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Hi Eagle Ridge students and parents!!! My name is Jennifer Burns and this is my fifth year at ERMS. I've been teaching middle school English since 1998; I've taught in Prince William County, Spotsylvania County, and now Loudoun County. Four years ago my family relocated to Purcellville, and we enjoy our mountain views so much. My husband and I have four daughters in high school who keep us very busy with their after school activities. Yes, I said FOUR teenage daughters!!! We also have a goofy labradoodle named Cooper who adds to the craziness. This summer I finished my masters in administration with Shenandoah University!!!
I can't wait to grow together as readers and writers this year. To do this, we must practice reading and writing every day!!! We will start the year reading nonfiction and discuss ways to not plagiarize while doing research. We will partner with your history teacher on your Regions research project. We will also partner with Mrs. Cornell for your Heritage project and discuss some conflicts that caused people to emigrate to America. We will be creating a culminating project on this that will be shared with parents on the day of the Heritage Celebration.
My seventh grade English team is still trying to find the best ways to utilize Phoenix and Google Classroom. We try to post assessments well in advance so that they post into the calendar on Phoenix. We also plan to post the dates of assessment to a shared Google Calendar. To be honest, we rarely assign "homework" and instead prefer that your student reads for 20 minutes a night instead of completing an assignment. If your student does not finish an assignment in class, we may ask him/her to finish it that night. We may ask him/her to review for an assessment, but keep in mind, assessments in English may look different from other classes since they are the application of skills we have been working on. Students will be asked to apply the skills to a new text they have never seen before.
During class, we will be using technology for reading and writing. Therefore this year I am not requiring students to have a binder or spiral notebook. If they prefer one, they are definitely welcome to use it, but I am not requiring it. Many assignments will be posted, turned in, and graded using Google Classroom. I encourage parents to explore these sites with your child so that you can see what we're doing in class. Please allow your students to bring his/her own earbuds and device to class so we can read, write, and research every day. I know it's scary, but we really do use them every day. LCPSGo is the easiest way to login to all of our resources.
We have a lot of work ahead of us, but if we work together as a team and remember the school rules of respect, responsibility, and readiness, we will have a great year.
Should you have other questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.