Key West High School Home Page
Key West High School Home Page
« August 2017 »
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

 

Print
English I Honors (Periods 1, 6 & 7)
Instructor: Sublette, Kaci   
Welcome to our English classroom webpage!



Please check this webpage to learn more about Mrs. Sublette's English classroom. Throughout the year this webpage will be updated with important announcements, however the students will mainly be using Google Classroom to interact with our course content online. The main purpose of this webpage is to communicate important information to our students' parents/guardians. Please review this webpage and contact the teacher with any questions or concerns.




 

 
Announcements
Final Exam and Final Grades
Aloha,

As we enter into the last stretch of the school year, I wanted to send out an update to everyone.

All English I students will have a final "exam", however it is comprised of 2 components: a project presentation and a reflection. Students will complete the project and present it to the class ahead of final exams, and then on the day of the final "exam" they will complete a reflection on the project in class. Presentations are due on the date that the student has signed up for in class. The final exam directions, study/prep sheet, and teacher provided resources were handed out in class, posted within the Google Classroom, and are posted here under "Files". Students were provided with direct instruction on how to complete all portions of the project and the reflection. They also have access to student examples within the Google Classroom. Should any student have any questions, they should see me either during Power Hour or after school.

Final grades for Quarter 4 will be posted, for my classes, prior to students entering for their Final Exam. Final Exam grades will be posted by 3pm the day of each Final Exam. The Final Exam schedule can be found on our Google Calendar and on the school website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or come see me in person during office hours. Thank you for your support!


- Mrs. Sublette

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
FSA Reading
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aloha,


The FSA Reading is coming up fast! 9th graders will be taking the FSA Reading over a 2 day period during the week of April 10th-13th. Once I receive the testing rosters, I will inform your student which days they will be taking the test. I will also post a copy of the testing roster in the classroom and the Google Classroom.

As of March 21st, the students have been preparing for the test by completing reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary activities online and along with our SpringBoard curriculum. As long as your student has been doing their classwork and homework, they will be prepared to take the FSA Reading. Additionally, we have taken a practice FSA Reading test in class and will be completing more practice activities between now and the testing period.

Should a student require extra preparation, I have provided students via Google Classroom with a free paper practice test and answer key they may print out in the library to complete. There is also a free online version of this test posted in the Google Classroom as well. If you would like to know more about the FSA, please review the following website:
http://fsassessments.org/​

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or come see me in person during office hours. Thank you for your support!


- Mrs. Sublette

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
STAR Reading Progress
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aloha,

Just a quick share...if you would like to see our progress towards reading proficiency, I have uploaded graphs from the STAR Reading Assessment from the beginning of the year (baseline) and from last month (midyear). The students will take the STAR Reading Assessment one more time this year in May to assess their reading skills.

There is no magic trick or quick fix to improve reading skills. It is simple --- just read! If a student commits to reading at least 20 minutes a day (book, newspaper, magazine, etc.), then they will improve their reading skills over time. In the next few months in our class, I will work diligently to ensure that students are provided the opportunity to independently read as much as possible so that they can work towards this goal. If you would like to help, ask your student about their reading goal made in class, encourage them to read more, read along with them and be the model of a good reader in your household.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or come see me in person during office hours. Thank you for your support!


- Mrs. Sublette

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
FSA Preparations
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aloha,

The FSA Writing for 9th grade is coming up! The exam, for 9th graders, will take place on February 27th (Monday) and 28th (Tuesday). This is a one day exam; your 9th grader may be testing either on the 27th or the 28th. As the exam gets closer, they will be informed of which day they will be taking the test.

In order to prepare for the exam, your student has been asked to complete two writing workshops in the month of February: Argumentative Writing Workshop #1 and Informative Writing Workshop #2. These writing workshops are to be completed as homework and to be turned in via Google Docs using the Google Classroom. The directions have been reviewed in class and are located within the Google Classroom as well. They have been provided with essay outline guides and grading rubrics. If students need support, they may see me during Power Hour or after school. The computer lab and the library are also open for student convenience.

