Importance of 8th Grade
(IMPORTANT: Please see my academic and behavioral expectations below)
Eighth grade presents a bounty of
opportunities for students. Mahoney Middle School offers a
variety of extracurricular and athletic activities, ranging from book clubs, sports teams, to student council. I believe there is something for anyone who is looking to become involved in our school community!
Of equal significance is their academic performance, which will determine their readiness
for high school. This year is of particular importance, as students need guidance in honing their study, organizational and time management skills for meeting the demands of high school. As your child moves toward independence, they're less likely to ask for
your advice. They will need to go through some trial and error to come up
with the strategies most compatible with their individual learning style. And, you'll
want to encourage your child to take responsibility for their own school work.
You can help by monitoring homework on Infinite Campus, asking questions and helping evaluate what works for them — and what doesn't.
My student's will encounter a rigorous, safe, and engaging learning
environment with a unique emphasis on developing responsibility and
personal accountability. I anticipate a HIGHLY successful year!
Ms. Susan Thornfeldt
AFTER SCHOOL AVAILABILITY: *I am available to my student's before school (please see me about this), and after school on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and every other Thursday until 3:00 p.m. If students have questions about assignments, they may gmail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Behavioral & Academic Expectations in my classroom:
- I am a hands on teacher. I am frequently sitting with students at their tables, assisting them with whatever tasks they need help with. While, I do not provide tangible stop signs, I do provide verbal STOP signs, followed up with the behavior which needs to be stopped.
- If a student's name is said (3) times in the course of a class period - a one hour after school detention will be given and served with me. I will have the student call home to alert parents/guardians of the detention, AND/OR an email will be sent home by me.
- I will keep any student after school who is missing (2) or more assignments. They will stay until they are caught up. Again, I will ask students to call home, AND/OR an email will be sent home by me.
ABSENT, OR GOING TO BE ABSENT?
If you have missed a class or several classes to due to illness or other reasons, please see Jump Rope AND this website about the classwork you've missed. I will work with you to help complete all assignments, but it's your responsibility to come and see me about the missing work (:-)
Middle school students are motivated by experiential learning activities. Effective technology-based activities require students to do more than look up information; they require students to "do" something with it.
In my classroom, we are using Google Doc's/E Backpack to create, write, edit and pass in assignments. Every student has a Gmail account by which to use and submit their assignments. I am often on my Gmail after school, and invite students to ask me questions about assignments, grades, and any other school related questions. You may find me at: email@example.com