Language Arts. December 11th – 15th

This week, will continue to prepare for the final exam (Wednesday), which covers material from the first two partials. Students have already been given a copy of a review guide and we reviewed it thoroughly last Friday. In response to the school cancellation, there will be a more detailed study guide that will be posted to the class Google Drive folder and shared to each student via email. This will be posted as early as possible, Monday morning. I will also update this blog post with a direct link when the document is available.

Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to me and ask any questions pertaining to the class materials. I understand the difficulty in having a final exam review via the web, but unfortunately this situation beyond our control. Again, please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached via email at:

I am always available.


Monday / Tuesday (December 11th/12th)  – Review for final exam. Updated / Revised study guides to be posted online and emailed to students.

Wednesday (December 13th)  – Final exam.


Language Arts – December 4th – 8th

Please note, this is a continuation of the blog post from last week with a few date changes. 

Due to the school cancellation, students should focus on the following this week:

  • Of Mice and Men: Chapter 6 (as assigned in class on Tuesday, November 28th)
    • We will review the chapter when we return to school on Wednesday.
  • Students have been sent a Take Home Test via email and it is also shared on the class Google Drive. This is due on Thursday, December 7th. 
  • Read the following article online here about Of Mice and Men. Think about #10 from the list. Does this surprise you? Why?
  • Scrap book checks (75%) to be checked on Thursday, December 7th (originally scheduled for Friday, December 1)

I am available to answer any questions about the reading through email.

Mr. Pappas

Language Arts Updated – November 27th to December 1st

Due to the school cancellation, students should focus on the following this week:

  • Of Mice and Men: Chapter 6 (as assigned in class on Tuesday)
  • Students have been sent a Take Home Test via email and it is also shared on the class Google Drive. This is due on Tuesday, December 5th.
  • Scrap book checks (75%) to be checked on Tuesday, December 5th (originally scheduled for Friday, December 1)

I am available to answer any questions about the reading through email.

Mr. Pappas

November 20th-23rd: Language Arts

This week will continue to discuss Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. We will review the exam from last week. We will also be discussing major themes in the book and spend time analyzing the text. Finally, we will over grammatical citing according to MLA formatting for future essays and projects.

Important Dates:

11/20 – Finish In-class writing assignment

Language Arts

Welcome back!!!These first two weeks we will be focusing on class procedures and

On these first two weeks, we will be focusing on class procedures and familiarize you with the expectations of the class.

On Tuesday, we will be visiting the Information Center to check out a book for independent reading. Our goal is for you to read more than ever this year, and I will be trying everything in my power to instill a love and respect for reading within each of you. If you are currently reading a book at home, please bring it to school on Tuesday.

Language Arts

Dear Parents and Students,

WELCOME to Discovery School!

Thank you for your confidence in trusting the teaching of your children in our hands.

The syllabus below is designed to give you a brief overview on different components of the Language Arts class. The goal is for each student to obtain mastery of each and every content standard for students in Language Arts for grade 9:

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing:
    • Use a semicolon to link two or more closely related independent clauses.
    • Use a colon to introduce a quotation.
  • Comprehend thoroughly when reading or listening.
  • Apply knowledge of the language to understand how language functions in different contexts.
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on reading and content.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • Demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

Class dynamics will include research, projects, oral presentations, reading of assigned material, class work, and oral or written tests. Neatness and order will be expected at all times.


It is the responsibility of the student to replenish all the work that has been assigned in his absence and to deliver them in the stipulated time, except for the following reasons:

  1. If a student misses one or two days, he/she must submit a written excuse at home to replenish the work that he was unable to do.
  2. If a student is absent three days or more, he/she must submit a medical excuse to replenish the work that he could not do.
  3. If the student presents the appropriate excuse, he will have one day for each day lost to replenish the work he was unable to do.
  4. If the student does not present his / her work in the stipulated time, it will not receive a grade.
  5. If your absence is planned in advance, the assignments that must be submitted for the day of departure must be submitted earlier.


  1. Attend class every day. Absences must be justified and documented.
  2. Students must come prepared to class, this includes bringing all necessary materials.
  3. All assignments must be submitted by the date indicated.
  4. Students must show respect and consideration to others at all times.


  1. Notebook
  2. Pencil & eraser
  3. Pens

* Colors and markers

If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us.

Gloria Palacios

Secondary Assistant Principal

(504) 2221-7790 ext 148

(504) 9561-1434

Pia Girbal

*Substitute Teacher



ELA May 15-19

This week you will be working on the “Be the Change” project that was inspired from our trip to Amor, Fe, y Esperanza. The leaders for the project are: Nico, Laura T, Laura S, Avery, Liza, and Sofia. Each day you will be responsible for making crafts and artistic products. You should complete the daily notecard to inform me what you have accomplished that day and the substitute will sign off. Please manage your time well and remember the purpose of this project.

ELA April 24-28

We will continue our Sustainable Development Project this week. On Monday, Ms. Amy will be facilitating an activity with you to get you thinking about systems and solutions. On Tuesday, you will collaborate with your fifth grade partner(s) to come up with a problem and solutions to focus on for your goal. For the rest of the week you will work on problem/solution writing.

ELA April 18-21

We will begin our Sustainable Development Projects in collaboration with Ms. Amy’s 5th grade ELA class this week. On Wednesday you will present the goals to your partner and get to know each other. We go over all the details of the project with you then. Make sure to stay updated with due dates and guidelines. We will be focusing on problem/solution writing towards the end of the week.