Posted by: aoifelove | September 23, 2017

Congratulations!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

Congratulations to all the students who ran for the Student Council last week.  Your speeches were great!  I am so proud of you!  Well done!  The elections will take place on Monday, September 25.  Good luck to all our candidates!

This past week, the Seventh Graders continued to read Beowulf by Robert Nye.  This week, we will analyze and have discussions about our hero, Beowulf, and the monsters, Grendel and She (Grendel’s mother).  This past week, I added a grammar workbook and a punctuation/editing workbook to my Seventh Graders’ in-class work.  They also reviewed Cornell Note-Taking and the M.L.A. editing style.  In addition to this, they watched the next installment of Emma by Jane Austen.

The next writing assignment will be “Write an outline of Beowulf.”  Your child will receive an outline this week, and will have to type his /her copy of it in a different font, in order to review the format of a formal outline.  I look forward to reading the “Myths and Legends” homework that my Seventh Graders turned in to me, this past week. 

Please encourage your child to be diligent in completing his/her Wordly Wise homework, as the majority of my Seventh Graders scored in the “B” range, this past week, and they should be scoring in the “A” range.  Many thanks!

This coming week, my Seventh Graders will continue to read Beowulf.  In addition to this, they will view the second installment of Emma by Jane Austen.  They will also work in their classroom workbooks, and use their laptops for writing.  If time permits, they will commence their study of Poetry.

Reminder: 

  • School Photos  for Middle School students: Thursday, September 28!
  • Jupiter Grades has been updated.  Please let me know if you cannot access them.

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 3 in Wordly Wise on Thursday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 3 of Wordly Wise.
  • Rewrites of your Myths/Legends (with a colored illustration) will be due on Thursday, September 28.

One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.  ~ Aristotle

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a GRAND week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

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Posted by: aoifelove | September 23, 2017

Congratulations!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

Congratulations to all the students who ran for positions on the Student Council, last week.  Your speeches were great!  I am so proud of you!  Well done!  The elections will take place on Monday, September 25.  Good luck to all our candidates!

Last week, my Eighth Graders continued to read Animal Farm by George Orwell.  They are enjoying this book.  They started work on writing a poem based on Animal Farm characters.  In addition to this, they commenced work in a punctuation/editing workbook.  They also reviewed Cornell Note-Taking and M.L.A. style of editing.  They saw most of Episode III of Pride and Prejudice, but we ran out of class time.

The majority of my Eighth Graders scored in the “B” range in their Wordly Wise homework.  Please encourage your teenager to take more time and care with his/her homework.  I believe that all my students should be scoring in the “A” range.

On Monday, my Eighth Graders will finish viewing Episode III of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, as we ran out of time on Friday.  This coming week, they will continue their study of Animal Farm.  They will also work in their classroom workbooks, and use their laptops for writing.  If time permits, they will commence their study of Poetry.

Reminders: 

  • School Photos for Middle School students: Thursday, September 28!
  • Jupiter Grades are updated now.  Please let me know if you cannot access them.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 3 in Wordly Wise, on Friday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 3 of Wordly Wise for Friday.
  • Rewrites of Episode II of Pride and Prejudice are due on Friday.
  • Write a summary of Episode III of Pride and Prejudice for Monday, October 2.

It is not so much what is poured into the student, but what is planted, that really counts.  ~ E.C. McKenzie

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a GRAND week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | September 16, 2017

Student Council Campaign Week!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU to  all the parents who attended our Classroom Orientation last Thursday.  It was a great turnout. It was lovely to meet with you again. If you were unable to attend, please make sure to request an overview of my classes, and I will send it home to you with your child.  It is also posted on this site.

This past week, my Sixth Graders continued to read Skellig, which they are enjoying.  They also finished Lesson 1 of Wordly Wise, so they know my expectations regarding their comprehension homework.  They did a great job on their Wordly Wise spelling/vocabulary test.  I am so proud of them!  Keep up the great work, Sixth Graders!

