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. 

Cavas (link coming soon)

ClassTag (link coming soon)

About Me

Greetings, Owls! My name is Sarah Candler and this is my 5th year at Ooltewah Middle School. I am a part of the Night Owls team in the 6th grade where I am the English Language Arts teacher and the team leader.
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 one-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

Night Owls 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, 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 explore topics relevant to them such as diversity, bullying, teen activism, animal rights, personal narratives, and more. Students will also be encouraged to explore topics of their choosing. 

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. If there is a homework assignment, it will be posted in the Night Owls ClassTag. If you haven't signed up for our ClassTag yet, please get in touch with me and I can help you get started. 

Throughout the year, there are two assignments that are ongoing and constant--Independent Reading and Reading Responses.  Students are expected to have a self-selected book with them in class EACH AND EVERY DAY. Students have access to our classroom library and the OMS library. Students will also be given a form for a free Chattanooga Public Library card sometime in August. Students can also bring a book from home. It is expected that students read for at least 30 minutes a day at home, and students will be given between 10-20 minutes of independent reading time in our class each day. Also, students are expected to complete a Reading Response each week. Reading Response are due each Friday. Here is a link to the assignment : (coming soon!)

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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