Admin

Parent/Student Communication

March 1, 2020

Dear Parents and Students, 

Next week is benchmark week.  So let's start with that schedule.

Monday: ELA Writing Benchmark  (85 Minutes)
7:30 – 9:10              Benchmark 
9:15 – 9:55              8th RA 2

Tuesday: ELA Reading Benchmark 
(110 Minutes)
7:30 – 9:50              Benchmark 
10:00 – 10:40          8th RA 1

Wednesday:  Science Benchmark  (75 Minutes)
7:30 – 9:00              Benchmark 
9:15 – 9:55              8th RA 2

Thursday: Social Studies Benchmark  (100 Minutes)
7:30 – 9:40 Test
10:00 – 10:40  8th RA 1

Friday:  Math Benchmark (100 Minutes) (Non-Calculator 30 Minutes) (Calculator 70 Minutes)
7:30 – 9:40 Test
10:00 – 10:40  8th RA 2

Now for what we will be accomplishing in class this week in class:
Monday - Wednesday:  Students will be watching the documentary One Clip at a Time.  They will be discussing motive, purpose, and symbolism while watching this film.
Thursday:  Students will review author's point of view and author's purpose
Friday:  Students will read two newspaper articles from 1942 and analyse the author's point of view and purpose.

Homework for the week:
**Students should read 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.**
Syn/Sym Root Words - assigned Monday and due on Wednesday.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  jordan_m@hcde.org
Mrs. Jordan 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


February 17, 2020


Dear Parents and Students,

I hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful day.

Below is what we will be accomplishing in class this week:
Tuesday:  Implied and stated central idea in nonfiction text "The Nazi Attack on German Jews Begin"
Wednesday:  Writing objective summary.  Author's purpose and central idea using propaganda posters from Germany during World War II
Thursday:  Analysis of "Life and Death in Hitler's Europe"
Friday:  Accountable Talk - Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

Homework for the week:
**Students should read 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.**
CommonLit - "Courage in Denmark"  (assigned Tuesday, due Thursday)

Thanks,
Mrs. J.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 9, 2020


Dear Parents and Students,

I am so grateful that the sun came out today, but I'm feeling pretty bummed that we will have more rain this week. 

Below is what we will be accomplishing in class this week:

Monday:  Misplaced and dangling modifiers.  Read nonfiction text "Learning about the Holocaust" and determine central idea, analyze how events and ideas develop over the course of the text, and draw logical conclusions. 
Tuesday:  Library - TED Talk - Sam Berns.
Wednesday:  Read non-fiction text The Nazi Attack on German Jews Begins” and uncover meaning of complex words and subject specific words.
Thursday:  Continue analysis of "The Nazi Attack on German Jews Begins" by determining central idea and writing objective summary.
Friday:  Assessment.  Study material will be posted on Google Classroom.

Homework for the week:
**Students should read 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.**
Assigned Monday and due by 7:15 am on Friday - NoRedInk: Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling modifiers.  
Students can come to the library on Wednesday and Thursday morning at 6:45, if they need help with NoRedInk.

Thanks,
Mrs. J.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 2, 2020


Dear Parents and Students,

I hope everyone enjoyed this lovely day!!!  This week we will begin our Courage Unit.  Students will learn about World War II, Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust through the analysis of various fiction and non-fiction texts. They will learn many skills:  identifying central idea, evaluating arguments, understanding perspective, and understanding how ideas develop over the course of a text.

Below is what we will be accomplishing in class this week:
Monday:  Root work chron/temp which mean time.  Language skills diagnostic.
Tuesday:  Text analysis of non-fiction text "Adolf Hitler".
Wednesday:  1/2 day for student.  Use IXL to strengthen language skills.
Thursday:  Text analysis of "Learning about the Holocaust".
Friday:  Library - TED Talk - Sam Berns.

Homework for the week:
**Students should read 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.**
Monday:  Root Word Chron/Temp (time) due Wednesday.

Thanks,
Mrs. J.






-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
January 26, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.  

