Language Arts

blessed trinity catholic school

“Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.”

-St. Ignatius of Loyola, The Jesuits: Their Spiritual Doctrine and Practice, p. 148

Welcome to Language Arts

Notice: If you’re looking for detailed information about homework assignments, please check Schoology, which is always up to date. If an assignment is locked then I likely will not accept late submissions, unless there is a documented and warranted absence accounting for the late work.

This week (Nov 13-17):

  • Monday: Finish and submit final “publishable” drafts for ENG Product Review Composition project, all grades
  • Tuesday: Start of Conjunction Chapter in ENG Writing Coach, all grades
  • Wednesday: Confession after Mass; 8th grade peer-review of analytical thesis papers on 1984
  • Thursday: practice spelling bee (rescheduled), all grades
  • Friday: 5th-8th grade field trip to MOSH, $1 due for School Thanksgiving Feast supplies

Current book studies:

  • 6th: A Wrinkle in Time by L’Engle
  • 7th: Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury
  • 8th: 1984 by Orwell

Upcoming book studies:

  • 8th: Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury


  1. Work hard. If we work hard in the classroom then there is less need for lots of homework.
  2. Respect your peers, be responsible, and show care for yourself and your work.
  3. Come to class prepared. You need to come to class every day with your iPad charged. You also need paper, a pencil or pen, a folder or spiral notebook, your book (if we are studying a text), and any assignments that are due. We all have those days when we forget something, but if a student forgets something essential, then it will be noted in the teacher’s log. The 1st time the student will be allowed to return to his or her locker. The 2nd time he or she will receive a two point referral. The 3rd time will result in another referral and possibly a parent conference.
  4. Conduct: This year conduct will be recorded within Renweb, including referral points.
    1. Do not talk or socialize while the teacher is talking.
    2. Do not make excuses for not being prepared.
    3. Use time wisely! If I give you time to work on an assignment, use it!
    4. Address all teachers and classmates with respect.

Note: Any infraction of these expectations will result in a referral and a possible parent conference.

  1. Homework expectations: All assignments will be posted on the board in the classroom. You need to copy what is written on this board every day on which there is homework. You are also able to use the iPad to keep track of due dates.

Homework could entail completing a reading assignment, working on a paper, studying for a vocabulary quiz, etc. Students will not have homework every single night, but rather, only when necessary.

Classroom Rules:

1. Raise your hand and wait to be recognized before speaking.

2. Respect your fellow student’s right to physical and emotional privacy.

3. Academic honesty must be maintained at all times.

4. Ask questions (and listen actively!)

5. Strive to be better every day.

Classroom Procedures:

1. Perform Bell Work immediately after entering the classroom.

2. Request permission from the teacher to use the restroom. Please sign out and hurry back to class.

3. Remain at your desk at the end of the period until the teacher dismisses the class.

4. Remain seated at your desk during class unless given permission to do otherwise.

5. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak during the class period.

6- 8 Language Arts Opportunity Sessions: Every Monday from 2:50 to 3:30 in Room 208. Students who already demonstrate understanding in the classroom should not attend. Please let me know by the Friday before if you plan to attend, You can also email me but please do so by Sunday afternoon. If you stay you’ll need transportation home at 3:30, or you’ll have to sign into Extended Day Care at your parents’ expense.