We welcome all of you to Spotswood High School and the page that is home to Chaucer, Shakespeare, Hemingway, and Frost. Whether you are joining us from Montevideo Middle School, transferring into our school from some other school division, or simply checking us out, we are happy to have you join us. The members of the SHS English Department invite you to accompany us on a tour of our department as we introduce you to the goals, class offerings, features, and statistics that define us as an academic department.
Renee Miller Lapp- Department Chair - English 10
Barbara Bean - English 12, AP English 12
Karen Leigh - English 10 Advanced, English 11
MaryClaire Pedagno- English 9, Developmental Reading
Sharlene Schoenhardt - English 9, Photojournalism/Yearbook
Dave Scott- English 10, English 11 Honors, AP English 11
Janie Thames - English 9, English 12
Mike Thompson - English 11, English 12 Dual Enrollment
Course Offerings for English:
Our mission in the SHS English Department is, first and foremost, to develop lifelong readers and competent writers. All English classes at Spotswood High School emphasize reading and writing and all have excellent records in preparing students for today’s high stakes testing.
As a department, we are committed to providing maximum assistance to our students as they strive for success both in the classroom and on standardized tests. All English teachers are available to their students for extra help on classroom assignments each Wednesday afternoon from 3:00-3:30. In addition, tutoring is available Thursday morning at 7:30. Please see your English teacher for assistance.
Though plagiarism is not a problem unique to our academic department, it is an issue we deal with on a more regular basis than most. Plagiarism is cheating and violations are punishable under the provisions of the Spotswood High School Honor Code.