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     Name: Kaysey Beury
     Grade/Subject: English 9
     Email: kbeury@basd.net
     Phone: ext. 8127
       Hello!  My name is Miss Beury and I can't wait to get started! I teach 6 sections of English 9 here at the high school. In the past I have also taught 8th grade English and the Creative Writing course.
    I recently completed a Master's program in Higher Education at Penn State and am very passionate about learning and education.  I love to do outdoor activities such as kayaking, and I also enjoy reading whenever I can find a free moment. One of my favorite novels is one that many parents might have read called The Outsiders.  English 9's focus is on what it means to "come of age" since it is a big transition year from middle to high school.  I am looking forward to working with a new group of students this year and am equally excited to work through our content which includes written assessments and reading classic titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Romeo and Juliet. We have added some modern texts to our curriculum as well including Every Falling Star (academic and honors), A Long Way Gone (honors only), I Am Malala (honors only), and Farewell to Manzanar (honors only).  The honors only options will be literature circle options for the Memior Unit. 
    Independent Reading (IR) is also going to be a component of English 9. This reading will help students explore interests, build vocabulary, and model good writing and technique for students. I will not be monitoring student IR choices; it is impossible for me to read every book that all of my students will potentially read. However, please feel free to contact me if you would like to work out a plan for this so we can make sure your child is reading things you deem appropriate. Please see the attached parent letter on IR here
    Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns. My email can be found above. I am looking forward to a great year of collaboration to help your ninth-grader transition to the high school and be the most successful student they can be!