Ms. Rakey - RTI Reading

7th & 8th Grade

Hello There!!

7th & 8th Grade Reading RtI (Response to Intervention) Classes

This class is designed as a reading intervention class to improve the reading skills of students. It's composed of whole group lessons, small group lessons, and independent practice using the iReady curriculum and other materials.

Google Classrooms:

1st Period - 7th Grade

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2nd Period - 7th Grade

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3rd Period

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4th Period - 7th Grade

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7th Period - 8th Grade

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8th Period - 7th Grade

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Resources:

iReady, ReadWorks, TBD

  • Curriculum Associates Reading~ iReady

    • Why iReady? You can better understand what your students know and don’t know, find ways to meet wide-ranging needs, and build a classroom culture where data guides instruction and fosters student ownership of learning and growth with iReady.

    • iReady has three main components: 1) teacher-led instruction, 2) online assessments, and 3) personalized online instruction.

  • ReadWorks

    • ReadWorks is committed to solving America’s reading comprehension crisis and student achievement gap. Driven by cognitive science research, ReadWorks creates world-class content, teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

  • TBD

    • Other resources may be added as necessary per the discretion of the teacher.

Expectations for Virtual Learning:

The Gator Way is very important to me! I expect my students to always be respectful, responsible, safe, and of service. That is how we do things at our school! It's extra important that we are all on the same page about how to be our best selves for virtual learning. Look at the matrix below to learn about how to show the Gator Way during virtual school. Keep scrolling to read more about my classroom expectations down below too!

Expectations for My Classroom:

Read everything below to figure out how to follow the Gator Way in my virtual classes! Following these expectations will help us make the most of our time together.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO BE RESPECTFUL?

  1. Mute yourself on Zoom when I ask. If I ask you to unmute, please do so! If you need to ask a question out loud, please use the "raise hand" function on Zoom.

  2. Be kind and courteous in the chat. Use language that is appropriate for school.

  3. Keep distractions (TV, cell phone, music) put away.

  4. Participate in class! Stay focused. Ask and answer questions.

  5. Stay on topic and limit side conversations. Please make sure your comments, questions, and conversations are related to the topic we are learning.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO BE RESPONSIBLE?

  1. Be on time. Join our Zoom class on time, or even a couple minutes early!

  2. Be prepared. Have your materials ready to go. Make sure your Chromebook is charged!

  3. Be in a quiet, indoor location. Make sure your family members know you are on a Zoom call. Make sure there isn't any music or TV playing in the background.

  4. Check email and Google Classroom every single day. Respond to emails within 24 hours.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO BE SAFE?

  1. Use your Chromebook safely. Visit safe, school-approved websites.

  2. Communicate safely. Make sure you use your Chromebook to communicate only with people from our school. Their email address should end with @gsastl.org

  3. Report any unsafe behavior to a teacher or principal. If you hear of someone participating in unsafe behavior (talking to strangers, talking to you or others about unsafe behavior, looking at unsafe websites, etc.) please report it to a staff member.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO BE OF SERVICE?

  1. Help others when you can.

  2. Help your classmates to stay on task. Avoid distracting behaviors and off-topic conversations.

  3. Help your parents and family to stay connected with school. Share announcements and other important information with them. Invite them to help you with your assignments!

  4. Be helpful in your home! Help your parents and family around the house. Keep your study space neat and tidy. Ask those you live with how you can be helpful to them!


CONSEQUENCES AND REWARDS

Look at the chart or read down below to know what you can expect to happen if you do meet our expectations (rewards!) and if you don't (consequences).

REWARDS :)

If I can always count on you to follow the Gator Way in our virtual classroom, you might receive some of the following rewards:

  1. Verbal Praise: I'll say something like "Woooooo!!! You are the best!!"

  2. Positive Contact Home: I'll email home and say "Wow your student is just the BEST ever! You should buy them a new iPhone, or XBOX, or whatever they want!"

