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Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.

                                                         Virtual Instruction - Mondays 9:00 - 10:30am
                                                         Virtual Office Hours - Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:30pm

ESOL Teacher Contact - Ms. Goodison;

Digital Reading Support

Immersive Readers is a reading tool built into all Microsoft applications (Microsoft Edge, Word, Outlook) that offers decoding and fluency support for those who may struggle with reading. When using this tool, students are able to:
1. Change the font size, text spacing, and background color
2. Split words into syllables
3. Highlight verbs, nouns, adjectives, and clauses
4. Choose between fonts to help with reading
5. Have text read aloud to them at various speeds they choose

Click on the link Special Education Learning Resources to find a list of reading resources provided by the Prince William County Office of Special Education. 

June 8, 2020
This is it, the last assignment of the year. I emailed you the assignment and posted in in the files and documents folder. Good luck and have fun with the assignment. 

This summer, please keep reading. I know that the libraries are closed, but you have access to online books. Remember that everyday is an opportunity to learn something new, so always be open to that. I am very proud of all of you and will miss you all greatly. Have a safe summer and congratulations on finishing your first year of middle school, despite the craziness it ended with. You are all intelligent brilliant individuals and can achieve anything you decide to with hard work and dedication. 

June 1, 2020
I sent the assignment instructions for this week's lesson via email. Students are required to use their imagination to plan a trip to an exotic location in the world. With just a couple of weeks left, I want to give the students something fun and different to work on. As stated in the email, I have posted the answer sheet in the files and document folder.  If you have any questions please email me anytime. 

May 18, 2020
This week we will have a digital breakout room as review for what you have learned throughout the year. Students can find the link and information about the assignment under the useful links tab on this webpage or find the assignment on Microsoft Teams. I will be available via email and Teams on Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm to help with the assignment. In addition, students will work on completing their conclusion paragraph for the essay they have been writing. This assignment can be found under files and documents in the folder labeled Virtual Instruction.  Have fun with the digital breakout room and remember to stay safe and be well!

May 11, 2020

This week's Language Arts lesson is a review on Figurative Language and Verb Tense. Students are continuing to draft their expository essays as well, working on their body paragraphs. The assignment sheet can be found under the files and documents tab in a folder labeled Virtual Instruction. 

I will be assigning practice activities on Study Island for continual review of concepts. I also want to remind students that they can continue working on Read Theory and Lexia (those who have accounts) for extra practice. Remember to email me with any questions anytime, but especially during my office hours. 

May 4, 2020
This week's Language Arts lesson is a review on Non-fiction Organizational Patterns, Dialogue, and Writing.  Students continue to have the option to upload and email me their work. The assignment can be found under the files and documents tab in a folder labeled Virtual Instruction. 

April 28, 2020
I have uploaded an example of a graphic organizer for week's planning phase of the writing process. You will find the example in the Virtual Instruction folder. 

April 27, 2020

This week's Language Arts lesson is a review on
Main Idea/Supporting Details, Compound Sentences, and writing a main idea paragraph. Students also have the option of starting the writing process for their multi-paragraph essay on any topic of their choice of a writing prompt provided to them. The assignment for this week can be found under the files and documents tab in a folder labeled Virtual Instruction. When students complete assignments, they can email them to me at for feedback. My virtual office hours are on Tuesdays from Noon - 1:30pm. Remember keep reading, keep writing, keep safe.

Reminder - Continue lessons on Lexia and Read Theory to work on reading and comprehension skills. There are also lessons on Study Island for you to complete. 

April 20, 2020

This week's Language Arts lesson is a review on  Making Inferences and Grammar. 
You can find it under the files and documents tab in a folder labeled Virtual Instruction. When students have completed the assignments of their choice, they can email them to me at My virtual office hours are on Tuesdays from Noon-1:30pm. Keep reading, keep writing, keep creative, keep safe.
I have assigned lessons on Study Island as extra practice for the week. 

April 2, 2020

I have included a link, under the "Files and Documents" tab, to calming strategies students can practice while at home. They can do these activities independently or with a family member.  

