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Announcements and LP 5/21-5/24  


In an effort to improve system practices, Odenville Middle School is conducting a Parent Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.

 

In order to complete the survey, please click the link below. 

http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/3846030 

6th and 7th grade parents: Odenville Middle School is starting a PTO!  If you would like to serve on the PTO Leadership Committee to help plan and coordinate PTO events at OMS for the upcoming school year, we are having a meeting Tuesday morning, May 22nd, 7:45 – 8:15 am, in the OMS Library.  The purpose of this meeting is to gather contact information for the PTO Leadership Committee and to gather volunteers to work School Registration and Open House.  Refreshments will be served.  This is a great way for parents and grandparents to be involved at our school! 

We are still having a book drive for gently used (or new) middle school aged books! If you would like to donate please drop them by the office (or have your student do so). We are looking to expand our classroom libraries! I would suggest donating any books you may have additional copies of. 

8th grade graduation is Monday, May 21 at 6 PM at Bethel Baptist Church. 

Awards Day is Tuesday, May 22. 6th grade will be at 8:30 AM and 7th grade will be 9:30 AM.

I expect that we will be taking attendance until our last day of school. Our last day is May 24. This is a half day for students. Please be prepared to have transportation ready for your student on May 24. 

Upcoming 7th grade students: please be advised that your reading lists should be on Mrs. Black's and Mrs. C. Byers' web pages they may also be stapled to your report cards. Upcoming 6th grade: You should be on the look out for the summer reading list (which should be stapled to your report cards). We will also post a book list and supply list on our websites.

If anyone is curious about yearbook: I have to include 8th grade graduation in the yearbook. Therefore, it will not be completed until this summer. The yearbooks will be delivered in August or September of 2018. I will deliver yearbooks to the high school and the yearbook sponsor there will distribute them. I will find the most efficient way to distribute and your student should have their and your signature on a form, which will be used to pass back the yearbooks. If your student never had you sign a form, don't worry, I still received your payment if you paid between April and May of this school year. I did not sell yearbooks in August to parents at registration. As much as I would love to sell yearbooks during registration, I, unfortunately, cannot sell yearbooks and take care of homeroom fees simultaneously.  I am hoping for more help next year with this and perhaps i can sell them during 7th and 8th grade registration.

Be on the lookout for school supply lists/ summer reading lists for next year stapled to your student's report card. We will also post this information on the school website and on our teacher pages. Next year English and Reading will be combined into English Language Arts to make reading and writing more cohesive. There will be two ELA teachers for each grade and students will be in either class. ELA will also be on block schedule next year, which means we will have more time for reading and writing in class. I am excited about this, and I will be planning with Mrs. Johnson and the seventh grade ELA teachers to create engaging units! We will also have designated reading time in class. I adore reading so i am so excited to be able to teach it as well! We will also have a special challenge for all students and teachers next year: the 40 book challenge! We are pumped to try this out in our own school! I have so many YA (young adult) books that I have in my personal library that I want to read this summer. Students don't be afraid, we are going to give you some leeway about what you can read and what constitutes as a book next year! 

If you haven't heard yet, i have accepted the cheer sponsor position here at OMS for next school year. Cheer parents, please me patient with me next year, this will be my first athletic type sponsor position that i have taken. This will be a learning curve for us all. Fortunately, I have a volunteer to help as well as colleagues that can give me advice. I am so excited about next year, I could burst! 

Lesson Plans 5/21-5/24

ALL LESSON PLANS ARE TENTATIVE

We will work on Sacred Writing Prompts every day this week. Students will finish any work from Thursday/ Friday from the worksheets (this includes writing numbers, numerals, sequencing, and prepositions). We will also read The Wednesday Wars. I am afraid we will not finish the novel before the end of the school year, but i definitely recommend they check it out of the public library and finish it this summer! I will ask students to clean out their lockers (especially my homeroom and FLEX classes) on Monday. Students should turn in all library and school books.  I did warn the students that we would be doing work every day for the rest of the year. So expect your student to complain about any extra grammar or reading work that i will be giving. We are just tying up loose ends and making sure we are learning all that we can before summer vacation!

If i do not see you or your student this week HAPPY SUMMER! It was a pleasure teaching your student(s) this school year and I appreciate all their hard work in my class. Thank you to all the parents that have been so wonderful this school year. 

 

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Please complete this student survey  

In an effort to improve system practices, Odenville Middle School is conducting a Student Survey (Middle and High).  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.

 

In order to complete the survey, please go to:

 

http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/5193301


Announcements and LP 5/14-5/18/18  
  • We are having a schoolwide book drive in order to try to increase classroom libraries.

If you have any middle school aged appropriate books, magazines, short stories, 

Reader's Digest, comic books, etc. you can drop them by the main office or have

your student drop them by the office. We are looking for both fiction and nonfiction reading material. 

Thank you!

  • Volleyball tryouts are May 14-18 in the gym.
  • High School boys basketball tryouts (8th graders only) are May 21-23 at SCCHS
  • 8th grade graduation will be held at Bethel Baptist church on Monday, May 21 @6 PM
  • Awards will be on Tuesday, May 22 6th grade at 8:30 AM and 7th grade 9:30 AM
  • The last day of school for 6th and 7th graders is Thursday, May 24. It is a half day for students.
  • Please have your student(s) start cleaning out his/her/their locker(s) this week and next week in an effort to be ahead of the curb.They will need to take home any locker accessories, personal items, clothing, etc. 
  • All library books were due last Friday, if you find any library books or text books please send them to school with your child to turn in.