  3. Extra Credit Points or an Assignment Skip Pass: Enough said!!

CONSEQUENCES :(

If I can't count on you to follow the Gator Way in our virtual classroom, I'll be sad and I'll have to follow these steps:

  1. Removal from Class: I might have to ask you to leave our Zoom and come back when you can be more respectful and responsible.

  2. Email or Call Home: If it's really not working out well for us, I'm going to have to ask your parents or caretakers to help me out.

  3. Referral to the Principal: I hope this doesn't happen! If you continuously violate the Gator Way in our virtual classroom, I will complete an office referral and ask for the principal's help.

About Me:

Me
W/ Daughter Lizzy AboveW/ Sister & Parents Below
Michigan Summer Camp Home Away From Home
Here's what I'm talkin' about!


Hello there! My name is Jean Rakey and I will be your student’s reading teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. I hope you and your families are healthy and staying safe! I also hope you were able to have an enjoyable and relaxing summer despite the challenges of COVID. These are unusual times, but we are going to have a wonderful school year and I'm very excited to meet you and your student!

This is my second year as a Reading Response to Intervention (RtI) teacher for Gateway Science Academy Middle School. I am a native St. Louisan (Go Cards! Go Blues!), and attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, for my Bachelor of Science degree in Education and teacher certification. I completed my Special Reading Certification at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, which is where I began my teaching career.

I also hold an MBA from Washington University here in St. Louis, and worked at Anheuser Busch for many years in Corporate Planning, Sales and Marketing. Twelve years ago, when A-B was acquired in a hostile takeover, I elected to return to my first love, teaching, and I'm thrilled to be working with students in an academic environment again. Over the past 10 years I've worked as a Reading Specialist in several St. Louis area school districts, including Parkway, Rockwood, and Clayton, and am excited to be part of the GSA family now. This is a special place!

On a more personal note, I have two wonderful grown children, Nick and Elizabeth, as well as two cats named Mittens and Mudpie. No grandkids yet, but I do have a "grand-dog" and a "grand-cat"! During the summer I normally work as one of the Senior Staff at a large summer camp in Northern Michigan, however, Covid put a wrench in that this year! Hopefully next summer I will be back "up north" getting kids out on camping trips and hikes, teaching them how to cook on campfires, and running animal care and gardening classes.

I want you to know that I am very passionate about literacy instruction and am committed to helping your student become a better reader. If you ever have questions or concerns, please email me at jrakey@gsastl.org. I will respond in a timely manner, and am also available to meet with you via Zoom if necessary.

Here's to a great 20-21 school year!


Reading RtI ~ iReady

Jean Rakey rm. VIRTUAL

jrakey@gsastl.org


This class is designed as a reading intervention class composed of whole group lessons, small group lessons, and independent practice using the iReady curriculum and other materials.


Curriculum

  • Curriculum Associates Reading~ iReady

    • Why iReady? You can better understand what your students know and don’t know, find ways to meet wide-ranging needs, and build a classroom culture where data guides instruction and fosters student ownership of learning and growth with iReady.

    • iReady has three main components: 1) teacher-led instruction, 2) online assessments, and 3) personalized online instruction.


Supplies you will need every day

  • School issued Chromebook

  • Paper

  • Pens & pencils

  • Folder for this class

  • Headphones/earbuds once we return to the school building UNLESS if they help you focus better for virtual school, I say get them.


Grading Policy

  • 60% Assignments - Includes Participation!

  • 40% Assessments - Includes Effort on Diagnostic Assessments


Absences and Late Work

  • Students are responsible for asking Ms. Rakey what they missed due to absences.

  • When an absence is planned (vacation, etc…) or unplanned (illness, etc...), work must be completed and returned in a timely matter. Due dates must be discussed with the teacher.

  • If you miss a test, you will make it up when you return to school (virtual and/or in-person.

  • In all situations, Ms. Rakey will work with students in order to get them caught up in a timely manner however, it will be the responsibility of the student to communicate with Ms. Rakey and set up a plan to get work caught up (ie: attend a private Zoom session, after school tutoring-in person only).

Tutoring Days (In-person learning only!!)

