Nicole Miller

Shalom! Hello! Hola! Welcome Parents/Guardians and Middle School Students of Ben Gamla Kendall.

If you’re reading this, you’ve managed to find Mrs. Miller’s Webpage!  On this page you will find any and all pertinent information regarding upcoming events, important dates, as well as any general information regarding our English Language Arts program.

A little about me:

This is my second year teaching at Ben Gamla and I am so excited to return to such a great school! 

I am from Orange County, NY but moved to Miami for college. Prior to teaching I was a real estate paralegal. I learned a lot working at a law firm and am grateful for all the years in the law field but my true calling is in education. Teaching is my passion. I feel extremely lucky to get to teach and build trusting relationships with our middle school students. I strive to teach them to care about their education, to become well-rounded young adults and to be kind to everyone they meet. Inspiring students to read, not because they have to, but because it’s actually fun, continues to be my goal. I have always believed that reading is the key to learning, and as the late, great Dr. Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

I received a B.A. in history from Florida International University and will be resuming my graduate degree. I am certified to teach English and Social Studies and am currently working on ESOL and Reading endorsements. This year I get to put my college degree to even better use, as I will be teaching U.S. History and Civics along with English Language Arts. 

Aside from teaching, I love to travel. My husband and I love to hike and we make it a priority to visit a new national park every year. My favorites (so far) have been Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah), Zion National Park (Utah), and the Grand Canyon (Arizona). This country has so much beauty to offer. Get out there and explore when you can! 

Parents of middle school students, please sign up for REMIND to stay up to date with all important information regarding Ben Gamla Middle School.

 

 

Dear middle school students,

Happy November! We celebrate gratitude this month and I am grateful for many things, including getting to know and teach all of you.

We have started our novels and we will continue our novel studies for the rest of the month. I hope you enjoy these novels as much as I enjoy teaching them. They are favorites of mine.

Love,

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin

Good news! ACCELERATED READER is back! If you’ve been reading, you will now be able to login to take your reading quizzes. Don’t forget that you must first take a diagnostic for this school year. Once done, you will have your goal set and you may start your quizzes. I will be assigning articles on AR as well. Oh, and just like last year, reading quizzes may only be taken at school (not at home) but articles can definitely be done at home. 

AR username is the first letter of your first name and first 4 letters of your last name. Password is ABC. If you are logging in after 3 PM, make sure to type in ADMIN as it will not allow you to proceed until you do so.

Do you need to know how many points a book will give you? No problem! Head on over to ARBookFind.com to look up your current or any future books you may read.


 6th –   ELA: This year we will be reading 3 novels: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred E. Taylor; and, The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen. You will also learn all about informative, argumentative and narrative essay writing.  You can locate your syllabus by clicking HERE.

U.S. History: This year you will be studying U.S. history through many time periods; beginning with the exploration of the Americas through the establishment of the 13 colonies, The Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction. You can locate your syllabus by clicking HERE.

Please note that we will be using Edmodo and NewsELA in my classes this year. To be able to add yourself to the classes I have set-up, please click on the links below. It will give you instructions on how to sign up to join the class. I have provided you with the class code if it does not automatically sign you up once you’ve registered.

Edmodo ELA-6th Grade – class code is 95si76

NewsELA – 6th Grade – class code is F93WVY

Edmodo – U.S. History 6th Grade – class code is jpfn8r

If you’ve been assigned Readworks.org, please sign in using the class code: K6ZNSA. Your password is 1234.

 7th –  This year we will be reading 3 novels: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton; Lord of the Flies by William Golding; and, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. You will also continue practice essay writing. I will be introducing you to the basics in research writing, paraphrasing and quoting. You can locate your syllabus by clicking HERE.

Civics: This year you will be studying the principles, functions, and organization of government; the origins of the government; the origins of the American political system; the roles, rights and responsibilities of United States citizens; and methods of active participation in our political system. There are strong geographic and economic components to support civic education. You can locate your syllabus by clicking  HERE.

Please note that we will be using Edmodo and NewsELA in my classes this year. To be able to add yourself to the classes I have set-up, please click on the links below. It will give you instructions on how to sign up to join the class. I have provided you with the class code if it does not automatically sign you up once you’ve registered.

Edmodo ELA – 7th Grade class code is qsxyjf

NewsELA – 7th Grade – class code is 8GE2JA

Edmodo – Civics 7th Grade – class code is u9ji8d

If you’ve been assigned Readworks.org, please sign in using the class code: FRV7AT. Your password is 1234.

 8th – This year we will be reading 3 novels: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; and, Night by Elie Weisel. You will also continue practicing your essay writing. I will be introducing you to MLA style research writing, including how to paraphrase, quote, and cite correctly. You can locate your syllabus by clicking HERE.

Please note that we will be using Edmodo and NewsELA in my classes this year. To be able to add yourself to the classes I have set-up, please click on the links below. It will give you instructions on how to sign up to join the class. I have provided you with the class code if it does not automatically sign you up once you’ve registered.

Edmodo ELA – 8th Grade class code is emtei5

NewsELA – 8th Grade class code is BQNAZ4

If you’ve been assigned Readworks.org, please sign in using the class code: DNNEHN. Your password is 1234.

INTENSIVE READING STUDENTS, your Readworks.org codes are as follows:

Reading Intensive – 6th             F77BB3

Reading Intensive – 7th             ATYLBQ

Reading Intensive – 8th             W4EJ27

Your Password is 1234


ALL ASSIGNMENTS AND HOMEWORK WILL BE POSTED IN EDMODO.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Parents, please do not forget you will need to have 30 volunteer hours by the end of the school year. You can complete your hours by donating items to our classroom (every $10.00 = 1 hour), but you MUST provide a receipt in order for it to count; you can volunteer for lunch duty at the school; help out in a teacher’s classroom; or help chaperone a field trip.

Here are some helpful links: 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Calendar

 

NOVEMBER

Below find the following information:
*November 1st-17 – Canned Food Drive
*November 9 – Honor Roll Assembly @ 8:15 am
*November 10 – NO SCHOOL- Veterans Day!
*November 13-17 – Fall Scholastic Book Fair
*November 15 – Generations Night 6 – 8 pm
*November 21 – Career Dress Down Day $2
* November 22-24 – NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Break
*November 29 – PTO Meeting 8:15 am
*November 30 – BGK Family Social @ Fuddruckers 5-9 pm
* 2017-2018 PTO Activity Calendar
  • Please remember that there is early dismissal every Wednesday.
  • Jean Day first 3 Fridays of the month for $1.00.
  • Dress Down Day every last Friday of the month for $2.00.

Parents/Guardians, it is so important that our students read daily for a minimum of 30 minutes. Please encourage your child to pick up a book, any book that they are interested in, and read. Thank you! Scholastic Book Lists and Recommendations for 11-13 year olds.

 E-mail me: NMiller@bengamlakendall.org

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