Ms.  Dardn Thomsen

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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 Senior IB Language A: Literature (SL) and Freshman English. She is also the junior  AVID teacher. Ms. Thomsen's students use Google Classroom. Parents who would like to join their child's online classroom should email dthomsen@pps.net. Policies and expectations were shared with students the first week of school and can be found on P. 1 of their notebook. Here are the highlights:


Grading:  Grades are based on practice activities and assignments (formative assessments) but mainly on cumulative assessments such as tests, essays, presentations, and other projects (summative assessments).  The majority percentage of the class grade (80 to 90%) is based upon performance on summative assessments. Assignments are graded using 10-point rubrics. Ms. Thomsen is not a big believer in extra credit, so it’s VERY rare. Ms. Thomsen does not use zeros, with 4.9 being the lowest score entered in the gradebook. If you see a 4.9, that means "missing."

Late Assignments:  Late work will be accepted during the grading period. Grading periods are quarters, not including finals week (finals week is too late). Late work will earn a 5/10 for its OES: Personal Management score, but the late assignment's academic scores are unaffected. Late work submitted during finals week at the end of each semester will not be assessed but rather “eyeballed” and given partial credit.

Makeups and Retakes:  Students are expected to make up and/or retake during the grading period. If an extended illness or awkward timing prevents this, Ms. Thomsen will make an exception.

Extensions:  In the world beyond high school, professionals and scholars may occasionally negotiate an extension on a project or report, but to earn such an extension without negatively impacting their reputation or status, they use excellent communication skills. They alert their supervisor early to the issue, they are honest, they are courteous, and they are humble. If students employ such excellent communication skills, they are likely to secure an extension on an assignment. Beware, however, of seeking an extension more than once per semester.

2016-17:

Schedule A Day


Period                                                           Class
1                                                                   English 1-2 (Rm 115)
2                                                                   Planning
3                                                                   English 1-2 (Rm 115)
4                                                                   AVID 5-6 (Rm 115)


Schedule B Day


Period                                                           Class
5                                                                  IB English SL 7-8 (Rm 117)
6                                                                  Planning
7                                                                  IB English SL 7-8 (Rm 109)
8                                                                  IB English SL 7-8 (Rm 115)