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Book Reports

The first book report (BDR) of the year is due Sept. 8th, so this 150-point grade will go on the first progress report. It’s a fiction book report based on their summer reading book. Eighth graders were supposed to choose … Continue reading

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2015-16 Parent letter

Mr. Scott’s Eighth-Grade English 2015-2016 Welcome to a new school year, which means new opportunities to grow, learn, and maybe have a little fun in the process. OK, a lot of fun (but don’t tell anyone). ABOUT MR. SCOTT: This … Continue reading

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Have you heard the news?

Have you heard the news? Yes, it’s true: I will be teaching only eighth graders this year. That means, for the first time in my eight years of teaching, I will not be teaching any seventh graders. I will miss … Continue reading

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Final fiction BDR of the school year

It’s not quite here, but it’s near, so don’t sit on your rear or just stand frozen in fear like a frightened dear. Get it in gear! The final fiction BDR of the school year is due Friday, April 10! … Continue reading

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Annual research project

My seventh graders will work from Thursday March 19 to Wednesday March 25 on a research project worth 250 points. Their research is designed to help them better understand the 1960s in America as preparation for reading The Wednesday Wars in … Continue reading

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Nonfiction BDRs – due date moved back

The deadline for the nonfiction BDRs has been moved from Friday, Feb. 27 to Monday, March 2. So … NO EXCUSES, right? Don’t be late! Don’t hesitate! It might be lead to a doomed fate! That would not be great. … Continue reading

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2015 theatre parent letter Ths Phne 2.0

Welcome to the 2015 CMS theatre team! I call it a team rather than a club because teamwork is essential to our success and one of the most valuable lessons anyone can learn from theatre. We call it theatre because, … Continue reading

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Woodsong

After reading author Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet fiction book), we will now be reading his autobiographical Woodsong. So why read two books from the same author? The Common Core emphasizes the use of both fiction and nonfiction literature. It also focuses … Continue reading

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“The Man in the Arena”

This is a poem written by the late President Theodore Roosevelt. It’s worth reading and learning.   It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of … Continue reading

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