Arturo Turtle, Class Mascot


Happy first day of Summer!


Summer break is just a few short weeks away! Your favorite class mascot is here to remind you to finish the school year strong, and also use the summer to rest up for next year. Maybe you are finished with your summer reading, or are looking for more ways to stave off boredom. If you’re looking for a pastime, consider creating your very own Take-Along-Arturo.

The class mascot you know and love has shell and will travel. He’s got a few stops this summer and would love to join you on your plans: be it visiting local coffee shops, enjoying backyard barbecues, or traveling to far off countries.



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2018 – 2019 Ms. Barker’s 7th Grade ELA Supply List

back to school supply shopping

The supply list is available for your reference on the school’s website and at local stores. Please note the lists are organized by grade level. For my class, students will need:


It is highly recommended to stock up on additional supplies like notebook paper, pens, pencils, and glue sticks during the back-to-school sales as these items tend to need to be replenished throughout the year.

* denotes items to be kept with student & used with other classes.

  • 1-set of headphones or earbuds — required for state testing and used in class occasionally*
  • 1 – composition book (college ruled)
  • Pens (dark blue and/or black ink only) and/or pencils*
  • 2 – packages of loose leaf notebook paper (college ruled)*
  • 1-package of post-its (any size and color)
  • 1 – pack of highlighters (assorted colors)*
  • 1 – package of markers OR colored pencils*
  • 1 – Flash Drive (any size)*
  • 1 – one-inch three ring binder
  • 1-pack of 10 count page protectors
  • 1-pack of 3×5 index cards
  • 1 – personal novel (this is a book the student enjoys reading and will be kept with them. It will change throughout the year as they finish one and get another, but students need to bring something they enjoy reading to class each day.)


  • 1 – set of 6 dividers for three ring binder


Class Wish List:

Donations to the class wish list are purely voluntary. Any items below would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for considering contributing. Teacher preference is disinfectant wipes/spray, copy paper, pencils, and tissues.

  • Lysol spray
  • Tissues
  • Clorox wipes
  • Pencils
  • Copy paper (white or pastel colors)
  • Post-its (any size or color)
  • Thin-tipped expo markers

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2018-2019 School Year Summer Reading

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Before the close of the school year, this summer’s reading was posted to the main page of the school website and students were reminded periodically in class. Click here for the 2018 – 2019 Summer Reading List & Assignments. Please note if the link does not work, this file can be found on the school’s website. Please be sure to carefully read ALL directions from the summer reading list & assignments (by following the link above or navigating to the school website.)


Assignment #1 – Non-Fiction Mind Map:
Mind Maps must be on a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.
Both digitally designed and handwritten mind maps are accepted.
Please be sure to include the following information in the top, right hand corner of the mind map.
  • Student first & last name
  • Date assignment completed
  • Period (will discover upon receiving schedule at Orientation)
  • Assignment title (Summer Reading Mind Map)

Mind Maps turned in by August 13 will earn full credit. EXCEPTION: New-to-Landon students are not required to submit this assignment. Students who are absent on the first day of school have one day for every day absent to submit the assignment for full credit. After such time the assignment is considered late.

Mind Maps turned in by August 14 will earn partial credit.

Mind Maps will NOT be accepted on August 15 or after, unless due to an absence as stated above.


Assignment #2 – Learning Styles Survey

This is not an English Language Arts exclusive assignment. The Learning Styles Survey will be shared with your (child’s) teachers, to help them ensure a great year of learning! Once you have taken the survey, upload your results here.


Assignment #3 – Exam on Fiction Novel

Read Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Among the Hidden by August 13. Exception: New-to-Landon students have until Sept. 4th to acquire a copy and read the book. Students will have three weeks to study/refresh to prepare for the assessment on this novel.

All students will be given an in-class exam on the novel after Labor Day.




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Required Weekly Choice A3K (Achieve 3000) Articles FAQ

Mandatory Weekly Home Learning:

As per district policy, all students will complete:

  • two articles of their choice for Achieve 3000 (A3K) home learning
  • earning 75% or higher on their first try
  • for their ELA class, each week

NOTE: This is in addition to the regular Achieve 3000 articles the teacher assigns.



