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I am a National Board Certified Teacher who believes in the value of and worth of each child. I have a profound mastery of the 6-8th Grade Reading/Language Arts subject matter, many years of classroom experience, enthusiasm, ability to individualize my teaching.  My skills include the ability to provide interesting, thought-provoking, and varied classroom experiences.

This blog is meant to be a resource for parents and students and act as a bridge to what we are doing in the classroom. Although students are expected to write down their homework assignments in their agenda, feel free to help your child by ensuring that all homework for my class is completed on a timely basis to receive full credit. To view the homework, please click on “Homework” tab at the top and click on Mrs. Hagy’s Daily Agenda. I look forward to a wonderful year with your child!

-Mrs. Hagy, NBCT

Golden Apple Teacher

A summary of the third quarter:

Last quarter we delved into reading Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan. Students learned about peer pressure and its positive and negative effects. We began debating various different topics and continued narrative and literary analysis writing. The first topic was: Should people be quarantined against their will? Again, the novels we have read in previous quarters, students’ profound knowledge on the topic along with their research served to gear students in their debates. This higher-order thinking activity is meant to teach students the importance of making cross-curricular connections and reinforce public speaking, participation and collaboration skills. It was both an interesting and fun experience for students. Ms. Onofrio and Mr. Brandon were special guests in the audience!

 

What’s to come in the fourth quarter:

As we start the fourth quarter, we will continue having our classroom debates. Students are incredibly confident and receptive as they learn new reading skills and apply new concepts in both Reading and Writing. They are truly amazing, talented individuals with so much to share! I look forward to this quarter and next year.

After we finished reading Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan, students began reading No Fear Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Upon completion of this unit, students will visit the Apollo Theatre and watch the play. Students will also begin reading No Fear Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They are thrilled for what is to come and so am I! Thank you parents and guardians for your continued support at home! Please contact me with any questions regarding the curriculum, your child’s progress this year, or any other questions you may have. The best time to meet with me one-on-one is at 7:30 am. Please contact me via phone call or email to set up a meeting date. My contact information is on the “Contact” tab. Thank you and I look forward to this quarter!!!

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I recently created (and received) a Donor’s Choose fund raiser for a novel unit titled: Learning About Cultures Through House on Mango Street. I have taught this novel to eighth graders for many years and it is time to upgrade the aging copies we currently have. These novels will be utilized next year with the current seventh graders. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you (including current 8th graders) who made donations to this project! We received all 95 copies of the novel House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. My 7th graders can’t wait to read it next year. Thank you!

A word about the after school program:

I an currently teaching the following class in the after school program (for 7th graders only):

Tuesday’s: Debate Class

Want to sign up? The blue sign-up sheets went home last week. I can provide you with a new copy if you need one.

Look at what we are reading this quarter:

RJ