In addition to completing the writing workshops, students have been practicing writing and grammar with an online application called Quill (www.quill.org). This application has FSA-like grammar questions to help students practice for the FSA reading and writing tasks that assist students in improving their writing skills. The students have also been using Zinc Reading Labs through the SpringBoard curriculum and engaging in SpringBoard designed formative assessments to practice their reading skills. These online and computer-oriented opportunities are imperative as both the FSA Writing and FSA Reading are completed using a computer. If students engage and complete these tasks with effort and fidelity, they will be prepared for their upcoming FSAs. As we get closer to the FSA reading, students will be asked to engage in more online reading practice. For now, students are focused on preparing for the FSA writing at the end of the month.

How can you help? Ask your student what they are learning about in school, talk to them about how to handle stress, teach them time management, allow them to stumble without feeling like failures, read a book with them and have quality discussions, and ask them what they need from you and from me. Remember, your 9th grader is learning, which means sometimes they will make mistakes and fall short of their potential. This is part of the learning process. They need to know that this is okay and that they can recover from it. I tell them that with hard work, effort, and commitment, they can accomplish their goals. Everyone stumbles sometimes. I tell them not to focus on their stumbles, but to focus on how they will respond to them instead.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or come see me in person during office hours. Thank you for your support!


- Mrs. Sublette

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Summary of Semester 1 Grades
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aloha,

I wanted to share a summary of the Semester 1 grades earned by the students. See the charts below. The majority of the students are doing quite well and are succeeding. As always, if they would like to improve their grade, please encourage them to a) turn in all of their work and on time, b) turn in QUALITY work, and c) pay attention in class.



If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or come see me in person during office hours. Thank you for your support!


- Mrs. Sublette

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Welcome to Quarter 3
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aloha,

Welcome to Quarter 3! During this quarter your students will be conducting a style analysis through film, and preparing for their upcoming FSA writing and reading.

Just a couple of reminders:
1. Google Classroom: I mainly use the Google Classroom to communicate to my students. Please ask your student to view this page and they can assist you in accessing it along with you. Additionally, all parents/guardians can request to receive weekly email summaries of posts/assignments to the Google Classroom. If you would like to receive these email summaries, please email me a request and I will gladly oblige.
2. Office Hour/Power Hour: If your student ever has a question or needs assistance, they are more than welcome to visit me during my office hour (Thursdays 2:30p-3:30p) or during Power Hour (M/W/F last 15 minutes of lunch).
3. After School Opportunities: The school now hosts a wide variety of free extracurricular activities including academic and skill building workshops. The library and computer lab are also open after school every day with the exception of Wednesdays.
4. Google Calendar/Teacher Webpage: I mainly use this teacher webpage and the posted Google calendar to communicate to parents/guardians on a daily basis. Please check this teacher webpage on a weekly basis to see what your student is learning about and held responsible for.

*Quarter 3 Extra Credit*: Please view the file marked "Quarter 2 Extra Credit" to view how your student may earn extra credit towards their overall quarter 2 grade.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or come see me in person during office hours. Thank you for your support!


- Mrs. Sublette

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Midterm Exam and Study Guide
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aloha,

Students will have their midterm exams during the exam schedule posted on the school's webpage. I have also inputted exam dates on the corresponding Google Calendar for each class. The exam is based on the Springboard curriculum and the FSA for English/Language Arts. Each exam item is based on Florida standards and directly tied to the content covered during semester 1. ALL English I students has the same exam and ALL English I Honors students have the same exam, regardless of which teacher they are assigned to.

In the "Files" section below on this webpage, I have posted a copy of their midterm exam study guide. I have also posted this in the Google Classroom and provided each student with a hard copy in class. I have reviewed the guide with each class as of today. If any student needs assistance in preparing for the midterm exam or has any questions, please encourage them to come see me during power hour or office hours.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call, email, or come see me during office hours. Thank you for your support!


