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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 4

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 5/7/2021 4:10:00 PM
     
    Friday, May 7, 2021
    Hello families,
     
    It’s been a few weeks since we’ve checked-in.  Teachers have been like ducks on a pond: we are trying to keep our calm on the surface, and underneath our feet are paddling frantically. It's the time of year where we are helping students transition to in-person learning, squeezing in as many lessons as possible, working to keep our virtual learners engaged, and starting to think about and plan for next year. 
     
    We can hardly believe its MIDTERM of Quarter 4!  That means that we have just 5 weeks left of the school year before our 6th-graders become 7th-graders.  Global Arts Plus will soon be reaching out to families as students start to register for 7th-grade classes. Stay tuned!
     
    But what are 6th-graders working on right now?
    • In MN Studies, students are exploring the root causes of the U.S. Dakota Uprising.
    • In Math, 6th-graders are working with equivalent ratios.
    • In Physical Science, 6th-graders are learning about waves.
    • In Reading Workshop, students are reading fantasy fiction and thinking about how characters interact with their settings and respond to conflict.
    • In Writing Workshop, students are in the planning stage of the writing process as they create their own fantasy stories/comics/picture books.
    As a reminder, our monthly, virtual PTA meeting is this Monday, May 10 at 7:00pm. Here’s the link: https://bit.ly/BbSTbLA.  You can also view the flier (below).
     
    As always, please reach out with your questions and concerns.  We are stronger together!
     
    In peace, Amy Corrigan & Gracie Young
     
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  • End of Week 2

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 4/23/2021 4:10:00 PM
    Arc
     
    ​Friday, April 23, 2021
    Hello families,
     
    This week in Foundations, students were asked: When you think about all of the events happening in our community, how are you feeling?  What videos, pictures or other images have you seen? What have you heard? What questions do you have?  They added their feelings, ideas, and questions to a “Graffiti Wall” posted in the classroom.  Here’s what we learned as we read their words:
    - Students are glad to be at school.  In-person students, especially, are getting into the Q4 flow.
    - Students are thinking about the verdict and outcome of the Chauvin trial.  They are thinking about the death of
    Daunte Wright. They are thinking about the big, social issues of racism, homelessness, police brutality, and equity, and they are responding with empathy, careful thought, and true feelings.
    - Students don’t love MCA tests.  They can do them, but they don’t like them.
    - Students are concerned about the pandemic, safety, and health.
    - Students are hopeful.
     
    In the upcoming week (Week 3) — now that MCA tests and orientation are wrapping-up — in-person and virtual learning lessons will be getting closer and closer together.  All students will have two lessons per week in each of their core classes: Math, Science, MN Studies, Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop.  In-person students will participate in lessons in the classroom; virtual learning students will access the lessons in Schoology.  If your 6th-grader is in VLS, please remind them there is a daily help desk for 6th-grade from 3:00-4:00 in Google Meets.
     
    Finally, we are still in the midst of a pandemic.  We hope this email finds you and your families safe, happy, and well.  We are working to keep kids safe at school through handwashing, frequent cleanings, social distancing, mask-wearing, and contact tracing. Thank you for helping our students understand the importance of these practices!  To stay up to date on district announcements and policies related to COVID-19, please visit this site: www.spps.org/reopen.
     
    Please reach out to us with questions, needs, or concerns.  
     
    In peace,
    Amy Corrigan & Gracie Young 🙂
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  • End of Week 1, Q4

    Posted by Amy Corrigan on 4/16/2021 4:40:00 PM
    Opal Tometi  
    Friday, April 16, 2021
    Hello families & guardians,
     
    It has been several weeks since we’ve written, but we know that many things have changed and shifted since then.  We know the school and district have been sending information in a variety of ways, and we don’t want you to feel deluged! (Side note: Did you know that our Global Arts Plus mascot is the GREEN WAVE?)
     
    First of all, Quarter 3 wrapped up on April 1.  Teachers then finalized Q3 grades for our students. Those grades should “go live” at the end of next week.  That means that you should be able to see your 6th-grader’s Q3 grades in Campus after April 21. Please let us know if you can’t!
     
    In between Q3 and Q4, we had an extended SPRING BREAK.  I hope this provided an opportunity for choice, calm, and respite during this busy & overwhelming year.
     
    Quarter 4 started on Wednesday, April 14. New Q4 schedules are posted in students’ Schoology folders.
    • Students registered in Virtual Learning School or VLS (22% of our Homeroom/Foundations) started Q4 getting used to new routines.  Videos and lessons are being posted for VLS students twice a week for most classes (Math, Science, MN Studies, Writing, Reading, Foundations).  Elective classes may post 1-2 times a week.  There are no live Meets for classes in Q4.  However, students in VLS are encouraged to email teachers with questions and concerns. Additionally, there is a help desk (office hours) with the 6th-grade team Monday through Friday, 3:00-4:00 pm just for students in VLS!
    • Students registered for In-Person Learning (78% of our Homeroom/Foundations is registered for IPL) also began Q4 on Wednesday. Students spent this week in Orientation, learning the layout, expectations, and routines of the building. Next week, IPL students will take the MCA test in Reading and Math.  They will also attend one lesson for each of their classes. Starting week 3, IPL students will have two meetings/lessons for most of their classes each week, just like students in VLS.

      Additionally, IPL students should bring these materials to school each day: a backpack, charged iPad with the keyboard case, face mask, reusable water bottle, earbuds/headphones (not Bluetooth), a folder, notebook, pen/pencil.  If your child needs any of these materials, just let us know! :)
     
    Finally, with all of the changing logistics and updates, we are still in the midst of a pandemic.  To stay up to date on district announcements and policies, please visit this site: www.spps.org/reopen.
     
    Thank you for your support, everyone.  Please reach out to us with questions, needs, or concerns.  
     
    In peace,
          Amy Corrigan & Gracie Young :)
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  • 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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