The Buzz with Ms. Berg

Ms. Berg's Life at Southwest Junior High!

Ms. Berg's Background

This is my eighteenth year as a special education teacher at Southwest. I received my license in elementary education (K -6) and my learning disabilities certification in special education from Moorhead State University (now known as Minnesota State University - Moorhead) in May of 1999. I was offered a position here at Southwest three weeks after earning my diploma and have been here ever since. In May of 2004 I graduated from St. Mary's University with a master's degree in teaching and learning. Both of these educational experiences have made me a better person, and I feel confident in saying they have provided me with the knowledge and skills I need to provide a sound school experience for your children.

As a member of the special education department at Southwest, I am responsible for case managing 13 students in grades 7, 8, and 9. Because I work with several students who are enrolled in the classes of various teachers, it is important for parents like yourselves to be proactive in directly contacting individual classroom teachers when questions about classroom performance and/or assignments arise. However, if you have any comments, questions, or concerns you feel can best be answered by me, please feel free to contact me by telephone at 651-982-8736 or by email at I am generally available during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ms. Berg's Daily Schedule
Period 1: Transition/Organization/Study Skills (TOSS)
Period 2: Preparation
Period 3: Fusion Reading II
Period 4: Fusion Reading III
Period 5: Fusion Reading II
Period 6: Consultation
Period 7: Transition/Organization/Study Skills (TOSS)

Transitions/ Organization/ Study Skills (TOSS) in a Nutshell

TOSS is a class designed for students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Students are generally scheduled to be in a TOSS class with their special education case manager. A variety of things occur during a typical TOSS class period. For example:

1. Organization/ Study Skills Review/ Reminders
*This includes the organization of class materials.
2. Other IEP Goal(s) Work
3. Mainstream Class Work
*Review grades online.
   > What is missing?
*Check teacher websites.
   > What is coming up?
4. General Check-in with Case Manager
*TOSS class is usually a good time for students to ask their case manager any questions they may have.

Fusion Reading

Fusion Reading is a two-to-three-year program designed to improve the reading skills of struggling adolescent readers. As such, it provides students with the skills they need to quickly become competent readers. In addition, it introduces students to award-winning books that are relevant to their lives and the problems they face. The program's goal is ambitious: to turn non-readers into individuals who devour books and the knowledge they contain.

Fusion Reading consists of several different instructor's manuals. Each manual was developed in direct response to a study analyzing the needs of struggling readers.

Calendar for the Week of 05/20/18
Here's what's going on in our class this week.
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Assignments This Week
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