- Mrs. Sublette
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
School Start Time Survey
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aloha,

The following was published on the district and school's website:

"In answer to parents’ concerns School Board members have proposed that the district conduct a survey to get input on school start times. The survey response period begins today; it is available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. It is very important that parents complete the survey at the link below to express their thoughts on this important topic. You need to fill out only one survey even if you have children in more than one school. The survey will direct you to questions regarding both schools. The preferred method is to take the survey online; however, paper and pencil versions of the survey will be available at your child’s school as well. As a convenience, if you are unable to complete the survey at home, you may go to the Parent Education Center at each school to complete the survey on a computer or you can complete a paper and pencil version as stated above. School staff will advise you how to complete the paper and pencil version. We would like to get as many parents to participate in the survey as possible, so that we will have the best information to use for planning any changes which may be in order. You will assist us in responding to your needs by completing the survey today. The survey link is below. The deadline for completing the survey is Dec. 22nd. Thank you."

Survey link: SCHOOL START TIME SURVEY

If you have any questions, please feel free to call, email, or come see me during office hours. Thank you for your support!

- Mrs. Sublette
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Quarter 2 Progress Reports
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aloha,


Progress reports were distributed today during 3rd period. Please check your student's grade on FOCUS as the grade on their progress report has changed between the time I submitted it for printing and today. Any student with a grade of a "D" or "F" will have an individual conference with me tomorrow during class time. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified via email or phone tomorrow by
Mrs. Sublette about grade concerns (i.e. students with a "D" or "F"). If you have any questions about grades, I encourage you to have your student come talk to me. It is their grade and their responsibility to ensure they are doing what is necessary for them to excel in school.

There will be more opportunities for students to improve their grades as more assignments will be assigned during the remaining weeks of the quarter. Specifically, students have an argument essay due upon return from Thanksgiving break. This is an essay we have worked on for a month now with numerous strategies and resources provided to the students. Additionally, they are also completing their Independent Reading Assignment on a weekly basis. Remember to check the Google Calendar on this page and FOCUS to stay tuned to what is happening in class and for important upcoming due dates.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call, email, or come see me during office hours. Thank you for your support! Have a wonderful break!


- Mrs. Sublette
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Quarter 2
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aloha,

Welcome to Quarter 2!

It is the second week of the quarter and we are just getting started. I always seem to get questions about grades early in the quarter with students and parents/guardians stressing much too early. Please don't stress or worry about that right now. You can't imagine how many times I hear my students coming to me stressed out because of the pressure they feel from home. It is simply too early in the quarter! There are usually only 1-3 grades within the first 2 weeks, so their grade is based on those 1-3 assignments. If they didn't do so well on 1 of those assignments, it reflects poorly on their overall grade as of now, but it will even out in a few weeks as long as they keep working diligently in class and at home. If you click on their grade, you will see a more detailed vision of their current grade to view what components are included so far. I use a point system, not a percentage system. So anything under 20 points is a small "fish" assignment, and anything larger than 20 points is a big "fish" assignment. Focus on the "big" fish assignments.


During week 4, when more grades have accumulated, that is the time to be having these conversations. I don't like to unnecessarily put stress on the students. So please just monitor them and encourage them to try their best. Encourage them to work hard and enjoy learning! Otherwise, when we pressure them to be a "A or B" student, we are not teaching them that the priority of school is in the process of eduation...we are teaching them that the priority of school is GRADES. This destroys their intrinsic motivation and their passion for learning. I want them to come to school and try their best, no matter what their best may be =)

Quarter 2 Extra Credit: Please view the file marked "Quarter 2 Extra Credit" to view how your student may earn extra credit towards their overall quarter 2 grade.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or come see me in person during office hours. Thank you for your support!


- Mrs. Sublette

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(FOR STUDENTS) Quarter 1 Grades
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
This was posted in our Google Classroom and discussed in class...

