Students: it’s possible that Mrs. Sparhawk took grades on the D.O.L. (grammar assignment) today. Please ask her if she did. If so, it’s now possible to download a D.O.L. makeup sheet right here on Clipboards. Just click on the “Assignments” button at the top and download one of the D.O.L. makeup assignments. (Or you can just get one from the makeup work center at school.)
Since we were in the computer lab yesterday, we wrote our assignments into our agendas today. Please copy your assignments into your agenda as well.
After that, Mrs. Sparhawk handed out a new vocabulary list. This one’s a whopper! It’s got fifty words, but no definitions. Instead, the students need to copy their own definitions from the dictionary. We’ll be working on these in class on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Students may take them home after that, but whatever you do, don’t forget them! They’ll be collected next Friday for a grade, and all fifty words must have the part of speech and the definitions written by then. It’ll be worth a whoppin’ 25 points–which is like two D.O.L. assignments–so make sure you get yours done. Extra copies of this vocabulary list can be found in the Tuesday box.
Parents: This vocabulary list is a compilation of words that may appear on the ISAT test. So it’s very important that students get this list of words defined, as it will help their test scores.
Parents: I also have some bad news. A bunch of seventh graders didn’t pass last Friday’s folklore vocabulary test. Anyone with less than an A will be re-tested this Friday, so many students would benefit by spending time studying for that, at home this week. I realize parents and kids have busy schedules (BOY do I know it!), but students really improve their test scores if they study for even fifteen minutes before they take a test. Thanks for understanding.
If Friday’s re-test score is higher than last Friday’s original test, Mrs. Sparhawk will take the higher of the two scores for her gradebook records. Meanwhile, parents, I suggest you look online at our Powerschool site, to see how your child did on that test. My grades were updated last on Friday, February 3, so those Powerschool scores are pretty much up-to-date. I also handed out a hard-copy of the students’ grades, so they will have an opportunity to turn in makeup work and extra credit this week, as needed.
For extra credit, please visit my sister site, English Emporium (a link is provided).