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Below is a linked video message from Mrs. Howton. It is an informational video about Sora and how YOU can access the ebooks and audiobooks that are available to you for FREE. Remember … you have to put the “s” in front of your number — making it look something like this: s12345

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KjyrXpStWoRnaO-5nsTLoQipIQTgxHRH/view

During this period of school closure, each of the high school locations in the Shelby County School District will be providing meals to all children, ages 18 and under. Meals will be provided each week – on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, from 11 a.m. until 12 noon each day. Tuesday and Thursday’s meal pick-up will include additional meals for Wednesday and Friday, respectively. The school staff will have tables set up near the car rider line for parents to drive through and pick up breakfast and lunch meals for the student to be eaten offsite.    Federal regulations mandate that schools ensure that school meals are provided only to currently enrolled students.   For this reason, we ask that parents have their students in their vehicles when they come to the high school so that school personnel can confirm that meals are only being given to students, as required by USDA guidelines.

Mrs. Cruce excitedly announced just this morning (Friday, April 3rd) that our own MRS. VERNAZZA has been named SUPPORT PERSON OF THE YEAR!!! We are so proud of you, Mrs. Vernazza!! Thank you for all the ways you support me in our 1st period class and thank you for all the patience, grace, and help you offer our 1st period students. You are the epitome of NOTHING BUT THE BEST!!! Congratulations!!!

Textbook, Library Books, & Technology Drop Off, School Locker Clean Out & PE Locker Pick Up and SCORE Access Code/Registration Information

Parents need to enter the parking lot between OMMS and OMES and park. Student and parent need to wear a mask once exiting the vehicle. Student and parent will walk to the bus canopy sidewalk together. The student will walk to the front entrance of the school to enter the building to clean out the locker. A bag will be provided for the student’s locker contents. Please do not bring a bag with you into the building. The parent will go down the sidewalk and collect the student’s registration information, the yearbook (if purchased), the student’s gym locker contents, and the band instrument if needed. Please return school-owned instruments at this time also.

  1. Students will drop off any technology such as chromebooks and/or MIFI device (school-owned technology) to the educator in the front lobby.
  2. Students will drop any textbooks outside their teacher’s classroom door.
  3. Students can also drop any library books on the library cart in front lobby.
  4. Students will be asked to leave their locker door open after cleaning.
  5. Number of students will be limited entering the building. Students will not be allowed to congregate or socialize while on campus. 
  6. Students need to check lost and found tables for lost items.
  7. Any athletic uniforms need to be washed and placed in a clear plastic bag labeled with the student’s name and sport and returned on the student’s designated day.
Monday, May 186th GradersTuesday, May 197th GradersWednesday, May 208th Graders
8:00-9:00 Last Names A-C8:00-9:00 Last Names A-CL8:00-9:00 Last Names A-CL
9:00-10:00Last Names D-HA9:00-10:00Last Names CO-GA9:00-10:00Last Names CO-GI
10:00-11:00 Last Names HE-L10:00-11:00 Last Names GI-J10:00-11:00 Last Names GO-J
11:00-12:00 Last Names M-P11:00-12:00 Last Names K-M11:00-12:00 Last Names K-M
12:30-1:30 Last Names R-S12:30-1:30 Last Names N-SC12:30-1:30 Last Names N-SC
1:30-2:30 Last Names T-Z1:30-2:30 Last Names SE-V1:30-2:30 Last Names SE-Z

2:30-3:30 Last Names W-Z
6th Grade Makeup Day, Thursday, May 28th from 9-107th Grade Makeup Day, Thursday, May 28th from 10-118th Grade Makeup Day, Thursday, May 28th from 11-12

Parents, here is what your student should be doing for me this week ….

Hey Parents! If you are having a hard time understanding what your son or daughter should be doing for my ELA class, read my message below.

Here is what is coming up for next week — Monday, May 11th – Friday, May 15th (FYI — I have the following week’s work to “go live” on Fridays at 2:00 PM. That way if your student wants to get a head start they can. And if they don’t, that’s perfectly fine as well). This is the Week 6 Agenda (the questions/answers work is due Wednesday, May 13th by 11:59 PM and the assessment is due by 5:00 PM Thursday, May 14th):

Here are some WEEK 6 FYIs I wanted to pass along as well since way too many of my students are turning in vague and/or incomplete work (and then as a result not getting any credit):

The AGENDA will give you (the parent/guardian) just an idea of what your student should be doing. By now, your child should know to go to our Google Classroom and follow the step-by-step instructions that I posted on Monday, April 6th. (Those step-by-step instructions are also posted below this post as well…four down, I believe.)

