Welcome! My name is Michele Retter. I teach Intensive Reading. Below is a little information on the programs I teach as well as classroom rules and expectations. The syllbus for each class will be posted under the heading for each class. Please visit this webpage often as assignments, projects, due dates, announcements and other information will be posted that may be important.
- Show respect for yourself, for others, and for the facilities and equipment we use in the classroom.
- Listen and follow directions.
- Raise your hand when you need to speak or need to leave your seat.
- Clean up after yourself. Put all materials and books back where they belong.
- Be on time.
- No spraying of cologne or perfume in classroom or bathroom. *your teacher is allergic and other classmates may be as well.
Students are expected to:
1 be a positive influence on others
2 follow classroom rules
3 come prepared to class daily
4 complete assignments by their due dates
5 work to the best of their ability
6 actively participate in cooperative groups and open classroom discussions
Failure to comply with classroom rules and procedures may result in disciplinary action. My classroom is a No Bully Zone. Any indication of such behavior will be dealt with swiftly and proper disciplinary action pursued.
What your student can expect from me:
I am here to help them increase their reading skills and advance their reading studies. Their success is directly related to the effort they put in. I am always available to my students for questions and assistance. Students can expect a fair and respectful teacher and a fun and engaging classroom.
Classroom Behavior: Students who fail to follow directions and or classroom rules will receive a CIR. If a student receives 4 CIRS, a referral will be issued. If a student misbehaves while a substitute is in the classroom, CIRs will become an automatic referral.
READ 180 is a mixed program of computer use and teacher led instruction. READ 180 utilizes teacher instruction along with a computer software program that tracks each student’s progress and customizes instruction to meet their needs. Students will practice and hone their reading skills through the use of the READ 180 computer program, a novel center for comprehension and vocabulary practice, a teacher led READ 180 workshop for digging deeper into the understanding of what they are reading, vocabulary practice, writing assignments and a STEAM center to exploring ideas that they encounter in their reading programs.
READ 180 REAL ACTIVITY BOOK for student use
NOTEBOOKS for Writing and Novel Use
FOLDERS for keeping track of READ 180 program progress
ESCALATE 6th and 7th GRADE
Students work on vocabuary and writing skills as their main focus. Comprehension is practiced as well throughout the course to keep them fluent with what they are learning. Students work in three small groups that rotate throughout the class period at 25 minutes each rotation. Students are expected to work in these groups and complete work daily. Students will recive a zero for not completing work.
Grades are determined as such:
Classwork/Quizzes/Classroom Participation 40%
Classwork is designed to be completed in class. There is no reason classwork cannot be completed by the end of the period. However, students who do not complete classwork in class are directed to complete it at home as homework due the next school day. Students are given ample time throughout each quarter to complete missing work. Students are expected to read at least 20 minutes a night. This is crucial in assisting them with their fluency and comprehension skills.
Please take a moment to get yourself acquainted with the Student/Family Portal. This is an excellent way to keep track of your student’s grades and progress. To sign up for access to Student/Family portal please speak with your student’s guidance counselor.
Tardies and Absences
Per school policy, students who are tardy to class will receive a classroom warning in the form of a Classroom Intervention Report for each tardy. On the fourth tardy, students will receive a referral. It is important that students get to class on time. If your child is absent, any work they missed for the day will be provided for them in a folder that will be adhered to the wall. It is their responsibility to retrieve the missed work and complete it by the date indicated.
There is no reason any student should fail these classes. If your child attends school regularly, participates in class, is respectful, does their work and pays attention, then they will have no problem passing this class. I encourage you to reach out to me with any concerns or questions you may have and I will do my very best to assist you. Email is the fastest and easiest way to reach me. I often cannot return phone calls until after school is over for the day. I look forward to a fun and exciting year!!
The New "Normal"
Click on the GOOGLE CLASSROOM ACCESS page to get Google Classroom access and instructions for your class. If you have forgotten how to do it, or you have not connected to Google Classroom for my classes, instructions will be there. Your assignments will be handed in through Google Classroom.
Click on the DISTANCE LEARNING 3/30 - 4/15 page to get all of your assignments. They will be updated every Monday. Assignments will be due Saturday, 4/11 by 5pm.