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What do I do when I’m absent or have missed Mrs. Kelly’s class for any reason?

  • How long do I have to make up my absent work? What about work I have merely “neglected” to turn in on time?

First, I follow the TVUSD policy for absent make-up work: Students will have 2 days for every day absent to make up their assignments and missed homework. For example, if you are absent Monday, and you return on Tuesday, then Tuesday is day one, and Wednesday is day two. Your work from Monday will be due on Wednesday. However, if you fail to turn your work in on time due to negligence, then once again you have two days to do so, but you will only receive 50% of the credit earned.

  • Where do I find the handouts I missed during my absence or time away from language arts period?

Handouts of any kind can always be found in the “black box” on our outside counter. These worksheets are here for the week, so make sure you get what you need immediately upon return. Items that are important to the entire year (ex. syllabus, independent reading plan, first day parent letter) can all be found as links above so that you may print another at home, if need be.

  • How will I know what I missed?

While the “black box” will always contain any handouts you missed, our website, as well as the whiteboard in class, will always show what homework was assigned, as well as the nuts and bolts of the lesson each day in class. It’s always a good idea to have the phone number of a buddy you can call and ask, as well. J

  • How do I know what to make up if notes were taken in our comp book?

When absent, it will be solely your responsibility to make up notes by looking on this website under calendar for a digital link to the notes you missed. In the event that I cannot link the day's notes, you will read what we did under calendar, they must be copied from a friend, or come to me during intervention class to make them up :-). I check these in class, they are worth part of your grade, and neatness/completeness counts!

  • What if I need Mrs. Kelly to explain something to me I don’t understand?

I am always here for you! You can come and see me during intervention period Tuesday-Friday. Your intervention teacher must take your attendance first, and then issue you a pass. You can also email me, ask a friend, or make an appointment with me to visit after school for clarification.

 

 

 

7th Grade English Language Arts

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WELCOME TO MRS. KELLY'S CLASS

 

Welcome Grizzlies and Grizzly Families!

 

      I am so proud to be marking my 20th year of teaching at Gardner! GMS is a very supportive and rewarding place to be for students, parents and staff alike. My educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis on Neuropsychology from U.C. San Diego and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership. I have two teaching credentials: cross-cultural multiple-subject and a single-subject in English. I love to teach with technology and enjoy using our Smart Boards to engage students in dynamic and interactive ways! Married for 30 years to Patrick Kelly, we have one daughter, Brenna, who graduated from Washington State University in 2015—“Go Cougs!" She is now a TV news reporter for KPTV in Portland, Oregon. We enjoyed an exciting summer of traveling from Maine to Philadelphia and Oregon with many great states in between. Traveling adventures with my family and reading biographies are what I enjoy most...what is your favorite genre?

 

     This year, we are excited to implement the newly adopted McGraw-Hill language arts program across the district. Although there are all new eagerly-awaited classroom books and digital resources, I look forward to working closely with your students to achieve success in all of the same areas of the Common Core State Standards. You can expect to see your child using both digital and hard copy resources from the new publisher in and out of the classroom throughout the school year.

 

     This classroom website will be the hub of all information you and your student will need at home. Not only will it keep parents informed of what's happening on a daily basis, it is where absent students can always look to find the details of our day when they are absent. It will also serve as a source for extra copies of our most important handouts so they can be printed at home if they are ever lost. English Language Arts is a rigorous class that requires focus and attention on every assignment, good attendance, organizational skills, plus lots of reading. Remember, English Language Arts is the engine that drives success in every other subject area! Students who try their best, spend 20+ minutes a day reading (including weekends/holidays) and take responsibility for their actions will have a fun and enriching learning experience.

 

     Again, welcome to all of you! I look forward to a most successful and rewarding year!

 

Mrs. Kelly’s Contact Information:

Phone: (951) 699-0080 x3703

Erle Stanley Gardner Middle School

Email: ckelly@tvusd.k12.ca.us

Website: http://gms.tvusd.k12.ca.us

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HOMEWORK AT-A-GLANCE

 

Monday: 10/16

Students collaborate to complete the Informative/Explanatory essay "Hit or Miss" assignment to find evidence of excellence in authentic student responses to the prompt (then students rate themselves according to the TVUSD rubric for the essay). Homework: Finish essay reflection if you didn't finish it in class. Complete Wordly Wise and study for Thursday's test. WW due on Thursday.  Prepare for your Book Presentation! Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. 

 

Tuesday: 10/17
First read of, "The Lottery," in the new StudySync textbook for Unit 2: What should the principles be of a just society? Homework: Complete Wordly Wise and study for Thursday's test. WW due on Thursday.  Prepare for your Book Presentation! Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. 

