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Biography & ConTACT INFORMATION

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I am a former NC Teaching Fellow and Class of 2011 graduate of the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. I’m originally from Goldsboro, NC and taught 7th grade there for three years before moving to Charleston in 2014 to marry Mr. Joseph Campbell. I now live in Berkeley County with my husband and two adorable cats. This is my third year at Northwoods Middle teaching ELA. I read like a maniac and challenge all my students to catch up to me! I read 55 books last year for the 25 Book Challenge and won for staff for the second year in a row ­ and I’m going to try and win again this year! I also read 25 books over the summer vacation and I'm excited to tell you all about them!

I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you and am very excited to be teaching 8th grade for the first time. If you are a returning student  - it’s so nice to see you again! 

Email: kathryn_campbell@charleston.k12.sc.us

Phone: (843)608-9004 [You can reach me from 7:30am-7:30pm & leave a voice message or text if I don't answer.]

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-3:30pm

EXPECTATIONS AND ELA CLASSROOM POLICIES

Course Description:

Eighth grade Language Arts will incorporate workshop approaches to reading and writing, as well as Interactive Notebooks. Students will read a variety of literature and non-fiction works including novels, essays, poetry, and articles. Students will compose a various writing pieces to be compiled in a required writing portfolio throughout the year. Students will be doing independent choice reading throughout the year. I will provide access to a variety of books through the media center and my own personal classroom library. We will go to the Media Center to check out books periodically as a class but students may obtain a pass to go more often if they need to return or check out books before our next whole class library visit.

 

Homework:

Students may occasionally have incomplete classwork that must be finished at home. This will only be assigned on an as-needed basis. Students will be assigned a textbook and be given access information for an online textbook, as well as two workbooks, Collections Close Reader and Performance Assessment workbook. These books may be carried home as needed or kept in the locker. It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to keep up with their materials. They must pay fees if they lose their materials (textbooks or workbooks). Please do not allow your student to misplace class materials. They should be either with the student or in their locker. Students will also have projects and essays that require work to be done at home from time to time. Due dates and information will be sent home when work is assigned.

 

Student Expectations:

  • You will come to class with all materials prepared to learn
  • You will follow all directions and complete all assignments
  • You will remain in your seat at all times unless given permission to leave it
  • You will follow the school dress code, and all school-wide and teacher expectations, including those for iPads
  • You will turn in all assignments ON TIME, late work means a lower grade
  • You will stay on task and participate fully in all class activities
  • You will turn in ORIGINAL work.  ***COPYING OR PLAGIARIZING ANY MATERIAL FOR THIS CLASS WILL RESULT IN A GRADE OF ZERO***

 

Missing or Make Up Work

Students are expected to attend class every day. If a student is absent, they must check with Mrs. Campbell to get any missing assignments. Missing work due to excused absence should be completed and submitted in a timely manner (2 – 3 days) according to Northwoods Middle policy. Work missing for reasons other than excused absences must be turned in the day the student returns to class. I will deduct 5 points off the final grade for each day the assignment is late. After 10 days the grade becomes a 50 in the gradebook and I will not accept it. STUDENTS are responsible for getting, completing, and submitting all missing and make up work assignments.

Student Assessment and Grading Scales

Student grades will be calculated using the following category weighted scale:
Tests/Projects 25%
Quizzes 20%
Classwork 15%
Participation 10%
Homework 10% 
State/District Assessments 20%

Student Letter Grades are as follows:
A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60  - 69
F = 59 and below

Grading & Parent Conferences

Student grades will be updated in PowerSchool weekly on Mondays for each previous week. For example, Week 2 grades will post on Monday of Week 3. You may log in to view your student’s grades online through the PowerSchool login provided by the school. Progress reports go out in the middle of each quarter. Progress report grades below 60% should be signed by the parent and returned to Mrs. Campbell the following school day. Parent Conferences will be held before or after school and can be scheduled with the front office at parent’s request for any concern – academic or behavioral.

Keep In Touch!

Call or text me if you need my assistance! My personal number is 843-608-9004. You may call me 7 days a week between 7:30am and 7:30pm. I will not be answering the phone after 7:30pm but you may leave me a voicemail or text and I will return your call or message in the morning. Additionally, I will NOT be answering the phone before 7:30am. Teachers have to get some sleep, too! And, if I miss your call during those hours I promise I will call you back as soon as I get the opportunity so please leave a message detailing whom you are and what you are calling about and please be patient! I don’t answer the phone during times when students are with me in order to give them the best possible attention, unless it is an emergency.

 Text Alerts & Reminders

I use the text messaging service Remind to notify students and parents simultaneously of assignments, meetings, project deadlines, and many other classroom events. If you would like to sign up for this FREE service you may follow the directions below. Please DO NOT send replies to that number. If you need to reply to a Remind text, please send a text to my personal number (843-608-9004). If you have a smart phone you can use the FREE app for iPhone and Android.

 

TO SIGN UP: Text @kc1617ela to the number 81010

You will receive a text from REMIND to help you subscribe to the class.

If you have trouble with 81010, text @kc1617ela to (843) 376-5471

 

 

This Week's Updates & Assignments

Week 6:

  • We have started our Unit on Culture and Belonging in Collection 1 of our textbook. We are currently reading the short story My Favorite Chaperone by Jean Okimoto Davies. This story focuses on an immigrant high school student who is learning how to become more American.
  • This Thursday we will take our Writing Baseline by composing a timed argumentative essay in class. Each student will have a Writing Portfolio to be updated throughout the year and we will be adding pieces to it every 2 - 3 weeks as we progress through Collections. This year's writing focus is Argumentative Writing.
  • Students have their logins for their online textbook, and have also been assigned a textbook that they can take home or keep in their lockers. Students are expected to bring their textbook to class on days it is required.
  • Students will be assigned 2 Newsela articles each week and are expected to complete them by Friday for a grade. 
  • Assignments will be posted in Google Classroom which will be updated daily. Parents: If you have not already done so, please send Mrs. Campbell your email address to be added to your child's Google Classroom account as Guardian and you will receive emails about which assignments your child has due and which ones are incomplete or overdue.
  • Students took the Reading MAP test last week and will take the Math MAP test this week. Look out for a letter coming home with your child's MAP scores.
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