human Impacts on the Environment (Day 1)
Period 3: Student Success as scheduled.
Periods 5 & 6: Math: Moby Max/Math Fun Day/Activities
 
This week is parent conferences. We will dismiss everyday at 1:00pm. Please take note of the time of your child's parent conference and please be there on time. If you are unable to meet at your designated time, please let us or the OFFICE know as soon as possible. If you ARRIVE LATE, we may have to reschedule to another time, as we have other conferences scheduled back-to-back.  Thank you for your understanding!
 
If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you and have a good week!
 
Mr. Balderas

Balderas Week 26

Good Afternoon Parents,

I hope you have had a good weekend. Here is the agenda for this week. We are on regular schedule this week.
 
Homework will be posted on the class website tomorrow afternoon. Please look for the posting by 4:00pm.
 
There are quite a few announcements for this week. Please read them through for an EXTRA CREDIT CHANCE !!!:
 
Reminders/Announcements:
 
1) IAB Smarter Balanced Practice for Math: All of 6th Grade will be taking a practice test for the Smarter Balanced in Math on Friday, March 10th during their Math/Science periods. 
****Please make sure your students arrive on time to school as they will be taking the test with me starting 1st and 2nd periods. It is not going to be used for grading purposes. Thank you*****
 
2) Upcoming Parent Conferences:
During the week of March 13 through March 17th. All Minimum Days. A period schedule will be sent out shortly to students and will be posted on the website for your reference. Dismiss at 1:00pm all week. Please contact Ms. Alvarado for an appointment if you do not already have one. Thank you. 
 
3) Math Intervention:
Math Intervention is beginning this week during Advisory and 3rd Period classes for 6th grade by invitation only. Students who have been invited to participate should have already received and turned in their permission slips in by last Friday. Please contact Ms. Martinez in the office if you have any questions. 
 
4) Moby Max : Online Math Intervention Program: 
All math classes at CMS are using Moby Max as an online math intervention program for all students. Moby Max detects where the students need remedial assistance in basic math skills and assists them in refining those skills.
 
This will greatly enhance their grades IF it is being done regularly by the students for at least 60 minutes a week. 
They will be given time in class but it is EXPECTED that they may have to finish it for homework. It can be used on any tablet, computer, and smartphone.
 
6th grade will be requiring 60 minutes for the next two weeks. In three weeks, 6th grade will be pushing the time to 90 minutes starting March 20th. This will give students the ability to get used to the system and practice it before the time is increased. It has been shown that a minimum of 60-90 minutes have produced positive growth in students who currently use the system in LAUSD and other districts. 
 
If you have any questions about Moby Max, please let me know.
 
 
Thank you very much parents for taking the time to read the announcements for this week. Please send a note with your child verifying that you read these announcements For EXTRA CREDIT points!!!!!
 
Have a great week!!! 
Mr. Balderas
 
 
 

Balderas Week 25

Good Evening Parents,
 
Here is the agenda for the week. I hope you had a good weekend. I will be posting the homework on the website tomorrow afternoon for you to access. 
 
I do apologize with class dojo. I have had a technical problem that I have just recently fixed, so I will be sending messages as necessary through it.
 
Of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to let me know. Thank you and have a good week. 
 
Mr. Balderas

Balderas Week 18

Happy New Year Parents!
 
Welcome back and I hope you had a wonderful three weeks with your family and friends. 
 
Attached is the agenda for this week. We have a minimum day on Friday, and no school on Monday the 16th for MLK Day.
 
Homework is due on Tuesday, January 17th. Students who turn in all homework assignments for the next quarter are eligible for a ICE CREAM Party. There will also be a special prize for students who have perfect homework at the end of the year! Thank you for your help in monitoring their homework.
 
Important Dates:
Friday, January 13th: Minimum Day, Dismiss 1:00 pm. 
Monday, January 16th: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No School
 
Hope you have a wonderful week!
 
Mr. Balderas