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Mrs Amy Schiller 6th Grade ELA

Mrs. Schiller: 

Good morning, SJF! My name is Amy Schiller and I’m thrilled to be starting my 21st year at St. John Fisher. What an exciting place to be! We truly are a "Catholic Community Like No Other". I'll be working with 6th graders in Language Arts this year. 

A little about my family and me...I grew up in St. Gerald’s Parish in Oak Lawn, graduated from Lake Forest College, and have two children (DJ and Nathan). Nathan is an 8th grader at SJF, and DJ is a sophomore at Mount Carmel High School. I'm proud to say that my husband, Brian, is a United States Marine Corps Master Sgt. (Ret.) and an active local resident as well. My family and I feel blessed to live in such a wonderful community! 

I look forward to working with your child this year! I'm here to help, so don't ever hesitate to reach out. 




Posted on Aug 19, 2019

Dear Parents, 

Welcome back! I’m thrilled to be working with your child who will have new opportunities to have fun and find success in the classroom. 

I am eager to begin my 21st year at SJF getting students interested in one of my favorite pastimes, READING! Some of my goals this year are to get students making connections and finding relevance in text and developing a love of reading--not just reading to take tests! 

Your child will be challenged to analyze a variety of fiction and non-fiction sources, which will hopefully expand their appreciation for different genres and make them WANT to read independently.

In addition, students will have opportunities to write narrative (storyteller), persuasive (debater) and expository (reporter) essays based on their reading. Our greatest objectives are to write with purpose and clarity and to format papers and cite sources in the MLA (Modern Language Association) format. 


  • Homework: 10%

  • Independent Reading (AR): 10%

  • Classwork (including Bellringers and Literacy Centers): 30%

  • Projects and Essays: 30%

  • Assessments: 20%


Accelerated Reader

This year, students will be responsible for earning a set number of AR points per trimester. Points are assigned based on a book’s word count and complexity. The goal is to facilitate strong independent reading and a nightly reading habit. Although there are no restrictions on the books students may select to read independently,  students should plan accordingly and be reading throughout the trimester (not panicking a week before the end of the trimester!). I will be conferencing with students every two weeks to determine their reading progress. 

First Trimester:

12 points


Students are welcome to come in any morning after 7:20 a.m. if they have a question or concern.  I can also be reached at:


Even if your child has felt reading wasn’t his or her strong-suit in the past, it’s never too late to begin a life-long love of reading. I’m here to help!


I look forward to a successful and fun year in class. Welcome back, Falcons!



Mrs. Amy Schiller