September 4

Syllabus

Advanced Language Arts

I am very pleased to welcome your child to an exciting new year at Greenville Middle School!  The year is going to be filled with many wonderful opportunities for our students!  Emphasis will be placed on reading & comprehension strategies, writing skills, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills.

We will read several novels and many short stories throughout the course of the year.  Copies of all novels read together in class will be made available for use during the school day; however, your child is welcome to obtain his/her own personal copies of the books. Copies of independent reading novels must be obtained by students through the GMS Media Center, the Greenville Public Library, or other sources.

Activities:

Our students will take part in activities designed to promote responsibility, community awareness, and educational growth.  Your child will have the opportunity to create technology based performance assessments (designing a virtual tour, using wikis, posting to a classroom blog, etc.), will submit at least one piece of writing for publication, and will, schedule permitting, present a portfolio of his/her accomplishments to parents, staff, and community members at the end of the year.

Our advanced classes provide academically talented students with enhanced and extended learning experiences. In language arts, our goal is to provide an environment in which students may develop independent and critical thinking abilities, creativity, collaboration, leadership, and advanced academic skills.  Students will be consistently challenged and encouraged throughout the learning process.  The process of learning is highly valued in our classroom.

Educational Development:

The transition to seventh grade is a significant step for students. During this time, it is essential that there be open and constructive communication between school and home.  Please contact me via email (acolley@gcswave.com) or telephone if you have any questions, concerns or observations that could impact your child’s learning.  You may also view information about the course on our class blog at https://acolleygjhs15.edublogs.org/, and students and parents may keep up-to-date on the latest behavior information by logging onto Class Dojo (www.classdojo.com).

Absences:

Each GMS student is responsible for all homework, tests, quizzes, and class assignments.  It is also the responsibility of each student to obtain any assignments that are missed due to absences.  Please review the student handbook for a complete explanation of our school’s policy.

Class Grading Policy

The following grading system will be used in our classroom:

  • Tests, projects, and essays will count as 55% of the overall average
  • Quizzes and daily grades will count as 35% of the overall average
  • Homework and practice will count as 10% of the overall average.

Please make sure to check the Parent Grade Viewer regularly.  Assignment scores and updates will be posted weekly.  Comments about individual assignments will be posted in an effort to give insight into your student’s score. Occasional after-school study sessions will be assigned to students who fall behind in completing assignments or to students who would benefit from additional instruction.

Supply List:

All students are required to bring the following items to class each day:

  • GMS assignment notebook (provided at the start of school)
  • Writing utensils (black ink, blue ink, or pencils)

Students are asked to bring in the following items (assigned by last name):

  • Last names beginning A – F:   2 glue sticks
  • Last names beginning G – K:   2 highlighters (any colors)
  • Last names beginning L – P:   1 pair of scissors
  • Last names beginning Q – Z:   1 pack of pencils
  • All last names:   1 box of tissues

We also would be thrilled to accept donations of sanitizing wipes!

Advanced Language Arts 7 students will need:

  • a 1.5″ binder
  • a pack of dividers (any color)
  • a one subject spiral notebook
  • notebook paper
  • colored pencils

Classroom Discipline:

It is imperative to have a safe, structured learning environment in order for all students to be successful.  Each student is expected to follow school and classroom rules at all times, and all students will be held accountable for their behavior both in and out of the classroom.  Parents and guardians will be notified of concerns and positive behavior via telephone, email, and/or letters mailed home.  Our classroom rules are:

  1. Be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings.
  2. Bring all required materials to class every day.
  3. Follow directions the first time they are given.
  4. Treat all students, staff, and visitors with respect.

We are going to have a fantastic year!

GO WAVE!

 

Language Arts 7 (Periods 3 &4)

I am very pleased to welcome your child to an exciting new year at Greenville Middle School!  The year is going to be filled with many wonderful opportunities for our students!  Emphasis will be placed on reading & comprehension strategies, writing skills, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills.

Activities:

We will read several novels and many short stories throughout the course of the year.  Copies of all novels read together in class will be made available for use during the school day.  Your child is also welcome to bring his/her own personal copies of the novels to class as well.

Our students will take part in activities designed to promote responsibility, community awareness, and educational growth.  Your child will have the opportunity to create technology based performance assessments (using wikis, posting to a classroom blog, etc.), will submit at least one piece of writing for publication, and will, schedule permitting, present a portfolio of his/her accomplishments to parents, staff, and community members at the end of the year.

In language arts, our goal is to provide an environment in which students may develop independent and critical thinking abilities, creativity, collaboration, leadership, and advanced academic skills.  Students will be consistently challenged and encouraged throughout the learning process.  The process of learning is highly valued in our classroom.

Educational Development:

The transition to seventh grade is a significant step for students. During this time, it is essential that there be open and constructive communication between school and home.  Please contact me via email (acolley@gcswave.com) or telephone if you have any questions, concerns or observations that could impact your child’s success.  You may also view information about the course on our class blog at https://acolleygjhs15.edublogs.org/, and students and parents may keep up-to-date on the latest behavior information by logging onto Class Dojo (www.classdojo.com).

Absences:

Each GMS student is responsible for all homework, tests, quizzes, and class assignments.  It is also the responsibility of each student to obtain any assignments that are missed due to absences.  Please review the student handbook for a complete explanation of our school’s policy.

Class Grading Policy

The following grading system will be used in our classroom:

  • Tests, projects, and essays will count as 55% of the overall average
  • Quizzes and daily grades will count as 35% of the overall average
  • Homework and practice will count as 10% of the overall average.

Please make sure to check the Parent Grade Viewer regularly.  Assignment scores and updates will be posted weekly.  Comments about individual assignments will be posted in an effort to give insight into your student’s score. Occasional after-school study sessions will be assigned to students who fall behind in completing assignments or to students who would benefit from additional instruction.

Supply List:

All students are required to bring the following items to class each day:

  • GMS assignment notebook (provided at the start of school)
  • Writing utensils (black ink, blue ink, or pencils)

Students are asked to bring in the following items (assigned by last name):

  • Last names beginning A – F:   2 glue sticks
  • Last names beginning G – K:   2 highlighters (any colors)
  • Last names beginning L – P:   1 pair of scissors
  • Last names beginning Q – Z:   1 pack of pencils
  • All last names:   1 box of tissues

We also would be thrilled to accept donations of sanitizing wipes!

Language Arts 7 students will need:

  • 3 one subject spiral notebooks
  • colored pencils
  • 1 folder (with pockets and prongs)

Classroom Discipline:

It is imperative to have a safe, structured learning environment in order for all students to be successful.  Each student is expected to follow school and classroom rules at all times, and all students will be held accountable for their behavior both in and out of the classroom.  Parents and guardians will be notified of concerns and positive behavior via telephone, email, and/or letters mailed home.  Our classroom rules are:

  1. Be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings.
  2. Bring all required materials to class every day.
  3. Follow directions the first time they are given.
  4. Treat all students, staff, and visitors with respect.

 

We are going to have a fantastic year!

 

GO WAVE!