Ms. Casey's ELA Updates

Stay informed and up to date about what's happening in ELA!

Class Wide Spelling Bee - Tuesday, Novemeber 17, 2015

The class wide spelling bee is quickly approaching and I'm extremely excited! Students were provided with a paper copy of the spelling bee list in class last Monday (11/3/15). Every student is REQUIRED to participate in the class wide spelling bee. Participation will count as a test grade; As long as students demonstrate effort during the class spelling bee, this should be an easy 100 as a test grade. The top two students from each class period, will progress to the school wide spelling bee, which will be held 12/8/15. We will have a short, 20 question quiz over the spelling bee words on Friday (11/13/15). If your student needs another copy of the spelling bee list, please let me know and I will ensure that they receive another copy. Unfortunately, due to copyright laws and the fact that this is a national spelling bee, I cannot email or post the spelling bee list online.

Helpful Study Tips:

Scholastic Book Fair - November 13 through November 18, 2015

The Scholastic book fair will be in our school library next from November 13 - November 18, 2015! This is a great opportunity to encourage students to get excited about reading and to enlarge your at home library. As a class, we will visit the library at least once next so that students can take their time selecting novels and other items that interest them. Students are not required to make any purchases at the book fair. While we are in the library, students are more than welcome to check out/return library books.

November 17, 2015 from 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Where: BCMS Library
What: Join your student at the book fair, where you can find fun and adventurous books!! Student attendance equals an automatic homework pass for ELA class!

Need Extra Assistance?

I offer weekly ELA tutoring. If I have reached out to you and your student directly regarding tutoring, it is MANDATORY. Mandatory tutorials occur every Tuesday. I will communicate if tutoring dates are cancelled.

Tuesday Afternoons (3:10-4:00) - By invitation ONLY. Buses are provided and will take students home beginning at 4:00 pm. Paper invitations and reminder emails will be sent in advance.

Wednesday Afternoons (3:10-4:00) - By appointment ONLY. Parents and/or students should notify me that they plan to attend in order to ensure I have enough copies/resources for each student during the tutoring sessions. Please note that buses are NOT provided. Please make transportation arrangements for your student.

How Can You Help?

  • Check Skyward often to stay informed about your student's progress, grade, and missing work. Please refer to the class syllabus for information regarding late work and make up work.
  • Please double check with your student to make sure they are up to date on homework or class assignments. (You can do this by visiting my website).
  • Ask students to share what they are learning/doing in class and feel free to help them with homework.
  • Encourage class participation and tutoring, if necessary.
  • Please feel free to reach out to me with questions. It is my duty as a teacher to partner with you as a parent to make sure your student is successful.

Outside Resources

Achieve 3000 – This is a web based program that has lessons and practice that will help with comprehension and reading levels. Your student should have their username and password taped into their notebook. If they don't, please let me know and I will provide their login information. The website is

Free Rice - This is a web based program that helps with vocabulary. For each question your student answers correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to hungry throughout the world. The direct website is

No Red Ink – This is a web based program that has lessons geared toward student's interests. It is designed to help with grammar, writing, and sentence structures. The website is free, however your student will need to create a username and password. Once the account is created, your student will need to enter a class code. Please email/have your student see me directly, and I will give them the class code. The class code is different for each class period. The direct link to the website is

SAS Pathways – This another web based program that helps with writing and sentence composition. The direct website is .

· is a great resource that is similar to the format that I use for testing. Portions of the STAAR test also mirror the reading passages on

Homework: I post homework and class assignments for the week. Your student should have all of the homework written down in their planner, but my website is a great way to cross-check their planner and to stay informed about what we are learning in class. The following link will take you directly to my homework calendar. Double click on each day to see the objective and homework assignment .

Stay involved to help your student maintain success!

Remind 101 - Text Message Reminders

Attached to the email containing this link, you will find a PDF for Remind 101. Find the PDF for the period that your student has ELA class. Please feel free to sign up both yourself and your student to receive periodic important reminders regarding my ELA class and upcoming homework.

Still have questions?

If you ever need clarification or have general questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.