Alex M. Martino

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Mrs. Styx

7th and 8th Grade
Life Skills and Reading Seminar
Liberty and Martino Jr. Highs

WELCOME TO Reading Seminar 8!


Teacher: Mrs. Styx   

Email: astyx@nlsd122.org




The Reading Seminar curriculum focuses on the acquisition of vocabulary and the mastery of basic reading skills as applied to nonfiction.


Where traditional language arts classes focus primarily on the analysis of literary elements and comprehension of fictional novels and short stories, Reading Seminar classes focus on understanding and interpreting nonfiction materials such as essays, editorials, reviews, and magazine and newspaper articles.


The goal of the Reading Seminar class is to improve all students’ reading comprehension by identifying and applying the Notice & Note reading signposts which include: Extreme and Absolute Language, Word Gaps, Contrasts and Contradictions, Numbers and Statistics, and Quoted Words.


Reading Seminar is a class that meets every other day.  Students may not have the same teacher for Reading Seminar as they have for language arts class.


Students will be tested on one unit at a time in their Wordly Wise vocabulary books.


 Students will be given a Wordly Wise vocabulary book, and articles and text discussed in class can often be accessed through Google Classroom.


 Students should expect some homework if the assignment is not completed during class.


 Studying for vocabulary tests will be the primary homework focus for students outside of class.  The tests are challenging, and students are expected to study their vocabulary definition worksheet.



In this class, you will be graded according to expectations given to you at the start of each assignment and through your performance on assessments (tests, quizzes, assignments, etc).




Absent/Missing/Late Work Policy

- If you are absent the day an assessment, test, or quiz is given or a project is due, you will be expected to do it or submit it the day you return to class. *** You are responsible for your own work. When you miss class, YOU should reach out to ME to find out what you missed while you were away.


  • If you are absent the day an assessment is announced, please see me.

  • I will follow school policy, but in some cases, I may accept and grade any missing and late work and you will receive credit as long as the current trimester grading period is still open- don’t leave missing work missing!

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. If a student is found to be dishonest with any assignment, i.e. copying from another student’s work, cheating of any kind, or claiming someone else’s work as their own, (this is plagiarism... there is a difference between helping someone and doing it for them) they will be dealt with according to school policy.


Discipline Policy and Classroom Behavior

I care about your success in my classroom too much to let you prohibit yourself or others from learning. Any disruptive and inappropriate behavior will be dealt with according to school policy. 

We will be doing a number of activities that require teamwork and cooperation. My hope is that this classroom will be a “safe place” for students to be themselves without judgement, as well as a place where students allow their peers to be themselves without judgement. We are all a little unsure of ourselves sometimes…. all of us…even Beyonce. Let’s support each other as we travel on our own paths in life, and PLEASE always respect and treat others as you want to be respected and treated.


Supplies - bring to every class

  • vocabulary book

  • notebook paper or a notebook

  • pen or pencil

  • highlighters

  • school iPad

] If you have questions or problems with class work, (or ANY other concerns related to the classroom) please communicate your needs and see me for additional help.


We are going to have a great year together!


****For Parents/Guardians - If you have any thoughts or questions at any time, please communicate with me at email: astyx@nlsd122.org or call me using the school’s voicemail system. 


Thank you so much for your cooperation, I look forward to having you in my class!     

 - Mrs. Styx