Your student should be getting feedback from me on his/her “read the text; now answer these questions” work by Thursday of each week. On Fridays, I release the assessment scores (I think those come to the student via their email) and then I post what the correct answer(s) was and why in Google Classroom.

What in the world is my kid supposed to be doing???

Hey Parents! If you are having a hard time understanding what your son or daughter should be doing for my ELA class, read my message below.

Here is what is coming up for next week — Monday, May 4th – Friday, May 8th (FYI — I have the following week’s work to “go live” on Fridays at 2:00 PM. That way if your student wants to get a head start they can. And if they don’t, that’s perfectly fine as well). This is the Week 5 Agenda (the questions/answers work is due Wednesday, May 6th by 11:59 PM and the assessment is due by 5:00 PM Thursday, May 7th):

Here are some Week 5 FYIs I wanted to pass along as well since way too many of my students are turning in vague and/or incomplete work (and then as a result not getting any credit):

The AGENDA will give you (the parent/guardian) just an idea of what your student should be doing. By now, your child should know to go to our Google Classroom and follow the step-by-step instructions that I posted on Monday, April 6th. (Those step-by-step instructions are also posted below this post as well…three down, I believe.)

Your student should be getting feedback from me on his/her “read the text; now answer these questions” work by Thursday of each week. On Fridays, I release the assessment scores (I think those come to the student via their email) and then I post what the correct answer(s) was and why in Google Classroom.

Hey Parents…..

Hey Parents! If you are having a hard time understanding what your son or daughter should be doing for my ELA class, read my message below.

Here is what is coming up for next week — April 27th thru Friday, May 1st. (FYI — I have the following week’s work to “go live” on Fridays at 2:00 PM. That way if your student wants to get a head start they can. And if they don’t, that’s perfectly fine as well). This is the Week 4 Agenda (the questions/answers work is due Wednesday, April 29th by 11:59 PM and the assessment is due by 5:00 PM Thursday, April 30th):

The AGENDA will give you (the parent/guardian) just an idea of what your student should be doing. By now, your child should know to go to our Google Classroom and follow the step-by-step instructions that I posted on Monday, April 6th. (Those step-by-step instructions are also posted below this post as well…two down, I believe.)

Your student should be getting feedback from me on his/her “read the text; now answer these questions” work by Thursday of each week. On Fridays, I release the assessment scores (I think those come to the student via their email) and then I post what the correct answer(s) was and why in Google Classroom.

*** Because I continue to have a number of students turning in incomplete work, the following Week 4 FYIs has been posted in Google Classroom in hopes students will understand every step they need to take per number. I wanted to provide this to parents as well — now you can look over your student’s work to see if he/she is answering all parts of all questions. It takes a village, y’all…..

Email me if you need assistance. I am happy to help!!

What is my kid supposed to be doing??

Hey Parents! If you are having a hard time understanding what your son or daughter should be doing for my ELA class, here is something that I hope helps:

This is the Week 2 Agenda (the questions/answers work was due Wednesday by 11:59 PM and the assessment was due by 5:00 PM Thursday)

And here is what is coming up for next week (FYI — I have the following week’s work to “go live” on Fridays at 2:00 PM. That way if your student wants to get a head start they can. And if they don’t, that’s perfectly fine as well):

These agendas will give you (the parent/guardian) just an idea of what your student should be doing. By now, your child should know to go to our Google Classroom and follow the step-by-step instructions that I posted on Monday, April 6th. (Those step-by-step instructions are also posted below this post as well.)

Your student should be getting feedback from me on his/her “read the text; now answer these questions” work by Thursday of each week. On Fridays, I release the assessment scores (I think those come to the student via their email) and then I post what the correct answer (s) was and why in Google Classroom.

As always, feel free to email me at any time. We are definitely in this together. I got three new students two weeks ago (a junior, an eighth grader, and a first grader) — and they are a “challenge” to say the least which is odd because I have found the mom to be quite lovely and the dad seems to be a great guy as well. I guess the apple falls way far from the tree at times, huh? 🙂

What Are We Doing???

