Writing

Laura Mekelburg

I am looking forward to starting my second year here at Excel. I was raised on a dairy farm in Limon, met my husband in Greeley and have lived in the Denver area for 25+ years. My family consists of three grown children and four grand daughters. I received my English/Secondary Education degrees from Metro and previously taught at Westminster High School. Things I enjoy doing in my free time include sitting on my backyard swing, taking hikes, and watching old recordings of Castle.

Welcome to middle school writing!

CURRICULUM: This year students will be learning the 7th grade loop in Core Knowledge.

CALENDAR: While students should have plenty of time to do their work in class, if they don't use their time wisely they will have homework. They may also need to prepare for upcoming tests. These can be found on the 7/8 assignment calendar.

CONTACT: The best way to contact me is via e-mail. I encourage students to contact me with any questions or concerns about their assignments, grades or other classroom content. Thank you for helping your child with making these contacts to aid them in becoming self advocates. laura.mekelburg@jeffco.k12.co.us E-mails will be answered within 24 business hours. Should you need to call, feel free to leave a message at 303-467-2295 ext. 355.

7/8 Parent Teacher Conference Information

Thursday 10/17 conferences will be from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM and again from 5:35 PM - 7:45 PM

Friday 10/18 conferences will be from 9:00 AM-noon.


We’ve listened to suggestions from the Excel community and have made some positive changes for this year. There will be no scheduled times, and there will be more private room settings. Come when it fits your schedule and meet with the teachers you need to meet with. Keep in mind that Thursday evening may be very busy and wait times may be long. Teachers will be dismissed at 8:00.


Conferences will be held in the following rooms:

Room 316 Mrs. Haberman (science) and Mrs. Ruiz (social studies)

Room 317 Mrs. Petcoff (geometry & math 8) and Mr. Thorner (Algebra and math 7)

Room 318 Mrs. Mekelburg (writing) and Mrs. Bortner (literacy)

Room 319 Ms. Dooling (Spanish) and SEL educators (Mrs Puckett will be there until 3pm Ms. Taylor will be out until then)

Room 205 Ms. Moore

All specials/electives teachers will be in their regular rooms.


We want to respect everyone’s time during conferences, so please limit your conversation in each room to 5-10 minutes. If you feel you need more time than this with a teacher, please contact them right away to schedule another time to meet. In order to make the most of your time in each room, here is a list to help you prepare.


Checklist to do before conferences

𝥷 Review your child’s conference reflection sheet that will be going home on Wednesday before conferences..

𝥷 Discuss your child’s grades and missing assignments (on the reflection sheet or Campus)

𝥷 Have a conversation with your child about the work they’re proud of and the things they struggle with in their classes.

𝥷 Prepare a list of questions, concerns or compliments you would like to share with each teacher.

Things to bring to conferences

𝥷 Conference reflection sheet

𝥷 A pen

𝥷 A warm smile :)


Vocabulary New This Week!

Our competitions were fun! After break we will start doing a combo packet of vocabulary words and root word packets.

Homework & Missing Work

This year, we are working really hard to help the students do all their work during class time. With that being said, if your student chooses not to do their work in class, they have homework.

If your student has a M (missing assignment) in my class, if there is a note attached to the grade, they will receive no points. I recommend they still do the work and submit it but they will only receive one point for turning it in.

Narrative Writing Conferencing

I have been conferencing with your student so they can improve their narrative grade. If they have a M (missing) as a grade in Infinite Campus, they have not turned in their narrative at all. We have been working on dialogue, punctuation, capitalizing proper nouns and "showing" instead of telling the reader what is happening. After the SECOND revision, you will start to see grades in Infinite Campus. All narratives will be graded before Parent/Teacher conferences.

Narrative Writing was Due Sept 23rd!