Friday, December 18, 2015

Boys Basketball Schedule

2016 Boys Basketball Schedule
****Students are responsible for transportation to AWAY games****
****$20 sports fee is due by Wednesday January 6, 2016****
****5/6 play games first, followed by 7/8 afterwards****

Wed Jan 6, 2016
HOME-Brighton Park vs. Burroughs
Monday, Jan 11, 2016
AWAY- Hernandez Middle School 3510 W 55th St, Chicago, IL 60632
Wed Jan 13, 2016
HOME- Brighton Park vs. Carson
Wed Jan 20, 2016
HOME- Brighton Park vs Namaste
Friday Jan 22, 2016
HOME-Brighton Park  
Monday Jan 25, 2016 7/8th grade ONLY
AWAY-Nightingale Elementary School   5225 S Talman Ave, Chicago, IL 60632
Wed Jan 27, 2016
HOME-Brighton Park vs. Daley
Friday Jan 29, 2015
AWAY-Sawyer  5247 S Spaulding Ave, Chicago, IL 60632
Monday Feb 1, 2016
HOME-Brighton Park vs Gunsulus

If there are any questions, please reach out to us. Our emails are and Or stop by after school.
Please try to come support the Brighton Park Eagles!

                                                            -Coach Rivera and Coach Muro

Thursday, December 17, 2015

V-V-V-Videos from class!

Here is a list of all the awesome videos we have watched in class over the last few days about personification, metaphors, and similes. I hope you enjoy!


Video 1

Video 2

Metaphors and Similes

Video 3

Video 4

Video 5 (this one is my favorite)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Personification Videos and HOMEWORK!!


Mr. Rivera does not know I am writing this. I am his laptop and I am doing this without him knowing. SHHHHHH!

Your homework this weekend is to complete the worksheet with the 10 examples of personification. REMEMBER THAT QUESTION 6 SHOULD BE SKIPPED!!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Personification Video

Personification: When non human objects do something HUMAN!


1.The chair attacked Mr. Rivera...and won!!
2. Time flies!
3. The book slapped me in the face with excitement!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

6th Grade Only

For rooms 101 and 146, the Kobe Byrant questions are due FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11th. 

For room 148, the Kobe Bryant questions are due THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10th.

For all classes, remember my advice: Do not wait until Thursday night to finish these or else you may have questions that I cannot help with. 

If you finish and want to turn it into me, you can do that!

Friday, December 4, 2015

5th Grade HW

5th Grade:

Enjoy your weekend but also make sure you complete the Main Idea worksheet I gave you in class today. 

Remember, homework is an easy way to bring up your grade. Take advantage of this opportunity!

See everyone on Monday!

6th Grade Giver Assignment

Please click on the link below to complete the questions. Thank you for your childhood.

Click here for assignment

Monday, November 30, 2015

5th/6th Grade Girls Basketball

Congrats to the following girls for making the basketball team! 

1. Jazlyn Rivera
2. Quetzalli Alatorre
3. Ariana Quintana
4. Betsabe Nava Ortiz
5. Liliana Ruiz
6. Athziri Guadarrama
7. Elizabeth Herrarte
8. Julie Carbajal
9. Stephanie Villagran

Make sure to see Ms. Merentie to find out when basketball practices are!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Students and Parents-

I just wanted to take a minute and wish all of you a very happy holiday. Take this time to be thankful and grateful for your families.

Students, think of Esperanza and Jonas and how they did not appreciate everything that they had. They have both realized it is the LITTLE things that matter most.

Parents, thank you for all the EXTRA help you give your child outside of the classroom. You make my job much easier and your students are thankful for it.

Happy Turkey Day Everyone!!


Holiday Homework

I hate to do this to everyone...but do not forget your homework!!! *Evil Laugh*

5th Grade Room 143 ONLY:

Reading Comprehension Worksheet. BOTH SIDES.

6th Grade ALL CLASSES:

Both sides of The Giver worksheet about your family's daily chores and the schedule for your day!

Friday, November 20, 2015

5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball

First thing I want to say is that this was a hard decision. Unfortunately, I had to cut about 5 or 6 players because we had too many. I really thank you all for coming and trying out. If you did not make the team, continue working on your skills because there is always next season.

Congratulations to the following players:

1. Roberto Caballero
2. Jesse Lopez
3. Alfonso Mendez
4. Diego Razo
5. Isael Saldana
6. Raysean Warren
7. DK Grant
8. Emilio Romero
9. Pablo Munoz
10. David Calderon
11. Jonathon Lopez
12. Augustin Jiminez

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Homework for 5th and 6th grade

6th Grade-

Your homework is to complete the questions from the Paris Attack article. Make sure to take your time and focus on each question.

5th Grade room 138 ONLY-

Complete both sides of the worksheet that we began in class.

5th Grade room 143-

You will receive the assignment tomorrow.

Everyone: BE AWESOME!

Videos about Paris Attacks

Below are the videos we watched in class about the Paris bombings. If you would like to watch again, or show your parents, you can. 

