Alpine ELA



  • February 3, 2020. Two hour Delayed start today! This did not affect our ELA classes!
  • January 25, 2020. Whew! ELA students finished three assessments in the last two weeks- The RISE Interim assessment, SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory, and the Acadience Reading assessment!
  • Our first Book Cafe was AWESOME! Whitley Olsen and her team made mini muffins for us. There were some great discussions about books! Thanks to the librarians for letting us use the library!
  • 30 Book Challenge -- I challenged the students to read 30 books by May 10th! Six books in each of five categories: fiction, non-fiction, autobiography, self-choice (whatever genres the students wants), and poetry! I am excited for this experience for all of us! There are no other requirements, and, yes, picture books are acceptable.


February 3, 2020--No CREW today other than taking roll and lunch count due to the delayed start for snow!

Friday, January 24, 2020 Students evaluated their progress with HOAS (Habits of a Scholar), and set goals for progress!


7th Geocache Placing:

We had a great day hiking the Eagle Rise Trail to place our geocache! We also made it to Dale Young Nature Park to update that container!

Oct 23rd:

Eagle Rise Trail above Mantua Reservoir and Dale Young Nature Park.

One Heck of a Hike! This is our Ole Pete's Cabin geocache that we hiked in and placed last week, October 16th. It is published and has already had it's first find! Thanks again to Jennifer Blaine for leading our hike in, Trudee Klein for leading us out, and Monica Grover, Andrea Rose, and Suzie Witt for driving us!

Willard Basin!

UPDATE: This site is now PUBLISHED! Thank you Blaine family for placing it TWICE!

Unfortunately, this one is turning into a Geocache Placement nightmare. After the can was left where we couldn't place it, a wonderful family placed it for us. Next we found out that the coordinates the site gave me after entering them to submit the cache were wrong, so the can needs to be moved. It snowed there yesterday. That is going to take a while to accomplish.



October 29, 2019

8th Grade students today learned about content they have already completed or are completing that meet Digital Literacy standards!

The Student Chromebook User Agreement and their Xeriscaping vs Lawns presentation meet standards from Strands 1 and 3 of the Digital Literacy curriculum.

Today in ELA:

February 3, 2020

Assignments were returned scored to students who were reading in small groups. 8th grade students began the Traits Report Card assignment.

January 31, 2020

Students read Tesla's Attic in their small groups. 8th grade students worked on the Character Map, and Challenges and Conflicts questionaire, while 7th grade students completed the Trait's Report Card! I was attending the funeral of my last living Uncle.

January 30, 2020

7th grade students--began reading Tesla's Attic in small groups. They worked on a Character Map, and Challenges and Conflicts questionaire.

8th grade students--SKI\SNOWBOARD day at Beaver Mountain!

January 29, 2020

Library--students were introduced to READING MADNESS month by our wonderful librarian, Chris Johnson! We watched some of our videos of the Socratic Seminars!

January 28, 2020

Socratic Seminar day! 4th period rocked their discussion--students were prepared and took responsibility for the protocol!

January 27, 2020

More preparations for the Nicola Tesla Socratic Seminar. Students were given a second article to use during the discussion.

January 24, 2020

Preparation continued for the Socratic Seminar with a short practice.

January 23, 2020

Most students completed all of the testing. Students began reading and annotating an article on Nicola Tesla in preparation for a Socratic Seminar!

January 22, 2020

5th period and 7th period students started the RISE ELA Interim assessment. They also were given two class periods in which to complete the test. Students who finished were asked to complete their Nikola Tesla assigments, and research innovations.

January 21, 2020

4th period and 6th period students started the RISE ELA Interim assessment. They were given two class periods in which to complete the test. Students who finished were asked to complete their Nikola Tesla assigments, and research innovations.

January 20, 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

January 17, 2020

Class discussion of The Maze. Students are given an extended deadline for completing the list of 15 struggles of Nikola Tesla.

January 16, 2020

Kick Off fieldwork to the Leonardo Museum to research Innovations for our Innovations in Science and History Expedition! Students completed a note catcher recording three innovations. Their notes included how the innovation impacted society, the nation, or the world.

January 15, 2020

New class rosters for ELA and History classes! Students completed the SRI, researched Nikola Tesla, and went to the library.

January 14, 2020

Most students completed the Acadience Reading Assessment. Research continues on Nikola Tesla. Students who finished the Acadience testing began the SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory).

January 13, 2020

Students began the Acadience Reading Assessment. They also researched Nikola Tesla's struggles.

Middle School Student Chromebook User Agreement