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Welcome to Middle School Literature!

Welcome!  My name is Michelle Lajiness and I am excited to have you and your child as part of our journey through literature!  This is my 16th year of teaching.  I received my bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University with a concentration in mathematics, science, and early childhood education.  I earned my Masters degree from Madonna University with a concentration in reading and literacy education.  I am married to my God-given soul mate, John.  I am a mother to four children ages 15, 13, 11, and 7.  With two children of my own in this age range, I will be walking this middle school journey with you as a parent and teacher. :-)
"So great is the love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called children of God, and that is what we are!" (1John 3:1)
This is my theme verse for my classroom.  As God's children, we all deserve respect, nurturance, encouragement to try new things, compassion, and love.  It is my pleasure to journey with students as we grow in our relationship with Christ and interact with his children.  What a peaceful world we would live in if we all treated one another as children of the Most High!


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Please remember to bring your silent reading book, red notebook, and assigned novel EVERY DAY.  Time will be allotted on Friday for working on your red notebook and/or reading your personal novel.  Please use the time wisely.  Your letter to me is due on Monday in your red notebook.  


Your first letter to me about your personal reading book is due October 12th.  Some of you have already completed this requirement upon completing your personal reading book.  You should be able to finish your book by October 10th in order to accomplish this assignment.  If you have concerns regarding the length of your book, please see me to discuss possibilities.  Remember to pace your reading.  You should be reading every day.  Please don't assume class time will always  be enough.  If you have been forgetting your book during reading time, you may need to make up the time lost to stay on pace. Please see me with any questions or concerns.

Homework assigned 8-28-18

Review your class syllabus with a parent.  You and your parent should print AND sign the slip at the end of the packet.  Please add the date.  Return the packet to class.  It will be placed behind the first tab in the red binder (5 points)
Due: Wednesday 8-29-18
Ask your parent to email me about you (per directions in the syllabus). (5 points)
Due: by Wednesday, 9-5-18
Cover your textbook with thick paper (brown paper grocery bags work well and they are often FREE)
Due: by Tuesday, 9-4-18
Red binder with 5 labeled dividers (see syllabus for labels)
Due: by Tuesday, 9-4-18