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September 2018

Dear Students and Parents,

          Welcome to 7th grade English!  I am so excited to be starting a new school year and I hope it will be productive and enjoyable for all of us!  I look forward to getting to know all of you!

            I am sure you are wondering what we will do in English class this year.  We will begin the year with a project and some other activities that will allow us to get to know each other and to build our classroom community.

 Of course, since this is an English class, we will be doing lots of reading! We will be reading novels, poetry, short stories, and articles, both together and independently. It is very important that all assigned reading be completed as this will be the basis of the next day’s lesson. In addition, you will have the opportunity to choose your own independent novels, since you should always be reading! 

          We will also be doing many different kinds of writing like essays, poems, and Writer’s Notebook entries.  We will be visiting the library to complete projects, and you will have projects to work on at home.  We will continue to work on improving your writing through language practice, grammar, and word study.

 As you continue to learn how to work independently, you will also have many opportunities to work with partners and in groups.  But don’t worry – you will learn how to do all of this with lots of help from me! J

          Your grade in English class will be based on your test and quiz grades, writing assignments, oral presentations, class participation, and homework.  Assessments/writing will be worth 60% of your grade, word work will be worth 15%, class participation will be worth 15%, and homework will be worth 10%.

Here are a few class policies that you need to know:

1.      You are expected to copy down your HW assignment, which will be posted on the board, every day.  My teacher website will be updated daily, but you should never depend solely on this for knowing what to do.  I recommend getting the phone number/email of a friend or two just in case you have questions about classwork or homework. 

2.    All assignments are due the next day unless a different due date is given. Late assignments will be given partial credit.  If you have an excused absence (ex: illness), you are expected to check my website and make up all missing work within a week, as per school policy.  I encourage all merry musicians to attend your scheduled music lessons, but you are responsible for any work you miss that day and also for the homework.  If you see me before you go to lessons, I will be happy to give you the work! 

3.    Having the proper materials is vital to success!  You are expected to be prepared for class every day with your binder, pens/pencils, and any reading material needed for class. 

4.    You are expected to be on time for class.  Three lateness to class = a referral to the office, as per school policy.

5.    Please be sure to check your student handbook for all other school policies.

One of the most important keys to success is taking responsibility for your own learning. I expect that you will give your best effort to your work, and you can expect that I will help you in any way I can. 

So, let’s begin with your very first homework assignment!  Take this letter home, share it with your parents, and ask them to sign the attached sheet.  Return it to me tomorrow, and you will have your first homework credit! 




                                                                                      Mrs. Franck J