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Title: Welcome to Ms. MCDONOUGH

Welcome to Ms. MCDONOUGHsReading/Language Arts
Contact Information
  • Katherine McDonough
  • Katherine.mcdonough_at_pgcps.org(email)
  • new.schoolnotes.com (web-based)
  • 301/805 -2641 (phone)

Background Info
  • My background
  • I received my undergraduate degree from
    University of Maryland, College Park. I was a
    double major-English/Education
  • I am currently 3 courses away from receiving my
    graduate degree from Bowie State University.
  • My experience
  • This is my 5th year teaching. Six years ago, I
    was a student teacher here at Ogle!
  • I am certified to teach grades 7-12 in the state
    of Maryland.
  • I have also taught eighth grade.
  • I am a mentor teacher

  • Will be given AT LEAST 1-2 times a week, which
    will reinforce class work.
  • Students are expected to read for thirty minutes
    nightly in addition to grammar and writing
  • Students are also expected to bring in a novel
    for Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) during class.

Agenda Book
  • This is where their homework is written down.
  • Students should always copy the homework in the
    beginning of class.
  • It will be posted on the chalk board, and in my
    daily power points.

Course Description
  • Emphasis will be on reading, writing, and
    communication content including strategies,
    analytical thinking, vocabulary, grammar,
    research, technology, and presentation skills.
    Based on the Common Core State Standards.

Cornell Notes
  • Cornell note taking helps your student to be
    organized and process the information.
  • Note taking helps students remember what is said
    in class. Students should review their notes at
    least 3 times each week!
  • A good set of notes can help students work on
    assignments and prepare for tests outside of the

Cornell Notes
So what do they do with these AWESOME NOTES???
  • Review them at least 3 times to better memorize!
  • Quiz themselves, or a partner, by folding the
    page and answering the questions they wrote
    without looking.
  • Use them to study before a test!

Grading Factors
  • Students will be evaluated using the
  • following criteria
  • Tests and quizzes 50
  • Classwork 25
  • Homework 25

  • Please access SchoolMax at least 2 times a week
    in order to stay abreast of your childs grades.
  • We are currently in the 4th week of school and
    your child will have at least 5-6 grades in the

How can you help your student?
  • Check your students agenda to see their homework
  • Ask to see their notes.
  • Remind the student to study their notes for a few
    minutes each night.
  • Quiz the student on their notes by folding the
    paper back, and asking questions from the left.
  • Check your SchoolMax account
  • Check School Notes weekly
  • Never hesitate to email me with any
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