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. 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 develop, research, revise and refine their writing. It is so thrilling when my students enter writing contests and get recognized. It shows them how powerful and rewarding writing and their point of view can be.
Lastly, I thought this tweet pretty much sums it up--Top Ten reasons why teaching middle school is the best job ever: 1 Middle school students tell it like it is. 2 They have a ridiculous sense of humor. 3 You have an endless supply of funny stories at parties. 4 People bless you often. 5 Middle school students have hope. 6 You have celebrity status. 7 Middle school students need you. 8 Every emotion is heightened--they love with their whole heart. 9 You become part of a special tribe. 10 You live in an Axe body spray ad.
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.
SPELLING TEST BIO/VIV/VIT WORDS https://www.spellingcity.com/users/fcapelli
Grade 6: Friday--x
Wednesday--Diagraming WS will be reviewed upon return
Tuesday--Wrote a Mel-Con paragraph about trash-free lunch
Monday--17.3 & 17.5 WS/Catch up on all 6 poems: never, acrostic name-wish-animal- virtue, and favorite place My Favorite Place Poem
Grade 7: Friday--x
Wednesday--Ch 15 WS collected
Tuesday--Ch 15.3 all/Wrote a Mel-Con paragraph about trash-free lunch
Monday--Ch 15.2 all/catch up on all 6 poems: never, acrostic--name--wish--animal--virtue, and favorite place My Favorite Place Poem
Grade 8: Friday--Click on link for pdf Position Paper--parent letter
Wednesday--Ch 15 WS/Develop your outline: Introduction, Claim with 3 reasons & evidence, Counterclaim & rebuttal, Conclusion
Tuesday--Ch 15.3 all/research your topic to develop a thesis statement--rough draft due May 2nd
Monday--Ch 15.2 all/Print poems: acrostic for contest, lanyard, favorite place My Favorite Place Poem
http://readingandwritingproject.org/resources/text-sets Click on Nonfiction Text Sets
Spelling Test(retakes available): https://www.spellingcity.com/fcapelli/
Language Arts 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 article link entitled "10 Ways to take the struggle out of homework"
Fall 2018: Student supplies for language arts class include the following: one package of loose leaf paper, one folder or binder, one spiral notebook, hand-held pencil sharpener, post-its, and one package of index cards.
Parents, please sign up for important updates from me. 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.
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
"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