Sydney Toups

Phone: 228-435-1421

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A.Education, Secondary English from University of Mississippi M.A. Creative Writing for Educators from Fairleigh Dickinson University

Sydney Toups

Welcome to 8th Grade ELA! This will be a wonderful year.  I am so excited to have you in my class and to share in your experiences as you complete junior high and prepare to enter high school. This year will present many opportunities to challenge yourself and to grow as a student and as a person.

Our work in this class will be rigorous and rewarding, but I promise that the goals are attainable and that you will find that your hard work is rewarded with success! I will be available to help you both during class and after school.  As with many things in your life, you will get the most out of this class if you commit to giving it your very best effort.

Our number one goal is to prepare you for success in high school and beyond.  To accomplish that, I will expect you to work with me to find enjoyable and interesting reading materials for you to use to expand your vocabulary and reading fluency.  The 8th Grade ELA team makes a concerted effort not to assign extensive homework so that students have time to allocate to reading EVERY DAY for at least 20 minutes.  Research is clear that increased reading practice leads to increased reading comprehension. Gaining the skills necessary for achievement in ELA will yield benefits in all other academic courses as well as in the navigation of life outside the classroom.

We will follow the 8th Grade Common Core State Standards for Language Arts. All school and district policies will be followed in my classroom, details of which may be found in the Biloxi Junior High Student Handbook.  It is important for 8th grade students to take responsibility for their coursework, and I commit to making every effort to keep you informed of assignments and activities in our classroom.  My primary method of communication is e-mail; I will send weekly assignment and reminders. I will also use the Remind phone app for communication.

I am so excited to share this school year with you!  Please stay in touch with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year.