"Quarter 1 grades: If you have a "Z" in the grade book (FOCUS), you can still turn in those assignments for a grade until Friday 10/14/16. After that day, your grades will be finalized for quarter 1. Low grades are due to MISSING or INCOMPLETE work. Remember, you can always come see me during office hours or Power Hours if you have questions or need help. Most of your questions can be answered by looking at the directions I've provided to you; however, if you still have questions you can come see me as specified above. As discussed in class, NONPERFORMANCE on the Honors Independent Reading Assignment is what a few students are struggling with. You have until tonight, 10/11/16 at 10pm, to submit a book review to make-up some of those lost points. There will be NO other portions of the IRA accepted late as per my syllabus and the directions. 9th grade Honors students must learn to take responsibility for their choices, both good and bad. I am hoping that you start out quarter 2 with better time management and focus, but IT IS UP TO YOU. You can do it. You just need to use the resources and help provided to you."

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or come see me in person during office hours. Thank you for your support!

- Mrs. Sublette

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Quarter 1 Grades
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aloha,

If you have any questions about grades, I encourage you to have your student come talk to me during Power Hour or office hours (times and dates located on my syllabus). They are now at the age where those conversations should be initiated by them as this is their education and their responsibility. Together we can cultivate that responsibility in them that will carry them through their educational and professional careers. I always say, if they are responsible enough to drive a car, then they need to be responsible enough to talk to their teacher about their grade. Anything at this point in the grade book (i.e. FOCUS) with a "Z" can be turned in until Friday 10/14 to go towards their Quarter 1 grade. Please encourage them to turn in anything that they should and still can. If you have questions about extra credit, please refer to my syllabus. My syllabus can be found in the "Files" below.

Additionally, at this point in the quarter, I get a lot of questions like, "What can I do to get my 88% B to an A?"; "Is there anything I can do to go from a C to a B?" I always tell the students at this point there is nothing that can be done beyond checking for anything with a "Z" that can still be turned in. I encourage them to turn in better quality of work next quarter. Grades are not GIVEN, they are EARNED. If they are striving for a good grade, then they must earn it. However, I'd like to caution everyone about focusing on grades. Far too often these days we put TOO much pressure on students' grades. Many students are not focusing on the educational experience as a valuable opportunity, they are focusing on their grades instead. Encourage them to be learners first! Not an "A" student, or a "B" student, but a hard-working student. Sometimes they will fall short, and sometimes they will exceed all expectations. That is the way of life. Allow them to make mistakes and to learn from them. The end result of this year shouldn't be their success based on grades or test scores, it should be based on what they have learned and how they have grown as an individual. I always tell them that my best students are the ones who participate and work hard regardless of their grade in class. If they are putting forth their best effort and trying every day, then THAT is building character, integrity, and responsibility that will take them places in their future.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or come see me in person during office hours. Thank you for your support!

- Mrs. Sublette

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
9th Grade Parent Night
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aloha,

The school is hosting a 9th Grade Parent Night on Thursday 10/6 from 6pm-7pm in the school library. The 9th grade guidance counselor will be there along with a few other school faculty and representatives. I am planning to be there as well! If you attend, you will hear about important information to ensure that your student is successful during their 9th grade year at KWHS.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or come see me in person during office hours. Thank you for your support!

- Mrs. Sublette

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Important Information
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Aloha,

A couple of important things...

  1. STAR Reading Scores: Students took their STAR reading test last week. As of today ALL of my students have taken their STAR reading test so I can now print out the reports. Students will receive a report on Monday to bring home and be signed by a parent/guardian. If you have any questions about the STAR reading report, please feel free to email, call, or come see me.
  2. Progress Reports: Students are slated to receive their first progress report on Friday 9/23. If any student has a question about grades, I ask that they come see me during Power Hour (M/W/F 11:35am-11:51am) or office hours (Thurs 2:30pm-3:30pm) so that we can have a productive discussion. If any parent/guardian has a question, please feel free to email, phone, or come see me during office hours. I encourage parents to use their student’s login information to log in into FOCUS to check grades. I have also made a comment (look for “note” above their grades) for each individual student. Again, if you have any question, please feel free to contact me further.
  3. Parent Power Hour: On Wednesday September 28th, parents/guardians are invited to attend Power Hour on school campus to meet with their student’s teachers. You are all cordially invited to come and chat with me in my classroom on the that day. If you bring snacks, even better! I like good ‘ole milk chocolate, cookies, and fresh fruit…just saying…J
  4. Teacher Webpage: Remember that I update the Google Calendar daily! You can find the Google Calendar and other announcements on my teacher webpage. The links can be found under my signature below.
  5. Google Classroom Summaries: If any parent/guardian has not received their invitation to join the classroom, please email me and let me know. I can try re-sending the invitation or try sending it to another email address.
  6. Emails: I do send these announcements in an email to parents/guardians who provided me their email on Open House night. If you would like to receive those emails, please email me and ask to be added. No problem! I want to keep you updated so please don't hesitate to ask.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or come see me in person during office hours. Thank you for your support!

