Class Components:
 
Independent Reading (IR) – Each day students will read for 15-20 minutes during class. Students are expected to have an independent reading book each day for class. It is our hope that students will read outside of class, and we will encourage reading as a lifestyle habit.

Grammar -  Emphasis will be placed on increasing student vocabulary and grammar usage. Grammar is taught throughout the year and applied to the various literature and writing projects.

Vocabulary –  Every week students will receive a list of five vocabulary words called “Power Words”. Each student will practice the words in class and memorize them for an end-of-quarter test.  All words will be included in an end-of-year test.

Literature -  Along with the short stories and other material found in the literature book, students will read the following:
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  • The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
  • “Flowers for Algernon,” by Daniel Keyes
  • Diary of Anne Frank (drama by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett)
​Honors:
  • And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  • “Flowers for Algernon,” by Daniel Keyes
  • Diary of Anne Frank (drama by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett)

Writing -  We will study a wide variety of writing styles this year, with an emphasis on improving the overall quality of a student’s written work.  Types of writing practiced in 8th grade English include the following:  Persuasive Essay, Descriptive Writing, and Literary Analysis.
 
Class Materials:  Please bring the following materials to class EACH day: 
            pencil and pen (blue or black ONLY)       
            spiral bound notebook (for English only!)
            IR book
            Post-it notes (you may keep in your locker until we need them)
 

Retakes
For summative assessments (compositions, projects, etc.), a student may request a conference with the teacher before or after school.  It will be at the teacher’s discretion if additional work may be done to improve the original grade.
 
Late Work
Students’ final grades on summative assessments (compositions, projects, etc.) will be lowered 10% for every day it is late.  No more than 50% of the points will be deducted.    All late summative assessments must be turned in one week prior to the end of the quarter.  
 
If formative assessments (homework, classwork, warm-ups, etc.) are turned in late, 10% of the total points for that assignment will be deducted from the student’s final score.  All late homework must be turned in prior to taking the summative assessment for that unit.
 
Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns through the school year.  Communication with parents is extremely important and I encourage you to call, email, or check my web page and SchoolView regularly.

Our Mission

The mission of Mahtomedi Middle School, an authentically connected community of Zephyrs dedicated to the fearless pursuit of personal growth is to ensure all students possess the academic, social, and emotional foundation for individual success while exploring passions and enhancing their joy of learning, through a vital system distinguished by:

  • A culture that fosters trusting relationships and belonging
  • An inclusive community that embraces and celebrates each individual
  • Exceptional learning experiences and diverse opportunities that inspire and challenge students inside and outside of the classroom
  • A culture that encourages curiosity and risk-taking and recognizes failure as a part of the learning process
  • A dynamic learning environment that is flexible and responsive
Mahtomedi Middle School ISD #832
8100 75th Street North, Mahtomedi, MN 55115
Phone: 651.407.2200
Fax: 651.407.2225
Our School
Mahtomedi Middle School provides programming to allow each student to find success academically, socially, and emotionally. Our curriculum provides students exploratory opportunities in a variety of curricular areas that provide career and college ready experiences: engineering, art, music, health, family and consumer science, phy-ed, and Spanish. Our experienced staff is focused on the social and emotional development of the early adolescent and provides small advisory groups and individual success coaching. Academic offerings include accelerated and honors courses in math, science, and language arts as well as support classes for those students who need extra attention in skill-building and time management. In addition to academic coursework, our students also have opportunities to engage and explore through our co-curricular offerings. Individual student attention is the strength of Mahtomedi Middle School.