805-688-6487, Ext. #2346
Summer Contact: June & August by email: dsiegal@SYVUHSD.ORG.
Please allow 3-4 days response time. I will be unavailable during July.
Regular Office Hours for 2013-2014:
Wed. + Fri. 3:15-4:15
ATTENTION INCOMING HONORS FRESHMAN: In case you did not receive the summer reading letter in the mail, here it is. Even though I love the lazy days of summer (who doesn't?), by the middle of August, I know I'll be looking forward to meeting you all and and starting another full and and fabulous year.WELCOME!
Dear Incoming Honors Freshman:
Congratulations on your eighth grade graduation and welcometo Santa Ynez High School! This letter confirms you have registered for Honors English 1. Your first assignment is to participate in a summer reading program to enrich your learning experience during the year. This summer, the assignments for incoming ninth graders are TheOnce and Future King by T H White and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
Please respond to the reading by generating six single-sided, handwritten pages of notes for each novel. Some strategies for creating notes are on the back of this letter. The notes can have any format as long as they help you organize character, setting, conflict, and theme; avoid recording plot summary only. The notes are your own ideas, not information from other sources. Please bring your notes to our first class session. You will use them as a resource for both a discussion and an essay.
Please understand that this letter is only an acknowledgement that you have registered for the honors level. Our guidance staff will spend the summer reviewing the prerequisites to ensure that this is the best placement for you. Completing the summer reading does not guarantee your placement in honors. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact Mrs. Shaw in the guidance office.
In addition to supplementing your studies during the school year, the summer reading is an opportunity to measure your own fit for this level of rigor. To be successful at the honors level, students must first have an aptitude for reading, writing and thinking; just as important is an attitude of intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning. These qualities will become evident as you approach your summer reading task. If you feel unable to handle the material confidently, we urge you to re-consider the honors placement. To get a strong start in high school, it is essential that you have the correct level in English. The work should be challenging, but not overwhelming. The honors track is still an option in subsequent years for students who maintain an A or B at the college prep level. It is natural for some students to need a year or two to gain the maturity necessary to be successful in a self-directed, fast-paced learning environment.
If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Siegal at school or call 688-6487 x 2346. We look forward to working with you next year.
Diane Siegal Melanie Dickey
Use various strategies throughout your note-taking. Pick a strategy that is most useful to assist you in remembering and locating the key events from the chapter (or section). The font is very small here, but I was able to zoom in and read it. If you are unable to read it, there are print copies available in the guidance office.
The font is very small here, but I was able to zoom in and read it. If you are unable to read it, there are print copies available in the guidance office.
ATTENTION JUNIORS General Communications: If you have any questions or comments, I check my school email regularly and my phone extension is 2346. I post grades alternately on the parent portal about every 7 days and in the classroom every other7 days. I'm easily accessible through the school email, which is the best way to schedule a conference if you want some solid, uninterrupted time after classes on Wednesdays or Fridays.