Monthly Archives: August 2012

I’m Back!!


I must admit that I have been remiss in making posts to our blog. We have been very busy and have already accomplished more than ever imagined. As of today, I am going to use the blog to keep everyone up to date on what is happening in our class, what we will be doing, and what is expected. I will be listing the agenda and any graphics that we complete each day. This way everyone can stay current.


After looking at the agenda for the day, it was decided that “busy” was the word of the day. The journal topic was posted and writing began at a furious pace. Even though only 10 sentences are required this topic generated much more. See what I mean…

a topic near and dear to EVERY 8th graders heart. As one can guess the “should” side had many more supporters.

This is Friday and of course that means


Last week nouns, this week verbs, next week adjectives/adverbs, and the beat goes on. Preparation, practice, and study makes a student (or should I say  a parent) a happy person when these come back scored. Ask your student how they are progressing. More to come soon on grading and the process we will be using this year.

Charles, the reading selection for the week, was a boy after our hearts and everyone could identify with him while writing a Text-to-Self Literary Response about this story. These will be completed Tuesday and we will move on to Text-to-Text responses.

Don’t forget that the screenshots of the verb practice are due by Tuesday. Taking the screenshots of this practice saved us a lot of paper while making use of our Netbook technology. This is definitely a skill we will be using over and over. Good job all.

Have a wonderful long weekend and remember to read our blog daily, both parents and students and comments are more than welcome. See you Tuesday.


It Was A GREAT Day At North Junior High


 Today started the beginning of a great year. In ELA we spent time in the hallway learning the expectations for that area. This year everyone will know what it looks like to have Huskey P.R.I.D.E. everywhere they go. I hope everyone felt like I did and that the day was a success all the way around. The students I saw today were super and gave me greater confidence that sky’s the limit on what can be acheived this year. The only downside to the day was that my feet are really hurting. Note to self – wear more comfortable shoes tomorrow and eat a better breakfast because I was starving by lunchtime. Keep up the good work, you are the BEST!!

Tomorrow’s the BIG day!


Hello Everyone,

As I am writing this I am looking at the beautiful flower arrangement my family sent me to start the school year.  This was a wonderful surprise and a special reminder of how lucky I am to have such  an amazing, supportive, and loving family. This also makes me realize how very lucky I am to be sharing the school year with such extraordinary students and families. This year at North Junior High School is going to be the BEST! I cannot wait to start our year together. See you tomorrow.

So much to do, so little time…


Hello students, parents, and blog visitors,

Here we are ready to start another exciting school year! There are a lot of great things that are happening at North Junior High School and I cannot wait. This year in Language Arts we will be exploring and learning many new things. Students will experience our classroom and beyond using conventional methods of instruction as well as a wealth of 21st Century Skills. Speaking of 21st Century Skills, that brings me to this blog which I am very enthusiastic about. Learning how to do all of these new skills really gives me a sense of empowerment and personal satisfaction. It is my wish that my students feel the same way about everything we try, learn, and master in class. Our class blog will be used to communicate with students, parents, and me each day. Our posts will tell what happens in class, as well as what is expected in the future, any fun stories that need to be shared, pertinent information, and soon will include pictures and videos, just as soon as I learn how to do that. I will be begin the posting, but as soon as the students feel comfortable they will be joining in the fun. Then anyone can comment on our posts and ask any questions that might arise. This is not my blog; it is our blog, so please feel free to be a part of it. Make sure and check our blog often because you do not want to miss any of the information and fun.

It is hard to believe that school will start in just a few short days, but I say, “Let the excitement and learning begin.” I look forward to seeing all of you soon.