Degrees and Certifications:
This year will be my 31st year teaching in the Alta Loma School District. I have been teaching Language Arts here at Vineyard Junior High since it opened in 1990. Before that, I taught Language Arts/Social Studies at Alta Loma Junior High. I received my B.A. in English from Scripps College in Claremont and my M.A. in Education from the Claremont Graduate School. I am married and have three daughters (Mackenzie- 26, Lindsey-22, Sydney- 18) who keep me busy when I am not at school. In my free time I love to garden, read (of course), hike with our dog Winnie, and cook. On weekends, I love spending time with my girls and getting up to my cabin in Big Bear as often as I can.
Classroom Wish List:
*Tissues (no lotion)
*Antibacterial Gel (lg. pump bottles)
*Donations for the Treasure Box: school supplies, seasonal itmes, treats (NO NUTS), items for the dollar spot at Target, etc.
3-18-19: Final draft Compare and Contrast paragraph- "Twelfth Night" vs. "She's the Man".
3/14-3/15: In class text comparison: "Twelfth Night" vs. "She's the Man" HW: Read your March nonfiction book!
3-13-19: Read your March nonfiction book
3-12-19: Shakespeare: Twelfth Night-Finish reading together in class. HW: Write 20 Q&A's on plot and characters. NO T/F or Y/N!! Quiz on story tomorrow.
3-11-19: Shakespeare: Twelfth Night- Read together in class HW: Read your March nonfiction book
3-8-19: Shakespeare background quiz Monday- be sure to study handout questions. Get permission slip signed for movie next week!
3-7-19: Complete questions for handout "Shakespeare: His Life and Times". Use textual evidence for answers. March book check (nonfiction) tomorrow!
3-6-19: Complete questions for handout "All the World's A Stage". Use textual evidence for answers.
3-5-19: Complete Personal Coat of Arms- in PEN and COLOR! Pictures and words in each box! Neatness counts!
3-4-19: Get your March nonfiction book- same topic as February book. Book check Friday, 3/8
3-1-19: February Book Poster due MONDAY 3/4!
2-28-19: HAIKU: Final draft Haiku (2) in pen on final draft paper provided! Bring watercolor paints TOMORROW!
2-25-2/27: BENCHMARK TEST in class HW: Finish February book and work on Book Report Poster (due Mon. 3/4!)
2/19-2/22: Unit 3 Performance Task: Group Google Slide Projects
2-18-19: NO SCHOOL- President's Day
2-15-19: NO SCHOOL- Lincoln's Birthday
2-14-19: STUDY SYNC: Complete COMP for "Long Walk to Freedom". Review before submitting!
2-13-19: STUDY SYNC:Complete "Harriet Tubman" Close Read "WRITE" assignment. Follow our paragraph outline (9 sentences).
2-12-19:STUDY SYNC: "The People Can Fly"- Complete COMP and THINK (A.C.E. them!)
2-11-19: STUDY SYNC: "Harriet Tubman"- Complete COMP questions. Double check before submitting- this is a test!
2-8-19: STUDY SYNC: "About Cesar"- Complete WRITE assignment
2-7-19: STUDY SYNC: "About Cesar"- Complete COMP and THINK questions (A.C.E. them)
2-6-19: STUDY SYNC: Complete Worker's Rights Paragraph outline and Final Draft (in pen or typed!).
2-5-19: STUDY SYNC: Complete THINK questions for "Flesh and Blood So Cheap" Be sure to A.C.E. them and submit when completed
2-4-19: STUDY SYNC: Complete COMP questions for "Flesh and Blood So Cheap". Be sure to submit them under "Sync TV"
1/30-2/1: Nothing But the Truth 1Pager Project. Completed project due Monday, 2/4!
1-29-19: Nothing But the Truth: In class: collect packets and complete Final Exam w/ essay NO HW!
1-28-19: No School- Inservice Day
EXTRA CREDIT JANUARY BOOK REPORT (science fiction) DUE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1st!!
NO LATE PEPORTS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
1-25-19: Nothing but the Truth: Finish reading ch. 17-19 (end of book) and complete pg. 14 in packet (summary and response in different paragraphs). Also complete pg. 4&5 (character info). Completed packet due Tuesday before the final exam!
1-24-19: Nothing But the Truth: Finish reading ch. 16 and complete pg. 13 of packet.
1-23-19: Nothing But the Truth: Finish reading ch. 15 and complete pg. 12 of packet.
1-22-19: Nothing But the Truth: Finish reading ch. 13-14 and complete pg. 11 of packet. Conflict chart will be collected tomorrow!
1-21-19: NO SCHOOL- MLK Jr Day
1-18-19: Nothing But the Truth: Finish reading ch.12 and complete pg. 10 of packet. Be sure to use word-for-word text and cite it properly! Complete conflict chart as well.
1-17-19: Nothing But the Truth: Finish read ch. 10-11 and complete pg. 9 of packet. Update character and conflict charts
1-16-19: Nothing But the Truth: Finish reading ch. 7-9 and complete pg. 8 of packet. Update character and conflict charts.
1-15-19: Nothing But the Truth: Finish reading ch. 4-6 and complete pg. 7 of packet. Update character charts.
1-14-19: Nothing But the Truth: Finish reading ch. 1-3 and complete pg. 6 of packet. Bring book and packet DAILY for credit!!
1-11-19: No Homework. January book report will be Extra Credit!
1-10-19: STUDY SYNC: Complete THINK questions for "Reality TV and Society". Be sure to A.C.E. them!
1-9-19: Finish final Draft Response to Lit Essay (4 paragraphs). Typed or in pen!
1-8-19: Complete outline packet for Scrooge Response to Literature essay
1-7-19: December Book Report due TOMORROW! DO NOT forget parent signature!
12/17-12/20: In Class: "A Christmas Carol" HW: Read your December book!
12-14-18: Read your December Book. Book Report due Tuesday, January 8th!
12-13-18: Read your December Book
12-12-18:Complete Reading Warm Ups A and B for "A Christmas Carol"
12-11-18: Final Draft "Make a Wish" letter. 1 page and follow letter form!
12-10-18: STUDY SYNC: Complete WRITE activity for "The Gift of the Magi".
12-7-18: STUDY SYNC: Complete WRITE activity for "FEED". Be sure to proofread before you submit assignment!
12-6-18: December (book with movie) Book Check tomorrow!!
12-5-18: STUDY SYNC: Complete COMP questions for "Nothing to Envy". Double check answers before submitting them!
12-4-18: STUDY SYNC: Complete COMP and THINK questions for "The Wise Old Woman". Be sure to submit when finished!
12-3-18: Get your December book! December Book Check (book with movie version) on FRIDAY!
11-30-18: Extra Credit November Book Report (Historical Fiction) due MONDAY- will NOT be accepted late! Get December book- book with movie version.
11-29-18: STUDY SYNC: Complete COMP and THINK questions for "The Lottery". Submit when finished with BOTH!
11-28-18: STUDY SYNC: Complete COMP questions (this is a test!) for "The Hunger Games". Be sure to submit when finished...take your time!! Be sure to log in through CLEVER!
11-27-18: Final Draft 3 paragraph Response to Literature Essay (w/ outline packet) due tomorrow! Typed or in pen!
11-26-18: Complete outline (3 pages) for Akeelah Character Analysis essay
11/13-11/16: In Class: "Akeelah and the Bee" w/ character trait chart HW: Read your November Book
11-12-18: No School- Veteran's Day
11-9-18: "What It Takes to Be Great" Summary Final Draft (TYPED!) with outline packet due Tuesday!
11-8-18: "What It Takes to Be Great"- Complete Critical Thinking Questions- A.C.E. all of them!
11-7-18: "What It Takes to Be Great"- Complete 2nd read of article with annotations: highlight Key Ideas
11-6-18: "What It Takes to Be Great" pre-reading activity in class HW: Read your November (historical fiction) book!
11-5-18: In class: Scope Magazine textual evidence activity HW: November Book Check TOMORROW!
11/1-11/2: In Class: October Book Analysis (book report) HW: Get November book (historical fiction) by Monday!
10-31-18: Complete your Halloween Narrative. Final Draft due tomorrow. Acc Classes (p.4&5)- You must incorporate dialogue. October BOOK REPORT in class tomorrow- Bring book and notes!!!
10-30-18: Complete Unit 8 Word Sort definitions (Use your spelling dictionary)
10-29-18: Unit 8 Spelling (Greek Work Parts)- complete pg. 55 #1-20 PLUS paragraph using 10 basic words! Be sure to use the words in the correct context!
10/23-10/24: Benchmark Test in class HW: Read your October Book
10-22-18: Read your October book- Book Report (Literary Analysis) in class 11/1-11/2!
10/17-10/19: Work on your Story Circle for "The Monsters Are Due" - 9 events, summary and text for each event. Include colored illustrations for each box. All writing in PEN or typed. Completed Story Circle due MONDAY!
10-16-18: Complete Story Map for Act I and Act II of "The Monsters Are Due". Write a full sentence for each event and do not forget the theme statement!
10-15-18: Reading "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" in class HW: Read your October Fantasy book!
10-12-18: Read your October Fantasy Book
10/9-10/11: Unit 1 Performance Task- Multimedia Group Presentation (due Friday)
10-8-18: No School- inservice day
10-5-18:Study Sync: Complete COMP questions for "The Call of the Wild"
10-4-18: Study Sync: Complete THINK questions for "The Call of the Wild" Be sure to A.C.E. them- Answer, Cite, Explain. Be sure to submit them when finished.
10-3-18: Study Sync: Complete COMP questions for "The Call of the Klondike". Double check before submitting assignment.
10-2-18: In class book report- Character Analysis
10-1-18: In class book report- Character Analysis. Get your October book- FANTASY!
9-28-18: Read your September Book- Character Analysis (book report) in class Mon-Tues! Bring your book and notes!
9-27-18: In class Character Analysis paragraph HW: Read your September book. Book Report in class 10/1-10/2
9-26-18: In class Character Analysis Outline HW: Read your September Book
9-25-18: Read your September Book
9-24-18: Study Sync: Complete "COMP" questions for "The Other Side of the Sky". Review carefully and then be sure to submit assignment.
9-21-18: Read your September Book! Be sure to take notes! Book report IN CLASS 10/1-10/2
9-20-18: Study Sync: Complete "COMP" questions for "Barrio Boy". Double check your answers before you submit- this is a test!
9-19-18: Study Sync: Complete the "THINK" questions for "Barrio Boy". Be sure to A.C.E. them and cite text properly!! Submit when finished!
9-18-18: Study Sync: Complete the "COMP" questions for "Rikki-tikki-tavi". Remember this is a test and be sure to submit assignment when finished.
9-17-18: Study Sync: Complete the "THINK" questions for "Rikki-tikki-tavi". Remember to A.C.E. them and submit when finished.
9-14-18: Read your September book! Be sure to take notes!
9-13-18: Character Analysis Paragraph (6 sentences) for Rikki-tikki-tavi. Be sure to color code the sentences. Bring outline and Citing Evidence handout tomorrow.
9-12-18: Complete Citing Evidence handout for Rikki-tikki-tavi. Bring to class tomorrow with colored pens (red, blue, black, green)
9-11-18: Complete the Character Trait Evidence sheet for "Rikki-tikki-tavi". Log into Study Sync to get textual evidence if necessary:
9-10-18: Read your September Book!
9-7-18: Read your September Book-book check Monday for points. You MUST have your book and notes in class to get credit!
9-6-18: Read your September book (free choice fiction) and take notes on character traits and evidence (pg.#)
9-5-18: Log in evidence for Study Sync (print log in page or pic of screen)
9-4-18: Complete practice Story Map for "The Three Little Pigs"
9-3-18: No School
8-31-18: September Book (free choice fiction) due by Tuesday! Bring book to class daily!
8-30-18: Review Bingo in class- Study definition for Unit 5 Test tomorrow!
8-29-18: Homophone Review Worksheet. Review Bingo tomorrow in class- study your Give One, Get One!
8-28-18: Complete Spelling pgs. 37 #1-24 and pg. 38 #1-24.
8-27-18: Unit 5 Spelling (Homophones) "Give One, Get One"- complete definitions for ALL words. (Use your spelling dictionary in your book!)
8-24-18: Write 1 page "Love Letter to Yourself". Follow letter form. Bring Monday with envelope.
8-23-18: Unit 3 Spelling /Vocab worksheet. Test tomorrow! Bring stamps and envelopes.
8-22-18: Great American Mail Race: Bring 3 copies of your Final Draft Letter (5 paragraphs with all 5 parts of the friendly letter) PLUS your address research sheet and stamps/envelopes.
8-21-18: Great American Mail Race: 1st Draft Letter (5 paragraphs- follow guidelines and friendly letter format) AND address practice due tomorrow! 3 stamps and envelopes due Thursday!
8-20-18: Complete Unit 3 Spelling/Vocab pg. 25 #1-20 and pg. 26 #1-25. STUDY for Friendly letter quiz tomorrow!
8-17-18: Completed and Signed Book of the Month packet due MONDAY!!
8-16-18:Complete Unit 2 Review Worksheet. Unit 2 Spelling Test tomorrow! Work on your Book of the Month Packet.
8-15-18:Work on your Book of the Month research. You will have class time tomorrow as well!
8-14-18:In Class STAR READING TEST No HW!
8-13-18: Unit 2 Spelling/Vocab- pg.19 #1-20 and pg.20 #1-11. Book can stay at home!
8-10-18: Perform at least 1 Random Act of Kindness. We will discuss on Monday! :)
8-9-18:Complete Goal Setting Sheet. Bring Language Arts Notebook daily!
8-8-18: Final Draft BIO POEM- in pen or typed with colored illustration!
8-7-18: Color AND cut out your SURVIVOR character. Please put your name and period on the back.
8-6-18: Get Parent Signature on class letter. Class supplies due by THURS. 8/9!