Lesson Plans

ALL LESSON PLANS ARE TENTATIVE

We will wrap up the year with reflections of the school year, reflections of self, and words of wisdom to future sixth graders 

Studets will also keep up with grammar, writing, and reading this week. We will also be working Roman Numerals, writing numbers, and cursive writing. 

I know that last week was teacher appreciation week, but as a teacher I truly could not do what i do in the classroom without your support. Thank you for all that you do! It's been an honor to teach your student(s) this year.

Happy (belated) Mother's day to all the mothers, foster mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, adoptive mothers, and single dads. I hope your student brought your Thank you letter to you this past weekend!

 


Vote for Who's Who for the yearbook!  

Sixth grade students: click the link to vote for who's who for the yearbook. Please only nominate current sixth grade

students, not teachers or school staff. Please be appropriate!

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JWoRKpnoU0KYLzJDgmrWNszHbGGHsfVNi1ZNozo0hAJUNlVES1BUNTdPRTRYTVpJNjVZWDY1Sk5SSy4u


Announcements and LP 4/30-5//18  

We are on the final stretch of school. Please be sure to return any paperwork sent home. We have many athletic try outs please be aware of those. The students' last day is May 24, which is a half day. 8th grade graduation is May 21. 

A call for donations! If you have any age appropriate Middle school age books that you would like to donate to 6th grade we would absolutely love to have them! I am also looking for anything to help with organization of my classroom library or classroom in general. 

The last day to purchase yearbooks (officially) is May 30. 

Lesson Plan 4/30-5/4/18

ALL LESSON PLANS ARE TENTATIVE

This week we will work on Sacred Writing Time every day. Since we have completed Daily Grammar Practice we will work on Weekly Writer in it's place. We will start explanatory writing and complete the grammar activities related with the weekly writer lesson. We will brainstorm, have a professional writer model brainstorming and planning, and will beginning writing our introduction to our explanatory text. 

For the rest of the year students will be writing quite a lot. I will do a final DGP check this week (any students that were out of town can get the DGP from a friend). I will also do a Sacred Writing Check this week. I am in the process of grading vocabulary assignments now. We may have a last Membean Test as well before the end of the 9 weeks. We will have no more DGP work for the rest of the year and after this last Membean (vocabulary) test (that test will be next week) we will be done with Membean as well! We will also be reading The Wednesday Wars this week and next week.

 Lesson Plan 5/7-5/11/18

Students will have a writing prompt every day for Sacred Writing time. Students will train on Membean and work on a Membean Assignment (due Friday). We will have a Membean Test on Thursday. I am hoping to finish up The Wednesday Wars either this week or next week.

 

We are having a bookdrive if you have any gently used books that are middle school level and would like to donate them to my classroom please send them with your student. We are expanding our classroom libraries!

 


Announcements LP 4/23-4/26  

Announcements:

Progress reports go home Monday, April 23. Please sign them and have your student return them to school.

Students on the NYC trip should have gotten a project from Mrs. Baruch. That project grade will be applied to reading, science, history, and English classes. This grade will replace the Membean Test grade in my class.

We will not have school on Friday, April 27, 2018 for a weather day.

The last day to pay for a yearbook is Monday, April 30.

The last day to pay for the Physical Field trip is Thursday, April 26.

May 11 is tryouts for girls' basketball.

May 14-18 is tryout for volleyball.

8th grade graduation is May 21.

We will have a Membean Test this Thursday, April 26.

Lesson Plan 4/23-4/26:

ALL LESSONS PLANS ARE TENTATIVE

This is our last week of Daily Grammar Practice! We will continue with Sacred Writing time. We will have a Membean test this Thursday, April 26 so we will be practice Membean a few times this week. We will work on Subject/ Verb Agreement. We will not have school on Friday, April 27 for a weather day.

 

For the rest of the school year:

We will continue Sacred Writing time and Membean for a few more weeks. We will continue Membean Writing assignments. The last few weeks of May I will be covering cursive writing and Roman Numerals. We will also have some more structured writing to complete.

 


Announcements and LP 4/16-4/20  

We started Scantron Wednesday, April 11 for reading. Testing will continue for several weeks in Reading and Math classes (and Science for 7th grade). Students will test during their class periods. These tests are not timed. We will have several make up days for testing. 6th grade will start Math testing Thursday, April 19.

The New York trip is Saturday, April 21- Thursday April 26. Sixth grade students will be given a project to complete to make up for any work they missed. This grade will be applied to English, Science, Reading, and History classes and will be a 100 point grade for each class.

We will have a Critter Show at school Thursday, April 26 at 2PM.

We will be out of school Friday, April 27. We do not have to make up any weather days from this school year.

Football Spring Training is April 23-27.

