Thursday, December 11, 2014

Grading Period 3: Week 5 Review

One more week- one more week until Christmas vacation, and one more week until no more Word of the Day quizzes, Kamicos, or expository writing! However, you need to remember that week is not yet here, and you have some work to do!  Study the above video for tomorrow's Word of the Day quiz!
If you currently have a failing Word of the Day quiz grade, make sure you make your flashcards!

Study, study, study,

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Review 3:4

Good evening!
Above is the review for tomorrow's Word of the Day quiz.  Make sure you're well prepared.  Also, you will be taking the super easy Writing Rule #15 Quiz- Capitalize the first word in the opening or closing of a letter.  Capitalize the first word in each question, and you will fair very well!  
Last, but certainly not least, make sure you get your progress report that went home today signed and returned tomorrow for a homework pass!

Happy studying,

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WOD Review 3:2

This has been a busy grading period so far, and that pace is going to continue throughout the six weeks.  Tomorrow will be the first Word of the Day quiz for this grading period, and you will also have a short quiz over Writing Rule #13- Use a comma and quotation marks to separate a direct quote from the rest of the sentence.

Additionally, you can Kahoot review here.

Study study study,

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Writing Rule Test Review

Tomorrow you will be taking your Writing Rule of the Week Test. Below, you can access the Kahoot review games we did in class today.  Make sure you have one screen for the questions and another device for answering!
Click on each link below.
Review Part I
Review Part II
Review Part III

Kahoot Luck!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

WOD Review

Students and Parents,
Please review the above video for tomorrow's Word of the Day Quiz.  This is the quiz that would have been administered on Friday, however with the incentive and high absenteeism, we would be spending much of Monday making up this test.  You will have another WOD quiz on Friday of this week.  Friday marks the end of the second grading period, so make sure you have turned in all late work!

In regular classes, we have completed our final blog for this semester.  We will be working on another writing project that will encompass the entirety of the third grading period.  Please keep a look out in the next week for details.

Also, progress reports are due!  If we do not receive the signed/returned progress reports by Tuesday, your student will be issued a d-hall.  Progress reports went out on Thursday of last week.

Study study study,

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Grading Period 2- Week 3 Review

Hello all!
This week marks the end of progress report time for the second grading period.  Progress report grades will be posted this weekend, and progress reports will be going home next Thursday.  Watch the review video above to prepare yourself for Friday's Word of the Day Quiz.  

Study study study,

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Extra Credit Opportunity

At the top of the page, you will see a tab labeled "Video Inspiration."  Watch the video at the top.  After watching the video, go out of your way to make someone else's day better.  Spread some joy in someone else's life.  After turning in a brief description of what you did, I will replace a quiz grade with a 100.
-Mr. Mein

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review 2-2

Hello all!
A very short quiz on Friday- only two words!  This makes this one of the most important quizzes of the grading period because the grades will be either a 100 or a 0!  You will also take your Writing Rule of the Week quiz, using commas when introducing main clauses with adverbial phrases.
Make sure you are continuing to work on your Harris Burdick Story, otherwise the deadline will sneak up on you (Due October 31)!

Study study study,

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The End of the Beginning

Good afternoon!
Tomorrow is the end of the first grading period.  It's hard to believe we are 1/6 of the way through this year already.  We will have the last Word of the Day quiz for the grading period tomorrow.  Please watch the video until you have all 22 words down.  Also, we will be taking a Writing Rule of the Week Quiz over using commas with appositives.  These will be the last two grades to be entered for the grading period.  Grades will be posted over the weekend, and report cards will be going home next Thursday.  There is no blog due this weekend.

Come well-prepared tomorrow!

Study, study, study,

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Week 4 Review

Another week has come and is almost gone!  Progress reports for all classes will go home today.  Please have those signed and returned no later than Tuesday.  If progress reports are not returned by Tuesday, the student will receive an after-school dhall.  If they bring it in on time, they will benefit through Peterson Pesos and/or a Homework Pass!
Study the video above for tomorrow's WOD Quiz.

Study, study, study,

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Week 3 Review

Week three has nearly come to a close.  Above, please review for this week's WOW Quiz.  I don't know why, but it kind of went haywire around the 0:15 mark... you'll have to make do, because I recorded the video several times and couldn't figure it out.

Don't forget, you also have a Writing Rule of the Week Quiz over Rule #3: Use a semicolon to combine main clauses without a conjunction.

Lastly, your 'How-to' blog assignment is due Sunday night at midnight.  Grades will be posted for progress report this weekend, and they will be sent home on Thursday of next week.

If your child has not yet brought canned goods, please send them in tomorrow for HUGE in-class incentives!

Study study study,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Week 2 Review

Hello everyone,
We are nearly a third of the way through this first grading period.  Above you will find a video review for this week's Word of the Week Quiz.  Please watch the video over and over until you have mastered all the vocabulary that will be covered in this week's quiz.  The best way to study is pause the video after the definition appears.  After you have selected your answer, press play.  You should eventually be able to go through the entire video without needing to pause.

