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 17th 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. Outside of my family, my two great loves are reading and Jesus. Sharing my love of reading at a Christian school makes me one happy 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 has been the theme verse for my classroom for the last 8 years. However, this year it pairs perfectly with our school-wide theme: I am a child of God. I am loved. 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!
Tips for our class page and assignments:
- Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to your specific class period. My homeroom students/parents should also subscribe to the "homeroom" class period.
- Visit the links section and choose "book clubs, novels, or textbook" on the drop-down menu for digital access to many classroom resources. For the textbook, you will need your assigned login. This should be stored in your student planner.
- If you are absent, be sure to check your Google classroom page for added assignments and digital resources.
- Make sure you know how to access your student issued email account. Use that as your method of communication (as a student) instead of the school website.
- ALWAYS submit original work or give credit to those you are quoting. Try to avoid copying and pasting from websites into your assignments.
- When available, audiobook links will be posted for novels we are covering. When choosing to use an audiobook link, it is EXPECTED that you will read the words before, during, OR after you listen. This increases your comprehension and vocabulary development. There are other benefits as well. Check out a great blog article, which explains the benefits of each choice, here: https://www.digitalbook.io/blog/read-and-listen-at-the-same-time/