ALL yearbook money and forms are due by April 30. They are to be turned into me. Some days I am in the gym in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. I can only take money in the mornings during homeroom or before homeroom in the gym. Forms were given to all students in March, but there are additional forms in my room and in the office. Yearbooks are $40 and because of 8th grade graduation and end of year activities yearbooks will not be distributed until August/ September of next school year. All 8th grade students will have yearbooks delivered to the high school.

We will have a field trip to get physicals on Friday, May 4 at Andrew's Sports Medicine for any students wanting to participate in school athletics. Students must have a physical on file to try out for any athletics. All money and forms are due to Coach People's by April 20.

We will have a Membean Assignment due Friday, April 20. This will include a total of 10 words and will be worth a test grade.

We will have a Membean Test Thursday, April 26. This will be worth a test grade.

LP 4/16-4/20/18

ALL LESSON PLANS ARE TENTATIVE AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

We will continue to work on Sacred Writing Time as a bellringer and Daily Grammar Practice everyday this week.

Students will finish up some book work from their Writer's Choice books. Students may practice Membean when they have completed book work. We will also work on a Membean Assignment due Friday, April 20. This time we will work on 10 words instead of 5 and this will count as a test grade! We will have a Membean Test Next Thursday, April 26. We have some grammar work to complete this week from A+ College Ready (formally Laying the Foundation).

We will have a Membean Assignment due Friday, April 20. This will include a total of 10 words and will be worth a test grade.

We will have a Membean Test Thursday, April 26. This will be worth a test grade.


Announcements  

We will start Scantron Wednesday, April 11 for reading. Testing will continue for several weeks in Reading and Math classes (and Science for 7th grade). Students will test during their class periods. These tests are not timed. We will have several make up days for testing. 6th grade will start Math testing next Thursday.

There is a band and choral parent meeting Thursday, April 12 at 6PM. It will be here at OMS in Mrs. Waid's room nera the 6th/ 7th grade hall. 

The New York trip is Saturday, April 21- Thursday April 26.

We will have a Critter Show at school Thursday, April 26 at 2PM.

Football Spring Training is April 23-27.

ALL yearbook money and forms are due by April 30. They are to be turned into me. Some days I am in the gym in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. I can only take money in the mornings during homeroom or before homeroom in the gym. Forms were given to all students in March, but there are additional forms in my room and in the office. Yearbooks are $40 and because of 8th grade graduation and end of year activities yearbooks will not be distributed until August/ September of next school year. All 8th grade students will have yearbooks delivered to the high school.

We will have a field trip to get physicals on Friday, May 4 at Andrew's Sports Medicine for any students wanting to participate in school athletics. Students must have a physical on file to try out for any athletic. All money and forms are due to Coach People's by April 20.


Announcements and LP 4/9-4/13/18  

LP April 9- April 13

Monday, April 9:

Bellringer: Sacred Writing Time: 5-7 minutes of silent writing

Daily Grammar Practice: Identify Parts of Speech

Students will start a practice test from the Summative Practice Coach book. Reading Test 2

Tuesday, April 10:

Bellringer: Sacred Writing Time: 5-7 minutes of silent writing

Daily Grammar Practice: Sentence Parts and Phrases

Students will begin Vocabulary Tic-Tac-toe using Membean Words to prepare for their Membean vocabulary test on Thursday.

Wednesday, April 11

Bellringer: Sacred Writing Time: 5-7 minutes of silent writing

Daily Grammar Practice: Identify clauses, sentence types, and purpose

Students will complete Vocabulary Tic-Tac-Toe to prepare for their Membean vocabulary Test

Thursday, April 12

Bellringer: Sacred Writing Time: 5-7 minutes of silent writing

Daily Grammar Practice: Capitalization and Punctuation

Students will take a Membean test

Friday, April 13

Bellringer: Sacred Writing Time: 5-7 minutes of silent writing

Daily Grammar Practice: Diagram the sentence

Students will read a NewsELA article and answer questions

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Vocabulary Tic-tac-toe  

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Announcements and LP 4/2-4/13  

Announcements:

We will have a Membean Writing assignment due this Friday, April 6. Students will have opportunities to work on this assignment in class.

We will have a Membean Test on Thursday, April 12.

I will be selling yearbooks until April 30. Yearbooks will be delivered at the start of next school year so graduation and end of the year activities can be included.

LP 4/2-4/13

All lesson plans are tentative and are subject to change.

We will continue working Membean. Students will be working on a Membean writing assignment each week and taking a Membean Test next week.

We will work on and go over Perfomance Coachbook work/ and complete practice tests to prep for testing.


Announcements and LP 3/19-3/23/18  

Announcements: Spring Break is NEXT WEEK 3/26-4/2/18. 

We will start Math testing the week after that 4/5-4/9/18. This will be done during math classes on Global Scholar. 

If you would like to make any donations to my classroom I would certainly appreciate it. Our class needs facial tissues, hand sanitizer, Clorox Wipes, White board Cleaner, Dry Erase Markers, Pencils, and notebook paper.

ALL LESSON PLANS ARE TENTATIVE AND COULD CHANGE!

Lesson plans 3/19-3/23

We will continue working on Sacred Writing Time and Daily Grammar Practice Daily.

