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There is a page for every short story, play, and novel we read. On each story page you will find these items available:
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I encourage and welcome parent communication. Please feel free at any time to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or anything that might assist me with educating your child!
Thank you so much! Welcome parents to the 2017-2018 school year and I so look forward to getting to meet and know you all.
Updated Tuesday, 4-17-18
Good afternoon! Just hopping in here really quick to remind everyone that all study guides for Act II are due tomorrow! We will be trading and grading. Also, test is Friday, we will be reviewing for it on Thursday.
I hope you were able to attend the Holocaust Remembrance Night, but if you weren’t, our own Ms. Renee Henson created a virtual museum of the event. Here is the link if you would like to check it out!
(I think this is supposed to work even if you don’t watch it in Google Slides, if not, please let me know!)
Have a great week!
Updated Sunday, 4-8-18
Just a reminder to parents/students The Diary of Anne Frank Act I packets are due Tuesday at the beginning of the hour. Students will have a quiz to take over Act I. In order to view the Act I portion of the movie, students must have turned in a completed packet, score a 75% on the quiz, and have a signed permission slip. (The permission slip should have been signed at the beginning of the year.) Students will then get Act II packet on Wendesay. It will be due the following Wednesday.
Also, Holocaust Remembrance Night is THIS Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Students have an opportunity to earn 50 bonus points. They will receive 25 bonus points for attending and 25 bonus points if they dress to the 1940’s era. There are suggestions for dress on The Diary of Anne Frank page for both males and females. We hope to see you there!
Have a great week!
Updated Sunday, 3-25-18
This is just a reminder that all students need to bring their tri-fold and supplies to school tomorrow. Students will be working on them Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. If they do not have their supplies they will receive a minor. It is VERY important. Thursday will be spent watching the talent show and Perfect Discipline and Friday we have no school because of our Easter Break.
I’d also like to remind you about Holocaust Remembrance Night here at the Sikeston Junior High. It will be Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 6: 30 to 8:30 p.m. If students attend they can receive 25 bonus points. If they dress to the time period (1940’s style) they can receive an additional 25 bonus points, for a total of 50! If you, or your student, have questions about how to dress, there are links on The Diary of Anne Frank page towards the bottom. There are links for both males and females. Check them out. We hope to see you there.
Here is the information for the tri-fold project for Holocaust Night. The research should have been completed in your student’s English class last quarter. They will take that information and use the information in a new way for educational purposes. If you have not purchased your tri-fold yet, please do so! They will go quickly!
Here is the rubric I will be using to grade the tri-fold projects. Students will have three days next week to work on his/her tri-fold but that will not be enough. Some work will need to be done outside of the classroom.
Holocaust Night is Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30. This will be our last Holocaust Night. This is a cross curricular event, meaning your students will probably have multiple projects and be participating in the night with band, choir, or orchstra. Your student will have the opportunity to earn 50 bonus points. They can earn 25 bonus points for attending and 25 points for dressing for the time period. (1940’s) I know there is a track meet that night and I hate it. Also, the band, choir, and orchestra teachers WILL allow the students to dress up. We have done this several years and they are quite familiar with the event and the bonus points.
We are wrapping up Lord of the Flies this week, testing begins on Thursday. I will not accept any work for Lord of the Flies after Friday of this week. We will begin work on the tri folds during the short week next week and then begin The Diary of Anne Frank. We will finish the year with the novel, The Outsiders. (Please don’t give them spoilers!)
The rubric and The Diary of Anne Frank is open so you can find all the essential handouts there now.
Hope you all have a great week!
Good morning everyone!
I have been so bad the last couple of weeks keeping up the website! My apologies!
I wanted to hop on and make sure parents/guardians know they should be on the look out for a tri-fold poster board. (3 sided) These can be found (right now) at Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Walgreens, and CVS. They are around $3-4 dollars for plain white coardboard ones. The ones required for our project need to be about hip-high. The smaller ones that are about a foot high will not receive a passing grade. Please get them now. Before too long, they will be next to impossible to find! If you need assistance purchasing a tri-fold please contact me ASAP!
Students will be given three days (Monday, 3-26 to Thursday, 3-29) to work on their tri-fold in class. They are rquired to have their materials here at school so they have something to work on. If they neglect to bring their supplies, they will receive a minor. Students will also have access to a black and white printer for printing pictures this week. This will NOT be enough time to complete the project but it will be a good chunk of time for them to get a lot done.
All tri-fold projects are due on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The next evening is Holocaust Remembrance Night here at the Junior High. ALL projects will be on display that evening. You will receive more information about Holocaust Remembrance Night a little bit later.
Some supplies that I see a lot of students get for the project, but are NOT required, are lettering or stencils, border, colored paper, duct tape to use as border, colored pens/markers, glue, scotch tape, appropriate topic stickers, etc.
I will provide colored pencils, markers...until they run out, some stick and Elmers glue, tape, rulers, some colored paper and construction paper, and scissors.
I hope this is enough information to get you started! I will be passing out and posting more information this coming Monday about the requirements for the tri-folds and Holocaust Remembrance Night.
Thank you and GO Bulldogs!
As some of you may have heard, your students are flying to the Philippines on Thursday. (Not really) In our literature class, we are going to play an immersive role playing game. The announcement was made today, via video, that we were the lucky recipients of a grant for an educational exchange program in the Philippines, thanks to my grant writing skills this summer.
Today students were making decisions on what items they plan on taking on their trip. They are limited to what will fit in the average sized backpack and it can only have 30 items. They were encouraged to do a little research on the Philippines to check out the climate, location, and culture.
Wednesday, students will learn a little more about the next novel we will be studying, Lord of the Flies. If you have read the novel, you can probably guess what is going to happen on Thursday. Please don’t tell! I cannot disclose this information at this time because I know there are a couple of students that DO read this page and I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
Thursday will be another big announcement that you may hear about from your student. Please know that all the details are a part of the immersive role playing game we are participating in for Lord of the Flies novel. I promise you we are not taking your kiddos to the Phillippines on Thursday!
I will update this page on Thursday afternoon and disclose the new information that was given so all parents can keep up with what we are doing.
My hope is that your students are coming home and talking about this activity and are anticipating what might occur in the future! I always hope parents and students discuss our stories and share their own personal beliefs and share the joy of reading literature together.
As always, if you ever have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
This is just a head’s up that test corrections will take place next week, before or after school. Students who have failed the test are required to do test corrections. Any one else that would like to improve their scores may choose to do test corrections. Students receive half of the points back they lost.
If students are staying after school, they will need to make plans with me so I can check to see if I have any meetings on those days. They will also need to have a ride available to pick them up when they are done or no later than 4 p.m. They are welcome to stay additional days if needed.
I will update this page either before Monday or on Monday next week.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Lesson plans are up for next week. Just to let you know the test for Flowers for Algernon is on Tuesday. I will have a sub Monday, but students will be reviewing with a Kahoot game. The rest of the week will be the viewing of the movie. Students are allowed to bring a snack/drink on movie days if they wish.
I have a little bit of late/missing work to grade before grades are due. They are due Sunday by midnight but I should have them done earlier that evening.
As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!
Have a great weekend!
Updated January 29, 2018
It’s Spirit Week this week. Below is the handout outlining the themed days. Enjoy!
I am offering a vocabulary re-take test for Flowers for Algernon for those students who would like to improve their grade. There is a sign up sheet in my classroom. It will be given during their hour on Thursday. This will mean they will lose class time to work on their study guide, but there isn’t really a good time before or after school to give it with all the activities that are going on.
I am also giving out missing assignment sheets for students who have missing work. I need this work ASAP so I can enter it and get my grades in by Friday.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Updated January 22, 2018
Good morning! Perfect discipline has been rescheduled for this Friday, from 2-3:07. Students who have no office referrals or library fines will have free time. They are welcome to bring snacks.
Lesson plans were put up Friday. There may be a couple of days where students need to do independent reading or work. It shouldn’t take us long to catch back up.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contace me!
Updated January 19, 2018
Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed the snow we received but I am SO glad to be back!
Since we missed so many days, we need to make up some work to get back on schedule. This may require a little bit of “out of class” work this following week. The lesson plans are posted on the lesson plan page if you want to check them out to know when that might be. We need to try to get through 9 and 10 next week. We will see how that goes! :-)
We were not able to have our Perfect Discipline reward day on Friday so that will be rescheduled. I will let you know as soon as I know.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Updated January 3, 2018
Welcome back! I hope everyone had time to relax and rejuvenate over the holiday break.
We will be starting back with Flowers for Algernon. The page is open for you and I will be updating some files for them. Lesson plans are up and ready to go for the next couple of weeks. I didn’t want to plan too far out because I’m not sure how quickly we might move.
Here is the Study Stack for the vocabulary for Flowers for Algernon.
Just as a reminder, all students start back with a fresh score this quarter. It’s a re-set. Yay! So, if your student didn’t do as well as they hoped last semester, they can start fresh tomorrow! Hope abounds!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concernes you might have. It’s best if we can get these things corrected asap.
I anticipate things will go much more smoothly this semester than they did last semester. I have no big life events so we are good to go!
I can’t wait to see you!