• Online resources
    Parents, students, and friends,
    I'm posting some online resources as links or as attachments here.  Please use these as they may be helpful to you.

    The 6th grade started a supplement activity about prefixes and suffixes.  I'm attaching a graphic organizer about the major prefixes and suffixes below.  I also want to call your attention to the following page HERE that has great information and examples.

    We're also working on writing development.  The review powerpoint that I have provided the students is HERE.  If there are questions about it, please email me or ask your student to talk with me in class.

    Have a great President's Day weekend!
    Posted Feb 16, 2017, 10:57 AM by Catherine Travelute
  • Spring is springing!
    Spring greetings!  Now that we are back in school after a restful winter break, I want to let my families know what to expect for the next few weeks.  

    ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is the language acquisition progress monitoring test which all English-learning students will complete.  We are testing January 22 to February 3.  Please be sure that your student is well-rested and ready to show off their fantastic English skills!

    Ms. Travelute will be out of class on February 2 to present at the Kennesaw State Bagwell College of Education ESOL Conference.  The students will be in good hands with a very well known substitute.  

    In-class book projects are due March 10th.  Out-of-class independent book projects are due by or before March 13.  I'm always happy to take work early but always disappointed when asked to take work late - especially when there is so much time to get it done!  We will continue with vocabulary and grammar instruction in class independent from the projects, to give a little variety from day to day.

    There is NO SCHOOL February 17, 20 and 21. This is the President's Day/ Winter break for students; teachers will be on campus February 17.  My students will be expected/ reminded/ encouraged to work on their independent book project over that weekend, as well as to read something or pleasure.

    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 4:34 PM by Catherine Travelute
  • Pre-holiday information
    Salutations friends and colleagues!
    My apologies for being out of touch for so long - these are the things that happen when one is too busy to remember the password . . .

    School holidays are December 19 until January 4.  Please be at school on time on January 4.  This is a WEDNESDAY - I will have tutorial that morning if anyone wants to be here early.

    School holiday homework (yes, really) is to keep reading.  I expect that everyone will have a book of some kind for the holiday, and will keep reading.  If you don't have a book, please use one from my bookshelf or find one in the library.

    Housekeeping - Ms. K would like students to check for overdue books.  It's very hard for her to follow around looking for students who aren't responsible with their equipment and materials.

    Students are responsible for their work for any absences and today (December 9) was the last day to turn in late work.  I am willing to make grace for anything until Wednesday (December 14) but not for full credit.

    Grades for exams and final projects will be posted by Wednesday evening, except for any late work.  Final grades will not be posted until later due to school expectations.

    One of our dear friends in 7th grade shared this video on YouTube.  Although I will not comment on the content in this public environment, I am excited that my students were excited to see it and listen to what the artist was saying.  We may have more extended conversation about this in the new year.


    If this is my only opportunity, have a wonderful holiday break and come back to school energetic and refreshed for a new opportunity for success!
    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 12:08 PM by English Teacher
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  • Reading at home The most important homework a student can do is reading independently at home.  I posted a resource for free Ebooks on our Announcements page.  I was also reminded by our school librarian, Ms. K, that there are other Ebooks available through the school library website as well.  Students should read for at least 45 minutes daily by middle school; anything more is even better!  Because this is an English language class, and we support learning English, I will always encourage students to read in English.  However, there is no reason that reading can't include developing more fluency in a home language, and I support biliteracy (and more!).  Our class has a reading project due October 3 designed around reading ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 12:23 PM by English Teacher
  • Weekend homework, August 12 Happy Weekend!6th Graders - Please review Story Mountain.  Maybe you could explain it to your family?  Don't forget we will be going to the library on Monday - come to the classroom FIRST!7th Graders - Your quiz is Monday.  All the terms of literature, as well as bringing back your goal-setting assignment.  
    Posted Aug 12, 2016, 12:22 PM by Catherine Travelute
  • First week excitement! Welcome to my class!  I will work to keep this site updated with ongoing assignments.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
    Posted Aug 6, 2016, 5:06 PM by English Teacher
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