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English Department

Welcome to the SJHHS English Department

At SJHHS, English curriculum focuses on reading, writing, speaking, listening, language, and critical thinking. As students advance through the grades and master these skills and standards, they are able to exhibit with increasing fullness and regularity the capacities of the literate individual. All instruction is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards and is designed to prepare students for the rigors of college and career. Instruction seeks to prepare students for success both in high school and in life beyond high school.


English Teachers
Sarah Alvarado Education Specialist
Christine Bak-Boychuk English Teacher
Kathy Callier English Teacher
Courtney Cooper English Teacher
Janey Gidion English Teacher
Katie Klingbeil English Teacher
John Lewis English Teacher
Jennifer Mele Education Specialist
Kaitlin Naccarato English Teacher
Eric Noble English Department Chair/Pep Squad Advisor
Tucker Page English Teacher
Danielle Serio English Teacher
Mishelle Smith English Teacher
Leo Spengler English Teacher
Sharon Spiers English/Health Teacher
Darcie Stress English Teacher
Jen Tatala English Teacher
Katie Wegner English Teacher
Brian Willis English Teacher

English Department Policies

Level Down Policy

If a student chooses to drop a class level they will begin the new class with the grade earned in the previous course. The student will be required to complete pertinent work selected by the teachers of that grade level team. Any make-up work completed must be turned in within three weeks of transferring into the class. Students are responsible for participating in the current unit of study for the class they are transferring into. Participation includes, but is not limited to: daily classwork, newly assigned homework, reading of all literature deemed central to the unit curriculum, major projects, and summative assessments.

Plagiarism & Academic Honesty

Cheating and plagiarism of any kind will NOT BE TOLERATED in this class.  All essays must be turned into on time to be considered complete. If a student is caught cheating or plagiarizing, he/she will receive a zero on the test/assignment, a referral, and a parent will be contacted.

Right to Free Education

Please note that the Constitution of the State of California requires that we provide a public education to you free of charge. Your right to a free education is for all school/educational activities, whether curricular or extracurricular, and whether you get a grade for the activity or class.  Subject to certain exceptions, your right to a free public education means that we cannot require you or your family to purchase materials, supplies, equipment or uniforms for any school activity, nor can we require you or your family to pay security deposits for access, participation, materials, or equipment.

Classes Currently Offered

  • English I
  • English I Honors
  • English II
  • English II Honors
  • English III
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • English IV
  • Expository Reading and Writing Course (Senior English)
  • AP English Literature

Students who are College & Career Ready

  • They demonstrate independence.
  • They build strong content knowledge.
  • They respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline.
  • They comprehend as well as critique.
  • They value evidence.
  • They use technology and digital media strategically and capably.
  • They come to understand other perspectives and cultures.

What is Turn-It-In?

Turn-It-In is an internet based service used by our English department where students are able to upload essays and other English assignments for teachers to look over and check for plagiarism as well as grade the assignment.