Ms. Emily Romero » Ms. Romero

Ms. Romero

2022/2023 School Year


My name is Emily Romero and I teach ELA7 and Special Education 8. It is my 7th year teaching at ASK as a project manager & before this I was a long term substitute (& student) teacher at ASK for three years while studying for my teaching licenses. I operate from a thought and belief that learning is a lifelong, fun, and daily endeavor. I hope this will be a valuable year of learning, introspection, and growth for you! I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues and my scholars to create standards-based project learning opportunities that utilize critical & creative thinking skills. Outside of school my interests include spending time with friends & family, time in nature, relaxing/resting/recharging, arts & crafts, walking/yoga/Pilates/dancing, traveling, reading, cooking, listening to music, watching movies/tv shows, learning, and being frugal with certain things so I can splurge on others.


ELA7 (English Language Arts) focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening with individual and collaborative work. These communication skills are valuable and can be applied in many aspects and areas of life. One overarching goal is to enable scholars to communicate effectively and interpret information from a variety of modalities. Scholars will work with a variety of sources including narratives and informational text, to develop inference skills. Scholars will be challenged as they learn to read and discuss increasingly complex texts for a deeper understanding, determining the central theme and assessing the author’s point of view. Scholars will evaluate both fiction and non-fiction (informational text) to support claims with valid reasoning and evidence. Scholars will practice identifying logical fallacies & bias and think critically about non fiction writing such as current events, advertising, and research. Weekly vocabulary practice, use, and acquisition serves to support the development of all areas of communication and comprehension. Creative and artistic project based learning integrated into this class to boost literacy and comprehension while also differentiating instruction and reaching a wider range of learners. The content aligns with the common core state standards


FC (Fundamental Connections) 8 is an advisory class where we support academic success & growth, get organized with time management and study skills, and participate in DARE lessons (to prevent substance abuse through education and building self-esteem). We also learn about life skills such as financial literacy, social & emotional learning, and conflict resolution.


Classroom policies & information:


Norms for Scholars in the Classroom (Expectations during virtual teaching and learning are similar):

- Contribute positively

- Assume competency

- Think & wonder

- Use technology appropriately, respect your Manager, yourself, and others

- Respectful conversation both verbally and in the chat (no side conversations)

***one person speaks at a time

- Answer questions when called upon

- Participate actively and stay focused

- Enter class on time

- Limit distractions (&/or communicate in advance if these help you to focus; if evidence points to these not assisting focus, we will make a change)

- Complete work on time & reach out with questions

- Remember: a majority of the classwork will be in Google Classroom - use your time wisely

- Come to Wednesday FC tutoring & Friday morning tutoring if you have absences &/or are concerned about your grade or your understanding

- Dress appropriately for learning

Communication: The best way to reach me (when not during class) is by email. I will do my best to respond within 24 hours except during the weekend, when I may be away from email. My email is [email protected]

Late Work Policy: All work is due on the due date yet life does happen. If a scholar is absent, they may check google classroom and powerschool for missing work AND they are highly encouraged to email me and to come to Weds. FC tutoring or Fri. morning tutoring for guidance and small group help. One 'Amnesty' day will be offered per quarter.

Participation/Classroom Community: Classes are a community and we all contribute. We have different strengths. We are positive and supportive. Come to class prepared, ready to learn, put effort in your coursework, follow the Norms, and you will receive all of the points.

Grading: My grades are set-up using weighted categories. These are Projects/Final Drafts = 40%; Quizzes/Assessments= 40%; Classwork (which includes work done at home)/Journals/Rough Drafts = 20%. Most shorter assignments will be graded within 5 days of submission. Longer assignments will take longer to grade; essays and projects may take 1-3 weeks to grade.

Revisions and Low Quiz Grades: Most classwork/homework can be revised for a higher grade (up to 100 if on-time; up to 70 if late). For quizzes, one may request an independent research OR creative writing project or to earn back points. Please make these requests via email and I will send you the guidelines. These must be requested and completed before the last week of each quarter.

