• Here is a copy of the email I sent to parents and guardians on March 25, 2020.  If you did not receive it, please just email me at michellevonhoene@johnston.k12.nc.us and ask me to add you to my list.  I don’t mind adding both parents or other people who help with your child’s schoolwork. 

     FYI:  The First 10 Days of Online Work is now posted on our Google Classroom page.  

    Dear parents and guardians, 


    I hope that you all are well.  I've communicated to many of you through Remind, on which I send updates as needed (not every day).  If you are not yet on my Remind list, please add yourself. It can be overwhelming when some teachers send too many messages or when you have multiple children receiving information--I know from experience!  However, it is a quick way to communicate. I am happy to be able to reply quickly during the day to your questions and concerns through the Remind messages.  


    Codes for Reminds:

    My 3rd block/homeroom class - https://www.remind.com/join/622f7h

    My 5th block class - https://www.remind.com/join/3g8d4e

    My 6th block class - https://www.remind.com/join/aak3df

    My 7th block class - https://www.remind.com/join/27ee7b


    You may be wondering:

    What should my children be doing right now?

    There is a website of Learning @ Home that JCPS has created for students to use.  

    More specific plans by each subject area will be posted online by the end of this week.  It will be 10 days' worth of work.  

    What if my child needs extra help or more of a challenge in some areas?

    Please email me or send me a Remind message, and I will be happy to call you at a good time to talk about your specific child's strengths and weaknesses in English Language Arts.  We are truly partnering as parents and teachers more than ever before, so I can give you much more detailed information individually.  

    Which books should my child be reading?

    Although I sent home novels with students, they are not required to read those at this time.  In the coming weeks, I will send information about how we will proceed with those.  

    Of course, to continue to grow as a reader, children should be reading.  Parents can encourage or require their children to read (or do any other school work) that they deem in the best interests of helping their child grow.  

    Here are some resources:

    Kindle Unlimited - Free for two months (costs after that), digital books and audiobooks

    Audible Free Stories - Free "as long as schools are out" - audiobooks

    Epic  - Free books and audiobooks-- Reply to me if you want the home access enabled for free - I have to send you a link.

    NCKids digital library -- "Borrow" digital and audio books from the Public Library of Smithfield and Johnston County - Use your student ID# for the password. 


    In an uncertain time, books and stories can provide comfort and an escape.  Please know that I am with you, I want to encourage you that "this too shall pass".  I specifically enjoy reading historical fiction books, both to learn the history and also to realize that people throughout history have overcome huge challenges.  If you need anything, please let me know. I've even considered driving around dropping off physical copies of books on front doorsteps if you don't have any at your house the kids like (and I have all levels)!  I'd love to help in any way I can.  


    Thank you for all your support, and again, please ask me any questions you have.

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Mrs. Von Hoene

Phone: 919-359-2769


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A., English Education, N.C. State University M.Ed., English Education, N.C. State University National Board Certification in Early Adolescence English Language Arts, 2004, renewed 2014 Certified in grades 6-12 English Language Arts, grades K-12 Special Education, and grades 6-8 Social Studies Scholastic Book Club online code: M39CC

Mrs. Von Hoene

Welcome to my class!  This is my 17th year of teaching.  I graduated from N.C. State University and have my Master's degree in English Education, also from N.C. State University.  I have been a National Board Certified teacher since 2004.  I have taught mostly in Wake County schools, starting out by teaching high school English for six years. I mostly taught 9th grade when I was teaching high school English, and I loved helping students set up good study and organizational habits to help them get started in high school.  I realized that I would enjoy helping middle school students even more.  Starting when my first child was born, I took some time off to be a stay at home mom.  I worked part-time for a few semesters teaching beginning English courses at Wake Technical Community College.  I then taught 8th grade language arts at an alternative school in Wake County for three years and spent one year teaching special education. I have spent the past six years teaching middle school English language arts, including last year at Riverwood Middle.

My husband is also a teacher, and we have three wonderful children who are in the 3rd, 7th, and 9th grades.  We have two dogs, one hamster, six fish, and three snails.  (I'm not counting the tadpoles and crayfish, who are temporary guests.)  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, gardening, and camping.  My family likes to travel and explore national parks, state parks, and theme parks.  My weeknights and weekends are most often spent taking my kids to their activities and cheering them on at soccer games, which I love to watch.  It really is a beautiful game!  

I believe that literacy is the key to all other learning and future job opportunities.  However, I also believe in incorporating various subject areas into our studies as we read and write about issues in science, social studies, math, and electives that are interesting and relevant to students.  I encourage students to read books we will explore together in class as well as books they select for themselves.  I believe that students can start where they are and grow in their reading, writing, language, speaking, and listening skills in various ways.  I like to try new strategies and encourage students to personalize their learning by setting goals and asking questions of their own.  I love learning about almost anything, reading aloud, talking about stories, and listening to kids tell their own stories.  



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