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Our Teacher

Ms. Elise Dicharry


The Guard Dog started as an innovative approach for teaching English Language Arts to 6th graders in the Spanish Immersion Program by using the framework of a journalism workshop.  In its second year, the newspaper has been opened up to the entire student body as part of the after-school Newspaper Club.

The Newspaper Club

The Newspaper Club meets on Wednesdays after school from 3:45-4:30pm in Room 108.  It is open to all students to drop by to see what being a JLMS reporter or editor for The Guard Dog is all about!

Letter from the Editor

Dear readers,

My name is Evangeline, though some call me “Evie”. I am currently in seventh grade and in the Spanish Immersion Program at JLMS. Last year I had Ms. Dicharry as my English ...more

The Guard Dog

Click on the above icon to visit the JLMS student newspaper.

Read All About It!

What Are We Doing and When Are We Doing It?

In Ms. Dicharry’s English class for 6th graders in the Spanish Immersion Program and after school on Wednesdays when it's open to everyone, we are busy in the newsroom writing on a bunch of crazy, funny, and interesting articles for The Guard Dog.

What Are We Looking For?
The Guard Dog is looking for breaking JLMS news, articles about the world around us, and anything else students might want to read about.

What Is the Point of Having a Newspaper?
The point of having a newspaper is to let teachers, students, and parents know what is happening at JLMS and what is on students' minds.

Why Did Ms. Dicharry Start The Guard Dog?
“I thought it was a good exercise for the kids to have their voices heard, to know how they feel about this environment and teachers.”

How and Where Do We Do It Online?
We started with SNO, a free website for school newspapers that helps us stay all organized.  We start by writing an article on our drive and the we move it to the newspaper's folder.  From there we can easily move stuff from the folder to the SNO site where we do final edits and publish.  We can do things through Google sheets for graphs or stats or Google presentation for slides and we can just type a regular article with Google docs.

Para español, vaya a la parte inferior de esta página y haga click en la flecha de la casilla "Select Language" para elijir "Spanish" de la lista que aparezca.

Today: 9/21/18

Calling all Students!

Attention students!  Our online newspaper, The Guard Dog, is continuing this year and we want input from you!  Email your class projects to Ms. Dicharry for publication in the paper, things like biographies, research projects, opinions, and short stories would be great.  Or use some free time to write articles or comics for The Guard Dog.  And don’t forget to visit our website to read what other students are writing about.

Calling all Teachers!

If students are willing, teachers can send Ms. Dicharry electronic copies of class projects to be published in The Guard Dog.  Also, please encourage students to write content for the newspaper, to read the newspaper in their free time, and to think about joining the after-school newspaper club.  Ms. Dicharry can also put flyers in your teacher mailbox in the office with more information on how to get your class involved.  We would also love articles from teachers!  Thanks in advance for supporting The Guard Dog.