Students have tutoring opportunities after school every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in my virtual classroom from TBD. I encourage my students to take advantage of that opportunity for one on one assistance.


Tardies

If a student receives more than 3 tardies, they will serve a Tuesday detention for each occurrence up to 6 tardies. After this, students will be referred to Dr. Schick for further consequences.

However, during our VIRTUAL time of learning, if you repeatedly show up late to class, I will be forced to contact parents/guardians. So please be on time!


Classroom Expectations

  1. Be Respectful

  2. Be Responsible

  3. Be Safe

  4. Be of Service


I know the following information is posted above, but because it's so important, here it is again!

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO BE RESPECTFUL?

  1. Mute yourself on Zoom when I ask. If I ask you to unmute, please do so! If you need to ask a question out loud, please use the "raise hand" function on Zoom.

  2. Be kind and courteous in the chat. Use language that is appropriate for school.

  3. Keep distractions (TV, cell phone, music) put away.

  4. Participate in class! Stay focused. Ask and answer questions.

  5. Stay on topic and limit side conversations. Please make sure your comments, questions, and conversations are related to the topic we are learning.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO BE RESPONSIBLE?

  1. Be on time. Join our Zoom class on time, or even a couple minutes early!

  2. Be prepared. Have your materials ready to go. Make sure your Chromebook is charged!

  3. Be in a quiet, indoor location. Make sure your family members know you are on a Zoom call. Make sure there isn't any music or TV playing in the background.

  4. Check email and Google Classroom every single day. Respond to emails within 24 hours.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO BE SAFE?

  1. Use your Chromebook safely. Visit safe, school-approved websites.

  2. Communicate safely. Make sure you use your Chromebook to communicate only with people from our school. Their email address should end with @gsastl.org

  3. Report any unsafe behavior to a teacher or principal. If you hear of someone participating in unsafe behavior (talking to strangers, talking to you or others about unsafe behavior, looking at unsafe websites, etc.) please report it to a staff member.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO BE OF SERVICE?

  1. Help others when you can.

  2. Help your classmates to stay on task. Avoid distracting behaviors and off-topic conversations.

  3. Help your parents and family to stay connected with the school. Share announcements and other important information with them. Invite them to help you with your assignments!

  4. Be helpful in your home! Help your parents and family around the house. Keep your study space neat and tidy. Ask those you live with how you can be helpful to them!


CONSEQUENCES AND REWARDS

Read below to know what you can expect to happen if you do meet our expectations (rewards!) and if you don't (consequences).

REWARDS

If I can always count on you to follow the Gator Way in our virtual classroom, you might receive some of the following rewards:

  1. Verbal Praise: I'll say something like "Woooooo!!! You are the best!!"

  2. Positive Contact Home: I'll email home and say "Wow your student is just the BEST ever! You should buy them a new iPhone, or XBOX, or whatever they want!"

  3. Extra Credit Points or an Assignment Skip Pass: Enough said!!

CONSEQUENCES

If I can't count on you to follow the Gator Way in our virtual classroom, I'll be sad and I'll have to follow these steps:

  1. Removal from Class: I might have to ask you to leave our Zoom and come back when you can be more respectful and responsible.

  2. Email or Call Home: If it's really not working out well for us, I'm going to have to ask your parents or caretakers to help me out.

  3. Referral to the Principal: I hope this doesn't happen! If you continuously violate the Gator Way in our virtual classroom, I will complete an office referral and ask for the principal's help.


Cell Phone/Electronic Device Policy

Students should not bring cell phones or any electronic devices into the classroom (virtually or in-person) at all with the exception of the GSA issued Chromebook for student academic use only. Electronic devices are to be left in the student’s locker, turned off or silenced, and can be used before/after school and at lunch time. Items in use or displayed during school hours may be confiscated. Any confiscated device may be picked up from Dr. Schick at the end of the school day. Multiple confiscations may result in a parent required to pick up the device from Dr. Schick’s office. During our virtual learning, DO NOT have any other devices near you! Keep those distractions put AWAY!!

Grading Policy:

The grading policy for this course is as follows:

60% Assignments

40% Assessments