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Phone: 914-376-8335


Degrees and Certifications:

BA - English MS - Teaching Certifications: English 7-12; Reading K-12; Elementary N-6; Gifted and Talented N-12

Ms. Havranek

Phone:  (914) 376-8335


Course Summary: The Yonkers Public Schools English Language Arts curriculum is based on the New York State Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.  Concepts and themes include exploring challenges, family portraits, self-discovery, relationships, justice and conflict.  Through reading, writing, listening and speaking opportunities, students will review prior knowledge and explore (in more depth) novels, letter writing, a broad variety of literary genres and increase their vocabulary for greater comprehension. 

 Tests and Materials: Students should have one marble notebook used for ELA only.  Students will be given a “Works in Progress” folder which stays in the classroom.   Students must have a 2-pocket folder to carry work and information to and from school.  Students should have a good collegiate dictionary, a thesaurus and loose leaf paper at home for vocabulary homework.  Vocabulary/Spelling quizzes are given every Friday.  Other quizzes are given as work is completed.  The NY State ELA Assessment will be given March 29-31, 2022. Students are expected to come to class on time and prepared with pencils, black or dark blue ink pens and appropriate notebooks every day.  All submitted work is to be written on looseleaf paper, in pen only.

 Instructor’s Expectations:   Students are required to:  complete all homework and class assignments, as well as special projects assigned for both in-school and home completion, submit book reports (book reports are due every other Monday), and adhere to the classroom rules of behavior, respect, safety, responsibility, appropriate language and courtesy.

 Grading Criteria: Points are assigned to: homework, tests/quizzes, class work/ behavior, class assignments, projects, and book reports, civics, cooperation, respect, working on task, preparedness for class, etc.

  All students are expected to hand in work that is neat and on time, written in ink, with the required heading. 

 Homework: At the very minimum all students are to read at least 20 pages of a book each day (Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. and Fri.)and submit book reports every two weeks on the correct form and complete the vocabulary homework assigned for every:

Monday (definitions and parts of speech),

Tuesday (in ABC order, in syllables),

Wednesday (3 synonyms) 

Thursday (3 antonyms and study for the quiz);

Additional homework will be assigned when warranted.  Late homework will lose 50% of points possible. 

 Absences: If students are absent it is their responsibility to make up work and hand it in within 24 hours of their return.  Students are responsible for any notes/assignments given during their absence.