April 1, 2020

 I hope everyone is safe, well, and spending quality time with your family during this health crisis. It is now week three since we have been out of school and I hope you have figured out a routine to help you make it through day. Do not worry, soon enough I will be providing you with work to help you stay busy. Until then, you can visit the sites that I listed below or go check out the writing file I uploaded under the "Files and Documents" tab.

The first tab is called "Digital Writing Journal 2020." This has 40 writing journal responses that you can choose from and answer. You do not have to respond to one everyday and your response doesn't have to be extremely lengthy. The idea is to practice writing skills throughout the week. Be sure to choose the ones that interest you and please feel free to send me your responses for feedback! 

Know that I really do miss all of you and am wishing that you are all well and safe. If you have any questions email me at Stay safe!

March 25, 2020

In the next few days I will be uploading powerpoints of standards we have already learned as review. In addition, I have added reading applications students can use to practice their reading and comprehension skills. I have also included directions on how to get to each application. Below are a list of  resources students can use to enhance their literacy skills at this time. Many of these sites include pre-recorded lessons, videos, passages, and engaging activities on content and skills previously covered in our class. 

                                                                                 Useful Resources - This site gives students the opportunity to read passages and articles based on topics that are interesting to them and on their reading levels. Students can practice their comprehension strategies and skills by answering questions following the reading. Many articles offer the read aloud feature so an automated voice will read the passage and questions to the students. 

Study Island - This site can be accessed through Here students can work through lessons that cover concepts/skills previously taught this year. This is a great way for them to review and stay immersed in the content. 

Brain Pop - This site can be accessed through Student are able to access videos focused on a specific grade level content. After watching the video, students can assess their understanding of the content by taking quizzes or playing games. 

Scholastic - This site links to Junior Scholastic and has many different articles and activities for each day of the week. Students can also navigate through the site to find information, activities, and articles that center around topics that are interesting to them. 

ReadTheory - Students can practice their reading and comprehension skills on their independent reading levels. As students work through the program, the level of the reading passages should increase. Students will need a username and password to access this site, so please email me at for that information. 

                                                                                 How to access 
1. Go to
2. Select log-in as a student and search Rippon Middle School.
3. Log-in using your Office 365 account ( If you forgot your password, you can reset it by clicking on Password Self-Service from the Information Technology Department PWCS webpage. 

March 24, 2020

                                                                          SOLs Covered as of March 13th

6.1 The student will use effective oral communication skills in a variety of settings.
a) Listen actively and speak using appropriate discussion rules with awareness of verbal and nonverbal cues.
b) Participate as a facilitator and a contributor in a group.
c) Participate in collaborative discussions with partners building on others' ideas. 
d) Ask questions to clarify the speaker's purpose and perspective. 
e) Summarize the main points a speaker makes.
f) Summarize and evaluate group activities.
h) Evaluate own contributions to discussions.
i) Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse teams. 
j) Work respectfully with others and show value for individual contributions. 
6.3 The student will determine the purpose of media messages and examine how they are constructed.
a) Compare and contrast techniques used in a variety of media messages.
b) Identify the characteristics and effectiveness of a variety of media messages.
c) Interpret information presented in diverse media formats and explain how it contributes to the topic. 
6.4 The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts. 
a) Identify the word origins and derivations. 
b) Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.
Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.
d)   Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.
e)   Use word-reference materials.
f)   Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
6.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, and poetry.
a)   Identify the elements of narrative structure, including setting, character, plot, conflict, and theme.
b)   Describe cause and effect relationships and their impact on plot.
c)   Explain how an author uses character development to drive conflict and resolution.
d)   Differentiate between first and third person point-of-view.
f)   Draw conclusions and make inferences using the text for support.
g)   Identify the characteristics of a variety of genres.
h)   Identify and analyze the author’s use of figurative language.
i)   Compare/contrast details in literary and informational nonfiction texts.
j)   Identify transitional words and phrases that signal an author’s organizational pattern.
k)   Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.
6.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.
a)   Skim materials using text features such as type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information.
b)   Identify main idea.
c)   Summarize supporting details.
d)   Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.
e)   Draw conclusions and make inferences based on explicit and implied information.        
f)   Identify the author’s organizational pattern(s).
g)   Identify transitional words and phrases that signal an author’s organizational pattern.
h)   Differentiate between fact and opinion.
i)   Identify cause and effect relationships.
k)   Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.