I would like to personally welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year! My name is Alicia Harp and I am excited to start the year at Laveen Elementary School. Before coming to teach at Laveen, I had been teaching at Whitewater Middle School in Charlotte, NC for the past six years. My husband, son and I just recently moved to Phoenix and we are loving it! I am thrilled to be your child’s ELA teacher this year. I understand that change can be I will be here each step of the way, along with you, the parent, to make sure your child transitions smoothly from sixth grade into seventh grade.
Our year will begin with the novel, The Outsiders. We will focus on the themes of Identity, Loyalty, and Social Classes. Along with researching and studying those themes, we will be working diligently to internalize and master our seventh grade standards, both in fiction and nonfiction.
The novels for the remainder of the year are as follows: Of Mice and Men, The Giver, Before We Were Free, Flowers for Algernon (honors only), and A Raisin in The Sun.
We will be working meticulously on our writing this year. Writing is an important skill that plays a key role in many careers in our business community, both locally and worldwide. Along with writing, we will be practicing to communicate effectively by learning and using our speaking and listening skills.
Our class will participate in Accountable Independent Reading (AIR) every single day for at least 25 minutes. This work is imperative for students to practice the skills we work on in class and build their stamina for focusing on a text with intensity. I strongly suggest having a selection of novels for your child to bring to school, if your child does not find any of the classroom novels interesting.
We will have homework in our class Monday night through Thursday night. This homework (I call homeFUN) will be a mix of vocabulary, informational articles, and reading independent novels.
Laveen Elementary School is a PBIS school. I take the work that our school is involved in very seriously. Our students have what it takes to accomplish any goal that they set for themselves. Students will have opportunities to earn rewards within our PBIS system of expectations and behaviors.
What does that look like in our ELA class? Every student is participating in a positive way to both better their learning and better their relationships with their peers, adults, and themselves. Our class will follow all directions and give 100% in our class, every day.
Rewards will come in many forms in our classroom. Please stay tuned for information on our first class reward!
I am elated to work with your child and you throughout the year. Please feel free to reach out to me using any of the following contact information below:
School Phone Number: (602) 237-9110
School E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am extremely thrilled to work with you and your child this school year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding our class. If you would like to help out in our class at any time, please reach out to me and we will make that happen! With your help, this is going to be an unforgettable year.