In like a lion, and out like a... lion?
March 30, 2014
Hello Spring!
    It is windy, grey, and rainy outside my windows today.  The only hopeful signs of spring are the daffodils popping out from the wet ground under my clothes dryer vent and the slow meanderings of the our local osprey family as they rebuild their winter-weary nest.  Welcome back big birds!  I hope the warm sunshine is soon to follow.
    We begin the fourth and last quarter of the school year, and as always, it is amazing that time seems to have sped by as if in hyperdrive.  ELA MCAS are now just a part of our memories; thank you all, students and parents, for the hard work and good efforts you brought forth.  Many more learning opportunities and activities are in store, and as we near the long days of June, all things take on a certain air of importance and urgency, because before we know it, the school year will close. It will be our last essay, our last test, our last struggle, our last success--in seventh grade!  
Brr...a nip in the air this mining!
October 15, 2013
Hello Team One Students and Families,
    By now you should have received a first quarter progress report. Please sign an return the report so we know you have seen it.  If you have not received it, check with your student, and if it has been lost, please email me or call the school office to receive another copy.  There has been some discussion around whether or not it is necessary to print mid-quarter reports any longer as now we have Power School which provides a daily update of your student's progress.  We will keep you posted.
    If mid-quarter reports are out, that can only mean grades close soon!  November first is the close of quarter 1, and two weeks after your student will come home with a report card.  Again, if you do not see this communication, please contact us.
Welcome to English Language Arts!  

September 2013

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

Congratulations! You are about to embark upon your first year of junior high school!  Following this letter you will find information regarding what you’ll need each day, class expectations, grading policies, and contact information.  

Effective communication through (and by) reading, writing, speaking, and reasoning  will make up a large portion of our work this year. The study of English language and literature is an essential and critical part of today’s  education.  I will do my best to keep the work relevant and interesting.

Embrace your time here at Lawrence School; it will go by quickly.  Take advantage of all the good things we have to offer.  Get involved, ask questions, work hard, and, most of all, have fun!  You won’t regret it.

Please contact me with any cares and concerns you have.  I look forward to a great school year!


Krista Hennessy

Contact information:

email (the fastest way): khennessy@falmouth.k12.ma.us

Phone: 508-548-0606 ext. 568

Mail: Lawrence School, 113 Lakeview Ave.,  Falmouth, MA 02540

Stay day: Thursdays, 2:45-4:00

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/falmouth.k12.ma.us/hennessy-english/

Syllabus 2013

Course: English Language Arts

Grade: 7, Team 1

Instructor: Ms Hennessy

Location: Room 205

You will need:

  1. One five (5) subject, spiral-bound notebook dedicated to English to take back and forth with you each day.  A binder with five (5) sections is fine, too.   (Just make sure you have paper in your binder!

  2. Ample amounts of pencils, pens, erasers (and paper if you have a binder)

  3. A school agenda

Nice to have, but not crucial:

  1. A flash drive or thumb drive to save work and bring it back and forth

  2. Sticky notes for note taking in books

  3. Index cards for vocabulary study

  4. Highlighters

  5. Dictionary, thesaurus (for home)

  6. Tissues

Class Expectations:

  1. Come prepared with everything you need: books, writing utensils, homework, etc.

  2. Conduct yourself well.  Be respectful of yourself, your classmates, and your teachers.

  3. Keep up with and keep track of your assignments.  Use your agenda!

  4. Students will organize and keep a writing folder in the classroom for their completed assignments

  5. Let me know when there is a problem.  I will do the best I can to help you find a solution.

  6. Let me know when there is something to celebrate.  We all learn so much more easily when we are happy!


  1. You will have reading or writing homework five nights of the week.  

  2. Late homework policy: first quarter-late work accepted with no penalty, second quarter-late work accepted but downgraded, third and fourth quarters- late work not accepted or downgraded depending upon the assignment.


  • 25% Performance: Includes class work, homework, on-demand writing (in–class journals, etc.), reading comprehension exercises, some quizzes, station work, rough drafts, graphic organizers

  • 50% Achievement: Includes essays and long compositions, projects, presentations, culminating activities, ORQs, Socratic Seminars

  • 25% Common Assessments: Includes (for Q1)- summer reading essay, structured paragraphs, evidence-based essay from Outsiders or a chosen short story, designated skill work assessments

NB: Parents and students now have access to grades via Gradebook, an online grading program.

Other information:

  1. Core texts: McDougal Littell The Language of Literature, Grade 7, The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, also selected novels, poems, plays, and nonfiction readings

  2. Students will organize and keep a writing folder in the classroom for their completed assignments

  3. Every day, or as often as possible, homework for team classes will be posted on my blog/website.  


August 18, 2013

Dear Team One,

Hello and welcome to Lawrence School!

It is a perfect summer day as I write this letter to you.   However, over the past week, I’ve noticed a certain smell in the evening air.  You know it.  It’s a little bit cool with a slight hint of new clothes and combed hair, undertones of clean, scrubbed faces and unused notebook paper.   Ah, yes!  It is that back-to-school smell.

For those of you who want to get a few things ahead of time in preparation for the start of school, here is what you will need for my English class:

Required :

  • A five (5) subject notebook (or a small binder with paper and dividers) to be used only for English

  • Pens, pencils and erasers (a small sharpener is handy, too)

Helpful, but not necessary:

  • USB memory stick (or flash drive) to bring back and forth

  • 2x3 index cards

  • a pad of small sticky notes

  • a glue stick

Everyone on Team One is looking forward to a great start to the school year.  Please feel free to email any questions or concerns, as I will be checking my email regularly from now on.  

                            Looking forward to a great year!

                            Ms. Hennessy

Contact Information:

Ms. Krista Hennessy
Team 1 English Teacher
Email: khennessy@falmouth.k12.ma.us (the fastest way)
Phone: 508 548 0606 ext. 568
Mail: Lawrence School, 113 Lake View Avenue, Falmouth, MA 02540