Their first writing assignment “Write a Fable” is due on Wednesday, September 20.  I have read several of Aesop’s Fables in class, so my students understand the concept.  Guidelines for this assignment were distributed during the first week of school, and I have discussed my expectations in class.  The fable must be typed and  double-spaced.  Please make sure that your child saves his/her work on the computer, as I will return the fables to my students for corrections and rewrites.  A colored illustration to describe the fable will be required with the rewrite, so they are working both sides of their brain.  If you have any questions about homework, please contact me.

The first week of school, there was no time for Literature on DVD, so I promised that I would make it up to them this week.  Hence, on Monday and Thursday, my Sixth Graders watched the first and second installment of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, for literature on DVD, and they enjoyed it immensely, judging by their laughter.

During Theater Production Class, on Thursday, my Sixth Graders read the first scene of A Christmas  Carol.  Then, we played drama games, and they made up five-minute skits, which were fun.  They will receive their scripts for A Christmas Carol, on Monday.  This week, they will read for parts in the play.  They will give me three choices of characters that they would like to play, and I will try to give them one of their choices.

Reminders:

  • The Student Council Campaign Week will begin on Monday, September 18.  Middle School students may run for the following positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Class Representative.
  • The Middle School Dance is scheduled to take place in the library, on Friday, September 22, from 6:00p.m. to 8:30p.m.
  • Jupiter Grades: I will post your children’s grades on Jupiter this week.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Writing assignment: “Write a Fable” is due on Wednesday, September 20.
  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 2 in Wordly Wise, for Wednesday, September 27.
  • Start completing the exercises in Lesson 2 of Wordly Wise, which will be due on Wednesday, September 27.

What a glorious gift is the imagination, and what satisfaction it affords. ~ Thomas Mann

Enjoy your weekend and have a GRAND week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | September 16, 2017

Student Council Campaign Week!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,
THANK YOU to all the parents who attended our Classroom Orientation last Thursday.  We had a great turnout.  It was lovely to meet with you again.  If you were unable to attend, please make sure to request an overview of my classes, and I will send it home to you via your child.  It is also posted on this blog site.
This past week, my Seventh Graders continued to read Beowulf  by Robert Nye, which they are enjoying.  They also finished Lesson 1 in Wordly Wise, so they know my expectations regarding their weekly homework. In addition to this, they continued their study of the Cornell Note-Taking System, and were given comprehensive notes on M.L.A. (Modern Language Association) editing style. I also read aloud examples of a myth, in preparation for their writing assignment.  I am very happy to report that my Seventh Graders scored very high on their first spelling/vocabulary test, on Thursday.  I am so proud of them!  Great job, Seventh Graders!
Next week, my Seventh Graders will continue to read Beowulf, as he faces the monster, Grendel.  On Monday, I will read aloud more examples of myths and legends.  In addition to this, my students will continue the study the Cornell Note-taking System and M.L.A. editing style.  They will also work in their paragraph editing workbooks.  The school laptop are up and running, so they continue in-class writing on them.  On Friday, they will watch the next installment of Jane Austen’s Emma.
The first writing assignment “Write a Myth or a Legend” is due Thursday, September 21.
Reminders:
  • The Student Council campaign Week begins on Monday, September 18.  Middle School students may run for the following positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Class Representative.
  • The Middle School Dance is scheduled to take place in the library, on Friday, September 22, from 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.
  • Jupiter Grades:  I will post your children’s grades on Jupiter Grades this week.
The following is the homework for this coming week:
  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 2 in Wordly Wise on Thursday.
  • Complete all the exercises of Lesson 2 of Wordly Wise.
  • The assignment “Write a Myth or Legend” is due on Thursday.
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. ~ Khalil Gibran
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a GRAND week ahead!
Sincerely,
Miss Susan 🙂
Posted by: aoifelove | September 16, 2017

