Students are now acquainted with many of the routines of 8th grade, and they are carrying out many of the staples of English class. By now students have written their first piece (a letter to me regarding their summer vacation), completed a vocabulary lesson, participated in a group presentation over their summer reading book, and started writing in their reading response journals.
What I find particularly impressive about the Class of 2013 is their level of academic preparedness. Right from the start they have impressed me as a cooperative bunch who are well prepared to learn. Kudos to this group of students, their parents, and their previous teachers. Thanks for coming in ready to learn!