Phone: (936) 435 - 6100 ext 1507
Degrees and Certifications:
Associate in General Studies, Lone Star CS Bachelor in Criminal Justice, SHSU 7-12 English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 ELAR, Science, Math & Social Studies K-12 English Second Language
Miss Valerie Gonzalez
My name is Valerie Gonzalez, and I am very excited to be joining the HHS English Department.
I began my career in education as a substitute at Mance Park, took a position as an instructional assistant in Conroe ISD, and then returned to Mance Park as a Writing teacher last year. While this is my 2nd year in the classroom, this will be my 4th in education.
I am a second generation Huntsville High School graduate, and I was lucky enough to walk the same stage as my parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and brother. It gives me great pride to be able to teach in the same halls I walked as a student, and I definitly blood Hornet Green.
My college career began my Junior year of HS with Dual Credit classes through Lone Star. Because of these classes, I was able to graduate with a year of college done. I then went to Sam Houston to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. I will be returning to Sam Houston this year to begin my Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. I enjoy being able to share my journey with a students and show them that the possibilities at hand are endless.
I am certified to teach 4-8 Core Subjects, 7-12 ELA, and K-12 English Second Language Learners.
1st Period: 7:45 - 8:32
2nd Period: 8:37 - 9:24 (Conference)
3rd Period: 9:29 - 10:16
4th Period: 10:21 - 11:08
Advisory: 11:13 - 11:38
B Lunch: 11:38 - 12:08
5th Period: 12:08 -1:08 (Planning)
6th Period: 1:13 - 1:59
7th Period: 2:04 - 2:50
8th Period: 2:55 - 3:40
Monday - Friday
8:37 - 9:24
Email is the easiest way to reach me. I will respond to you by the end of the day. Do not hesitate to reach out to me for any reason. I am here to help. My Number One priority is the success of your students.
If you call, and I am unavailable, leave a detailed message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
When is the test? Tuesday April 7th, 2020
What is on the test? The English I STAAR test is a little different than what students saw in middle school. Students will see reading, editing, and revision passages on the test, and they will be expected to write an essay. Essentially, it is the Writing and Reading STAAR combined.
How long is the test? Students get 5 hours to take the test.
What if I miss the test? If you are absent on April 7th, students will be able to make it up on April 9th.
What are you doing in class to prepare? We have been working dilligently on the skills students show trouble with. We use data from the benchmark and in class assessments to help guide our instruction. We target areas of weaknesses and provide specific interventions for students.
As a parent, what can I do to help my child prepare for the test? Encourage students to work and pay attention in class. Give them lots of encouragement and love. The night before, make sure they eat a good dinner and get plenty of rest. The day of, make sure they get a good breakfast and make sure they are as relaxed as possible.
When will we get the results from the test? Since there is an essay, it will take a little longer to grade the assessments. Hopefully we will know before the end of the school year, but, more than likely, the results will be mailed with the final report card.
Work that we completed prior to spring break will be uploaded to your students Google Classroom. Please check gradebook to see what they are missing. I will also pull several short/long reading passages and articles with questions attached for students to read and think about. None of the additional work is for a grade, but it will give kids something to do if they're bored, and it will keep them sharp.
As always, please stay safe and healthy. I love and miss all of my students, and I can't wait to be back in my classroom with them.