Semester Grade Calculator

Semester Grade Calculator

Your Semester Average is made up of your 6-weeks averages (each worth 2/7) and your final exam (worth 1/7). In the grade calculator below, make a REALISTIC goal grade for this semester and enter the two 6-weeks grades you’ve already earned and it will tell you the bare minimum grade you need on both your 3rd 6-weeks grade AND your final exam in order to reach that goal average.

Click Here For Grade Calculator

Parent Check In 11/20

Parent Check In 11/20

Before you write your Parent Check In, make sure you’ve calculated what you need to reach your goal semester grade using the grade calculator above.

STEP 1: Log in to your email. Also through the my.fwisd.org page you can log in to Focus and see what your grade is right now.
STEP 2: Create a new message to send. In the “To” line, type your parent’s email address. In the “CC” line, type my email address (Sarah.Vondra@fwisd.org). This copies me in on the email so that I can see that you sent it and I can give you a grade for sending it (YES, it’s a grade).
STEP 3: The subject line of the email should sayy “English Check In”.
STEP 4: Copy and paste the following message into the body of the email, then change/complete the sentences and blanks (__) so that it makes sense for you.
Copy and paste:


Hi __________,
I just wanted to update you on how things were going for me. My goal for my semester grade is a ____%, which means I’d have to get at least a _____% for this third 6-weeks and for my final exam. Right now I have a ___in Mrs. Vondra’s Pre-AP English I class. This is mainly because ________________. I know I have two and a half weeks left in the 6-weeks (not including Thanksgiving break). Over these two weeks I’m planning on __________. Like I’ve said before I want to be the type of person who _________________, so moving forward I’m going to focus on __________________.
I have weekly homework in Mrs. Vondra’s class (Membean and No Red Ink). It has been going ______________because ______________. I’m also reading a book outside of class. The book I picked to read is called ____________ and I’m _____% finished with it. I know that I have to have it completely read by December 12th.
I’m going to be following up with you in about two and a half weeks to update you on how this 6-weeks finished out. Thanks for taking the time to partner with me.
Sincerely,
_________________


STEP 5: When you are finished filling out the email message, it’s addressed to your parent, and I’m in the CC line, press SEND. You’re done!

Mom’s Perspective

Mom’s Perspective

In the last chapter of “My Feelings” we read yesterday, we saw 9/11 and Dad’s funeral from Grandma’s perspective. We’ve already seen those days from Oskar’s perspective. Today, you are going to write about 9/11 and the funeral from Mom’s perspective. It will be written in 1st person POV. We never get to see Mom talk very much, so you’ll get to decide what her voice/writing style is like.

Here are the events of the day that we’ve found out from other’s perspective. Use them to piece together what those days were like from Mom’s perspective

  • Mom was at work (she’s a lawyer)
  • Mom called Grandma when the first tower was hit. She was worried because she hadn’t heard from Thomas Jr. (pg. 225)
  • Grandma called Mom back, Mom asked her to go watch Oskar and not let him watch the news and tell him everything will be OK (pg. 225)
  • Mom decides she’s going to walk home because the subways are a mess. It’ll take her an hour to get home (226)
  • She told Grandma she loved her (226)
  • Mom got home and gave Oskar a fierce hug (228)
  • She asked Oskar if Dad had called or if he left messages, Oskar says no (228)
  • She calls police, newspapers, fire stations (229)
  • She made flyers and put them in a suitcase and took them downtown (229)
  • She didn’t get back home until late (230)
  • Mom sends Grandma home because she needs to sleep (231)
  • She cries when Grandma tells her she loves her (231)
  • Mom is the one who wanted a funeral even though there was no body (232)
  • In the limo to the funeral she is squeezing something in her bag (5)
  • Mom asks Oskar about giving keys to the apartment away (6-7)
  • She’s wearing a bracelet Oskar made for her (7)
  • At the funeral, Oskar makes a sound like a wounded animal and Mom holds him as they put dirt on the coffin (232)
  • They are all silent on the limo ride home (233)

Your retelling from Mom’s perspective should be AT LEAST a page and a half (1 1/2)

Parent Check-In 11/5

Parent Check-In 11/5

Today we are going to check in with your goals and update your parent/guardian as to how things are going.
Like we talked about a the first 6-weeks, you have to intentionally choose the person you want to become. The second six-weeks is officially over and now we need to revisit how your goals are going.

STEP 1:

Log in to your email. (You can get to your student email here if you don’t have a personal one: my.fwisd.org. Log in like you do on the computer, click on Office 365 and then click on Outlook.) Also through the my.fwisd page you can log in to Focus and see what your final grade was for the first six-weeks.

STEP 2:

Create a new message to send . In the “To” line, type your parent’s email address. In the “CC” line, type my email address (Sarah.Vondra@fwisd.org). This copies me in on the email so that I can see that you sent it and I can give you a grade for sending it (YES, it’s a grade).

STEP 3:

The subject line of the email should say “English Check In”.

STEP 4:

Copy and paste the following message into the body of the email, then change/complete the sentences and blanks (__) so that it makes sense for you. (Remember if you double-click the blanks and then type it deletes the blank and leaves only your words.

