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August 3-5, 2017


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the jump start of another school year. I have been given the opportunity to work at Southaven Middle School as English Language Arts teacher and would like to introduce myself. I am Ms. Chester, your child’s 7th grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year at Southaven Middle School. I am delighted to have your child in my class this year, and I am looking forward to a very successful year, as I know you are too. I have high expectations for your child and I will be doing all that I can to help your child achieve those expectations.

I will be expecting all work assigned in class to be completed. Of course, all children do not work at the same pace, so I will provide an ample amount of time for assignments to be completed. Homework will be sent home twice a week. Please make sure your child completes his/her homework assignments. Progress report will be sent home for you to sign and return each nine weeks. This is to keep you updated on your child’s academics.

I am expecting your child to be on his/her best behavior. To ensure this, we (the class) have classroom rules that we must follow. I am providing you with a list of our rules and consequences.

You have been provided with a list indicating the supplies that your child will need. Please make sure that your child has all the supplies that he/she needs for a successful year.

I look forward to building a relationship with each of you. I am always available for any questions or concerns that you may have throughout the year. You may contact me by leaving a message at the middle school or by e-mail. I am more than happy to set up meetings with you immediately after school or during my planning period. It is important to me that your child is comfortable and confident in his/her classroom environment. I want all the best and most positive experiences for your child during the upcoming school year! Together, let’s make this a fantastic school year! 


P.S.  7th  Grade Open House:    August 8, 2017  5:30-7:00pm



Shuntay Chester, M.Ed 

*Email- shuntay.chester@dcsms.org

*Phone- Southaven Middle School (662) 280-0422




1st Nine Weeks

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What determines who you become?



               Ms. Chester                     


These supplies are essential to our classroom, and will be used on a daily basis!


   1 10 pack (or larger) #2 pencils

   2packages of Loose-leaf notebook paper

   2 Black/Blue Pens

   3 boxes of Kleenex

   2 Rolls of Paper Towels

   3 pack Dry Erase Markers / 2 Highlighters

   24 pack of Colored Pencils 

   2 Pack of Colored Sticky Notes (Small and Large packs)

   1 Ream of Colorful card stock paper or Colorful copy paper

   Scissors (They will keep these themselves so they can be used in other classes)

   2 Fine Point Black Sharpies

   2 Glue sticks

   1 Hand Sanitizer

   2 Disinfecting Wipes

   1 USB Flash drive (used by all grades)


If you would like to contribute any of the following items to our classroom, it would be greatly appreciated.


Old magazines

  Wrapped candy 



Students who bring their supplies by Monday, August 14th, will receive a 100 for their first grade of the 9 weeks.



Greetings Parents/Guardians,




If you have not done so, please sign up for Remind so that you can get reminders and updates concerning tests, projects, homework, etc. To sign up, follow the following steps:


·     To receive messages via text, text @mschesters to 81010. If you have Trouble using 81010 try @mschesters to (662-729-4694)


  To receive messages via email, send an email to mschesters@mail.remind.com



 Welcome! OPEN HOUSE is on August 8th, from 5:30 p.m to 7 p.m. Hope to see you there!