Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year

Welcome to Seventh Grade 
      Language Arts (English) class!

See you at our Back-to-School Night on August 17 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and on Seventh Grade Day -- August 18 -- (half-day). 

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American Fork Junior High School
Monday, 17 August 2015
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

   See also Term Expectations in a post below.  If it's not here yet, it will be posted soon.
While the sales on school supplies are available, it's a good idea to stock up on the things you'll need later, but that will be much more expensive then !   If you are able to, you might want to get enough paper, pencils, and pens to last for the school year. 

Note: If your family cannot afford school supplies, please speak with a teacher or administrator.

Here are some required and suggested items.
1. Required (You will definitely need these):  

  • Composition books -- Ms. Dorsey asks her students to bring a composition book to use for readers' and writers' workshop. You might want to buy a couple when they are on sale.  You should have it at school by the beginning of the second week of school.

See this post on this blog for how to set up your composition book: 

Composition Book Set-Up

  • Plenty of lined paper (Get enough to last for the school year, since it costs so much more when it's not on sale.)
  • Plenty of pencils (Teachers usually keep some on hand for students to borrow in an emergency, but students should supply their own, and should not break or throw pencils.) If you like to use mechanical pencils, have extra lead on hand. Teachers likely won't have it.  I'd really appreciate it if you could donate some pencils to the class!
  • Pens with black or dark blue (indigo) ink
    • A red pen might be used sometimes, but do not do your homework and in-class writing with it or with other odd colors of ink.
    • Parents, please don't send sharpies or other permanent ink pens to school with your students. They can quickly become a nuisance item. If they need to use them to mark binders, notebooks, P.E. clothes, etc., please do that at home.
  • Colored Pencils (This can just be the regular pack -- a larger variety of colors is totally optional!)  We will use these to color code grammar exercises, paragraphs, and essays, and to add snaz (coolness, awesomeness, excitement, greatness) to some other assignments.   (Added 7-18-15)
  • A couple of three ring binders. Some students do better with everything kept in one binder, and others prefer to have one binder for A-Day classes and another for B-Day classes. (A few students organize better with folders, but in my experience most students do better with a binder and dividers.) 
  • Binder dividers -- You can buy these or make your own with index or construction paper.
Be prepared each class day to bring to class a book to read.  You could bring one from home, from the public library, from the school library (media center), or you could check out a book from our classroom library.   To begin the school year, you may pick your own genre, but later on your teachers will let you know what sorts of books you should be reading.   You will likely receive points for bringing your book and for being prepared to read quietly during reading time.  

    2. These items are suggested, but not required:
    • A thumb drive comes in very handy. In the past, students have done a PowerPoint presentation for science class, and you may want to use  the thumb drive to save or hand in work for other classes, including English class and Reading 7.  Though we have been moving more toward handing in documents online, a thumb drive can prove invaluable as a back-up for saving and turning in work. 
    • Your Colored pencils may also be needed for history class, and come in handy at times in other classes.
    • Spiral notebooks -- Watch for those that go on sale for seventeen or twenty-five cents each.
    • A three-ring hole-punch that fits in your binder is very helpful if you receive handouts that haven't been punched.
    • A small manual pencil sharpener is nice to have.
    • A small pack of Kleenex -- We usually have facial tissues/Kleenex available in our classrooms, but they are not soft on a tender nose.
    • Hand sanitizer
    • If you find a good deal, you might want to have on hand some poster board. Sometimes teachers will assign students to create posters, and it's helpful not to have to run out to the store at 10 pm when the student remembers he or she has a poster due the next day. [Yes,  I've been there, done that with my own children!]
    • Sticky notes and highlighters

    Computers and Internet
    Note to Parents: If you have a computer and printer, you might want to check to see that you have enough printer ink on hand so your student can print off homework when needed. Please encourage your student to finish and hand-in assignments before the deadline, so any computer or printer problems don't make them late.

    More about computers and Internet: It is very helpful to have the Internet available at home. Our English classes use a writing program called Utah Compose for several assignments during the year. We access it at school, and students can write and revise their work from home or anywhere else they can use the Internet. That also allows parents to read their student's writing and watch their progress.
    Students may also need to do research on the Internet for various classes.
    If you do not have access at home, the student could use computers in our school media center, sometimes (such as during CaveTime) our computer labs are open to students who need extra time, and the Internet is available at the public library.
    Parents will need to sign a release for the student to use the Internet at school, and the student will need to have his or her Internet card in hand to use the Internet on the media center computers and in the other computer labs.

    Teacher Web Sites

    Many of our teachers have web sites, blogs, and wikis where you can find much information about classes, requirements, etc. Take advantage of this resource.

    If you're absent or looking for more information or maybe some extra credit, check this blog.
    You will most likely be required to use this blog at times during the school year. 

    Download our disclosure document at  7th Eng Disclosure Dorsey 2015-2016 Aug.doc
    Click the "Download" tab to open the document. 

    We are the Cavemen!

    Click here for Classroom Rules.

    Ms. Dorsey's Schedule

    (Originally posted July 13, 2010 -- Revised, Edited and Reposted in for the 2011-2012 school year, and again for the 2012-2013, 2013-2014,  2014-2015, and 2015-2016  school year.)