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First Week of School~Just some reminders for Parents and Students
1.  Make sure you bring back paperwork completed and signed (i.e. Handbook, classroom, Athletics, Pre-AP Agreement).
2.  Make sure you have all necessary supplies for each class especially your 1" Binder and dividers for ELA.
3.  Remember to Subscribe to Webpages, REMIND, etc.
4.  Please make sure your child is READING at home for at least 20 Minutes a Day.
I look forward to this NEW year!
"Dream BIG and Expect GREAT things!"
Mrs Johnson
Mrs. Marsita Johnson
8th ELAR/Pre-AP
English Language Arts and Reading, Department Head
936-825-4225 ext. 6103 
2nd Period, 9:09am-9:59am
AM-Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:00-7:55
PM-Monday & Thursday, 4:00-5:00


Recent Posts

The first novel that we will be reading is "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. I have a class set of novels in my room that students may read in class or can check out to take home. When books are checked out, the student MUST come after 8th Period to check out the book and return the book before 1st Period the next day. They can check a book out as often as he or she likes but MUST follow this procedure so that I will not be short of novels during class periods.
Parents, if you feel your child will benefit more from you purchasing the book, feel free to do so. I have also posted a link to an online version that is free.

Mock STAAR Scheduled

8th grade will be administered a Mock STAAR Reading Test on November 15, 2016. This is to prepare our students for the real test in the Spring. It will give us insight as to the students' strengths and weaknesses. So, please make sure the students are:
-Getting a good night's sleep
-Eating a nutritious breakfast
-Taking home their binders to help review
-Remembering and practicing testing strategies
"Dream Big and Expect Great Things"

Poetry Book Projects

Poetry Book deadline was October 27, 2016. I have a lot of students who have not turned in their projects. This is a MAJOR grade and Progress Reports go out next week. So, grades will be submitted by 3:59pm Friday, November 4, 2016. Please encourage your child to get their work in especially, if he or she is participating in extracurricular events such as Cheer, Dance, Athletics, UIL, Kick Start, etc. Non-passing grades affects their eligibility to participate.

Parents, we are beginning the novel, "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" by John Boyne. The students will be learning a lot about the situations and conditions during the Holocaust. I have copies of the book in class so you do not need to worry about purchasing the book. I have also attached a link for the book on my webpage for at-home reading.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Dear Parents, we have began reading the memoir, "Night" by Elie Wiesel. If your child has not purchased the book, he or she needs to do so. I have been allowing them to read it electronically on the Chromebooks. But, I only have a limited number of Chromebooks and not enough for everyone in class to use.  I am also going to include a link for the book and will try to have some copies made. But let's work together to ensure our children have all the tools they need to be successful.
I have also attached a link for the book on my page for at-home reading.
Thank you for your cooperation!
ALL Pre-AP students need to have this novel, "Divergent" by Veronica Roth and should have began reading the first five chapters. Next week, August 29-September 2, they will be starting the first set of Study Guide questions for Chapters 1-5. I don't want any student to fall behind so please make sure they have purchase the novel and is reading at home. The book can be hardback, paperback or electronic book.
Thank you,
Miss Jordan