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Tom Funcheon

"When students are comfortable, happy, and feel valued, they will rise to their potential."

Mr. Funcheon     

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Movie Permission, December, 2018


Dear Parents,


We would like to show the movie “Arthur Christmas” this Thursday afternoon. The class will be receiving their treats for first place in Turkey Trot donations at this time also. The movie is rated PG, but is appropriate for all ages. Please see reviews below from commonsensemedia and isthismoviesuitable.


If you have any objections and would prefer that your child not see this movie, please indicate below, and I will make other arrangements. Otherwise, there is no need to return this form.


Wishing you very happy holidays and a prosperous 2019!



T. Funcheon


__________ No, I would prefer that my child not view this movie.


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Parent name                    Parent signature


Review from commonsensemedia: Parents need to know that Arthur Christmas is a heartwarming animated holiday adventure that's a fine pick for the entire family. One brief scene of a group of startled wild animals and another of an angry homeowner wielding a gun may frighten very young kids, and there are a few jokes targeting parents -- like when Grandsanta explains that "in the old days," he once gave a double whiskey to an elf. But otherwise this movie from the British animators behind Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit provides a good reminder of the holiday spirit, family unity, and being generous. Families that don't celebrate Christmas should know that the story doesn't have any religious overtones; the emphasis remains on Santa and his family. This is one of those special family movies that's equally entertaining for adults and children. Appropriate for children over 5 years of age.


From isthismoviesuitable:‘Arthur Christmas’ is a delightfully innocent and light-hearted kids’ movie that will entertain the children at Christmas. We feel that this movie is appropriate for kids of all ages.

  • Violence: 0/5
  • Emotional Distress: 1/5 (Arthur is very clumsy and everyone around him sees him as an idiot. He sometimes overhears others talking about him and it makes him sad, accepting what they say about him as true)
  • Fear Factor: 1/5
  • Sexual Content: 0/5
  • Bad Language: 0/5
  • Dialogue: 1/5 (One character becomes a little melodramatic when they are being left behind by another, they say ‘at least have the decency to finish us off with a rock’)
  • Other Notes: Deals with themes of family dynamics, Christmas cheer, children’s hopes and dreams, ambition, jealousy, going against authority when it’s the right thing to do, being part of a family business, and understanding the importance of every child’s needs.
Parent Volunteers 2018

From the office:


For any parents that want to come on our field trip to Chinatown, they can fill out and submit the volunteer application online through the Peterson website.


Under OUR SCHOOL, click on  FRONT OFFICE INFORMATION  (Our School / Front Office Information ) . On the left side under the red VOLUNTTERS NEEDED sign there is a box with links for either a paper copy or to submit online ( link to the application ).  Parents can fill in the information online and upload a copy of their ID and TB result.  


Best regards,


Field Trip To San Francisco Chinatown is Friday, May 18, 2018. We are looking for chaperones.

SF Chinatown Permission Slip

How to Improve Your Grades

“Mr. Funcheon, how can I improve my grades?”


1. Listen and follow directions.


2. Put effort into all of your work.


3. Complete all assignments on time.


What I Look for on Your Projects

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"Prince Of Egypt" Permission Slip for Parents


Dear Parents,


We would like to show our students the video, “The Prince of Egypt” on 3/8/18. It’s a great introduction to our social studies unit on the ancient Hebrews.  It is an animated production by DreamWorks and tells the story of Moses and the Exodus.  It is rated PG for some mild violence.  If you would prefer that your child not view this movie, please sign below and return this slip to me.  Any questions, please contact me by email.



T. Funcheon

Grade Six History Teacher


_____ No, I would prefer that my child not view the movie, “The Prince of Egypt.”


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   Parent Signature              Student Name

Peterson Sixth Graders Finish Second in the Nation in WordMasters!

Several teams representing Peterson Middle School recently earned Highest Honors in the 2016-17 WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The sixth grade team scored an impressive 184 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing first in the nation.  In addition, the eighth grade team scored 186 in the recent meet to place second nationwide. Finally, the seventh grade team finished fifth in the meet with a score of 179 points.


Each of the teams from Peterson Middle School also ranked nationally in the overall competition.  The eighth graders placed first in their division with 585 points, the sixth graders finished second with a total of 550 points, and the seventh graders earned ninth place with a cumulative score of 550 points out of a possible 600.


Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, students at Peterson Middle School who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include sixth graders Adam Fukuda, Xiuhkoatl Gonzalez, Shuyam Kar and Shreyan Mitra, seventh graders Sonia Giansiracusa, Shvani Kottantharayil and Eva Lim, and eighth graders Anaika Bedi, Kendra Krueger, Ashna Kumar, Amy Mai, Hana McNierney and Sarah Williams. 


Sixth grader Shreyan Mitra and eighth graders Sarah Williams, Kendra Kreuger, Ashna Kumar, Hana McNierney, Thao Nguyen, Sayan Sisodiya and Nina Thomas also earned individual Highest Honors in the overall competition.  Highest Honors are reserved for students who place among the top 10-15 students in their division.


The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by their teachers.  


The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.  Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.  Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight.  They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.


The WordMasters Challenge™ program is administered by a company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools.  Further information is available at the company’s website.



Field Trip to Sutter Elementary School on Tuesday, June 6

May, 2017

Dear Parents,


On Tuesday, June 6, we will be walking to Sutter Elementary School for a day of fun and service.  The students will be performing community service assisting second graders.  We will be reading with them and organizing games for their field day.  Activities will be supervised by adults.  We will be leaving Peterson around 9:00 and returning around 2:30.  


Please have your child bring a bag lunch and a drink on Tuesday.  Students should wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the walk.  I suggest sunscreen as well, as we will be outside most of the day. 


Thank you.




Mr. Funcheon



Social Studies Fair Due Dates

Due 4/18:

For your group - 1 copy of:

Table of Contents



Works Cited

Each person's report

Due 4/25:

Each PERSON will turn in a complete report stapled together:




All Chapter Reports


Works Cited

Back Cover


Also due 4/25 - Visual Project

SBAC 2017

SBAC Tests for 2017 are scheduled as follows:


Math 4/24 - 4/28

English Language Arts - 5/1 - 5/5


See directions below (and attached on the left) for accessing practice problems on the CAASPP website:

  • Go to CAASPP website.
  • Click “Practice and Training Tests” in the third column from the left.
  • Click “Student Interface Practice and Training Tests” on the right.
  • “Guest User” and “Guest Session” should be checked and GUEST filled in.  Make no changes, and click “Sign In.”
  • “Select Grade” dropdown menu, and click “Yes” at the bottom.
  • “Start Grade 6 ELA Practice Test”  (top left)
  • Under “Choose Settings,” click “Select” at the bottom, and make no changes.
  • Under “Is This Your Test”, click “Yes” at the bottom.
  • Under “Sound Check,” click on the arrow to test sound and video.
  • After you hear the tone, click on “I could play the video and sound” at the bottom.
  • Under “Instructions and Help,” read the instructions and click “Begin Test Now” at the bottom.

Try also:

  • “Start Grade 6 Math Practice Test”
  • “Start Grade 6 ELA Performance Task”
  • “Start Grade 6 Math Performance Task”
Field Trip To San Francisco Chinatown is April 21, 2017. We are looking for chaperones.
PE 2016
PE 2016
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Showing school spirit!
Showing school spirit!
2017 Ancient Greece Simulation
2017 Ancient Greece Simulation
Sixth Grade Volleyball Team Champions - Congratulations Ajay, Tiffany, Pranav, Kamille, and Anirudh!
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Halloween 2015
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