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March 18th, 2015


Welcome Back!

March 18th, 2015

I hope you had an amazing summer! We’re so happy to have you back at WMS.  After two months of rest, sun and relaxation, are you ready to learn? I hope so!

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February 11th, 2015


September 2nd, 2014

Welcome to English I at WMS! We are honored to have you in our course this year. We have a number of exciting educational and experiential opportunities planned for you.

This blog will serve as a space to help parents and students stay informed regarding English I curriculum, events, and assignments.

The ‘Info/Resources’ tab at the top right will provide you with general information regarding the course and other resources to assist you as you complete your English I journey. Mrs. Kapsalis and Mrs. Lopresti each have a page, as well, to help you stay abreast of class-specific activities and assignments.

As always, please contact your English I teacher if you have questions or concerns at any point during the school year.


March 28th, 2014

It’s hard to believe spring break will be here in a few short weeks! We hope you and your families have an enjoyable and restful break. The new English I program here at Waynesville Middle School will soon have wrapped up its first year, and the first cohort of English I students will be taking their talents to Tuscola.

We are currently finishing an analysis of conflict/family feuds in the short stories, “The Interlopers” and “The Bet.” This naturally leads us to one of history’s greatest literary feuds between the Capulets and Montagues, and our reading of Romeo and Juliet. This will be an introduction to the world of Shakespeare, preparing students for more in-depth, advanced studies of Shakespeare in secondary and post-secondary classes.

When we return from spring break, we will study poetry, continue with grammar, and then wrap up the year with the nonfiction novel, The Last Lecture. Students will write their own “last lecture” about their years here at Waynesville Middle.

Second Semester

January 25th, 2014

We hope you are all surviving these frigid temperatures. School schedules have been crazy lately, but we are working through them. As we finish up our unit on To Kill a Mockingbird, your child will be writing an essay on the use of characters and themes by the author.

Upon completion of our essays, we will focus heavily on poetry and corresponding literary terms. We are revamping the syllabus to better reflect our instructional plan for the remainder of the year. We will post and send home a copy of the new syllabus as soon as it’s finalized.

As always, please contact your child’s English I teacher at any time with comments or questions. Our planning period lasts from 1:30-3:00, and the phone number at WMS is 456-2403.

To Kill a Mockingbird

December 4th, 2013

Our trips to Blue Ridge Books on Monday and Tuesday were such successes! Your children truly enjoyed walking to one of our local businesses to purchase and begin reading the classic tale, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We will focus on this book from now until early January. If your child did not purchase this novel during our outing, please ensure that he or she has a copy as soon as possible.

Poe Project

November 14th, 2013

Over the past several weeks, we have been reading literature by Edgar Allen Poe. Students have been asked to complete a project related to one or more of the readings. Students have six options to choose from. You can see detailed descriptions, instructions, and grading criteria by clicking the link below.

Poe Project Instructions

Our field trip to Asheville is coming up in less than two weeks, and we are very much looking forward to it. If your child has not returned his or her permission slip and money, please send these items to school as soon as possible.

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Theatre Field Trip

October 24th, 2013

We will be taking a field trip to the U.S.  Cellular Center in Asheville on November 25th.  We plan to leave WMS around 9:00 am and return at approximately 1:30 pm.  Show time is from 10:30-12:15. The cost of the field trip is $20. Students can buy school lunch that day or pay an additional $5 to get a lunch from Zaxby’s which includes chicken fingers, French fries, and Texas toast. Your child should have brought home a permission slip which explains all of this in detail. The permission slip and money are due back to school on Monday, November 4th.

Students will be viewing five plays based on classic fiction short stories from our next literature unit. These stories include “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, “The Necklace” by Guy De Maupassant, and “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain. These plays will be performed by the highly-acclaimed Chamber Theatre from Boston.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

English I

October 1st, 2013

Welcome to English I at WMS! We are excited to provide this accelerated course at our school.

Within this blog, you will find information regarding the program in general,  Ms. Kapsalis’s class, Ms. Lopresti’s class, the course syllabus, and helpful links.

Please know we are always available if you have questions or concerns. Below are the email address of our English I department.

  • Phyllis Kapsalis (Eng I Teacher): pkapsali@haywood.k12.nc.us
  • Vienna Lopresti (Eng I Teacher): vlopresti@haywood.k12.nc.us
  • Susanna Barbee (Instructional Coach): sbarbee@haywood.k12.nc.us
  • Christine Basulto (Lead Teacher): cbasulto@haywood.k12.nc.us
  • Bobby Parker (8th Grade Principal): bparker@haywood.k12.nc.us

“The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.” -Pablo Neruda