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I hope you all had an amazing and wonderful Spring Break. Welcome back to school!

You may now take any AR tests that you need to take. YOU MAY have the book with you when you take the test. YOU MAY NOT have any help with the answers. YOU MUST have read the book before taking a test. To access the website, click on this link (if not clickable, copy and past it into your browser): https://hosted200.renlearn.com/273349/default.aspx 



Hello Parents and Students,


As you have probably heard, online learning will be extended through the end of the year. In order to accommodate these changes, I have made some changes to my website. 

Beneath this post, you will find a box that says "AR Book Recommendations and Reviews". If you click on that, it will take you to a page where you can actually click on book covers to find out what those books are about, how many AR points they are worth, and what reading level they are for. I will be updating these books weekly, but for now, these are books that I know are in AR and are appropriate for school reading. The books highlighted in red are books that I recommend. I am eventually going to write reviews for the books that I have read. If students would like to write reviews for any of the titles listed, feel free to do so. Not only will I post them, but I will give extra credit for helping me out.

As for AR, I am going to speak with the powers that be to find out if they have gone remote, and if we are allowing students to take quizzes remotely. As soon I know something, I will let you know.

Another change you'll find is the "material" tab. On this page, you will find important documents from this trimester and trimesters past, as well as materials from other units. If there is something not on this page that you need, please let me know, and I will do my best to accommodate your request. If you hover the mouse over that tab, you'll find both the AR Book Recommendations on their own page, as well as a page full of the online learning videos from the past few weeks.

Over Easter Break, I will be adding a blog to my website, where I will be posting news, updates, and short stories. If students have a short story they would like to have posted, please have them share it with me, and I will post it. I want this to be a safe place for story feedback and suggestions. It can be posted anonymously. I've noticed that a lot of students really want feedback, but they don't want people to know they wrote the story.

Parents, I just want to say that I truly appreciate all of your patience and grace as I have learned (and am still learning to navigate) this new form of teaching. I don't ever want to overwhelm you. I know you probably have a lot on your plate with work life, home life, and now you have to make sure your student is doing their work. This is limited instruction. Everything is being planned with that in mind. I am with you. I am willing to work with you. I can adjust accordingly. Please let me know if I can make any accommodations. I'm trying to give no more than 20-30 minutes of work daily. I know your time is precious, and I want to be respectful of that. 


As you know the recent outbreak of COVID-19 has caused some distress in our world, and this is having an effect on our day-to-day lives. In order to keep your students safe and healthy, the school has decided to have students learn from home. Though this isn't the easiest or preferred way to educate, we adapt and life goes on. As you're looking around my website, you'll notice a few changes in the way things are structured. When you click on the grade level of your student, you'll find that the pages look different. Instead of a running list of assignments, there are links organized by trimesters/months. Make sure you're checking this home page each day, because it will be updated frequently, with news, announcements, and videos. 

As for the online learning programs rolling out, make sure you're checking the assignments on this website. For 6th graders, your assignments will consist only of what's given to you for pick-up and what's listed on this site. For 7th and 8th grade, in addition to checking this website daily, your assignments will appear on Google Classroom. So make sure you check it daily.

7th Grade Google Classroom Code: f7jjyu4

8th Grade Google Classroom Code: yeyq2u7

For Film and Editing, unfortunately, because this class is mostly made up of group work, we will be putting things on hold until you are back on campus. 


Welcome, students and parents, to a new year and great adventure! My name is Mr. Pederson (or Mr. P if you prefer). There is an "About Me" section at further down. Feel free to give it a read for more information on who I am, and all of the things I love. Not only is there information about me on this website, there's also plenty of other great things. In the section below, you will find all of the assignments and for the coming weeks. I will only be posting two weeks at a time, because the pace of the day could change, but everything you need will be there. Just click on the grade you would like to see, and it'll take you to a new page. If you have any questions or concerns, send me an email and I will get back to you promptly. I look forward to all of the exciting things planned for this year.



In case you were curious, here's a little bit of information about me. My name is Josh Pederson. This is my first year teaching at Grace Lutheran. Before this, I taught English, Government, Economics and Graphic Design at high school in Tustin. I was born and raised in California, where my family and my three dogs live. I am a huge fan of books, video games, and movies. I'm honestly just a huge fan of anything that tells a story. I do a little writing on the side for an online publication called Pop Culture Cosmos, where I write and review certain things pertaining to pop culture (mainly video games). There's a lot more to me that I'm sure I will speak to over the course of the year, but for now, if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email, and I will answer them the best that I can. 

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.

- Stephen King

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