Specials Team
Mrs. Cambric - HMS/NHS Media Specialist
Mrs. Cleary-5th Grade Art
Mrs. Dulla-Team Lead, 6th, 7th, 8th grade P.E.
Mr. Gallai-Band and Music
Mr. Keith- 6th, 7th, 8th P.E.
Mrs. Mastny-7th grade Spanish
Ms. Peel - Chorus, 6th, 7th, 8th Music
Ms. Sandack - 6th, 7th, 8th Art
Mrs. Schweitzer - Communications, 6th and 8th
Mr. Seymour - 6th, 7th, 8th P.E.
Mr. Torres - 8th grade Spanish
Ms. Washington - AVID, Gifted, STEM Coordinator
Communications: Grades 6 and 8


    I have an English Teaching degree and a Masters degree in Curriculum from Purdue University. I have taught middle school students for the past thirty years.  At Heritage, I have taught reading and language arts, as well as, worked as the Reading Specialist. 

    I am excited to teach Communications this school year to help sixth grade students understand how to be safe and responsible while using technology. In this twelve week course, sixth grade students will discover how to safely converse online, how to use secure passwords, how to distinguish between safe and unsafe information to share online, and how to recognize cyberbullying and its effects.  Students will also research an inventor and present information to the class in the form of an interview.  Finally, students will perform a demonstration speech for the class.

    Another goal of mine is to teach eighth grade students about public speaking, the proper way to construct a speech, and the correct method to cite their sources. Eighth grade students will also complete a twelve week course, where they will learn about respecting creative work.  They will be taught how to distinguish between types of search sites, how to find credible sources online, and how to do research and evaluate websites. Students will also write one persuasive and one informative speech which they will present to the class.

Please contact me with any questions:  bschweitzer@sd171.org 
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Learning Objectives 

6th Grade Objectives:
  • Identify core principles of healthy online communities.
  • Analyze positive individual and community practices for building a healthy community online.

8th Grade Objectives:
  • Understand how the ease of publishing on the Web might affect how much you can trust the content of some sites.
  • Learn criteria that will help you evaluate websites.?
  • Apply the criteria to determine how trustworthy and useful a website is.
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