The English Department:

Mrs. Kelley (Department Chair)

Mr. Veysey | Mr. Tatum | Mr. Dam | Mrs. Baughman

Please choose a teacher to learn more about English classes at Lake Region.


The English Department's Approach to Proficiency Based Learning:

During the 2015-2016 school year, the members of Lake Region's English Department drafted statements of proficiency to guide our work in supporting the development of students' skills in reading, writing, research, speaking and listening, and language acquisition. Based on the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, these are our goals for--our expectations of--all students, who will have frequent opportunities both to practice these skills and to demonstrate that they have achieved proficiency in these areas. Our hope is that our work in articulating these goals makes it easier for students to understand what we are asking them to do and thus to succeed in meeting these targets. We will be teaching in direct alignment with these proficiency statements this year and assessing students' performance in these areas so that we can better communicate student progress in preparing for the rigors of career and college.

Please follow this link to view the English Department's Proficiency Statements:

Please contact a member of the English Department with any questions about our approach to Proficiency Based Learning.


Course Sequence:

The following guide is provided to help students and their families understand the sequence of courses through which students pass in Lake Region’s English Department.

REQUIRED Courses for 9th and 10th Graders:

English 9 (Humanities, English 9 or Honors English 9) and English 10 (General English 10, English 10 or Honors English 10)

Completion of this sequence of courses provides students with foundational skills in English. Students will develop and then hone their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will have frequent opportunities to demonstrate proficiency in these areas. Note: Placement decisions for English 9 and English 10 are based on assessment results.

The Elective Program: Grades 11 and 12:

Following completion of English 9 and English 10, students enter the elective program in English. Provided that certain expectations have been met, students can personalize their education by choosing those courses that interest them and that best prepare them for their own future plans.

Junior Year:

Students must complete one semester of Composition (Basic Comp., Composition or Advanced Composition). Students must complete one semester of Reading. (Selections include Practical Reading, Literature of Vermont, Popular Fiction, Mythology, and English Literature I or II.) Teachers will assist students in choosing appropriate courses from the selections above. **The only exception to this rule is AP Language and Composition, which is available to students with the permission of the instructor.

Senior Year:

Students have full access to the elective program in English. Please note: The following classes are available only to seniors: Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Art of Film, Senior Writing Workshop and AP Literature and Composition.

For more information about course offerings in the English department, please see the Program of Studies: You may also contact a member of the English department with questions.


The Ranger Post:

The Ranger Post, which features student writing, is a production of the Creative Writing classes at Lake Region. This publication celebrates both poetry and prose; it houses samples of fiction writing and features expository writing at its finest. The publisher's goal is to provide students with a venue for self-expression and an opportunity to communicate with the wider world, thus inspiring students to articulate their ideas effectively and gracefully. The Ranger Post is updated throughout the school year as student submissions roll in. To read The Ranger Post, please follow this link:


Save the Dates!:

Annual Shakespeare Extravaganza:

Once again Kingdom County Presents is providing Northeast Kingdom students with the opportunity to attend a live performance. Aquila Theatre, a professional theatre company based in New York City, will present Much Ado About Nothing, one of William Shakespeare's comedies, on March 16, 2017, and Lake Region students will be in the audience. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting opportunity!

Poetry Out Loud:

Poetry Out Loud returns to Lake Region this fall. See your English teacher to participate in this recitation contest, sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council.

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317 Lake Region Road
Orleans, Vermont 05860

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754-2500 (voice mail)
754-2500 extension 223 or 225

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