We will have a Membean test (vocabulary) on Thursday 3/22. We will work on Membean.com several days this week. We will work on a write assignment on Membean where students must use at least 5 words and write about them in a paragraph. I want the due date to be Friday, but i will accept them the next Monday we are back in school. There is a possibility that we work on a KAHOOT! Quiz later inthe week! I have taken Membean "Progress Report" grades, which are 25 or 30 points. This just means that your student completed 30-45 minutes of Membean in 2 weeks. I will soon grade the acuracy of their training, which means they cannot waste time, they must pay attention to what they click, and they cannot rush through training. If we have enough time we may go over Coachbook Work for corrections! 


Announcemtns and LP 3/5-3/9/2018  

Announcements:  The drama department is putting on the play Peter Pan Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Students can pay $2 Monday, 3/5 and Tuesday 3/6 in the morning in the gym to watch. 6th grade will watch at 10 am. Parents will watch Tuesday night for $5.

The Kickball Tournament will be on Friday, March 16. Players can form teams and pay for $5 each on March 13-14 in the morning in the gym. Spectators can pay to watch March 15-16 in the morning in the gym. This tournament is an all day event.

The 2017-18 yearbooks have officially gone on sale. They are $40 and students will recieve them in August/ September of next school year because I am including the end of year activities such as 8th grade graduation. I will be selling them in the gym Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:15-7:35. Students should have gotten a yearbook form from their homeroom teacher that also needs to be filled out along with cash or a check. If a student does not have a form I will have extra copies for them to take home for you to fill out. These forms are used to pass out yearbooks to students, so they are very important. If you have any questions about yearbook feel free to email me. My yearbook staff has been working very hard on the yearbook this year.

Grades are due this Friday and Report cards will be distributed to students on Thursday, March 15. Please review your child's report card and sign it and give it back to them to return to their homeroom teachers on Friday, March 16.

ALL LESSON PLANS ARE TENTATIVE

LP 3/5-3/9/2018

We will work on Sacred Writing time and DGP daily. There will be a DGP folder check this week. We will do another Kahoot! Quiz to be sure that students understand DGP. We will have a Membean Test Friday (rescheduled from Thursday). We will continue working on Membean this week. Students will read The Wednesday Wars when they have free time. We may have a day of Coachbook work as well


Announcements and LP 2/26-3/2  

Announcements:

 

Mrs. Williams will be selling special snack Tuesday 2/27 all money collected will benefit Make a Wish Foundation.

The Drama Department will be presenting Peter Pan March 5th and 6th Admission is $2. Mrs. Williams will be taking up money Wednesday-Friday of this week.

The kickball tournament is scheduled for Friday, March 16. Coach Turney and Coach Smith will take up money for teams and spectators in March. More information about that will be announced at a future date.

Report cards go out Friday, March 9th.

Spring Break is March 26-March 30th.

ALL LESSON PLANS ARE TENTATIVE

LP 2/26-3/2

Everyday we are completing Sacred Writing Time and Daily Grammar Practice. We will continue with The Wednesday Wars and cultural and historical references from the novel. We will read on Friday. We will start a Summative Practice Test in our Coachbook on Tuesday. Wednesday we will have our Stream Laptops and will complete a Kahoot! Quix on DGP and will work on Membean in class. Thursday we may have to finish the Practice Test.


Announcements LP 2/12-2/23  

ALL Lesson plans are tentative and subject to change. 

Announcements: 

We have a Valentine's day dance Friday, February 16 at 6 pm in Perser Ray. We will be out of school Monday, February 19 in observance of President's Day. We have parent conferences scheduled fro Tuesday, February 20th. We finally got our Stream Laptops in this week! I am excited to use more technology in class!

Lesson Plans 2/12-2/16

Students will work on Sacred Writing Time and Daily Grammar Practice Daily. Students will complete Performance Coachbook (test prep) readings and questions for pages 30-68.

Students will read from Love That Dog Chapter 4: December individually

ALL Performance Coachbook work is due for a grade for a total of 100 points!

Lesson Plans 2/20-2/23

Students will work on Sacred Writing time and Daily grammar practice daily. 

Students will work on Performance Coachbook readings and questions from pages 70-86.

We will continue reading Love That Dog and I will present the Cultural and Historical references from the novel.

We will continue grammatical practice and allusions activities from the novel (using the laptops). Students will also get back on Membean this week, I am hoping to have a Membean test next week!

This week we will have a DGP folder check for 25 points. Next week we will have a DGP quiz (which will be interactive) to check their comprehension.  The allusions activity will also be taken up at the end of the novel for a 100 point grade, students have seen me model two examples from the first two chapters of the novel as well as a reference to popular culture.


Announcements and LP 2/5-2/9  

Announcements:

Progress reports will be given out Friday, February 9. They should be signed and returned the following Monday. This is delayed a week due to the Snow days in January. We will have parent/ teacher conferences on Tuesday, February 20 for 6th grade, Wed., Feb. 21 for 7th grade, and Thurs., Feb. 22 for 8th grade. We are looking to schedule spring pictures in March. I will soon start selling yearbooks for $40 each for the 2017/2018 school year. I will sent home a handout about that prior to starting to sell them. Yearbooks will delivered at the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year as 8th grade graduation must be documented. 

ALL LESSON PLANS ARE TENTATIVE.

