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Phone: 704-260-6550 Extension 39155
Degrees and Certifications:
Highly Qualified: Middle and High School E/LA AIG Certified/GLEE Endorsement *UNCG-Educational Leadership *University of Nevada at Las Vegas/UNLV *Queens College:Flushing, New York-Elementary Education/Children's Literature *Adelphi University: Garden City, New York -English 7-12th Grades/Journalism minor New York Institute of Technology: Business Education *Wife*Parent*Animal Lover*Vegan*80s Rock*Classic Literature*Heavy New York accent stays*Love live music and concerts #MdDS Warrior
Mrs. Debra Meyers
4th Quarter Grades Shut Down Monday, May 24th. This date may change as new information is presented.
April 13th: Plan A & Plan C begin. Three feet social distancing in classroom.
April 14th: Report Cards & Failure Letters sent home
April 23rd: Stop, Drop & STEM
May 14th: Math Virtual EOGs
May 19th: Math EOGs
May 20th: Reading EOGs
May 21st: ELA Virtual EOGs
May 24th: ELA Grades Shut Down (tentative due date)
May 24th: Science EOGs
May 28th: Science Virtual EOGs
June 3rd: End of 4th 9 weeks: Early Dismissal
It is the expectation that students and parents check PowerSchool often. There are assignment due dates, a one week late due date where a student will still receive full credit and then the assignment closes. Parents and students will see the assignment formally "shuts down" two weeks from the original due date in Canvas. Submissions are only accepted one week after the original due date. There are also CommonLit, Quill, and Flocabulary assignments.
As we are in 4th quarter, expectations are as follows:
*Following the Team on the Remind app
*using their Agendas and monitoring due dates
*pacing assignments in all classes to have completed by the due dates and not counting on the late due date policy.
*using an alarm clock or setting their phones so they get up without assistance
*charging computers the night before, contacting teachers via Outlook typing appropriately and correctly when emailing teachers
*avoid emailing teachers when information such as the calendar is readily available on the NW Homepage, in Canvas or in the Agenda-respecting the teacher's time away from school and with family honoring office hours.
*viewing live videos and going through the module before asking questions that are directly addressed
*avoid waiting until the assignment is due to communicate
All classes are heading into Units 6 and 7 which are nonfiction.
Parents, Guardians and Students: Please check PowerSchool daily. Go to your Assignments in Canvas and check due dates. Complete and submit on time.
It is up to the teacher if he or she wants to keep students in Microsoft Teams during the whole class period. It is also up to the teacher if he or she wants to have any kind of "class" on Fridays.
The "Week at a Glance" lessons, due dates and assignments are subject to change depending on pacing.
All classes have Flocabulary/Quill, and/or CommonLit to do.
Parents and Guardians: Please download and sign the consent form so your child can use this program. This is also an assignment in Canvas with submission options.
Please click on the link below to view the Team Letter. It should open up in a new window.
Syllabus: Plan B 2.0 Syllabus is located in each Canvas course.
All students should go to the Northwest Cabarrus Middle School Home Page and click on the Canvas icon to see your classes. Go into each class and you will see the Home Screen. After you have read the information on the Home Screen, click on Modules for your work. Click on Page to view information.
Parents use the link below to access the Parent portion of Canvas.
Free Meals for Students: Click on the link below.
