Presentation on theme: "Welcome to Heatherwood Middle School"— Presentation transcript:
1 Welcome to Heatherwood Middle School Home of the HawksPlease sign in and pick up a handout.
2 Professional Background Dianne LundbergProfessional BackgroundUniversity of Puget SoundBA in CommunicationSeattle UniversityMaster in Teaching, K-8Endorsement in Sociology, 9-12National Board Certified in 2004Middle Childhood Generalist, 3-8th gradeNational Board Certified Renewed in 2013Public School Experience14 years teaching in the Highly Capable Program inEverett Public Schools, 3-5th grade9 years as a K-5 librarian
3 Classroom ObjectivesTo maintain a safe and fair learning environment for all studentsTo make learning relevant, rigorous, and engagingTo prepare students for their future education
4 Classroom Expectations Students, teachers, and visitors are expected to follow Heatherwood’s Code of Conduct in order to maintain a safe and fair environment.Be respectfulAct responsiblyBe part of the solutionYour support makes a difference!
6 English Language ArtsOur curriculum and instruction are aligned with the State Common Core State Standards (CCSS). E/LA standards are organized into 3 strands: Reading Writing Speaking & Listening
7 English/Language Arts - Reading SpringBoard Pre-Advanced Placement Program(Play Video)Novels:The Outsiders and TangerineVocabulary Development (SAT Prep & SB Vocab)Independent Reading (SSR)Close Reading StrategiesInformation Literacy – More focus on nonfictionAVID reading strategies/aligned with English/LALiterature: fiction, nonfiction, poetryReading Skills: Active Reading, Making Connections, Literary Elements, Main Idea, Inference, Cause and Effect, Prediction, Summary
8 English/Language Arts - Writing Narrative, Expository, Argumentative, and Creative WritingWriting ProcessWriting Notebooks – Regular homework todevelop fluency and staminaGrammar
9 English/Language Arts Listening and Speaking Skills –Community CircleAccountable TalkCollaborative DiscussionsPresent Claims and FindingsMultimedia Components
10 English/Language Arts Smarter-Balanced State Assessment (Formally known as MSP) – This assessment will be taken online after spring breakSmarter-Balanced PreparationChromebooks
11 HOMEWORKAbraVocabra: A new word list every other week with a packet of activities due on Monday with a test that Thursday.Grammar/Conventions: Mini Lessons taught in class with practice and sometimes homework.Independent Reading (15 minutes at school and at least minutes nightly – Total of at least 100 minutes a week at home)Writer’s Notebook: Regular writing assignments to be completed at home.Please check your student’s planner – we update it EVERY Tuesday in class. Work to be completed at home will have been introduced and discussed in class. Encourage students to contact another classmate if they have a question or need help.
12 Extra Help is Available Library opens at 7:00 A.M.After-School Study Club (Begins Oct. 2)Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:50 – 3:50 PMHeatherwood LibraryLunch Recess in my classroom- I will invite students in as needed or they may ask for help.
13 Standards-Based Grading Formative = 30% of gradeSummative = 70% of gradeStudent ProgressCheck online grading (LMS system)Reports sent home mid-semester (Nov. 14, 2013)1st Semester – Sept. 3, 2013 to Jan. 23, 20142nd Semester – Jan. 27, 2014 to June 16, 2014
14 Unexcused Late Work Policy Formative AssignmentsWork must be turned in on the day it is dueFormative work turned in late will earn a reduced scoreAfter 5 days, it is too late to earn credit (NF)Summative AssignmentsHomework turned in late will still be eligible for full credit; however…Any work turned in later than one week from its original due date will receive no credit
15 Conferences Fall conferences are October 27 - 30 Evening conferences on Wednesday, October 29All parents/guardians are invited to conference with their child’s Period 1 teacher
16 Thank you for coming to Curriculum Night! Nuts and BoltsFeel free to call me at (425) before 8:00 A.M. or after 3:00 P.M., or me atPlease check my website calendar for assignments and due datesThank you for coming to Curriculum Night!