Lesson Plan:

We will work on Sacred Writing time and Daily Grammar Practice everyday. I will be checking DGP for a participation grade. We will start using dry erase boards for DGP, your child is welcome to bring thier own dry erase markers! We will continue reading The Wednesday Wars in class. We will complete a WebQuest in class Tuesday- Wednesday on Shakespeare plays; students will do a "jigsaw" activity to educate other students about the play they researched. This book includes the following plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Much Ado about Nothing. Students will research characters, play plots, and famous quotes. We will complete a grammar activity on Direct and Indirect Objects. I'm hoping to start back on Membean this week as well so we can continue our vocabulary practice and tests. 


Announcements and LP 1/29/18-2/2/18  

The Talent Show is Friday, February 2. Progress reports go out Monday, February 5. We will have no school on President's day, Monday February 19. Parent conferences for 6th grade will be on January 20, for 7th grade on Jan 21, and for 8th grade Jan 22. If you wish to schedule a parent conference please contact the front office. Report Cards willl be handed out Friday, March 9. The Kickball Tournament will be oon Friday, March 16, students will pay to participate. Spring Break is March 26-March 30.

 

LP 1/29-2/2

Students will work on Sacred Writing time and Daily Grammar Practice daily. Students will continue Predicate Adjectives and Predicate Nominatives activities. Students will view a historical and cultural references presentation. Students will listen to/ read Chapters 2-4 of The Wednesday Wars. Students will continue with the Allusions activities.


LP 1/22-1/26  

ALL Lesson Plans are tentative

Students will write for 5-7 minutes as a bellringer daily.
Students will complete Daily grammar practice (identify parts of speech, identify sentence parts and phrases, Identify the clauses, sentence type, and purpose, capitalize and punctuate the sentence correctly, and diagram the sentence correctly).
Students will listen to The Wednesday Wars book Chapters 1-4.
Students will view a presentation on cultural and historical references on various chapters from the novel.
Students will start the Analyzing Allusions Activity 1 from The Wednesday Wars.
Students will learn about Predicate Nominatives.

 

This week I will be checking for participation in Sacred Writing time and Daily Grammar Practice for grades. I will also be grading Personal Narratives.


LP 12/19/18  

I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend and snow/ weather days following!

Tomorrow we will be working on Sacred Writing time.

I will also be reading the first two chapters of Wednesday Wars to the classes.

My FLEX classes will be doing silent sustained reading from their independent reading books!


LP 1/4-1/12  

All lesson plans are tentative

Students will work on Membean for vocabulary instruction throughout the week.

Students will begin typing their personal narratives. They are due Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Students will work on Sacred Writing time an DGP daily We will begin an intro to the 1960s anfd illusions this week to start the discussion of our next nove;, The Wednesday Wars, which I will begin reading aloud in class this week.


EDIT  

Instead of having each portion of the personal narrative worth 100 points each I have decided to make the first draft of the beginning (with editing/ peer editing sheet, brainstorming, and planning) worth 50 points. The first draft of the middle and edit (with the editing/ revision and peer editing sheet) will be worth 25 points. The first draft of the end (with the editing/ peer editing sheet) will also be worth 25 points. The entire first draft with all it's parts and editing sheets will be worth 100 points total. The final draft will be worth 100 points total and will be graded with a rubric (which students will see ahead of time). Students may come to me for questions or help on writing. The beginning with all it's components are due Wednesday, December 12.

 

I will allow students to share their Sacred Writing time and I will come around to look for at least 5 entries for 100 points.

Students will take a DGP quiz sometime this month for 100 points.

We will  have a Membean test next Thursday, December 14. But due to the field trip and the short week on the last week prior to Winter break we will only have one Membean test this month. I will check the progress this week and next week.

 


Announcements and LP 12/4-12/8  

Announcements:

School officially now starts at 7:45 due to the FLEX schedule. Please have your student on time.

We have been having issues with frequent absenteeism. I completely understand that students get sick (teachers, unfortunately, do as well), but many students that have been absent frequently have not been asking for make up work . If they have they have yet to turn in any make up work. If a student is absent and has not turned in make up work to me by end of the 9 weeks I will have to put in zeroes. 

Report cards and progress reports: Students are supposed to bring home these items, have you sign them, and return them to their homeroom teacher ASAP. I have been having issues with students never returning these to me. I am unsure if parents/ gaurdians are even seeing these if they never return them to me signed. Please make sure you send back progress reports and report cards with your student promptly!

Supplies: I understand it's late in the semester, but I have had a lot of students asking for school supplies from me. I have been providing pencils, paper, folders, notebooks, tape, pencil sharpeners, and sharpies. I wish I had an endless supply of these items, but I do not. Please ask your students of their supply needs and provide them to them, or take them on your next shopping trip to Dollar General or Dollar Tree! I want all of my students to be successful, but they are unable to do so if they do not have the supplies they need for my class.

Zeroes: If your student has zeroes they may be assigned the following: silent lunch, lunch detention, ISS, or Saturday School. Students who do this work during these times and turn them in after their deadlines may not recieve full credit for their work. If you recieve an individual progress report from me regarding your student's grade please sign it and send it back with your student. I am trying to stay on top of low grades in this 9 weeks. 