Student Council Campaign Week!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,
THANK YOU to all the parents who attended our Classroom Orientation on Thursday afternoon.  We had a great turnout.  It was lovely to meet with you again.  If you were unable to attend, please make sure to request the overview of my classes from me, or I can send it home to you, via your child.  It is also on this blog site.
I am very happy to report that my Eighth Graders scored extremely high on their first spelling/vocabulary test on Friday.  Great job, Eighth Graders!  Keep up the good work!  They also completed Lesson 1 in Wordly Wise, so they know my expectations regarding their future homework.  They continued to read Animal Farm by George Orwell, and to explore the allegory, which they are enjoying.  They also continued their study of the Cornell Note-Taking System, and were given comprehensive notes regarding M.L.A. (Modern Language Association) editing style.  In addition to this, they watched Episode 2 of the BBC’s version of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, which we will use to practice writing summaries.  The focus for these summaries will be: main ideas, themes, characters, conflict, etc.
This coming week, my Eighth Graders will continue to read Animal Farm.  I will introduce a punctuation/paragraph editing book.  They will continue their study of Literary Terms.  The school laptops are up and running, so they will commence in-class writing on them.  In addition to this, I will continue the study of the Cornell Note-Taking System.  On Thursday, They will watch Episode III of Pride and Prejudice.
The Creative Writing Class, on Friday, was an introduction class.  My students voiced twenty-tree ideas for exploration.  They have to choose their subject, and will commence writing at the next class on Friday.
Reminders:
  • The Student Council Campaign Week begins on Monday, September 19.  Middle School students may run for the following positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Class Representative.
  • The Middle School Dance is scheduled to take place in the library, on Friday, September 22, from 6:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. 
  • Jupiter Grades: I will post your children’s grades on Jupiter Grades this week.
The following is the homework for this coming week:
  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 2 in Wordly Wise, on Friday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 2 of Wordly Wise.
  • Write a summary of Pride and Prejudice …Episode II
The essence of learning is the ability to manage change by changing yourself.  ~ A. De Gues
Enjoy your weekend and have a GRAND week ahead!
Sincerely,
Miss Susan 🙂
Posted by: aoifelove | September 10, 2017

A Great Start, 8th Graders!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

We are off to a great start!  A warm welcome to our new Eighth Grader, Nitalia.  I am happy to report that my Eighth Graders completed a grand first week of school.  I know that they will be wonderful role-models for their peers, as well as great examples of excellence.  They appear to be happy to have reached this milestone in their education.  I trust that they will remain enthusiastic and focused on their academics, as they prepare for high school.

This past week, my Eighth Graders commenced reading Animal Farm by George Orwell.  It is an allegory about the Russian Revolution, and the dictatorship and cruelty of Josef Stalin.  They were given Book 9 of Wordly Wise.  I always complete the first lesson in class with my students, in order to clarify my expectations for their future homework in this workbook. In addition to this, we started an introduction to the Cornell Note-Taking System for English Language Arts.  This system of note-taking is a “must” for high school.

For Literature on DVD, they watched the first episode of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  This is a six-part series, which we will use for the practice of writing summaries.

This coming week, my Eighth Graders will continue to read and analyze Animal Farm and complete  Lesson 1 in Wordly Wise.  In addition to this, they will continue to learn Cornell Note-Taking, and then, put that skill into practice.  They will also view Episode 2 of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  It is essential to be able to summarize succinctly, and it is an important skill for high school, so I will help my Eighth Graders with the first one. We will concentrate on writing summaries for the next six weeks, as my students will watch and summarize five more episodes of Pride and Prejudice.  They will also return to their study of Literary Terms and review M.L.A. format for writing papers.

Reminders:

  • Our Classroom Orientation will take place on Thursday, September 14, at 3:30p.m. – 5:00p.m.  It will start in the amphitheater, and then, you will be directed to the classrooms.  I look forward to meeting with you.
  • There will be a “Coffee Social” for new parents, in the library, on Friday, September 15.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Please study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 1 in Wordly Wise, on Friday, September 15.
  • Write a summary of Episode 1 of Pride and Prejudice, for Friday.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and talk to me, either before or after school.  If this does not suit your schedule, you can send an email to me at:

susan.mcguirk@ecdschools.org

I am excited to be working with your children, and I look forward to a happy and productive year with them.

Education is the movement from darkness to light. ~ Allan Bloom

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a GRAND week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | September 9, 2017

A Great Start, 7th Graders!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

I am happy to report that my Seventh Graders have settled back nicely into Middle School.  I am very pleased with them!  A warm welcome to Nora and Mahkunda.  I look forward to a happy and productive school year.

