Talkington, Andrea

Talkington, Andrea

Hello, my name is Mrs. Talkington and I am an Intervention Specialist. This school year, I am co-teaching Language Arts with Mrs. DiCarlo, Mrs. Gross, Mrs. Hawkins, and Mr. Lutton.
In English Language Arts! 
   This school year, I will be traveling to all ELA classrooms helping all students access the State Standards in the classroom.  Also, I will be instructing writing strategies to help all students be able to express their ideas and thougths in writing across all four curriculums; language arts, math, science, and social studies.
   This year I will be utilizing a new format called Flipped Classroom through Google Classroom.  This will give students and parents an opportunity to watch the lesson in a video format.  So, students can always access instruction to help them complete assignments from home or on the go.  All writing that I will assign will be completed through the Google Classroom sites and students will type all their writing to better prepared them for the State test and for their future. 
   The first strategy is called Formula Writing.  This is a graphic organizer that they can draw on paper whenever they need to write to brainstorm and organize their ideas.  
   The next strategy is called the Writing RACES strategy.  The word RACES is an acronym for Restating the question or prompt into a statement, Answer the question, Cite evidence from the text to support your answer, Explain your answer or give another example, and Summarize your response paragraph.  
    The last strategy is called COPS.  COPS is another acronym.  C stands for Capitalization of proper nouns, the pronoun I, and the beginning of every sentence. O means check for Organization such as topic sentence, detail sentences, and a summary sentence.  P stands for Punctuation such as correct mark at the end of a sentence and proper use of commas and apostrophes. Finally, S stands for Spelling. Students need to correctly spell all the words in the response especially if the words are in the question or passage.
 Click on "My Lesson Plans" to see current week activities.  Click on the highlighted text on the lesson plans to see what the lessons look like.
After Labor Day Weekend, we will start the program called 100 Book Challenge. This is a silent reading program that has students reading at their individual reading level.  They can complete this during their down time at school or at home.  Every student will be reading at least 2 steps (30 minutes) or up to 4 steps (60 minutes) a night. They will receive a 100 Book Challenge folder, parent letter, and log sheet. They can read their 100 Book Challenge book, a library book, weekly reading comprehension, or a combination of the above.  It is their responsibility to read and have you initial every night.  I truly believe reading for 30 minutes a night will increase your child's reading vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.  I will check students' log sheets every Monday.  They earn tickets for every step they read and the students cash in the tickets for rewards. This will start on Tuesday, September 4th!
Each week, your child will receive a weekly reading comprehension worksheet.  These will be introduced every Monday during ET.  For the first week, I will model how to complete the homework.  This will illustrate what is to be expected.  On my ET Google Classroom, the students will have the opportunity to listen to me read the passage aloud if they need help when at home completing the worksheet.  These worksheets are aligned to the sixth grade State Standards and are designed for the students to practice their knowledge in these areas independently.  These are graded for task completion and the students will receive feedback based on their work.


When your child's IEP is about to expire, they will bring home an office envelope with a parent invitation and a draft copy of the IEP. Please respond to the letter by completing the appropriate information on the parent invitation or by calling. Once we have a time set, please read the draft IEP. Feel free to write, circle, or highlight on this draft.  When we meet, we can discuss the IEP and create a document that is in the best interest of your child.
Every student must complete a blizzard bag when directed due to snow days. Please see your child's Language Arts teacher's web page to access those assignments. Your child's teacher is either Mrs. DiCarlo, Mrs. Gross, Mrs. Hawkins, or Mr. Lutton. If you have any concerns, please contact me through email or phone. See contact information to the right.
  • Tuesday, August 21st - School Begins!
  • Monday, September 3th - Labor Day - No School
  • Tuesday, Spetember 25th - Midterms Sent Home
  • Friday, October 5th - Teacher Inservice - No School
  • Monday, October 8th - Teacher Inservice - No School
  • Tuesday, October 9th - MIS Parent Teacher Conferences After School
  • Thursday, October 18th - MIS Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Friday, October 26th - Report Cards Go Home
  • Wednesday, November 21st - Monday, November 26th - Thanksgiving Break
  • Tuesday, November 27th - School Resumes
  • Friday, November 30th - Midterms Go Home
  • Friday, December 21st - Christmas Break Begins
  • Wednesday, January 2nd - Classes Resume
  • Wednesday, January 16th - Report Cards Go Home  
  • Monday, January 21th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
  • Friday, February 15th - Midterms Go Home
  • Monday, February 18th, President's Day - No School 
  • Thursday, February 21st - Parent Teacher Conferences 5-8 PM
  • Tuesday, February 26th -Parent Teacher Conferences After School
  • Friday, March 22nd - Report Cards Go Home
  • Monday, March 25th - Friday, March 29 - Spring Break - No School
  • Friday, April 19th - No School 
  • Monday, April 22nd - No School
  • Friday, April 26th - Midterms Go Home 
  • Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day - No School
  • Thursday, May 30th - Student's Last Day of School 
Students earn monthly Pizza Parties if they have positive behavior, work habbits, and good attendance!  
 26 Students earned a Pizza Party for leveling up in Reading Plus for the month of March! 
The final Pizza Party of the school year is on Friday, May 24th!
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Important Classroom News

Important Classroom News!
We had our first Pizza Party for those students who leveled up in Reading Plus! 
Our hard working students are listed below
Kiley Atkins 
Mason Bruce
Peighton Grassler
Sarah Lint 
 Next Pizza Party for leveling up in Reading Plus will be on Friday, February 1st!  So keep on READING!
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