  1. What does A3K stand for? A3K=Achieve 3000. ‘A’ stands for Achieve, 3K represents 3000. Ms. Barker uses this code to help students tell the difference between assigned articles worth 20-points (which will be spelled out: Achieve 3000) and weekly choice articles worth 10-points per article (which will be abbreviated: A3Ks.)
  2. Are A3Ks required? Yes, all students regardless of their ELA teacher must complete two articles per week. The “choice” is which articles you read. Make the mandatory work more enjoyable by choosing topics and texts with which you’re interested.
  3. How often do I need to complete this? Every week. The window is from Monday at 12:00 AM, midnight through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. For example, Week 1’s window was from Monday, Aug. 28 – Sunday, Sept. 3. This is regardless of A/B day.
  4. What if I complete the work, hit submit, but it doesn’t submit until Sunday at midnight, 12:01 A.M. or later? Accept the score you earn for that week. Submitting it so close to the deadline shows poor planning. It’s a weekly requirement and you had a week to complete it. Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. The good news: you’ve got a head start for the next week, so you will get credit for the work … but next week.
  5. Can I work ahead? To a point, yes. This is weekly homework credit, so as early as midnight on Monday of that week you can complete the A3Ks for that week. I strongly recommend starting on the assignment early in the week, but probably not midnight… This is a great way to stay caught up, even with absences, and you never know what work you’ll be assigned later in the week. Aim to complete it on a weekday early in the week, so you don’t have to have homework on the weekend and if technology issues do occur, you have time to problem-solve.
  6. Do I have to do the Thought Question? An article analysis sheet?Not for your weekly A3K choice articles. In my class the requirement is to A) read the article tab B) complete the activity tab for TWO articles within the window for that week. If it doesn’t have an activity, you need to choose another article.
  7. Can I complete the work late for partial credit? No, this work will NOT be accepted late as it’s a weekly requirement to track usage and students have a week to complete it. It’s participation-based home learning. You did participate that week or you didn’t, you can’t go back in time.
  8. How is it scored in your class? Unlike classwork assignments, A3Ks are graded based on completion because it’s a participation grade. Please reference the following rubric to see what each score means:
    • 10/10 points = for scoring 75% or higher on your FIRST try
    •  5/10 points = for scoring 75% or higher on your second try
    • 0/10 points = for scoring lower than a 75% on either try; assignment not completed (in the ELA section from the drop down menu). Comments in Focus will specify which.
  9. What score is a good score? What should I aim to earn? 75% or higher on your FIRST try is the what you should be aiming to score.
  10. What if I score lower than a 75% on my first try for one of my A3K Choice articles that week? You may complete as many A3Ks as you want. If you score below 75% you have the opportunity to complete more. I take the highest two scores for the week. Meaning if you see anything less than 100% A in Focus, you are not using every opportunity given to you.
  11. I completed the A3Ks, but have a zero in Focus. Why? Scores are only earned for A3Ks completed in the ELA section (LA2). In other words, while this may be true that you completed choice articles, if you didn’t choose your ELA class from the drop down menu when you signed in, or fixed it before you began your articles then you didn’t complete the articles for ELA.
  12. Oops! I completed the A3Ks, but for the wrong class (e.g. science, civics, etc.) What do I do now? Grow from the experience by accepting that you earned a zero on that week’s assignment. Avoid repeating the mistake, by double checking that you choose the ELA section from the class drop down menu when completing your A3Ks.
  13. Do assigned articles count towards weekly A3Ks? No. They’re their own grade. There’s no double-dipping. In other words if the class is assigned Achieve 3000: “ABC” it will have it’s own 20-point grade and students still need to complete two choice A3Ks. Please reference the Achieve 3000 FAQ post for more information to see how assigned articles are scored differently, impact Lexile scores, etc.
  14. I accidentally did an assigned article for an A3K. What do I doThe first try score that you earned for that assignment will be graded using the 20-point Achieve 3000 assigned article scale. Please refer to the Achieve 3000 FAQ post regarding impacting your Lexile level and meeting the weekly A3K requirement. This should also be motivation to do you best on all Achieve 3000 articles.

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Assigned Achieve 3000 FAQ

#1 – Q: I earned a 75% on the activity, but it shows up as 90% in Focus, has there been a mistake?

Scoring vs. Grade in Focus:

A: No. Since a 75% score earned on Achieve 3000 is considered proficient mastery of the standard/skill, the grade in Focus has been adjusted/scaled for first try scores only as shown below:

  1. 100% scored = 20 points or 100 A
  2. 88% scored = 19 points or 95 A
  3. 75% scored = 18 points or 90 A
  4. 63% scored = 17 points or 85 B
  5. 50% scored = 16 points or 80 B
  6. 38% scored = 15 points or 75 C
  7. 25% scored = 14 points or 70 C
  8. 13% scored = 13 points or 65 D
  9. 0% scored = 12 points or 60 D

Assignment not completed = 0 points or 0 F

#2 – Q: How do I log-in to Achieve 3000?

A: Please follow the link to this post with specific directions.

#3 – Q: Is Achieve 3000 graded for accuracy or effort?

A: Accuracy. We want to know that students have mastered the standard/skill we’re currently working on. However, the percentages don’t align with our traditional concept of percentages. A 75% on a traditional grading scale would be considered average, but a 75% on Achieve 3000 is considered proficient, so the score earned is adjusted into terms of a traditional scale. For that scale, please reference question #1. This adjustment will have a less severe impact on student’s grades, but students are still expected to do their best on these assignments as each month their Lexile Level may be adjusted to reflect the previous month’s progress.

#4 – Q: How is my Lexile level adjusted?

A: Through the completion of articles done in class. The specific rules are as follows:

  • Students need to complete 4 Achieve 3000 articles per month in class.
  • Students need to score 75% or better on their first try. This will help students improve their Lexile scores.
  • While you can log-in and practice any time, only work completed in class counts toward adjusting your Lexile scores.

#5 – Q: I logged in and instead of the usual green screen, I see a white screen. What do I do?

A: STOP, log out. If you’re panicked about an assignment, email your teacher to alert them the Level Set has appeared and notify them this is why you have not completed the assignment. This is the Level Set Test and needs to be monitored by the teacher in class. The teacher will understand you cannot complete the assignment and will respect your mature decision to wait on finishing the assignment in order to complete the Level Set Test.

#6 – Q: How can I check my Lexile level?

A: Click on the ‘Resources’ tab. Select ‘Career Center’ from the drop down menu. Select a career by clicking on any button and checking the career’s check box. Scroll to the bottom and click ‘Find Careers.’ This will list your current lexile and lexile level for your career goal. Please note the lexile level does not adjust instantly after a Level Set.

#7 – Q: What are the ranges for Lexile levels?

A: It varies by grade levels. Please refer to the following chart:

Please note your teacher is aware of your level and no matter where you fall in your range has differentiated instruction to meet your needs.


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