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John Lauster

Summer 2017

Welcome to a New School Year!


August 24, 2017


Dear Miller Creek Parents,


Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Miller Creek Middle School.  I am very excited for the upcoming school year and to have the opportunity to teach your child. This is my seventeenth year teaching Language Arts and Social Studies to middle school students.  I love being a teacher.  I could not foresee myself in any other profession or teaching any other age group.  The middle school years can be such a difficult time for an adolescent. From a teacher’s perspective, I enjoy the challenges that middle school offers. I feel it is my job to help guide students academically and socially and to hopefully alleviate some of the stress that your child is bound to encounter. My hope is to make school an enjoyable experience for all my students.  What they learn during middle school will set the foundation for their high school, and ultimately, their college years.


I grew up in Terra Linda and I graduated from Terra Linda High School. I also went to college locally, receiving my teaching credential and my Master’s in Education from Dominican University. My credential is in both Social Studies and Language Arts. I have three children (two daughters ages nine and seven, and a boy who is almost five years old).  We live in Terra Linda and are thrilled to have the opportunity to raise our children here.


It is my goal to start off strong this year and to develop a positive relationship with my students and their parents. I believe that communication is a vital component to your child’s success during the school year.  Communication between parent and student, student and teacher, and parent and teacher is essential.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have during the school year.  I have found that an open-line of communication with the parents is the most effective way to help a child improve. Please check my School Loop website for current grades, homework, test dates, important handouts and other information. I will update assignments on a daily basis and grades regularly.


I strongly encourage all parents and students to check my website on School Loop as soon as possible and to read all of the important information in order to get a better idea of what will be expected in my class. Also, please feel free to email with any questions or to provide me with any info you think I should know about your child as the school year begins.


I am very excited to start this school year.  I want to strive for the best when it comes to the academic and social development of your child. I want to wish all my students the best of luck as they embark upon the 2016-2017 school year. I look forward to working with each student and family to make this year a successful and happy one. Thanks to all of you for your support.




John Lauster

7th  Grade Language Arts and Social Studies



We believe that 7th grade is a time for kids to learn how to learn

One of the main objectives of a Core class is to blend Language Arts and Social Studies – focusing on valuable information about world history, reading, writing, technology, and oral communication skills.

It’s a time for students to open their minds; to become critical thinkers; to learn to analyze and question everything they read, see, and hear.
We hope that they will gain an understanding of world history that will help them make sense of the world today.


Overview of Unit

The Medieval Europe began on September 8th and will run approximately seven weeks. There will be a test at the end of the unit.  The unit will cover the physical geography of Europe, as well as the political borders of Europe during the High Middle Ages.  


Students will be doing their fourth research project during this unit. They will researching in the library and classroom for several periods.  After researching, the students will be responsible for writing a narrative about the roles and responsibilities of the different social classes of medieval Europe and presenting their information to the class.


Essential Unit Questions:

  1. Analyze the physical geography of Europe. Would the people of medieval Europe have travelled, and, if so, what would be the preferred method of transportation? Explain

  2. Analyze the political, economic, and social instabilities that led to the fall of the western Roman Empire.  How did Rome eventually fall and what happened to Western Europe after Rome's collapse?

  3. How did the cooperation between the Catholic Church (Pope) and European Monarchs (Charlemagne)impact the political control of Western Europe?

  4. What is feudalism? Why did it develop? How did feudalism impact the daily lives of the people?


Main Points of Unit: (The assignment and page numbers in textbook are in parentheses)


*The geography of Europe (Geo Challenge Assignment - p. 4-5)


*Causes and effects of the fall of the Roman Empire (Chapter 1 Reading Notes Assignment and paragraph - Ch 1.1 - 1.2)


*The impact the fall of Rome had on the Early Middle Ages (Chapter 1 Reading Notes Assignment and paragraph  - Ch 1.2)


*The accomplishments of Charlemagne (Charlemagne and Pope Leo T-Chart)


*The rise of feudalism (Feudalism Concept Wheel - Ch 2.3)


*The role of Christianity and the Power of the Pope (Ch 3 - Cause and effect Processing Chart)


*The roles and responsibilities of monarchs, lords, ladies, knights, and serfs (Social Pyramid Processing chart - Ch 2.4-2.7 - pages 23-28)


*The growth of towns and trade during the late Middle Ages. (Ch 4 - Cause and Effect Processing Chart)


*We will end the unit and begin our next unit, the Renaissance, by discussing the causes and effects of the decline of feudalism during the Late Middle Ages.  


Class Motto

"Read Like a Wolf Eats"
 "The most important thing is to read. Read all the time; read when they tell you not to read, read what they tell you not to read, read with a flashlight under the covers, read on the bus, standing on the corner, waiting for a friend, in the dentist's waiting room. Read every minute that you can. Read like a wolf eats. Read." -Gary Paulsen
I respectfully request that every one of my students reads something for 20 minutes prior to lights-out every night.

Mr. Lauster's Classroom Expectations

Three Class Expectations:

1. Make Good Decisions

2. Be Respectful 

3. Solve the Problem


Top Ten Keys to Success in Mr. Lauster’s Class

  1. Be respectful

    Always treat your peers and the faculty and staff with respect. Avoid rude and disruptive behavior that interferes with the learning of others.

  2. Be responsible

    Make good decisions! You must take responsibility for your school work and your behavior at all times. Blaming others and making excuses will do you no good.

  3. Be safe

    Never put yourself in a position where you could cause harm to yourself or others.

  4. Be prepared

    Have your notebook, something to write with, and all other necessary school materials everyday.

  5. Be on time

    Excessive tardies are rude and disruptive. Too many tardies will have a negative impact on your grade and will lead to detentions.

  6. Be clean

    Always clean-up after yourself. Put trash in proper place and return things back to where you found them.

  7. Be organized

    Save everything I give you and keep it in your binder in a way you can find it easily.

  8. Be involved

    Be attentive at all times. Participate in discussions, ask questions, make comments, and just “be alive” in class. Always listen to or read instructions carefully before asking questions.

  9. Be proactive

    Ask for help before something is due or if you are struggling with anything. Make an appointment with me anytime you need help. I will always make time to assist you.

10. Be happy

Have a sense of humor and an upbeat attitude as much as possible. I will be upbeat during class, so why don’t you try to have a little fun and stay positive?