"I'm a big believer in pairing classics with contemporary literature, so students have the opportunity to see that literature is not a cold, dead thing that happened once but instead a vibrant mode of storytelling that's been with us a long time - and will be with us, I hope, for a long time to come". -John Green
Hello PHHS Students & Parents! Let me take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2017-2018 academic year. My name is Ms. Chasko and I have over 15 years of teaching experience with a focus on secondary and college-level English. With my MA in English and three years of teaching specifically as a college composition instructor and writing center consultant at New Mexico State University, it will be my goal to push my students to increase the depth of their critical thinking skills as well as to incorporate academic vocabulary and MLA formatting for citing textual evidence so that their writing and analytical skills ensure success once they enter college.
As a lifelong reader, I could never select just one novel as my favorite. Some of my favorite selections: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee(Atticus Finch is a character who is more complicated than he first appears and a man who continually strives to treat others with dignity and respect. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte(Jane epitomizes the character traits of loyalty, hard work and perseverance despite the odds). The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton(I still am captivated by the friendship, conflicts and class struggle within this book; the most remarkable thing is that Hinton began writing this book when she was only sixteen! A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini which is a story of the remarkable strength of the human spirit and two women who chose compassion and kindness despite the consequences. I look forward to expanding our literary horizons and improving our communication skills via research, writing and intellectual discussions.
P.S. Some students/parents have requested ideas for "appreciation" & though the best gift is to support and check in with your child I have included a list of items and activities I enjoy:
Homemade cookies or cupcakes
Starbucks Caramel Latte or Chai Tea any size iced or hot. :) Dutch Bros:Any Flavor Iced Tea :)
Massage Envy Gift Card
Target or Trader Joe's Gift Card
Sees Candies Nuts and Chews or Dark Chocolate or Hershey with almonds, Any Chocolate or Whatever from Trader Joe's :)
Original Poems and thoughtful notes and cards are probably one of my favorite appreciation gifts.