Name: Mr. William Newman
Subject: English Language Arts
Phone: 845-897-6700 ext. 30178
Hello and welcome to the 2019-20 school year here at John Jay High School. I'm looking forward to an invigorating and productive year for students in English Language Arts. Please feel free to email me directly to address questions or concerns regarding the course and our work together. That is the most efficient way to reach me and you will receive a response within one business day. I am available for extra help each day immediately before school in 208 and after school in 215, as well as periods three and four in the ELA office. I'm also in the test table during period seven. I am more than willing to assist students who need help and guidance; please allow me the opportunity. A few moments of clarification or explanation are often all kids need to feel capable of their work.
This website will be updated at the beginning of each week; please check back frequently to connect with the current focus of our curriculum. In terms of suggested materials, students will need a binder with a secure place for handouts, or an additional folder, plus a pen/pencil and paper each day. My deepest respect and gratitude to all parents and caregivers who help their students procure the needed materials and who actively involve themselves in their children's educational journey toward self-reliance and independance. Family members are key components in supporting the progressively difficult steps toward achieving a high school diploma. I very much look forward to our cooperation together this year.
Week of 10/7
The Of Mice and Men vocabulary homework is currently being assessed. This week we are resuming our Of Mice and Men unit, with particular attention paid to the stablehand named Crooks. His experiences are often a focal point for students' research papers in April. Classes will finish the novella by the end of this Friday's class. A test on the book will be held next Tuesday. We'll be reading in ELA with the assistance of an audio cd; students may sign out a book as needed. Please see me with any questions or concerns; I'm here to help.