  • On MONDAY log into our Google Classroom; click on the CLASSWORK tab at the top of your screen; then click on the Google Slides presentation labeled Week # (Distance Learning) [Weekly Agenda]
  • MONDAY [con’t] Read over the first two slides and be aware of all your due dates laid out for you on the third slide. Using the fourth slide, watch the skill-building video(s). Pay close attention to this information because part of the assessment on Thursday will be based on this video.
  • On TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY — From CLASSWORK, click on the second item I have linked. It will be entitled Week # (Distance Learning) | Informational OR Literary Text; read the informational or literary text carefully and answer the questions. How do you answer the questions? Put your cursor in the shaded box for that particular question and type your answer within it. You will need to submit your answers to me by 11:59 PM Wednesday night.
  • On THURSDAY — From CLASSWORK, click on the third and final item I have linked. It will be entitled Week # (Distance Learning) | Skill Assessment; complete the skill assessment which will only be 1 – 2 questions and again be based on the video you viewed on Monday. Make sure you submit your answer(s) to me by 5:00 PM on Thursday.
  • FRIDAYs are for feedback. Additionally, I will release your assessment score and go over the correct answer(s) to the assessment. Also on Fridays, I will go over and post the following week’s material. If you want to work ahead — GREAT and if not, that’s ok too. I just know that in our home currently all five of us need technology daily. Thankfully, I was able to borrow some devices from school but if I had not been able to, we surely would be fighting over technology here. I want to begin posting on Fridays beginning the 10th to help those families who are sharing devices.
  • There are some EXTRAs that have also been linked in the MONDAY AGENDA. Anything that says “optional” is not required, but you are welcomed to do it if you like.

Monday, April 6th

Good morning!!! If you are looking for your enrichment activities, head over to our Google Classroom and look under CLASSWORK. I will be checking back in in a couple of hours — I first gotta get McD settled with his 1st grade meeting and assignments. This wee one needs some structure ASAP, so his mama doesn’t go (more) CRAY CRAY!! 🙂

Parents, if you are wondering what your student should be doing for my classroom, check out the pdf file below. Hopefully, it will offer some insight.

Again, all work should be completed and submitted via GOOGLE CLASSROOM — look under CLASSWORK for your assignments.

It’s almost time…..

Welcome back to English/Language Arts!


I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. Online Learning will begin on Monday, April 6, 2020; however, there are a few things we need to go over, so you can clearly understand how classes will work for the rest of the year.

  • Enrichment activities will be posted to Google Classroom Monday – Thursday. This is not a social gathering so any comments/questions need to be academically related. Nothing else! 
  • Also, we will not be video conferencing at this time, so if you have any other questions please feel free to email me at lgingras@shelbyed.org using your school email.
  • The activities provided will include a weekly agenda to help guide your daily learning, featured skill building instructional videos, informational and/or literary text practice, a skill assessment, and weekly feedback.  
  • The activities posted in Google Classroom need to be completed by Thursday of every week and turned in on Google Classroom as well.
  • Finally, I will probably post the next week’s material on Fridays of each week starting on April 10th. This way if you want to get a head start, you can. 

I expect that Week 1 might come with a few bumps in the road; therefore, remember this: IT IS GOING TO BE A-O-K!!! I will need to remind myself of this daily as well, I’m sure! I appreciate your patience and want you to be patient with yourselves too. I am merely an email away and happy to assist any way I can.

e-Learning??

Hey everybody!! Starting Monday, April 6th I will be posting two articles a week for you to read and then answer questions on. I am in the process of planning with Mrs. Foreman as well as other ELA teachers from within the county to iron out all the details; therefore, I hate to go into any more detail at this time — but by Monday I will be able to provide you meaningful lessons with explicit instruction as well. Stay tuned!!

Until then, please know that I miss you a whole bunch and I am super bummed that we didn’t get to finish out the year together and with the lessons that I did have planned (yep, that means no Mythology Unit and no The Giver either. Boooooooo!!!). I am very thankful for our time together though. Even though all of my past students hold a special place in my heart, you all will be uber precious to me as I reflect back on my twenty-first year of teaching. I pray that you have stayed well, you have listened to your parents/guardians, and you have practiced social distancing to the best of your ability….I know how hard that last one is on everybody including myself but even more so for my own children.

Check back in here and/or our Google Classroom on Monday.