This week was short, due to starting on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, my Seventh Graders commenced their reading of Beowulf by Robert Nye (a narration of the oldest epic poem translated into the English language).  It is a story that involves a great hero, Beowulf, brave and strong, who fights three monsters.  My Seventh Graders also started Lesson 1 in Wordly Wise.  I always complete the first lesson in class with my students, in order to clarify my expectations for their future homework in this workbook.  In addition to this, they had their first introduction to the Cornell Note-Taking System, for English Language Arts.

My Seventh Graders began Literature on DVD, on Friday, with the viewing of Emma by Jane Austen.

This coming week, my Seventh Graders will continue to read Beowulf, finish Lesson 1 in Wordly Wise, and continue to learn about Cornell Note-Taking.  I will read aloud examples of myths and legends to them, in preparation for their first creative writing assignment, Write a Myth or Legend, which will be due on Thursday, September 21.  If time permits, they will return to their study of Literary Terms, and review the Six Traits of Writing.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 1 in Wordly Wise, on Thursday, September 14.

Reminders:

  • The Classroom Orientation will take place on Thursday, September 14, at 3:30p.m.-5:00p.m.  It will commence in the amphitheater, then, you will be directed to the Middle School classrooms.  I look forward to meeting with you.
  • There will be a Coffee Social for the New Parents, in the library, on Friday morning, at 9:00a.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and share them with me, either before or after school.  If this does not suit your schedule, you can send an email to me at:

susan.mcguirk@ecdschools.org

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. ~ James Russell Lowell (American poet and editor)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a GRAND week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | September 9, 2017

Great Start, 6th Graders!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

This past week was a short one with my Sixth Grade class, as we started on Tuesday, and we had an assembly on Friday, during my time with them.  However, they have settled back quickly into their school routine.  I am impressed!

On Wednesday, my Sixth Graders commenced reading Skellig by David Almond, which they are enjoying.  We also began Lesson 1 of Wordly Wise.  I always complete the first lesson of Wordly Wise in class with my students, in order to clarify my expectations for their future homework in this workbook.  In addition to this, my students also started their first journal entry:  “All About Me.”

This coming week, we will continue to read Skellig.  Then, we will finish Sections  B,C, D, and E in Wordly Wise.  In addition to this, I will read many of Aesop’s Fables aloud (I read three this past week), in preparation for their first creative writing assignment, Write a Fable, which will be due on Wednesday, September 20.  I distributed the guidelines for this assignment on Wednesday, September 6, and I will discuss them in great detail.  We will also begin our study of Literary Terms, which I will distribute on Tuesday.  In addition to this, I will introduce my Sixth Graders to the Cornell Note-Taking System, for Language Arts.

We ran out of time for Literature on DVD, due to the short week.  Therefore, we will commence Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, on Monday.

My Sixth Graders watched a recorded version of students performing A Christmas Carol, for their first Theater Production Class, last Thursday.  This was done in order to give them an idea of  parts that they might like to play, when they perform in December.  During this class, they will learn about expressing different emotions and states of being, using their faces, hand gestures, and leg movements.  My Sixth Graders will receive their scripts on Thursday.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Study for the spelling and vocabulary test of Lesson 1 in Wordly Wise, for Wednesday, September 13.

Reminders:

  • Classroom Orientation will take place on Thursday, September 14, at 3:30p.m. -5:00p.m.  We will meet in the amphitheater first, then, you will be directed to the Middle School classrooms.  I look forward to meeting with you.
  • There will be a coffee social for new parents, in the library, on Friday, September 15.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and talk to me, either before or after school hours.  If this does not suit your schedule, you can send an email to me at:

susan.mcguirk@ecdschools.org

I anticipate a happy and productive school year with your children.

All our dreams come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.

~ Walt Disney

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a GRAND week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

Posted by: aoifelove | September 4, 2017

Welcome Back to School!