Below is what we will be accomplishing in class this week:
Monday:  Perspective and persuasion - Begin analysis of "Red Jacket - Defends Native American Religion - 1805" - speech
Tuesday:  Continue analysis of Red Jacket's speech.
Wednesday:  Begin analysis of "I, Too" by Langston Hughes - poem
Thursday:  Continue analysis of "I, Too" by Langston Hughes - poem
Friday:  Structure analysis of both the speech and poem.

Homework for the week:
**Students should read 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.**
Monday:  Student will be assigned a CommonLit Reading Assignment; it will be posted on Google Classroom.  This assignment will be due Wednesday by 7:15 am.
Tuesday
 NoRedInk assignment is due by 7:15 am.  This was assigned last Tuesday.

Please be aware that I will be in the library from 6:50 am until 7:05 am on Monday to help with NoRedInk assignment.  

Thanks,
Mrs. J.





-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

January 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day.

Below is what we will be accomplishing in class this week:
Tuesday:  Conjunctive adverbs, semicolons, and colons.  Also, develop a common theme between "The Chase" and "Oranges".
Wednesday:  Begin writing expository essay in class - Common Theme Among Uncommon Texts.  Students will need to make sure that they have first two paragraphs written before class on Thursday.
Thursday:  Continue writing essay in class.  If students do not finish essay in class on Thursday, they should finish at home Thursday night.
Friday:  Test - Students will analyze two metaphorical poems they have not yet read; they will have questions over both "Oranges" and "The Chase"; and they will have questions on the root words bi/du.

Homework for the week:
Students should read 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.
Tuesday:  Students will be assigned a NoRedInk assignment that will cover conjunctive adverbs, semicolons, and colons.  This will not be due until Tuesday, January 28th.  They will also have a quiz covering these topics next week.
Wednesday:  Continue working on essay at home.  Make sure the first two paragraphs are completed by Thursday.
Thursday:  Finalize essay.  If students were unable to complete their essay in class, they should finalize at home Thursday night.  Also, please study bi/du root words.
Friday: Test

Please be aware that either myself or Dr. Hildreth will be in the library from 6:50 am until 7:05 am on Thursday and Friday to help students with their essays and/or NoRedInk assignment.  

Thanks.
Mrs. J.



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

January 13, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

I apologize for not communicating sooner.  My family is hosting a student from Tono, Japan, and I have been quite busy each day after work. 

It has been wonderful having your children back in the class.  

We have started the "Degrees of Happiness" unit.  Last week, the students analyzed the poem "Oranges" by Gary Soto - focusing on characterization, analysis of figurative language, theme, and central idea.  

This week our schedule is as follows:
Monday - Read the short story "The Chase" by Annie Dillard and decode unknown words.
Tuesday - Analyze significant moments in "The Chase" that help the reader understand moments that propel the action forward.
Wednesday and Thursday - We will pause for our analysis of "The Chase" to support Social Studies.  Students will analyze the speech "Ain't I A Woman" by Sojourner Truth.  Wednesday, they will have class time to prepare for Thursday's accountable talk (seminar).  
Friday - Character analysis of "The Chase"

Homework:
1) Due Wednesday - CommonLit reading homework.  Posted on Google Classroom.
2) If students feel they need more time than the 30 minutes preparation time given in class for Thursday's accountable talk, they should spend some additional time reviewing material at home Wednesday. 
3) Read 10 pages in independent reading book each night. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mrs. Jordan

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
December 9, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

Winter Break is rapidly approaching.  The last day of school is Wednesday, December 18th which is a half day.  

Loftis will be conducting benchmark tests this and next week.  Here is the schedule for those tests:
Monday, December 9th  - N/A
Tuesday, December 10th - Writing 7:15 - 8:45
Wednesday, December 11th - Reading 7:15 - 8:45
Thursday, December 12th -  Math 7:15 - 8:45
Friday, December 13th - Make up testing
Monday, December 16th - Social Studies 7:15 - 8:35
Tuesday, December 17th - Science 7:15 - 8:35
Wednesday, December 18th - 1/2 day - Make up testing

Here is a look at what we will be focusing on in ELA this week:
Monday - Comprehension Test
Tuesday - Point of View/Perspective
Wednesday - Narrative writing
Thursday - Using prepositional phrases to improve writing
Friday - Using prepositional phrases to improve writing

Homework this week:
Students should read a minimum of 10 pages each night in their independent reading book.  Please encourage your child to read over Winter Break.

