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Welcome to 6th grade Reading!

My goal for this year is to instill a love of reading and learning in each of my students. I know that reading can be a struggle for some students and I want to see each of them grow their skills throughout the year.


A little about me:

I have taught for 13 years in 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, and 10th grades. I received both my Bachelor's and Master's degree from Concordia University in Austin, but a piece of my heart was left during my time at Baylor University (Sic 'Em Bears!) 

I have been married for 22 years and have two daughters, and 1 beautiful granddaughter.


What does my child need to bring to class each day?

 * 3" binder w/ ALL necessary items, including agenda, pen/pencil, notebook paper and dividers

 * Library book

 * Reading Notebook (these can be stored in the classroom)



Upon Arrival in Class:

After students have copied down important information from the board to their agendas ("I Will" statements, homework, and class activities ), they’ll begin working on their daily warm ups.


What homework will my child have?

Reading logs are given to each student on Mondays (or the first day of the school week if there's a holiday). The student is expected to read a total of 100 minutes during that week- in a total of 7 days. The log should be filled out to record the date(s) of their reading, what they read, the total number of minutes read, and have a FULL PARENT SIGNATURE (not just initials). These logs are due the following Monday.


SJH English Department Grading Policy: 

Each six weeks, all SJH English teachers will take a minimum of:

        6 Daily assignment grades

        2 Assessment grades


Failing Assignment/Corrections:

         Students will have 5 days to correct a failing assignment/test.  After those 5 days, it is up to the discretion of the teacher to provide an extension.


Behavior Expectations:

  • I expect students to arrive at class, copy down assignments from the board, then begin working on warm ups.
  • Bathroom and water fountain breaks should be taken before arriving to class.
  • While I am giving instruction, students should not be talking, sharpening their pencils, throwing away garbage, moving about the classroom, or asking to go to the bathroom.
  • Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • Students will remain in their seats until dismissed by me, not the bell.
  • Once dismissed, each student is responsible for leaving his or her seating area clean.
  • Students should never bring any food into the classroom, unless I have instructed them to do so.
  • Chewing gum is not permitted.
  • Water in clear bottles may be brought into the classroom.