"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.
Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."
-Pamela Vaull Starr
Welcome to my home page. I'm anticipating a productive and enjoyable year working with you. Please check your class page to find the course syllabus, your ongoing reading assignments, and the ongoing vocabulary assignments for this year. You will find class expectations, due dates, major projects and homework listed there as well. I will be using Schoology for most assignments and activities, as well as occasionally using Zoom and turnitin.com.
Students, it will be your responsibility to manage a calendar/agenda to keep yourself current with our Conference classes and due dated for assignments while we are in distance learning mode.
The Suggested Summer Reading for incoming 9th grade ELA Honors students in August 2020 is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Plan to read it completely, prior to the first days of school, to familiarize yourself with the story plot and major characters. I often suggest that you take notes of your favorite quotes or parts, and your thinking as you read the book for the first time. Happy reading!
I'll be teaching 9th Grade Language Arts Honors for this 2020 - 2021 school year and 9th grade ELA.
Reading is my 'chocolate' and I've read too many great books to have one favorite. Some of the most memorable for me are: Crossover by Kwame Alexander, The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Most recently I've enjoyed Trevor Noah's autobiography, Born a Crime, and the historical novels Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate and both Moloka'i & Honolulu by Alan Brennert.
I'm available Mon-Fri 8:00 am-3:30 pm via email for students needing extra help & guidance or for parent conferencing. See you all soon!