Back to School: Spring Semester 2019
Remind 101 allows you to receive text notifications regarding homework assignments and other announcements.
Required Resources & Supplies
1. Hard-sided Composition Notebook: To STAY IN CLASS for daily writing practice and Focus activities. Replenish as necessary
2. Writing Utensils: Pens, pencils, in any color.
3. Ear buds: every day.
4. Colored Pencils: To flag reading passages, record thinking, and utilize reading strategies.
5. Classroom Supplies—Please pick ONE or more to contribute to the class’s community supplies for this semester:
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Dear English 9 and English 10 Parents, Guardians, and Students,
As your teacher, my goal is to engage every student in classroom learning that will help them become capable communicators and thinkers. Educational research strongly suggests that when students have choice in what they read, they engage more deeply with the text. Further, high-volume reading leads to improved achievement.
To promote each student’s reading development, I have worked hard to build a classroom library for my students. I want to provide a rich variety of engaging texts that students will be interested in reading and that will challenge them to become stronger readers and thinkers. That means I am always looking for great books to add.
Because the costs of our classroom library books have come almost entirely from my pocket, I ask that all my students take great care with our classroom library books. Students are welcome to borrow books from our library, as available, but full responsibility is expected:
Want to make book donations and/or suggestions? I hit Goodwill throughout the year, monitor Amazon and Overstock sales, check lists of recommended books for YA/teens, and empty my trunk for the Jeffco End of Year Book Sale. Contributions to my classroom library will not be solicited and will certainly never impact any student’s English grade; however, donations will be welcomed and appreciated. At Dakota Ridge, we encourage students to Leave a Legacy, and this is one great way to do just that. Any parent/guardian/student who might want to “gift” a new or used book to the classroom library may find ideas for titles on Ms. Bender’s website.
Finally, please be aware that this year we will be reading a lot. Therefore, the daily homework for your child’s English class will be to read their choice/independent books, 20-30 minutes/day. Please watch for that reading (if they don’t like the book, they are in the wrong book and need to change), and please engage your kids in talking about their books!
Your help and support is valued and appreciated.