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Week of Oct. 15 – 19

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Last Update: Oct. 19 at 9:15 p.m.


  • Weekly A3Ks will resumed this week and will count as the first homework assignment for Quarter 2. Students need to complete TWO articles scoring 75% or higher on the first try between Sunday and Saturday. The weekly numbering continues, so it will appear as “Week 10.” The dates for week 10 are Sunday, Oct. 14 – Saturday, Oct. 20th as Tuesday was the start of Quarter 2 and the deadline falls outside of that date. As per student feedback, I will add all the Weekly A3K assignments for quarter 2, so students can keep track of whether they’re completed or not.
  • Remember, “NG” stands for not graded. It does NOT indicate that the assignment was not completed. Rather a zero communicates an assignment was not completed within the required time frame, or not submitted at all. Students should double-check the no name paper wall (located directly over the class inboxes) for work they turned in without a name. It is not scored, to deter “shopping for grades” and will be graded in the order it is received. The no name stamp, signals to me not to deduct points due to it being unnamed and waiting for the correct heading to be added and re-submitted to the class inbox.
  • There are three opportunities to earn dojo points. Please go to the Dojo Page and read the specifics. Since there is still a remaining answer for for the third and no one has attempted the first two, these are opportunities are still good for quarter 2.
  • Only one class got 100% parent accounts linked (using the code given to students) by the Monday, Oct. 15th deadline and they earned 6 extra credit points added to their grade. Since no other class had 100% connectivity, no other class earned 1-5 points. Parents can still connect at any time, but no extra credit will be given since the deadline has passed. I still recommend getting connecting as this is a great tool to see your child’s progress in class, class-specific updates, and periodic snapshots in what your child is working on in class.
  • All quarter 1 grades were finalized as of 1:22 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19th, several hours before the 4:30 p.m. deadline. My first remind announcement went out at that time to communicate with parents who had connected to our class. For more on Remind, please go to the About Tab. The syllabus has the specifics and if you scroll down to the “About the Class” section, it will clarify the difference between the different communication methods: this blog, remind, class, dojo, and email. Thank you for your patience during this increased volume of work that is being submitted. I appreciate the trust and professionalism in the email responses I received.

What did we do today?

Monday, Oct. 15 — End of Quarter 1

  • The teacher introduced the re-branding of our differentiated instruction days: W.I.N. (Whatever I Need.) It’s easier to remember and has more positive connotations than “We’re di-ing (sounds like ‘dying’) in English today.”
  • Students had the chance to check grades and report any inconsistencies for the teacher to correct or clarify.
  • The teacher reviewed the different activities they could work on to catch-up, work on alternate assignments to improve their grades on standards, get a head start on the elements of plot task cards which will serve as an assessed, but not graded baseline, or work on homework if they had finished all else.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

  • While yesterday was the official end of quarter 1. Yesterday’s overview took awhile and students had insufficient time to work on their alternate assignments, so W.I.N. extended into today. The assignments were the same as yesterday.
  • All quarter 1 work was due today to give the teacher time to accurately grade and enter all work prior to the Friday, Oct. 19th 4:30 p.m. deadline. Report cards will go home Monday, Oct. 29.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Early Dismissal Wednesday & Writing Wednesday

  • Students completed a bell ringer on introductions.
  • (Periods 1-6) Reviewed how to take Cornell Notes and started the notes on Introductions.
  • (Period 7 only) Learned about introductions, discussed what they were learning, and started to take their notes on jolt list/question and answer planning on an FSA planning sheet.
  • All classes will finish up their notes next week during Writing Wednesday.
  • If absent, please get the bell ringer and notes from a classmate. Each class stopped at different points, based on questions/discussions during the review.

Thursday, Oct. 18

  • Students had a W.I.N. day. No new work was presented. Students got to work on:
    • Catching-Up: Writing Wednesday notes if absent, reading and answering the Essential Question #3 on their worksheet through Ch. 12
    • RL.1.3: Completing the Elements of Plot Task Cards (a baseline “assessment” activity) individually. Due Monday, Oct. 22 at the end of class.
    • Conferencing: With teacher independently/small group on varying needs as determined by student with today’s bell ringer: “I need help with…” and the teacher (prioritizing top needs.)
    • Early Finisher: working on weekly A3Ks, reading tonight’s homework for The Contender, adding to the Essential Question #3 on their worksheet
    • for the homework chapters, working on work for another class, or reading for pleasure.

Friday, Oct. 19 — No School for Students, Teacher Planning Day

  • No School for students.


