•  Welcome to 8th grade humanities!

       Most of you already know that humanities at McMurray is both English and social studies.  Because it is two classes in one, humanities is two periods.  In 8th grade, the social studies is about U.S. history.  We study the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction.  In English, we will read six novels this year and complete several writing assignments (some short, some long). 

       This year I hope you feel as if you learn, learn, learn!  One day you might learn a new skill, and the next day you might learn new content.  Becoming a more independent learner is an important skill to learn before high school.  Pay attention to the way you learn, and be open to learning in new ways.

    What to know:
    Syllabus, Course Policies, and Expectations:  Students will use their school-supplied planners to write and track assignments.  We usually have planner time twice a week so that everyone knows several days in advance what is due when.  Of course, students (and maybe parents) need to remember to look at their planners when they are at home.  
    I divide long-term assignments in smaller parts and due dates will be outlined well in advance.
    Most (not all) tests can be retaken once for a higher grade.  Students will usually know about a test a week (or more) in advance.  The most effective studying is a little bit at a time instead of all at once the night before.   

    Grades: I post grades in Skyward as students finish assignments.  It can take a few days after assignments are handed in for grades to appear in Skyward.
    If you are concerned about your grade, let's schedule a time to talk outside of class. 
    Website Updates: probably once a month 
    When there is a message for all parents, I am more likely to send an email to everyone.  Information for all students will be given in class (usually both in writing and verbally).
    Best way for students to contact me: Email or in person during school 

    Best way for parents to contact me: Email
    I am available to work with students: after school on Tuesdays and Fridays
    If these times are impossible for a student, that student can make individual arrangements.   

    I check email: before school and after school, and as I get the opportunity during the school day
    I check phone messages:  once a day