At Sequoia National Park Summer 2011
    Mrs. Gallagher, ISS Teacher
    In School Suspension is a classroom environment that is strict, structured and isolating for students who have violated the student code of conduct at Cross Timbers Middle School.   When a student is assigned ISS, they are given a packet to complete that emphasizes taking responsibility for their errors in judgment.  Students assigned ISS are expected to comply with the ISS Rules and complete all assignments sent by their teachers before they will be released from ISS. I will work with the students to instruct and tutor so that the student can complete current assignments as well as any that are delinquent.
    I also supervise lunch detentions that are as a result of a tardy to class or a discipline issue assigned by an administrator. Lunch detentions in my room are a way to emphasize the importance of being on time to classes, ready to work. Lunch detentions give a consequence without removing the student from the learning environment.  
    I have been the ISS teacher at CTMS since 2007.  I am certified in Composite Science grades 4-12.  I have a BS from Stephen F Austin State University in Biology with minors in Chemistry and French.  I taught Physics and Chemistry one year at CHHS before coming to CTMS.  I believe that this position gives me a unique opportunity to make a difference in students who have difficulties making good choices. 
    As you might note in the picture above, I have a passion for trees, forests, and our National Parks. Each year, I decorate my classroom with information about the various National Parks and Monuments that I have visited. In 2016, I visited Teddy Roosevelt National Park, Glacier NP, Dinosaur Monument, and Capulin Volcano National Monument. Many students are not aware of the vast variety of natural landscapes in the United States. I want this to encourage their natural curiosity and interest. 
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