Also, this week we covered our second Writing Rule of the Week- Use a comma and a conjunction to join two main clauses together.  We reviewed four of the eight parts of speech- noun, verb, adjective, and adverb.  We will cover the last four next week.

It was very nice meeting all the parents at Open House.

Don't forget, your first blog posting is due Sunday night at midnight.

Study study study,

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Remind 101 Text Message Information / Parent Chaperones

Remind 101 is a text messaging service that will allow the teachers to send out bulk text messages to everyone who has signed up.  This service will be used to notify you of important dates and events throughout the school year.  If you would like to receive this messages, please fill out the form below.
Missions Team

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Week 1 is Almost in the Books!

Hello all!
Tomorrow will close the first week of your 7th grade year on the Missions Team!  With it being the first Friday, I want to make sure everyone has the greatest opportunity to be successful, so above you can find a copy of tomorrow's Word of the Day Quiz.  Take some time to look it over.  I'll help you out further- the answers are 1.A; 2.C; 3.B.
In addition, you will also have a very easy quiz over the first Writing Rule of the Week: Use correct end punctuation at the end of each sentence.  You will only be responsible for entering the correct punctuation mark.
I will be posting your first blog assignment VERY soon (as in the next five minutes!).  Please familiarize yourself with your blog (  Remember, your password is your last name in all caps.  You should change your password after you've logged in the first time.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Study study study,

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Arrrghh You Ready for English?!

Welcome, Missions, to the 2014-2015 school year at Hal Peterson Middle School.  My name is Mr. Mein, and I will be your English teacher this year.  I am looking forward to a fun, productive year with all of you.  This website will serve as place to find reminders, reviews, and assignments.  The calendar at the top of the screen is the Missions' homework calendar, so if you need a reminder of what is due in any of your classes, you can take a look there.  If you have any questions throughout the year, the quickest way to reach me is through email

I'm looking forward to working with you and getting to know each of you.
Let's have a fantastic year!
-Mr. Mein

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Have a Great Summer

I've enjoyed teaching each and every one of my students this year. I hope you have a great break, and come back to see me when you're 8th graders. 
Good luck!
-Mr. Mein

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Final Word of the Week Quiz Review

The FINAL Word of the Week Quiz will be tomorrow.  Any corrections from past failed quizzes should be turned in NO LATER than tomorrow.  Please see the posting below to review what else is due, beginning tomorrow.

Study, study, study,

Monday, May 19, 2014

What's Left?

With only nine days left in the school year, parents tend to find themselves in a flurry to ensure their student has all their ducks in a row for the end of the year.  I know this because I'm doing this with my own kiddo right now.  I wanted to just give a brief breakdown of what to expect over the next two weeks.

Horizons- 5 Blog Challenges due THIS FRIDAY
Regular- 4 Blog challenges due THIS FRIDAY
All Classes- Last Blogsignment due THIS SUNDAY NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT

Word of the Day Quiz:
The last word of the day quiz is THIS FRIDAY

Touching Spirit Bear Project:
All Classes- Due Wednesday, May 28th
Project must include:
Spirit Bear drawing
Conflicts (4)
Acrostic Poem
Diamante Poem
Cinquain Poem
Hero's Journey Timeline
Example of Project
Projects may be created any way the students see fit, but must include all criteria

Final Exam:
Students received a study guide on Touching Spirit Bear. Questions on Final Exam will come directly from the study guide questions.  THEY MAY USE THE STUDY GUIDE ON THE TEST!!!

If you have any other questions, please email me.

In addition to the above tasks, corrections for failed quiz grades need to be completed and turned in by THIS FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Mein

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I Hope You're Having Fun!

I saw this and thought, "That is hilarious." I hope everyone is behaving for Mrs. Marburger.  Remember, there is a big reward for whomever she says is the best class over the four days!
See you on Monday,

Monday, February 3, 2014

DRT Essay Format

For those of you writing the DRT Essay, you can click HERE to open the word document format for your essay.  Remember, these need to be emailed to me no later than Tuesday night at midnight.
Mr. Mein

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Grading Period 4: Week 3 Review

Just a little twist on the normal review- find the correct spelling of each word from spelling lesson 19.

Because we only had four days of school this week, we will have eleven words on the Word of the Week Quiz.  Watch the video below a few times to make sure you are successful on the quiz!

Study study study,

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A New Semester- Grading Period 4: Week 2 Review

Welcome back, everyone!
We have been back almost two weeks already, and we have been working hard.  We won't have tons of grades this six weeks because of the time we are spending on our benchmark and midterm exam to review the skills we need to apply when attacking various types of questions.  That means each week's spelling and word of the week quizzes are all the more important.  Review for spelling lesson 17 and this week's word of the week quiz below.

Study study study,

***NOTE*** Close attention should be paid to which words are "squishy," "spacey," or hyphenated.