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EOCHS Parents: Meet and Greet Thursday, September 21st at 6PM... Meet the Principal, Assistant Principal, and Department Chairs
Mrs. Maria Kelly RSS


2014-2015 I I have had the pleasure of being an educator in the East Orange school district for the past seventeen years.  I received my Bachelor's Degree from Montclair State University, and my Master's Degree from Seton Hall University.  I am a firm believer in every child's ability to be successful, and it is my duty as an educator to provide my students with all the tools and support necessary to achieve that success.                                   


You might be one person to the world, but the world to one young person.



Mrs. Maria Kelly

Email:    m.kelly@eastorange.k12.nj.us


English 3


Course Description

            This class is an American Literature course that will expose you to a variety of short stories, poems, speeches, essays, and other documents that were created from the time of the Native Americans to present day.  This is student-centered class.  YOU will be responsible to successfully demonstrate an understanding of the skills taught.  Much of this will take place in a small group setting.

            In March, all 11th graders (51 credits) will be taking the HSPA.  The passing of this test is required in order for you to graduate high school.  The skills and strategies taught in this class not only will help you to pass this test, but also to become independent critical readers, writers, and thinkers.

            Needed Materials

                        You are expected to have the following items at all times:

1.  English notebook

2.  Pens, pencils, highlighters

3.  The required daily readings

4.  The required assignment(s), i.e. presentations, papers, homework, etc.





My Schedule/Extra Help

I am available for extra help every day during periods 4 and 5 and between 7:30 and 8:00 every morning before school.

If you need to meet with me another time, please see me to make other arrangements.



Class Rules & Grading Criteria



Even though your student handbook lists acceptable reasons for absences, there is NO SUBTITUTION for classroom instruction and interaction.  Although you can make up the work, you cannot make up the discussions and the activities, and more importantly your input will be missed.  Therefore, it is in your best interest to be in class every day and on time.  Class begins when the bell rings.  If you enter class after the bell rings you will be marked Late.                       


If you are ill and can’t come to school, it is your responsibility to call the school, email me or rely on your classmates to find out what you have missed.  If you miss a quiz or test, please see me the day you return to schedule a make up.


The Learning Center

            Our classroom will be a place where everyone learns!!  It is so important that we work to create an environment where you and I can learn from each other and we all feel comfortable questioning, responding, and participating.  There are countless ways in which you can participate in class.  The first and foremost is that you come to class on time and prepared with the appropriate materials each day.  Additional ways in which you can participate: you can read aloud in class; you can share your homework response in class; you can volunteer to share your insights on the topic at hand; you can volunteer to be a spontaneous participant for a given activity; you can highlight important textual detail to support our discussion; you can support a classmate’s point of view; you can clarify a difficult point with which other classmates may be struggling.  Participation also includes listening attentively, taking notes, and working well with your classmates. 

            Also to ensure that learning isn’t interrupted, cell phones are not to be seen or heard for any reason.  If they are heard or seen they will be confiscated on sight.  Please help to make this an environment conducive for learning.



Each one of you starts the semester with an “A” average.  It then becomes your responsibility to maintain that average.  The grading system as per the student handbook is as follows:


§  Homework/Research/Projects        20% 

§  Class work/class participation         40%  

§  Quizzes                                              15% 

§  Tests/Formal Assessments              25%

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