August 27, 2012

Dear Parents,

WELCOME parents and students! I am very excited to begin the 2012-2013 school year.  This is my sixth year teaching and would like to introduce myself as your son/daughters new 8th grade Language Arts teacher, Claudia P. Peterson.  

I have been in El Paso for sixteen years.   I graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso UTEP with a BIS Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies.  Prior to graduating I tutored for many years in various EPISD schools.  I love teaching and I know it will be a great year.

In my class we will read various novels and have plenty of projects to connect to the text.  It is my teaching philosophy that students will let me know how they learn best and I will mold myself to their needs.  I conduct a lot of hands on projects so that students can have a different perspective and relate to topics.  I value my students and want them to succeed therefore have an open door policy for all my students to come and speak to me. 

This year we will be creating literature portfolios.  Portfolios will keep track of students’ progress from the beginning of the year to the end.  It will be a useful tool for Lincoln students going on to their high school career.  Students will house their binderr in class, therefore removing the need to go to their locker for materials.  It will save them time, energy and stress of getting materials and making it to my class on time. 

At the end of the year students will review their progress and see how much they have grown and they will have a reference book for future classes.  I apologize for adding on to the supply list so if obtaining these materials will not be possible please contact me so that we can make other arrangements.

3'' binder

1 pkg of binder rings for vocabulary

1 dry erase marker

(5)  dividers

                                                2 compositions books (one for Grammar and one for Journals)

**Dividers should be labeled Essays, Grammar, Handouts, Quizzes/Tests, and Novels


District policy will be followed for make-up work. Students are allowed the number of days absent in which to turn in make-up work. The responsibility of obtaining make-up work lies with the student. Tests will be made up before or after school for students with excused absences—please see me to make arrangements.  Work with me and I will work with you.



 Late work will be accepted under the following conditions:
1 day late = a 70 *(or lower after graded)
2 days late= 50 *(or lower after graded)

3 days late= 0
* (or lower after graded) means that incomplete assignments turned in on day 2 or 3 may be lower than 70 or 50


1. Most of our work will be done in class and turned in for a grade.

2. Each student’s work will be kept in his/her portfolio.


The assignment sheet is where students will record their daily assignments, as well as upcoming quizzes, tests, projects, etc. This is part of the notebook and will aid the student with organization.


All grades will be posted on the Grade Record Sheet by the student as well as averaged on a continuous basis. The student is expected to keep this sheet current and obtain a parent signature every three-week and six-week period.  This sheet is also part of their notebook and will serve as a means of communication between school and home.

HOMEWORK PHILOSOPHY: Students need to give me at least half an hour of review at home each evening.  Especially the vocabulary rings that we will create in class and they will keep at home for study purposes.  I place all responsiblity on the student to honor the half hour by reviewing said vocabulary.  Other than that I will do my best to keep all work in the classroom.  If such a time should there be work sent home students will need to mark in thier agenda and keep an eye on the calendar for due dates.  I do not consider projects 'homework' I consider it a project that will showcase student skills. 



All assignments receive equal weight in the grade book unless otherwise noted in advance. If an assignment or project is to be counted as more than one grade, it will be stated in writing as part of the instructions or guidelines.

Students will earn a grade based on the following categories:

1.  Notebook organization of completed class work

2.  Vocabulary rings

3.  Class Participation

4.  Novel Worksheets

5.  Quizzes, tests, and projects

6.  Homework

7.  Journals


If you would like to contact me, you may call the school at or email me.  Please allow at least 24-hour notice for a conference. TBA


You can help your child in several ways:

  • Know what your child’s assignments are by checking the Assignment Sheet. This page is filled out in class daily and is a recording of assignments, quizzes, tests, etc.
  • Look over completed work (homework, quizzes, and tests) and ask your child questions about what they are learning.
  • Encourage your child to attend after school tutoring or go to the Homework Center. Times, teachers’ names, and room numbers will be posted.
  • Certain novels require some help and I will attach links that can be used as a resource at home.


Please review our district handbook or website for all procedures and policies, parent portal, and website information. 

I hope to spark interest in the area of Language Arts and I know it will be a great year.  I encourage you to contact me at anytime.  My email or by phone(915) 231-2180 .  I thank you in advance for all your help in making your son/daughter a success here at Lincoln.  Go Warriors!



Mrs. Peterson

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