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. For the past six years, I taught 6th grade here at Eagle Ridge, 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, formerly known as Mary Washington College, 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 29 years and we have two amazing children, Degnan, 24, a musician, and Paris, 20, a junior at James Madison University. We share our home with our two rescue cats, two rescue dogs, and a goldfish.
We love the beach!
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, Edublogs, YouTube, Animoto, Twitter, GoodReads, Instagram, iMovie, Quizlet, and more!
I'm looking forward to working with you and your child this year! Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or concerns and I will respond within 24 hours or less. Let's work together to make SY 2016-17 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.