First Week Back! January 4, 2008
Our first week back at school after holidays was a short one–only two days! We got quite a bit accomplished, however.
I have quite a few new students this semester. Welcome! I feel as if I know most of you pretty well. I hope you find the class enjoyable and exciting. To those of you returning from last semester, allow me to share how thrilled I am to see you again! I feel truly fortunate to work with you again. To those of you who no longer have my class, here is a heartfelt cyber hug! I miss you. Fortunately, I still have a few of you in House.
In English class, we have been working in small groups for the past few days to read James Hurst’s short story, “The Scarlet Ibis.” Our focus in this story is on symbolism, but we have also had the opportunity to review point-of-view, atmosphere, setting, diction, theme, and imagery (among several other literary elements).
I have been amazed to see some of your reactions to the story. Some of you expressed how deeply affected you were by the ending of the story… you shared your impressions with me, and I was truly touched by your sensitivity and appreciation for literature (you especially–J.L, B.P., and M.R.).
We will wrap up our study of “The Scarlet Ibis” next week. We will then turn to a review of Shakespeare and a reading of his play, Romeo and Juliet.
Reminders: I will be taking up reading logs as well as notebooks on Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you on Monday!
Student-Led Conferences November 16, 2007
Student-led conferences were held at WEMCHS on November 8. Parents and students who were able to attend can attest to the fact that the conferences were an extraordinary success. Students discussed their notebook organization, planning calendars, assignment logs, reading logs, learning logs, Cornell notes, and journal entries with their parents. They also showed their parents their essays, projects, and tests. With parents, each student reflected on his or her successes and targeted areas for improvement. The student-led conferences were a valuable experience for WEMCHS students to showcase their academic achievements thus far.
If you were unable to attend the student-led conferences but would still like to participate in this experience with your child, please contact me at WEMCHS to arrange an appointment. I am generally free from 3:40 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. If this time frame does not accomodate your schedule, please take comfort in the fact that more student-led conferences will be held throughout the academic year. I look forward to hearing from you.