  • Each week, students must complete a total of two (2) Achieve 3000 (A3K) articles between Sunday through Saturday at 11:59 P.M. (Articles submitted at 12 A.M. will be counted for the following week.)
  • In order to satisfy this requirement, students need to know:
    • Complete the activity in the LA2 section for credit.
    • The task is to read the article and complete the activity for each article.
    • Scores of 75% or higher on the first try are worth ten (10) points. Second try is worth zero (0) points regardless of score.
    • All other scores worth zero (0) points.
    • The teacher accepts your two highest, first try scores as the submission for the week, so there’s no reason to score beneath 20/20, or 100%

If not finished in class:

  • Follow the Pacing Guide for The Contender. Chapter are due at the START of class on the due date listed. Activities through that portion of the book will be completed in class on that day.

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Week of Aug. 20 – 24

Last Update: Aug. 23 at 5:22 p.m.


  • Due to the change in the bell schedule, families who I have taught their older children, should know there will be some changes to my policies/procedures that are necessary when moving from block to daily scheduling. Please do not assume anything and consult current information!
  • To that end, I will start including a “last updated” at the top, so you don’t have to wonder if you’re working off old information. In other words, I’ll add the weekly post and update it, as needed, throughout the week.
  • New-to-Landon students are excused from summer reading assignments.
  • As of Tuesday, 3rd period completed their Level Set. All classes are now able to complete the homework. There are a handful of students in other classes who did not finish the Level Set, due to varying reasons. They will be excused from the assignment as  a result.
  • On Monday,  15 Collections textbooks were delivered, so I have a sampling if any student forgets their textbook when it’s needed in class. On Tuesday, I was provided with a complete class set, so students there is a 1:1 ratio books to students, so students will not need to bring their book to class. Students can choose if they want to leave their books at school (so they can complete assignments throughout the day) or leave it at home. I will still teach them how to access the online textbook, so it will be accessible in either location (home and school.)
  • Students will need to bring their Collections textbook to class daily until told otherwise starting this Wednesday. Due to the arrival of our class set, students may bring their textbook to class, only if they choose.

What did we do today?

Monday, Aug. 20

Depending on what classes needed to make-up, students worked on:

  • Setting up their comp. books
  • Setting up their portfolios
  • Blobs and lines activity

Tuesday, Aug. 21

Students completed a 5-question formative assessment to assess their beginning understanding of the unit to be covered either:

*The class codes are available in class, as the formative needs to be completed in class.

The remainder of class is dedicated to finishing up unfinished tasks from Monday.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

  • The class started our unit on Craig Kielbueger’s personal essay. Here is the power point used in class.
  • Class time was used to introduce the unit and some classes had enough time to begin reading.
  • (5th period) finished setting up their portfolios and left them in their portfolio crate in class. Thank you for your flexibility!
  • Students will finish the reading/charts in class.

Thursday, Aug. 23

  • Students started/continued reading “Craig Kielburger Reflects on Working Toward Peace” in their Collections textbook and working on their author’s perspective chart.
  • For an example of how to complete the chart, please see today’s power point.
  • After the teacher demonstrated how to complete the chart, students continued to read the text and each students completed their own chart, but discussed the text with their table mates.
  • Remember, students will finish the reading/charts in class.

Friday, Aug. 24

  • Students got back their summer reading mind maps today.
  • Please make it a habit to check Focus weekly to check-up on grades. If falling behind, students need to familiarize themselves with how to earn their desired score. Information regarding the weekly A3K homework requirement can be found here.
  • Students worked in small groups to continue reading “Craig Kielburger Reflects on Working Toward Peace” in their Collections textbook and completing the Author’s Perspective Chart modeled to them on Wednesday and/or Thursday.


  • Each week, students must complete a total of two (2) Achieve 3000 (A3K) articles between Sunday through Saturday at 11:59 P.M. (Articles submitted at 12 A.M. will be counted for the following week.)
  • In order to satisfy this requirement, students need to know:
    • The task is to read the article and complete the activity for each article.
    • Scores of 75% or higher are worth ten (10) points.
    • Scores below 75% are worth zero (0) points.
    • The teacher accepts your two highest, first try scores as the submission for the week, so there’s no reason to score beneath 20/20, or 100%

Summer Reading Exam

  • The week of Sept. 4th students will have their exam on their summer reading for Among the Hidden as per the directions for the summer reading assignments that went home at the end of last year.
  • Students should refresh in preparation as this multiple choice, closed book test is fast approaching. It is a simple multiple choice test to assess reading comprehension. The questions will NOT mimic their end-of-the-year state testing.
  • New-to-Landon students may choose to take the exam, but will be automatically be exempt from it.



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