Parent Letter

  • Dear Parents and Guardians,      12 August 2021

    My name is Mary McCatherine and I am your child’s 8th grade English teacher. I am looking forward to working with your child and I am excited to help your child succeed in 8th grade. Please know that your support in this important part of your child's education is appreciated. This year students will especially need lots of patience and support from teachers and family. Cornavirus changed the way that education and information is delivered. Hopefully, this situation is temporary.

    The English classes in Middle School are set up as block classes that meet every day. The block consists of two back-to-back classes that provide the time to teach both reading and writing. While in the 8th grade, students will continue to build upon the skills they have learned in the previous grades with the knowledge that we will be starting from where the students are now in their understanding of all concepts listed:  comprehension, analysis of literature, strategies for good reading and much more. We will read from all genres of literature to include: fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography, historical fiction, drama, poetry, mythology. 

    Please use this teacher for updated information, tutorial information, schedule and other information. GOOGLE CLASSROOM will be the platform to send and receive important information pertaining to lessons, expectations, communication, etc. The teacher website is also a valuable wealth of information. If you have questions or need clarification, contact me at More information will be provided upon students returning to school and after Chromebooks are distributed. 

    Below you will find my classroom expectations, the NEW TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) that guide teaching in Texas.

    Again, I am looking forward to this year of exploring reading and writing with the 8th grade students. I am praying for students to stay well and be safe this school year. Please be sure to contact the school immediatedly if you have academic or health concerns. If you would like to contact me, you can email me and I will gladly answer any questions you may have. Thank you!


    Mary McCatherine

    8th Grade English Teacher

    Lampasas Middle School







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