For Parents


I’m excited to have your child in my class! Below is some basic information about English 1 and English 2.


The best way for parents and guardians to reach me is through email at Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns. I encourage you to check Powerschool and this website first for questions regarding grades and assignments. More information on that can be found below. I respond to all emails within 48 hours and do my best to respond within one business day.

Students are expected to email me using only their school email address (student ID My student contact email address is


The syllabus for English 1 and for English 2, as well as resources related to the texts, can be found on the What We’re Reading page.


All materials related to English 1 and English 2 can be found on this website. Presentations are posted regularly.


Students and their parents/guardians have Powerschool accounts through New Haven Public Schools. This is the best way to see what assignments are due, when they are due, and how your child is performing academically. Students are expected to check Powerschool regularly in order to stay on top of their grades and assignments. I update Powerschool at least every 7-10 days, if not more often.


ESUMS yearly grades are calculated as follows:

  • Marking Period 1: 20%
  • Marking Period 2: 20%
  • Midterm: 10%
  • Marking Period 3: 20%
  • Marking Period 4: 20%
  • Final: 10%

Grades for each Marking Period in English 1 and English 2 are calculated as follows:

  • Assessments: 40%
  • Projects: 25%
  • Classwork: 20%
  • Homework: 10%
  • Quizzes: 5%

There will be limited extra credit opportunities during the year.

Policies and Procedures

Classroom Policies and Guidelines can be downloaded as a PDF. The ESUMS student handbook can also be downloaded from the school’s website.