7/8 English Language Arts Literature

Ms. Penny Bortner

Welcome: I am entering my 25th year of teaching and my 5th year at Excel. Almost all of my experience is at the middle school level teaching language arts. For me, middle school were the most challenging years of my life and I feel tremendous empathy and compassion for my students. I have a B.S. in journalism, a B.A in Secondary English and a masters degree in Educational Administration. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of the Excel Academy Community.

Contact Information: 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. Penny.Bortner@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. 318.

Classroom Specific Calendar: Aside from nightly review of our learning targets, students will occasionally have homework or upcoming tests to prepare for. These can be found on the 7/8 assignment calendar or on our Google Classroom page.

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Curriculum: This year students will be learning the Colorado Core Knowledge 7th grade loop reading/writing as well as the 2020 Colorado State Standards that correlate with this loop.