Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lazy days of summer?

It's almost time to start another great school year. I'm looking forward to sharing some great books with my students through our new book clubs and adding some more technology opportunities into my classroom. No lazy days of summer for me.  I've been busy gearing up for another great year.  See you soon!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What a great way to wrap out a fun and challenging school year.  We are starting to get Smarter Balanced reports back and many of our students have shown growth over the year.  Please have a great, restful summer.  Remember to read, read, and read some more.  Every chance you get, write something - a letter, a postcard, a journal, a story.  Good luck 8th graders next year.  See all of you next year!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Welcome Back!

Wow!  What a great start to the 2015-2016 school year.  I would definitely call our first week in English a success.  Just a reminder to parents that we now have Facebook pages for all three middle school classes so if you want to become a member of this private page, please let the office know.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Root words vocab list for quiz on December 11, 2014

cline – lean (recline, inclined)
co – with, together, joint (coauthor, coordinate)
com – together, common (composition, commune)
contra – against, oppose (contradict)
demo – people (democracy)

dent/dont – tooth (dental, denture, orthodontist)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Root Words for week of November 17-20

Quiz to be given on November 20

cephal – head; encephalitis

cerebr/o/ - brain; cerebral

chrom/o/ - color; chromatics

circum – around

chrono – time; chronological


peer – a person who belongs to the same age group or social group

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Root word vocabulary for week of November 3 - 6, 2014

Quiz will be given Thursday, November 6

bar/o – pressure, weight; Example:  barometer

bene – good, well; Example:  beneficial, benefactor

bi – two; Example:  binoculars, bicycle

cand – glowing; Example:  candle

annotate – taking notes giving explanations or comments


explicit – stated clearly and in detail

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Root Words for Week of October 27-30

Quiz on Thursday, October 30.

acu = sharp; acute, acupuncture, accurate
aud, aus = hear, listen; audio, auditorium, audio
auto, aut = self; autograph, automatic
bibl = book; Bible, bibliography
bio = life; biology, biosphere, biome
adverb = part of speech describing verbs