“You can find magic wherever you look,
    sit back, and relax, all you need is a book.”
    -Dr. Seuss-
    Welcome to Mrs. Phillips' 8th Grade English Language Arts and/or Advisory website!

    My name is Melissa Phillips, and I will be your teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. I am looking forward to working together and getting the semester started off strong.

    Please know as you walk through the hallways of Gemini that you are surrounded by people who deeply care about you, who are guided by a passion for helping you to reach your potential, and who wholeheartedly believe in you…every day…always. You are valued and your contributions are important.

    My goal is to provide support and encouragement in your journey to improve your reading and writing skills but also teach you how to make a positive impact on our world.  You are capable of amazing things!!  Don’t hesitate to let me know if there’s anything I can do to help during the process.  

    Although the official start date for school is not until Monday, August 16, I suggest the following actions:

    • Begin to familiarize yourself with Google Classroom and Powerschool. I will be posting ALL assignments through Google Classroom and ALL grades in PowerSchool.
    • Make sure to read the course syllabus, located as a tab on my website.  This will help you understand the rhythm of the class and what is expected.
    • We will be engaging in various getting-to-know-you activities the first week of school.  Start thinking about creative ways to introduce yourself.  Start composing a few words about what you hope to get out of the class.
    • Be positive!!! Get excited!  Come with me on a journey to discover interesting ideas and unique perspectives from writers, thinkers, philosophers and storytellers!!!   

    As you get started, I'll answer any questions as they arise, or point you to our tech support for more technical questions.  Please email me!!!


    Mrs. Phillips
    Gemini Room 2320
    Email - mphillips@emsd63.org
    Phone - 847-493-8533