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Mrs. Cherie Brigman-Hampl
I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my class. My name is Mrs. Cherie Brigman-Hampl. This is my fourth year at East Middle School and my 16th year as an educator. I earned my Associate of Arts in English from Hutchinson Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education from Emporia State University and a Masters of Teaching from Friends University in Wichita, KS. Lifelong learning has been my goal as I change and adapt education for future generations to become successful members of society.
This course has lots to cover in terms of standards and preparation for high school The first unit of the year is an Engage unit, meaning your student will be participating in a collaborative setting where their peers will be a resource to them in addition to me. There will not be a "group grade" from this unit, but rather any grades or points will be earned independently through assessments and work completed on their own. During collaboration time your student will have the opportunity to use their resources including the teacher, peers, select internet sources, literature book, and others. If you have any questions about this classroom structure, please feel free to email me.
Another important aspect of this course is the monthly book projects your student has been assigned. Twice a month students get class time to check out a book from the school library or classroom library. During the course of the year, they are to read eight different genres – one genre a month starting with September. There is a document on the About page in Google classroom explaining the expectations of the book projects and giving all the due dates. Please ask your student about what book they have selected and what project they have been assigned to complete for it. None of the projects are five-paragraph essays, but rather something they need to create showing they understood the book they read. Though students are given class time to read, there will not be in class time to complete the project. It is one of the few homework assignments I give each month.
One thing that will be utilized daily as I have in the past is Google Classroom on student Chrome books. That is the best place for students to find any due dates, resources, and information about the class, and it has a place for emailing me. There is also a new feature that allows you as the parent/ guardian to get a summary of the week from Google Classroom directly. Please let me know if you would like to get that email.
I am so excited about getting this year rolling and off to a great start. Thanks for all you do to help your student be successful; I hope to be an asset to them throughout this year as well.
All information needed to be successful in English 8 with Mrs. Brigman-Hampl can be found in her Google Classroom. Students have school accounts connected to the online classroom where they get all of their assignments, submit all of their assignments and can email the teacher directly. This class is connected to students' Google Calendar where they will find all due dates given for the year. If a parent or guardian would like to receive weekly emails containing specifics about the assignments and posts, please email Mrs. Brigman-Hampl directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get that setup.
The "About" page in Google Classroom has the syllabus, book projects list, Engage to Learn resources and Remind.com information.