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You’ve Asked for it: CHS Yoga Class Offering Survey

Many of you know that in addition to loving my job teaching high school English, I am also a credentialed yoga teacher. I’ve had many CHS students and teachers ask this year if I would be willing to teach a yoga class here at the school, so I’ve put together this survey to determine exactly what people are looking for. If you’re considering taking yoga classes (if this idea gets approved — I still have to run it by the bosses once I have enough information from you to know what I need to get approved), please fill out the survey and spread the news to anyone else who might be interested.

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Clarification for Parents (and Students) Regarding Required Style Guide

I’ve had a few parents inquire about the style guide mentioned in my Honors English II syllabus, so I thought it would be best to post responses here in case anyone else had the same questions or concerns. They’re all very valid and fair questions!

QUESTION: I have a son/daughter in your Honors English II class and one in your English IV (or AP English IV) class. Why are the sophomores REQUIRED to purchase a style guide, but it is only RECOMMENDED to the seniors? 

ANSWER: In the past the CHHS English department has not uniformly required a particular style guide to be purchased and used from year to year, but after a year-long PLC (professional learning community) project we decided it was in our students’ best interest to adopt one. As we phase in this new purchase requirement for all students, I figured it would be easier to justify the investment to students/parents who would be using the book for more than one year. It will certainly be easier for me to conduct class activities if all or most of the seniors have their own copy, but for this first year I’m willing to work with what we have.

QUESTION: I have more than one kid in the high school. Can they share one copy of the book? 

ANSWER: As long as they don’t have English class during the same period, I don’t mind if your kids share one copy. Please check with Mrs. Siley or Mr. D though if either of them has one of your kids as a student.

QUESTION: Two different books are listed. Is one preferable to the other? 

ANSWER: The second of the two books is perfectly fine (and half the price)! We listed both A Writer’s Reference (7th edition)  and A Pocket Style Manual (6th edition) because the longer, more expensive former is often required by colleges and therefore could save you about $30 in the long run. We fully understand though that some of you nearly fell out of your chairs when you saw a $60 book listed as a requirement for a high school class. I sincerely apologize for any stress it may have caused.

QUESTION: Where do you recommend purchasing the book?

ANSWER: Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble sell A Pocket Style Manual  (6th edition) for roughly $27. Click on the store names for direct links to the listings. Please feel free to explore any cheaper used copies they offer, but just be certain you’re getting the correct edition so recent updates to APA and MLA formats are included. If you’d prefer to buy the book at an actual brick and mortar store, I recommend calling first to see if they have it in stock (if not, they can easily order it for you).

Barnes and Noble (Eaton/Chagrin Blvd. location): 216-765-7520

Barnes and Noble (Crocker Park location): 440-250-9233

Visible Voice Books (Kenilworth Ave. in Tremont):  216-961-0084


I hope this post is helpful. Please feel free to email or call with any additional questions!


Schoology News

I’m thrilled to see that those of you taking classes with Mr. Robinson and/or Mr. Roy are already making good use of Schoology! As your syllabus and the previous post on this blog indicate, my classes will be using Schoology this year also. I have CL2 reserved on Tuesday of next week to get everyone signed up and familiar with it, but if you’d like to enroll early you are welcome to do so. Simply locate the code for your class below, go to http://www.Schoology.com, join Schoology if you have not already done so for another class, click JOIN under the COURSES tab and enter the code for your class. Discussions will be posted over the weekend, and you’re welcome to get a head start!

English IV (3rd, 4th, and 9th period):NVM84-95XHZ

AP English Literature & Composition (2nd period): S8PX4-SNXKB

Honors/Pre-AP English II (1st period): JFRPV-ZWXTB

Fundamentals of Language (8th period, 1st semester): S9QJ9-R9SQB



Supply Lists

Don’t hate me too much for this, but in case anyone wants to get a jumpstart on gathering all of the school supplies students will need for this coming year here are supply lists for my classes. As much as most of us don’t want to think about school supplies in July, the reality is that they are cheaper (in some places) and more abundant now than they will be after the first day of school.