Absences: Most assignments will originate through Google Classroom. That is the first place you should check to see what is due. Complete the assignment and turn it in. It may be helpful for you to email me to let me know that you are going to be absent and that you are checking for work that is due. Communicate with me and we can work it out.

Missed Quizzes: Reminder: If you miss a quiz due to being absent, you need to come to tutoring on Friday that week OR take the quiz during the next time your class period meets. Please ASK me for the quiz at either of those times and I will share the link with you. If you do not ASK me for the quiz at either of those two times, the zero will remain. Please study and practice in advance (see the 'Vocab. Practice' Section under 'Classwork' in Google Classroom). Email me if you cannot find these materials and I will help you. The honor code continues to be in effect during online quizzes; do your best unassisted.

Cell Phone or other electronic devices not related to our class: In general, please keep devices in your pocket or backpack and on vibrate or silent. There will be days where we will use these devices, but it will not be everyday and I will let you know. If a scholar repeatedly uses their phone when it is not necessary and it is distracting themselves or other scholars, they will be asked to put it away. If they persist and get to three (3) warnings, the phone will be sent to the front office labeled with their name to be picked up at 4pm from Ms. Mary Lou. If this happens more than one time, they will be written up and assigned lunch detention. Parents & Guardians: The classroom extension is 109. Please call the main campus phone line and ask to be transferred if you need to speak with your scholar during class. Thank you.


Be respectful, professional, and prepared. Appreciate & celebrate our strengths & differences! 


The First Month: The first month will likely include a fair amount of work on paper (old school) as scholar chrome books are being distributed. If you struggle with handwriting, please let me know and we can work out an email option.


Classwork, Homework, & Projects: Weekly, there will be vocabulary (&/or grammar/usage) quizzes on Thursdays. Study materials will be given on Monday or Tuesday in class. We will practice pronunciation, definitions, and using these words in context. Studying at home is an expectation. There will be daily or regular reflection or reading journals (please see Independent Reading Practice below) and periodic entrance & exit tickets, classwork, papers, and projects to complete, with time and effort inside & outside of class. Project based learning will happen approx. 1x/month. When we are reading a novel, there will be reading to complete outside of class. When available, a link to the online PDF of the current novel we will be reading can be found in the 'Classwork' tab on Google Classroom under the novel's name. I appreciate and welcome scholar ideas for assignments & projects (think creative & with a learning challenge): these are some of the best ideas!

Independent Reading & Sustained Silent Reading: Scholars are expected to complete 20 minutes (or more) of independent reading daily or nightly with an expectation of 140 minutes (or more) a week in addition to their classwork. You can read more than 20 min. daily but you still have to read everyday (7 days/wk.). When we are reading a novel as a class (The Outsiders &/or Coraline, for example), it comes first. After that reading, you are free to choose what you read as long as it is appropriate for school (it can be a novel. blog, comic book, news, info. about a topic of interest, etc.), to read outside of your reading/grade level, to re-read, and to change your mind. There will occasionally be classwork and journals related to independent reading. At the end of each semester, we may also do project based learning connected to these books if the schedule allows. These will be posted in google classroom and due by 11:59 pm as many scholars have after school commitments. During class, there may be time to complete these and often we will do a reading practice called Sustained Silent Reading. This gives us all a chance to individually connect with the book and to transition into being fully present in the learning space in a positive way. Occasionally, we may utilize audio books and if these help you, please pair them with your independent reading! If you need to use headphones in class to do this, communicate first please.

*If you want to become more a confident speaker and more adept at reading aloud, I strongly recommend that you do your reading practice out loud. Look up the way to pronounce words that you get stuck on. You can also do this with me during Wednesday FC Tutoring &/or Friday Tutoring. :)
**Scholars are welcome to check out books from my classroom library in addition to the three novels we will read as a class. I have series novels, graphic novels, poetry, non-fiction, the list goes on!


