Mrs. McDermott's English 8

Here's what we're doing in English at HOMS this week!

Portfolios done? Nope.

This is always and exciting, sad, and stressful times for students and teachers. We're getting ready to leave each other, leave familiarity, and trying to tie up loose ends (or finish correcting portfolios). If you student seems a little cranky in the next couple weeks, that's probably why. Even though I know some are very excited to move on to the high school, transition and change is still unsettling.


So, if your student signed up for Honors 9, I'll be discussing summer reading with them this week. I'll also attach some info below, so if it pertains to your child, make sure you take a look at the work as it must be completed on the first day of school!


Finals will be Wednesday and Thursday of next week, depending on your child's schedule, and there will be a final over just the last story we are reading, Flowers for Algernon.


As always, feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns. I believe this will be my last newsletter of the year.


Signing off...


-Megan McDermott

HOMS 8th Grade English

Weekly Lesson Plans (Subject to change...)

Monday: Memorial Day

Tuesday: Start Flowers for Algernon, study guide questions

Wednesday: Flowers for Algernon, study guide questions

Thursday: Flowers for Algernon, study guide questions

Friday: Flowers for Algernon study guides due. Begin Awakenings. (Get your Kleenex ready...)

Sharing our Holocaust Independent Reading Books!

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PLEASE check all the rooms in your house for HOMS library books, or my own personal library books! They need to be turned in right away!

Summer Speech Camp

I sent out a separate email last week about this camp, but I think it's such a great opportunity for all my kiddos, I have to put it in my newsletter. Please consider this amazing opportunity! It does so much to boost confidence, build necessary life-long skills, looks great on college applications, and is so much fun!


Sign up online through community ed! Sign up here! Bring a friend!

Summer School, Anyone?

Below you'll find our school's policy for summer school attendance. This is just an FYI! If you have questions or concerns, you may contact Student Services!



If your child receives an F for a grade in English, Science, Social Studies and/or math for:

- one quarter during semester one, s/he will be recommended, not required, to attend session one of summer school

- both quarters of semester one, s/he will be required to attend session one of summer school

If your child receives an F for a grade in English, Science, Social Studies and/or math for:

- one quarter during semester two, s/he will be recommended, not required, to attend session two of summer school

- both quarters of semester two, s/he will be required to attend session two of summer school

* Absences are not excused for camps, vacations, appointments, etc. so please make note of the following dates:

Session One - Monday, June 20 - Friday, July 1

Session Two - Monday, July 11 - Friday July 22

* All students, grades 6-8, may take up to four classes in summer school; English, Science, Social Studies, Math and/or study skills.

* All students who are required to attend summer school will also take a study skills class.

* Classes are held in the morning only

* The program is free of charge but transportation is not provided

If you have any questions, please call or email Rhonda Soukup, Summer School Coordinator, at 952-226-0722 or rsoukup@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Honors English 9 Summer Work!

Please see the picture below to read all about the Summer reading assignment for anyone signed up for English Honors 9. I'll also be sending out the assignment with attachments via email. It is your student's responsibility to sign up for the Schoology course for Honors 9 to keep up on all that's going on in regards to preparation for the class and summer reading. It looks as if they'll need to do a little research on some of these terms if they don't remember the ones we've gone through!


Schoology Code:


9W836-TGK8V


Good luck! (It's one of my favorite books!)

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Mrs. Megan McDermott

8th Grade English


I love to teach, read, nap, and drink coffee!

Also, I love Rob Lowe.

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