Folder Checks: I will be doing several folder checks in December. If your student has been unorganized it may effect his or her grade negatively. Students are expected to keep up with DGP, Sacred Writing time, and their personal narratives. 

FLEX: Flex time was designed to create time for tutoring for students at no cost to parents. We built this into our school day to make our students more successful. Students that waste FLEX time talking, goofing off, playing, horseplaying, being defiant, or being disrespectul will be sent to the office and written up for wasting Flex time. 

Classroom behavior: I have been noticing a lot of disrespectful and defiant behavior in my classroom, in the halls, and in the lunchroom. December is considered "crunch" time for grading and instruction. You may recieve a phone call, text, or email from me if your student is misbehaving in my class (or perhaps if they are behaving exceptionally well and need to be recognized). By this time of the year i will begin writing students up. Consequences could include one or more of the following: a call/ email home, silent lunch, lunch detention in the office, Saturday School, or ISS. I will also happily come early or stay late for morning or afternoon detetion if need be. I will go over my expectations and rules again with classes, however, me being "Mrs. Nice Teacher" is over, and students will be held responsible for their actions.

Grades: WE will be having many many many grades put in during the month of December. We wil have many very large grades being put in as well. Please check INow or email me if you have any questions. Low grades on small classroom assignments and/or homework should not negatively effect your child too much. Blank grades indicate the student was absent or did not turn in an assigment. Some students will be allowed to make up with for excused absences or other reasons. Our personal narrative project will be worth a total of 400 points with each section being graded as well as the final draft (which should be almost free of grammatical and spelling errors after all the revising and editing we will do in class and with peers). Our DGP folder check will be worth 100 points. Our Sacred Writing time check will be worht 100 points. Our Membean tests just this month will add up to 200 points. We will have one more " Membean progress report" worth 30 points. That's a total of 830 points on tests, classroom, writing, DGP, and Sacred Writing time that can help your student or break your student grade wise. Please be sure your student is doing what they need to do, staying organized, and keeping up with all of their classroom.

LP 12/4-12/8:

Lesson Plans are tentative and created for planning purposes. These plans may change.

We will be working on Sacred Writing time every day. We will continue another week of DGP. We will continue Weekly Writer with our Personal Narratives. We may have time to sprinkle in a little bit of grammar instruction as well. We will be working on editing/ revising the beginning of our personal narratives as well as planning, drafting, and editing the middle of our personal narratives. This will be worth a total of 400 points total!

 


Announcements and LP 11/27-12/1  

Announcements:

 On Monday 11/27/17 we started a new schedule which includes "Flex" time which provides additional math and reading intervention for all students. We now start homeroom at 7:40 and first period starts at 7:45. Please make sure your child is here at 7:45 so they do not miss any instructional time. Homeroom and some classes will be slightly shortened to make time for FLEX. Students will go to lunch with their flex teacher between 5th and 6th periods. The rest of their schedule should remain the same.

Wednesdays we will have the same schedule unless it is a "late start". Instead of having advisory with Homeroom, we will have Advisory with our Flex classes. Students will still go to lunch with with their Flex teachers that day.

We will have a Membean Test on Thursday, December 1.

Gifted students: I do my best to keep Friday a "Grade free" day so that gifted students do not miss anything that will effect their grade. My goal is to have Friday as a review or a day for students to catch up or do Membean practice. I keep my Friday DGP (Daily Grammar Practice) diagram on the board for the next week for students who miss it on Friday.

 All Lesson plans are tentative and are made for planning purposes. These plans may change.

Lesson Plan 11/27-12/1: Last week we started brainstorming personal narratives. This week we will continue Sacred Writing time and Daily Grammar Practice everyday. This week we are starting Weekly Writer, which is a subscription through the school. Students will watch writing instruction by a professional writer as a model.  We will be working on personal narratives in a step by step basis through Weekly Writer. Weekly Writer also includes grammar instruction. We will also be doing our vocabulary instruction on Membean.com this week. We will have a MEMBEAN test on Thursday, November 30. Students can access Membean from home, from their phone, or tablets.


Announcements and LP 11/13-11/17  

Monday progress reports went home. Please sign your student's progress report and have them return them to their homeroom teacher. If you have any questions about any grades or assignments please let me know.

 

 We will be starting a new schedule on Monday after Thanksgiving Break. We will be starting class at 7:45 instead of 8:00 everyday to make time for our Flex schedule, which will give students additional time for remediation or enrichment. Flex classes are in the middle of the day between 4th and 5th period. Flex classes will go to lunch with their flex teacher.

 

This week we will be working on Sacred Writing time. I will be checking Sacred Writing time notebooks this week for a grade. Students will work on Daily Grammar Practice every day. We will continue Membean training daily. I am introducing students to narrative writing this week as well. Over the next few weeks we will be working on narrative writing. We will have a Membean test when we return from Thanksgiving break.


Announcements and LP 10/23-27  

Report cards went home last Thursday, October 19. Students should return them to their homeroom teacher ASAP. Students should have also given you a school/parent compact form. It needs to be signed by you and your student and turned into their homeroom teacher ASAP. This is necessary for all Title 1 schools. This Thursday 10/26 at 9:30 we will have a Reptile show at OMS. Students that wish to attend should pay later in the week. This week is Red Ribbon Week. Monday Wear Red, 
Tuesday: wear crazy/ mismatching socks, Wednesday: wear sunglasses, Thursday: wear neon, Friday: wear team jerseys. We will also have parent conferences on 10/30/17. Daylight savings time ends (Fall Back) Sunday, November 5, set your clocks back an hour!

We will have a Membean test on Thursday, October 19. I will allow students to study the words prior to taking the test.

This week we will be reading two articles about dog adoption one is from Pet260 Adoption Center the other is from The New York Times students will write facts and opinions from these articles. On Friday my plan is for us to complete a Socratic Seminar, which is a type of scholarly discussion.

We will work on Sacred Writing time every day as well as Daily Grammar Practice (DGP). I did my first DGP check, which was from the last 9 weeks.


Annoucements and LP October 16-October 19  

We will have an afternoon pep ralley for our football team, cross country team, and our volleyball teams on Tuesday, October 17 in the afternoon. We are excited to cheer on our atheletes and get our football team for their match up against Moody!.

We will have Fall Festival on Friday October 20. Students must have thier permission forms signed to participate in Fall Festival activities. Students will be able to purchase tickets all week, the morning of fall festival, and at fall festial. Most booths will be 1 ticket (equivilant to $1), but some items or booths will be 2 or 3 tickets.

October 23-27; There will be a guest speaker in the gym for the entire school on Monday @ 9:00. Dress up days: Monday- wear red; Tuesday; wear crazy socks; Wednesday: wear sunglasses; Thursday: wear neon clothing; Friday: Team jerseys.   

 

Reptile Show: October 26 @ 9:30.  Students will have to pay to attend the program. We will be running a regular schedule that day.

Parent Conference Days:

*October 30-6th grade

*October 31 – 7th grade

*November 1 – 8th grade

If you wish to have a conference with your students' teachers please call the school to request to schedule a conference time. Some students may bring home a conferene request, you may recieve a call asking to schedule a conference, and a follow up call to confirm your conference.

 

This week we will continue working on Sacred Writing time and Daily Grammar Practice every day. I want to go a folder check for both of these for 25 points each this week. This will be their first 9 weeks grades. Students will start working on Membean this week. Students will be assigned a participation grade for the amount of time (45 minutes per week on average) they spend on Membean. We may pick one or two specific words to illustrate for our word wall. Students should expect a Membean test next week. We will work specifically with Prepositional phrases, infintintive phrases, poems, and read artciles about Dog adoption to determine fact vs. opinion. If we have time we may have additional discussion activities.

Parent Contact information survey

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Yearbook staff 2017-2018  

I am happy to announce students that made the yearbook staff for the 2017-2018 school year!

I would like to thank all of the applicants for the yearbook staff. The students that made the 2017-18 yearbook staff are as follows:
 
Carianne Craine
Kathleen Duncan
Aiden Hall
Ta'Mya Knox
Hope Lathem
Brian Parent
Riley Pierce
Shelby Pruitt
Shelby Swaffield
Ian Van De Veer
Our first meeting will be this Thursday, October 5 from 3-4pm. Please make sure you have transportation home!

Fall/ Yearbook Picture Day!  

We will have our Fall/ Yearbook picture day Friday, October 13 in the morning! Be sure your student is photo ready!


Progress Reports, Title I meeting, and OPEN HOUSE  

Progress reports will go out at the end of the day Monday, September 11.

There is a Title I meeting for all parents on Tuesday, Septmber 12 from 5:30- 6 in the Auditorium.

There is an open house for all parents from 6-7 PM in your student's(') academic classrooms.

Please join us!


2018 Yearbook announcements  

I am the yearbook sponsor for Odenville Middle School. This year I plan on having a few 7th and 8th grade students help me collect pictures and put the yearbook together. I will make an announcement for us to meet after school. Students will have to have permission slip signed by parents and arrangements made for a ride to pick them up by 4 pm. The day we will stay after school is TBD.

 

I am very excited because this year all students and parents can contribute to the yearbook by uploading pictures online or via the APP. You can go to hjeshare.com and enter the school code 2018OMSYB or you can download the app HJ eShare for free from Itunes or Andriod stores put in the school code 2018OMSYB. Be sure to include your name, students' names that are featured in the photo(s), your contact information, and a brief description (for example at a game, please let me know what team we are playing). I have found that parents take the best photos and I would love to feature more this year in our yearbook!

 

I will start selling left over yearbooks from last year for half price ($20) in September. There are not many left! Starting in November I will start the preordering process for yearbooks for 2018. Because our yearbook features end of year activities such as fundraisers, awards day, and 8th grade graduation, yearbooks will be distributed during the following school year in September or October. 8th grade students going into 9th grade next school year will have their yearbooks delivered to SCCHS and distributed to them there. Students that move away will need to arrange a way to pick up their yearbook from the school or send a shipping address to me.


2017 Yearbook announcement  

In light of recent events I have decided to pass out last year's yearbooks early. Any 7th or 8th grade students that ordered a yearbook should get them today. If students do not pick up yearbooks today, I will hold them until they can come get them. I will have a few extra yearbooks for sale for half price from last year at a later date. If you have any concerns please email me or contact the office and I will call you back. Thank you.


