Mrs. Frank's Class Update!

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Delicious Autumn!

First Quarter is coming to an end, and the students and I are celebrating this time of year in many ways.

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. -George Eliot

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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. -Albert Camus

Top News

  • Quarter 1 Grades Quarter 1 ended on Friday, October 18th. Grades have been posted in the classroom on an ongoing basis and are available on Aeries. Report cards will be mailed out at the end of this week. Please let me know if you have questions.
  • Suspense Stories Due Just before Halloween, all students will have their stories ready for a grand unveiling in our classroom. Volunteers will read their stories in an author celebration to set the tone for a free-spirited Halloween.
  • Halloween Celebration! Healthy Party Treats needed for Tuesday, Oct. 29 (per. 1,2,5,6) & Wednesday, Oct. 30 (per.3). Let your child know what you think you can contribute or use this form:
  • Staff Development Days No School on Oct. 31st and Nov 1.
  • Conference Week: November 4-8 2:15 dismissal all week
  • Conferences will be held for any student with a C- or below, and for any parents and/or teachers who have a concern for a student and request a conference. In addition, I welcome emails or phone calls to discuss your child, or plan a meeting, at any time.
  • Restock Binders It's time to restock binder paper, pencils, pens & highlighters!
  • Parents: Keep Checking Edmodo & Aeries. These are both important tools for monitoring your child's progress. Edmodo will show assignments and other class information. Aeries is the official gradebook.
  • Reading Club/Book Order Due Wed. 10/30. You can also order online! Details below.

Writing & Reading

Suspense Stories! Students have been crafting their short stories. Partners have brainstormed some exciting ideas in our Suspense Corner, and currently students are drafting their individual stories on Google Drive.

This week, we will work on narrative strategies such as adding dialogue, movement and gestures to create life-like characters, as well as using precise nouns and adjectives. We will also review punctuating dialogue and analyze how the stories will be evaluated. My goal is to have students have a clear understanding of how they can revise their writing to earn a high grade, and more importantly, write an exciting story!

Suspense Novels! We have just wrapped up hunting for suspenseful quotes in the suspense books that we've been reading. Most students are enjoying the books they are reading, and we are all getting excited about the upcoming movie adaptation of Catching Fire! (see optional field trip details above)

Edmodo Pen Pal Project

We are excited to have fellow seventh-graders from England join our Edmodo Group! Just this past week, students from Dearne Advanced Learning Centre in Rotherham, England jumped in and began corresponding with us. We are also sharing an Edmodo Group with students in Jonesville, Virginia and in Helena, Alabama. Each week, students will respond to a short prompt on the Edmodo Group, and will have the opportunity to reply to each other.

Recently, students have been working in small groups to compare our communities and schools. The students are already fascinated with getting to know students in another part of the country, and seem to be enjoying this real-world application of their writing.

We will be connecting with these classes in other ways as well. We're hoping to use Skype to connect, and we will also put students in small, collaborative groups on Edmodo. Between using Google Drive and Edmodo, students are truly experiencing the possibility of collaborating "in the cloud".

Reading Club/Book Orders

Book Orders Due: Oct. 30!

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One-Time Class Activation Code: GNBBP

Dear Families,

Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why I am so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year.

With Scholastic Reading Club:

- Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library

- You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child

- You'll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks

About each month, your child will have the opportunity to order using the form or online. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or by returning your order form and payment to me.

I'm excited to get our class reading!

Thank you for your support,

Katie Frank

If This Is Your First Time Ordering Online:


- ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code from the top of this letter

- CHOOSE from thousands of books, value packs, and Storia eBooks

- SUBMIT the order to me by the due date listed on the website

- EARN FREE Books for our classroom too!

Coming Up

In November, we will begin reading our first core-lit novel, Crispin. It is also set in Medieval Europe and is an exciting adventure that generally appeals to all seventh-graders.

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts: While students study Medieval Europe in History, we'll experience being scribes in English, creating our own manuscripts and learning a little about middle English and Geoffrey Chaucer along the way.

White Hill Middle School Seventh Grade English

Please feel free to contact me whenever you have a question or concern about your child.