Parents – Thank you for coming out to Open House last night.  I know you received a lot of information in a very short amount of time.  I will include the main points here.  This will also be useful if you were not able to attend.  I look forward to a great year.  Please feel free to email me with any concerns or questions at

Students will need to purchase 3 of the 5 books we will read as a class this year.  They need it to be a paperback copy which they can write in and mark up.  We will be placing an order through the school soon, or you can pick them up yourself.

  1. True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  2. The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
  3. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Students will often need a computer at home to access work.  You should become familiar with Google Classroom,, and to name just a few.  They are taught how to access these while at school and should not have problems from home.  Please ask questions and see what they do through these programs.

I will send home one textbook this week.  It is gold and called Prentice Hall Literature.  It needs to stay home unless you move or its the end of the year.  I will assign reading passages as homework.  Students need to take care of this and use it as needed.


Students need 1. binder with paper 2. composition notebook 3. agenda 4. pencil 5. book to read (it may be mine and therefore kept in my room).  These are to be with them each day.

I would appreciate 1.Expo dry erase markers 2. highlighters 3. Kleenex  – I’m good on post-it notes and note cards at this point, thanks to your generosity.

I hope this helps answer some questions.


Nancy Pierce

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Student Code of Conduct Outline for Highlighting

Student Code of Conduct and Attendance 2017-18

Outline for Highlighting


Page 1 – Put a box around the whole introduction section.  


* to ensure the presence of a safe, friendly, and professional atmosphere in which students and school personnel work cooperatively toward mutually accepted goals. (lines 3 and 4)

*it is reasonable to assume that an increase in age and maturity will result in the student’s assumption of greater responsibility for their actions.(second paragraph line 1 & 2)

Page 8Suspension


* B. if suspended, students may make up any silver or gold assignments or tests.

Page 9-13 – Violations and Disciplinary Actions

Class 1 Violations


*101 Excessive Tardiness – 3 or more in a month is a violation

*102 Distraction of other students or the school program

*103 Dress Code

*104 School Bus – minor disruption

*Note:  Gum chewing is included here

Class 1 Disciplinary Action – detention

Class 2 (II) Violations


*202 Possession and/or use of prescription, non-prescription medication, inhalants, or aerosol sprays (example AXE or perfume -those you use only)

*203 Tobacco or E-Cigarette products

*205 Use of profane or obscene language

*206 Bullying of students

*209 Academic Dishonesty

*213 Possession of stolen property (less than $100)

*220 Use of slurs: racial, ethnic, or other – verbal or written insults

Class 2 (II) Disciplinary Actions – in-school suspension, suspension from school and/or bus, Saturday School

Class 3 (III) Violations

*302 Misuse or abuse of prescription or non- prescription medication, inhalants, aerosol sprays, or other products – you giving to or spraying someone else.

*303 Stealing-Larceny-Grand Theft – more than $100

*308 Individuals and/or groups inciting or participating in unauthorized demonstrations and/or disorderly activities – attempt to re-engage after the fight

*312 Directing obscene, profane language or gestures to a school board employee (teacher/aide/office worker/custodian, etc.)

*314 Major violation of student acceptable use policy for the use of technology – tampering, intentional disruption of network services…

*319 The Misuse and/or abuse of electronic communication devices (personal or school) – NO RECORDING in restrooms, locker rooms, performance areas, or teachers’ classes without permission


Class 3 (III) Disciplinary Actions – suspension, expulsion, law enforcement shall be contacted and a complaint filed with juvenile authorities.

Class 4 (IV) Violations


*401 Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

*412 Intentionally providing false information

*413 Misuse or abuse of prescription drugs

Class 4 (IV) Disciplinary Actions – expulsion and Law enforcement will be involved – 2. Long-term assignment to New Direction 3. Expulsion from the Shelby County School System


Page 15 –

Personal Searches:  a purse, book bag may be searched whenever a school authority has reasonable suspicion to believe that the student is in possession of something illegal or unauthorized.

Locker Searches:  Lockers are school property – students are expected to assume full responsibility for the security of their lockers – school officials may search lockers at any time without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.

Page 15 & 16

Dress Code & Guidelines

  1. No low cut, open back, or bare midriff clothing
  2. Males must wear sleeved garments.  Female students may not wear spaghetti and/or thin-strapped shirts unless over another T-shirt or if covered by a blouse with sleeves.
  1. Skirts, shorts, and dresses must be mid-thigh.  Leggings (jeggings) should be worn with the appropriate outer garment and that garment must be mid-thigh.

No Holes or Frayed areas on pants!!!!

  1. Appropriate undergarments must be worn and not visible.


  1. Once students arrive at their school bus stop, they are subject to the rules of the school system.

Page 17 – Student Arrival at School:  Doors open at 7:00 a.m. – there is no supervision before that time.


