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Email: carie.juettner@austinisd.org
Phone: 512-841-8687
Room Number: 706
Conference Period: 2nd period (9:20AM-10:00AM)
Tutoring: 6th period Excel, Wednesdays 3:45-4:30, and before school by appointment
 
 
Scholastic Book Club Class Code: QMGDG
 

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Information about REMIND

Dear Parents and Students,
 
If you use the Remind app to receive text notifications about my class and you have Verizon, please read the following message from the Remind team:
 
 

 

We’re sorry to write with disappointing news. Recently, we learned that Verizon will be charging Remind a new fee that makes it impossible for us to continue supporting free text messaging for anyone who has Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier. Please read on for all the important details—we promise to keep this as short as we can.

What’s happening?
To offer our text messaging service free of charge, Remind has always paid for each text that our users receive or send. Now, Verizon is charging Remind an additional fee intended for companies that send spam over its network. Your Remind messages aren’t spam, but our efforts to resolve the issue with Verizon haven’t been successful.

As a result, the Verizon fee will increase our costs of providing text messaging by 11X—pushing our annual costs into the millions of dollars. This isn’t financially feasible for us to support, and it’s forcing us to end Remind text messaging for everyone who has a wireless plan with Verizon.

How will this affect you?
Beginning January 28, 2019, the people in your classes who normally get your Remind messages as texts will no longer receive these messages if they have Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier.

What can you do?
To make sure people in your classes continue receiving your messages, ask them to download the mobile app or enable email notifications—both of which are free of charge. Our team’s also working hard on a solution that allows your classes to continue to use Remind by text, and we’ll share more details with you before January 28.

In the meantime, we’ll keep fighting to make sure educators, students, and parents have access to effective communication. To do this, we need your help: If using Remind has made a positive impact in your classroom, at your school, or anywhere in between, please ask Verizon to reverse the fee here:www.remind.com/verizon-fee

We’re very grateful for your support, and we’ll be in touch soon with an update.

Sincerely,
The Remind team

Vision + Voice

Congratulations to all the students who submitted their poems to the Vision + Voice contest! Several of the poems have been published on the contest website. To see if yours is there, go to www.k12.visionandvoice.org. Then search for your first name, last initial or the title of your poem. You can also search for "Gorzycki" to see all poems by GMS students or simply browse the list of poems by students of all grade levels. :)

Welcome Back!
 
Get the new year started off right by finding your next book! 
 
Remember, you need to to:
* Bring your book to class every day.
* Read 20 minutes every day.
* Track the books your finish on your Reading Record sheet.
 
If you need help finding a good read, come see me. 

Thank you for a wonderful first semester!

I've loved listening to your poem presentations this week and appreciate your sweet gifts and cards more than you can know. I wish you all a happy, healthy, restful holiday break.

See you in 2019!

For My EXCEL Class Only!

Dear Parents,

I'm excited to announce that this year Gorzycki is participating in a Service Day. During the last week of the semester, students will be completing service projects in their Excel classes. My class has been assigned the task of making care kits for the teenagers at the Helping Hand Home. (To learn more about this organization's mission, visit their website: http://helpinghandhome.org/

Here's how you can help: Please go to our Sign Up Genius page and sign up for an item to donate. Drop it off at school or send it with your child by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14. Your child should give the donations to me (their Excel teacher) to keep in the classroom since that is where we will be completing the project during the week of December 17-20. (Note: There are also some additional items for other holiday drives on the list.) 

Link to Sign Up Genius page: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0449aca929a75-juettner

Please give what you can. All donations are appreciated. If you have any questions, let me know.

Thanks for signing up and for helping us spread a little joy this holiday season! 

- Ms. Juettner

 

P.S. The PTA will be sending a separate sign-up list for parent volunteers needed on Dec 19th and 20th.

YA Writing Contest

Looking for a creative outlet over the break? Submit to this Writing Contest for people 12-19! Deadline is 11/30.
 
THE PASSED NOTE is an online journal for a YA audience. Now, for the first time, we are hosting a no-fee contest for poetry, nonfiction, and fiction by teens! Three teenaged writers will receive cash prizes and publication. Submissions open 10/1 and run through 11/30. Learn more at http://thepassednotereview.com/submissions/ Must be 12-19 to submit.

Book Club Books

Here are the titles and authors of the books being read in our Book Clubs. Dont forget to get a copy of your book by the time you return to school after the break. The copy can be from the library, from Half Priced Books, a print copy, or a digital copy. If you have any trouble getting one, let me know.
 
Mountain Dog by Engle
Shark Girl by Bingham
Paper Hearts by Wiviott
Crossover by Alexander
Long Way Down by Reynolds
Moo by Creech
Hidden by Frost
Yellow Star by Roy
Odette's Secrets by MacDonald
House Arrest by Holt
One by Crossan
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sones
Full Cicada Moon by Hilton
Chasing Brooklyn by Schroeder
Booked by Alexander
 

Today we launched our first round of BOOK CLUBS! This was a favorite activity with my students last year, and I hope you all enjoy it just as much. Visit my class page for specific information about upcoming due dates and reminders.

3rd Six Weeks Extra Credit

TWO extra credit opportunities for the 3rd six weeks have already been posted to my website. (Note: One of them is due next week. The other one is not due until December 18th.)

* Important Note *

For some reason, my class assignments are not showing up in the Edlio daily email. Only posts are coming through. Until I can find out what is causing the problem and fix it, I will be sharing assignments via posts and on Remind. To sign up for Remind, text @juettner to 81010.

Scholastic Orders

If you want to order something from the October issues of Scholastic, bring your order form and cash or check by Friday, September 28th or order online with the code QMGDG.

Our Literacy Trees have bloomed!

 

Looking for a good book? "Leaf" through these student recommendations.