• Welcome Back from Spring Break

    Dear Students and Families:

    I hope everyone had a safe and restorative Spring Break – a chance to step back, rest, reflect and renew. I was happy to have several “good weather” days. I did a couple of 5-mile hikes up and around Queen Anne Hill (practicing appropriate distancing, of course 😉) admiring the views and flowering trees. My husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary and participated in “facetime” with our families for Easter. We binge-watched Good Omens, a series coproduced by Amazon Studios and the BBC based on a novel of the same name written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. (I’m a big Neil Gaiman fan.) I’ve also been watching the latest season of Cosmos: Possible Worlds. When I was in middle school, I remember being fascinated by the original Cosmos on PBS, hosted by Carl Sagan. The new series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, is just as stirring to the imagination. We recorded it from the NatGeo channel, but I think it can also be streamed on Disney+. I hope you, too, had a chance to explore, connect with family, discover and daydream.

    Now it’s back to work.


    Reading Expectations:

    Remember, students should be reading at least 40 minutes every day. Students were to have turned in three (3) reading logs prior to the school closure. Students were to have also completed AR tests for the books they completed. Those assignments—and associated grades—are reflected in LMS.

    • Students are not submitting reading logs during the closure, but if they need to “make up” a missed reading log from before the closure, they can track their reading for a current two-week period and submit it in place of the missed log. Be sure to notify me if taking advantage of this opportunity.
    • Students can take Accelerated Reader (AR) tests from home. They can “make up” a missed test for books recorded on reading logs before the closure.

    Students can also take AR tests for books they have read since the closure, but I will record them separately in LMS.


    Zinc Reading Sprints:

    Students are in the middle of a 6-Week Reading Sprint, but Spring Break has put us off a week.

    Week Two – which dropped on Monday, March 30 – would have been due the following Monday, but because it was Spring Break, was actually due this Monday, April 13.

    The sprint activities for Weeks 1 & 2 will be recorded in LMS.

    Reading Sprint activities for Week 3 will be due next Monday, April 20.

    Students wishing to maximize their scores in the Reading Sprints should read the “Zinc Terms and Tips” information on my district website.



    Scope Reading Lesson:

    This morning I posted a Scholastic Scope lesson in our Google Classroom – Due next Wednesday, April 22.

    Hunting a Monster

    Two fascinating nonfiction texts explore the fact and fiction behind everyone’s favorite fantastical creatures.

    By Mackenzie Carro

    From the March 2019 Issue

    Learning Objective: To synthesize information from two nonfiction articles.

    Other Key Skills: author’s craft, key ideas and details, text evidence, and tone


    Students can access the article in Scope’s digital platform with our Class Code: Scholz201.

    Accommodations: The digital platform has a text-to-speech function that allows students to follow along as the article is read aloud.

    Attached to the Google Classroom assignment:

    1. A link to the Scope article, "Hunting a Monster."
    2. Links to two (2) Reference Handouts for What is Text Evidence? and How to Use Text Evidence.
    3. Three (3) Skills Activities Worksheets -- Text Evidence, Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking, and Vocabulary.
    4. End-of-Lesson Quiz – There is a Smarter Balanced Rubric attached for scoring the constructed response questions.

    Students are encouraged to follow the proper format for text-based evidence questions for all the worksheets: Restate the question, Answer the question, Cite text evidence (usually two pieces of evidence), Explain how the evidence supports the answer. Use the format described in the "How to Use Text Evidence" reference handout.


    I have been sending these emails to both parents/guardians and students with emails registered in the LMS system. Some students may not even realize they have a school email account. Here is a link to instructions for how students can access their school email.



    For students who need tech support for their Chromebooks, here is a link to the Technology Support page.



    Lastly, I will start to warehouse these email communications on my district website so that you can reference them if you need to.



    Stay safe, stay well,


    Monte J. Scholz

    6th-Grade ELA & Honors ELA Block

    Heatherwood Middle School

    Everett Public Schools