Welcome, Students and Families!
I teach English Language Arts and Creative Writing. This year, my teaching assignment is one period less than full time, with one section of Creative Writing and three sections of seventh/eighth grade English Language Arts. I also advise the school wide literary magazine and Creative Writing Capstone. This is my 12th year at da Vinci.
Each day, I update our classroom schedule on a white board dedicated for this purpose. This posted schedule includes the day's learning targets, agenda, and homework. I also take time most days to explain outside-of-school assignments to students and to give them the opportunity to make notes in their planners. Usual homework in English Language Arts is quite straightforward; in support of the reading/writing workshop, students are expected to read three hours per week and write one hour per week outside of class. Typically, there is no homework for Creative Writing, unless a student falls behind on a project. In case you have questions, I put class-related information on this webpage, which I update daily. Student planners and binders may also have information about and/or handouts for assignments.
About the Teacher
Deschutes National Forest, Summer 2017
As you can probably guess from the pictures, I am a mom as well as a teacher. My daughter is in eighth grade at Ockley Green, and my son is a fourth grader Beach Elementary. They are both in Spanish immersion programs. I work less than full time by choice so that I have more hours (and energy) available for my own children. But I have been a teacher longer than I have been a mom.
For my first five years of teaching, I taught upper elementary students. Then I realized that I really wanted to work with middle schoolers, which I have been doing for the last 12 years. I love the energy of young people at this age. And I particularly enjoy teaching writing, which I feel is critical for sixth through eighth graders, as it is the key to ongoing success in high school and beyond. I teach because I believe in the importance of supporting youth in developing as critical thinkers and literate human beings.
Syllabus and Expectations
Anna and Jake, snow day, Winter 2017
On or about the first day of school, teachers usually send home various pieces of "backpack mail," including items such as a letter of introduction, a syllabus or year-long curriculum plan, class expectations, and a discipline plan. To save paper and reduce waste, the only paper I will send home with all students is a copy of my introductory letter. Other information is available on this website, with much of what you may be wondering as part of the syllabus for each class, linked below:
The statewide assessment for English Language Arts is based on the Smarter Balanced tests. For a link to the practice tests, click on this link.
For information about necessary supplies, go to the Supplies tab.
The best way to contact me is to send me at email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call the school at (503) 916-5356 to leave a message on my voicemail. Finally, you are welcome to make judicious use of my cell phone for text or voicemail at (503) 805-8834.