Jun 10

Census Request

Dear Parent(s),

Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

For a better future of our city, schools, and students , please click on the link now and fill out the census. It only takes a few minutes from your time to make a difference.

Complete the Census application here: 

https://my2020census.gov/

Sincerely,

Mrs. Bethany McGladdery

Apr 19

Week 1 of Online Learning

Dear Students and Parents,

As Mr. Martin explained in his message yesterday, beginning this week we are counting the online classwork every student completes. I will be posting your entire week’s assignments each Sunday to Google Classroom, along with a suggested schedule to break it into reasonable chunks. Additionally, I am requiring that you check in with me according to that schedule on Google Hangouts Meet every Monday or Tuesday, depending on your hour. I am also offering “office hours” Wednesday and Thursday in case you need additional help in completing your Language Arts work. 

With this new classwork, you will be receiving two weekly grades in Mistar. You will receive a grade for participation (dependent on your check ins) and a grade for completion (that you completed your weekly assignments satisfactorily). In Google Classroom, I will provide more targeted feedback about the quality of your work. 

Since we know that the last month has been difficult for everyone as we adjust to the pandemic, and since you were told that the previous work wouldn’t count, you are not required to make up anything that you may be missing. Your grade for this semester will be dependent on your work before we left school and everything going forward. I will be posting directions for our weekly check-ins on Monday in Google Classroom. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Take care,

Mrs. McGladdery
Language Arts
Dearborn High School

This Week’s Work:

Mar 23

Helpful Ideas to Deal with Stress and Anxiety:

Dearborn High School’s social workers are deeply committed to helping everyone get through this difficult time. They have provided the following supports that will provide everyone with the tools and supports needed to address the stress and anxiety we are all feeling:

Also, please contact this hotline if you need to talk with someone:

(I’m also available in my Google Meet “office hours” on Mondays and Thursdays – the links are posted in Google Classroom)

Mar 23

March 23, 2020

Good morning, parents and students:

Last week, as you are aware, we began the process of moving our course content to an online platform so as to minimize the instructional time lost due to this time of social distancing.

We started our literature circle unit, in which students are reading novels and focusing on specific skills each week, under the direction that we should be attempting this shift towards online learning by taking one of our preexisting units from our usual semester curriculum that was easily adapted to the online format.

However, with the recent press release from the Michigan Department of Education and comments made by Governor Whitmer, we have been directed to change course.  As it stands right now, this online learning does not count towards graduation or required instructional days. While Governor Whitmer is claiming to want to address this issue in the coming days and weeks, this requires us to take a break from introducing new course content and skills until everything gets settled.

That being said, the learning doesn’t necessarily stop there.  Our principal, Mr. Martin, has now directed us to focus on “enrichment” — essentially, we should be strengthening skills that have already been addressed previously in the classroom.

This “enrichment” work is not going to impact their grades in the class; however, they will still receive feedback from their teachers, which will be valuable and is the best we can offer to help them continue to grow during this time. 

We will return to the literature circle unit at a later date: whether this will be online once more or returning to the classroom remains to be seen.  This past week is useful, though, in that it provides us with some important information on how we can best make such a substantial unit work online and improve on the current system.  Also, students will still receive feedback on the work they completed last week.

Thank you for your understanding, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  We will each be updating our blogs and Google Classroom/iLearn to communicate the new weekly routine shortly, so be on the lookout for that.

This is a stressful, confusing, and difficult time for all of us.  We appreciate your patience as we adapt to the constant changes in expectations and directives placed on this online learning, and we hope that you and your families are remaining healthy and hopeful.

Best Regards,

The 9th Grade Language Arts Team

Please continue to check Google Classroom daily for new posts and assignments.

Mar 16

The next three weeks (March 16 – April 3, 2020)

Dear Students (and Parents),

I’m going to miss you over the next month, but I hope everyone takes care of themselves and stays healthy while we are on this hiatus. Our literature circle unit is continuing, with a few adjustments made to transfer it to an online format. If you did not receive your book in class last week, I am providing a PDF version in Google Classroom for you to read. (If you, like me, would prefer to read a physical book, I’m afraid you will need to find one on your own.) Please see the attached calendar for assignments and due dates. It is important over the next several weeks that you keep up with your reading and continue to develop your critical reading skills. 

All assignments will be posted and due in Google Classroom. Your assignments will be due on Wednesdays and Fridays. Our discussions will still be with small groups, but they will be in writing instead of verbal conversations. I will be grading your individual roles and discussions based on the rubrics you already have in your possession. 

If you have any questions or need support, please comment on Google Classroom BEFORE the assignment is due. I will be available for “office hours” every Monday and Thursday from 2 to 4 pm. This means that I will be online and available to live chat via Google Meet or Google Hangout with anyone who needs help during this time. 

Finally, it is vitally important that every student responds by tomorrow (Tuesday 3/17) to a simple question I am posting on Google Classroom in order to show that you have received this email and are able to access your assignments. Dearborn High will be reaching out to anyone who does not make contact with their teachers in order to ensure all students are still receiving the educational opportunities they deserve. 

Sincerely,

Mrs. McGladdery

Literature Circle Unit Calendar with Due Dates

Mar 09

Week of March 9, 2020

Unit Calendar
– UPDATES/CHANGES IN ORANGE!
Check this to see what is coming up!
Keep on track and don’t fall behind during Literature Circles.

Mon 3/9/20

Tues 3/10/20

  • Mentor Sentences (Commas Before FANBOYS) – write one example and find two sentences in print.
  • Practice Literature Circle Debrief – class discussion
  • Begin Book Talks

Wed 3/11/20

Thurs 3/12/20

Mar 02

Week of March 2, 2020

Mon 3/2/20  (modified schedule – shortened hours)

Tues 3/3/20

Wed 3/4/20

Thurs 3/5/20

Fri 3/6/20 (Shortened hours for Pep Rally)

Feb 24

Week of February 24, 2020

Mon 2/24/20

Tues 2/25/20 (modified schedule – shortened hours)

Wed 2/26/20 and Thurs 2/27/20 – Snow Days!

Fri 2/28/20 (modified schedule – shortened hours)

  • Inferring Bellwork
  • Review inferences on pg. 1 of “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. from Tuesday
  • Continue reading pg.3-5 of the story and make 2 inferences on each page
  • HW: Read 30 pages of SSR+ book and write 1 Metacognitive Log to turn in on Monday
Feb 10

Week of February 10, 2020

Mon 2/10/20

Tues 2/11/20

Wed 2/12/20

Thurs 2/13/20

  • Yearbook pitch
  • Punctuation Power: Commas in a Series Mastery Assessment
  • Continue working on final draft of Research Proposal (due Fri)