Ms. LePell English Department CVHS

You have reached my website for the 2018-2019 school year. Amazingly enough, we have arrived at the end of the 1st Semester. Although I am still grading papers and posting scores, 2nd Quarter grades are almost in the history books, and Final Exams are around the corner.

I state the obvious: preparing for Final Exams is important! Students and parents alike are reminded that semester (permanent) grades are calculated as follows: 1st Quarter = 40%; 2nd Quarter = 40%; Final Examination = 20%.

Please read on to learn more about the different classes. The drop-down menu spells out the final homwork assignments of the semester and strategies to prepare for each final exam.

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Some logistical information: I teach in Room 213 periods 4, 5, & 6. Ms. Clyde, my excellent roommate, instructs in the morning, periods 1, 2, & 3.

Stay on top of your homework obligations; sign up for the Remind App! To sign up, simply text @aac3db to 81010 (for Sophomore English) or @f9a3cc9 to 810810 (for Multicultural Literature).

Sophomores finished reading Erich Maria Remarque's award-winning novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, this week and took a Summation Quiz Thursday. They also turned in their Active Reading efforts for Chapters 1-11. Any student who has not finished the book should take advantage of the time between now and final exam day to read to be in the strongest position to do well on the AQWF section of the Multiple Choice Test and the Assertion Paragraph(s).

Students turned in their Portfolio Projects on Wednesday, December 19th. The Portfolio Project represents 50% of the 1st Semester Final Exam. The Author's Chair, when students read one of their portfolio pieces to the full class, will conclude on Monday, January 14th.

This week, the seniors should have finished Things Fall Apart. They had a Summation Quiz on the book on Thursday in class. Also this week, students studied the chapters which comprise Okonkwo's Exile, Chapters 14-19. We will finish reporting out and note-making on Monday, January 14th. We will also hold our final discussion on the book on that date.

The Author's Chair, the best of the Prolific Writing pieces, concluded this week. Author's Chair participation is part of the Prolific Writing Project, worth 25% of the 1st Semester Final Exam.

As mentioned above, parents and students alike should be advised that students' grade percentages shift frequently and should not be considered final until quarter grades are filed. If you have concerns or questions about assignments in any of the classes that I teach and/or posted scores , I urge you to send me an email: mclepell@cv.k12.ca.us

Students in every class should have obtained a binder which is 1 1/2 to 2 inches in width for use throughout the school year. Binder organization information has been distributed, and all binders have been checked for the first time. The challenge now, of course, is to maintain a high degree of organization throughout the semester!

Please see individual pages for specific class/course information. Individual course names are listed at the top of this page. You will also find other headings there that may be helpful to you.