Friday, May 12, 2017

Class Update

7th graders are wrapping up their reading of Flowers for Algernon with a Socratic Circle today. They had some very interesting discussions about knowledge and its power! They did a great job connecting with the story. 

Congrats to these students! They all read more than 33 books this year -- very impressive! The group of students read a combined 568 books this year. Rockstar readers! We celebrated with a lunch at Freddy's. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Saving Your Video

8th grade families, 

I will show this to the students tomorrow, but if you want to save their video for future viewing, click on the download button when the student is logged into his or her account. Then select the MP4 option. This will be fun for the student to look back on someday!  Thanks, Miss R. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Class Magazine

8th grade families, 

We're working on our 5th-annual 8th grade class magazine. All students are contributing to the magazine, which is bound like a magazine and looks like a professional publication. In the magazine, students share their "Where I'm From" poems, giving readers a glimpse of the people, places, events, and objects that have shaped the students' lives. This is a great collection from the class of 2016 and shows the voice and personality of each student who participated! 

The proceeds from the magazine benefit Sacred Heart. The magazines costs $22 per magazine. Normally, we make these for Brown Bottle, but Brown Bottle has been moved to November. If you would like to sign up for a magazine, you can contact me ( Parents can purchase this item for themselves, grandparents, the student, and anyone else you think might enjoy it. 

After ordering, the final magazines will be delivered to the student in class to take home to whomever ordered (parent, grandparent, etc.), or if a parent prefers, the teacher can deliver it directly (at the carpool line or by picking it up in the classroom). 

I wanted to make you aware of this awesome keepsake for your student. I've included the cover and the back cover of the magazine from years past below as a preview. This years will look very similar. 

Miss R. 

Snapshots Unit

Dear 8th-grade families,

In the upcoming weeks, students are looking at one of the purposes of writing: to express ourselves and reflect on life. One of the most powerful tools for expression of memories are photographs. In class, we have been creating a narrative/descriptive poem and we will be working on an accompanying video. Students had a heads up that they would need pictures, so hopefully they've told you! If you don't have many pictures/videos available electronically, please don't stress. Students and I will be working Thursday on the videos in class. Students can bring any pictures for me to scan in then. The video program we use also has clip art students can add in. All the students will be fine! We always find a way to make it work. The week after Easter break on that Tuesday, we will be presenting our poems and videos in class. 

Animoto accounts are private. The only way to access a video is if someone provides the link. My goal with these is to post them in a special section on my blog, which is how we will access them when we are presenting them. However, if you do not want your student’s video to be posted or you would prefer them not to make a video (they would do an alternate assignment), it will not harm the grade in any way. Please let me know if you would not like me to post your student’s work. If I do not receive a response from you, I will assume you are OK with this.

Thanks so much for partnering with me!

Miss R

To see some examples that students made in years past, visit:

The video I made my first year of teaching. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


I will be finalizing an order for Scholastic Monday, April 3rd. There are more books available if you click the red button below than were on the form I sent with the students. It's a great time to stock up for fourth quarter! 

Please check out the catalog or the reading brochures your students brought home to find books that interest them! Thanks for your generosity in the past. We received lots of new books for our classroom library. 

To Shop Online:
One-Time Class Activation Code: L7ZJ6
Due by 4/3

*You can also click on the button below to take you to our class.

With Scholastic Reading Club:
- Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
- You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
- You'll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks

Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or by returning your order form and payment to me. I'm excited to get our class reading!

Thank you for your support,
Miss R.
If This Is Your First Time Ordering Online:
- ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code L7ZJ6
- CHOOSE from thousands of books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
- SUBMIT the order to me by the due date listed on the website
- EARN FREE Books for our classroom too!