• 8th Grade ELA

    Ms. Di Vetta- tdivetta@amphi.com

    Dear Parents and Students:

    Here are the expectations and procedures for our classroom in order to ensure that the class runs smoothly and learning is at the highest level for everyone.

    Online: Required materials – 

    Each student may need the following:

    • pencil
    • paper
    • computer/laptop/tablet/etc.
    • headphones (optional but will help limit distractions)
    • highlighter(s), colored pencils, markers, or crayons

    In-Person: Required materials – 

    Every day each student must have out of their backpacks:

    • Their stocked binder with:
      • loose leaf paper
      • sharpened pencils with erasers/pencils with lead and erasers
      • blue/black ballpoint pens
      • highlighters
      • planner
      • Suggested: glue stick
    • Novel at their reading level
    • IDs and lanyard around their neck

    Online: Bell Work

    Short lesson starters will be provided in the Google Classroom. These do count as a grade and for reward points. These will be located under the “Class Work” tab in the Google Classroom. They will be labeled “Bell Work.” Students should expect to complete one every day.

    In-Person: Bell Work

    When the bell rings to start class, students have an activity listed on the board to begin working. These are activities that require thinking, following directions, and they will require the student to write daily.

    Classwork

    The English Language Arts class is a course that is based on the English Common Core Standards that have been adopted by the state of Arizona.  These standards are utilized to prepare students to be college and career ready and the ultimate goal of each assignment is to lead students to success.  I expect students to follow directions given and to have all assignments turned in on time.  If students are having difficulty with an assignment, they must ask questions before it is due so I can help them complete their work (we will not do it for them). 

    This year, our curriculum focuses on 8th-grade writing, language, and listening/speaking standards. We will use a variety of instructional materials.  We will use various fiction and nonfiction pieces as well as project learning

    It is very important that all classwork is completed each day to avoid having to complete it as “homework.” 

    Homework

    Homework will be given periodically and/or when students do not finish "in-class" assignments. IN ADDITION, if a student is not using class time productively they may have additional homework.

    Online: Interactive Notebooks (INB)

    This class will focus on collaboration and interactive skills where students are required to process, reflect, and analyze their progress. The online INB will be stored in each students’ Google Drive and in the Google Classroom. These sections will be assigned and discussed. I will walk students through this process. The INB will serve as a record of progress, a reference source, and a resource for future writing activities throughout middle school.  

    In-person: Interactive Notebooks

    This class will focus on collaboration and interactive skills where students are required to process, reflect, and analyze their progress. Students will need to bring a composition book daily to class. These books will serve as a living performance piece of their progress on the 8th grade standards. Current high school students return to my classroom and send me emails often about how much their interactive notebooks have helped them to be successful even after school life at AMS.  

    Grading

    Assignments need to be completed on time. Due dates will be listed in the Google Classroom. I will accept online instruction work up to a week late with no penalty. The lowest score a student will receive on any given assignment is 50 percent.

    The grading breakdown for assignments is as follows:

                Classwork - 60% of the grade

                Assessment – 40% of the grade

    As long as students are working hard, doing their best work, being respectful to everyone, and following directions, there is no reason for a student to do poorly in the class.

    Thank you,

    Ms. Di Vetta 

    Email or Google Classroom is the best way to reach me as I do not answer the phone during instructional time. tdivetta@amphi.com

    696-6256

     

     

    Advisory/AVID

    Ms. Di Vetta- tdivetta@amphi.com

    Dear Parents and Students:

    Here are the expectations and procedures for our classroom in order to ensure that the class runs smoothly and learning is at the highest level for everyone.

    Online: Required materials – 

    Each student may need the following:

    • pencil
    • paper
    • computer/laptop/tablet/etc.
    • headphones (optional but will help limit distractions)
    • highlighter(s), colored pencils, markers, or crayons

    In-Person: Required materials – 

    Every day each student must have out of their backpacks:

    • Their stocked binder with:
      • loose leaf paper
      • sharpened pencils with erasers/pencils with lead and erasers
      • blue/black ballpoint pens
      • highlighters
      • planner
      • Suggested: glue stick
    • Novel at their reading level
    • IDs and lanyard around their neck

    Online: Bell Work

    Short lesson starters will be provided in the Google Classroom for AVID/Advisory. These do count as a grade and for reward points. These will be located under the “Class Work” tab in the Google Classroom. They will be labeled “Bell Work.” Students should expect to complete one every day.

    In-Person: Bell Work

    When the bell rings to start class, students have an activity listed on the board to begin working. This activity is for AVID only. These are activities that require thinking, following directions, and they will require the student to write daily.

    write daily.

    Classwork

    AVID will be project-based and focus on academic grades, secondary & post-secondary planning, goal setting, tutorial support, learning reflections, writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading.

    It is very important that all classwork is completed each day to avoid having to complete it as “homework.” 

    Homework

    Homework will be given periodically and/or when students do not finish "in-class" assignments. IN ADDITION, if a student is not using class time productively they may have additional homework.

    Grading

    Assignments need to be completed on time. Due dates will be listed in the Google Classroom. I will accept online instruction work up to a week late with no penalty. The lowest score a student will receive on any given assignment is 50 percent.

    The grading breakdown for assignments focuses on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading (WICOR) and is broken down as follows:

                WICOR Assignments – 100%

    As long as students are working hard, doing their best work, being respectful to everyone, and following directions, there is no reason for a student to do poorly in the class.

    Thank you,

    Ms. Di Vetta 

    Email or Google Classroom is the best way to reach me as I do not answer the phone during instructional time. tdivetta@amphi.com

    696-6256