 

Wednesday: 10/18

Students reviewed and glued into their Interactive Notebooks 2 "Elements of Plot" handouts. Close read and annotated "The Lottery." Began THINK questions due tomorrow. Finish them for homework. Homework: Complete THINK questions. Complete Wordly Wise and study for Thursday's test. WW due on Thursday.  Prepare for your Book Presentation date! Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, StudySync textbook and your other class materials. 

 

Thursday: 10/19

 

Friday: 10/20

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Monday: 10/9

Students reviewed central idea, and were introduced to WW#4. HOMEWORK: Read 20 min. for the 40 Book Challenge. Wordly Wise A. Study for Daily Paragraph quiz tomorrow. "Pedaling for Power" due Friday. Prepare for your Book Presentation! Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. 

 

Tuesday: 10/10

Students completed Daily Paragraph Editing Quiz #1.  HOMEWORK: Read 20 min. for the 40 Book Challenge. Wordly Wise B. "Pedaling for Power" due Friday. Prepare/practice for your book presentations (remember to share your Google slide to me if you have chosen a bookstore poster)! Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. 

 

Wednesday: 10/11

Students completed a central idea quiz and had a homework head start.  HOMEWORK: Read 20 min. for the 40 Book Challenge. Wordly Wise B. "Pedaling for Power" due Friday. Prepare/practice for your book presentations (remember to share your Google slide to me if you have chosen a bookstore poster)! Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. 

 

Thursday: 10/12

Students complete a UNIT 1 TEST FOR 7TH GRADE (Common Interim Assessment).  HOMEWORK: Read 20 min. for the 40 Book Challenge. Wordly Wise. "Pedaling for Power" due Friday. Prepare/practice for your book presentations (remember to share your Google slide to me if you have chosen a bookstore poster)! Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. 

 

Friday: 10/13

Students finish completing their UNIT 1 TEST FOR 7TH GRADE (Common Interim Assessment).  Plus, "Pedaling for Power" is due. HOMEWORK: Read 20 min. for the 40 Book Challenge!

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Monday: 10/2

Students continue working in Google Classroom (see below for codes) to compose/type their informative/explanatory essay. Typed/final essay is due on Friday, 10/6. HOMEWORK: Finish typing your 2 body paragraphs (if you didn't finish in class). Study for the Wordly Wise #3 test on Thursday. Read 20+ minutes every day for the 40 Book Challenge. Remember to prepare for your Book Presentation! Plan ahead if you are going to be absent, because your final typed (published) essay is due on Friday, 10/6. Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. Google Classroom Codes for people who are absent ~ Per. 1: t7yo8kb   Per. 2: 1qnd74    Per. 3: qe0x98t   Per. 4: 44f1cu2   Per. 5: jllux47

 

Tuesday: 10/3

Students continue working in Google Classroom to compose/type their conclusion paragraph (1st draft due tomorrow in class). Typed/final essay is due on Friday, 10/6. HOMEWORK: Remember to prepare for your Book Presentation!Finish typing your conclusion (if you didn't finish in class). Study for the Wordly Wise #3 test on Thursday. Read 20+ minutes every day for the 40 Book Challenge. Plan ahead if you are going to be absent, because your final typed (published) essay is due on Friday, 10/6. Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. Google Classroom Codes for people who've been absent ~ Per. 1: t7yo8kb   Per. 2: 1qnd74    Per. 3: qe0x98t   Per. 4: 44f1cu2   Per. 5: jllux47

 

Wednesday: 10/4

Students continue working in Google Classroom to write any essay changes required by today's highlighting assignment to find missed essential elements and PRINT IT AT HOME--OR LIBRARY--TO BRING TOMORROW TO CLASS! Published/submitted essay is due by Friday, 10/6. HOMEWORK: Remember to prepare for your Book Presentation! Finish your essay corrections (if you didn't finish in class). PRINT ESSAY AT HOME--OR LIBRARY--TO BRING TOMORROW TO CLASS! Study for the Wordly Wise #3 test tomorrow. Read 20+ minutes every day for the 40 Book Challenge. Plan ahead if you are going to be absent, because your final typed (published) essay is due on Friday, 10/6. Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. Google Classroom Codes for people who've been absent ~ Per. 1: t7yo8kb   Per. 2: 1qnd74    Per. 3: qe0x98t   Per. 4: 44f1cu2   Per. 5: jllux47

 

Thursday: 10/5

Students collaborated to conduct peer reviews on the informative/explanatory essays. HOMEWORK: Book Presentations begin Oct. 12--prepare! If you didn't finish your final corrections in class today, finish them for homework and SUBMIT your final essay--it's due. Read 20+ minutes every day for the 40 Book Challenge. Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials.

