Name: Kari Mazzola
Phone: (406) 626-2670Email: Kari.Mazzola@ftsd.org
I am so very happy to serve as an English teacher at Frenchtown High School. During the 2019–2020 school year I will be teaching two English 1 classes, one Honors English 1 class, one Honors English 2 class, two one-semester Creative Writing classes, one English 4 class, and English 3 and 4 in the Frenchtown Academy for Career Education.And the people stayed home,And read books,And listened,And exercised,And made art,And played games,And learned new ways of being,And were still,And listened more deeply.Some meditated,Some prayed,Some danced,Some met their shadows.And the people began to think differently.And the people healed.—Kitty O’Meara
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MS. MAZZOLA'S CLASSESDURING THE SCHOOL CLOSURE(1) Friday, March 20
All students will have the opportunity to drop off missing Quarter 3 assignments, pick up Quarter 3 graded assignments, and pick up books for Quarter 4 this Friday, March 20, between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m and between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. I will have desks set up outside of my classroom for drop-off and pick-up. Below is information about what students need to pick up for each section.Honors English 1 (1A), English 1 (2A), and English 1 (2B)You will be finishing your Romeo and Juliet essays next week. As you know, you will need to refer to the text for details and direct quotes, so I will put copies of the textbooks on one of the desks outside my room; however, if you want to avoid lugging one of those heavy textbooks home with you, you can search online for "Romeo and Juliet full play pdf," and you will find pdf versions of the play that you can download or read online. (I highly recommend this option!) You will be reading, analyzing, and writing poetry for Quarter 4, and I will be providing all of the text electronically via the Google classrooms.Honors English 2 (4A)You will need to pick up your book for Quarter 4 (The House on Mango Street). Also, be sure to take your copy of Night home with you if it is in your locker; you might need to use it for the end-of-unit essay, which I will be assigning next week. (Don't panic! The essay will NOT be due before the end of Quarter 3.)Creative Writing 2 (4B)There are no texts for you to pick up. I have posted the final Quarter 3 assignment—the short-story assignment—in the Google classroom. You will be reading, analyzing, and writing poetry for Quarter 4, and I will be providing all of the text electronically via the Google classroom.English 4 (1B)You will need to pick up your book for Quarter 4 (A Separate Peace). Also, be sure to take your copy of All Quiet on the Western Front home with you if it is in your locker; you might need to refer to it for the end-of-unit essay, which I will be assigning next week. (Don't panic! The essay will NOT be due before the end of Quarter 3.)FACE English (2A)You already have your book for Quarters 3 and 4 (The Book Thief), and you already have hard copy of all packets (as well as access to electronic versions of the packets in the Google classroom), so there are no texts for you to pick up. However, there will be a designated spot on one of the desks outside my classroom for you to drop off completed packets for Quarter 3.
(2) Class Announcements and AssignmentsGoing forward, we will rely on Google classroom for all instruction. All assignments, including the instructions and materials needed to complete the assignments, will be posted in the Google classrooms. Be sure to check your section's Google classroom every day for announcements and assignments! Everyone should already be signed into his or her section's Google classroom, since we have been using these classrooms throughout the year. However, I am going to provide passwords for each Google classroom here, in case parents and guardians would like to have access to the Google classrooms:Honors English 1 (1A) 6oyrwwwEnglish 1 (2A) 4kfuao4English 1 (2B) xq6llhuHonors English 2 (4A) vsfnwmsCreative Writing 2 (4B) nauxtsfEnglish 4 (1B) zjqh5qwFACE English (2A) dxbsbczIMPORTANT NOTE: If you will not have access to the Internet during the school closure, then you need to let me know! You can sign the piece of paper that will be outside my classroom on Friday, March 20, or you can e-mail me (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org), or you can call me at 543-3837. If necessary, we can make arrangements for materials (e.g., assignment sheets, reading materials, question packets, etc.) to be delivered to you and for completed assignments to be returned to me.(3) Office Hours during the School ClosureMy official office hours during the school closure will be from 12:30 to 3:30. I will be in my classroom at the high school during these hours, Monday through Friday, and you may contact me during these office hours via e-mail or phone if you have any questions or concerns. If you need to contact me outside of these office hours, then that is not a problem. Please don't hesitate to e-mail or call me at any time with questions or concerns.Biography
I was born in Butte, Montana in 1964, and over the years my family moved from Butte to Great Falls to Bozeman to Glendive. I graduated from Glendive’s Dawson County High School in 1982 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Montana State University and a master’s degree in English Composition and Rhetoric from Iowa State University. After obtaining my master’s degree, I moved to New Jersey, where, from 1990 to 1994, I was an in-house production editor of college textbooks for the Humanities/Social Sciences division of Prentice Hall. In 1991, I married John Mazzola. When our daughter, Meaghan, was born in 1994, I became a freelance production editor so that I could continue to work for Prentice Hall while staying at home with Meaghan. In 1995, John sold his printing business so that he and I could form our own company, Big Sky Composition, and at that point we moved to my “hometown” of Glendive, Montana. (I consider Glendive to be my hometown because I lived there during my sixth-grade, junior-high, and high-school years.) As owners and operators of Big Sky Composition, a full-service textbook-production business, John and I continued to produce college textbooks for the Humanities/Social Sciences division of Prentice Hall/Pearson Education. Our son, Quintin, was born in 1996, and in 1998 we moved to an area between Missoula and Frenchtown. In 2009, John and I decided to dissolve our Big Sky Composition business and make mid-life career changes. John eventually became the Technology Coordinator for the Frenchtown School District, and I decided to return to being an educator. In addition to spending 19 years in the textbook-production business (which was in itself a part of the education profession), I accumulated various teaching experiences over the years, including the following: Tutoring at the MSU Writing Center while earning my bachelor’s degree, tutoring at the Dawson Community College Adult Literacy Education program between finishing at MSU and starting at ISU, and teaching Freshman Composition courses at ISU while earning my master’s degree. At my mid-life turning point, I realized that two things that had remained true throughout my adult years were my love of academia and my enthusiasm for teaching, so I set out to become a secondary-level English teacher. While attending the College of Education at the University of Montana as a post-baccalaureate student in order to obtain Professional Licensure to teach English at the secondary level, I also served as a substitute teacher in the Arlee, Bonner, and Frenchtown School Districts. After being a student teacher at Arlee High School with Dr. Anna Baldwin and at Arlee Junior High School with Mrs. Callie DiFulgentis (as part of the Professional Licensure program), I served as a long-term substitute English teacher at Frenchtown High School at the end of the 2014–2015 school year, after which I was hired as a full-time English teacher. I am now serving my fifth year as a full-time FHS English teacher.