Ooltewah Middle School

Sarah Candler

Useful links:

HCDE website--use this website to access
  • PowerSchool (student grades and scheduling)
  • County Calendars
  • Upcoming Events
  • School Lunch information
  • Directory
  • links to HCDE social media
Google Drive--students will be provided an HCDE Google Account in the first few weeks of school. 

Canvas--Where instruction, assignments, and projects will be posted. This will be the center of our digital classroom. When in doubt, check Canvas!

Welcome Mountain Climbers! Click on the link below to meet your teachers!
Mountain Climber Welcome Video

About Me

Greetings, Owls! My name is Sarah Candler and this is my 7th year at Ooltewah Middle School. I am a part of the Mountain Climbers team in the 7th grade where I am the English Language Arts teacher.

I originally earned a BA in Art from UTC, but realized that my true calling is in education. I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching from Lee University and my career began.

Outside of teaching, I love being a mom to my three-year-old son, Ellis, I love to cook (and eat!), and I love discovering new and exciting ways to engage students in my classroom. 

candler_s@hcde.org (preferred)
423-498-6910, ext 42750
Twitter @CanTeach23
office hours - 7:00-2:30

Mountain Climbers Language Arts

Our classroom operates as a community of readers, authors, thinkers, collaborators, leaders, developers, and world changers. Students will be given the tools to be the owners of their learning and they are expected and encouraged to use those tools. Students are expected to participate in our learning community daily through class discussion, partner talks, reading and writing.

Over the course of the year, students will learn how to be narrative authors, argument writers, and fact-based reporters. Students will read various pieces of fiction and nonfiction, both self-selected and teacher-selected. Students will read complex texts to explore topics relevant to them, and will also be exposed to a variety of different  perspectives. 

Assignments will include short writings, paragraph writing, essay writing, independent reading, writing about reading, collaborative projects, and various product creations. Almost all work is completed in class and homework is rare.
Daily reading is so important! Parents--please help make reading a priority in your family.
More information here:
How to Encourage Good Reading Habits
How to Improve Reading Habits of Middle Schoolers
Reading Benefits for Kids and Teens
The Lifelong Benefits of Reading




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