Welcome to 8th grade English!


        Welcome 8th graders, parents, and guardians!  My name is Jocelyn Smith and I am excited to be teaching eighth grade English this year.  Last year I made the switch from 6th grade to 8th, and am looking forward to seeing new faces, as well as, getting reacquainted with former students. 
       As a product of LCPS, I attended Catoctin ES, Hamiliton ES, Blue Ridge Middle, and Loudoun Valley High School. From Valley I headed to Fredericksburg to the University of Mary Washington, graduating in 1986.  I came to ERMS from J.L.Simpson Middle School in Leesburg after enjoying life as a stay-at-home mom for fourteen years.  I've been happily married to Reeves for 30 years and we have two amazing children, Degnan, 25, a musician, and Paris, 21, a senior at James Madison University.  We share our home with our three rescue cats,  one rescue dogs, and a goldfish.
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    Planning A days: 12:15-1:50

    Planning B days: 10:08-11:36

    Students can make arrangements to meet with me before or after school with notice. 


    laptop  Technology

         Eagle Ridge is a BYOT school and I was a member of the technology pilot team, as such, I strongly encourage you to provide your child with a device such as an iPad/tablet with keyboard or a laptop/Chromebook so that he or she can fully experience learning in a 21st century environment.  Our class is one of blended learning, using traditional methods as well as incorporating technology to experience the best of both worlds.   We'll use Google Classroom, Campus Press, YouTube, BrainPOP. Animoto, Twitter, GoodReads, Instagram, iMovie, Quizlet, and more! 

       I'm looking forward to working with you and your child this year! Please email me jocelyn.smith@lcps.org with any questions, comments, or concerns and I will respond within 24 hours or less.  Let's work together to make SY 2017-18 the best year ever!
       Before you go, please check out our class supply list and class wishlist links on this website.  Your generous contributions are appreciated.
    Important links:  

    Phoenix:  https://sis.lcps.org/

    Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/u/0/h

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    Twitter:  @eaglewordsmiths

Last Modified on August 22, 2017