1. News reports from France
2. President Obama's speech

Monday, November 9, 2015

6th Grade HW

Do not forget to complete your worksheet on IRONY AND CONFLICT in The Giver. Below is the video that we watched on IRONY. ENJOY!


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Boys Basketball

Those of you who are interested in trying out for the Boys Basketball team, there is a meeting Tuesday, November 10th after school. The meeting should only take a few minutes in the lunchroom. Hope to see you all there!

Click below to see some awesome basketball highlights!

NBA Highlights! CLICK HERE!

Jonas and War

6th Grade-

In The Giver, Jonas was introduced to the horrors of war and the pain that comes with it. Below is a video of actual WW2 battles that help us understand just exactly what Jonas was going through.

World War II Footage

As you are watching, ask yourself "Does Jonas deserve to experience all this pain?"

Esperanza- Videos about going on strike

Esperanza and her camp are thinking about going on strike for better wages. Below are some videos we have watched about what happens when workers go on strike.

1. Strike in Cambodia

2. Argentina on Strike

3. Columbians on Strike

4. Spongebob ON STRIKE!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Esperanza Rising ch. 5 Text Dependent Questions

Hey 5th grade,

Please click the link below to answer your favorite: TEXT DEPENDENT QUESTIONS!!!!


6th Grade Class Assignment

Welcome Twelves.

Please click the link below and prepare yourselves for the hardest quiz you will ever take in your lives. 

I have had almost 100 students start to cry when they take this quiz. 

Click Here to Begin Crying Like A Toddler

Friday, October 16, 2015

6th Grade: Memory Of Transmission

Welcome Twelves to your first Memory of Transmission. Today you will be sharing your first memory with Jonas. 

To begin the process, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

6th Grade The Giver In-Class Assignment

Elevens and Twelves-

Please complete the assignment below. Make sure that you follow the instructions clearly. Otherwise, you will receive a transgression.

Thank you for your childhood.

-Chief Elder

Click here for assignment

5th Grade Esperanza In-Class Assignment

Hey Class-

Below is the link to complete the class assignment. Make sure to FOLLOW DIRECTIONS CLOSELY. 

Click here for assignment!

Friday, October 9, 2015

5th Grade HW

1. Complete the FIRST SIDE only of Esperanza Rising Worksheet.

2. Do NOT read ahead. PLEASE!


4. Enjoy your extra day off...I know I will!!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

5th Grade Room 138 HW ONLY

1. Complete both sides of the Main Idea Worksheet.

2. On a sheet of notebook paper in paragraphs, answer the following questions:

a. What is respect to you?
b. How do you show other's you respect them?
c. What are some ways to act DISRESPECTFUL?
d. How respectful is your class?

Answer must be half of a page. 

Flag Football Results

Congratulations on making the 5/6th Flag Football Team!

Our first practice is Tuesday from 315-430.

Omar Hallowell
Diamond Gallardo
Athziri Guadarrama
Jerry Padilla
Diego Razo
Oriana Solis
Noel Herrera
Oscar Garcia
Luis Herrera
Raysean Warren
Marcos Sanchez
Roberto Cabellero
Nathan Garza

It was very hard choosing just 13. There was a lot of talent to choose from. If you made the team, be ready. If you did not make the team, thank you for trying out. And keep practicing for next year! I look forward to seeing your improvement!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Homework for October 1

5th Grade- You have to complete BOTH sides of the main idea worksheet and return tomorrow.

6th Grade- Finish your Utopia brochure and bring to class

EXTRA CREDIT FOR BOTH CLASSES- If the Steelers win tonight, we all get extra credit :)

Monday, September 28, 2015

6th Grade ONLY Utopia HW

Directions: You will be creating a travel brochure for your VERY OWN UTOPIA! You will be able to decide on everything that makes YOUR utopia PERFECT! Before we make the brochure, we will need to plan it out.

Name of utopia:

Purpose (what is the point of your utopia?):

Audience (who do you want coming?):


Price/Cost to join:

Activities/attractions to do:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

5th Grade ONLY homework

This homework is for my 5th grade classes ONLY!

-Complete the Wizard of Oz worksheet 
       -Write in pencil

Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekend HW

Good first FULL week of school! We watched some interesting videos and discussed them, using Venn Diagrams. If you want to watch those videos again, they are located underneath this post. 

For homework this weekend, you are to complete BOTH sides of the reading worksheet I gave you and answer the questions (10 total). I will collect this on Monday. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Difference Videos

Both of these videos below celebrate how we are all different from each other. Feel free to share with your family and discuss.


Day and Night

Anti-Racism Video

Below is the video we watched in class about Anti-Racism. Feel free to watch it again and think about the following:

1.How did Penny (the girl) change in the video?
2. Do you agree with those changes?
3. How is Racism a learned behavior?

The Girl with the Pinhead Parents

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BioPoem Homework

Some of you finished in class so you dont have any HW. 

If you did not finish your BioPoem in class, do so tonight and bring tomorrow.

If you need an example of what a BioPoem is, look below UNDER the 9/11 videos.

Make sure your poem is colored and decorated!


