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A special thank you from Mr. Kassel!

Sent May 24th 2017

Parents and families, I just wanted to send one final message to you all to simply say thank you.  Thank you for making this year one of the easiest in terms of communication and expectations.  Many parents and guardians had inquiries throughout the year, but the uses of Canvas, Skyward, Remind, and this Listserve were able to make understanding any issues that arose so much easier to figure out.  You were all so supportive this year, and I couldn't have asked for anything else from families.  ...

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Sent May 12th 2017

Good morning FCV families!  Only 9 more days (after today of course) before your student is officially a high schooler :). This past week, we put the finishing touches on our Passion Projects (although some students will still need to do some work this weekend before presentations next week) we finished our review for our end of unit assessment, we took our grammar end of year test, and today we are taking STAR Reading for the final time. Next week, Monday and Tuesday, we will begin presentations for the Passion...

Next week in 8th grade Pre-AP Language Arts at FCV

Sent May 5th 2017

Good morning FCV families and happy Friday!  Only 14 more school days left (not counting today) before you officially have a high schooler on your hands. We did a lot of review this week for our upcoming end of unit assessment.  The assessment will most likely take place the Monday and Tuesday of the last week of school. Next week, on Monday, we will have our final checkpoint for the Passion Project (worth 5 points).  Presentations will begin on Monday, May 15th.  Students are expected to show, fo...

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Sent May 1st 2017

Good morning FCV families.  Only 19 more school days before your student is officially a high school freshman (I'll wait a few seconds so you can finish hyperventilating........................................................................................). Okay!  Now that that has sunken into your brains, let's go over the tentative plan for this week.  Today, students will turn in their Allusion homework paper and go over one more practice page of Allusions.  When that is finished, stud...

Next week in 8th grade Pre-AP Language Arts at FCV

Sent April 20th 2017

Good morning FCV families!  Happy Thursday!  Remember, tomorrow (Friday, April 21st) is a snow make-up day, so there is no school.  Enjoy the 3-day weekend! This week was our first week of ISTEP Part 2.  While the schedule had to be adjusted a bit on the fly, very few students had any problems and things went off without a hitch.  Next week, the schedule (at least for now) is to have most students finish ISTEP testing on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday (1 session in the morning and 1 sessio...

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Sent April 6th 2017

Good morning FCV families and Happy Thursday!  I hope everyone is recovered and fully back into the swing of things after Spring Break.  Only 6 1/2 more weeks of school! Today, I am introducing a 100-point writing assignment which will certainly challenge students thinking.  Students will be writing informative poems.  The rubric was provided for students on Canvas and is in their "Inbox" if you want to take a look at it.  The challenging part for students is that poetry is full of e...

Next week in 8th grade Pre-AP Language Arts at FCV

Sent March 22nd 2017

Good morning FCV families and happy day before Spring Break!!! This week, we focused heavily on poetry along with working on our Passion Projects on Monday.  Students next checkpoint (5 points) for the Passion Project will be the day we come back from break (Monday, April 3).  All I need to see is that students have begun working on the project (research/drafting/etc) and that the work is in their Google Drive folders. When we come back from break, we will continue working on poetry, and students will begin...

Next week in 8th grade Pre-AP Language Arts at FCV

Sent March 17th 2017

Good afternoon FCV families and Happy (March Madness) Friday!  Only 3 more school days until Spring Break.  School is only in session Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week because Thursday and Friday are makeup snow days that weren't utilized. This week, students continued working on their Passion Projects (which will now be worked on exclusively on Mondays during class for the remainder of the project.  All other work for the project must be done on the student's own time).  Tuesday,...

Next week in 8th grade Pre-AP Language Arts at FCV

Sent March 10th 2017

Good afternoon FCV families and Happy Friday!  Don't forget to spring your clocks forward one hour before you go to sleep Saturday night. As you may have already heard from your child, we have begun a Passion Project in Language Arts.  This project is about creativity and allowing students to pursue something they are interested in pursuing (a passion of theirs).  Some students already have their ideas and are off and running.  Some other students are still struggling to find what they are pass...

Next week in 8th grade Pre-AP Language Arts at FCV

Sent March 3rd 2017

Good morning FCV families and Happy Friday!  Round 1 of ISTEP is completed for most students, and the end of quarter 3 is next week. We have picked up our end of unit assessment review, in class, and will continue through Monday.  Tuesday (Part 1) and Wednesday (Part 2) will be our Quarter 3 End of Unit Assessment on Canvas.  Students have had their study guides for over 3 weeks now and have been aware of the content on the test.  Our goal is to continue achieving growth (like we did from quarter 1...

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