Happy Holidays!

The holidays are my favorite time of the year! I love looking at all of the beautiful lights…enjoying the music…and celebrating with family and friends. It is the time of year I look back and cherish all of my wonderful blessings.

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday. No matter what your family tradition is, enjoy it and feel blessed.

Happy Holidays!


Veterans Day

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month…we honor those who served.

For our Veterans Day celebration General Dennis Via spoke to our students. I was never more proud of the way the students showed respect for such an honorable guest. They listened intently and politely while he spoke of the importance of honoring and thanking veterans.

With that I say, thank you veterans for your service to our country. I cannot imagine a bigger sacrifice.

🙂 HS



October is Mystery Month

October is my favorite month….the weather changes, color is in the air, Halloween decorations are everywhere…what a beautiful month to celebrate mystery!

Honors English is kicking off the new nine weeks with mysteries. We are studying mood with music and poetry. We are going to be reading some fabulous mysteries such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Tell-Tale Heart.

English 7 is midway through The Hunger Games. After that we will be reading some fabulous mystery stories.

Do not forget: Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll. Sunday, October 19th, 2:00-4:30.


Class Blogging is here

I have a blogging class and we are going to be blogging about new and wonderful things.

My 7th grade English classes are reading The Hunger Games. I am so excited to be teaching this…the themes of hunger and survival cross over into many different aspects of life. My honors Pre-AP 8 are still delving deeper into The Looking Glass Wars. How fascinating it is to be reading about Alyss’s True Adventures in Wonderland.

Check out our class blogs. We are going to be competing in the class blogging challenge.

🙂 HS

Welcome to the weekend!!

Ahhh here we are….Labor Day weekend! I cannot believe August is over. It is now the official end of summer.

I do love Fall…the crispness in the air…college football….the changing colors of the leaves…and then the holiday season begins. Time does move quickly.

In Honors classes we are delving deep into The Looking Glass Wars. I am thrilled by how much the students are enjoying the novel. Also…we study a quote every day. I am going to get a “Quote Jar” so that students can enter their favorites quotes for us to analyze.

In English 7 we are studying the parts of a plot by using the short story “Rikki Tikki Tavi.” As soon as we finish, we will begin our Hunger Games unit. Pssst: I LOVE TEACHING THE HUNGER GAMES!!!!

Have a wonderful safe weekend.

PS. Take Monday off.

🙂 HS

Open House

It was fabulous getting to meet all of my students parents last night. We are getting off to a wonderful new school year.

Today is STAR testing. Now is the time to see where we are….evaluate what we need to do…and meet the goal of improving our scores. How do we do that?


Read every day. Even if it is just an article online…read it. Interpret it. Ask yourself questions.  Look up new vocabulary. Read for fun. Discover new authors! I fell in love with John Green two years ago and read all of his books.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all.

*And…to test this post and see if ANY of my students are reading it…the FIRST student to respond and and answer the following question correctly will receive +5 points on the preposition test.

Name the movie: “Hello. My name in Indigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Thursday thoughts and twinkings…

It has been a great beginning of the school year. In Honors we have begun studying our Alice in Wonderland unit. (The Looking Glass Wars) by writing Jabberwocky nonsense poetry. I have really enjoyed the “Where I am From” poetry that everyone has submitted. I am touched by all of the beautiful words that everyone has written.

In English 7 we have been working on learning the eight parts of speech. I feel that we need to have it as a foundation for all of our written work…we must be able to identify nouns, pronouns, prepositions, etc so that we may understand how they function properly in a sentence.

I have enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you. All of my students are treasures.

🙂 HS

Aspiring to new heights

We are testing next week…the ACT Aspire. Monday is writing and reading. The seventh graders will be writing a timed expository essay. Please practice writing a sentence outline and an essay. Students will be given a pre-writing sheet and lined paper in the booklet to complete their essay. Good luck all.