Teacher Intro

  • Darci Coffman


    Welcome!  All online content is located in my Google Classroom.  As a parent or guardian, if you would like to join my Classroom, please ask your student to add you, or you can send me an email.  Thank you and be well!

awkward school picture of Ms. Coffman


  • Period 1 - prep

    Period 2 - Junior English

    Period 3 - Junior English

    Period 4 - prep

    Period 5 - Yearbook

    Period 6 - Credit Recovery

    Period 7 - Junior English (and Credit Recovery)

This Week in the Classroom

  • Credit Recovery through Montana Digital Academy (MTDA)

    Posted by Darci Coffman on 12/2/2019 5:25:00 PM

    Hello, parents and guardians of Credit Recovery students.


    I am the "teacher of record" for two periods of Credit Recovery at Hellgate.  I also act as a coordinator for our school's MTDA program.  I am in the Credit Recovery classroom during 6th hour and also "supervise" 7th hour from afar.  I enter grades and attendance for both class periods and collaborate with the wonderful paraprofessional who is in the room every period of the day.  There are four other teachers who supervise the other Credit Recovery periods during the day.  Together, we celebrate success, help students find knowledgeable experts to help with course content questions, and provide the basic structure that most students need to be effective.


    I love working with Hellgate kids to recover credit through MTDA.  If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.  Thanks for your time!

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  • Yearbook- I'm the Stand-In!

    Posted by Darci Coffman on 12/2/2019 5:10:00 PM

    As of 11/25, I am the stand-in for Ms. Clark in Yearbook class.  I'm excited to be working with this small group of creative, engaged Knights!  We are working on taking photos, building and refining spreads, selling ads, and all of the other tasks that go into creating a fantastic Hellgate Halberd.


    Email is the best way to get in touch with me.  I'm grateful to Ms. Clark and the Halberd staff (students) for getting things off to a GREAT start this year.  Thank you for your support with ads, senior photos, and the many other ways you, our community, support the school yearbook.

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  • Junior English- The Taming of the Shrew Module

    Posted by Darci Coffman on 12/2/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello parents and guardians!  The following is information about what we're doing in Junior English class these days.


    On Nov. 11, we began reading Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.  This text is the focus of Unit 2 of our first EngageNY module of the year.  This unit addresses multiple Common Core State Standards in reading, writing, and speaking and listening.


    Currently, we are working through Act 3 of this 5 act play.  In addition to reading portions of the play aloud, we are also watching the 1967 movie production of The Taming of the Shrew.  Students have done a Shakespeare webquest to build background on the life and times in which this play is set and the playwrite lived.  They have worked on reading and writing tasks related to this play individually, in small groups, and as a whole class.  We are building up to a mid-unit assessment at the end of this week and will then forge ahead with Acts 4 and 5, finishing the play by the holiday break.  When we return, we will watch a much more modern movie adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew and then complete our end-of-unit assessment.


    Please email me if you have any questions, concerns, or anything at all to share with me.  As always, it's a privilege to work with your kids!

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  • Sept. 3-6

    Posted by Darci Coffman on 9/6/2019
    • Tuesday, Sept. 3
      • Periods 2, 3 in I-Lab
      • Period 7 in E-Lab
      • Log in and change password?
      • School website, including library website
      • Check Q
      • GC
      • Go over Syllabus, then “open book” quiz
      • Go over Book Talk assignment and timeline.
      • Discuss trip to library tomorrow (expectations) and
      • SSR
    • Wednesday, Sept. 4
      • Meet in Library to get a (physical) book for SSR.
      • Return as a class and read for most of the rest of the period.
      • Exit Ticket: What is the complete title of your book (underline it), is it fiction or non-fiction, why did you pick it, and what have you learned about the main character (fiction) or main idea (non-fiction) so far? (Write legibly in three or more complete sentences.)
    • Thursday, Sept. 5
      • Please come in, grab a book from the rack, and find your seat. Get out your notebook (paper) and something to write with, too. If you don't have these, get them from the shelf near the door. Be ready to rock when the bell rings, please!
      • We will listen to Ch. 1 of the audiobook of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (ELIC) while also reading along in the book. BOOKS MUST REMAIN IN THE CLASSROOM because we're sharing them with Ms. Gaumer's classes. But I've posted a .pdf version of the full text of the novel on GC, in case you need to read ELIC when you're not in the classroom. You're also free to check out or buy your own copy from whatever source you wish.
      • As we read the book, you will need to keep notes as indicated. No writing in the books, please.
      • EXIT TASK: What are your first impressions of our narrator, Oskar? (Respond in at least three legible, complete sentences, please.)
    • Friday, Sept. 6
      • Welcome! Please get a book as you come in and get out your exit ticket from yesterday.
        • review exit tickets from yesterday and turn in
        • review (learn about) allusion and discuss
      • purpose of allusions in narrative writing
        • find examples of allusions in text
        • finish reading Ch. 1
      • get Chromebook, pull up the posted material "Allusions List and Assignment," and complete it in class (finish as homework, if necessary.)
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