Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. in Political Science Elementary Education with Middle School Certifications in Literacy, Social Studies and Science
Mr. Louis Gliatta
Dear Students & Parents/Guardians,
I am thrilled to introduce myself as your child’s 7th-grade Literacy teacher. This is going to be an exciting, and very different year! Seventh grade is so challenging because the students are not those tiny sixth graders they were last year but they don't quite rule the school like the 8th graders yet. This is the growth year! The maturity level goes up as we get close to the holiday break and by the time we come back, it's often a different student that I see, both academically and physically...mostly because many come back taller than me!
A little about me...
This is my 5th year at McAuliffe. I hold a Political Science degree and an Elementary Education degree from Stockton University. I had a career change from union electrician to teaching in my mid-30s, and I couldn't be happier! I'm so glad to have found a home here at McAuliffe with such a great staff. I'm married and have a wonderful daughter in high school that makes me proud every day. We also have a cat named Noonan, who will often make an appearance during Google Meets.
What we will be covering...
The Seventh Grade Literacy curriculum is a challenging one. We will have discussions about topics such as dealing with a new style of learning and how to master it. We will be improving on some of the skills the students learned in sixth grade such as research papers, analyzing different forms of literature, and storytelling. We will also read a series of short stories and a few novels as well. The goal this year, as it is every year, is improvement. Students received the foundation in sixth grade and now we are going to build the framework for success in the future.
As I mentioned above, the goal here is growth and improvement. That being said, I expect my students to come to class prepared and ready to learn. They should have the required materials, their Independent Read book, and any homework that is due. We will continue to use some of the items from our Remote Setting last year such as Google Classroom, Kami PDF Reader, and few others, so much of our work will still be digital, so please make sure that work is submitted on time.
If a student is routinely spending more than an hour to complete the homework/remote learning lesson, please let me know. I understand that students have other homework and out-of-school activities and I am willing to make accommodations where appropriate.
Grades will be based on homework (20%), classwork (30%), and tests/quizzes/projects (50%).
Absences and make up work
If a student is absent from school, he or she is still responsible for the material. Students must get missed homework assignments from google classroom and see me to review any missed lessons. If there are any situations I need to know about regarding makeup work, please feel free to email me and we can work out a schedule.
I am available for extra help after school every day from 2:30-3. Just let me know so we can make arrangements.
Google Classroom will be like our mission control. Quite a bit of the work we do this year will go through this platform although I will be providing paper copies on a more regular basis this year. This includes copies of the student's notes, presentations, homework assignments, writing assignments, and projects. Monitoring Google Classroom is the best way to keep up with student work. I suggest checking it early and often.
If at any time during the coming months you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I'm looking forward to a fantastic year and am so excited to be back in the classroom! Stay safe and enjoy the school year!
Seventh Grade Literacy
Christa McAuliffe Middle School