Magnolia Intermediate School

Skip to main content
Welcome to Magnolia - Home of the Rattlers!



Welcome to 8th Grade English!

Quote of the Week: 
"Writing is utter solitude, the descent into 
the cold abyss of oneself."
~ Franz Kafka (German Author)   
Welcome to English 8!
We have an exciting year ahead of us, filled with rich literature, critical thinking and problem-solving activities, and advanced writing for an array of academic purposes.
I look forward to working with you as we embark on this journey to improve our language and communication skills.

To all 8th grade students:

The eighth grade teachers have collaborated extensively to assure you of having the greatest possible consistency with both policies and access across all subject areas.  The following is what we, the teachers, are committed to have for you:

  • Online access to assignment due dates, a copy of your syllabus explaining all classroom procedures and easy contact with your teacher via the teacher websites, as well as lunchtime access to see your teachers when needed.  
  • Access to your grades online.  
  • A copy of the student handbook in your agenda that clearly outlines your responsibilities, graduation requirements and district policies covering everything from absent work to behavior policies.

We, your teachers, have the following expectations of you, the student:

  • are responsible for maintaining your agenda and knowing and meeting all due dates, remember being absent a day or two may not result in a long-term assignment deadline automatically being extended, see your teacher if you believe you deserve extra time before the due date,
  • are responsible for having all pertinent materials at school each day to do your work (in process work, journals, pens, pencils, etc.)
  • are responsible for initiating contact with your teachers whenever you need additional information regarding an assignment or have been absent and need to collect handouts,
  • are responsible for completing all absent work within the district timeline (see agenda) – if for some reason you have failed to complete an absent assignment and would like an exception to the district policy you must submit in writing both your request and an explanation of the mitigating circumstances that you feel qualify you to have an extension.

We are here to help you and working together, students with teachers, we are confident that you will have a successful year.

The Eighth Grade Faculty

*Agenda and Homework pages updated by Monday evening. 
* Please remember that the Agenda is a snapshot of our work in the classroom. 
For information on homework, upcoming due dates, and helpful documents, 
please check the Homework link.

Recent Posts

Film Permission Slips Due Friday

Please return film permission slips for A Series of Unfortunate Events: "The Reptile Room" . . . we plan to watch it on Monday and Tuesday:)

Lemony Snicket

I am excited to let you know that we were able to purchase a class set of Lemony Snicket's The Reptile Room to read in class this trimester. This series is packed full of amazing vocabulary, and Daniel Handler's (aka: Lemony Snicket) use of literary elements is quite impressive. We will start reading it in class on Monday!

Book Report and AR Test Sept. 21

Our first book report is due this Thursday. Students will also take an AR quiz on their student selected novel.
Happy book report journey! I look forward to seeing what you have created!

Summer in Six project is Due Wed., 9/6

 Students have been working on coming up with six amazing words that are thought provoking and mysterious. Final draft needs six symbols that represent the story behind the six words. Students also need to provide a paragraph on the back of their final copy construction paper (can be printed or typed) that explains the story that inspired their six words.

First Book Report and AR Test 9/21

 Our first book report and AR Test date is approaching. Book report forms will go home this coming week. Extra copies can be printed from home by accessing the "Book Report" link on my webpage.
I hope you have an amazing book report journey!

Book Check Moved to Friday, 8/25

 Our trip to the library had to be rescheduled to Thursday, August 24, so our first book check has been moved accordingly. Please select a novel leveled 5.0 or higher, 225 pages or more, and that has an AR Test that you haven't already taken. Happy novel hunting!