Parent/Guardian Communication – Saturday Sessions Spring 2018


The following letter will come home today or tomorrow with students regarding Saturday Sessions.

Thank you for taking the time to read it!

Snip Saturday Sessions


The Week Ahead: 1/29/18 to 2/4/18

The goal of the week is to WRITE!

On Monday we will be finishing the breakdown of the sample essay we started to label on Friday. Your homework for Monday is to finish the CommonLit assignment on Frankenstein, and to also create an outline of your IRR. You SHOULD be able to begin your outline in class!

Our grammar focus is going to be set aside this week! That means that there will be no NoRedInk assignment or quest!

You will have time to write in class on TuesdayWednesday, and Thursday.

But, on Tuesday we will also be spending some time in class reviewing your PBPA #4…the one about sugary drinks. This is our FSA focus for the week. I have graded the essays on a scale of a (-) to a (+).

(-) Low – 6 points

(- √) Middle Low – 8 points

(Middle – 14 points

( +) Middle High – 16 points

(+) High – 20 points

In class on Tuesday, you will read through your essay, and then answer the following questions on a loose leaf sheet of paper:

  • What did you do well?
  • What can you wonk on?
  • How are you doing to improve next time?
  • What do you think this score transfers to on the FSA rubric? Think PFO, E+E, GUM!

On Thursday night, your IRR rough draft is due to Google Classroom at 11:59pm, so that you can peer edit in class on Friday. This rough draft should be a FULL rough draft…not half done. I will be checking for this rough draft to be within the word count.

The final IRR is due on Sunday at 11:59pm to Google Classroom and This is a hard deadline and if it is submitted late to either platform, it will be zero in the gradebook.

Before School/Lunch/After School Schedule

*Sign Up’s for after school will be on the back board!*

AM Lunch PM
Monday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Until 4:30pm
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open

Until 4:30pm

Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open N/A
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 Project Life Meeting Until 4:30pm
Friday 7:30 – 8:30 Open N/A

*Make sure you are asking for help when you need it! And if you ask, I can help set you up with a peer tutor.*


The Week Ahead: 1/22/18 to 1/28/18

We are back at it Global Writers! You are doing a great job starting the AP team project. Make sure to stay on top of your calendars and watch out for the deadlines coming up! Manage your time AND ASK FOR HELP! I am here to help you through this process!

Our grammar focus this week is active & passive voice, and how you can incorporate it in your writing. There will be a lesson and activity on Monday, you will have a No Red Ink practice due by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, and a QUEST on Friday. Here is a link to some notes, if you want additional review.

Our FSA Reading focus this week will be determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal and informal tone). In order to do this, you will practice by reading an excerpt from Frankenstein: The Creature’s Request by Mary Shelley. This practice on CommonLit will be due next Monday night by 11:59 pm! Remember to take your time and use context clues to determine the meanings. In addition, on Tuesday, you will spend a little bit of class time comparing and contrasting the past two articles from CommonLit.

In class this week, you will be moving forward with your individual research for the individual research report. By the end of Monday, you and your team will need to submit a rationale for your team topic/topic, and a brief explanation of your research up to this point. This assignment is outlined on Google Classroom.

Your individual research will continue until Thursday. By Thursday evening, you will need to submit a research log to Google Classroom by 11:59 pm. Be sure to check in to Google Classroom to see the template and directions.

On Friday you will begin writing your Individual Research Report. Throughout the week we will be looking at sample essays and reviewing some skills from earlier in the year.

Before School/Lunch/After School Schedule

AM Lunch PM
Monday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Until 4:30pm
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Until 4:30pm  

Faculty Meeting  

Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Until 4:30pm
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 Project Life Meeting Until 4:30pm
Friday 7:30 – 8:30 Open N/A


Ms. Cahan will be visiting on Wednesday to answer questions about the AICE program and your track moving forward. Be sure to draft a few questions to make sure you are ready to when she is there!

Lastly, here are some words of wisdom as you move forward this week in the first stage of research:



The Week Ahead (and behind): 1/15/18 to 1/21/18

We are into our second semester of the year!

That means that we are 20 weeks closer to the end of the year!

We had NO SCHOOL on Monday!

When we returned to school on Tuesday we reviewed the directions for the AP Seminar exam Task 1 and reviewed the grammar lesson for the week. Students also received semester two contract that should be signed by a student and a guardian and returned by Friday.

On Wednesday we spent the periods brainstorming and creating topics for the team project. We did a lot of poster making and brainstorming, as well as reflection, to create tentative teams for the project. HW: Parts of Speech Practice

When students come in on Thursday and Friday we will continue to work within the tentative groups to do preliminary research. By Monday students will have made their teams and their team questions official.

For homework on Thursday, students should complete their second current event of the semester and study for their Parts of Speech QUEST (Not a quiz, but not quite a test). Contracts are also due on Friday in class.

Lastly, over the weekend, students should complete the assignment on Fracking Fuels. Remember, this is practice for the FSA reading test!

NOTE: All AP & AICE directions can be found on their individual pages on this website.