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HELP! January 20, 2015

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I have completely run out of HUNDREDS of pens and pencils. I don’t even have enough pens for myself because I have given them all to students. Each day I have DOZENS of students come into my classroom and they have nothing to write with. I simply have no more to give. Today several students had to sit and not finish their work because they didn’t have anything with which to write.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send extra pens and pencils to school with your child. I’m sure they all need them! If they don’t and you’d like to contribute toward the classroom, I would really appreciate it!

Thanks so much,

Judith.dehr@jefferson.kyschools.us

Upcoming . .. January 14, 2015

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Hi Everyone! We’re hanging on until the three day weekend! Don’t forget there is no school on Monday. I wanted to let you know of a few things going on in Language Arts next week:

1) I have let everyone know who is missing a Personal Narrative. I MUST have it turned in to me by Tuesday, January 20. If your child is on that list, please make sure that it gets to me. If you’re not sure please felll free to contact me. Soon I’ll be letting you know who is mising their informational piece.

2) On Tuesday we will begin writing (in class) the Persuasive Piece for the portfolios. I have discssed numerous possible topics. Please talk with your child and make sure s/he has a topic by Tuesday. I will be instructing them how to write a thesis statement and how to create their five paragraph essay for this writing piece. However, if they don’t know about what they’re going to write, it will be difficult to get started. If your child wants to go ahead and research any statistics or facts that support his/her point, feel free to do that. They can bring those facts (along with the name of the web site they visited) with them on Tuesday and I’ll show them how to incorporate it into their writing piece.

3) Today we analyzed “Hope is the Thing with Wings” by Emily Dickinson. Trying to read and understand difficult poetry is a great way for your child to increase their reading level and deepen their understanding of metaphors and literature. I am offering extra credit for any student who wants it. If they want to do the extra crediit, I need them to do the following:  (a) Select any poem by Emily Dickinson. Print it out or write out a copy; (b) read the poem and try to figure out what it means and what she is talking about. (c) Look up any words that they don’t know and write down what they mean; (d) tell me how the poem relates (or doesn’t) to their own life.  I am NOT looking for something that the kids will find on the Internetand recopy and call their own. I AM looking for them to learn some new words, read some different literature and try to think about what it may mean. I’d rather they give me a meaning that is THEIR OWN than something they found on the Internet.

4) Next week, since it’s a short week, we will not be having vocabulary words. I will be sending home some homework on Tuesday that will be due on Friday.

Have a great long weekend and please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Judy Dehr

Judith.dehr@jefferson.kyschools.us

Spelling Bee! January 5, 2015

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We will be having an informal Spelling Bee in our Language Arts classroom this Wednesday. The winner and runner-up from each class will participate in the school-wide spelling bee on Monday, January 12.

 

THANKS! November 29, 2014

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Thanks for all the donations! We were able to watch the Staff v. Student basketball game (tie 22 v. 22). We have a lot of important work in the next month so stay tuned!!

Ms. Dehr

Food Drive November 18, 2014

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In addition to teaching 7th grade, I am also the co-chair of the 8th Grade BETA Club. We will be organizing the canned food drive this year. Here’s how it works:

1) Starting this Thursday, November 20 until next Tuesday, November 25, BETA Club members will be in the gym accepting non-perishable food donations in the mornings. Each student is asked to donate either 3 cans of food or $2 cash.

2) Please donate more than 3 cans if possible (ramen noodles are cheap).

3) If the Bengals average 3 cans per student (for example, if we have 130 students then we’ll need a total of 390 cans) for the ENTIRE TEAM then we will be allowed to attend the Staff vs. Students basketball game on Tuesday afternoon, November 25.

4) If we don’t have enough cans donated, we will have to stay in the classroom and work (boo!)

Beginning this Thursday, please send as much food as you are able to school with your child. Make sure they claim it for the Bengals Team when they drop it off.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.  Thanks so much!!

Judy Dehr

Judith.dehr@jefferson.kyschools.us

Book Fair November 9, 2014

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The book fair will be held in the library this week during school hours. Feel free to send money to school with your children if you would like them to visit the fair and purchase some books.

Ms. Dehr

Next Week’s Homework September 18, 2014

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Next week’s homework is NOT vocabulary words. I thought I’d give the kids a break. It will be a reading comprehension paper that will be handed out on Monday that will be due on Friday. It has quite a few questions that go along with it, so I would suggest they not put it off until Thursday.

Ms. Dehr

Names . . . . September 7, 2014

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Every day I remind the students to put their names on their papers. Each weekend, while grading papers, I have at least 1-2 papers with no name. I have no idea to whom they belong and no way to figure this out, so those papers go in the trash. That could mean that if your child turned in his work without a name on it, he will need to redo it. Please understand that with more than 100 7th graders, I simply need them to put their names on the papers as soon as they get them. Thanks so much!

 

 

Your child’s Language Arts Grade September 7, 2014

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I sent home progress reports last week and I am currently updating all the homework. If your child is failing my class, you will be receiving an email this evening. Please keep in mind the folowing information:

 

1) I only offer extra credit work to students who have NO missing assignments and NO zeros.

2) Any child may retake a test (I have several who are doing so this Thursday). I need a note in writing from the student that includes the test s/he wants to retake, the child’s first and last name and period.

3) I will NOT accept late work unless it is accompanied by a note from a parent. I do this so you will know that your child is turning in late work. If the work is late due to an absence, a note is not needed.

4) I expect all answers to be in complete sentences, with capital letters and punctuation. In addition, the question must be restated in the answer. For example, if the question is:  “How is the setting important to the story’s plot?” then the answer would need to begin with: “The setting is important to the plot because . . . . “

5) Several students are going to be getting back their homework back tomorrow. They may rewrite the answers on a separate piece of paper and write them in complete sentences, restating the question in the answer, for more points if they would like. I will need the reworked papers by Friday.

6) This week we will have vocabulary words again as well as a test on Friday.

Please email me with any questions. Judith.dehr@jefferson.kyschools.us

Can’t Get Your Kids to Discuss School? August 29, 2014

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Here’s what I used to do with mine. I asked them to tell me one good thing, one bad thing, and one funyy thing that happened today. At least we were able to talk a little. Good luck!

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