Page 19

Regulations Governing Attendance:

  1. Absenteeism
  2. Check-outs and check-ins shall be considered as an absence for the classes missed.
  3. Only an excused absence permits work to be made up.
  4. Students will not be allowed to participate or attend a school function such as an athletic contest, Gala, band trip, etc. if they are not in school for at least one-half of the instructional day of the event.  11:30 marks the half day.
  5. Number of Absences Allowed:  more than 12 absences during a school year is subject to loss of credit and/or retention
  1. Any student who accumulates more than 12 absences during the year, is subject to being retained in the same grade the succeeding year.

Page 20

  1. Make-Up Work
  1. Excused Absences
  • Time limit – Excuses for absences must be turned in within three (3) days after returning to school


  1. Check-Out/Check-in Procedure – Parent/Legal Guardian will be required to show a picture ID
  2. Notification of Parent or Guardian
  3. Tardies will be closely monitored * Unexcused check-in/check-outs should not exceed more than 2 per month.
  4. Early Warning Program – A child is truant if no explanation is provided for absences or the child is absent for reasons other than those recognized as excusable.

Page 22 Student Cell Phone Use  (box this whole section and read)

*Cell phones cannot be audible on school property

*Privacy in all restrooms, locker rooms, and performance areas

*Visual or audible possession of a digital device will result in the device being confiscated.

1st offense – detention & parent pick up the phone

2nd offense – ISD & parent pick up the phone

3rd offense – office referral


Page 25 Examples of Unacceptable Use


Students shall not tamper, disable, damage, disrupt, or install…

  1. Tamper with or modify technology, utilities, and configurations – Don’t flip the screen!!
  2. Dispose of, move, or remove technology from its assigned location
  3. Access or use another user’s account, resources, programs, files, or data.
  4. Allow others to use your network account and/or password to access the network, email, or the Internet.
  5. Use another person’s identity or a fictitious identity.
  6. Create, access, view, or post to personal online accounts while at school


Treat Google Drive like your locker!  – It can be searched at any time!


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Open House August 14 @ 6:00 pm

Welcome! Looking forward to connecting with you all! This blog and our Google Classrooms will be places to find out what we are doing in ELA!

Ms. Nancy Pierce

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End of Year Highlights

Hatchet Reading Schedule

Epilogue page in journal:  Write one paragraph, including the falling action and the resolution.  Include a complete topic sentence, and underline the topic sentence.  This is due with the notebook on Friday.  All chapters must be complete.

Chapters 9-12 by 4/21

Chapters 13-14 by 4/28

Chapters 15-18 by 5/5

Chapters 19-Epilogue 5/10

Notebook journal pages need to be done for chapters 1-7, 9-11, 13-19.  Please follow the half sheet given.

Test – 4/21 – We will test on Hatchet through chapter 12 and figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, imagery, repetition, hyperbole, flashback, symbolism)

Test – 5/12 – Hatchet final – including conflict and figurative language.

Benchmark – Monday 5/22-Last week of school

Pop Hatchet quizzes are possible & we may have a bell ringer quiz the second week of May.  Our bell ringers will be diagramming with direct and indirect objects.


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News & Important Dates

I have posted a copy of Out of the Dust in your Google Classroom if you need to read any part.

Monday (2/27):  We finished the book Out of the Dust today.  We will write a 3 paragraph summary covering the beginning, middle, and end for the composition notebooks, on Tuesday.

Wednesday:  Study guide for Benchmark Exam

Thursday(3/2):  Test on Out of the Dust and figurative language – Library/Bookfair

Monday (3/6):  Benchmark – punctuation and DGP work

Thursday (3/9):  Notebooks due – 250 point grade


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Friday, February 17, 2017

If you were out today, please look at your Google Classroom account.  You have a new Readworks article to complete.  You only need to answer the multiple choice questions and submit.

Please look over I Now to see if you are missing other work due to absences.

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Figurative Language Review games

There are great websites to help you review figurative language.  Don’t forget, we took notes on slides that are still available in Google Classroom, under the About section.

Make sure you review!

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Quizlet to Review Wednesday Wars and Out of the Dust

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Tuesday 1/31

Homework – Writer’s Choice books pages 334 (exercise 1) & 336 exercise 3)odd.  Follow directions on the page.

See Google Classroom to complete the Readworks Assignment by Friday, 2/3.

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Direct Objects – Indirect Objects

Direct and Indirect Objects

A direct object is a noun or pronoun that receives the action of the verb.  

An indirect object is the recipient of the direct object.

If the sentence has an indirect object, it will always come between the verb and the direct object.

If there is information after the direct object about who received it, that is most likely a prepositional phrase (Jeff threw the ball to Mark.). A prepositional phrase cannot be an indirect object.

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