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Kimberly A. Swim

 

Room: E112

 

Contact

     Email: kimberly.swim@misd.org

     Phone: (936) 276-3300

 

Conference

     7:15-8:00 a.m.

 

Tutoring

     Afternoon Availability

          by appointment only

     Morning Availability

          M/W/F      6:45am - 7:15pm

 

UIL Poetry/Prose Practice

     M/W/F: 6:45am-7:15am, E112

     M/F: 2:45pm-3:45pm, E112

 

Anime Club

     Thursdays: 6:45am-7:15am, E112

 

Kimberly Swim

Welcome to Mrs. Swim's Home Page! I received my teaching certificate from Texas Tech University and have spent the last 15 years teaching English Language Arts related courses. I am thrilled to be part of the 7th grade team here at MJH and look forward to finding the author within each of my students!

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ELA7 STUDENT FILES (must log in to Office365 with student's school account to work!)

 

TEXTBOOKS:

     Literature: Texas Treasures Literature Book (Course 2)

     Grammar: Located in ELA7 Student Files

 

STUDENT ELECTRONIC ACCESS PROGRAMS (Browser based - no installation needed!):

     Student Online Folders and Apps (Office365)

     Independent Reading Assessment (Renaissance Place)

     Kurzweil Digital Filing Cabinet

     QUIZLET: Mrs. Swim's ELA7 @ MJH

     QUIZIZZ: @mrskswim

     SCOPE Scholastic Classroom Magazine LogIn

     Classroom YouTube Channel

 

NOVELS:

     The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

     Out of the Dust (novel in verse about surviving the Dust Bowl in the Oklahoma panhandle) by Karen Hesse

     Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

     Animal Farm by George Orwell (suggested summer reading)

 

READING:

     Montgomery County Library (access Tumblebooks with free library card available at any county library!)

     Teen Ink

     Scholastic Kids

 

GRAMMAR PRACTICE:

     Grammar Bytes!

NEW READING GOALS ARE ESTABLISHED EVERY SIX WEEKS. THERE ARE NO CARRYOVERS FOR POINTS EARNED DURING PREVIOUS GRADING PERIODS.

 

 


Each six weeks, students' independent reading grade is an average of the following 2 grades:

(1) Book Goal Met: their percentage progress toward their individual points goal based on their reading levels.

(2) Test Average: the percentage of correctly answered questions on the reading comprehension quizzes.


 


Each week I may update parents on their child's progress toward the six weeks end goal through the "assignment" titled: UNGRADED Percent Progress toward Ind Reading Goal. This does not affect their grade in any way due to the way the Midpoint Goal category is set up in Gradebook.


 


The FINAL independent reading grade is 12% of students' six weeks course grade. If a student is not making progress toward their goal, that 12% can reduce a student's average by more than a letter grade and often catches parents by surprise since it is not taken as grade until the very end of the marking period. The Midpoint Goal category is a way to give parents a timely heads up on student progress before the last week when the actual grade is calculated into the course average.


Students may NOT take a semester final exam early under any circumstances. Here are our MJH procedures below for any student that misses a semester exam:
  • Any student that misses a semester exam is temporarily given a zero for the final exam grade.
  • It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the teacher after we get back from our holiday break to make-up the missed final exam.
  • All final exam make-ups are required to be completed within the first 2 weeks of the new semester.
  • The student's new grade will be sent to the school registrar.
  • Please ensure that you and your parents/guardians are aware of our procedures for missing final exams.

Thanks for helping us maintain the integrity of our assessments and consistency in our procedures.
 

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Anime Club was started two years ago by MJH students who were interested in Japanese culture, especially Japanese animation. Most people don't realize that our fascination with anime is not new. It has a long history in the U.S. starting with cartoons you might recognize from the 60's: "AstroBoy" and "Speed Racer." Most anime starts out as a printed comic called "manga."

           

While most of our members simply enjoy watching and discussing their favorite anime and manga, many of our club members are also gifted artists, writers, and voice actors who like putting together their characters and plot ideas. We hope to turn these character sketches and storyboards into our own MJH manga, and eventually animate them. Members also hope to raise enough money to attend Houston's annual JapanFest in the spring.

Our Mission

Montgomery Independent School District, with an unyielding commitment to excellence, will provide a premier academic program that recognizes the unique potential of each student and integrates the intellectual, social, cultural and physical aspects of learning.  This program will empower each student to become an eager lifelong learner committed to academic excellence, integrity, responsible citizenship and service to others.

 

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