Mrs. Beberniss

Mrs. Beberniss
Kathryn Beberniss

English 9 & 10
Reading/Study Skills

It is with great excitement that I have claimed being an Eagle this year at Garden County Schools. I have earned a B.A. Degree in English, with an emphasis in Secondary Education; completed graduate studies in Curriculum and Instruction; and gained Principal licensure. With one year of high school, seven years of middle school teaching experience and three years as an instructional achievement coach, I am enthusiastic and prepared to promote the school district’s mission: provide a quality education through shared responsibility in a safe supportive environment for all students to meet the challenges of a global society.

I welcome hard work, accept new tasks, and pride myself on my dependability. I seek to promote my own, as well as other staff members' professional growth and development, while being mindful of teamwork and cooperation. I coordinate my efforts with those of parents, other teachers and administrators to stay familiarized with and ensure to meet the needs of the students in the school.

1st Period  8-8:28 a.m.  8th Grade Writing 
2nd Period 8:30-9:20 a.m.  8th Grade Reading 
3rd Period 9:22-10:15 a.m.  6th Grade Exploratory/RtI 
4th Period  10:15-11:20 a.m. Plan time (travel from JH to HS)
5th Period 11:22 a.m.-12:17 p.m. Reading/Study Skills 
LUNCH 12:17-12:42 p.m.  Lunch Duty 
6th Period 12:44-1:38 p.m. English 10
7th Period  1:40-2:36 p.m.  English 9 
8th Period  2:38-3:33 p.m.  English 10 

Contact Information:

Teacher: Kathryn Beberniss Email: kbeberniss@gceagles.org

Phone: HS: 308-772-3242 / JH= 308-772-5561 Plan Time: 10:25-11:05 a.m. @ GCJH

What to bring to class:

1. writing utensil

2. laptop (fully charged)

3. independent reading book

4. 3-ring binder (3” or bigger) *this will be left in the classroom

5. notebook with 3-ring holes *to be placed in the binder that is left in the classroom


Expectations:

Student will:

  • Respect self, others, and property

  • Promptly attend and work when the bell rings

  • Complete homework on time so it can be used in class the day it is due

  • Ask questions prior to the due date of an assignment

  • Take responsibility for missed work in the case of an absence (excused/unexcused)

  • Use technology appropriately


Late Work/Behavior Retraining:

All assignments are expected on the due date. If work is not turned in when called for, the student should expect to spend time after school THAT day until it is completed. If there is a struggle/question on the work, students may email me prior to the due date and I will help guide them. After school can also be utilized as a time to work on assignments that are currently in progress before their due date if help is needed or simply just as a place to work.

Similarly, all behavior expectations will be followed. If the teacher observes unacceptable behavior the student receives a color-coded ticket. The student will responsibly show up the same day for RETRAINING. (during ELT) In the case of an inability to RETRAIN the day the ticket is issued, the student is expected to communicate appropriately with the teacher. A student’s failure to report to retraining will result in the teacher contacting the principal about the insubordination.

Grading:

All classes will use the grading system listed in the student handbook. Grades will be accessible on PowerSchool and updated weekly. Please contact me if you have questions. I am human and typing errors are possible, so do not hesitate to bring a mistake to my attention.


Book Reports:

As students complete AR books in their 2nd period Reading class, they will receive a grade for that class. However, they will also need to take AR tests and create book reports for a grade for English class. Testing and book reports due dates: October 9, December 6, February 26, & May 7th.

Goals and Outcomes:

The student will: ...show growth on NWEA tests.

...write various types of paragraphs and essays using the five paragraph essay format.

...write paragraphs and essays for a variety of purposes.

...identify and use correctly the parts of speech and sentence types.

...read and analyze a variety of literature.

...identify and use figurative language and literary terms.

Parental Involvement:

If an assignment is not completed on the day it is due, the student will be required to stay and work after school until 4 p.m. Parents will be notified by the student when they will be staying. Likewise, students will be responsible to contact parents in the need for retraining of appropriate behavior.

To support student success and a chance of avoid a mandatory work time after school, I am also available during the 3:30-4 p.m. time to assist with any struggles/questions on a voluntary basis by the student. I encourage this preventative support time to stay on top of assignments.

I am not available at the High School in the mornings since I am at the Junior High. However, Miss Johnson is always at the school by 7 a.m. and has volunteered to help any students who need to come in to ensure they don’t have to stay after school.

English 10 Course Syllabus 2013-14

Course Description:

English 10 will provide students with various language arts lessons in reading, writing, and basic communication skills (oral presentation, discussion, and media communication). The course will review basic skills in grammar and will extend into usage, agreement, mechanics, and sentence structure in conjunction with writing as needed. Students will also engage in reading a variety of literature. A focus will be placed on cooperative learning, the incorporation of technology, development of critical thinking skills, and an emphasis on choices and the impact on future, which becomes the past so quickly.

Textbook Information:

Glenco Literature. Course 5, Fahrenheit 451, The Lord of the Flies, My Antonia, Red Hot Root Words (vocabulary focusing on suffixes), and others.

English 9 Course Syllabus 2013-14

Course Description:

English 9 will provide students with various language arts lessons in reading, writing, and basic communication skills (oral presentation, discussion, and media communication). The course will review basic skills in grammar and will extend into usage, agreement, mechanics, and sentence structure in conjunction with writing as needed. Students will also engage in reading a variety of literature. A focus will be placed on cooperative learning, the incorporation of technology, development of critical thinking skills, and an emphasis on social action/community involvement.

Textbook Information:

Elements of Literature. Third Course, Romeo and Juliet, The Miracle Worker, Animal Farm,  The Odyssey, Red Hot Root Words (vocabulary focusing on suffixes), and others.

Reading Course Syllabus 2013-14

Course Description:

Reading will build vocabulary and increase reading and writing skills. Students will also engage in reading a variety of literature. A focus will be placed on improving fluency, learning and building comprehension skills, building study skills, and improving writing skills.

Textbook Information: (may be adjusted to meet student need and interest)

ReadLive on the computer, Prompted to Write, Success with Words, Worth, Scorpions, Little Britches, No Promises in the Wind, Red Hot Root Words (vocabulary focusing on suffixes), and others.