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Hello and welcome to my 7th grade English website for Eagle Ridge Middle School! I am honored to be returning for my 6th year at ERMS and cannot wait for the learning adventures I will embark upon with your students during this 2019-2020 school year.
I grew up as a daughter of a Unites States Air Force military officer and as such, considered The World my "home" until I transplanted into Virginia back in 2006. I have lived in the Philippines, Germany, and six states in the U.S. to include: Oregon, Alabama, Texas, Maryland, Florida, and Virginia. I graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Business Administration. I then continued on to recieve additional coursework in English Language Arts to obtain my grades 6-12 VA teaching license. I currently live in Ashburn with my husband - Dustin, son - Easton(11), and daughter - Ivy(6), two cats, and hound dog. If you see me around, please feel free to say hello! In my limited free time, I enjoy spending time with my family doing outdoor activities, practicing yoga & meditation, traveling, and reading for pleasure.
This year, students will work to understand aspects of history through historical fiction book clubs, learn to avoid plagiarzing when conducting research, learn to 'read between the lines' when analyzing news articles and fictional stories, expanding their vocabulary through a personal vocabulary tracker, and continue to hone their collaborative and independent reading and writing skills. As a county initiative to promote diversity, equity, and understanding, we are working on expanding students' knowledge of wordly cultures and experiences. As such, we will be encouraging your students to try reading books in which they'll learn about someone who may not live like them, look like them, or may have vastly different life experiences than them.
Homework in 7th grade English is few and far between. Typically, homework will only consist of assignments not completed in class after giving sufficient classtime to complete it. However, students are expected to read for twenty (20) minutes a night.
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.
Lastly, here is a link to my Student Assignments Page where you can see a detailed account of our day-day activities and access additional resources (this link is very helpful for absences). In addition, please encourage your student to walk you through their Google Classroom where the majority of our assignments can be found.
Should you have other questions, please feel free to email me at Theresa.Rossell@lcps.org. I look forward to teaching your students this year and am here to help in any way I can.
- Mrs. Rossell