Dear Middle School Parents and Students,

Welcome back to our new school year!  My name is Susan McGuirk, but my students address as “Miss Susan.”  I am the Language Arts/Theater-Production/Dance teacher in the Middle School, at Encinitas Country Day School.  I am located in building B6, Room 222.  I am delighted to work at such an established and reputable school.

I trust that you have had a wonderful summer, and that you are excited about returning to school.  I am excited and eager to start working with your children.  My Language Arts classes will encompass all aspects of Reading, Vocabulary, and Comprehension, Creative Writing, Informational Writing, Oratory, Drama, Communications, and Analyses.  My students will examine complex texts and academic language in their studies with me.  Reading, Writing, and Oration will be based on the abstraction of evidence from texts, both literary and informational.

I will follow the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA/Literacy, the Montessori Method of Education, and traditional methods of teaching, as my students build knowledge from content-rich fiction and nonfiction.  I will emphasize the development of good critical thinking skills and the ability to collaborate well with one’s peers, as this is essential in today’s world of technological advancements.

In addition to this, my students will be given a number of projects throughout the school year, which will enrich and broaden their minds, while elevating their intelligence to a higher plane of knowledge and understanding.  Field trips will enhance our studies when appropriate.

My weekly blog will keep you informed as to what your children are studying in my classroom with respect to academics.  It will also keep you up-to-date with homework assignments, due dates, tests, projects, class events, field trips, etc.  Please subscribe to my blog (it is free).  In doing so, you will receive it within seconds of my posting.  In order to subscribe, just insert your email address on the right hand side of my blog page.  Voilà!

My blog address is: misssusanecds.wordpress.com

I trust that this school year will be a happy and productive experience in the education of your children.  I intend to educate, motivate, thrill, and inspire them to do their best, and to grow academically, personally, emotionally, and spiritually.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with me at the Classroom Orientation (the date has yet to be determined).  You will be given a hard copy of the overview of my curriculum.

I hope that we will have fun this school year, as your children and I explore the depth and wealth of the English language and literature, and its many wonderful components.

It is necessary to give children the possibility of developing according to the laws of their nature, so that they can become strong, and having become strong, can do even more than we dared to hope for them. ~ Maria Montessori

Sincerely,

Miss Susan<3

Posted by: aoifelove | July 3, 2017

Thank You!

Dear Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

I trust that you all are enjoying the magic of your summer vacation.  It has been a very busy two weeks, already. 🙂

A big THANK YOU for the lovely notes and the great “Gift Cards” that you gave to me and my colleagues, on the last day of the school year.  It was very sweet and thoughtful of you, and I truly appreciate your generosity.

Another big THANK YOU to the many families who gave individual gifts to me: The Budd family, the DiNenna family, the Glazer family, the Lyon family, the Pierpan-Tatro family, the Pond family, the Spiegel family, the Walker family, and the Ponce/Zamalloa family.  I truly appreciate your generous hearts.  I  am deeply grateful to all my parents and students for the very thoughtful gifts.  Many, many, many thanks! ❤ ❤ ❤

It has been a great first year at E.C.D.S.  I have enjoyed working with your children on a daily basis.  It has been a pleasure to know, educate, and love them.  You, our parent body, have been a great support to all who teach in our Middle School.  A special THANK YOU to our Homeroom Moms: Susan Bachand, Kelly Bruce, Janet Lombardi, and Maricela Zamalloa.  Your time, work, and energy was wonderful and much appreciated. ❤ ❤ ❤

I wish enormous success and happiness to our Graduates and our Sixth Graders who have left our school: Alex, Arman, Connor, John, Katya, Matthew, Ohm, and Smita…Claire, Connor, Faith, Gwen, Jake, Juna, Kyan, Laina, Lucas, and Mykelle.  You will be missed next year.  Please come back and visit.  ❤ ❤ ❤

I look forward to another challenging, creative, inspirational, and fun academic year with all our returning Middle School students and the new Sixth Graders, who will be joining us in September.

I wish you all a happy, restful, and safe summer!  Please remember! Reading is food for your brain, so don’t forget to feed it.  Read on! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Love, Hugs, and Gratitude,

Miss Susan ❤

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