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Parent Information Night. Medford High School Mr. David Ambrose English 10: British Literature Thursday, September 19, 2013. Welcome, parents!. Thank you for coming this evening. Goals for tonight: To help you understand the work we will be doing throughout the school year.

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parent information night

Parent Information Night

Medford High School

Mr. David Ambrose

English 10: British Literature

Thursday, September 19, 2013

welcome parents
Welcome, parents!
  • Thank you for coming this evening.
  • Goals for tonight:
    • To help you understand the work we will be doing throughout the school year.
    • To explain my expectations for my students.
    • To share information about how you can support learning at home.
    • To answer any questions about the course syllabus.
a little about me
A Little About Me
  • 32 years old
  • 10th year teaching at Medford High School
  • English 11 Honors
  • English 10 Honors and English 10 Standard
  • Yearbook
  • Proud father to Ben and Charlotte (also students!)
  • UMass Amherst ’03, B.A. English and Journalism
  • UMass Amherst ’04, M.Ed.
about our student teacher ms stevens
About Our Student Teacher, Ms. Stevens
  • 24 years old; lives in Somerville; from Everett.
  • Graduate student at Lesley University
  • B.A. from Emerson College in Writing, Literature, and Publishing
  • Was a permanent sub and taught a few of Mr. Ambrose’s classes last year.
  • Mock Trial Coach and Co-Advisor for the Gay Straight last year.
curriculum goals
Curriculum Goals
  • To create a safe and comfortable learning environment for each student.
  • To provide each student the opportunity to express himself/herself in a variety of appropriate and creative ways.
  • To analyze and evaluate literature from various genres and time periods.
  • To foster a love and appreciation for reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  • To prepare for standardized tests such as the MCAS and PSAT.
common core curriculum
Common Core Curriculum
  • What is it?
  • How does it affect what we do?
  • A Greater Focus on Nonfiction
  • Reading of Literature
  • Reading of Informational Texts
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Writing
  • Language
school wide initiatives
School-wide Initiatives
  • Core Values
    • Collaboration
    • Engagement
    • Personalization
  • 21st Century Learning Expectations
    • Each is assessed by a school-wide rubric.
    • English – responsible for Communication Skills
  • Development of Common SMART Goals
    • Measurable for teachers, measurable for students
grading policies
Grading Policies
  • Every student has the opportunity to succeed.
  • Quarterly grades will be determined by dividing total points earned over total possible points.
    • 5-30 point assignments: daily homework and classwork, participation
    • 50 point assignments: quizzes, essay rough drafts
    • 100 point assignments: projects, formal essays, tests
  • Printed grade reports are available upon request.
  • Digital grade reports are available via iParent.
class information
Class Information
  • Literature
    • An overview of British literature
  • Standardized Test Preparation
    • PSAT (October 2013)
    • MCAS (Spring 2014)
  • Reading and Writing Workshop
    • Self-selected reading, nonfictional informational texts
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • An important focus for sophomore year
    • Graduation requirement
    • John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
  • Weekly preparation on Fridays
  • Weekly vocabulary and grammar
  • Focus on nonfiction informational texts
    • “MCAS”
    • “Test Items”
    • MCAS Question of the Day
  • A tip for MCAS success: read, read, read!
how to get involved
How to get Involved
  • Please bookmark the course website.
  • On the website, you will find the following:
    • Current and archived homework assignments
    • An e-mail link
    • Examples of student work
    • Links to help your child with homework
  • Follow me on Twitter - @misterambrose
  • Email me any time you like
index cards
Index Cards
  • Your name and your child’s name
  • Have you been receiving e-mails?
  • Is there anything you want me to know so that I may be a better teacher for your child?
  • Is there anything you would like to share about your child’s personality, interests, or previous academic experiences?
wrap up
Wrap Up
  • Writing Contests
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Does anyone have any questions?