I promised your teen that 8th grade graduation day would come unbelievably quickly! Here we are – two evenings away. While he or she may not have believed me back in September, s/he is ready to cross the bridge to meet the next life chapter. Your 8th grader has truly grown this year. I am relishing our successes.
Our growth as a team within our reading, writing, speaking, and listening learning is the direct result of commitments students have made to be their best. Students know integrity lives within each of them. If they continue to commit to meeting and exceeding the expectations of themselves and their future teachers, each will become his or her best self. Reading and writing growth was assembled into the final grades for their report cards. You will be able to see very specific literacy score growth within the final comments and grade reporting columns in PowerSchool. Final calculations and comments will be ready for you on Wednesday, June 20 as report cards will be printed. There is a nonfiction DRP score column in PowerSchool which shows where your teen has achieved; there is a growth score for fiction comprehension in the comments section of the report card. We have shown tremendous achievement as an academic team here on 8-1!
As a valued member of Haddam-Killingworth Middle School, and our Team 8-1 English/language arts classes during the year 2017-18, your teen has participated in over 90 synthesis projects, performance tasks, and constructed meaning activities. Students wrote in claim - counter-claim - rebuttal arguments; literary analyses; narrative memoirs; essays, blogs, quick-writes, and reader-reaction responses. Each peer-evaluated, peer-encouraged, and self-evaluated growth. Your child impacted hearts of teammates in developing deep legacy promises to a 20th century heroine of integrity: Mrs. Judith Altmann. Your child developed personal purpose and voice through both deeply moving intentional format writing, and stream-of-consciousness writing.
Your young adolescent is leaving the halls of our school prepared to meet the next turn on the path. I wish students the very best as they venture to pursue dreams and goals. While all have a vast array of quotes within reach from this year, I will leave one more by William Ward, a most-quoted writer of inspirational thought of the 20th century: “Study while others are sleeping, work while others are playing, and dream while others are wishing.”
My door will always be open. I hope I will learn of successes as your teen journeys. Your young adolescent will remain a part of my heart.
This link will allow you to see the kind of literature the achieved comprehension score supports in selecting challenging reading material. We are celebrating the commitment to grow beyond grade level with high scores. Just search within this site:
Once again, thank you for sharing in the growth of our learning partnership. I truly appreciate the incredible work we have accomplished. Have a safe, wonderful, and restful summer! Our kiddos are ready!
Mrs. Lynne Landry, M.A.
English Language Arts, Team 8-1
Haddam-Killingworth Middle School
451 Rt. 81
Killingworth, CT 06419
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