If you have any questions please let me know.  jordan_m@hcde.org

Mrs. Jordan



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

December 2, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

It is difficult to believe, but we just have twelve more school days remaining in this quarter.

Below is what we will be studying this week:
Monday - Root word Foli (leaves), coordinating conjunctions, and correlating conjunctions
Tuesday - Subordinating conjunctions/complex sentences and appositive phrase review
Wednesday - The Hitchhiker by Lucille Fletcher - Foreshadowing
Thursday - The Hitchhiker by Lucille Fletcher - Tone and character perspective
Friday - The Hitchhiker by Lucille Fletcher - Tone and character perspective 

Homework and assessment:
Independent read at least 10 pages in independent reading book every day.
Wednesday - Foli root word homework due
Friday - Assessment - Foli root word and grammar/editing (possessive nouns, appositive phrases, compound sentences, and complex sentences.  

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mrs. Jordan

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

November 17, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

What a lovely weekend!  I hope everyone enjoyed the wonderful weather.

Here is our agenda for the week:
Monday - Students will finish annotating "The Raven" 
Tuesday - Check for understand - "The Raven" and test review
Wednesday - Assessment
Thursday - Uncovering central idea and theme
Friday - Poetry Analysis - "The Black Land" by Joseph Warren Beach and "The World is Not a Pleasant Place to Be" by Nikki Giovanni 

Homework for the week:
Read 10 pages in independent reading book every day.
NoRedInk - Contractions - Assigned on Monday; due on Thursday.

If you have any questions, please email me.  jordan_m@hcde.org

Mrs. Jordan

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

November 3, 2019

Dear Parents and Students, 

I hope each of you have enjoyed this lovely fall weekend.

Here is our agenda for the week:
> Monday - Student conferences and visual plot analysis of "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl
> Tuesday - Assessment (study material is on Google Classroom)
> Wednesday - Continue student conferences and complete plot analysis of "The Landlady"
> Thursday - Background information on Edgar Allan Poe and begin analysis of "The Raven"
> Friday - Continue analysis of "The Raven"

Homework for the week:
> Read 10 pages in independent reading book every day
> NoRedInk - Comma Usage.  Assigned on Monday, due on Wednesday
> CommonLit reading passage.  Assigned on Wednesday, due on Friday.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  jordan_m@hcde.org

Mrs. J



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

October 27, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

I am so proud of the students!  They completed their first formal essay last week.  

This week we will begin our "Till Death Do Us Part Unit".  This is our suspense unit.  

Here is a look at the week ahead:
 > Monday - Elements of suspense
 > Tuesday - Analysis of a excerpt from The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
>  Wednesday and Thursday - Analysis of the short story "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl
>  Friday - Narrative writing 

Homework for the week:
> Read 10 pages in independent reading book every day
> Flam/pyro root words will be assigned Monday and due Wednesday
> Reading passage assigned on Wednesday and due on Friday

Please let me know if you have any questions.  jordan_m@hcde.org

Mrs. J.



October 15, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope everyone had a nice Fall Break.  This letter will have all information for the next two weeks.  

Today, students selected their topic for the argumentative essay that they will be writing.  This essay will be our focus this week and next.  Over the next few days, students will be researching their chosen topic, creating an outline, and crafting a thesis statement.  Class time will be spent writing the essay this week and next week.  However, if a student is absent, needs to do some extra research outside of class, or gets behind on writing the essay in class, then they will be expected to work on it at home.  

With that being said, students will have various NoRedInk assignments that will help reinforce what is being taught in class.  The first NoRedInk assignment will be due this Thursday.  It covers:  Identifying thesis statements, identifying vague words and phrases, and recognizing language that is too formal or informal.  

I will update the calendar every few days over the next couple of weeks so you are able to see other homework assignments being added.  So please revisit the calendar a few times over the next couple of weeks.  These will also be posted on Google Classroom.

Students, please remember that either Mrs. Williams or I will be in the library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:45 until 7:05 if you have any Language Arts questions. 

Feel free to email me if you have any questions. jordan_m@hcde.org

Mrs. Jordan


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

This is our final week of the quarter and the final week before fall break begins.  It is also benchmark week, so let's start with that schedule.