- Mrs. Sublette
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Independent Reading Assignment Q1
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Aloha,

I wanted to share with you some important information about the Independent Reading Assignment (IRA). The IRA is the project that all English I Honors students complete each quarter. This project is one of the ways that differentiates English I Honors students from English I students. All students were provided with the directions in class on September 2nd and have been reminded daily about what is required of them. The IRA directions are also located under the "About" tab in the Google Classroom and here on this teacher webpage in the "Files" section below. Students were also directed to come see me during Power Hour (M/W/F 11:35am-11:51am) or office hours (Thurs 2:30pm-3:30pm) if they have any questions.

The IRA is worth a total of 200 points, so this will be an important part of their overall quarterly grade. It is imperative that all students complete the project and turn it in on time. If students need accommodations, then they must speak to me directly prior to the due date and have evidence of work in progress.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or come see me in person during office hours. Thank you for your support!


- Mrs. Sublette
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Welcome!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aloha,

Welcome to the new school year! This teacher webpage is primarily for the parent(s)/guardian(s) of my English I Honors students.

Above you will find the Google Calendar for our classroom per period. All students have access to this calendar under their Google Keysstudents accounts and there is also a hard copy of this calendar posted in the physical classroom. The purpose of the calendar is to communicate with students and their families about the following topics: the classroom agenda (to know what is happening every day and for make-up work questions), important dates, and upcoming due dates.

Students will be using the Google Classroom for online assignments on a weekly basis. If you would like to access the Google Classroom as a parent/guardian, you may do so using your student's login information (U: firstinitiallastname@keysstudents.net, P: 44lunchcode0). You may also request an invitation to the Google Classroom to receive weekly summaries by emailing me at kaci.sublette@keysschools.com.

From time to time, I will be emailing parent(s)/guardian(s) from FOCUS (the new gradebook) about important information and assignments. Please check with the school to ensure that your email address is up to date so that you can receive this information.

If you plan to attend the school's open house on Thursday 9/1 from 6pm-7:30pm, then I look forward to meeting you soon! Feel free to fill out this sign-in sheet prior to open house. Even if you can't attend, you may still fill this out so that I can receive important information about your family: ​https://goo.gl/forms/XPDBwFxsudkzFLvt2.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via phone, email, or in person. Thank you for your time and support! Let's have a great school year working together for your student's success!

- Mrs. Sublette

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Files
 Final Exam Components
Contains all items handed out in class and posted within the Google Classroom
 Florida Standards.pdf
Florida standards for 9th-10th grade English
 IRA2.pdf
Quarter 2 Independent Reading Assignment (HONORS ONLY)
 IRA_Q1_Honors.pdf
Quarter 1 Independent Reading Assignment (HONORS ONLY)
 Q2ExtraCredit.pdf
Quarter 2 Extra Credit
 Q3ExtraCredit.pdf
Quarter 3 Extra Credit
 Syllabush.pdf
Course Syllabus 2016-2017
Contacts
+ Sublette, Kaci
Click on name to see details.

Disclaimer | Site Map | Privacy Policy | View "printer-friendly" page | Login   
Site powered by SchoolFusion.com © 2017 - Educational website content management