Vocabulary Test Monday, August 21  

We will have a vocabulary test on the Unit 1 words on Monday, August 21. Students should all have a copy of the words and definitions. We are working on Vocabulary cards in class (they are homework if they are not completed in class by today, Wednesday, August 16). All the words and definitions are located in the Assignments tab. The vocabulary assignement hand out (which was projected for your student to see in class) is also there in the assignments tab. You will find anything we do in class in that tab.


HOMEWORK  

ANYTHING THAT IS NOT COMPLETED IN CLASS MUST BE FINISHED AT HOME. Students were expected to finish vocabulary cards last night (if time permitted that we got to them yesterday). Check out the assignments page for lesson plans, hand outs, and activities that we are doing in class (and may perhaps be homework).


Forms!  

Please be sure that your student has turned in all of their forms from registration! That includes the application for enrollment, medical forms, code of conduct notice, agenda fprm, free lunch, and residency form). We have been in the process of getting all these forms home and we will need them back as soon as possible! I am happy to print out any forms for students that need them. If you have a printer available you can find them on the OMS website OMS.sccboe.org Click the forms link on the left hand of the screen and click to open such forms.

 

Thank you!

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WELCOME TO 6th GRADE  

Welcome to 6th grade English! I teach grammar and writing and reading. A few things you may want to know about 6th grade:

1. We change classes. Students will not typically be with the same students throughout the day. Students will have 2 minutes go get to each class. We ask that students use one zip up binder to keep all normal academic subjects within it. Students should not go to their lockers between every period.

2. Wednesdays will be different. Most Wednesdays students should be at school at the regular time. Students will be dismissed from the gym at 7:40 and they will report to Homeroom (for attendance) at 7:45. Homeroom will be from 7:45-8 AM. Students will then be dismissed and will report to their advisory classes (these will be assigned ASAP). Advisory classes have a mix of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. We will be working on character education lessons during advisory. On the last Wednesday of the month we will have a late start. Students that come early will report to the gym during this time, where they will be supervised. Teachers will report to the media center for Professional Development during this time. A finalized schedule will be posted for the Alternate Wednesday schedule ASAP. Schedules will also be posted in all teacher's rooms for students to reference.

3. Students need to be at school and on time every day. Students can easily get behind in several classes if they are absent. Teachers work hard to create engaging lesson plans and really love to have all their students present to participate in them!

4. Sixth graders have to learn responsibility. 6th graders may find it challenging to keep up with homework, projects, assignments, or supplies for class. Sixth grade students are also now expected to keep up with missed work (turned in no later than 2 days- per missed day) after returning from an absence. Students in 6th grade are also challenged with remembering to make up tests and quizzes after returning from an absence. It is now time for your student to learn responsibility of balancing their time and workload. Keep in mind that there are certain "growing pains" that occur during sixth grade and learning how to be responsible, organized, and prepared for school is essential to succeed in sixth grade!

5. Have your student bring home their agenda. Check your student's agendas for homework, upcoming tests and quizzes, and projects. It is difficult to gauge how your student is doing in his/her classes if they never have homework, or claim that they do not. Encourage your student to write down homework in every class so you know and they can keep up with it. There will many times when you student may tell you that they do not have homework! Even if they do not have homework for every class, they will have an upcoming test, project, or quiz to study for, and they will always have reading!

6. If your student struggles with organization encourage them to keep everything in one zip up binder! Because we change classes we do not allow students to leave their supplies in our classes. It  is their responsibility to keep up with their items.Students may feel rushed or and could be late if they attempt to go to their lockers between every period.

7. To keep the cost of supplies down I suggest a weekly run to Dollar Tree. You can get a few things at a time and have them on hand when your student runs out of paper, pencils, or lead. This will help to alleviate the stress of having to make a Walmart Run at 9 PM on a Sunday. You may also want to keep poster board, markers, construction paper, glue, and scissors on hand at your home just in case your student happens to remember a project due on a Monday morning at Sunday night 9 PM. 

8. We all have websites! If you are frustrated with your child not sharing their assignments or important upcoming projects or tests you can relax! We all have websites! We all post our lesson plans on our websites. I typically post my upcoming assignments and tests on this announcements page!

9. You can check your student's grades from home! You can request a log in to INow (our virtual grade book) and access all of your student's grades any time of day 24/7/365! Teachers try to keep all grades updated.

10. If you have any concerns or questions we are phone call or email away!

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In NEED of donations  

I am willing to take any supplies donations you would like to provide! Many of my Homeroom students have already brought in some classroom essentials! Please make sure your student has plenty of pencils and paper throughout the year. Typically those are the supplies that run out the quickest! I am also taking up hand sanitizer, bandaids, tissue, paper towels, Clorox Wipes, dry erase markers (feel free to get fun bright colors), printer paper, Ziplock bags, Construction paper, cinnamon Airwick refills, Elmer's Glue, or 5x7 Notecards! The supply list for my classroom includes: loose leaf paper, 1 composition notebook, 1 pocket folder with brads (I would get plastic because they last longer) with holes already punched, dividers for the binder, and a binder to put everything in (Trapper Keepers are perfect so students can use it for multiple subjects)

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