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Hello!  I have been teaching at Swartz Creek Middle School my entire career (I'm starting my 17th year).  Throughout the years, I've taught 8th grade Science, 6th grade Science, 7th grade ELA, 8th grade ELA, and 6th grade ELA.  I really enjoy working with middle schoolers...so much so, I've either helped out or, in recent years, have actually ran our SCMS Survivor Camp for our incoming 6th graders.
Outside of school, (it's hard to believe, but, yes, I actually do have a life after school hours) I live in Davison with my daughter, Madison, who is 12 and in 6th grade, and my son, Thomas, who is 10 and in 4th grade.  Both of my children are members of the Flint Falcons competitive swim team.
I stay pretty busy between school, my kids and all of their activities, and running things at home.  I enjoy reading and, thankfully, I have a lot of time at swim practices to catch up on great books!
I am a Kearsley High School grad (Class of 1996...I'm old, I know).  I LOVE sports! When I was in high school, I played basketball, volleyball, softball (for one year), track, and I played on a travel volleyball team (Genesee Area Volleyball Club--we finished in the top 20 nationally my junior and senior year of high school).  I was very fortunate to be recruited by the University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, and Wayne State University to play volleyball. I decided to accept a full scholarship to Central Michigan University, where I played for the Chippewas for two seasons.  I made the difficult decision to transfer to Wayne State University in Detroit in the middle of my sophomore year to finish my NCAA eligibility by playing for former Creeker and Mott Women's Volleyball Coach, Tim Bearden.
I believe being involved in activities outside of school helps create well-rounded people, so I enjoy hearing from current and former students about things they are interested in.  I LOVE my Detroit Tigers, even when they are on the downside of the roller coaster ride they like to go on throughout the season and, while I root for the Spartans most of the time, I'm a huge Michigan fan--GO BLUE!
I look forward to working with this year's current SCMS students and I hope to create a fun learning environment with high academic expectations!


Recent Posts

Urban Legends and Tall Tales

Students are working on a small unit involving urban legends and tall tales. We've been doing some online research involving both. Be sure to ask your child what they've been discovering! They've had quite a bit of freedom in finding legends and tales they find appealing, so not all students are researching the same things. They really seem to be enjoying themselves!

Problem Statement DUE TUESDAY (5/8/18)

We worked on coming up with 3 different problems, along with the causes/effects of the problem, etc. today in class. Students then selected one problem they wanted to focus on to write a letter of complaint. Due tomorrow is p.8 in their Letter of Complaint packet.


Redo's for Mrs. Haldy's classes on the following assignments are due back Friday, April 27th:
A. Autobiographical Cartoon
B. 10% Summary
C. Signpost Log
**Redo's for Mrs. Silpoch's classes are due on Thursday, April 26th.

Autobiographical Cartoon Strip DUE FRIDAY 4/20/18

Students have been working on an outline for a cartoon strip they are creating all about themselves. They were given time today to finish up the outline and to begin drawing the cartoon. I am planning on collecting the cartoon strips by the end of writing class tomorrow!

Information Essay Redo Opportunity

Students have until Friday, March, 23 to complete and submit a redo of their informational essay, which explains the cause and effect relationship(s) of either air pollution in China, concussions, or shark attacks.
Redos must be turned in WITH the scoring rubric, rough draft, and first final copy. 

Book Fair and Headphones Tuesday (2/27)!

We will be visiting the book fair tomorrow as a class. Please send in money with your child so items can be purchased.
Also, as part of the research portion for our informational essay writing unit, students will be using Chromebooks tomorrow to watch short videos and to take notes for one of three topics: air pollution in China, concussions, and shark attacks.
Students are highly encouraged to bring in headphones!

Book Fair!

Students have received flyers for our upcoming book fair next week.  We will be visiting the book fair on Tuesday, February 27th. Students will be able to purchase books during this time, so please be sure to send them to school with some money!

Literary Essay & Unit 7 Vocabulary Redos

Students may redo their literary essay and unit 7 vocabulary assessment
Monday, February 12th is the day both are due. 
  • Students must rewrite their essay and turn it in with their original work
  • Students must make flash cards of all vocabulary words in order to take the assessment.

Unit 7 Vocabulary packets are due THURSDAY, not Wednesday

To accommodate for the snow day yesterday, we are pushing back the due date of the Unit 7 packets.  The assessment will be on Friday, as usual.

Signposts Log Redo

Students were given back their signposts reading log which they turned in last week.  Many students did not correctly answer the questions they need to ask themselves as they come across a signpost.  Students may make corrections to their logs and turn them in at the beginning of class on Thursday (1/ 25/18) for a chance to earn a higher score.  
**Please see the Signposts videos available on my blog for a refresher, if necessary.

Just in case you lose your short stories packet...

Look under Mrs. Haldy's ELA documents tab for PDF versions of both the yellow and blue short stories packets.  You will need to have your packet every day for our literary essay writing unit!

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you an enjoyable holiday season with friends and family! See you next year!


Many students have at least one missing/incomplete assignment in ELA. Please be sure to check your child's scores online regularly!
The first round of notifications went to students yesterday, with all the missing/incomplete  assignments written on a sticky note. 
Round 2 notifications will happen tomorrow (12/13/17).
Students will have until Monday, December 18th to complete and turn in all missing/incomplete assignments.

Bring headphones Tuesday (12/12/17)!

We will be using Chromebooks tomorrow in class.  Please BRING HEADPHONES!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends!
                                                                                                         Mrs. Haldy