Plagiarism: Plagiarism (copying work from another scholar, a source, a website, a book, etc. and passing it off as your own) is a serious offense.  The assignment will be entered as a zero in the grade book, a referral will be written, and a phone call or email home will be made. We will practice giving credit where credit is due & we will practice how to cite and use evidence. You are not alone in learning how to do this.


Assignment/Product Expectations:

Scholars are expected to produce high quality, thoughtful work that shows evidence of the time given. As a Project Manager, I will return work to be re-done if the work does not meet ASK standards of excellence. Please read the directions and answer the questions. Homework will be assigned as necessary; however, work not completed in class will be assigned as homework. Penalties will be assessed on late work. It is the responsibility of the scholar to make arrangements to turn in assignments/products if an absence occurs. Any missed test/quiz will be taken on the day the scholar returns or in support hour. It is the responsibility of the scholar to be prepared for the test/quiz upon return.


No extra credit is offered, however, scholars may work with me in tutoring (Wednesdays during FC class & Fridays from 8-10am) to revise classwork, as allowed. There are no quiz retakes however scholars may request an independent creative writing or research project to complete and earn back points. Please make these requests via email and I will send you the guidelines. These must be requested and completed before the last week of each quarter.


Grading: The grading scale will follow the ASK Academy standards: A+ = 96-100 % A = 90-95 % B = 80-89 % C = 70-79 % N/C = Below 70 %


Evaluation per semester (makes up semester grade):

1st quarter                                                    40%

2nd quarter                                                    40%

Final exam grade                                         20%


Supply List Items for ELA7 2022/23:

Classroom supplies that we will all use ; Please label with scholar name, thank you! 

  • Clorox wipes (1 or multipack, if possible)
  • Facial tissues (1 or multipack, if possible)

Individual supplies (1 per scholar ; If you are unable to purchase these novels (3), please let me know via email Before we begin reading: approx. Sept. 1 for the first novel) ; Keep these and label them with your full name & class period. Thank you ! :

  • One 3 subject notebook of any type and style (or 3 one subject notebooks of any type) or loose leaf paper in a small binder 
  • One durable 2 pocket folder
  • Index Cards for making vocabulary flashcards (approx. 300; 20 per week)
  • The Outsiders by SE Hinton (paperback book; new or used in good condition)
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman (paperback book; new or used in good condition)
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card  (paperback book; new or used in good condition)

Items to be used across many classes including ELA7 that can be reused from last year/home: 

  • Colored pencils and small hand sharpener
  • Colored markers (thin or broad)
  • Pencils (#2 wood or mechanical)
  • Black pens
  • Glue sticks
  • Sticky notes
  • Highlighters
  • Office supplies that help your scholar stay organized

Wish list items that would be appreciated as classroom donations; Please include your scholars name if donating & thank you!: 

  • Thank you cards or packs of blank cards
  • Forever stamps
  • Colorful washi tape
  • Fun stamps & ink pads
  • Packs of tissue boxes
  • Packs of table wipes
  • Packs of sticky notes (any size welcome!)
  • Packs of index cards (any size/style)
  • Packs of #2 pencils (wood or mechanical) 
  • Packs of fine point and regular Sharpies (black & any color!)
  • Pencil cases/bags
  • One subject notebooks or composition books
  • Heavy duty 2 pocket folders
  • Air dry clay
  • Green fake plants to make the classroom welcoming
  • Expo whiteboard cleaner & markers
  • Gift certificates to Amazon, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree, etc. for supplies and books
  • Extra paperback copies of the three novels to share with scholars who need them: The Outsiders, Coraline, & Ender’s Game

 Thank you!


Supply List Items for FC: 

  • One subject notebook of any style
  • One heavy duty 2 pocket folder
  • Box of Tissues - Please!
  • Clorox (or other anti-bac) Wipes - Please!
  • Thank you!