Summer Construction 2020

I hope everyone’s summer is off to a good start! With just about everything I was originally planning to do this summer cancelled, I have plenty of time to finally work on refreshing the resources and information posted on this site. Please excuse any disjointedness for the time being; everything will be up-to-date by the time school starts up again in August.

2019 Summer Reading Assignments

If you are taking AP Literature & Composition or English 4 with me during the 2019-20 school year, please click on the Summer Reading tab above to view your assignment(s) and choose/purchase your book(s). Happy reading!

2018-19 First Day Information for all Classes

Welcome back, everyone! I’m excited to get this year going and look forward to it being a good one. If you want to be proactively ready for the first day of school, you can do the following:


1.) Join your class in Schoology by logging in to your account (or creating one if you’ve never used it before) and entering the appropriate access code:

English 4 –> RNFZP-THJ4T

Journalism / Journalism 2 –> N528J-MS2SW

Honors English 2 –> GRN97-ZN6NP

AP Literature & Composition –> DB5SN-KFB62


2.) View your class syllabus by clicking the Syllabi tab above and clicking on the appropriate link.


I’ve also started updating the Contests & Scholarships tab with some opportunities that may be of interest to you, so I recommend checking those out.


Thanks, and see you Wednesday!

2018 Summer Reading Assignments

I have posted 2018 summer reading directions for English IV, Honors English II, and AP Literature & Composition under the Summer/Independent Reading tab. The directions include links to purchase your book(s) if you wish to do so.

If you are in any other English class, please check with your teacher for your assignment(s).

Please contact me with any questions. Happy reading!

Schoology Join Codes for 2017-18

Here are the codes you need to join my classes in Schoology for the 2017-18 academic year:

Honors English II (periods 1 & 2) –> N84CS-D45SZ

English IV (periods 4 & 9) –> 6NDTG-X74PK

AP Literature & Composition (8th period) –> R2Z53-7NVR5

Journalism (3rd period) –> ZV7JT-3W2KK

You can access Schoology by clicking on the link to the left.

Seniors – How to Save Your High School Work Before Your Account is Deleted


Your school Google accounts will be deactivated at some point over the summer — but fear not! If you don’t already know how to save all of your work elsewhere, here are the basics (special thanks to Mr. Wallis for providing this information very quickly after I asked for it!):

2. Scroll down to Control Your Content
3. Student has the option to Download your data to a flash drive.
4. Follow the prompts.
As for your student H drive, you can just copy everything onto a flash drive.
I DO recommend saving everything, at least for a few years. Sometimes it is useful to refer to old assignments when you’re working on new ones.
Please let me or Mr. Wallis know if you have any questions or issues with moving & saving your files.

ELA 1 & 2 Practice AIR Test Link

Both freshman and sophomores should use this link to get to the practice AIR test. Once you get there,  please WAIT for everyone else so we can work through it together.

2016-17 Midterm Study Sheets

English midterm exams will be administered on Tuesday, January 10th from 9:15-10:45 in various locations (check schedules posted in hallways for yours).

As promised, here are your study sheets. We will be doing some review in class when we return from winter break, but if you have any questions before that please email me at . Don’t wait until the last minute to study!

English 4: -2016-17-midterm-study-sheet

AP Lit: ap-lit-2016-17-midterm-study-sheet

Honors English II: 2015-16-he2-midterm-study-sheet


Pre-Winter Break Updates for All Classes

1.) Due to yesterday’s day off, I unfortunately do not have your midterm study sheets ready to give to you today. I will get them done by Monday or Tuesday of next week, though, and post them here for those of you who are interested in getting a head start on studying.

2.) Just some friendly reminders of what you need to do over break:

  • AP Literature & Composition — Finish reading Hamlet, read and annotate “Hamlet: The Matter of Character”, and complete the practice multiple choice questions you’ve been given. Note that you will have a vocabulary quiz on the day after we return, and a quiz over acts 4 & 5 on the Friday of that week. Be ready!
  • English IV — Finish reading Hamlet, completing the study guide as you do so. Be aware that you have a vocabulary quiz on the day after we return from break, and then a quiz over acts 4 & 5 on the Thursday of that week. Be ready!
  • Honors English II — Finish reading The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Note that you have an assignment due on the day we return (check your December assignment schedule for specifics), a vocabulary quiz on the day after that, and a quiz over Julius Caesar Acts 4 & 5 on the Friday of that week. Be ready!
  • Journalism — Keep up on national and world news events! Your current events quiz on Wednesday, January 4th will be roughly twice as long as usual and will cover December 19-January 3.


October 1st Issue of The Chieftain

Journalism class has been hard at work this year learning about news media and producing The Chieftain, Cuyahoga Heights High School’s newspaper. We’ve just arranged to post every issue on the CHHS website, but I’m going to post our first issue (from last month) here, too, so as many people as possible can see it. The next issue is slated to be published December 1st, so stay tuned!

Click here to view the October 1 issue of The Chieftain: october_2016_chieftain