Kara Stevens
English
 662-893-3344 ext. 342

Courses Taught:

Gifted English 9, Gifted English 10, PSAT I & II, ACT Prep

Teaching the children one day at a time
Welcome

5/8/20 - Summer Reading Information for upcoming Sophomores AND upcoming Freshmen has been posted to the Class Documents section

4/27/20 - Week 6 work is posted. Thanks, and keep in mind that you have only a few more weeks of distance learning remaining.

4/20/20-Week 5 for is posted in Class Documents--thanks for your diligence in keeping your mind active.

4/13/20 - Work for Week 4 will be posted on Tues. April 14 due to Easter break

4/6/20 - Week 3 is now posted below in Class Documents.

3/30/20 - Week 2 is now posted below in Class Documents. Communication and assignment checks will continue in Microsoft Teams.

3/26/20 - You can now find the basic directions for week 1 on this website in the Class Documents area below. Thanks!

3/25/20 - I've sent recent directions to all students through Remind. All assignments for this week March 25-27 have been posted on Microsoft Teams. All students are familiar with Teams because we've already used it for class multiple times; please have your child contact me if he/she is having any trouble navigating platform/understanding directions. I will also be updating this website within the next day to reflect a quick overview of those assignments so parents can easily see it for themselves for students' accountability. Thanks again for your patience.

 

3/18/20

Hello everyone,

I wish I could be seeing all of my students face-to-face right now in my colorful (and somewhat cluttered) classroom right now, but we are here doing what is safest at this time--and we are going to make the best of the situation.

We are working in the upcoming days to make educational content available for our students as needed starting at some point next week. I will let you know more updates through School Status and/or phone calls as needed. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these trying times.

I'll more than likely send particular information/assignments within the Microsoft Teams platform since all of my classes are currently familiar with it and have access through their Office 365 accounts provided through the schools. I hope to find ways to interact and engage with students because I sure miss them! We also don't want to overwhelm them with an overload of "busy work" since we are aware of other challenges and burdens that are occurring. We will take this day-by-day.

As of this week, students should be finishing up with the novel we were already reading prior to Spring Break (To Kill a Mockingbird), and then continue studying/reviewing and finding fun ways to work with all of their vocabulary (doodles, stories, skits, etc.).

Take care and miss you all, Mrs. Stevens

About the Teacher

Education
I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in English Education  from The University of Mississippi (Go Rebs!), and I also have certification in  Gifted Education and Advanced Placement English Language and  Composition. 

Bio
I have lived in DeSoto County my whole life, and I am proud to call it my home. It is a blessing that I get to teach in such a wonderful community. Some of my former teachers at OBMS and OBHS are who inspired me to become a teacher myself; I have been called to this job profession, and it is my hope that I can inspire my students as well to pursue their passion for a particular career. I attended school for a few years at Sacred Heart and then spent the majority of my school years at Olive Branch where I graduated. 
I've been married for five years and love everything about my nerdy husband Andy. In my spare time (which is very little), I am usually found taking my corgi GUS on his daily walk, spending time with my family, reading from my endless stack of books, or watching sports (all kinds). I also enjoy drawing and traveling. 
I grew up playing basketball and softball, but ended up being a volleyball player through my high school career. I love going to see my students play and perform in their extracurricular activities. I currently attend Fellowship Memphis, where I enjoy fellowship and worship with fellow believers.
My husband and I at the RiverArts Festival in downtown Memphis.
Oh, I particularly like goats, too!

English Links
Purdue Owl: MLA
MLA Formatting and Style Guide Info
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

Electronic databases
Magnolia Database
If using at home, password is magn0897
https://magnolia.msstate.edu/databases?grade=high

PSAT
Interactive grammar exercises
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm

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