WELCOME TO MR. CARSWELL'S WIKI

NEW LIMITED TUTORING HOURS BEGINNING MONDAY MARCH 31, 2014. Tutoring and Test Retakes will only be scheduled for Monday afternoons. Far too many students have not availed themselves of extended hours for tutoring or retesting. Unless another event forces me to cancel, I shall be here until 6:00pm on Monday afternoons. If you will arrive toward the end of the time please consider packing a snack for your student. Thank you!


PARENTS SHOULD BE SIGNING ALL PAPERS/QUIZZES/TESTS that score below a 70%. Vocabulary Retest is Thursday 1/30/14 this week...7:40am in the Cafetorium (please be prompt) or after school, pick-up as late as 6:30pm (please make sure they have a snack). Parental involvement is an important factor in student academic success!!!

FIELD TRIP TO NASCAR MUSEUM!!! FINAL DAY FOR PERMISSION SLIPS AND MONEY IS 3/29/14!

This is a fun educational trip that will amaze all students and Chaperones!

WE NEED STUDENTS TO HAVE PAPER (Especially in 1st block). May I ask parents to check their student's notebooks and make sure that there is loose leaf paper available for assignments? Thank you! There are only 12 more Fridays, of school, until the school year is over!!!

NEWS FLASH-1/23/14 Beginning the final semester missing or late work may ONLY be turned in on Fridays!!! Students have five (5) school days to turn in work, make-up work or otherwise complete outstanding work...this policy may result in a day or two extra, but please note the policy.

3/7/14 Due to the high volume of absences, hand-in-hand with those students simply refusing to complete Homework/assignments, I need to place the burden back upon the "responsible" party. Also, if a test or quiz is missed the student needs to be prepared to complete the assignment when they come back to school. All homework is posted, in the classroom, each Monday and should be in every students' agenda!

HONORS WRITING ASSIGNMENT: Three paragraphs (5-7 sentences each) due FRIDAY 1/31/14

-Uses at least two DIFFERENT Elaboration Strategies for each paragraph (identify at the end of the paper...ex: P1- Anecdote and Statistic P2 Example and fact)

USE A CREATIVE TITLE! Each of the three paragraphs has an individual prompt...use transition sentences at the end of the first two paragraphs and a summation sentence at the end of the third.
P1-Expectations from parents (home)
P2-application of those expectations at school
P3-results in a class or school culture

2013-14Gifted HandsGifted Hands Chapters 14-22 due 1/27/14 (MONDAY)


Gifted Hands by Ben Carson, MD questions for Chapter 1-5 are due on Friday 1/10/2014:


SUBSTITUTE WORK! DUE TUESDAY 1/7/14!!! ARTICLES SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN HOME AND PARENTS ARE ASKED TO RESPOND TO YOUR STUDENT'S SUMMARY OF THE ARTICLE,
FROM THE WEEK, TITLED "No, paper isn't dead":
12/6/13 FRIDAY

Far too many students are simply refusing to complete or even attempt homework. I have a tutoring session each Monday afternoon to assist students that are having trouble working at the challenging level to prepare for not only high school, but any additional academic endeavors in life. We want every student to become more independent, thereby being mature and responsible young adults, so that they can have choices/options in life! With class sizes so very large, in most public schools, homework is a necessary requirement to strengthen the learning process. I deeply appreciate all your hard work and investments in your children's lives!


CONTEXT CLUES/READING STRATEGIES



MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013! ALL FAILING GRADES, ON TEST AND QUIZZES SHOULD BE SIGNED BY PARENTS! THIS IS A RESPONSIBILITY OF YOUR STUDENT/CHILD !!!

REVIEW SHEET FOR UNIT 3 Test on Wednesday 11/20/13


RETEST FOR UNIT 2 and/or List 35 Vocabulary Test will be held this Wednesday 11/13/13 at either 7:15 to 8:15 or 3:30 to 4:45pm. ALL FAILED ITEMS MUS BE SIGNED BY A PARENT!

11/6/13 STUDENTS ARE NOT DOING THEIR HOMEWORK!!!
It is a shocking reality that students are simply not completing or, in may cases, even attempting to do their homework. We need students to begin reading more and more so that they can meet the new Common Core expectations. The school day is simply not long enough for us to achieve the high expectations set by a school of this caliber. WE NEED PARENTS TO HELP US ACHIEVE GOALS THAT ARE NOT MEDIOCRE! I allowed an extra seven (7) days for students to complete the assignments for LAST WEEK...you simply cannot imagine the number of students that did not complete their work in preparation for our Unit 2 Test. Grades will reflect actual progress and revised grades will not be posted until the end of the month. Please help me inspire your child toward accomplishing their very, very best-limit television during the school week, try to make sure they are getting eight to nine hours of sleep and reiterate that their absolute "best" is good enough. Thank you!
11/18/13 BULLY PLEDGES:

S.C.M.S. SPIRIT CLUB FOR STUDENTS!!!

