BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT Monica Borba FALLON’S MISSION STATEMENT The Fallon School community serves life-long student learners within a positive and nurturing environment, where diversity is embraced, and the individual is empowered to reach toward academic excellence, enriched by opportunities in sports, fine arts, and community service. BRIEF INTRODUCTION • Education: • UC Santa Barbara • BA in History, minors in English Literature & Education • Brandman/Chapman University • Credential & post graduate work • Experience: • Substitute Teaching in DUSD, MUSD, TUSD • Long term subbing at Discovery Charter School • Private Tutoring CONTACT INFORMATION CONTACT INFORMATION EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org PHONE: (925) 875 – 9376 ext 6368 THE 7TH & 8TH GRADE HUMANITIES TEAM: 7th Grade Teachers: 8th Grade Teachers: Mr. Chapman Mr. Yovino Mrs. Jones Ms. Andrews Ms. Harris Mr. Chapman Mr. Yovino Mrs. Sharbach Mr. Ruegg Ms. Richards Opportunities to Collaborate: - Department level - Grade level - Collaboration Wednesdays SOCIAL STUDIES • Rome • Islam • West Africa • China • Japan • Medieval Europe • Renaissance • Reformation • Scientific Revolution • Exploration • Enlightenment COMMON CORE STANDARDS! •“Beyond the Bubble Tests” • http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_ELA%20Standards.pdf • Do not fear, because…. Key Focus: Making students college & career ready in reading, writing, speaking, & listening They demonstrate independence They build strong content knowledge They respond to the varying demands of audience, task, & purpose They comprehend & critique They value EVIDENCE They use technology strategically & capably They come to understand other perspectives & cultures LANGUAGE ARTS • Reading Comprehension • Writing • Vocabulary • Grammar LANGUAGE ARTS: READING • Short Stories: Fiction & Nonfiction • The Outsiders • Poetry • The Giver • Literature Circles LANGUAGE ARTS: WRITING • Personal Narrative • Response to Literature • Argumentative • Research (ties in with social studies) • College Project • SIX TRAITS OF EFFECTIVE WRITING • Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions. How can I best help my child with their academics? • Communication: • Open & Frequent Communication between students, teachers & parents • Organization: • Minder Binders • Absences • Website • Preparation: • Materials • Study Skills HOMEWORK • Either preview or review • Studying notes for a quiz or test • A medium to long term project that has been started in class • An essay that has been worked on in class ASSESSMENTS • Tests: • study guides will ALWAYS be given in advance • Review in class the day before • I will offer an additional after school review session • Quizzes: • no study guide, but always told in advance to study • 20 points or less • Informal Assessments: • The most ignored but the most valuable!!! HOW YOU CAN HELP AT HOME • Writing: go through the RUBRIC and CHECKLISTS together and edit together (six traits) • Checking the Minder Binder • Asking questions!