English IV, Dual Enrollment Comp 1, Dual Enrollment Comp 2, Print Journalism\Yearbook
Associate's Degree:General College from Northwest Mississippi Community College
Bachelor of Education:Curriculum and Instruction Secondary English from The University of Mississippi
Master of Education: Curriculum and Instruction Secondary English from The University of Mississippi
I began my teaching career in the fall of 2001 at Independence High School in Independence, MS, teaching 11th grade English and Pre-Algebra. In the fall of 2002 I came back to "my home," Olive Branch High School, where I have been teaching ever since. Throughout my tenure at OBHS, I have taught 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English, Dual Enrollment Comp1 and Comp 2, as well as Mythology, Compensatory Reading, SATP Test Remediation, and Print Journalism/Yearbook.
I also serve as the yearbook sponsor, am in charge of school-wide elections, and the OBHS Homecoming Court.
I have lived in Olive Branch my entire life, and I absolutely love my hometown and school! I am a 3rd generation graduate of OBHS--my grandfather graduated in approximately 1924; my father in 1963; my sisters in 1983 and 1986; and I graduated in 1993.
I am the mother of three wonderful children who are (and will be) 4th generation graduates of OBHS. Ross, who graduated in 2014, is a December 2019 graduate of Delta State University with a degree in Graphic Design; Lauren, who graduated in 2019, is currently attending Northeast Mississippi Community College working on a degree in Kinesiology and is a member of the "Showband from Tigerland"; Daniel, who will graduate in 2026, is a member of the band at OBMS and loves playing basketball, drawing, and collecting Pokemon cards.
I am the wife of Greg who is a 1989 graduate of Independence High School. We have been together for 27 years, and this past August we celebrated our 25th anniversary. We currently reside in Olive Branch and live in the house where my father was raised.
As you can see, I am "Olive Branch" through and through. I always tell my students that I bleed blue and gold!
OB Pride!! All the time!!
Senior Announcements – March 31, 2020
1. Hall of Fame applications are available on the school website. They are due back to Ms. Garrigan by the end of the day on Friday. Contact Ms. Garrigan via email or Remind with any questions.
2. TODAY is the Help deadline. If you think you are eligible, you can apply for the HELP grant at msfinancialaid.org.
3. Northwest has pushed their scholarship application deadline to May 1. Go to northwestms.edu/scholarships to apply
4. Get 2 College is still working remotely, if you need help from them. The number for the Southaven office is 662-349-2789. The website is get2college.org
5. Even though we are not at school, we still want you to turn in your scholarship offers. Please forward copies of your award letters to Mrs. Chunn. You can do this via email.
Senior Announcements—April 6, 2020
Graduation Invitation pickup information
Congratulations Senior Class of 2020!
We know that these have been trying times for you and your family. In an effort to get you your senior supplies as soon as possible your HJ Rep will be delivering your senior supplies Wednesday, April 15th from 9:00 to 12:00. This will be a drive in/drive out delivery in the teachers parking lot of Olive Branch HS. No congregation of students or parents will be allowed. You must remain in your vehicle at all times. Our Representative will be set up to hand you your graduation products at your driver’s side window. He will not be able to accept any payments at the time of delivery, so please go online to www.gradservicesmstn.com and make your payments. You can also call our office at 601-898-7883 to make a payment with a debit or credit card.
Your cap and gown will not be delivered at this time. It will be handed out by the school closer to the graduation ceremony.
Senior Announcements--April 27, 2020
TEXTBOOK RETURN PLAN
1. OBHS will coordinate a drive through textbook return.
2. Textbook return dates will be as follows:
- Tuesday, May 5th, from 12pm-3pm
- Thursday, May 7th, from 4pm-7pm (evening return)
- Tuesday, May 12th, from 12pm-3pm
- Thursday, May 14th, from 12pm-3pm
3. The school librarian and one administrator will be stationed at the front drive set up to scan books in (open air and distanced from parents/students returning).
4. After books are scanned in, the administrator and librarian will inform students whether or not they have any other outstanding books or if they are all clear in Destiny.
5. Students will place books on flatbed cart.
** We will be collecting books for all grades on all dates**
Senior Announcements--April 28, 2020
Baby pictures that were turned in for the yearbook will be returned to you when you get your diploma (they will be in the envelope with the diploma).
Due to Covid-19, all deadlines and delivery dates for the yearbook have been pushed back. Unfortunately, this means that the books will probably be delivered in late July or early August. When I know something more specific about the delivery, I will post the information about picking up your book and paying balances on the school website.
STUDENTS--please sign up for Remind 101 messages.
1st block--text @a4242g to 81010
2nd block--text@bf8a32 to 81010
Students will now have an option on what type of response they'd like to write.
The first option is the Synthesis Response. This written response is the same format that we used every week during the first nine weeks of school.
The second option is They Say / I Say Argument Response. This will be one or two articles that take one side of a position. Students will have to summarize the author's argument and provide evidence from the text to support this. They will them come up with two "I agree / disagree" points with evidence from the text to support their points. The template is set up in the same format as the synthesis response template--fill in the blanks with notes from the article.
Students do not need to print out the note taking sheets--they can take notes on their own paper. Responses can also be uploaded and emailed to me.
I have sent a code to everyone through School Status for you to sign up and create an account on CommonLit.org. This is a wonderful resource for students to access stories, poems, plays, and much more! Each reading selection comes with text-based as well as open-ended discussion questions. One of the neat aspects of Common Lit is that it allows students to highlight and annotate the text as they are reading. There are also reading comprehension questions embedded throughout the text to ensure that the student has a complete understanding of the text.
Each week I will have a reading selection available for you to read and answer questions. You can access the selections online; they are also posted below if you prefer to print them out and read. If you choose to print the selections, you can scan and upload your answers to the questions or you can email them to me as well.
There is ONE thing that you will do EVERY DAY for the rest of your life--READ!!!
It is a skill that needs to be practiced on a daily basis because the more you read, the more you will want to read, and I want you to be LIFELONG READERS!
Please use these codes to log into Commonlit.org and set up your account
Common Lit Texts
If you are having problems signing in to your student email and/or need to reset your password, click on the link below for help.