 

Friday: 10/6

Students complete Daily Paragraph Editing p.15 top. Grammar quiz Tuesday. HOMEWORK: Book Presentations begin Oct. 12--prepare! Read 20+ minutes every day for the 40 Book Challenge. Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials.

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Monday: 9/25

Reviewed models of student writing for the "Apollo 13" SPEW constructed response. Introduced newly Wordly Wise #3. HOMEWORK: Read 20+ minutes every day for the 40 Book Challenge. Wordly Wise A and study (test is Thursday, Oct. 5.) Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. 

 

Tuesday: 9/26

Daily Paragraph Editing, page 12, bottom. Review the 4-column organizer for informational passages of the unit. HOMEWORK: Parent sign/date book log--due Friday! Read 20+ minutes every day for the 40 Book Challenge. Wordly Wise B and study (test is Thursday, Oct. 5.) Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. 

 

Wednesday: 9/27

Students read the BLAST article, "Style," in the StudySync portal and collaborate in an online classroom discussion about writing in formal, objective style and tone. (Student must reply to the question in 140 characters or less, and respond/rate 5 peers.) HOMEWORK: Parent sign/date book log--due Friday! Read 20+ minutes every day for the 40 Book Challenge. Wordly Wise C and study (test is Thursday, Oct. 5.) Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. 

 

Thursday: 9/28

Students reviewed how to write a thesis statement and wrote a thesis statement for their informative/explanatory essay. Final, typed (published) essay is due on Friday, 10/6. HOMEWORK: Parent sign/date book log--due Friday! Read 20+ minutes every day for the 40 Book Challenge. Wordly Wise D and study (test is Thursday, Oct. 5.) Plan ahead if you are going to be absent, because your final typed (published) essay is due on Friday, 10/6. Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials. 

 

Friday: 9/29

Students entered Google Classroom (see below for codes) to compose/type the introduction paragraph for their informative/explanatory essay. Typed (published) essay is due on Friday, 10/6. HOMEWORK: Finish typing your introductory paragraph if you didn't finish in class. Read 20+ minutes every day for the 40 Book Challenge. Plan ahead if you are going to be absent, because your final typed (published) essay is due on Friday, 10/6. Every day, bring your student ID, a novel, and your other class materials.            Google Classroom Codes for people who were absent ~ Per. 1: t7yo8kb   Per. 2: 1qnd74    Per. 3: qe0x98t   Per. 4: 44f1cu2   Per. 5: jllux47

Good Morning Grizzlies!

Why You Can't Skip Your Reading Homework!

Why You Can't Skip Your Reading Homework!

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News You Can Use:

Wednesday, August 10 ~ Welcome back to school!
 
ALL 7TH GRADE ELA STUDENTS...Don't forget you need a book in class every day! You will read 10 min. at the start of every class period. You will also have reading every day for homework. Remember--40 Book Challenge!
 
If you are interested in practicing spring's Smarter Balanced Test, you can access the link on the left side of this homepage (Link to Smarter Balanced Practice Test for ELA 7th Grade). 
 
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A 3-RING BINDER!!! A SMALL FOLDER FOR THE CLASS IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR HOLDING LARGE PACKETS OF INFORMATION YOU WILL USE DAILY!
 
NEED HELP VIEWING YOUR GRADES? READ BELOW...
To view grades, students can create their own Infinite Campus portal account by logging onto the following website and entering their personal information as follows:
 
 
Username = Student ID  (no padded zeros  Ex 1000003560 or 900011111)
 
Password = First Initial, Last Initial and 6 digit birthday  (XXMMDDYY  ex.  JK122998 or RB041199)
 
*When students set up their account they will need to set their security preferences and set up a valid email so the system can respond to lost passwords.
 

Every Monday is a late start

It's wise to find a "homework buddy" in class and share phone numbers

 

Supplies for Every Day:

Interactive Notebook for taking and gluing in notes (provided)

3-ring binder with subject dividers and pocket / Homework calendar too!

Independent reading novel--every day!

Highlighter

Lined paper

Pencils

Plus, it's SUPER handy if you want to bring in your own following items:

scissors, colored pencils/colored fine tip markers, glue stick :-)

 

Hang On! There Is Help Available! 7th Period Intervention Class...

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Let us see you ROAR!

ROAR:

   Respect

    Ownership

      Achievement

       Rigor