English & Literature, Middle School
8th Grade Homeroom 2018-2019
“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
Bishop John J. Snyder High School, 2007
B.A. in English Literature, University of North Florida, 2011
Honors B.A. in Philosophy with Thesis, University of North Florida, 2011
Minor Degree in Psychology, University of North Florida, 2011
M.A. in Philosophy, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, 2013
PhD (c) in Philosophy, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, 2018-9
Dissertation: A Phenomenology of Religious Conversion
Report Card Skill Scores – English and Literature Skill scores are based on assessment data from STAR Reader. Typically I will award 4’s in skill categories for students who score in the 90th percentile. Skill scores of 3 are typically awarded in categories from the 75th to 90th percentile.
STAR Reader – At any point in time you can ask your student, or email me, for up-to-date STAR reader test data, including approximate reading level (by grade). It is important that your student is reading books that are in the approximate zone/level that is best for their development and progression.
RenWeb Dates – Please note that the dates you see on my RenWeb grade pages are the dates that the information was uploaded and not necessarily the date of the exam nor the date on which the assignment in question was due. You should check Schoology for accurate dates.
Unexcused Absences – In the event of an unexcused absence, students should check with other classmates for missed work, exam dates, etc. Students who miss class but are not excused will not receive one day per absent day to turn in work; rather, the timeline is at the discretion of the faculty member, in addition to whether late work will be accepted.
6-8ENG Information – Please check Schoology for detailed information on ENG assignments and exams. Please check RenWeb for updated scoring.
Homework – Homework is practice for exams, papers, and other assessments. If you have concerns about the amount of homework that your child has for Language Arts, I encourage you to contact me. I also ask that you talk your student about whether or not they are using class-time to work when allowed and whether or not they are waiting until the night before big assignments are due to start.
6-8LIT Information –
Please check Schoology for detailed information on LIT assignments and exams.
6LIT: Current: A Wrinkle in Time Next: Wonder
7LIT: Next: Fahrenheit 451
8LIT: Next: The Lord of the Flies
LIT scores are determined through a combination of classwork grades, homework points, papers, small projects, and exams. The papers are (hypo)thesis papers and are the most important component of LIT. These papers prepare your student for high school writing in the humanities as well as the sciences. The LIT exams are typically selection exams (meaning multiple-choice) and are supplemented by short in-class essays.
Gradebook Scoring – Your grade will be calculated based on the total number of points you have earned. Homework often ranges from 5-20 points, drafts, peer-reviews, and quizzes are usually from 10-50 points each, and exams and papers are worth 100 each. At the end of each quarter, your letter and percentage scores will be calculated by dividing your earned points by the maximum number of possible (“attempted”) points.