Thank You!
To all of my wonderful students and parents who honored me on my birthday with cards, presents, chocolate, coffee, and more, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for making my day so special!

Quarter 3 Important Information:
Missing Y-Book entries & other HW must be brought to me during lunch lab within 2 weeks of the original due date; after that, the grades remain a 0.  I will not accept missing homework late.  Students have been advised of this policy change since the beginning of Quarter 2.

Upcoming Dates​:
2/14: Mrs. Zeller's B-Day & Friendship Grams Delivery; 2/19: Presidents' Day (no school)
​3/6: FSA Writes; 3/7: FSA Writes Make-Up; 3/23-4/1: Spring Break

Homework from 

1. Why question due Monday
2. Quotation Quotient due Wednesday
3. Word Wizard due Friday  (if option B, from Week 13 Words in above link)

​​Friday,  2/16

Week  of
2/19  to 2/23



No School: Presidents Day


See above.

No School


Y Book Check: Why Question
Mini-lesson: quotations from poems
Thesis Statement Competition: turning questions into thesis statements
Steps for Prewriting & Writing, including timing
FSA Song Practice (time permitting)

  1. Quotation Quotient 
  2. ​For Tuesday, 1/27, memorize an inspirational quotation along with speaker/author.  Be prepared to write it correctly in a text talker sentence.

 A Schedule


Y-Book Check: Quotation Quotient
Modified B schedule
February Writing Prompt: Prewriting
FSA Song Practice (time permitting)
Choose one quality quotation from a poem.  Write a sentence incorporating this quotation with an appropriate text talker using a present tense verb other than “says.”   Include both the author  and source, correctly written.

B  Schedule

Modified A/B Schedule


HW Check: Text Talker
February Writing Prompt: Drafting and Editing
FSA Song Practice (time permitting)
Word Wizards (if option B, from Week 13 Words in above link)

C  Schedule

Y-Book Check: Word Wizards
Quiz on steps for essay writing (daily until further notice)
FSA Focus: Using the clock effectively
FSA Song Practice 

  1. Why question due Monday
  2. For Tuesday, memorize an inspirational quotation along with speaker/author.  Be prepared to write it correctly in a text talker sentence.
  3. Observation Connection due Wednesday
  4. No Word Wizards next week.


D Schedule

BGCS Homepage
Link to Interactive History Website
BCPS Calendar 2017-18
Classroom Library

Note: When you go the American Journey website, at the student login, type the following access code:  B403FACC22.
Then bookmark the page for future reference. 

Ms. Lemos's Website
Mr. Piskun's Website
Link to American Journey Textbook
Mrs. Romero's Website

Parents' Information

PDF version of Parent Orientation Slideshow Presentation
Letter from Mrs. Miller about Washington DC trip
Wish List in MS Word

Volunteer Opportunity: Wish List

One way to complete volunteer hours is through providing  classroom enhancements.  Please let me know if you order anything so that I can remove it from my wish list.  Links to Amazon for each item appear below.

13" Laminator (any brand)
menu-size laminating sheets
legal-size laminating sheets
letter-size laminating sheets
Brother TZ laminated tape
MDP to VGA adaptor
Welcome Back Information