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Ms. Dardn Thomsen

Dardn Thomsen

Dardn Thomsen grew up on a sailboat with her family traveling through the Intercoastal Waterways, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, US and British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. Before coming to Lincoln, she worked in publishing; was an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University, the College of San Mateo, and Portland Community College; and taught English for 13 years at Hillsboro High School.

This year Ms. Thomsen will be teaching IB English Literature SL 5-6 and IB MYP English 1-2. Lincoln students use CANVAS. Parents who would like to be observers of their students on CANVAS can find out how at this link. Policies and expectations are in the syllabus posted under Resources in CANVAS. Here are some highlights:


Grades are based on practice activities and assignments (formative assessments) as well as cumulative assessments such as essays (summative assessments). The majority percentage (80%) of the class grade is based upon performance on summative assessments. Most assignments are graded using a 10-point IB rubric. The score 4.9 or any multiple thereof indicates “missing” and is the lowest earnable score. 

Late Work

Formative late work is usually accepted during the grading period (quarter) without a fuss. Summative late work is also accepted during the grading period (quarter), and it comes with an OES score (see learning targets above). Specifics Related to End-of-Semester Late Work:  If you turn in a late essay or other lengthy assignment during finals week, it will not be assessed but rather “eyeballed” for partial credit. The reason is that there simply isn’t time that late in the term to process lengthy, complicated late assignments.


In the world beyond high school, professionals and academics may occasionally negotiate an extension on a project, essay, or report, but to earn such an extension without negatively impacting their relationships or reputation, they use excellent communication skills. They alert their supervisor early to the issue, they are honest, they are courteous, and they are humble. If you employ such excellent communication skills, you are quite likely to secure an extension on an assignment. Beware, however, of seeking an extension more than once per semester. Additionally, no extension is granted on the same day that the assignment is due. The reason is that advocating for oneself responsibly is a life skill worth nurturing; panicky Hail Marys on the other hand are not.

Make-up Work

Students are expected to make up work during the grading period. If an extended illness or awkward timing prevents this, Ms. Thomsen will make an exception.


Plagiarism is passing off the work of someone or something as your own and is considered cheating. Collusion is letting others copy your work. It is the responsibility of the school to strongly promote academic honesty and integrity.  Neither cheating nor collusion will be tolerated. Any student caught cheating or colluding will receive an F on the assessment. Mr. Bliss, the IB Coordinator, will be notified. Additionally, Lincoln tracks incidents of plagiarism, including AI use, across disciplines.

AI and Transparency
Here is LINK to Ms. Thomsen’s policy and guidelines, also found under Resources in CANVAS. 

Period                                                           Class
1                                                                   9SST
2                                                                   IB MYP English 1-2 RM 223
3                                                                   IB MYP English 1-2 RM 223
4                                                                   Planning

Period                                                          Class
5                                                                  IB MYP English 1-2 RM 223
6                                                                  Planning
7                                                                  IB English Literature SL 5-6 RM 223
8                                                                  IB English Literature SL 5-6 RM 223