Monday - Social Studies and Math Benchmarks - These will be given during regular class time.  For example, if students have Math 3rd period and SS 6th period, this is when the exams will be given. 
- Related Arts will be normal schedule
- 3rd Period 8:45-10:00

- 4th Period 10:05-11:20
- No Academic Lab
- 6th Period 11:25-1:05 (Lunch)
- 7th Period 1:05-2:15

Tuesday - ELA Writing Benchmark - This will be given during regular ELA class.
For example, if students have ELA 7th period that is when the exam will be given.

-Related Arts 1 7:15-7:55
- 3rd Period 8:00-9:25
- 4th Period 9:30-10:55
- No Academic Lab
- 6th Period 11:00-12:50
- 7th Period 12:50-2:15

 

 

Wednesday - ELA Reading Benchmark - This will be given during regular ELA class. For example, if students have ELA 4th period that is when the exam will be given.

- Related Arts 2 7:15-7:55
- 3rd Period 8:00-9:25
- 4th Period 9:30-10:55
- No Academic Lab
- 6th Period 11:00-12:50
- 7th Period 12:50-2:15

 

Thursday - Science Benchmark - This will be given during science class.  For example, if students have science 6th period that is when the exam will be given.Related Arts will be normal schedule
 All other classes will be normal schedule since the science exam is a 45 minute exam.

 

Friday - Is a normal schedule.  Make-up benchmark day if students were absent on any of the other days during the week.

Moving on to our ELA agenda this week.  First, the students will not have any homework in ELA this week with the exception of reading ten pages per day in their independent reading book.

Monday  - Narrative writing -  How to develop a plot
Tuesday - ELA Writing benchmark
Wednesday - ELA Reading benchmark 
Thursday - Accountable Talk preparation - Topic: Are zoos ethical?
Friday - Accountable talk

If you have any questions, email me.  jordan_m@hcde.org

Mrs. Jordan


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Monday, September 23, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope everyone's Monday is going well.

Here is our agenda for the week:
Monday - Analyze and paraphrase "The Gettysburg Address"
Tuesday Parts of a argumentative text
Wednesday - Analyze opposing texts about raising the driving age to identify the parts of an argument.
Thursday – Analyze
opposing texts about zoos to identify parts of an argument.
Friday - Quarter 1, Assessment 3

Homework this week:
Text Analysis - Finish the chart on Google Classroom paraphrasing the Gettysburg address.  Most students only have two more sections to complete.  Due Tuesday
Text Analysis - CommonLit assignment posted on Google Classroom - "The Gettysburg Address" - Due Wednesday
NoRedInk - Plural and Possessive nouns - This assignment was posted last Friday in Google Classroom - Due Thursday
Test - Friday - Study material will be posted on Google Classroom by Tuesday night.

Please remember that either myself or Mrs. Williams will be in the library every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:45 until 7:05 to help students with questions they have about ELA.  

As always, please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
jordan_m@hcde.org

Jenny Jordan


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Monday, September 16, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,


I hope everyone's week is off to an excellent start.

Here is our agenda for the week:
Monday - 4th, 6th, and 7th period took the test today that was originally scheduled for last Friday.  Students will begin analysis of the text "Assassination of the President" which is a series of articles printed in the Evening Star in 1865
Tuesday - Students will write an objective summary of each section of "Assassination of the President"
Wednesday - Analysis of "The Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth" 
Thursday
 - Comparative Analysis of "Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth" and "O Captain!  My Captain!" by Walt Whitman
Friday - Begin analysis and paraphrasing of "The Gettysburg Address"

Homework this week:
NoRedInk - Phrases and Clauses.  This was assigned last Friday and will be due this Thursday by 7:05 am.  Either Mrs. Williams or I will be in the library at 6:45 am this Tuesday and Wednesday to help students that might be struggling. 
Independent Reading - Students should read a minimum of 10 pages each day in their independent reading book.
Other Possible Assignments - It is possible that if students do not finish the objective summaries of "The Assassination of the President" in class that they will need to complete this at home Tuesday evening. 

Please email me if you have any questions.  jordan_m@hcde.org

Jenny Jordan
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope each of you had a relaxing weekend.

