Welcome to the ASD Home Page system and the home page of Mrs. Vaught.
I hope this is a challenging and rewarding year for your student.
In language arts, the focus is on writing, grammar, literature, spelling and more. Mrs. Otte (the social studies teacher on our team) and I plan to weave language arts and
social studies together for several units.
I am happy to be teaching with Mrs. Otte, Mrs. Dunham-Bay and Mrs. Leader on a four-person team. We will be working together for a real team-focused
approach to learning.
I know that by striving together we can make this a wonderful 8th-grade year.
My elective, French 1B, is for students in their second year of studying French language and culture. Students will complete the second half of the text Allez,
Viens! Foreign language instruction is something that benefits the student in many ways, and I feel fortunate to have your students with me again this year.
Deshka Team, Gruening Middle School, 2012-2013
Periods: Language Arts
Welcome to Gruening Middle School and the 2012-13 school year. I am Mary Vaught, teacher of 8th-grade language arts and French and a member of the Deshka Team. My
team teachers are Mrs. Leader (science) and Mrs. Otte (social studies) and Mrs. Dunham-Bay (math). The rules for the Deshka Team are spelled out in another document,
but I wanted to outline just a few of the policies that I believe are essential to making the school year successful.
I will prepare for class, guiding you through the necessary elements of the subject so that you learn the required essentials and become a well-rounded, educated 8th grader.
In return, I expect you to be prepared for class. This entails the following:
Have two sharpened pencils (or a mechanical pencil with LOTS of lead) at all times
Have 20 sheets of notebook paper available in your binder to get you through the day
Have any other required materials
Have your homework, DONE, and ready to turn in as you walk in the door
Other materials that we will be using will be a red pen, a blue or black pen, a yellow highlighter, and a basic set of colored pencils.
This is a must in the French class! You must speak the language, not just understand it. In language arts, we will also have discussions (about novels we have read, current
events, etc.) and thoughtful comments are always welcome! Ask questions when you don't understand something. Help others around you! Actively participate in "group
This is essential when we are in middle school. Raise your hand if you have a question or comment. If I have called on someone else, listen to what they have to say. Do not
interrupt others when they are speaking in the classroom.
In addition, respect each other's space, their things, and their ideas. I like to talk about the "bubble" we have around us. Different cultures have different sizes of "bubbles", but
in the US we don't like to have others get too close to us. Please do not intrude on others' bubbles. If you would like to borrow something of theirs, ask politely and respect
their answer. You do not have a right to take something that does not belong to you. Please do not draw on the tables or chairs, walls, textbooks, etc. They do not belong to
you. Respect them. As your teacher, I have tried to put together a stimulating environment in which you can learn. I have added books, decoration and even some fun things
for you to look at. Please do not take or break these items. Thanks.
I think it goes without saying that standing on furniture, running around the room, and pushing each other are not safe behaviors. Think before you do any of these things. I
will not hesitate to issue detentions for behaviors that could put others at risk of being hurt. This also includes throwing items, including pencils.
I want each of you to feel safe in the classroom, and therefore I ask that you take care in what you say to each other. Treat others how you would like to be treated. No name
calling, or even telling others to "shut up." In a civilized classroom, aggressive behavior is not conducive to productive learning. Don't bring it through my door.
I look forward to a wonderful, rewarding year with you. Please play your part in making it one of your best!
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