Update: Most assignments are now in Google Classroom. Additionally, as of 12-11-17 I am now putting daily assignments and vocab words (link) onto Planbook - Find it here.
This website is still useful for finding resources with resources on units like Anne Frank and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Assignment due date calendar here
Parent letter, 2017-18
Link to order from Scholastic
Google docs for students:
Username is 21lastnamefirstinitial
PW is capital first name initial your ID # lower case last name initial
Ms. J would be 21johnsonk
Classroom needs - ongoing:
We can always use pretzels for SSR on Fridays. We go through about 3 Costco large bags a week, and I purchase them if parents don't help out.
And, Smarties are always appreciated, as well as Kleenex. Thanks! (Please do not feel obligated to help out financially if it would be a hardship. For those who can, though, I'd sure appreciate it.)
If you'd rather have me do the shopping, perhaps a "gift card" to Costco rather than cash.
Who am I?
Prior to teaching 8th-grade ELA at Twality I taught 7th and 8th language arts in Central Oregon until I moved to Tualatin. Then I taught at Fowler for 2 years, and after that I was an Instructional Improvement Specialist at the district office, after which I spent 2 years at Tualatin High School as the Prevention Specialist.
I am the Past President of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English and I chair the Oregon Spirit Book Award. Additionally I am very involved with the Oregon Writing Festival. I am passionate about literacy and about middle school, so I’m very happy teaching 8th graders at Twality. (I also love 8th-graders. Weird, I know.)
Christmas gift preference - Every year kids get me holiday gifts, and I certainly appreciate them. But this year I would be honored if, instead of buying me something, families donated to Medical Teams International. Here is a link with information.
I have done mission work with this organization and they are the real deal. Not only that, but if you check Charity Navigator you will discover that they are rated 4 of 4. They do not use the money for overhead and large salaries - they use it to make the world a better place.
OCTE website here: http://octe.org