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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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