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Title: Welcome to Curriculum Night


1
Welcome to Curriculum Night
Mr. Swarthout 8th grade Honors English I
Please pick up your students SpringBoard Book
and spiral or composition notebook from the white
basket on the back table. They are stored
alphabetically by the students last name.
2
About the Teacher
  • Graduated from Washington State University in
    December 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Minor in Sociology
  • Coach Cross-Country and Track and Field
  • Member of the Curriculum Adoption Committee and
    the Building Leadership Team (BLT)
  • Teaming with teachers who teach honors and AP
    classes here and at Jackson High School
  • Second year at Heatherwood Middle School

3
Curriculum
  • Here is an introduction to SpringBoard
  • http//www.springboardonline.com/pd/ela-module1/st
    ory_html5.html

4
Curriculum
  • SpringBoard is the adopted curriculum for the
    Everett School District.
  • SpringBoard will drive the instruction in this
    classroom.
  • District Assessment data will be collected from
    the following SpringBoard Assessments
  • Unit 1 EA 2 (page 83) Argumentative Essay
  • Unit 4 EA 2 (page 315) Analyzing Poetry
  • Unit 2 EA 1 (page 126) Narrative/Creative
    Writing
  • Unit 3 EA 2 (Page 249) Literary Analysis
  • Time permitting, the goal is to reach Unit 5
    Shakespeare by the end of the year.

5
Honors 1 Block What is it?
  • The course has been designed to mimic a 9th grade
    honors course at Jackson High School.
  • Students are using the 9th grade SpringBoard
    Book.
  • Students will leave here prepared to enter 10th
    grade honors (Honors 2) at Jackson High School.

6
High School Credit
  • Students can receive high school credit for this
    class upon parent request at their high school.
  • The grade will be added to his/her high school
    transcript, and his/her high school GPA will be
    affected.

7
Homework
  • Students will be expected to read everyday at
    home and keep a reading log.
  • They should read at least 60 pages per week.
  • Students should be completing vocabulary
    activities at home online at Wordsandtheirstories.
    com (about 10 minutes each night).
  • My Philosophy Besides the daily homework listed
    above, I try to limit homework to extensions of
    activities that are not completed in class. I
    understand that many students also have busy
    lives outside of class.

8
Independent Reading
  • Students will be expected to read at least 1,000
    pages and at least six novels per semester from
    the AP Book List now fixed.
  • They will keep a reading log as they are reading.
    Three reading logs are required for each novel
    read (around every 50-75 pages or every 1/3 of
    the novel).
  • Reading logs are due every 3-4 weeks.
  • You can find exact due dates and additional
    independent reading information on my webpage.
  • A summative assessment will be given in class at
    the end of each semester.

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Grades
  • Grades are designed to reflect students
    knowledge of content standards.
  • As well as sending home progress reports in the
    middle of the semester, I will be posting grades
    online regularly.

11
Standard-Based Grades
  • Formative grades given for assignments usually
    done with partners or in groups after the initial
    modeling of a concept. They are weighted at 15
    of the students grade.
  • Summative grades given for assignments usually
    done individually to show learning after a
    concept has been taught and practiced. They make
    up 85 of the students grade.

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Parent Involvement in Homework
  • Please discuss with your child the book they are
    currently reading for class and help them make a
    plan for which books to read this semester.
  • Please provide a quiet place for your child to
    read and to complete homework assignments.
  • Please check grades online as needed.
  • ALWAYS praise hard work.

14
  • Students will be expected to follow Heatherwoods
    code of conduct
  • Be Respectful
  • Act Responsibly
  • Be a Part of the Solution
  • I will contact you if your child needs to discuss
    behavior solutions with you.
  • Your support makes a big difference.

Discipline
15
Mr. Swarthouts Webpage
  • http//www.everettsd.org/Domain/2181
  • On my webpage you will find calendars with due
    dates for major assignments, the AP Book List,
    and other independent reading documents.

16
REMIND
  • REMIND is a one-way broadcast system. Teachers
    can send individual messages to students and
    guardians and they (students and guardians)
    cannot reply.
  • REMIND also keeps a log of all message history
    which can never be edited or deleted.
  • Teachers never see student or guardian phone
    numbers, and phone numbers cannot be seen by
    other students or guardians.
  • If you would like to receive these messages,
    please follow the instructions on the following
    slide.

17
AM Block Parents
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Mid Block Parents
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PM Block Parents
20
Conferences
  • You are invited to come and conference with your
    students first period teacher during the week of
    October 27.
  • If you need a conference before then, please
    contact me at 425-385-6300 or
  • jswarthout_at_everettsd.org
  • Unless I am out of the building, I will respond
    to your call within 24 hours.

21
Goal-Setting Conferences
  • Please sign up for your goal-setting conferences
    (1st period parents only) before leaving tonight.
  • Week of October 27
  • Sign-up forms are on a desk at the front of the
    room.

22
Thanks for coming! Your support is important to
your students success!
  • Please place your students SpringBoard book and
    notebook back in the basket before you leave.
  • If you have any additional questions, please feel
    free to stop by at the end of Curriculum night,
    or email me at any time!
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