Hello and welcome to 7th grade Advanced Language Arts! I am looking forward to getting to know all of you. Here are a few tidbit about me. I grew up in Camden, SC and graduated from the College of Charleston. I began my teaching career as a middle school language arts teacher in Berkeley County, SC. While there, I received my Master’s Degree from The Citadel. Six years ago, my family moved here from the Richmond, Virginia area, where I taught 4th grade. I love teaching, and I am so happy and fortunate to be at BSMS! Be prepared for LOTS of excellence, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking! Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.
1. Come to class prepared. 3. Respect yourself and others.
2. Stay on task. 4. Do your personal best!
100-90 A Classwork: 25%
89-80 B Homework: 15%
79-70 C Tests/Projects: 35%
69-60 D Quizzes: 30%
Our English/Language Arts (ELA) class works at a quick pace and utilizes laptops on a regular basis. Again this year, classes will be utilizing CANVAS. It’s great since assignments, instructions, quick links, grades, attendance, etc. will be easily accessible and organized in order to streamline important information.
*It is VITAL to charge laptops nightly! (I recommend keeping your charging area next to your book bag so you will remember to grab both in the mornings.)*
Guilford County incorporates a Balanced Literacy program from American Reading Company. Some exciting parts of the program include student selected novel choices, a variety of texts, individual and small group teacher conferences, regular writing assignments, and regular monitoring of progress by the teacher. Students will be using one of their prong folders to organize their work for each of the units. The four units (approximately 9 weeks each) for 7th grade are as follows: a launch unit, weather and climate, mystery and forensic science, and civil/human rights.
Our school incorporates a 15-minute Enrichment Block time which falls at the end of 1st block for 7th grade. During this time, the entire grade participates in journal writing. The topics vary daily and will include creative writing, content writing, or response/reflective writing. Each entry MUST be a minimum of ½ page, and one of their prong folders will be used for this journal. If absent, students are responsible for getting the prompts from me and making them up.
Homework nightly is to read 30 minutes and document it on the reading log which is due each Friday. Additional homework may include vocabulary, grammar, reading skills practice, or finishing up incomplete classwork. Most projects are completed in class. Due dates are posted on the board at the front of the classroom and discussed at the beginning of class. A second reminder is usually given verbally at the end of class. It is strongly recommended that students keep a planner and record their assignments and due dates. Late homework will not be accepted.
The 7th Grade team sends out weekly newsletters to parents. These should arrive at the beginning of each week, so be sure we have your correct email address! If you are not receiving these emails, please contact one of us as soon as possible.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I’m happy to respond or to meet with you. I’m looking forward to an amazing year!