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Nuts and Bolts

Dear MVHS Students and Parents,

Please use the SchoolLoop website and grade book as additional ways to stay apprised of class information, student progress, and as a tool for communication.  You will find the daily agenda posts on the website (under Notes) as a valuable asset to keep current with daily agendas and homework assignments.  The homework assignment due dates, and of course student grades, are also posted through the SchoolLoop grade book. 

I pride myself on keeping student grades and daily agendas current.  If you notice discrepancies or have any questions, please be sure to email me or to leave me a message through voicemail and I will make every effort to respond within less than 24 hours.  The daily agendas on this website may not be as detailed as what is provided in class.  It is the student's responsibility to copy the daily agenda/homework that is posted on the board in class.  If students need assistance with this, please let me know.  Also, if students do not have an agenda, they can print one out: http://print-a-calendar.com/. *Note:  All freshmen are required to have a Monte Vista Planner.


Mrs. Carlson



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9th:  Vocab card gallery walk.  Read Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter"- literature term identification practice.  Answer guided reading questions.  HW:  Begin exploring titles for independent reading!

11th:  Diagnositc argument/synthesis timed write:  Are cell phones more harmful or beneficial to teens?.  HW:  None this weekend.


9th:  Essential literature term note-taking.  Begin vocab card (image, term, definition).  HW:  finish literature term vocab card due 8/17

11th:  Intro to argument and discussion rubrics.  Review "People Like Us"- choose frame and provide evidence.  Begin examining evidence for diagnostic write:  Images, PBS clip and articles.  HW:  Finish reading and annotating articles- timed diagnostic write tomorrow.


9th:  Planner check.  Syllabus and typed narrative due.  Cultural lens gallery walk.  Discuss motif, theme, words in context and "prove it" method.  9th grade reading diagnostic.  HW: None tonight, read for pleasure.

11th:  Syllabus and typed narrative due.  Cultural lens gallery walk.  Intro to argument and synthesis, templates for capturing author message.  5 faves list.  Read and annotate Brooks' "People Like Us".  HW:  Write 3 argument frames regarding "People Like Us"; defend, challenge, and qualify


All Classes:  Place phone in caddy, copy homework in agenda, Chromebook checkout, guidelines and sign in.  Review MLA format and begin working on cultural lens and 1/2 page written narrative.  HW:  Read syllabus, print and sign last page 8/15.  Cultural lens and half page written narrative 8/15


All classes: Welcome!!! Nuts and bolts:  Seating, Course Policy, Intro to Website, *9th Graded Planner details.  Intro to Cultural Lens.

HW:  Cultural Lens due on 8/15.  Signed Course Policy due on 8/15 (document attached to assignment in Schoolloop and on Webpage)


Please read, then print and sign the last page of your grade level course syllabus. Due 8/15.


*Daily Agendas will be posted here for both 11th and 9th grades each day before school begins.


Voicemail # (925) 314-1900

email: bcarlson@srvusd.net

Changes to the SAT

9th: Mark Haddon- the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

9th: Mark Haddon- the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

11th: F. Scott Fitzgerald- The Great Gatsby

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Workday Center Extended Hours!

MVHS's beautiful Workday Center is open to students from 7:30-5:30 Monday-Thursday and 7:30 to 4:00 on Friday.  It's a great place to relax and read, access computer technology/databases, print assignments, etc.  Check it out!

About Your English Teacher

This is my thirteenth year of teaching high school English and my fifth year with Monte Vista High School.  I am very fortunate to have joined the Mustang team of extraordinary colleagues, students and families.  I look forward to working with students, helping to increase their love for the written word, assisting with their development as a scholar of language arts- and having fun along the way!  I truly love being a teacher and continuously building strong ties with the MVHS community.  Go Mustangs!

Education:  Undergraduate, University of California Santa Cruz.  Graduate in Secondary Education:  University of Hawaii Manoa, Chapman University.  Post-Graduate Master's Degree in Teaching Leadership, Saint Mary's College.

Interests:  I love reading, learning new things, traveling, gardening, running, playing tennis & golf, hiking, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

St. Mary's MATL graduation

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