Finding the Meaning in Eng 9

Homecoming Week was a blast!

There was a ton of school spirit and the spirit days were full of excitement dressing up for ‘Merica Monday, Through The Ages Tuesday, Meme Wednesday, Fondy Pride Thursday, and Seasons Friday.

During this busy and hectic week, freshmen in English 9 were able to accomplish quite a bit:


They read their choice novels for two Goodreads progress updates and continued to practice using our Literary Device terms. Please continue to encourage them to read at home, and, heck, share your reading with them too!


They completed Rules of Capitalization 2 on No Red Ink and demonstrated their capitalization knowledge through a NRI Post Assessment.

Short Story Unit:

We have been delving deeper into understanding the concept of Theme and creating Thematic Statements. When enjoying a story whether in a text or film format, we can and should be looking for meaning.

What message is the author trying to share? What lesson/s can we take and apply to our own lives, and why? These are the questions we have been trying to answer as we read short stories, watch short film clips, or listen to music.

As a fun extension to this, students are currently in the process of making Picture Quotes with some of the most important quotes our short stories covered so far. They are also making memes like those pictured above that relate to both our short stories and our classroom. I’m pretty excited to see those and share out the best of them this next week!

Highlight of the Week:

On Thursday, students were pretty occupied with the Pep Assembly and Homecoming activities; however, we still had work to do in class!

We watched a couple of short Pixar Clips to continue working on writing thematic statements, but the real fun happened when we moved onto a few of our favorite songs: Complicated by Avril Lavigne (don’t judge me too harshly on that choice!), Where is the Love? by The Black-Eyed Peas, and See You Again by Wiz Khalifa.

Each hour ended up into an exciting, yet off-tune, karaoke hour. I realized that you haven’t really been a high school teacher until you jam out to Complicated by Avril Lavigne with your students… Again, don’t judge us too harshly!

Parent/Teacher Conferences:

I will open up my second night of conferences on Skyward by Wednesday. As an international trip leader at FHS, I am part of a group that is trying to put together a school-wide Study Abroad Fair on the second day of Parent Conferences. On Tuesday we meet to decide how we will be staffing the fair and managing conferences at the same time.

So stay tuned! Also, if you would like to chat and can’t make a scheduled conference work, feel free to email me at so we can make a phone conference happen. No problem at all!

FHS Travel with Halter:

If your child is interested in traveling internationally, please take a look at the travel options on the home page of this website and reach out for more information on any of these opportunities.

London, England 2019

I value the powerful impact that travel can have on life and have always made it a non-negotiable in my own life as it has helped develop me into who I am today.

We do a lot of fundraising to bring the cost down as much as possible so that these opportunities can be available to every student. Please reach out if interested and stop by the Study Abroad Fair in the FHS Library/Media Center on October 23 from 3:30PM to 6:30PM.

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