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Name: Grade: Student #:

Home Address:

Birthday: Age:
Cell Phone:
Home Phone:


Mother’s Name: Father’s Name:

Home Address: Home Address

Employer: Employer:
Cell Phone: Cell Phone:
Work Phone: Work Phone:

© Lee Ann Spillane


Period Class Name Teacher Room


List the last three movies you saw and The last three movies I saw were
with whom you saw them.
1. Wall-e with my son, Collin
1. 2. Mamma Mia! with my friends Lee, Janet
and Lynnette
2. 3. Dan in Real Life with my husband, Rick


List the last three things you read The last three things I read that were
(books, articles, magazines, etc) that memorable are
were memorable.
1. Whirlwind The Caretaker Triology Book 2
1. by David Klass
2. Host by Stephanie Meyer
2. 3. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer


List the last three places you visited that The last three places I’ve visited that were
were memorable. memorable are
1. The History Center in downtown
2. Orlando
2. The Orlando Museum of Art
3. 3. Sanibel Island

© Lee Ann Spillane


1. Today I am

2. Reading is

3. After school I like to

4. My idea of a good time is

5. Writing is

6. When I read, I
7. Adventure stories are

8. True-life stories are

9. I like books about

10. My favorite subject is

11. I like to read when

12. When my parents

13. Comic books

14. At home we have

15. I feel proud when

16. On weekends I

17. School is

18. When I finish high school,

19. If teachers read

20. I’d

© Adapted from Dr. Janet Allen, It’s Never Too Late with permission by Lee Ann Spillane
Writing Profile Name: __________________________ Period: ______

Look at the writing process continuum below. Circle all that apply to YOUR own process for writing.

Invention/Prewriting Drafting Revising Editing Publishing

* making lists *freewriting * D.R.A.P.E.S. * read backwards * post to
* drawing pictures * outlining * adding details * check spelling blog/website
* using an organizer * using a word * changing the order * use spell check * post to
* freewriting processor * deleting * read line by MySpace or FB
* creating a bubble words/sentences/etc. line * print and share
map * rewriting * exchange with * send to
* reading * rewriting the lead friend magazine or
* talking about what * adding or * look for errors publisher
you’re going to write subtracting parts * ask parent or
teacher to review

What is your opinion of writing?

What are you good at as a writer? What would you like to learn to do better in writing?

What is your best writing memory? What is your worst writing memory?
Lee Ann Spillane
Cypress Creek High School
1101 Bear Crossing Drive
Orlando, FL 32824 school: 407.894.3400 cell: 321/945.7984

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

Welcome to AVID (QJOLVKat Cypress Creek High School! Independent reading is a part of our curriculum. Students are
expected to choose their own reading material, to read daily and to write about what they read. To that end, our classroom
contains a large library of fiction and nonfiction books. Classroom library books range from pictures books, young adult
fiction and audio books from the Plugged-In to Reading collection to classics and popular novels by such authors as John
Grisham, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz. I would like to you to be aware of the fact that some of these novels may
contain adult language and or content.

I am careful in my selection of books and I am constantly aware of titles that may contain offensive material. Because of
this, I ask you to be active in your child’s reading. Ask them what titles they have chosen and are currently reading.
Reading broadly builds vocabulary and increases a student’s reading and writing fluency. Furthermore, reading widely
enables students to broaden their knowledge and experience base and it allows them to view the world from a variety of
perspectives. For this and other reasons, independent reading is very much a part of class and is built into every class

In our democratic society, I feel strongly that books be available to students, but never would I go against your wishes by
allowing them to read something of which you did not approve. That is why I encourage you to visit our classroom,
browse our classroom library, and read the books your children are reading. Some of our titles deal with issues that we
see discussed on television, in the media, in movies, or even at home. Such issues include teenage pregnancy, AIDS,
teenage drinking or drug use, abuse and a host of other topics. The books on our shelves deal with these subjects in a
realistic and sensitive manner, staying away from blatant and gratuitous shock value. I can promise that no book will be
knowingly allowed into our room if it is offensive just for the sake of being offensive.

If you have any questions or concerns about what or how your child is reading during independent reading, please do not
hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to a fantastic year with your students and I know that with your support we
can enable all students to enjoy reading and become lifelong learners and readers.


Lee Ann Spillane

My student, _________________________, has permission to read and check books

out of the classroom library.

Parent or Guardian Signature: ______________________________________________________

Please sign and return by the first Friday of the school year.
Parent Information Form

Mother’s Name: Father’s Name:

cell phone: cell phone:

email: email:

Employer: Employer:

Work Phone: Work Phone:

Please write me a short note about your child. You may write me in English or in Spanish on this
paper or on a separate sheet of paper which you attach. Please have your child return the note by
Friday of the first week of school; it is a homework grade. In addition please visit the parent page
of our class website at and complete the online form, so
that I may make an email group to send you updates about what is happening in class.

In your note please tell me about the following:

-your child’s strengths and challenges in school

-your goals for your child this year in school
-your child as a reader and writer
-anything else I may need to know to better teach your child this year
Within the first few weeks of school, I also mine the data.