Monthly Archives: September 2011

Friday, Flaunt your Character!

Students and Parents,

We’ve been working hard this week on Character T-Shirts (Parents, thanks for your support on this project).

Friday is Character T-Shirt Fashion Day, so please remember to wear your t-shirt on Friday. If you plan to wear a jersey on Friday, you might decide to wear your t-shirt just for my class. I’ll grade the shirts on Friday as you work on your


wrap-up activity.

Reflections Countdown :)

Reminder: Reflections entries are due next Monday. See the link in the sidebar to check out rules. Entry forms will only be needed if you win at the school level. You may turn them in as soon as you complete them.

Language Arts Unit One Assessments Re-Take Information

Parents and Students,

Here’s a link for the retake packet for our first unit. All students who complete the requirements may retake either/both assessment(s).

Unit One ReTake Plan


Yearbooks are on sale now and can be ordered online again this year.  The cost per book is $30.  After Spring Break the cost will increase.    

Go to:

Find our city (Alpharetta NOT Roswell), school (Holcomb Br MS) then follow the 4 steps to check out.  

Additionally, please be aware that you do NOT need to type in the www before the web address.  There is a $1.00 convenience charge for online ordering.


Interested in Weighing in on our Charter Status?

Three town hall meetings set for charter system model

Three town hall meetings will be held in early October regarding the Fulton County School System’s proposed charter system model. Each will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium or cafeteria.

• October 3 Milton Center (86 School Drive, Alpharetta)
• October 5 Lake Forest Elementary School (5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs)
• October 6 Westlake High School (2400 Union Road SW, Atlanta)

The meetings will give the community an update about the charter system process as well as an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback. To learn more about the process, ask a question, or leave an online comment, please visit the Exploring Fulton as a Charter System website at

Common Assessment Study Guide and Character Tee Project Guide

Are linked below. 🙂

Unit One Common Assessment 2011 study guide

Character T Project

Check Out that Character’s Character!

This week, we’re analyzing the way authors create memorable characters.

1. What is character, and how does it show up in writing?
2. How does an author create a character that seems real?
3. How can I punctuate dialogue correctly?
4. Can I create a character that seems alive?

We’re going to take a break from essays and complete a short project in the next few days. It may or may not have something to do with a character and a t-shirt! 🙂

We also have our very first common assessment THURSDAY. Start reviewing vocabulary roots, and stay tuned for a study guide tomorrow.

I have been SO impressed with (and surprised by) your writing! Parents, ask your kids to log on to Blackboard and show you what they’ve been writing!

Looking forward to a great week,