University of Wisconsin-Parkside: Bachelors of Science - Psychology & Wisconsin Elementary Education Certification grades 1-8 (Lifetime License)
Postgraduate credits: UW-Parkside, Carthage College & Cardinal Stritch University
- Selected by students of merit as a teacher who "Made a Difference" in the life of those students and acknowledged for excellence as a distinguished educator in Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2000, 2002 & 2004.
- Recognized as an outstanding educator whose dedication, commitment, and guidance are represented by student work selected for National Honors (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (1) 2018 and American Voices nominee (1) 2018 by Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
- Nominated by Dr. Jackie Lichter as Catholic Educator of the Year for "educators who live their school's mission and impact the faith life of others" by Catholic Financial Life 2013.
- Certification of Appreciation from Cardinal Stritch University-Office of Field Experience and Clinical for Service as a Cooperating Teacher 2014.
- Recognized as a teacher who "inspired a love of learning and captured memories which makes you the kind of teacher students will remember for the rest of their lives" by Scholastic Student Treasures Team 2016.
- District Speech Contest School trophy 2017 by Modern Woodmen of America. Speech theme: "What does it mean to be a hero?" ASCS students placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at District Level 2 (hosted by Randall Consolidated). Winners all advanced to State Level 3 contest where one ASCS student placed 3rd.
I believe "Earth's crammed with Heaven." St. Mary Catholic Parish and Elementary School in Kenosha are where my own Christian formation began. It's an honor and extraordinarily rewarding to be working at All Saints Catholic School. Our school is truly a profound blessing for our community. To me, happiness is teaching... especially with wonderful colleagues, kind families, and hardworking students.
Ray Bradbury once said, "Jump off the cliff and learn how to make wings on the way down." This is good advice for writers, and it captures what my students do as they test drive and master writing moves that enhance their craft.
Mission Statement: Together we will teach children to see the world through the eyes of Christ and to model the lives of the Saints in a rigorous academic environment.
Open House Letter:
Parents and students, welcome to ASCS Middle School. I look forward to a new and exciting year at our united campus with all of my hardworking students--your children. I will be your child’s language arts, writing, and speaking/listening teacher. This year will be filled with many opportunities to grow in a variety of academic and social skills, not to mention in one’s faith by intentionally practicing virtues and prayers.
This year’s focus in language arts will be more on skillful writing strategies. I will teach students by pointing out, naming, and test-driving powerful writing moves. I will share dozens of strategies to show them how to elaborate with details that describe, convince, inform, speak, and dance. We are going to learn from the experts--mentor texts from Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Gary Paulsen, C. S. Lewis and many others. Also, I love to celebrate their writing and encourage participation in local and national writing contests as much as I can.
I again look forward to advising Crochet Club and Forensics Club as well as coordinating our School Spelling Bee in the fall and Modern Woodmen School Speech Contest in the spring. Lastly, I’m so very grateful and honored to serve as your children’s language arts teacher at All Saints Catholic School. Thank you for entrusting them to our wonderful Middle School. Please feel free to email with your questions or concerns anytime. Let’s have an awesome year together!
Fall 2019--Student supplies for language arts class include the following: one package of loose leaf paper, 2 folders, 2 spiral notebooks, hand-held pencil sharpener, post-its, and 2 packages of index cards
Be sure to get information right on your phone with REMIND app in the fall. To get text notifications: text the message @ga3c4dk to the number 81010 To get email notifications: go to rmd.at/ga3c4dk on a desktop computer.
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http://readingandwritingproject.org/resources/text-sets Click on Nonfiction Text Sets
Spelling Test(retakes available): https://www.spellingcity.com/fcapelli/
Language Arts Test Retake Policy: Guidelines are currently under review. For now, spelling tests are to be retaken in a timely manner after completing practice work. Grammar unit tests are to be retaken after practicing the learning targets and preparing by the specified due date. No exceptions on due date.
Above is a helpful article link entitled "10 Ways to Take the Struggle Out of Homework"
This is my LIBRARY or COLLECTION of Links to online resources and games. When students need to access any of these, I add it to my HOMEWORK page.
- Helpful youtube videos: Teacher Feature with Tim Serabian and mistersato 411
- http://www.keep.google.com annotate pictures
- http://www.pixabay.com free pictures
- http://www.madmagz.com free online magazine
- ACES strategy for answering questions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoaL1Irs0Qc
- Quia Million Dollar game http://www.quia.com/rr/36765.
