Wednesday, September 28, 2011

7 and 8 news and homework

7 – Write the other constructed response tonight.  Letter #2 is due on Friday.  I will not plan any additional homework for Thursday night.  Please utilize after school study and morning madness if you are feeling swamped.


8 – Time has been extended to finish reading your classic novel.  The novel and vocabulary portion of the BCP should be finished by Friday the 14th.  At that time, I will set a due date for the completed BCP.  It will probably be about two weeks later – the 28th, perhaps.  It is KEY that you pace yourself to complete this work.  It will be a GIANT part of your grade.  Some time will be given in class, so bring your book every day.


ALL – Open House at 6:30 on Thursday.


ALL --  NECAP testing begins next week.  Please come to school well rested and with breakfast under your belt.  These two simple factors make a huge difference in your ability to sustain focus on the test and access your knowledge to do well.  Be sure to bring in your novels so that you will have something productive to do if you finish a section early. 



Monday, September 26, 2011

Homework 7 and 8

7th grade:

  • Multiple choice questions on 2010 NECAP
  • Finish middle third of your novel by Friday
  • Write second letter by Friday


8th grade:

  • Finish constructed response begun in class on Habits of Mind of a famous American
  • READ your classic novel --- try to be finished by Friday or Monday at the latest



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Grades posted today on Edline

Parents and students:


Please check Edline tonight to see your current English grade.


The report is labeled “Eligibility Report September 22, 2011”



Monday, September 19, 2011

Homework 7 and 8

7th are to finish the constructed response we began in class.


8th are to finish the 5 paragraph essay we began in class.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011


A parent reminded me tonight that I hadn't posted homework for today for 7th graders.  So sorry about that!  The homework was to finish the constructed response we worked on in class.  Students should have had two to three more sentences to write on the purposes of a "Burlese Funnel," and a conclusion sentence.

Don't forget the letter due on Friday, as well.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

7th Grade Homework

7th graders should answer the 8 multiple choice questions on the reading we did in class today.  Save the constructed responses (# 7 and # 12) for doing together in class.




Monday, September 12, 2011


7th graders need to read the first third of their books AND write a 200 word letter to me about it for Friday.  Students were given a handout last week that details the letter's requirements.   They have had their books since September 1st. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

8th grade homework

8th graders were given a copy of a handout called "Habits of Mind."  Please read through, and consult the working definitions you and your partner came up with in class.  Tweak definitions as you see fit based on the reading. Be ready to share definitions on Monday.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


NEW rafting permission forms have been sent home.  This is due to a change in LOCATION.  These new forms MUST be turned in on THURSDAY, or students will not be allowed to go on the trip, even if earlier forms have been received.



7th grade homework

Personary due on Thursday, September 8th.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

8th grade homework 9/6

Create and illustrate a metaphor for the homework rubric we’ve been working on in class. 



Homework Mountain – a 5 is Everest, a 4 is Kilimanjaro, a 3 is the Rockies, a 2 is Mount Independence, a 1 is Casey’s Hill.

Homework Shapes – a 5 is a star, a 4 is a square, a 3 is a triangle, a 2 is a line, a 1 is a point

Homework Homers – a 5 is a grand slam, a 4 is a homerun, a 3 is an RBI, a 2 is a base hit, a 1 is a walk.




Friday, September 2, 2011

Off to a great start!

We have finished our first week of Language Arts.  The first homework is tonight: 


Read the class information handout WITH your parents, and ask your parents to sign it at the end. Bring the signed paper back to school on Tuesday.


Begin reading your out-of-class novel (7th is “Adventure,” 8th is “Classic”). 


Remember to bring in your rafting permission forms and money if you have not yet done so.