November 5, 7-16

Hello Wildcat Families,

I know , I know it has been a while. However, our Reading Connections class has been hard at work  with the following practices:

Reading, Reading and Writing. We have finished part 1 of Unit 1 and have taken the Unit 1  Interim Assessment on Central Idea & Details, Summarizing, Affixes, Context Clues, Vocabulary and Writing (Summaries and Informative Paragraphs) which will  be displayed on the boards of our classroom and hallway. The theme of this unit is Social Activism – “Stand-Up,” and we will continue this theme in Part 2 with two non-fiction texts about Child Slavery and a Langston Hughes Poem called,  “I Dream A World,”  which we will analyze and dig deeper into the meaning of the words and phrases in the poem, In addition, we will compare and contrast the Poem with the activist articles we read in Part 1.

We will continue the unit with writing a 5 paragraph essay utilizing the elements of an Informative paragraph and summarizing strategies we have learned. Finally we will take an end of the unit assessment and if time permits create a project.

Note: This is an overview of what we will be doing in the intervention  reading program called, Read 180 Universal in the 7th and 8th grades.  Our Rotations- Whole group, Small group , Independent reading,  and Computer Software is ongoing.

All of my sixth grade students are in the intervention phonics program called, System 44 and the focus is on computer  phonics software with correlating practice pages and System 44 books and digital E-books. Students spend 15 to 20 minutes a day on the computer reviewing sight words, word families, and decoding. They also record the sounds and words they learn in the topic segments to increase their fluency. Practice is the key in this program, and these students are working hard to increase their Lexile scores.

Please remember that Tuesday, November 6th is a Professional work day for the teachers and students are out of school.

Please remember that the Homework in this class is to have your child to read something they enjoy for 30 minutes each day. Also feel free to read to them as well. I look forward to communicating with you again after the Thanksgiving break.

Enjoy the Holidays . Feel free to contact me by e-mail if you have any concerns.

Mrs. Aaron, Read 180/System 44

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Hello Wildcat families,

Our students have been very busy choosing appropriate books for independent reading, working in the  Read 180U or System 44  software , learning new vocabulary, and studying in our Whole group lessons  (Workshop 1) the concepts of social justice and activism.

I have given each student a URL address to access the e-book, e-reads and audio book portion of the software. I am asking them to read a book that they have already chosen, and to go on this website and read  it at home.

This reading will be due on  Friday, September 21st for the System 44 e-books; and on Monday, October 1st for the Read 180 e-books.

The following is the URL address: You should download a free Flash Player app if your child is using a smart phone to access this website

If your child does not have access to any technology  (smart phone, or computer ) they know that they can sign out a book from my classroom.

Please help your child to access the website  above and begin to read and take the quiz in the activities tab. This is their first homework reading assignment. Students are reading everyday in my class but should also be reading for 20 to 30 minutes at home as well.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs. Carol Aaron, Reading Connections

Griffin MS

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August 16th, 2018

Hello Parents, and Welcome to Read 180/ System 44,

My name is Mrs. Carol Aaron.  I have been enjoying teaching since 1998 and have taught at Griffin since 2002. I love getting to know your children so that we can read and learn together.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns about your child.

Preferred Contact:  [email protected]

Take a look around the room, take a hand-out and have your child explain what we have been working on.

Thank you for coming in and for your continued support.

“Reading is a conversation. All Books talk. But a good book listens as well.” Mark Haddon

August 13-17th, 2018

Hello Wildcat Families,

Please be reminded that 6th grade Open House is tomorrow, Tuesday, August [email protected] 7 PM.

I hope to see many of you in our classroom – Room 2120. I would love to meet you, and you can then  see some of the activities going on in our Reading Connections class.

Please come in and look around the room at your student’s mini projects and pick up a welcome letter and a copy of our Syllabus if your student did not make it home with one.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Mrs. Carol Aaron,

Reading Connections


August 1st-10th, 2018

Welcome Wildcat Families,

For those of you returning, Welcome back to the 2018/19 school year, and for all of the 6th graders I also welcome you to your new school. Be Here, Be Great, Be Griffin! I’m excited to start our reading journeys together.

Our class is a reading class that lasts all year to help each student to grow and flourish in reading, and hopefully learn to love reading because it is fundamental, and essential to all of the other subject areas, as well as to your life.

Our first couple of weeks in the new Read 180 Universal program is as follows:

August 1-6th:

Exploring Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset

Creating a Mindset Poster

Mindset Survey: To determine where you are.

August 7-10:

Introduction to Read 180/System 44  and Growth Mindset for 6th graders

Rules and Rituals for the classroom

Procedures  and Practice for Read 180 Rotations

Book Pass for Independent Reading

Folders, Assigned Seats Texts and Logs distributed

Note: The Read 180/System 44 Syllabus will be given out on Tuesday, August 7th,  to 7th and 8th grades.Please read and review it with your students and return it to me no later than Thursday, August 9th.

The syllabus for 6th grade will be sent out on Friday, August, 10th and please have your students return it no later than Tuesday,August 14th.

Daily Homework: Please support your students in reading something they have interest in, and enjoy for 20 to 30 minutes daily.

Supplies Needed:

1 pack of loose leaf paper, pencils, pen

earbuds for i-pad use

1 box of kleenex

1 bottle of hand sanitizer


Thank you for all of your support and I look forward to teaching and learning with your children.

Mrs. Carol Aaron,

Reading Connections

Preferred contact: [email protected]


Feb. 26-March 9th, 2018

Hello, Wildcat Families,

I hope that each of you enjoyed a wonderful winter break.

The Read 180, and System 44 classes will be picking up right where we left off before the break.

