• Schoenbar Junior High 2019-2020

    7th and 8th English

    Teacher:  Mrs. Sheila Klosterman

     

    TEACHER BACKGROUND

    I was born and raised in Ketchikan; I am Tlingit Indian and belong to the Raven clan. My mother is Jean Shepard of Klawock. My husband is WO2 Jeff Klosterman; he is currently stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. I have four sons: Kahlil (23), Sylvan (21), Katlian (17), and Kato (7). I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and my Educational Leadership degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. My new found passion is cycling; I also enjoy working out, jogging, and baking.

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Students are graded in the areas of Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading, and Writing.

     

    SUPPLIES

    Please purchase the following items:

    2 pocket folder with pockets on the bottom

    Loose leaf paper

    Planner

    Index cards

    Pencils and pens

     

    GRADES

    Assignments and projects are graded on a point system. 

    ROUTINE

    Each day, students will start class with the Daily Oral Language. Each Friday a two-hour Reading Log will be due, and students complete a Free Write in class. I usually grade assignments over the weekend and enter scores into PowerSchool. Students retrieve their English folders upon returning to class Mondays. Every Monday, they update their Daily Planner to have a general idea of weekly lessons. Students complete a reading project and a writing project each quarter.

    GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS

    Following are some practical ways to help your child this year:

    • Sit down & talk about the best time and place for reading to happen at your house.
    • Provide a quiet reading spot with good lighting.
    •  Invite your child to read his/her writing pieces aloud to you & then give feedback.
    • Check on supplies from time to time.
    • Encourage your child to check his/her grades on PowerSchool regularly.

    Most importantly, be sure to take time to acknowledge effort and responsibility and to celebrate your child’s achievements. 

    WEEKLY DAILY ORAL LANGUAGE, FREE WRITES, AND READING LOGS

    • Each day students find errors in two sentences on their own then we, as a class, correct them using editing marks. At the end of the week, I select one o fthe ten sentences and it should be correct.
    • Students are required to turn in a weekly Reading Log on Fridays with entries that total two hours of reading a novel.
    • Students will compose a complete paragraph in class every Friday within ten minutes. The subjects change from one week to the next.

    LATE WORK

    Work should be turned in on time. Late work can be turned in for half credit up to one week from due date. After that one-week window, it is only worth 1 point. Quarter writing and reading projects would drop one letter grade for each day late, the weekend would count as one day.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Feel free to contact me by email at sheila.klosterman@k21schools.org or telephone me at 228-7200