Friday, September 30, 2016

English Homework

Wednesday, November 30th 2016

Study the following words for a quiz on Monday:

1. Unconscious
2. Shrew
3. Advise
4. petition
5. Acquire
6. Ignorance
7. Justified
8. Impaired

NOREDINK: Parts of Speech due 12/7          498m3vk

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Academic Support Class Syllabus

Academic Support Class

Respect, Responsibility, Readiness

Carla Sands
Education Specialist, Room 802
858-481-8221 ext: 3076

Course Objectives:
The Academic Support course aims to prepare students to be active participants in their school careers.  In addition to daily supported homework completion time, students will receive designated support services, as delineated in their Individual Education Plans. Throughout this course, students will receive individualized and/or small group support with school tasks, study skills, organization, self-awareness and social/emotional skill development via a variety of activities. Through active participation in the Academic Support course, students will begin to develop the habits and tools necessary for success in high school and beyond. 

Our classroom code of conduct revolves around three central concepts—
Respect, Responsibility and Readiness: Respect for self, peers, teachers, our school and our communities; Responsibility for words and actions, and Readiness to participate, to learn, and to prepare for all classes.

Students will:
·         Maintain a daily student planner as instructed (electronic planners when approved by parent)
·         Maintain a binder to organize work for all academic classes
·         Arrive to class prepared with all necessary materials each day for all classes
·         Follow all school and district rules/policies

Student Progress:
Grades will be posted online and can be accessed through the Aeries portal.  Please contact me if you have any questions about student progress. Grades will be calculated based on a point system.

Grading: Students can earn up to 30 points per week for the class. Students will maintain 30 points unless the following conditions occur:
·         Student does not bring needed material/binders to work on homework
·         Student is not using class time wisely (assignments/homework/organization)
·         Student requires more than 3 prompts to focus/distracts others from working.
Throughout the term students will focus on a variety of tasks; some will be driven by student Individual Education Plans (IEP), and other activities and assignments will focus on self-awareness and independence.

Grades will be based on a standard grading scale: 90-100% and up = A, 80 – 89% = B, 70 – 79% = C, 60-69% = D, 59-0% = F

Grades should be checked regularly. If students are having trouble accessing Aeries, they should contact the front office.  If a mistake is found on a student’s Aeries grade, please let me know

Academic Honesty:
Students who are academically dishonest on an assignment will receive consequences outlined by CVMS and SDUHSD which could include a zero for the assignment, a referral, and/or Saturday School.   Academic dishonesty includes:
§  Copying another student’s work
§  Collaborating on individual assignments, such as tests

If a student has an excused absence, they will have an extension or be excused from assignments for this class as determined by the teacher.

Tardiness:  Refer to student handbook. Detentions are automatically generated by attendance office when student is marked tardy. Call attendance office to excuse your student when you know they will be late.


I have read the syllabus and understand the objectives and policies for the Academic Support class.  Please SIGN AND RETURN. 

Student Name (print): ___________________________________

Student Signature: ______________________________________

Parent Signature: _______________________________________

Fundamental English 7/8

English 7/8 Fundamentals

Carmel Valley Middle School ~2016-2017
Mrs. Sands
Room 802
858(481-8221 ext. 3076

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to English 7/8 Fundamentals and 2016-2017 school year! This class will focus on the 7th grade California Common Core State Standards and incorporate the literature from the 7th/8th grade curriculum in addition to addressing students’ individual IEP goals. Students will also have explicit instruction in vocabulary, reading strategies, comprehension, literary analysis, writing and grammar.

The objectives of this course are:
1) Learn strategies for reading a variety of literary genres
2) Gain exposure to academic vocabulary
3) Understand and apply grammar concepts to your writing
4) Learn the process of writing for different purposes and audiences
5) Learn to analyze and write about literature
6) Listen, share, view, and evaluate literature with peers

Students will be graded in the following areas:
Writing Assignments/Assessments/Quizzes
Reading Assessments

Grades are based on a standard grading scale:
90-100%- A
80-89.9%- B
70-79.9%- C
60-69.9%- D
Less than 60%- F

Class Reading: Students will spend a portion of their time on our Read 180 program which is an individualized, computerized program. A typical day would include a 20-30 minutes segment of Read 180. In addition, we will be reading a variety of literary stories taken from the 7/8 grade literature textbooks. Students will learn strategies to analyze literary pieces using literary terms/devices. Students will read 2-3 grade level novels as a class and be able to determine the author's message, state a claim and find supporting evidence in the text.

Writing: Students will be able to develop their writing skills by writing summaries of literary texts. Students will be assigned 1 book report each semester and given presentation options.  Students will develop their skills in writing argument essays and literary analysis.

Materials needed daily:
 Agenda
 Pen and Pencil
 Paper
 spiral notebook

Behavior Expectations
Students are expected to be responsible for themselves and respectful to others by
following the rules:
1. Be respectful to yourself and others.
2. Be prepared for class.
3. Follow teacher’s directions.
4. Ask for help.
5. Always do your BEST

Consequences include: Warning, after class conference, detention, call home, and/or referral.

Attendance and Participation
If students are absent, they can make up assignments and assessments within a
reasonable time frame determined by the teacher and student upon the student’s
return to school. In order to learn English concepts and content for this course, it is essential that students participate daily.

I have read the syllabus and understand the objectives and policies for the English 7/8 Fundamentals class for 2016-2017 school year.

Please sign and return:

Student Name (print):______________________________________

Student Signature:_________________________________________

Parent Signature:_________________________________________