For the next 2 weeks – The students will:

Continue Rotations,  Reading, Writing and  working in the Computer software in either the  Read 180 program or the System 44 (phonics) program according to their need.

7th grade will continue working in Workshop 7 and will focus on  Cause and Effect,the elements of writing a an Argument Essay; Conventions- Subject and Object pronouns and Double Negatives.

8th grade will continue working in Workshop 3 in a different basil reader called the Flex book and will focus on Story Elements, and the elements of a Literary Analysis; Conventions- Run-on Sentences and Correct word order

6th grade will continue working in Workshop 3 and will focus on Story Elements, and the elements of a Literary Analysis; Conventions- Run-on Sentences and Correct word order.  (This is the same as 8th grade but different text).

This coming week is Read Across America week. Please be sure that your children are reading what they are interested in every day while they are at home.

Looking forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or concerns,

Mrs. C. Aaron

Jan. 3-17th, 2018

Happy New Year, Wildcat Families,

I hope that each of you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season.

The Read 180, and System 44 classes will be picking up right where we left off before Christmas.

For the next 2 weeks – The students will:

Continue Rotations,  Reading, Writing and  working in the Computer software in either the  Read 180 program or the System 44 (phonics) program according to their need.

7th grade will continue working in Workshop 6 and will focus on the elements of writing a Literary Analysis, and Conventions: Subject/Verb agreement.

8th grade will continue working in Workshop 9 and will focus on the  elements, purpose and form of a Research paper, and Conventions:Adjectives that compare and sentence fragments.

6th grade will continue working in Workshop 2 and will focus on the elements  and form of a Narrative paragraph, and Conventions: Correct Capitalization and sentence fragments.

Looking forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or concerns,

Mrs. C. Aaron

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November 13-17, 2017

Hello Wildcat Families,

Read 180/System 44 classes are moving right along with all of our Rotations. We have started our New Workshops and most of the students are ready to begin new chapter books for this next quarter. Some students still need to complete their books from the last quarter but they are Reading daily to catch up.

Please check out the information below that may be helpful to your families during this Thanksgiving Holiday:

Have a wonderful Holiday,

Mrs. Carol Aaron

Dear Neighbor,

Here at Life Church we know that the day to day struggles can be very overwhelming, especially during the holiday season. We would be honored to supply you and your family with a free bag of groceries on Saturday December 16, 2017. Also, during that time we will have free hot chocolate, games, music and prizes here at the church! So, please bring your family!

If this is something you and your family would like to attend, please send an email to [email protected], with your first and last name and which school your child or children attend or call (770) 435-5478.

We want to make sure that we have plenty of groceries for each family so we need to know if you are able to make it by; December 1, 2017!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you. We cannot wait to meet you and your family.

God Bless You

En Espanol:

Aquí en Life Church sabemos que las luchas cotidianas pueden ser muy abrumadoras, especialmente durante la temporada de vacaciones. Tendremos el honor de proporcionarle a usted y su familia una bolsa de comestibles gratis el sábado 16 de diciembre de 2017. Además, durante ese tiempo tendremos chocolate caliente gratis, juegos, música y premios aquí en la iglesia. Invita su familia!

Si esto es algo a lo que usted y su familia desean asistir, envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected], con su nombre y apellido y a qué escuela asisten sus hijos o niños, o llame al (770) 435-5478.

Queremos asegurarnos de tener suficientes alimentos para cada familia, así que necesitamos saber si puede hacerlo antes del 1 de diciembre de 2017.

Muchas gracias por la oportunidad de servirle. Somos muy emocionado para conocerlo a usted y su familia.

Dios te bendiga


Pastor Osbon and Staff at Life Church Smyrna


Pastor Osbon and Staff at Life Church Smyrna


Where: Life Church Smyrna

4100 King Springs Rd Smyrna, GA 30082

When:  Saturday December 16, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.





October 30-Nov.3, 2017

Hi Wildcats,

This weeks focus will be to review reading skills missed on the rskills test on Monday and Tuesday along with Rotations.

We will begin new workshops in each grade level on Wednesday:

7th gr. – Workshop 6, Poe: The Master of Horror- 2 Readings- The Fall of the House of Usher and a Poem by Jack Prelutsky- The Haunted House (poem)

8th gr.- Workshop 9, The Streets of Harlem – 3 Readings – Heartbeat of Harlem, from Bad Boy, Langston Hughes’s Harlem (poem)

6th gr. – Workshop 2, When Disaster Strikes- 3 Readings – Struck By Lightening, A Mountain on Fire, Hurricanes: The Monster Storms

The introductions always begin with an Anchor Video that introduces vocabulary and background knowledge in a short overview of the readings.

The work continues…

Please remember to have your children READ SOMETHING THEY ENJOY EVERY DAY !

Mrs. C.Aaron


October 23-27, 2017

Hello Wildcat Families,

We are now finished with conferences and I hope that each of you have visited with your child’s teacher and learned more about our school and our clubs and programs.

This week is Red Ribbon Week and each day we have a different event that can be found on Griffin’s website. Please be sure to take a look so that your child can participate  in this Drug Free activity all week.

Our focus in Read 180 is to continue our reading and projects which were interrupted by end of workshop testing and early release days.

We will continue with testing in the even classes and continue with projects for each grade level this week. We will also discuss and practice those skills that were missed most on the workshop tests.

Please click on the links  (in blue) below for Read 180 and also for System 44 books. Students will use their lunch number for their username and password

Middle School:

READ 180 NG My Reading (eBooks / eReads):

System 44 NG eBooks:

Mrs. C.Aaron