Mrs. Bianca Ferris



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Mrs. Bianca Ferris

Welcome Message for 2019-2020
"All there is to writing is having ideas. To learn to write is to learn to have ideas." -Robert Frost

To contact me: 

I can be reached in the English office at (845) 897-6700 ext. 30080
If it is more convenient, please email me at
How to view nightly (or general) homework assignments:
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All homework is posted regularly on the social media app Instagram:
If students have no homework, I don't write a post. However, in order to build stamina and fluency in reading, all students should read at least 15 minutes each night and 45 minutes on the weekend. They all have an independent reading book that they are reading every day in class.
Where are my course documents?
Course syllabi will be uploaded onto the appropriate grade level page. 
A little bit about my professional history: 
In 1999 I earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from SUNY New Paltz. My education in the journalism program there was helpful to me when I embarked on a 5-year career as a daily newspaper reporter.  I worked at the Daily Freeman in Kingston and the Times Herald-Record in Middletown and Newburgh. Though writing and reporting was an exciting job, it was not as rewarding as I had hoped it would be. I liked being paid to do what I loved doing most - writing - but I felt something missing in my professional life. When I earned my master's degree in teaching in 2006, I learned that teaching is where my heart truly belongs. My reward is watching my students grow as people and as readers and writers.  The 2019-2020 school year starts my 14th year of teaching. I came to Wappingers by way of Poughkeepsie Middle School in 2007. In my time here in Wappingers, I've taught 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade at Wappingers Junior High, Van Wyck Junior High. I started teaching here at John Jay High School in 2012.
A little about me personally:
I grew up in Queens and moved to the Hudson Valley during my college years (SUNY New Paltz) in the 1990s. I have been in Ulster County, NY ever since. I live with my husband and our two children, ages 9 and 6. We live minutes away from Mohonk Preserve where we often go for hikes, bike rides and nature walks.  In addition to hiking in the spring, summer, and fall, I snowboard and snowshoe with my husband and children in the winter. But my lifelong passions are reading and writing, of which I practice daily. 
Favorite books (because an English teacher can never have just one):
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg