Ms. Amy Corrigan

Phone: 651-293-8690

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

·Bachelor of Arts in English, Biology -- Luther College · Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) -- Hamline University · MN Teaching License: 5-12 Language & Communication Arts

Ms. Amy Corrigan

Hello!  My name is Ms. Amy Corrigan, and this year I will be teaching Writing Workshop in 6th-grade.  I am happy to be starting my 8th year (2020-2021) at Global Arts Plus-Upper and my 22nd year in education!

Here is a link to the Writer's Workshop syllabus. This year we will write to tell stories (narrative writing), inform or teach others (expository writing), and share our opinions (argument writing). We will explore our sense of self (identity), sense of purpose (truth), sense of power (voice), & sense of imagination (creativity). Stay up-to-date with grades, daily activities, homework assignments, and feedback through Schoology.

This photo was taken during the 2019 6th-grade artist residency with Minneapolis photographer Wing Young Huie.

For more information about the 6th-grade team of teachers, please take a look at this welcome letter and/or video. 

6th-grade Team Welcome Letter

6th-grade Team Welcome VIDEO

6th-grade OPEN HOUSE Slideshow

 

Feel free to contact me by e-mail with any questions.  Let's have a great year together! :) Peace, Ms. Amy Corrigan

 

PHOTO GALLERY: During Q2/Q3, students researched one of two historical events: the Greensboro Sit-ins and the Stonewall Uprising.  They asked questions, read and took notes from 2+ sources, and synthesized and paraphrased their learning. Finally, they created ONE-PAGERS to engage and inform their readers about these important events. Here are some of the 6th-graders' ONE-PAGERS in a photo gallery.

 

  • End of Week 8

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 3/26/2021 4:00:00 PM
    Friday Kahlo
    Friday,  March 26, 2021
    Hello families,

    “Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” Frida Kahlo’s words seem so fitting for this school year! It has been a year of shifting schedules, changing routines, loss, and evolution, for sure.  Thank you for making time to meet with teachers at conferences during this ever-changing year! It was a gift to see you, celebrate our 6th-graders, and hear your perspectives.  We are so grateful for your generous support.
     
    Quarter 3 is wrapping up.  We have just one week left of the quarter; the last day is Thursday, April 1.  (April Fool's Day? No fooling!) :)  Then, students and staff will have time off for Spring Break.  Teachers will return to the building on April 12 to plan and prepare for the start of Q4.  The first day of Q4 for VLS and in-person students is Wednesday, April 14. 
     
    Speaking of Spring Break, several of you mentioned at conferences that your family is planning to travel during Spring Break.  If you are looking for the district’s “travel guidance” around Spring Break travel, use this link.
     
    In Q4, SPPS students will be asked to take the MCA tests in Reading and Math.  While these tests were cancelled for the 2019-20 school year, federal and state governments are requiring standardized testing for students this spring (2021).  Parents/guardians have the right to excuse their kids from taking the MCA tests.  If you’d like more information to help you decide, you can visit this website: https://www.spfe28.org/opting-out/ . Please let us know if you have additional questions or would like to "opt out" of MCA tests for 2021.
     
    In case you’ve missed it, there are a ton of details about SPPS’s “Back to School” plans for Q4 at this link. Visit the page to read more about district meal service, transportation, health/COVID policies, and so on.  Details about your child’s individualized Q4 schedule (in VLS or in-person) will be available at the start of Q4. We will use April 14 to help students adjust to their new schedule and routines.
     
    We wish you a wonderful weekend.  As always, please email us with your questions or concerns.
     
    In Peace, Amy Corrigan & Gracie Young
     
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  • End of Week 7

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 3/19/2021 4:15:00 PM
    Friday, March 19, 2021
    Hello families,
     
    A number of students have commented on how quickly the days, weeks and quarters have been going lately.  It’s true: today marks the end of week 7 of Quarter 3, already.  We have just two weeks left of the quarter.  The last day of Quarter 3 is Thursday, April 1.  Then, Global Arts Plus will have spring break, and Quarter 4 will begin on Wednesday, April 14.  Here is a list of some of the other key, upcoming dates:
     
    March 23 - PM conferences 4:45-7:45 
    March 26 - No school for students; Conferences 8:00-3:00
    April 1 – Last day of Quarter 3 
    April 2 - No school (Staff Professional Development Day) 
    April 5-9 - No School Spring Break 
    April 12-13 - No School (Teacher Planning Days)  
    April 14 – First day of Quarter 4 and Start of In-Person Learning/VLS Split
     
    It was nice to see many of you at Spring Conferences this week.  If you were unable to attend or sign-up, there are still time conference times available on Tuesday, March 23 (4:45-7:45) and Friday, March 26 (8:00-3:00).  Please use this link to sign-up for a conference time: https://forms.gle/6WtkTWDGMx4CGPCs7. After you complete the form, we will send you a CONFIRMATION EMAIL* with the Google Meet time, date, and individual conference code. We will invite you using your on-file email address(es).  We will also send the link to your child’s SPPS email address. Unlike the Fall, you do not need to use your child’s iPad to access the conference (but you can).  You can also use the Meet code on your own home computer, phone, or device.  * Please note, the confirmation email is sent out by us manually.  It will not be automatic/immediate.
     
    Finally, the office has asked us to remind you that families are still allowed to register their kids for Virtual-Learning (VLS) for Quarter 4.  Use this link if you would like your 6th-grader to stay in virtual/distance learning:  https://apply.spps.org/vls. If you have already registered your child for VLS or your child plans to return to in-person learning for Q4, no action is needed at this time.
     
    Please reach out if you have questions or concerns.  Enjoy the first weekend of Spring! 🙂
     

    In peace, Amy Corrigan & Gracie Young

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  • End of Week 6

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 3/12/2021 5:00:00 PM
    Friday, March 12, 2021
    Hello families,
     
    It’s the end of week 6 of Quarter 3! What have sixth-graders been working on in classes lately?  Here’s a cheat sheet about the main areas of student in each core class AND some questions you can ask to prompt some discussions:
     
    • In MATH, 6th-graders have been working on the distributive property & variables.  Ask your child: what is a variable? What is the distributive property?
     
    • In MN Studies, 6th-graders are comparing and contrasting Dakota & Ojibwe communities, values, traditions, and ways of life.  Ask your child: what is similar between Dakota & Ojibwe traditions & customs?  What’s different?
     
    • In READING WORKSHOP, 6th-graders are discussing some big topics that show up in fictional texts: conflict, power, and social issues.  Ask your child: what is power? How do you know if a person (or character) has power?  How does power affect other people/characters?
     
    • In SCIENCE, students are studying motion.  Ask your child: what is the difference between average speed & instantaneous speed?
     
    • In WRITING WORKSHOP, students have begun a unit on persuasive/opinion writing.  We have just begun thewriting process for literary essays! Ask your child: what claim are you making about a character?
     
    Earlier this week, we sent out a sign-up form for Spring Conferences.  If you used the form to sign-up already, you and your 6th-grader should have received an email that contains an invitation & Google Meet code for your individual conference.   You can use the Meet code or link on your own home computer, phone, or device OR use your child’s iPad to access the conference.  If you would still like to sign-up for a Meet, here is the process to follow:
     
    1. Click on this Google form link: https://forms.gle/2wtJgetxSTVscEGS7
     
    2. Type your child’s complete name.
     
    3. Choose the best date (Tuesday, 3/16, Tuesday 3/23, or Friday 3/26) and 10-minute time that will work for you.
     
    4. After you complete the form, we will send you a CONFIRMATION EMAIL* with the Google Meet time, date, and individual conference code. We will invite you using your on-file email address.  We will also send the link to your child’s SPPS email address. Unlike the Fall, you do not need to use your child’s iPad to access the conference (but you can).  You can also use the Meet code on your own home computer, phone, or device.  
     
    * Please note, the confirmation email is sent out by us manually.  It will not be automatic/immediate.
     
    We're looking forward to connecting with you at conferences.  In the meantime, please let us know if you have questions or concerns.
     
    In peace, Amy Corrigan & Gracie Young 🙂
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  • CONFERENCE Sign-up

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 3/9/2021 4:00:00 PM
    Hello Corrigan/Young Foundations families, parents, and guardians,
     
    As we mentioned last week in our Week 6 check-in, it’s time for Spring Conferences!  It’s time to schedule your child’s conference with their Homeroom/Foundations teacher. Conferences are held on Tuesday, March 16 (4:45-7:45pm), Tuesday, March 23 (4:45-7:45pm), and Friday, March 26 (8:00-3:00pm).
     
    Just like in the Fall, our conferences will be held virtually (on-line) through Google Meets. The sign-up structure will be a bit different than the Fall, though. Here’s the process:
     
    1. Click on this Google form link: https://forms.gle/2wtJgetxSTVscEGS7
    You are signing up for a conference slot for the following time with your child's Foundations teachers, Ms. Amy Corrigan & Ms. Gracie Young. Ms. Corrigan or Ms. Young will email you and your child's email a follow up calendar invite that will appear on Google Meets to access your conference. If you have questions, please email me at amy.corrigan@stpaul.k12.mn.us or call me at 651-293-8690 ext. 44079. Thank You!
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    2. Type your child’s complete name.
     
    3. Choose the best date (Tuesday, 3/16, Tuesday 3/23, or Friday 3/26) and 10-minute time that will work for you.
     
    4. After you complete the form, we will send you a CONFIRMATION EMAIL* with the Google Meet time, date, and individual conference code. We will invite you using your on-file email address.  We will also send the link to your child’s SPPS email address. Unlike the Fall, you do not need to use your child’s iPad to access the conference (but you can).  You can also use the Meet code on your own home computer, phone, or device.  
     
    * Please note, the confirmation email is sent out by us manually.  It will not be automatic/immediate.
     
    We know that this time of year AND this year has a lot of moving parts and complications. We would love to meet with you at conferences, but we don’t want conferences to be an additional burden. If you are unable to attend one of these days/times, just let us know or send an email to check-in.
     
    In peace, Amy Corrigan & Gracie Young :)
     
     
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  • End of Week 6

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 3/5/2021 4:00:00 PM

    The only way out is through

    Friday, March 5, 2021

    Hello families, parents, and guardians,

    We hope this email finds you and your family safe, well, and able to enjoy the warm, early-Spring temperatures.  Thank you for your grace, patience, and understanding during these times. As you may know, there are some changes coming in Quarter 4. 

    The district sent out an email this week announcing that in-person learning will begin starting April 14th. In preparation for this transition, the district is asking families to decide on in-person learning or virtual learning school (VLS). Please read through the information linked here to see what in person and VLS learning will look like. 

    All students will be placed for in-person if you do not fill out the VLS form. Families that choose to keep their child virtual will need to sign up by Thursday, March 11. If you previously signed your child up for VLS, you will need to do it again (previous enrollments do not apply; you must re-enroll). Know that once you choose VLS, this is where your child will stay for the remainder of the school year. 

    Conferences are coming up. Please be on the lookout next week for an email from me to schedule your 10-minute conference with Corrigan/Young for one of these days: Tuesday, March 16 (4:45-7:45pm), Tuesday, March 23 (4:45-7:45pm), or Friday, March 26 (8:00-3:00pm). 

    Here are upcoming key dates: 

    March 8 - PTA meeting on zoom (Q&A for the April 14 decision) 

    March 11 – Deadline to register for Virtual Learning School (to start Quarter 4) 

    March 16 - PM conferences 4:45-7:45 

    March 23 - PM conferences 4:45-7:45 

    March 26 - No school for students (Conferences 8:00-3:00) 

    April 1 – Last day of Quarter 3 

    April 2 - No school (Staff PD) 

    April 5-9 - No School Spring Break 

    April 12-13 - No School (Teacher Planning Days)  

    April 14 – First day of Quarter 4 and Start of In-Person Learning 

     

    One another note: if you need a free, COVID test, information about at-home testing and/or testing locations can be found at this link.

    If you have additional questions, please come to the PTA meeting on Monday, March 8th! Zoom link is attached above. Feel free, too, to reach out to our Assistant Principal, Sharon Hendrix -- sharon.hendrix@spps.org -- with any questions. We know the constant changes can be numbing, tiring, and confusing.  Let us know how we can help.

    In peace, Amy Corrigan & Gracie Young :)

     

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  • End of Week 4

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 2/26/2021 4:15:00 PM
    Friday, 2/26/21
    Hello families,
     
    Today marks the end of Quarter 3, Week 4.  That means that next week is already Q3 Midterm. If you haven’t check-in with your 6th-grader about their work and progress so far in Quarter 3, this would be a great week/weekend to do it!
     
    Today also concludes the first week Global Arts Plus has offered our middle school students in-person support at the building.  Overall, the return to the building went well.  Here are a few of the comments we heard from students and teachers this week:
    - “I’m done? If I were at home, this would have taken me an hour to do!”
    - “It was so good to see one another.”
    - “I got so much done today.”
    - “The school is so much bigger than I thought it would be.”
    - “It was great to see student social AND academic interactions. Students were eager to help one another!”
    - “Mrs. Toivola looks taller in Google Meets.” ;)
    In-person support continues in upcoming weeks.  Please remind your children to be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early on their assigned day(s).  Finally, please note, there is NO in-person support on Tuesday, March 2.
     
    As you have likely heard, “SPPS is planning to begin in-person learning for all 6-12 grade students who want it starting Wednesday, April 14. Until then, secondary students will continue in distance learning…Secondary students who wish to stay in distance learning for the remainder of the school year will have the option to sign up for virtual learning.” As of today, we have not heard about how registration for in-person and/or continued virtual learning will roll out.  Rest assured, we will pass along information as we learn it.
     
    Also coming soon: Spring Conferences!  Like last Fall, families will be invited to sign-up for virtual conferences with their middle schooler’s Foundations teachers.  Exact days/times are still being finalized, but spring conferences will happen mid- to late-March.  We should have more details for you next week.
     
    Thank you for reaching out with questions and concerns.  Thanks, too, for your continued support in this most unusual school year.
     
    In peace, Ms. Corrigan & Ms. Young :)
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  • End of Week 3

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 2/19/2021 4:00:00 PM
     
    Ashe
    ​Friday, 2/19/21
    Hello families,
     
    Today marks the end of week 3 of quarter 3.  The 6th-grade classes at Global Arts Plus have been digging in to the big-work of quarter 3 this week:
    - In MATH, 6th-graders continue to work with percentages and word problems.
    - In MN STUDIES, students took a virtual field trip to Bdote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.
    - In READING WORKSHOP,6th-grade readers have been reviewing academic literary terms (character, trait, claim, evidence...) as they read & discuss fiction.
    - In SCIENCE, students have been studying balanced and unbalanced forces, creating “animal tug-of-wars” that show these different concepts.
    - In WRITING WORKSHOP, 6th-grade writers have begun working on a One-pager that uses text and images to show what they learned from researching either the Greensboro Sit-ins or the Stonewall Uprising.
     
    Even while quarter 3 marches on, the 6th-grade team has been busy preparing students and materials for the transition to in-person support.  As a reminder, in-person support is an optional chance for students to work with teachers and peers in the school building.  To help students prepare for these changes, this week we led students through updated expectations for being in the building (maps, masks, schedules, etc.). If you’d like to view the slides/videos shared with students this week in our Foundations class, here is the link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1JG1iGQHQ_PA2dDLLvOjQ48tFsgyFaGYsmZu_Dk5Swq8/edit?usp=sharing
     
    If your child is planning to attend in-person support, the district has sent out information about bussing (routes, times, locations).  Teachers have heard that this info. has been confusing and/or inconsistent. If you have not received information, you can access it on your child’s iPad in the CAMPUS app.  Here are instructions:
    1. Go into Campus app (app for attendance)
    2. Click on the 3 bars in the top left corner
    3. Click on More
    4. Click on Transportation
    If you are unsure of the day(s) your child can attend in-person support, we taught our students how to look up their schedules in the SCHOOLOGY app.  Here are instructions:
    1. Go into Schoology app
    2. Open Foundations course
    3. Click on the folder “My Q3 Schedule”
    4. Students should be able to see their own Q3 schedule AND in-person bussing information, including the day(s) they are invited to attend
     
    With so many changes on the wind, we can take comfort in the words of Arthur Ashe: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”  We know how challenging-yet-important communication is during transitions.  Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.
     
    In peace, Amy Corrigan & Gracie Young 🙂
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  • End of Week 2

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 2/12/2021 3:45:00 PM

    Year of the Ox

      Friday, February 12, 2021
    Hello, Corrigan/Young Foundations families,
     
    As we finish our first week of new, Q3 schedules, there is a lot to celebrate.  6th-graders did an AMAZING job adjusting to new Meet times and routines this week.  We know that moving work time to the mornings and class Meets to afternoons caused a lot of upheaval (for students, families, teachers). Thank you for all of your support as the schedules continue to unfold.
     
    You’ve most likely heard that — as Ramsey County COVID case rates have improved — SPPS will begin offering in-person support for 6-12 grade students starting the week of February 22.  In-person support will be offered Monday-Thursday; Fridays will be distance learning days for all secondary students.  Approximately 25% of students will be scheduled for Mondays, 25% for Tuesdays, and so on. Attendance at in-person support is not required; the time will be used to support students in distance learning, not to teach new material. Please watch your mail for details about which day(s) your child is invited to GAP-Upper for in-person support.
     
    What are 6th-graders working on right now?
    - In Science, students are exploring types of FORCES.
    - In Math with Mrs. Toivola, 6th-graders are CALCULATING THE WHOLE.
    - In Reading, students are preparing for SOCIAL ISSUE BOOKS & CLUBS.
    - In MN Studies, 6th-graders are learning about DAKOTA CULTURE & HISTORY.
    - In Writing, students are PARAPHRASING their learning from research about the Greensboro Sit-ins or the Stonewall Uprising.
     
    As a reminder, Monday is President’s Day.  There is no school for staff or students on Monday, 2/16/21.  Our classes and lessons will resume on Tuesday, 2/17.
     
    Please let me know your questions and concerns as we prepare for and begin in-person support.  Teachers are working hard to prepare students, materials, and lessons to meet the challenges of these changes. Thank you, in advance, for your continued support & communication.
     
    In peace, Amy Corrigan & Gracie Young 🙂
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  • Quarter 3, Week 1

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 2/5/2021 6:25:00 PM

    Friday, 2/5/21
    Hello Corrigan/Young Foundations families,
     
    Second semester has begun!  On Thursday, this week, students met in Homeroom/Foundations to check-in, clean-up and clear-out from Q2, access our Q3 schedules, and start talking about the changes for the new term.  
     
    Quarter 3 schedules will begin on Monday, 2/8.  The major change for all students is that Google Meets (live class check-ins) are moving from mornings (Q1-Q2) to afternoons (Q3).  Monday through Thursday, students should be using their mornings to take attendance, check email, view lessons in Schoology, and begin their work.  Afternoons are when students will attend Google Meets from 1:30 - 4:00 pm.  Your child can access their new schedules in Schoology —> Foundations class —> Materials —> folder called “My Schedule.”  
     
    This Monday, February 8, there is a Global Arts Plus virtual PTA meeting at 7:00pm. The focus of this PTA meeting is a Q & A session about onsite academic support, VLS/in-person transitions for PreK-2, 3-5 and 6-8 distance learning. Please see the PTA flier, attached, for details and the Zoom link for the meeting.
     
    Have a great weekend, everyone. Stay warm and let us know if you have questions.
     
    In peace, Amy Corrigan & Gracie Young 🙂
     
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  • End of Week 10 (End of Quarter 2)

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 1/30/2021 8:30:00 AM
    Saturday, January 30, 2021
    Hello families,
     
    Our 6th-graders have just completed quarter 2 of their school year. Mathematically, they are 6.5 or 6 1/2 graders!  We are so proud of the effort, adaptability, and determination our students have shown so far this school year!
     
    As past emails have explained, there are changes coming for second semester.  It's such a tangle of details and dates, that I'll do my best -- here -- to describe.  Please contact us if we can help you navigate the changes or answer questions.
     
     
    In-person Support Offerings
    Planning for in-person support is still underway.  Once it begins, in-person support will be offered for ~25% of middle school students for each of M-T-W-Th. Once in-person support starts, teachers will be in the building mornings, from 9-12:30; they won't be available to students working/learning from home in the mornings.  In-person support will begin the second full week after the COVID-19 case rate for Ramsey County remains under 30 for two consecutive weeks. These numbers are released by the state on Thursdays. SPPS will communicate with staff and families as soon as that threshold is met, and the start date is determined.
     
    Second Semester Orientation
    On Thursday, 2/4, Quarter 3 will start with a morning-long second semester orientation.  Students are expected to log-on to Google Meet to meet with their Foundations class/teachers all morning, 9:30-12:00. This will allow teachers to teach upcoming changes, introduce new/individual student schedules, answer questions, etc..  We will also take time to reflect on and celebrate first semester!  Thank you, in advance, for helping your 6th-grader prioritize attendance at this meeting: Thursday, 2/4/21 from 9:30-12:00.
     
    Quarter 3 Classes
    Middle schoolers will start their Q3 schedules on Monday, 2/8 in distance learning.  Mornings will be mostly asynchronous; students should use mornings to take attendance (Campus) and open their class folders to access lessons, view teacher videos, and complete assignments (Schoology). Afternoons will be for synchronous Google Meets.  While these are big changes, these adjustments will allow us to shift to in-person support more easily, when it begins. Here's a blank schedule (draft) that depicts these changes:
    Google Meet Classes
    Starting Monday, 2/8, middle school Google Meet classes will be scheduled for afternoons.  Again, this will be a big change for middle school students and teachers!  While they used to have live Meets in the morning,  students will now log on to Google Meets for their live classes from 1:30-4:00.  Students will continue to have Foundations and periods 1-4 on M/W afternoons, and Foundations and periods 5-7 on T/Th afternoons.  Please note, middle school students in VLS and students attending in-person support will keep the same teachers/classes. The only teachers and classes that will change for semester 2 are elective classes (if students had Theater with Ms. Rasheed last semester, for example, they might have Visual Art with Mr. Sam this semester). 
     
    Again, we know that these details can be overwhelming. We'll continue to update you & support students as things unfold.  Please know -- as always -- that we are available to answer questions or help untangle then knots.  Thanks for your continued support and communication!
     
    In peace,
    Amy Corrigan & Gracie Young
     
     
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