- IXL grammar practice http://www.ixl.com/ela/grade-8
"I love Ms. Capelli, ASCS is lucky to have her. What I appreciate is that she has tons of knowledge and experience about both Language Arts and middle school children. I appreciate that during conferences she not only discusses what the kids are working on in Language Arts, she also talks about the social aspect of middle school. Middle school is tough and kids aren’t always kind. I appreciate that she knows that those relationships are important and she makes it a point to focus and ask about them. My daughter has opinions that don’t always align with her peers’ opinions and she isn’t afraid to speak up and share them. Ms. Capelli does a great job with supporting her and letting her know that it’s good to think differently and to speak up. She loves her, she thinks that she has amazing teaching methods, she does a great job preparing them for high school and gives a lot of great advice. She also feels that she does a lot with the community and appreciates that she gets the school involved in community contests/opportunities." 5/24/19 from a parent of an ASCS graduate--Class of 2019
"Once I attended my first school speech contest, I immediately fell in love. I was only a little fourth grader at the time. Now, I am an eighth grader who still has a strong passion for the power of words. I'd love to thank you for your dedication to growing not only my passion, but everyone else's for language, writing, and the Catholic faith. What you do is inspiring. Thank you for preparing me so well for high school. I can't thank you enough for all you've done!" 6/1/18 from an ASCS graduate--Class of 2018
"Thank you for three wonderful years. You have gone above and beyond to provide us with amazing projects and contests. Thank you for all the amazing opportunities and helping me through each one. I will never be able to repay you for both the Modern Woodmen speech contest and Drug-Free poster contest. You have helped me succeed in so many ways. I feel more than prepared for high school. Thank you for making my middle school experience enjoyable and for helping me grow in God's love." "Thank you for pushing me to be my best." "I'm so glad I spent my middle school years with you. I will miss you!" "You've been helpful and kind since the beginning. I will always remember you as the nice teacher you are. Thank you!" 6/2/17 Excerpts from thank you cards from ASCS graduates--Class of 2017
"You have taught me so much whether it's grammar, spelling, writing or even life lessons. I admire the way you teach the class because everything went so smoothly and quickly. You were definitely one of the calmest and funniest teachers I've had." "I'm so grateful that you have encouraged me and pushed me to take part in speech & essay contests and to use the skills you have taught me. Most importantly, I want to thank you for helping me become a better writer." "Thank you for teaching me how to present, arrange, and choose my words to create something beautiful." 6/3/16 Excerpts from thank you cards from ASCS graduates--Class of 2016
"Our daughter attended ASCS and graduated from 8th grade last year. We wanted to let you know how pleased we were with how well ASCS prepared her for High School this year. Our daughter attends SJCA and her English teacher has indicated her writing abilities are stellar. We attribute her skills to the great English teacher she had at ASCS, Mrs. Capelli. We are truly blessed to have Mrs. Capelli at ASCS. Not only has our daughter excelled in English but Biology as well. In eighth grade, Mrs. Neu taught them a few advanced topics that were covered again in 9th grade at SJCA that many of her peers who attended other middle schools had not even learned yet. Our daughter was well prepared and ahead of the game when taking her Honors Biology course, allowing her to excel ahead of her peers. We did not know where our daughter would fall academically with those that attended other middle schools and are pleased to find out that she was not only prepared for the rigorous courses in ninth grade but appears to be advanced in many areas. We just wanted to thank you and all the teachers for all you do for our students." 5/11/15 from a parent of an ASCS graduate--Class of 2014
"I am taking a debate class in high school, and I was thinking of you this week. I did my position paper last year on the benefits of video games. It was a good thing that I kept it because I had to do a debate on video games yesterday. Your guidance on the paper was very helpful last year. I just wanted to say thank you because I have been very well adjusted to high school especially in the English department. Many teachers have commented positively on the writing portions of my tests and I have you to thank. On my English final for the first semester, I got a 96 percent. We are going to start diagraming sentences in English class in the next few weeks and I can't wait! Keep up the great work!" 1/21/15 from an ASCS graduate--Class of 2014
"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the extra effort that you have taken, by submitting the students' writings for competition. The Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness campaign and now this recent notification of having my daughter's poem published have truly boosted her confidence." 5/23/14 from a parent of an ASCS graduate--Class of 2015
"My daughter made a comment last week as she was in the midst of her first Freshman finals that I wanted to pass along. She said she and another All Saints friend had been discussing “how bad” they felt for the kids in their class who did not have the English background (grammar, sentence structure, etc) that they had received at All Saints. Kudos to you, Mrs. Capelli, on your English prep of the All Saints kids as they move into high school. Thank you." 1/27/14 from a parent of an ASCS graduate--Class of 2013
"I know I've told you this before, but I want to emphasize again, what a fantastic job you are doing in preparing the students for adult life. My daughter has finished her first year of High School with flying colors. She has been commended by several teachers, particularly for her writing abilities. She breezed through her first English class with no homework and no difficulties in understanding. Her History teacher would routinely read her essays (anonymously) to the class to show them what he wanted to see. She achieved a score of 100 percent on the English portions of the MAPS tests taken by High School freshmen in preparation for ACT tests. My daughter has commented to me on several occasions that you, Ms. Capelli, have helped her tremendously in her high school success. Thank you and keep up the good work. What you have taught these kids will follow them through their entire adult life!" 6/8/13 from a parent of an ASCS graduate--Class of 2012