PARCC Sample Test for 8/29

Hey all!

I haven’t left yet and I miss the classes already :/ But I look forward to sharing with you my adventures from the long weekend and I look forward to seeing all of you and reading your body paragraphs for Tuesday! Just a reminder that, if you finish the PARCC assessment early, you should work on your body paragraphs. Otherwise, make sure to write your body paragraph(s) over the long weekend.

Anyhow, use the directions below to access the PARCC test:

go to:

Click on “PARCC Practice Tests”

Click on “Sample Items”

Click on “Grade 6-8 ELA Item Set”

Begin test!


Good luck, don’t stress, and show me what you know 🙂


Summer Reading Work

Hey all! Grades are just about up to date and I encourage you to take a look at your current grade in my class. I do my best to update grades in a timely and accurate manner. That being said, I am human and sometimes make mistakes. Never hesitate to speak to me about any concerns or issues with your entered assignments, especially if you have an assignment marked missing that you think you turned in. Usually, that means that you need to look for it on the no-name pile.

Now, all of that being said, I have some good news/bad news. I said in class that I would be posting Summer Reading grades this weekend, but having seen the impact that they will have on some peoples’ grades, I have decided to wait until everyone has had an opportunity to make up the missing work or complete absent work before I enter the grades. I want everyone to start the year feeling successful and not too buried by their choices over the summer. That being said, if you have questions about your Summer Reading grades, always feel free to send me an email or stop by. Assignments can be found at:

I have really enjoyed looking at your summaries of critical literacy, and I look forward to starting our adventure on Monday. 🙂

Remind 101 Information

Hey all!

So the link/widget for Remind 101 did not work in the previous post and is apparently unsupported by WordPress, so I will simply include the text-message sign up instructions. In a text, type the code shown below to: (646) 699-4482

Per. 1 & 2: @cmsala8

Per. 4 & 5: @cmsala

Per. 7 & 8: @cmsag

Also, I forgot to describe the service to those who are not familiar with it – Remind 101 is a service through which I can sent out safe text messages to students/parents/guardians with class updates. I do not have access to your cell phone numbers, and you do not have access to mine. When prompted to enter your name, it is only for the purpose of my roster.

I hope many of you will take advantage of this service!

Welcome/First Week Updates

Hello all 8th Grade Parents/Guardians/Students!

I have really enjoyed these first three days working with you all, and I hope that you have, too. I want to provide you all with a little bit of information before we get the ball rolling for the year.

First and foremost, I will do my best to update the blog as often as I can, but I may initiate a class blogger to update at the end of the day. Like other class roles, the blogger will have to interview, and will have certain ‘job perks’ to go along with her/his added responsibility. Check here for extra credit work, updates on major assignments, and anecdotal information from class.

Today’s big message was this: if you are ever feeling unsuccessful in my class, please communicate your needs to me. I am not a mind-reader, and I need to know when you need additional time/help/resources. Please feel free to email me or come talk to me whenever you may need.

Additionally, I will do my best to provide regular updates via text message. The links to sign up are located below. MAKE SURE TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR CLASS PERIOD:

Per. 1 & 2:

Per. 4 & 5:

Per. 7 & 8: