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  • STUDENTS:  This week's assignments were due today, 6/5/20. HOWEVER, Mr. Escallier has extended the due date for all assignments to 5:00PM on MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2020.  PLEASE COMPLETE AND "TURN IN" (in our google classroom) by NO LATER than this extended due date.   Also, we will have one more zoom class meeting on Monday, June 8 at the previously scheduled time.  There will be no Directed Studies on Thursday, 6/11/20 (because you are turning in your Chromebook and text books on that day). THANK YOU.  Mr. Escallier

    5/26/2020:  ELA Students:  Please make sure you have completed the FASTBRIDGE A-Reading Test by the end of this week (5/29/20).  See your ELA Google Classroom for directions.

    4/27/20 UPDATE FOR Students and Parents: SCHOOL IS IN SESSION: You should now begin to see grades being posted by your teachers for 4th quarter.  Mr. Escallier has posted marks for assignments done, and entries for work due through this week ending 5/1/20.  CHECK YOUR STUDENT CONNECT, AND PARENTS CAN START CHECKING "PARENT CONNECT" ***DON'T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR GOOGLE CLASSROOMS EVERY DAY FOR TEACHERS' ASSIGNMENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND COMMENTS/GRADES ON WORK ALREADY TURNED IN.  ***ATTEND YOUR CLASS ZOOM MEETINGS!  MR. ESCALLIER'S CLASS ZOOM MEETINGS ARE EVERY MONDAY (1ST PER ELA AT 11:30, 3RD PER ELA AT 1:00) AND EVERY THURSDAY FOR DIRECTED STUDIES AT 1:30. 

    4/20/2020 Reminder:  Mr. Escallier's ELA students, both 1st and 3rd period sections, all need to join the same "Directed Studies" Google Classroom.    Directed Studies will have videos, or supplemental work posted to it in "Materials", or "Assignments" to help Mr. Escallier's students with their other classes (History, Science and Math...).  Please join TODAY. *See your existing ELA google classes for "Directed Studies" class code.

    4/8/2020Update:  Dear Students and Parents, please feel free to visit our Las Colinas school counselor, Mr. Kline's website at https:/  /www.pleasantvalleysd.org/Page/10386

    Mr. Kline's website will have information on food pantries, military support, SEL lessons, and other resources.

    4/5/2020  UPDATE: (ALSO SEE "ANNOUNCMENTS" PAGE)  1ST AND 3RD PERIOD ELA CLASSES WILL BE MEETING EVERY MONDAY ON "ZOOM".  ***PLEASE SEE YOUR GOOGLE CLASSROOM FOR LINK/MEETING I.D./PASSWORD INFORMATION.  

    *IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, DON'T FORGET TO JOIN MY GOOGLE CLASSROOM PER PREVIOUS DIRECTIONS, BELOW...

     3/26/2020: UPDATE: Mr. Escallier's classes:  Students and Parents - during the current school closure period, I will be posting assignments through, and using "Google Classroom" beginning in the week of March 30th, 2020.

    *Additionally, I will be keeping office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 1:30pm-2:00pm.  This is a time for emailing me with questions about our ELA class, or any of your other classes.  We will also be having follow up "Zoom" meetings (see "announcements" on these teacher pages, or see your Google Classroom "announcements" for dates, times and links/codes) for specific reasons, or just "open" Zoom meetings for you to ask any questions about any school related topics.  

    *Lastly, and depending on how things go, I will be conducting some classes and/or office hour periods, using the "Zoom" meeting app.  Please review our district's email communications, and bulletins regarding use of "Zoom" app, and/or go on the "Zoom" site yourself, and familiarize yourself with its basic operating procedures. Initially, all you will have to do is respond to my email invitation which will have a link that you simply click on to join the meeting (and then, possibly, enter the code which I will provide). I will notify you of the planned Zoom class/meeting times via the Google Classroom, and this "Teacher Page" site.

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    Born in Santa Monica, CA, I have spent the last 31 years living, working, and raising my family in Ventura.  Educated at Loyola Marymount University, I obtained my Education Specialist teaching credential at Camarillo's own Cal State University Channel Islands, and have enjoyed being in the classroom ever since.  My family and I spend a lot of time outdoors surfing, playing tennis, or hiking whenever we can. 

    My goal is to have my students grow in their own speaking, reading and writing of the English language while deepening their critical and analytical thinking skills in an open and supportive learning environment.

    Parents: Please remember to encourage our students to read at home regularly from whatever type of material interests them (with your approval, of course), and to keep their class READING LOG.  The reading log is worth valuable homework points in my grading system. Students are to read at least 20 minutes for 5 nights a week.  It is the students' responsibility to make their reading log entries (Title, Author, date, minutes read), then obtain their parents' verifying initials, each time they read.  *Our students will also be making daily assignment entries in their school-issued agenda book/daily planners.  Please take time to review your student's agenda/planner as often as possible.  Remember, student assignments can also be reviewed on the "Parent Connect" system available on our Las Colinas website.

    Thank you,

    Gerry Escallier

    (805) 484-0461