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Back to School Night


I came to Council Rock in 2001.

BA in Languages & Literature

Masters in Education

My familyLukas 10Lorelei 7

Our English class focus:Self Determinationwho we are as individualswho we are as part of the community

Self Reflectionwho you are as a personhow you work as a student

What well be reading...

Academic English

Assorted poetry and short stories

Honors English

Assorted poetry and short storiesAssorted poetry and short stories

What well be writing...formal-responsive essays-research paper-letters

informal-reflective pieces-journals

What well be researching...

Holocaust & WW II related topics

Final product will be a 5 paragraph paper (minimum) that follows MLA format

Vocabulary generated by our readingsweekly assignments of 10-20 words, typically* due on MondayVocabulary Quiz typically* on a Friday

* Typically, but there will be exceptions! Grammarwill be taught in conjunction with our readings, and in response to students writing and personal needs

DiscussionLarge and small groups

Preparation is key to effective discussion!

PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING:Organization & Record KeepingHAC: All grades will be posted on the Home Access Center as soon as they are graded. https://hac.crsd.org/homeaccess/default.aspx?509Nav=%7C7353%7C&NodeID=7353

Quia: http://www.quia.com/web Our online English classroom. Students utilize unique usernames & passwords to log in to a secure online classroom to complete homework assignments, quizzes, and review activities. Quia activities are fun, interactive, and allow me to discreetly differentiate my assignments to best suit your childs needs.

Stamp sheetThis is the log for keeping track of all assignments completed. An X = assignment was not completed.

Late Workfor each day that an assignment is late, five points will be subtracted from your overall grade on the assignment.

Computer malfunctions (including printer issues) are not acceptable excuses for lateness. It is your responsibility to ensure that your work is in on time. Do not bring your work to school on a thumb drive assuming you will be able to print it out.

Absence Call a reliable classmate from your section of English.

Check the website for important news and updates.

Check with me upon returning to school to schedule a time for make-up work.

In general, make-up work should be handed in within three (3) days of your return to school.

If you will be missing school due to vacation or a trip, it is your responsibility to obtain your work ahead of time. Be prepared with your work on the day of your return. ClinicTuesdays during R/A (come get a pass prior to HR/RA)Thursday afternoons

Why Clinic?

provide extra help in understanding concepts presented in class.give you the opportunity to make up missed work.answer questions you have regarding test grades, etc.discuss and go over your writing with you.

Preparation & ParticipationCome to class each day prepared and ready to be an active participant in all activities. Bring your pens, pencils, paper and binder with you. Bring any necessary books, including a book which you are reading for enjoyment.

Assessment Policy

Grades will be calculated by total points earned on:* Vocab. quizzes * Study Guides* Writing Assignments* Projects* Homework Stamps* In-class Journals* Activities* Tests


The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company a church a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you we are in charge of our Attitudes.

Charles Swindoll


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