Copy and paste:


Hi _________,
I just wanted to update you on how things were going for me. Last 6-weeks I got a _______% in Mrs. Vondra’s Pre-AP English I class. This is mainly because ________________. Moving forward, I plan to do ___________ differently because I expect more from myself. Like I’ve said before I want to be the type of person who ________________________, so moving forward I’m going to focus on _________________________.
My goal for English class was ___________________. So far it’s going . I plan on continuing to __________ (OR I plan on starting to _______). This six-weeks I really want to _________________ and I’m going to accomplish that by _______________________________.
Recently I’ve been learning about __________________. I want to learn more about/I’m still kind of confused by/This made me think of ___________________.
I’m doing good/not good on my commitment to _______________. Moving forward I plan on __________________.
I’m going to be following up with you about every three weeks to update you on how my goals and plans are working out. Thanks for taking the time to partner with me.

Sincerely,

________________________

P.S. This email is my first 100% of the third six-weeks


STEP 5: When you are finished filling out the email message, it’s addressed to your parent, and I’m in the CC line, press SEND. You’re done!

Parent Check In-10/21

Parent Check In-10/21

STEP 1: Log in to your email. Also through the my.fwisd.org page you can log in to Focus and see what your grade is right now.
STEP 2: Create a new message to send. In the “To” line, type your parent’s email address. In the “CC” line, type my email address (Sarah.Vondra@fwisd.org). This copies me in on the email so that I can see that you sent it and I can give you a grade for sending it (YES, it’s a grade).
STEP 3: The subject line of the email should sayy “English Check In”.
STEP 4: Copy and paste the following message into the body of the email, then change/complete the sentences and blanks (__) so that it makes sense for you.
Copy and paste:


Hi _____,
I just wanted to update you on how things were going for me. Right now I have a ___% in Mrs. Vondra’s Pre-AP English I class. This is mainly because ________________. I know I have two weeks left in the 6-weeks. Over these two weeks I’m planning on __________. Like I’ve said before I want to be the type of person who _________________, so moving forward I’m going to focus on __________________.
I have weekly homework in Mrs. Vondra’s class (Membean and No Red Ink). It has been going _______________ because ______________. I’m also reading a book outside of class. The book I picked to read is called ____________ and I’m _____% finished with it. I know that I have to have it completely read by November 1st.
I’m going to be following up with you in about two weeks to update you on how this 6-weeks finished out. Thanks for taking the time to partner with me.
Sincerely,
_________________


STEP 5: When you are finished filling out the email message, it’s addressed to your parent, and I’m in the CC line, press SEND. You’re done!

Parent Check In–9/30

Parent Check In–9/30

Today we are going to check in with your goals and update your parent/guardian as to how things are going.
Like we talked about a few weeks ago, you have to intentionally choose the person you want to become. The first six-weeks is officially over and now we need to revisit how your goals are going.

STEP 1:

Log in to your email. (You can get to your student email here if you don’t have a personal one: my.fwisd.org. Log in like you do on the computer, click on Office 365 and then click on Outlook.) Also through the my.fwisd page you can log in to Focus and see what your final grade was for the first six-weeks.

STEP 2:

Create a new message to send . In the “To” line, type your parent’s email address. In the “CC” line, type my email address (Sarah.Vondra@fwisd.org). This copies me in on the email so that I can see that you sent it and I can give you a grade for sending it (YES, it’s a grade).

STEP 3:

The subject line of the email should say “English Check In”.

STEP 4:

Copy and paste the following message into the body of the email, then change/complete the sentences and blanks (__) so that it makes sense for you. (Remember if you double-click the blanks and then type it deletes the blank and leaves only your words.

Copy and paste:


Hi _________,
I just wanted to update you on how things were going for me. Last 6-weeks I got a _______% in Mrs. Vondra’s Pre-AP English I class. This is mainly because ________________. Moving forward, I plan to do ___________ differently because I expect more from myself. Like I’ve said before I want to be the type of person who ________________________, so moving forward I’m going to focus on _________________________.
My goal for English class was ___________________. So far it’s going . I plan on continuing to __________ (OR I plan on starting to _______). This six-weeks I really want to _________________ and I’m going to accomplish that by _______________________________.
Recently I’ve been learning about __________________. I want to learn more about/I’m still kind of confused by/This made me think of ___________________.
I’m doing good/not good on my commitment to _______________. Moving forward I plan on __________________.
I’m going to be following up with you about every three weeks to update you on how my goals and plans are working out. Thanks for taking the time to partner with me.

Sincerely,

________________________

P.S. This email is my first 100% of the second six-weeks


STEP 5: When you are finished filling out the email message, it’s addressed to your parent, and I’m in the CC line, press SEND. You’re done!

District Thing

District Thing

Click here:

https://fwisd.schoolobjects.com//Aware/OnlineTesting?org=FOR-57019454-660

This is a district thing they’re making us do.

Step 1.

Click on the link. Login with

Username (Student ID # Only, no S): 1234567

Password: welcome

Step 2.

Then click on the title of the story (on the left) and the text will pop up so that you have the story and multiple-choice questions side-by-side.

Step 3.

Use Control – to zoom out to see the whole story at once (Control + will zoom back in).

Step 4.

Answer all multiple choice questions.

Welcome to Open House!

Welcome to Open House!

In the middle of the table you’ll find a few things:

  1. Candy! Help yourself, it’s been a long day 😉
  2. A half sheet of paper. If you would, please fill out as much or as little information as your comfortable with. You can leave it on the table and I’ll pick it up when you leave.
  3. A full sheet of paper. This is a “Cliff Notes” version of my syllabus. I’ll go over it in detail in just a minute.

Thanks so much for being here!