Today . . .

In class today (actually every class but 2nd period. I’ll show it to them tomorrow) we watched the following short video when we discussed empathy. I thought I’d share it with you.

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Test soon on verbs!

We will be having a test in the next week or so over verbs. A great way to prepare? Memorize all the helping verbs:

Is, am are, was, were, be, being, been, has, have, had, do, does, did, shall, will, should, would, may, might, must, can, could.

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Yearbook pictures (with uniforms on) will be taken on the morning of August 19. There will be a makeup day in October if your child misses getting his/her picture taken that day.

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Teen Writing & Visual Arts Contest!

Your story deserves to be told! Your voice! Share with us how cancer has touched your life in your own words or artwork with your personal reflections and original insights.

Judged categories include: Essays, poems, 2D art, videos.

Open to students in grades 6-12 who have a cancer connection. Must be a resident of Kentucky or Southern Indiana. Must have parent/guardian consent to participate. One entry per student. Entries must be received by 9/30/16. Cash prizes up to $500 for winning entries.

Enter by going to and clicking on “Enter Write Stuff.”

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Scholastic Orders!

Welcome to the new school year! You can get a head start and order some books for your child today! Go to and place an order from any of the newsletters. The 6th grade newsletter has some books for as little as $1!! You can pay online and use my classroom code (GKZGF) and I will get the order sent to me at Johnson. As soon as the order arrives, I’ll give your child his/her books!

Ms. Dehr

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Incoming Spartans!

For the 2016 – 2017 school year, I will be making a minor change in my monthly writing requirement. Following is the monthly requirement due this year:

Monthly Writing Assignment

Ms. Dehr – Language Arts – Spartans

Each month you are required to turn in a letter to me.

  • Write a letter to me. It must be set up like a letter with a date, salutation, paragraphs and a closing.
  • The letter may be about anything you want. It can be about a book you read, something going on in the news, personal plans you have this month, your feelings about school . . . really anything.
  • Because you will have ALL MONTH to write this and turn it in, I will NOT accept any late assignments. Turn it in early, or turn it in on time. They will be due on the following dates (or you may turn them in early):
    • August 31
    • Sept. 30
    • Oct. 31
    • Nov. 30
    • Dec. 16
    • Jan. 31
    • Feb. 28
    • March 29
    • April 28
    • No assignment due in May.
  • You will be graded on the following:
    • Proper grammar
    • Capital sentences
    • Proper use of paragraphs
    • Correct spelling
    • Length (please write one full page, one side, of a sheet of paper)
    • Neatness
    • Properly set up like a letter

Please feel free to either hand write or type it. You may email it to me at: if you like.

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7th Grade Reading Assignment

Johnson Traditional Middle Summer Reading
Summer 2016-17
Who? Seventh grade students
What? Read one book from the list below.

Complete the attached “Reading is Thinking” graphic organizer.

When? Be prepared to return the completed “Reading is Thinking” organizer for the book on the first day of school to the Language Arts teacher.  Make sure students are prepared for other assignments given at the start of the school year.

Students should take notes or make sure they have the book in order to help with the other assignments pertaining to the book. 


*For those students who have completed all assignments

accurately, and by the assigned due dates a dress down pass will be awarded.

**Accuracy and all scoring will be at the discretion of the teacher.






Books: Choose ONE

¨ Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin

¨ Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

¨ Kids at Work by Russell Freedman


*All books are available via Amazon, local books stores, and branches of the Louisville Free Public Library. 

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