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Summer Vacation

Posted by siugrad30 on June 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (39)

It's probably only me, but I'm looking forward to the upcoming school year! I hope all my former students are enjoying the start to their summer vacations! Please message me if you have any questions over the course of the summer!

End of School Year

Posted by siugrad30 on May 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Today, I will be officially closing my grading for the 2012-13 school year. I appreciate all the hard work and dedication from my peers, students, and parents during the past nine months. I wish you all the best moving forward and thank you for the memories -- good and not-so-good. 

Magazine Assignment

Posted by siugrad30 on March 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Middle School Students/Parents,


Welcome to my inaugural magazine project! English class students in the middle school will be involved in an extensive writing experience throughout the next several weeks – the Magazine Unit!


Each student will take on the role of journalist, editor, and advertiser while creating his/her own and original magazine. This writing experience will extend throughout the 4th quarter and is a compilation of your son or daughter’s work this school year.


Grades for any progress reports throughout the next several weeks will be based on the progress completion checks and deadlines, research paper submitted on April 5, and in-class assignments.


This unit allows students to be creative while developing writing, research, computer, and persuasive writing skills. Throughout this project, students will create and write a feature article, interview story, editorial, compare/contrast article, advertisements, and advice columns.


Attached to this letter you will find a very helpful timeline. This will inform you and your student of what will be taking place in class each day for the term of this project, and it will keep you informed of all “soft”. It is extremely important that students do not fall behind in their story deadlines. Anything you can do at home to help with this will be very beneficial to your student.


To begin this unit, students are asked to bring magazines to school that coincide with the magazine theme they select for their project. In addition, students need to purchase a binder/folder to store their magazine.


Please email or call me with any questions or concerns. Please sign the bottom of this sheet and return the bottom only to me by Friday, April 5. I am looking forward to an exciting learning experience for your child as we conclude the school year.



Mr. Bjorklund


Research paper

Posted by siugrad30 on March 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear St. George parents:

On April 5, 2013, your son or daughter will be submitting a research paper assigned on February 25, 2013. Over that time, we’ve discussed the importance of plagiarism, MLA citations, proper formatting, and writing techniques. The students received a copy of the rubric with very explicit details of the assignment and resource guide. I’ve also posted resource materials on my website at The reason for the message is simple. Worth 100 points, this paper is worth more than 3x the amount I typically assign for a writing paper and the reason is simple. From middle school through college, research writing plays an instrumental part in your child’s academic lives. The understanding of how to produce a well-written paper with clear thesis, information, and citations at this age will benefit them greatly over the next 9-11 years.

Saying this, I want you to know each student is responsible for submitting this assignment with a USB drive or via email based solely on my ability to run each child’s paper through a plagiarism checker. Prior to submission, I am requesting each student to check his or her own work on sites like

If my plagiarism checker returns with a score over 20% (6th grade), 18% (7th grade), and 15% (8th grade), your son or daughter will automatically receive a zero on their grade. I stress that each of your children focus on making sure they are using their own words to accurately convey their message rather than the simplistic task of copying and pasting.

If you have any questions for me, please email me at [email protected]


Midterm grades

Posted by siugrad30 on February 17, 2013 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone:

Next week, midterm grades come out for the third quarter. In your son or daughter's report card, I will be attaching a progress report and friendly letter they wrote on Valentine's Day. I am requesting that you sign the progress report and return it by Friday, March 1, 2013. This will help me know you are helping me montior your child's academic progress and behavior in my classroom.

As some of you probably noticed, I joined Remind 101 (similar to Mr. Grosso). I believe this can be a great communication tool between teachers, students, and parents. I've also updated the links.

Finally, I'm in the process of creating a account. This website will allow students to compete their in-class/homework assignments in a collaborative environment. Your child will have his or her own password unique to the classroom. Parents, I believe there is a section you can join as well.


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