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English Department

 

About the English Department

The Ponderosa English Department offers courses of study designed to enlighten students and prepare them for college and the world beyond high school. In addition to traditional, required, year long courses, we offer an Honors English Program to students their freshman and sophomore years. In their junior and senior years, two Advanced Placement courses are offered: Literature and Composition and Language and Composition. We also offer courses accredited through Colorado University at Denver in Fiction and Composition. Further, students can choose elective courses in Creative Writing, Public Speaking, and Newspaper. In addition, we teach a wide range of composition skills for students of all levels. Like Henry David Thoreau, we believe one should read “the best books first.”

                 

Student of the Month

Congratulations to the English student of the month, Nathanael Cline. "Nate is receiving this award because of the resiliency and positivity that he has shown in his first semester of high school. Facing the difficult transition from middle school to Freshman year proved to be a challenge for Nate initially. His stress was visible on a daily basis, and he started to fall behind. But he put forth an inspiring effort to communicate with is teachers and get caught up, ending the first semester on a strong note. Nate’s enthusiasm for English class is so fun to see. He is the first person to contribute to class discussions with thoughtful commentary, always asks great questions, and is consistently striving to do work that is his best. He is incredibly deserving to be student of the month."
 
- Mrs. Michel
 
 

Course Offerings

17-18 English Course Descriptions

9th Grade

Collaboration & Innovation in the 21st Century
Creative Writing
English I
English I Honors
English as a Second Language
Public Speaking

10th Grade

Collaboration & Innovation in the 21st Century
Creative Writing
English II
English II Honors
English as a Second Language
Public Speaking

11th Grade

AP Language & Composition
AP Literature & Composition
Collaboration & Innovation in the 21st Century
College Prep Reading & Research

College Prep Reading & Writing
Creative Writing
English III
English as a Second Language
Public Speaking

12th Grade

AP Language & Composition
AP Literature & Composition
Collaboration & Innovation in the 21st Century
College Prep Reading & Research
College Prep Reading & Writing

Creative Writing
English IV
English as a Second Language
Public Speaking

English Staff

Kasie Chihoski
English Teacher
Gary Cordray
English Teacher
Whitney Dunn
English Teacher
Emma Michel
English Teacher
Kaylee Mitchell
English Teacher
Sean-Michael Pfeiffer
Engish Teacher/Newspaper Sponsor
Dana Swanson
English Teacher
Amanda Villari
English Teacher/Student Government
Bret Weller
Department Chair/English Teacher