August 30, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians of Team 8-1 Students,
Welcome to English / Language Arts!
We all need someone to believe in who we are and who we will become. I know I have a very important role in your child's life this year. I am thrilled to be writing to you as school opens for the 2017-18 year. These next few days will be a wonderful time to get an early glimpse of our students. I really can't wait to jump into our year together. Grade 8 is the bridge toward high school. It is truly an exciting time. I know it has come far too quickly for you.
Language Arts is an important part of your child's education. It is a demanding and fundamental subject which can be both challenging and fun. Through reading, writing, presentations, and interactive projects, I will provide your child with the tools necessary to succeed academically as he or she prepares for high school.
In this course, your child will explore who he or she is as a reader, writer, thinker, and speaker. He or she will understand that reading and writing are developmental processes requiring steps. Your child will learn the steps and the different strategies to help him or her read and write well, that is, at a higher level as we progress. We will read fiction and nonfiction works. Your child will be analyzing the various techniques authors use to persuade, inform, develop claims, entertain, and create characters. If that is not enough, he or she will find his or her voice by writing journals, essays, commentary in short-writes, and long-write responses. We will blog, debate, recite, and discover through 21st century writing technology. We will work individually and as part of cooperative teams. We have so much to explore this year together!
I hold a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of St. Joseph here in Connecticut. I earned a B.B.A. in Administration with an English/Communications minor from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts. I attended Holy Names University in Oakland, California where dramatic literature studies provided an early spark of interest in my English coursework! When I'm not working with amazing HKMS students, I might be found creating secret recipes using ideas from my Pinterest boards, cheering on hoops, planning a great lesson for my students, or journaling portions of my YA novel draft.
I will be communicating throughout the year using this forum. Please feel free to email in this way as well.
In closing, please understand that my priority daily is the teaching of students in front of me. I will do my best to respond to an email or a phone call during my planning period and at the end of the day. My website calendar is very comprehensive. Students will know how to access my school site. I provide important class notes for students along with the calendar of due dates for assignments. I have included my contact information below for you. Students will be encouraged to review my site over the coming days and ask me any questions. I have provided a copy of my grading and instructional policies in printed form through your child. Please sign this and return to school on September 5th. Thank you so much.
Lynne Landry, M.A.
English Language Arts, Team 8-1
Haddam-Killingworth Middle School
451 Rt. 81
Killingworth, CT 06419
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: http://llandry.rsd17.org/
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