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Welcome to 8th grade English 

Room Number: 804


Conference Period: 7th Period


Teaching Assistant (2nd Period): Ms. Mara Velaney 


Tutoring: Students are strongly encouraged to seek help when needed. Tutoring will be offered Tuesdays during Excel. Students must see me in advance to have their agenda stamped to attend tutoring. 


To Do List: It is expected that students complete each item on the To Do List by the due date posted. If an assignment is listed here, it is work that either was not completed in class and is due the next day, or it is work that has specifically been assigned for completion at home. 


Class Notes, Handouts & Resources: Please use the tabs on the right to view informational handouts, classroom notes, and classroom presentations.. 



Recent Posts

Coats for Kids Coat Drive

Hey Tigers! The PAL program is organizing a coat drive for Coats for Kids. All you have to do is bring any new or gently used jacket or coat, and drop it in one of the big boxes located in the Commons and inside of the library. You can also give your coat to Ms. Sindt in Room 804.

Any kids’ size coat, from infant to teen will work! If you don’t have a jacket to donate, you can still donate cash online! If donating online, please indicate that you would like your donation directed to Gorzycki. This helps us be competitive in the contest for which school collects the most coats/money!

Donate Cash Here

Donations will be accepted until November 28. We appreciate your donations!

Thank you!


The Scholastic Book Fair is being held at the GMS library November 5 - 10. NJHS has organized a book drive for the patients of Dell Children’s hospital. Please consider donating a NEW book purchased from the Book Fair. For each donation, the purchaser will be entered in a drawing to win a book fair poster! Just tell the librarian that you want to donate a book. Every book counts! Thank you!

Vignette Project Timeline

Tuesday – Type rough draft in class. Print copy at home and bring to class tomorrow.

Wednesday – Ratiocination (peer editing) Round 1 in class. Revise in class (finish at home if not done in class) and print new draft at home to bring to class on Friday.

Thursday – Introduce next Signpost and work on IRB “Aha Moment” in class.

Friday – Ratiocination (peer editing) Round 2. Begin revisions in class. No homework.

MondayBoth rounds of ratiocination due for grading. Finish revising/editing for final draft in class. FINAL DRAFT DUE WEDNESDAY (may turn in earlier if finished).


Dear Parents and/or Guardians of the Bowie Vertical Team,

Please remember that Austin ISD has become a District of Innovation (DOI), a designation that allows schools to adjust their schedules and calendars to meet the needs of the school community. 

The following changes were made for the Bowie Vertical Team.

All Bowie Vertical Team Elementary Schools (Baldwin, Baranoff, Clayton, Cowan, Kiker, and Mills) will begin at 7:40 a.m. each day. The warning bell will ring at 7:35 am and students will be counted tardy if not in classrooms by 7:40 a.m. Students will be released each day at 3:00 p.m.

· Bailey and Gorzycki start time and end time will remain the same. 

· Bowie High School start time and end time will remain the same.

This slight adjustment in our start/end time will allow us to add four additional days of professional development for our staff, which will allow our teachers to collaborate on lessons, analyze data, and engage in professional learning to better serve our students. On these days, students will not attend school. 

The professional development dates are:

· All Bowie Vertical Team Elementary Schools: September 24th, January 3rd and 4th, and February 15th.

· Bailey and Gorzycki Middle School: September 24th, January 3rd and 4th and February 15th. (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)
· Bowie High School: October 5th, January 3rd and 4th, and February 15th. 

Moving to Blend

Please be patient with me as I learn to use and navigate Blend. Eventually, everything on this site will transfer over to Blend. When it does, I will post an update on this page. Until then, please continue to use this website to access assignments, announcements, and class resources.