Upcoming Reading Counts Deadlines

Hi everyone!


Here are the following Reading Counts deadlines for semester #2:

Quarter 3:

January 23rd, 2019

February 13th, 2019

March 6th, 2019

Quarter 4:

March 27th, 2019

April 24th, 2019

May 15th, 2019


*I will not be giving Reading Counts extensions this semester, so please make sure you’re READING DAILY and staying on top of the above deadlines! Additionally, make sure you’re reading books on/ above a MIDDLE SCHOOL lexile level!


Thank you, and let’s make it a great semester! 🙂


Ms. Weitz

Study Guide for the End-Of-Unit- Benchmark Assessment

Hello all!!

5 days until Winter Break- WAHOO 🙂


*Reading Counts deadline is 12/19 at 4:15 PM. We will be in the Media Center the day before (12/18) to take the Reading Counts quiz as well as to check out a book (or two) to read over the break! Please make sure you are checking out books around your lexile level (or higher); challenge yourselves!! Additionally, if you score lower than a 70%, please retake the R.C. quiz BEFORE 4:15 on 12/19!

*Complete a Reading Log over Winter Break for extra credit (but this is not mandatory)! This Reading Log will replace a low Reading Log grade or another low grade in the “Formative” category! I will collect these COMPLETED Reading Logs when you return on Monday, 1/7- NO LATER!! You have over 2 weeks to complete this for extra credit!

*The End-Of-Unit-1 Benchmark Assessment will be THIS Wednesday, 12/19! It is comprised of 40 multiple-choice questions and covers Author’s Purpose, Setting, Tone, Mood, Theme and Diction. I will give all students the study guide in class today (12/17), as well as attach a copy on this blog. PLEASE REVIEW/ STUDY THE STUDY GUIDE TO PREPARE FOR THIS ASSESSMENT! This assessment will fall under the “Summative” category in Synergy (50%).

Students- please email me ANY questions/ concerns you may have before Wednesday’s assessment so that I can clarify any confusion!

Also, Binder/ Materials Check will be one day this week, so as always, BE PREPARED AND ORGANIZED! We will spend Thursday and Friday (half days) purging papers/ items we won’t need going into the second semester!


Please study the attached document, and as always, email me if you have any questions/ need any clarification!


Ms. Weitz 🙂


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Extra Credit

Hey kiddos!


Remember: for extra credit, rewrite the following memo in the format of an (informal) email, making sure to convey a friendly tone! Remember to include a greeting and closing! Be sure to write your full name and date on your paper! 🙂



March 23rd

To: Todd Barker, Director of Facilities Management

From: Maria Furtado, Human Resources

RE: Changing from polyfoam products to paper in the company cafeteria


I am an employee of this company in the human resources department. I am writing with regard to the polyfoam that is currently being used as trays, bowls, and plates in the cafeteria. I suggest that we switch from polyfoam to paper.

By switching from polyfoam to paper we would be helping the environment, thereby eliminating unnecessary litter in our waste disposal site. Paper is recyclable; polyfoam is not. Also, paper products are less expensive than polyfoam, thereby saving the company a lot of money.

Please consider my proposal for switching from polyfoam products to paper products in the company cafeteria. I can be reached at extension 2431.

Thank you very much.

Reading Counts

Hey all!


This is just a reminder that the Reading Counts deadlines are on the following dates (for Quarter 2):


October 30th

November 29th

December 18th


I will take all classes to the media center tomorrow (Friday, 10/26) to take their first (and hopefully only) Reading Counts Quiz! If you fail, please re-take on your own time sometime next Monday or Tuesday. The due date for the first Reading Counts is next Tuesday, October 30th! If you need an extension for whatever reason, please talk to me privately.


Additionally, this is just a reminder that all Reading Logs are due EACH Monday for the maximum grade of 100. I deduct 10 points for each day they’re submitted late. Please read for 30 minutes each evening and complete your 2-3 complete sentence summary/ reflections! Watch for proper grammar and punctuation!

Do not forget: put your FULL name and date on everything you receive from me!

As always, please email me if you have any questions or concerns!! 🙂


Ms. Weitz


Study Guide #2 for Mid-Unit 1 Benchmark on 10/16 and 10/17

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Good afternoon, students!

1.) Please see both attached documents! Both attachments are a part of Study Guide #2 (two different/ separate parts)!

2.) Write down ANY questions you have while studying tonight, and I will answer any/ all questions before our Mid-Unit 1 Benchmark Test tomorrow and Wednesday!

3.) Don’t forget- class parties on Thursday! Please sign-up for/ bring dessert goodies by Thursday morning! Remember: nothing containing nuts or cranberries! 🙂

4.) Reading Counts due dates for Quarter 2: October 30th, November 29th, December 18th

*I will take all of my classes to the Media Center a week before each R.C. deadline to take their first (and hopefully only) Reading Counts Quizzes! If you fail, you must retake on your own time BEFORE the deadline dates!

5.) Anything we’ve learned about/ discussed in class (thus far) is FAIR GAME to be on the Mid-Unit 1 Benchmark Test. 


Thanks, and happy studying! 🙂


See you all tomorrow! And if you haven’t already, please submit your weekly reading logs ASAP!


Ms. Weitz

Conference Week 10/15/18 – 10/19/18

Good morning, parents!


Please click on the following link and sign-up for open time slots to meet with me during conference week!

Reminder: if you cannot make it in person, I am happy to schedule phone conferences as well! 🙂




Please email me w/ any questions you may have!




Alissa Weitz



Reading Log


I have attached a copy of the required Reading Log that is due at the beginning of class on Monday each week! Ten points off for every day it is late!


Students- be sure to write 2-3 complete sentences (that are grammatically correct) for each summary/ reflection, and be mindful of proper capitalization/ punctuation usage!


Please email me if you have any questions!





Ms. Weitz 🙂


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8th Grade Reading Classes

Hi everyone!!

We will be using The Reader’s Journey student textbook this year, in addition to NewsELA articles (current event articles)! If students are absent, they know it’s their responsibility to ask me for make-up work/ assignments!

If there are any questions at ANY time, please don’t hesitate to email me: Alissa.Weitz@cobbk12.org

Also, please refer to my syllabus/ grading system if there are any questions or concerns:


Grading in my class is weighted as follows:

  • Summatives (major tests, projects):  50%
  • Formatives (quizzes, journals, portfolios, classwork, ticket-out-the-doors, etc.):  40%
  • Reading Counts, homework, binder/ material checks: 10%


Let’s have a great year!! 🙂





Updated Grading System

Just an FYI: the following is how I will grade all future assignments:

  • Summatives (major tests, projects): 50%  
  • Formatives (quizzes, journals, portfolios, classwork, ticket-out-the-doors, etc.): 40% 
  • Reading Counts, homework, binder/ material checks: 10%


  • Homework every night – read 30 minutes a day! 
  • Get parents or guardians to sign/ initial your logs! 🙂 I will collect weekly reading logs each Monday at the very beginning of class!


Me Bag Project and Weekly Reading Logs

*The “Me Bag” project is due this Friday, August 17th. Please review the rubric on the back of the two-sided sheet to see exactly how I’ll be scoring each project/ presentation! Be as creative as possible!

*Additionally, students are responsible for reading their independent reading book(s) for at least 30 minutes each night. Parents/ guardians: please sign or initial their reading logs each night, indicating that your child has read for the required amount of time. I will be collecting reading logs every Monday morning at the beginning of class.

Let’s have a great and productive 2018-2019 school year!


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