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English Language Arts

About English Language Arts at Ralston

In Ralston's ELA classes, we focus on the acquisition of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through participation in a balanced language arts program.


Ralston's ELA department has adopted a new, standards-based curriculum, StudySync by McGraw-Hill, which has been approved by the BRSSD Board of Trustees.  With both hard copy and digital components, StudySync will help us provide rigorous and high interest lessons for our students.  Teachers also imbed auxiliary lessons and materials to make sure that all students are challenged and supported in the classroom.  Our curriculum meets the Common Core State Standards for ELA which can be found here.


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ELA Teacher Directory

Bean, Alan
ELA 6 & 8 Teacher
Cline, Melissa
RSP Teacher
Ekstrom, Noel
ELA 6 Teacher
Frey, Jennifer
Lit/Comp 6th & Social Studies 6th
Kim, Alison
ELA 7/Music Wheel Teacher
McVey, Lynn
Natoli, Mary
ELA 6 Teacher / Debate
O'Reilly, Samantha
ELA 7 Teacher / Drama
Pickett, David
ELA 6 Teacher
Rein, Erica (Ryca)
ELA / Directed Studies
Ross, Jessica
ELA 8 Teacher
Sanchez, Jamie
ELA 6 / Student Government
Tofigh, Kathy
Woods, Sheila