ENGLISH IV (12th grade)

Required supplies: Binder (at LEAST 1-1/2″) used EXCLUSIVELY for this class, loose leaf paper, and binder dividers; pens/ #2 pencils (you’ll need both) & a highlighter; a USB drive (may be used for multiple classes).

Recommended supplies: Folder to keep in your binder; sticky notes

Recommended mobile apps: CCPL Mobile and/or CLEVENET; Schoology; Socrative



Required supplies: Binder (at LEAST 2″; preferably 3″) used EXCLUSIVELY for this class, loose leaf paper, and binder dividers; pens/ #2 pencils (you’ll need both) & a highlighter; a USB drive (may be used for multiple classes).

Recommended supplies: Folder to keep in your binder; sticky notes

Recommended mobile apps: CCPL Mobile and/or CLEVENET; Schoology; Literary Analysis Guide II by Gatsby’s Light (this one costs $3.99)



Required supplies: Binder (at LEAST 1-1/2″) used EXCLUSIVELY for this class, loose leaf paper, and binder dividers; pens/ #2 pencils (you’ll need both) & a highlighter; a USB drive (may be used for multiple classes); composition book (these are 99¢ at Target right now!).

Recommended supplies: Folder to keep in your binder; sticky notes

Recommended mobile apps: CCPL Mobile and/or CLEVENET; Schoology; Socrative



Required supplies: A binder used EXCLUSIVELY for this class, loose leaf paper, and a folder.

Recommended supplies: highlighter

Recommended mobile apps: Schoology; Socrative

Mindfulness Workshop Series for Teens in NE Ohio

I don’t often do advertising or plug non-free events on this website, but I feel strongly enough about this one that I’m posting it. For full disclosure, I should say that I teach classes at the yoga studio where this series is being held (but I’m not directly involved in this workshop in any way). The mindfulness techniques Barb will be teaching are so important to all high school students and will help anyone who learns them for many years to come.


Dates: Tuesday & Thursday July 29 & 31 | August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, & 21

Investment : $200

Presented by: Barbara Marquardt, M.Ed., RYT, MCHES

Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum Teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher & Master Certified Health Education specialist

This 8-class workshop series will teach a mindfulness practice to teens (15-18 years old) who are seeking a natural way to reduce stress/anxiety, and cultivate a mental edge in school test-taking abilities and performance outcomes. We’ll explore engaging the senses and other techniques to immerse ourselves in the present moment.

Why mindfulness? We spend a lot of time developing our intelligence in school and strengthening our bodies through sports or exercise, but we give our mind very little attention. When we develop and strengthen our mind, we increase our ability to focus, recognize and manage our emotions so we may make better decisions.

Mindfulness is paying attention to our current experience in a way that allows us to respond rather than react. It is a quality of inner-stillness that is always available, even when we are feeling stress.

Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a journal/notebook, and a pen.

Space is limited. Pre-register online at www.oasisyogaspa.com by phone at 440-523-0099, or in person at Oasis, 3180 Station St., Solon, OH 44139.

Thanks for your patience as I wrap up this crazy year! 

I’ll have all grades posted in Progress Book before the day ends (Sunday, 6/8). At this point any assignment that is actually missing is recorded as such; a blank entry in PB simply means I haven’t entered the score yet for that assignment. I realize I’ve taken longer with assignment grading and grade entry than usual this year, but want to make sure I get it done right rather than rushing through it for the sake of posting things quicker.

Summer reading instructions were distributed in classes over the past two weeks, but will also be posted under the Summer Reading tab on this site sometime Monday morning (6/9). This applies to my classes only —  if you need Mr. D’s or Mrs. Siley’s, you’ll need to contact them.

I hope everyone has enjoyed their first few days of summer vacation (I know softball players have!). Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about your summer assignments or anything else that will help you be ready to go in August.


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