• Robert Vellani, PhD Robert B. Vellani, PhD a.k.a. DR V

    RM 339 


    Phone: 336-570-6100



     The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, 

    but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

                 Alvin Toffler

     Greetings. I am excited to begin my 3rd year as a Cummings Cavalier.

    We're all in this together – students, parents, teachers. As we grow and learn, we discover many outmoded ways of thinking and acting that need to be “unlearned” so we can re-learn at a deeper level. The transition from middle school to high school is one of those opportunities to begin a new chapter in life.


    STUDENTS –You will need a one-inch ring binder for your INTEREACTIVE NOTEBOOKS. All of your in-class work will go in it and it will never leave our classroom.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will prepare you for successful reading and writing in high school. You will work with different literary genres and develop your creative and mechanical writing skills and reading skills to exceed the demands of standardized state tests.  Our work will forge relevant intellectual links with your other classes. Blended learning, team-based and inquiry based learning are crucial to this class as they foster metacognition and college and career readiness.   

    GRADING POLICY:  This semester, we will be using Standards Based Grading. This method focuses on mastery of state standards through Learning Objectives. You track your running grade on PowerSchool NOT individual assignments.

     The Final Grade consists of 40 % for each Quarter and 20% for the Final Exam.