Friday, September 11, 2015

Remembering 9/11

14 years ago today, our country changed forever. Today in class, we discussed the impact of 9/11 and why it is important. Below are some of the videos we watched in class if you are interested in rewatching them.

1. 9/11 As It Happened

2. Man in the Red Bandanna

3. Video of Tower Collapsing

4. Ground Zero Transformation

Thursday, September 10, 2015


3 Adjectives that describe me…

Hilarious, Motivated, Respectful
2-3 things
Lover of…

Cheese fries, S’Mores, Movies
Who feels…

READY for the school year
Who wonders…

Am I giving the students the best that they deserve?
Who fears…

Letting my loved ones down.
Who would like to…

Travel around the world and visit other teachers and students.
Who is able to…

Put a smile on anyone’s face!
Who dreams…

Of winning the I dont have to work anymore!

Mr. Rivera,
Hilarious, Motivated, and Respectful,
Lover of Cheese Fries, S’Mores, and Movies
Who feels ready for the upcoming school year!
Who wonders “Am I giving the students the best they deserve?”
Who fears letting his loved ones down,
Who would like to travel the world visiting other teachers and students
Who is able to put a smile on anyone’s face!
Who dreams of winning the lottery!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

1st Day of School HW!

This assignment is ONLY for those who did not finish in class. 


Watch the video above and on your index card, write TWO sentences about the video. Don't just say "I didn't or did like it." I want to know WHY!

Also, have your parent sign the WELCOME HOME LETTER and bring back before Friday.

I am excited for this year:) 

Mr. Rivera

Friday, September 4, 2015

Welcome Message!

Hola Parents and Students!

Welcome back to Brighton Park!

If you are new to our school, then welcome! I am oh so excited to be your teacher this year. I am ready to start the year off and mix entertainment with education. I will be your 5th and 6th Grade Reading Teacher. My first goal is to educate, enrich, and enlighten your minds the best that I can. My next goal is to have fun doing it!

A little about myself. I am entering my 2nd year here at BP and my 6th year overall. I was born and raised in Chicago, graduated high school from a CPS school and have only taught in CPS. I believe in the work that myself and my fellow CPS teachers are doing and I believe in the work that you, as CPS students, are doing as well. And parents, you are equally as important to your child’s education. Their learning does not end in the classroom. It continues at home. Become as involved as you can be. It will benefit everyone.

Parents- I want us to have the best possible communication. I will provide you with my email address at the end of this letter and encourage you to reach out to me any time you need. My email is hooked directly to my phone and if you send something, within an hour or so, I will definitely reach back out to you. If you need other ways to contact me (such as a phone number) please let me know and we can discuss.

A few things that I feel are important pieces of information:

  1. Attendance: Everyone misses school or work. People get sick. Emergencies come up. We understand that. But unfortunately, when a student misses a school day, school is not cancelled. I still teach. The class still learns. And when that student comes back even if they only miss ONE day, they are still a day behind. It makes my job tougher. But more importantly, it affects the student. If you are sick or have an emergency, please let me know and we can work everything out. But please make sure you come to school as often as possible!!

  1. Tardiness: It isn’t enough just to come to have to come ON TIME. School starts at 8 am. Not 805. Or 815. Or 9. Please make sure you are here on time. I want to see you for as much time as possible! If you miss even FIVE minutes...I would be sad :(

  1. Homework: I give homework. But I don’t always give it every night. I usually give homework about 2 or 3 times a week. Why? Because I want to make sure that a student understands the material as best as possible and I do a lot of in class activities. Often, what I do is give an assignment in class (such as completing a worksheet) and if a student finishes, awesome! No homework for the day! But if they don’t finish...then that is when they have homework. I WILL ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS POST THE HOMEWORK ON MY WEBSITE. ALWAYS. So parents, if you need to, you can look on the website to see if your child has homework.

  1. My Website: I have a class website that EVERYONE is encouraged to visit everyday. The website is On the website, I will post daily homework for both students and parents to visit at home if they forget the assignment. I will also post any videos, articles (when I can), or any other information that we use in class. My contact information will be available on the website and again, please feel free to contact me whenever you need to.

  1. Grading Policy: The scale below is a school wide policy that should be maintained in each class.
Grading Scale:
A: 90% to 100%
B: 80% to 89%
C: 70% to 79%
D: 60% to 69%
F: 69% and below

Gradebook Weights (how much each assignment is worth)
Homework: 10%
Participation and class assignments: 20%
Formative (during unit) assessments: 30%
Summative (end of unit) assessment: 40%

CUT HERE………………………………………………………………………………….CUT HERE

I am beyond excited for this year and have a lot of confidence that everyone involved will get the most out of the school year. Students, if you need any additional help in my class, please feel comfortable coming to me! I will always try my best to help you. Parents, remember to reach out to me ANYTIME you have a question. My door (and email!) will always be open!

Parents, please cut this bottom portion out, SIGN BELOW, and RETURN. This is the FIRST assignment of the year and want everyone to start with an A!

Parent Signature……………………………………………...

Student Name ………………………………………………..


Zachary Rivera        Email:      Website: