• Welcome!  My name is Michele Retter.  I teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade 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.

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    Classroom Rules

    • 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.

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    Classroom Expectations

    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 studiesTheir 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.

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    FAST FORWORD

    Fast ForWord is a sound and sight recognition software that helps students develop reading skills by teaching their brains how to hear the sounds letters and words make.  Fast ForWord 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 Fast ForWord computer program, Read Naturally fluency and comprehension system, Read Theory/GetEpic/ReadWorks online programs, vocabulary practice and a once a month cross-content writing assignment.

    There are no textbooks for Fast ForWord

    Fast ForWord Folder

    Read Naturally Folder

    Chromebooks  (please sign and return attached Chromebook Expectations form.  Student will not be allowed to use the equipment until this form is returned.)

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    ESCALATE ENGLISH 8

    Escalate utilizes basic Reading fundamentals to help students achieve a mastery over grammar, vocabulary and comprehension thereby increasing their achievements in Reading.  Students will receive direct instruction with a teacher and work with vocabulary and comprehension computer programs to engage them in gaining more knowledge with reading, writing, speaking and listening (the four keys of Literacy). Students will practice and hone their reading skills through the use of the ReadTheory/ReadWorks computer programs, a novel study, vocabulary practice and a once a month cross-content writing assignment.

    Textbooks

    Escalate 8 Textbook

    Escalate 8 Activity Book

    Chromebooks (please sign and return attached Chromebook Expectations form.  Student will not be allowed to use the equipment until this form is returned.)

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    READ TO ACHIEVE

    Read to Achieve (R2A) utilizes basic Reading fundamentals to help students achieve master over comprehension, vocabulary and reading organization skills.  Students will receive direct instruction with a teacher and work with vocabulary and comprehension computer programs to engage them in gaining more knowledge with reading, writing, speaking and listening (the four keys of Literacy). Students will practice and hone their reading skills through the use of the ReadTheory/ReadWorks computer programs, a novel study, vocabulary practice and a once a month cross-content writing assignment.

    Textbooks

    Read to Achieve Textbook

    Read to Achieve Activity Book

    Chromebooks (please sign and return attached Chromebook Expectations form.  Student will not be allowed to use the equipment until this form is returned.)

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    Grades

    Grades are determined as such:

    Homework/Bellwork                                            10%

    Classwork/Quizzes/Classroom Participation           40%

    Projects/Tests                                                     50%

     

    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.

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    Student Portal

    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.

     

    READING LOG

    Students will receive a Reading Log every other week.  This is 40% of their weighted grade.  They are expected to completely fill it out and return with a parent signature for a complete grade.

     

    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.

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    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!!

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