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    Welcome to my website! I am honored to be a member of an extraordinary  faculty committed to working closely with the Frenchtown community to support student academic, athletic, and personal growth and achievement. 

     

    Name: Tracy Mikkola

    Phone: (406) 626-2673

    Email: mikkolat@ftsd.org

     

     

     Disttance Learning Information!

    Welcome to our new collective adventure. We all know that this is likely to be an ever changing process and so flexibility on all our parts is essential. We can do this---together. If you have questions, please be sure to contact me at any of the following: mikkolat@ftsd.org, google hangouts (FaceTime google style), or 626-2673.

    Office Hours: 8:30-3:00

    Please stop by Friday, March 20 to pick up a copy of the book your class will be reading. An individual envelope with your book and related study guide is waiting for you by outside of my classroom.

     

    The school will be open Friday, March 20 at 7:30 -9:00 am and 3:30 to 5:00 pm for students to collect belongings and materials. If you are able, please come by to collect a copy of the book we will be reading in your English class.   I have left a manilla envelope with the appropriate materials for each student on a table outside my classroom. If you wish, you may also take your current independent reading book if it is unavailable online at the READ 180 site. Please sign for items you are taking and leave the signature page in the basket on the table. If you are unable to come in on Friday, please contact me to arrange for an alternative delivery. All materials including both a PDF copy of the book  and a link to an audiobook will be available on Google Classroom. 

    General English 1 (3A):  Google classroom is up and running and current students are enrolled. Students access by using their ftbroncs account (preferably using Chrome). The students will be  reading Touching Spirit Bear with a study guide as well continuing with the READ 180 student app and library. All materials are available on Classroom and it is the preferred method of submitting work. It is very important for students to check Classroom, Infinite Campus, and their ftbroncs gmail regularly. 

    General English 2 (3B):  Google classroom is up and running and current students are enrolled. Students access by using their ftbroncs account (preferably using Chrome). The students will be  reading The Giver with a study guide as well continuing with the READ 180 student app and library. All materials are available on Classroom and it is the preferred method of submitting work. It is very important for students to check Classroom, Infinite Campus, and their ftbroncs gmail regularly. 

    General English 3 and 4 (2B): General English 1 (3A):  Google classroom is up and running and current students are enrolled. Students access by using their ftbroncs account (preferably using Chrome). The students finish reading  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian and completing journal writing. All materials are available on Classroom and it is the preferred method of submitting work. It is very important for students to check Classroom, Infinite Campus, and their ftbroncs gmail regularly. 

    Learning Lab:  Students will be sent an invitation to join a Google classroom specifically for Learning Lab. Our plan is to be in touch with students on an individual basis to assist in tracking assignments and to offer help. 



     

     

     

    Biography

     

    I grew up in tiny Ryegate, Montana (almost dead center of the state) and graduated from Montana State University in 1982 with B.A. in English. I taught high school English in Colstrip, MT for seven years before moving to Missoula with my husband's work. After taking a twelve year hiatus from teaching to stay home with my two sons (now both grown) I was eager to return to the classroom and resume my career. A passion for literacy and a long standing interest in reading remediation brought about decision to make a career change from English to Special Education. After completing graduate work at the University of Montana I joined the staff at Frenchtown High School in 2005, and know that I made the right move. I enjoy working with students with disabilities and their parents to achieve both academic success and smooth transitions to life after high school.

     

     

    Class Description(s)

    General English 1 & 2/READ 180: These courses serve as the special education replacement courses for English 1 and English 2 and both focus upon building fluent reading academic and recreational reading skills. READ 180, our primary curriculum, is considered the "gold standard" for research based reading instruction for high school students who read significantly below grade level.  It features teacher-led instruction through non-fiction academic reading selections, computer-based reading practice and instruction based on a student's individual reading needs, and daily opportunities for independent reading of high quality, self-selected age-appropriate literature. We have seen remarkable improvement for many of our students (as much as three years growth in a single year). Students also have frequent structured writing practice and participate in reading at least two novels per year as a whole group to enable them to experience the pleasure of shared reading experiences. 

     

    General English 3 & 4: These classes are often taught in combination on a two year rotation. The curriculum closely mirrors that of the regular education English courses for juniors and seniors and as such features grade level literature and writing experiences. Some of the literary selection students will read include The Crucible, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Fahrenheit 451, Of Mice and Men, Night, To Kill a Mockingbird, and other classic short stories and poems. Students focus upon writing multiple paragraph argumentative and informational essays and have to opportunity to prepare for standardized test such as the ACT and the ASVAB. 

     

    Learning Lab - Learning Lab is a supported study hall for students receiving special education services. Students earn 1 credit and will have assistance is staying organized, completing assignments, and studying for tests. It provided a quiet, structured environment in a small group setting.