PARENT SURVEY 2017 (Parents, please tell us about your child)
Welcome to 8th Grade English/Language Arts (ELA) for the Conquistador Team
I am thrilled to be a member of the Conquistador Team and a staff member at CEMS. While my educational endorsements include Social Studies and Technology, I love teaching students how to say what they mean and help them express themselves in ways they may have never considered or thought possible. I place a huge emphasis on thinking and then responding by writing or speaking. Critical Thinking Skills are, in my opinion, a cornerstone skill for 21st Century learners. My goal is to make myself unnecessary by the end of the year. I want students to be confident, independent learners and my goals and objectives for them reflect this. I encourage them to take care of their own business so I don't need to. :)
I will be the first to admit I am not a perfect person. However, I am a reasonable person and am willing to help students reach their potential. If you feel your student is struggling for the first time and this is unusual, let me know. If your student always struggles with English or writing, let me know. Like I tell the students, I can't read their minds and I can't work to address what I don't know exists. Some students are natural readers/writers and others are not. Some enjoy Language Arts class while others simply do not. I don't expect all students to love my subject matter, but I do expect them to put forth effort and try to the best of their abilities. Communication and support from school and home are vital for a student's success.
Should you have a question or concern, please contact me via email for the quickest response. My planning time is early in the day between 8:30 and 9:45 daily. While I don't mind phone calls, my most available and quickest method of communication is email. My email and phone information are at the top of this page. Should you wish to arrange a team meeting, as team leader I can schedule that as well.
I look forward to working with your student(s) this year!
Please note the calendar in the upper right corner of this page for upcoming events and assignments.
Remind -- receive updates from teacher to student/parent.
Text the appropriate code below to 81010.
Core 1 - @mrsgcore1
Core 2 - @mrsgcore2
Core 3 - @mrsgcore3
Core 4 - @mrsgcore4
Google Classroom -- used to inform students of assignment items in support of Summit or in addition to Summit. Class codes are as follows:
Core 1 - 6j3jnk
Core 2 - z84r9ux
Core 3 - eybhs4t
Core 4 - usk7zfo
Vocabulary.com is helpful when studying Key Terms for a unit. Word lists will be uploaded as needed and students are encouraged to use this resource for the purpose of mastering the words. This link contains a class code that is directly related to 8th Grade ELA.
Infinite Campus Grades Online
OpenEd.com offers Common Core lessons based on standards we are working on in class. The code for joining is 39MU8.
NoRedInk.com gives students a pretest on specific grammar and writing skills then builds a learning path that suits the individual needs of the learner. Class codes are as follows:
Core 1 7aw4fexa
Core 2 a8mmxk3c
Core 3 dx44fd8h
Core 4 9xfdf3v4
Click the English/Language Arts link in the upper left corner of this page to access more information about each unit.
8th Grade Curriculum Document
Tone Word List
Student IC Portal Login Instructions
Parent PLP Guide