June 2018

I enjoyed spending time with all my middle and high school students this past school year as we learned more about grammar, literature, vocabulary, and writing. We also learned more about each other and about our God. The structure of English grammar reminded us of our Creator, Who designed the world with such intricate patterns and systems. The literature of men and women gifted by God reminded us that He is the Author of all creativity. Expressing our thoughts on paper allowed us to use the gifts God has given to us.

A steady part of the English curriculum involved memorizing a new poem or passage of Scripture each month. I believe I can safely say that the favorite poem of most – if not every – student was “Jabberwocky”! I know it is a favorite of mine, and I enjoyed sharing it with my classes.

In December, the middle and high school students enjoyed their field trip to the Hilton Performing Arts Center (GMU campus) to see Encore! – a series of five 0ne-act plays performed by the Chamber Repertory Theatre. Then in the spring, studying Shakespeare also provided some interesting moments in class. Both Macbeth and Julius Caesar offered insights into human nature and opportunities for discussions that integrated God’s Word into our reading.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 upon their successful completion of their high school careers. Congratulations, also, to all the students who earned Excellent and Superior ribbons at the district level of the ACSI Creative Writing Festival: Marina Boshra, Jared Copto, Joshua Dankyi, Shannon Dow, Tamar Harris, June Kim, Jacob Lindner, Caleb Nelson, Laura Overkamp, and Grace Williams. Finally, congratulations to our three high school students who earned Superior ribbons on the district level and whose works were selected at the regional level to be published in the 23rd Annual ACSI Regional Creative Writing Festival Book: Kaitlyn Nelson, 12;  Immanuel Whitfield, 11; and Sarai Harris, 10.

My prayer for each of my students is that the lessons learned this year stay with you and that you continue to see God in the words you read, write, and speak.
Have a wonderful summer, and I will see you in the fall!


Mrs. Pyles

Don’t forget that summer reading reports and projects are due on the first day of school, Monday, August 27.  You will find the appropriate information below.

Summer Reading

MS Summer Reading Log 2018

MS Summer Reading 2018

HS Summer Reading 2018


English classes for the 2017- 2018 school year

7th-8th Grade English

9th-10th Grade English

11th-12th Grade English