We are starting a NEW club here at S.C.M.S. The "SPIRIT CLUB" will be made up of students that want to cheer for our teams at home games. This is open to ALL students (6 through 8) and will have the first meeting THURSDAY 10/10/13 in the MEDIA CENTER!



THE 7th GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS "STANDARD" (a.k.a. Non negotiable)

  • You must have a red or green ink pen and a blue or black one for every class period.

  • Three-ring binders for language arts with THREE sections must be brought daily.

  • Any failing quiz or test must be signed by parents.

  • Test corrections must be turned in the following week or no revised grading.

  • Any missing work must be turned in after 5 school days.

  • Students will need to take responsibility for their actions and become more independent with less teacher direction.

  • Email is still the best way to reach me for any questions, clarifications or concerns.


ALTHOUGH C.M.S. LIMITS MY ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, YOU CAN PROBABLY ACCESS THESE PICTURES FROM HOME. MY MAIL, FOR C.M.S., IS SO LIMITED THAT I CANNOT KEEP THESE STUNNING PHOTOS ON FILE. PLEASE ENJOY THESE AND FORWARD THEM AS YOU'D LIKE. Thanks to Huffington Post for this marvelous collection!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/amazing-photos-2012-the-best-images-of-the-year_n_1696101.html

TUTORING:

MONDAY UNTIL 5:30PM PLEASE NOTIFY THE DAY YOU WILL STAY.

(I am often available to stay later so as to accommodate parent's pick-up of their teen!)


Tutoring is designed to help students grasp new concepts, skills or areas that they are struggling to master. A student MUST have completed/attempted homework assignments for the week prior and let me know they are intending to stay ( I do plan my time if I have no students for tutoring). We differentiate a great deal in class, often "moving" a bit more slowly than other Language Arts classes, and homework is designed to expand on classroom instruction/discussion.

E-mail is the best method to utilizing in reaching me (generally up until 6pm except on Friday and weekends); I do check it a few times a day whereas phone messages are received at the end of the day (as I am running out the building) and could result in a delay in getting back to you.

Enjoy the Ride

2013-14 Language Arts Course Description:
7th Grade Language Arts is an interdisciplinary approach to language built around a collection of classic and contemporary literature which includes a mix of genres integrated with the Social Studies curriculum. Students will examine the meaning of literary selections through the analysis of setting, plot, mood and theme. Also, the course will offer multiple opportunities for students to enhance their written and oral communication skills. Writing workshops, grammar and vocabulary instruction, oral communication activities and research skills will be incorporated throughout the school year.

Materials for Class:

  • three ring binder, 1”or 2” to be used in class
  • Loose-leaf paper
*** 3 tabbed dividers
  • 2 pens and 2 pencils
  • Post-it notes (3x3 size this could be for other classes also)
  • Highlighters and colored pencils (can be used in other classes-left in lockers)
  • 3” x 5” index cards (Vocabulary)
  • On occasion, students may need a glue stick and scissors
  • AGENDA!!

Grading Scale:


A: 100-93
B: 92-85
C: 84-77
D: 70-76
F: 69 and below

Formal Assessments (Tests/Projects) - 45%
Class work/Informal Assessments and Quizzes - 45%
Homework - 10%

Tests: All tests receiving a grade of < 70% will be eligible for a retest. The student will have to arrange a time with the teacher for the retest. The maximum grade on a retest is a 70%.

Cheating/Plagiarism:
Cheating/Plagiarizing will not be tolerated. Any student caught submitting work that is not his/her own, will receive a grade of zero. Additional measures may also be taken as per the student handbook.

Absences:
If a student has an excused absence from school, he/she must make up all work within five days of his/her return to class. Whenever possible, absent students are expected to check my wiki for daily assignments. *Please Note: It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with the teacher regarding work missed during an absence. All homework will remain on the board and website for the whole week.


Classroom Procedures:
Classroom time is valuable. It is a time for learning – not a time to socialize. All Students are expected to come to class prepared and on time. I will not permit students to use class time to go to their lockers. The required books for class will always be posted outside my classroom door. Be sure to check!
Students are expected to be seated and begin working on the posted warm-up immediately upon entering the room. The objective for the day will be posted on the board. Students should familiarize themselves with the classroom objective. Because the classroom has been set up so that it is conducive for learning, disrespectful and rude behavior will not be tolerated.

Classroom Discipline Policy:
Rules -
  1. Respect yourself, others, and our environment.
  2. Follow all teacher directions and school rules.
  3. Adhere to the 3 P's: Be prepared, prompt, and polite.
  4. Be Cooperative by putting forth your best effort.

Consequences-

  1. Verbal/Nonverbal warning
  2. Lunch detention
  3. Phone call to parents and/or after school detention
  4. Office referral
SUPPORT AND ELABORATION

This is the list of information that can be used to construct an interesting essay-from one sentence to a group, these ideas help students take quantum leaps in writing ability. In many cases writers will want to make a personal comment after using one of the strategies!

NOVEL/POETRY DECONSTRUCTION: We will use this format for various pages from each of the novels, short stories, articles and poetry: