7th Grade English Info Sheet

Fall 2012

About Mrs. Ernst

Welcome to 7th grade! This is my second year teaching 7th grade, and my second year in York. I graduated from Wayne State College in 2007 with a Middle Level Education degree and endorsements in Language Arts and Health/Physical Education. After graduating, I moved back to my hometown, Clarkson, Nebraska, and eventually taught 1st grade for three years. Last year, my family relocated to the York area. My husband teaches Social Studies and coaches at Centennial High School. I have two and a half children (baby #3 will be arriving at the beginning of January) that are VERY busy and keep me on my toes. In my spare time, I like to be active and workout. I look forward to having a great year with everyone in 7th grade!


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English Homework

There will be occasional homework in English. Usually, homework will consist of assignments that did not get done in class or papers that we have been writing over the course of a couple days. There may be instances when the work requires technology that is not available at home. The student will need to set up a time to come in before or after school to finish, especially if they do not have a Study Hall. All homework should be completed by the student independently. If a student is unable to complete a section of their homework independently, they should mark the question, give their best guess, and then ask me before class. I am at school by 7:30 every morning and stay after school until 4:00, and I usually check my email at least once during the evening and can answer questions that way as well. After class has started is not a good time to let me know there are questions on the homework or that it is incomplete.

Classroom Expectations

I enjoy having fun in class, sometimes even bordering on chaos, and giving students opportunities to learn in challenging and creative ways. In order for our classroom to be successful and safe, there are a few expectations for students to follow. Students need to be prepared. Please come to class with paper and a writing utensil. Students will follow the three school rules: be safe, be respectful, and be responsible. Students need to try their best; not everything in class will be easy or be completed without effort, and students will need to think and take risks.


Students who are making choices that are taking away from the learning of the rest of the class will be given a "Think Sheet" and refered to the office until the sheet is completed. A completed Think Sheet will form a plan to prevent the behavior or actions from happening again. The student will need to have their parents sign the paper and return it before coming to class the next day. If a student does not return a completed sheet, the student will receive noon detention.

Class Communication

Remind 101

Remind 101 is a free service that allows me to send out group texts and emails without having to share our phone numbers. It is a one-way communication, you can not reply to me, but allows me to send reminders about projects and activities quickly.


Class Website

http://bit.ly/CErnst

This site contains calendars for both Teen Lit and English 7. I will also update it with class information as needed. The site will be used by students who miss class to see what work will need to be made up. In order to access the Assignments link for both class, a York Dukes domain email in necessary, so it will be the student's job to get signed in and check assignments.


Class Blog

http://ymsenglish7.blogspot.com/

A link to the blog is posted on the English class page. I use the blog to post projects and reflect on lessons the students have done.


Email

Students should check their school email once daily. They may choose to do so at home or at school.