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Work for 4/6-10

Work for 4/6-10

This week your assignment is to finish reading The House On Mango Street and to answer the following multiple choice questions.

Here is a copy of the book:

You will pick up where we left off, on page 61 (page numbers printed on the page, not the page of the PDF), and read until the end of the book.

Once you’ve finished, you’ll complete the following multiple choice questions (feel free to use the book):

https://forms.gle/KecXfhUpcReWMfi48

Work for 3/30-4/3

Work for 3/30-4/3

Hi everyone! This week’s assignment is to plan and write an essay. I’m trying a new tech tool that *should* allow our normal essay warm up packet to be editable on computers. You’ll work through all of the steps just like we would in class. You’ll notice this version doesn’t have my normal “hints” on it. Feel free to use past essays to help remember what parts go where.

Here is the essay: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dtu3fwUrkDN3CAGtpMwZjBZy9P6F32_e/view?usp=sharing

When you open it, DOWNLOAD it or open with DOCHUB or open with LUMIN. Do NOT open with GoogleDocs. It won’t work. You can then click in all of the places you would normally write and type your planning and essay.

When you are finished, you may either copy the link and email it to me (if you saved it in your GoogleDrive) or email me the PDF file (if you’d saved it on your computer.

If you’d rather print the paper, hand write on it, and then email a picture or scan of your work, you’re welcome to do that too. Whatever is easiest for you.

As always, feel free to contact me if you need anything.

Work for 3/23-27

Work for 3/23-27

Hi, y’all! Bored at home yet? FWISD is instructing us to give y’all an hour’s worth of work per week to help keep your minds sharp. Please know: students cannot be penalized in any way for failure to complete, or completing incorrectly, any assignments assigned during this extended break. The purpose of these assignments is to keep you (somewhat) in the swing of things school-wise so that when we go back your brains haven’t turned to mush (unlimited hours of Netflix and Tik Tok will do that, ya know? 😉). So, without further ado, here are the assignments for this week (they’re in your annotation packet and connected with The House on Mango Street unit we left off on before Spring Break). You can do them all at the same time or spread them out. Whichever you prefer.

Assignment 1:

In your annotation packet, on page 3, you’ll find an article entitled “Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl”. Read the article and answer the following multiple choice questions:

https://forms.gle/Nwj5DtAHptkLDC7b6

Assignment 2:

In your annotation packet, on page 5, you’ll find an article entitled “Healing Brick City: A Newark Doctor Returns Home”. Read the article and answer the following multiple choice questions:

https://forms.gle/trgnP9VFDujyuivm9


Remember, if you need help with anything, the quickest way is to message me through the Remind app. You are also welcome to email me.

Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update

Hi guys!

I just wanted to touch base since things are changing so often. As you know, we’re off school at least through 3/27. I wanted to communicate several things to you in the meantime. I know this message is long, but stick with it (you’re stuck at home anyways, right?).

First: Remind/Communication

I just wanted you to know that I’m going to be communicating mostly through Remind. If you are not signed up to recieve text messages, you can do so by texting the number 81010 with the message “@svondra1” for period 1, “@svondra3” for period 3, or “@svondra5” for period 5.

I have turned on the ability for you to message me back on Remind if you need anything. I also have access to my email if you prefer to contact me that way, but will probably only be checking that about once a day. If you need a quicker answer, feel free to contact me through Remind.

Second: Grades

I was finally able to log in to Focus, so I was able to put in your grades and download gradesheets. Everything is in except for the Membean grades because that has to be logged in using our FWISD Google account, which we still do not have access to. Since y’all still don’t have access to Focus, I’ve uploaded PDFs of each classes’ grades. I’ve taken off your names, so look for your ID number like you do on the gradesheets in class. This will at least let you know your average, what you’re missing, etc. If you are missing anything, and would like to make the assignments up while you are at home, you are welcome to do so and email me the work as you finish it. You can find hardcopies of handouts from class on the Documents page of this website. You can work on them electronically if you don’t have a printer. Or, if you have the hardcopy from class in your backpack, you can take a picture of the completed work and email it to me (please make sure the picture is clear and readable). I left the NRI assignments that were supposed to be for this week and next week up since I had already scheduled them (in case we get access to the Google accounts sometime soon). These are not mandatory, but if you would like to complete them, I will be glad to give you extra credit for them. The same goes for your Membean for this week and next week: not mandatory, but extra credit opportunities.

Third: Schedule on Return

Assuming we do go back on 3/30, we’re going to be changing around the schedule. Originally, we were supposed to finish The House on Mango Street this week and next week and then do our Membean, NRI, and Independent Reading tests at the end of next week. However, with these two weeks being lost, we’re going to change some things up. If we return on 3/30, we will spend the next two weeks (weeks of 3/30-4/3 and 4/6-9) finishing The House On Mango Street. We will not have Membean, No Red Ink, or Independent Reading tests this 6-weeks. Please note that this means that your grade for the 5th 6-weeks (assuming they keep the 6-weeks the same and don’t change it; if they do change it, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it) will be made up entirely of daily grades. So make sure you’ve got everything turned in.

With the start of the 6th 6-weeks on 4/14 (again, assuming we’re back and assuming they don’t change the 6-weeks structures), you will be starting a new unit where you’ll read your Independent Reading Book in class. It must be a fiction book (no non-fiction or poetry books this time) and must be at least 250 pages. You are welcome to check one out from my library in class, bring one from home, have an electronic one on your phone/laptop, etc. Since we’re not going to have an Independent Reading Book Survey this (5th) 6-weeks anymore, you’re welcome to save the book you were going to read this 6-weeks for next (if you’ve already read most of it though, you’re going to want to pick a new one). You must have this book picked and ready to go by 4/14.

Fourth: STAAR Testing

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Governor Abbot has waived the STAAR Test for this year due to us missing so much school because of the Coronavirus. Here is all we know as of right now: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article241199061.html. At least amidst all the other crazy in the world right now, we don’t have to worry about the STAAR test. So, if/when we return to school, we’ll be able to have class like we always do and won’t have to try and cram for STAAR.

Fifth: Bored? Try Reading.

This announcement is not directly tied to our class, but is rather just a helpful tip from your friendly English teacher. If in the midst of your Coronavirus quarantine you get bored with Tik Tok, Netflix, and X Box (seems impossible, I know), try reading a book. If you don’t have a lot of books at home, check out this cool app called Libby: https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/. Libby lets you check out ebooks and audiobooks from local libraries (for free, of course). If you download the app, you can check out ebooks from the Fort Worth Public Library. (If you don’t have a library card, it can link you directly to the Fort Worth Public Library’s online application for one. It’s a pretty simple process and lets you access hundreds of books on your phone.

Wrap up:

Thanks for sticking through all of these announcements. Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do for you in this strange and uncertain time. If you talk to someone who has me for English and they haven’t gotten this message, will you please pass it along to them for me? Thanks, y’all. Stay safe and healthy. I’ll post more info as necessary.

Parent Check In 2/19

Parent Check In 2/19

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 fifth 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–1/29

Parent Check In–1/29

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 and a half weeks left in the 6-weeks. Over these 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 February 14th.

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!

Parent Check In–1/7

Parent Check In–1/7

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 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.
Copy and paste:


Hi _______________,

I just wanted to update you on how things were going for me. Last semester 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 ____________________________.

This semester I’m looking forward to __________________ because ___________________.

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 fourth 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!