Year six for me is well underway as we complete our first full week back since school started. With Hurricane Florence setting us back a bit, students in English, yearbook, and journalism are all getting the groundwork in place for a successful year.
Ninth grade English has finished reviewing the Rights and Responsibilities handbook, taken home mounds of papers to be signed and brought back, and heading to the library for orientation at the end of this week. One of our big focuses this year is more sustained choice reading so students are exploring books I recommend, finding their own passions in genres, and exploring what our library offers. If they have a text they are reading at home, they are encouraged to bring it. We will be starting reading logs shortly and count our weekly reading as a homework grade. Their summer reading projects are due October 10th and 11th while our first unit we will start next week is nonfiction.
Journalism has applied for their newsletter roles and secured their positions. They are learning about the birth of journalism and its history progressing up to modern day. Most recently, students have begun writing their first current event report based on an event of their choosing.
Yearbook students are in the thick of creating a theme for this year's yearbook by working on their first project. They have recently secured their positions for this year's staff and are ready to begin shooting pictures at all the events and conducting interviews!
Open House night is quickly approaching on Oct. 4th and we are looking forward to all this new school year brings!