Mrs. Gagnon

    Mrs. Gagnon



Hi! My name is Christy Gagnon. I am a 7th grade language arts and 8th grade math resource room teacher at Lawrence Junior High School. This is my 1st year at LJHS but my 18th years teaching. Previously, I taught in a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade resource room at Clinton Elementary School.

I graduated from Deering High School in Portland, Maine in 1997 and The University of Maine at Farmington in 2000. I have known since high school that I wanted to be a special education teacher when I volunteered in the Functional Life Skills classroom during my study halls.

I have been married to my husband, Lance since November 2003 and have a ten year old daughter named Grace. We live in Fairfield with our dog Bandit and cats Laney, Cookie, and M&M.

Besides teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, shopping, camping, and visiting with friends. I enjoy taking Grace new places and watching her play field hockey and participate in competitive gymnastics..

I love to travel and count down the days to my next trip to Disney World!!


The resource room provides small group direct instruction for students who need extra help with reading, writing, and or math.


If you ever need to contact me please feel free to email me at cgagnon@msad49.org or call Lawrence Junior High School at 453-4200.




Courses: Grade 7 Language Arts and Grade 8 Math (Resource Room)

Teacher: Mrs. Gagnon

Room: 217

Contact Information: cgagnon@msad49.org

Office Hours: 7:15-7:45 am daily and afternoons by appointment


Information:

Math Class: Students will need a 3 ring binder, spiral notebook and pencils for class. Due to the online math program, students should also have headphones with them daily.

Language Arts: Students will need a 3 ring binder, spiral notebook, paper and pencils for class.


Students are expected to have an independent reading book with them at all times.


Classroom Expectations:

*Please be respectful of other students, the teachers and yourself. Remember to treat others the way you want to be treated.

*Be courteous! Please don't talk while the teacher or another student is talking. Wait your turn to speak and make sure to raise your hand.

*Remain on task and complete assignments on time. Always do your best!

*Come prepared for class.


Students will be given verbal reminders. If behavior continues, a written reminder will be sent home to parents. If the behavior continues, the parent will be called. After the call, if the student continues the behavior, they will serve a detention with me after school. **I also reserve the right to go directly to a detention for bullying or other unsafe behavior.


Homework Policy:

Math: Students are expected to practice math facts daily. They will be expected to complete all assignments in a timely manner. If they do not finish work in class, they may be expected to complete the work at home. It is especially important for students to complete the lessons assigned so they may move forward with their learning.


Language Arts:Students are expected to read daily. They will be expected to complete a weekly reading log with a total of 2 hours of logged time. The only other homework will be studying for their spelling or vocabulary quizzes. If students do not finish classwork because of off task behavior, they will be expected to complete the assignment at home.


Grading: In class work is worth 100 points and weighted once in the grade book. Coming to class prepared is checked daily and averaged into one grade (up to 100 points) a week. Large writing projects, CDAs and tests/quizzes are worth 100 points and weighted twice in the grade book.


Make up policy: Students may make up any work missed within the quarter for full credit. Students may also redo any tests or quizzes with low scores.

Math Class

Course Description: My math class is designed for students working far below grade level. Students will work through the district curriculum at a level and pace appropriate for each individual. Students will take a pre-assessment at the beginning of the year to determine strengths and weaknesses as well as student math levels.


Course Objectives: Students will work through the Maine State Standards at their current level. You can find information on the standards here: (http://www.corestandards.org/). This site has a parent page that will answer questions you may have.



7th Grade Language Arts Class

Course Description: My ELA course provides services to students reading and writing below grade level. Students will work on grade level standards with lessons and materials modified to accommodate different learning styles and the needs of the students. The focus of my reading class is helping students to learn and use reading strategies to help themselves become better readers. Students will use the same core texts as the other eighth grade classes as well as texts written at their instructional reading level.  Graphic organizers are used extensively during writing class to help students learn to organize their writing. Students will write narratives, informational essays and argumentative essays. My spelling program focuses on learning high frequency words.


Course Objectives: Students will study and attempt to master all of the Grade 7 Common Core Standards.