Here is our agenda for the week:
Monday - Students will write a theme analysis of the story "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" by Walter Dean Myers
Tuesday - Analysis of "O Captain!  My Captain!" by Walt Whitman
Wednesday and Thursday - Analysis of "Assassination of the President" by the Evening Star.
Friday - Quarter 1, Assessment 2 - Study guide and study materials will be posted to Google Classroom by Tuesday evening. 

Homework this week:
NoRedInk - Adjectives.  This was assigned last Thursday and will be due this Thursday by 7:05 am.  I will be in the library at 6:45 am this Tuesday and Wednesday to help students that might be struggling. 
Root Word - Mater/Pater.  Students will receive this assignment on Monday, and it will be due on Wednesday.
Independent Reading - Students should read a minimum of 10 pages each day in their independent reading book.

Please email me if you have any questions.  jordan_m@hcde.org

Jenny Jordan
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Dear Parents,

Sorry for the delay in getting this communication to you.  

This week in Language Arts students will:
  •  Make inferences while reading "The Treasure of Lemon Brown"
  • Learn to uncover various themes found throughout literature
  • Write theme statements which can be supported by textual evidence
  • Craft a well developed paragraph in which students determine the theme of the short story "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" and support the theme with evidence and explanation.

The students' NoRedInk assignment is due Thursday.  Please note that this was assigned on August 30th.  They were given about 15 minutes in class that day to begin the assignment.  Yesterday, I gave them an opportunity to ask me questions about the assignment.  Tomorrow (Thursday), I will be in the library at 6:45 to address any other concerns.  I understand that NoRedInk can be frustrating to students, but I promise they will get the hang of it.  

Please ensure that your child is reading every night. 

Enjoy your week.

Jenny Jordan



---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sunday, August 25, 2019

Dear Parents and Students

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Please remember that Open House for 7th and 8th grade will be this Monday.  Parents will report to the gym for a general assembly and then be released to rotate through each classroom on the Silver Team.  Students that have a parent attend open house (general assembly and classroom rotations) may dress down on Tuesday.

Homework for the week:
***Students should read a minimum of 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.
***Common Lit text analysis of a nonfiction text "Conformity".  Assigned Monday and due Wednesday
***NoRedInk.  This is grammar practice.  Assigned Thursday (sometimes Friday) and due the following Thursday.  This gives students a week to complete the assignment.  It typically takes between 30 minutes to an hour; however, when students try to rush through, it can take much longer.  They can leave and return to assignment without losing their data. I will explain NoRedInk to students this week.

Here is an outline for Language Arts this upcoming week:

  • Characterization - How authors develop characters
  • Test on Tuesday.  See information on calendar
  • Accountable talk (seminar) analyzing the short story "The  R-Word"
  • Making logical inferences when reading
  • Determining theme

Have an awesome week.

Jenny Jordan
jordan_m@hcde.org 

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Dear Parents,

The year is off to a great start.  It has been a pleasure getting to know your children.  Please be aware that Open House will be on August 26th.  Dr. Gatlin will communicate times with parent's in the near future.

Just to let you know, I use three ways to communicate with parents and students:  this webpage, Google Classroom, and Remind.  If you have not signed up for Remind, I would suggest you do so.  Simply text @loftis8s to the number 81010.  Please note that this is a one way communication and the number that appears on your phone is not my cell phone number.  I am also only allowed 140 characters when typing a Remind so you will sometimes see many abbreviations.  :-) 

I would encourage you to look at the calendar on my class website for a list of assignments. Also, independent reading is a very important part of your child's learning.  Students are required to read ten pages per day.  They will have an in-class assignment every two to three weeks regarding their independent reading book.  

Here is an outline for Language Arts this upcoming week:
  • Study words that contain the Latin root mal (bad) 
  • Analysis of the poem "If"
  • Utilize the PEEL method to successfully craft paragraphs
  • Accountable talk (seminar) analyzing the dystopian society in The Giver
  • Making logical inferences when reading
Have a wonderful weekend and an awesome week next week.

Jenny Jordan
jordan_m@hcde.org 
All content © 2020 Hamilton County Schools. All rights reserved. | Privacy Notice | Website by School Messenger