Plan A & C Hybrid Model Schedule
9:00 - 9:10 Home Base
9:13-10:21 1st Period
10:24-11:32 2nd Period
11:35-1:12 3rd Period
1:15-2:22 4th Period
2:27-3:12 5th Period
3:15-4:00 6th Period
Loose-leaf binder, loose-leaf paper (college-ruled preferred), blue/black ink pens, pencils, purple grading pens, highlighters, earbuds/headphonesStudents may bring in and use for educational purposes only the following electronic devices:Phones, laptops, IPADS, or KindleMrs. Meyers is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices. Students may use the Chrome laptops in the classroom and save to Google Drive or WORD Online via Office 365.8th Grade Bell Schedule for Plans A & B9:00 - 9:10 Home Base9:13 - 10:21 1st Period10:24 - 11:32 2nd Period11:35 - 12:10 3rd Period Class12:10 - 12:35 LUNCH12:35 - 1:13 3rd Period Second Half of Class1:15 - 2:22 4th Period2:27 - 3:12 5th Period Encore3:15 - 4:00 6th Period EncoreHow to Sign Into Google Classroom from a Chromebook: Parents do not sign into Google Classroom. This is an online class for your teen!1. Open laptop and sign in. Your sign in is your first initial, last name. The computer adds the firstname.lastname@example.org.Example: dmeyers12342. Your password is the last four digits of your lunch number.3. After logging in you will see the word APPS on the bottom left of your screen with icons.4. Click the icons to the left of APPS and choose Classroom.5. Plug in my teacher classroom number and you should be entered into the class.Our Standard Course of Study is broken down into the following units:Unit One: Agency and Independence-Launching the Reading WorkshopUnit Two: Memoir WritingUnit Two: AIG-Soil and Water Public Speaking Contest: Water . . .the Cycle of LifeUnit Three: Developing Analytical Reading Practices-InterpretationUnit Four: Tackling Complex TextsUnit Five: Literary Essay-Argumentative Writing (MLA Format)Unit Six: Nonfiction ReadingUnit Seven: Developing Critical Lenses for Informational ReadingUnit Eight: Informational Writing: Research Paper (MLA Format)Unit Nine: Reading for High School/EOG Test PreparationAll 8th Grade E/LA classes have the following weighted gradebook percentages:Formal Assessment/Projects/Tests/Research Papers 50%Informal Assessment/Multiple Day Assignments: Quizzes 30%Classwork/Homework/Time on Task/Bellwork: 20%AIG Year-long theme: How Does Absolute Power Corrupt Absolutely? Dystopian Literature FocusThe Wave by Todd StrasserFahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyAnimal Farm by George OrwellLord of the Flies by William GoldingLiterary Selections:Short Stories"Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe"Charles" by Shirley Jackson"The Lottery" by Shirley JacksonDramaAdapted Hamlet-READ magazineThe Monkey's Paw by W.W. JacobsPoetry"Oh Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou"Dover Beach" referenced in the novel Fahrenheit 451 (Periods 1 and 6)"Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes"Grass" by Carl Sandburg"Cool Tombs" by Carl Sandburg"Mending Wall" by Robert FrostSpeechesThe Gettysburg Address-Abraham Lincoln"I Have a Dream" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.MythsWhy the Waves Have White CapsThe Coyote Steals the Sun and MoonMemoir Writing using SWAYCandy Research using Power PointMovies that correspond with our readingThe Wave-two 30 minute parts shown on YouTube, Very 1980s! (Periods 1 & 6)Fahrenheit 451-1967 version (Periods 1 & 6) I wish someone would make a contemporary version.Animal Farm movie (optional)Lord of the Flies movie (optional)Short movie adaptation of "Thank You, M'am" (1971)The Monkey's Paw-modern adaptation adding a different ending. I liked the old VHS version better.Old black and white movie version of "The Tell-Tale Heart"Lifetime made for television movie adaptation of "The Lottery" with Keri Russell (1996)Dead Poet's Society with Robin WilliamsDVD transfer from a reel to reel movie short movie version of "The Lottery" (my favorite) Look for a young Ed Begley! (1967)The Book Thief-I show this movie to the stay back students not attending the Washington, D.C. trip.Hamlet with Mel Gibson and Glen Close-End of the year after EOG testing and reading the adapted play.The Great Gatsby-This is the 1972 movie with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. This movie supports the social studies curriculum.
Plagiarism Statement:Plagiarism is a direct violation of intellectual and academic honesty. While it exists in many forms, all plagiarism refers to the same act: representing somebody else's work or ideas as one's own. You are stealing from the original author.The most extreme forms of plagiarism include the following:*a paper written by another person*a paper obtained from a commercial source, or*a paper made up of passages copied word for word without using parenthetical citations.Other levels of plagiarism include the following:*changing a few words in a passage from another source without using parenthetical citations.*including ideas such as judgments, opinions, inferences, and experiments from another source in one'e own words without using a citation.*letting someone copy your homework or class work and turn it in as his.her own.*copying someone's research without giving credit.*copying from electronic library sources without acknowledging them.What Should You Do?If you are copying directly from background resources, copy the words exactly and put quotation marks around them and attribute the source. This identifies your words and gives credit to the "official source." Instead of quoting a scource, you may read through the material and ask yourself, "What is the main idea?" Once you have decided, you can write in your own words and then give credit to the source.Although often less obvious, the following are also examples of plagiarism.*using the words of a source too closely when paraphrasing.*building on the ideas, opinions, or theories taken from another source and not giving that source credit.Consequences for plagiarism will be determined by the teacher and Administration.