My name is Melina Castillo. I'm very excited about teaching 7th grade English/Language Arts for the Film and Media Magnet on my 24th year in the education industry. My wide experience in the field makes me appreciate the T.S. King MS community even more. TSK has parents who are involved in their children's lives. The teachers here are dedicated to give their best to the students and their families. I am in a very special place!
Below are documents and assignments that my students and their parents should check often and a reminder of my expectations. These are designed to help every student do well in my classes.
This page is also designed to provide parents and students information about major assignments/projects and upcoming events. Additionally, forms that students will use many times will be available for download here.
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. for students and parents (drop-ins)
One-on-one private conference or conferences with the teacher team are by appointment only on Wednesday and Thursday from 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.
Facts About Me
1. Bachelor's Degree: Loyola Marymount University
2. Teaching Credential: Mount Saint Mary's College
3. CLAD Credential (allows me to teach students who are English Language Learners): Stanford University
4. Master's Degree: Pepperdine University
1. 14 years teaching (so far)
2. 3 years as an Assistant Principal in middle and high school
3. 2 years as a Principal for a 6-12 SPAN school
4. Curriculum Developer
5. Teacher Coach and Mentor Teacher (Master Teacher)
6. Teacher Professional Development Developer and Trainer
7. Administrator Trainer
1. I love animals, dogs in particular :-)
2. I enjoy eating milk chocolate (Swiss and U.K. made are the best!)... yum!
3. Reading is fun! Really!
4. I can watch CNN for hours!
5. Good coffee and good tea --- it's not a good morning without a cup.
6. Travel --- the best way to learn about and appreciate others! I travel every chance I get.
7. I'm proud of being a multi-racial person.
8. The sound of ocean waves is relaxing.
9. Learning is fun! Truly!
10. I'm a proud nerd :-))
College and Career Planning
It is NEVER TOO EARLY to think about and plan for college and/or career. The sooner a child thinks about it, the sooner preparation can begin. However, at a young age, many of you do not know what you want to be when you grow up yet. This website will hopefully help you decide by allowing you to take an assessment that will show you your interests, strengths and possible matching careers.
First, you must create an account. It is free, so why not do this?
1. Go to www.cacareerzone.org
2. Create an account
3.Click on "explore" --> "quick assessment" --> follow directions
4. Click on "explore" --> "interest profiler" --> "60 questions" (because you will learn more about yourself this way) --> follow the instructions (be honest)
Note: You might need to consult a resource to better understand some questions, so have "Google", your parents/guardian, or a teacher around to help explain certain things to you. The results will give you a variety of jobs to start exploring.
Have fun, and start learning about yourself and your options! Let me know if you need my help.
Working on Achieve 3000
Welcome to Achieve 3000! This year, we will be utilizing this program to help students raise their reading lexiles for informational text. Students were given the Level Set test last week, so they now know their lexiles (and grade level equivalent) reading levels. Parents should have received a letter informing them of their child's lexiles.
Every week, students will be assigned 2 lessons to complete (the number recommended by the company to maximize students' lexile gains). Students are expected to complete these lessons by 3:30 p.m. every Friday. Completed lessons mean that the student has done all the five steps required for each lesson. Different parts of the lesson will be graded, so you must do your best in all of them.
Students are encouraged to annotate the texts at home, but all "Activities" and "Thought Questions" should be done in class or during lunch in Ms. Castillo's presence.
NOTE that "Activities" and "Thought Questions" done outside of school hours (8:15 a.m. - 3:07 p.m.) WILL NOT COUNT for your grade nor your monthly lexile adjustments. So, do not bother doing them at home. There will be no exception.
If you are absent, you are still responsible for the lessons, and you might have to come at lunch to make-up the "Activities" and "Thought Questions".
Thank you for your cooperation.