Language Arts

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“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

Progress reports: These will be distributed on Monday the 18th of September. If you are doing poorly (i.e. an overall course grade of D or F) in any Language Arts class, then you are required to attend my opportunity sessions every Monday afternoon until I notify you otherwise.

The single biggest change you can make:  do all of the homework that is assigned! I have said many times in class that once you have 0’s for too many homework assignments, the point deficit becomes very difficult to make up.

Fall Fest Raffle Basket: Our theme is a pet basket so please send donations in with your student (leashes, collars, toys, treats, etc.)! All donations are due by Sept. 22. If you have any questions please contact me or the sixth grade room mom, Evita Alvarez. A huge thanks to all of you who have donated already!


  • Tuesday of Week 7 (19th): Retest on Literature short stories (open text!)
  • Wednesday of Week 7 (20th): Vocabulary Review Test on Units 1-3
  • Thursday of Week 7 (21st): Vocabulary Unit 4 HW is due in class. 7th and 8th grade are to submit ten complete etymologies on Schoology. No hard copies.
  • Friday of Week 7 (22nd): English test on Verbs (Ch. 14)

Book Studies (any version is fine):

  • 6th:  Holes by Sachar
  • 7th: The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway
  • 8th: 1984 by Orwell


  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.