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Sophomore Honors English Newsletter ~ November/December 2018

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While having our grade books live on iPASS helps students and their families monitor student progress, it only provides part of the picture. (Click HERE for the ins and outs of IPASS.)

Be sure to ask your student what s/he is learning, as well as how s/he behaves in and contributes to our class. Scores alone merely show whether or not students are good test-takers and/or consistent homework doers. (Honors students are usually both of these things.)

Instead, ask to see your student's Term 1 CLASS PARTICIPATION SELF-ASSESSMENT and your student's DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP SELF-ASSESSMENT. These two end-of-the-term rubrics provide a much more complete picture as to how your child is doing in English.


I am tasked with helping your student meet 44 (!) English Language Arts standards this year. While Pearson--the online curriculum we launched last year--ensures that we do this, students will also do a slew of other engaging activities to help them meet the standards this year! (Having trouble viewing the table below? Check out a larger version HERE.)
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Is Your Student Reading at Home?

One of the requirements of an Honors English student is that s/he voraciously reads for pleasure outside of class. (See the other requirements HERE.) After all, if students wouldn't think of bypassing a workout, missing a music rehearsal, or skipping a soccer practice, they can't afford to opt out of regular at-home reading either. Check out the infographic below for reasons why reading just 20 minutes a day will give your student the edge.

Note: December means that your student should be reading his/her FOURTH (!) book of the year. Ask your reader what s/he's enjoyed so far.

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