Sarah Garcia  —  English 
garcias@truman.k12.mn.us    |    507-776-2111 x3969

Professionally, I like to think of myself as well rounded and prepared. Though I started at the university in a mass communications program, intending to go into journalism, life took me in another direction, but journalism served me well in college as editor of a number of campus publications and as a job after college. I still love it. Coming back to teach at THS is interesting. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Concordia University, Nebraska. I majored in Speech and Theater Arts, and I majored in English. I lived and taught in New York City and Pennsylvania before returning to Minnesota. In Minnesota, I finished my Master of Arts in Education.

I also attended St. Mary's University and received my Principal's Certificate and my Superintendent' Certificate. Among my work in Minnesota was eight years at Madelia Public Schools as a grant writer/manager and six years at St. James Lutheran of Northrop as principal and teacher. I also taught freshman composition as a TA at the University of Minnesota, Mankato. 

Personally, I am happy to be living near so many of my family. My husband Al and I loved our homestead and our Rottweilers. When Albert passed, I adopted two cats to keep our Rottweiler Victoria company while I worked. When Vickie died, I kept one cat Pieces who is now very spoilt. I enjoy all aspects of the outdoors and try to keep active. I write poetry and sometimes short stories for my own entertainment. Though many years ago I had a few things published, I don't pursue it. 

Distance Learning Plan


Mrs. Garcia

Truman Public Schools

March 25, 2020

OFFICE HOURS:  Student Contact Time: 9:00 - 3:00 See below for student schedule.

I will have two hours for personalized help in the afternoon by appointment. I will help students in a one-on-one situation or in small groups. Appointment Calendar. This will allow me to schedule as many students as want or need without us missing each other to get through this adventure together.

Contacting Me: Parents may continue to contact me as before. I am available via my email, private message through Google Classroom, or by telephone. I will continue to update the best means to reach me as we move forward.

The High School Schedule

1st hour 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

2nd hour 9:40 to 10:10 a.m.

3rd hour 10:20 to 10:50 a.m.

4th hour 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Break for lunch

6th hour 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.

To Parents:

If you are a home, please monitor your student the first days of our new adventure or check on their work at the end of the day It will be comforting for you both to become familiar with how things will work during distance learning. Many parents may be working, so a suggestion is to have a designated area for conducting class, such as a desk or kitchen table. This will help the student focus and do his/her work. We will each have to set expectations for this distance learning, and ultimately, your student and I are going to be responsible for how much is learned and his/her success. Your support, as always, is greatly appreciated!

Student Expectations:

1. You are required to be attentive, doing your best to not be distracted by other things going on around you, be courteous to me and your classmates while on Google Meet and remember your school manners.

2. As in class you should not be on other websites while teaching is going on or we are engaged in learning.

3. Protocol: Each student should sign in to class during the five minutes before class begins, so we may start on time. This is similar to our school classroom.

4. Attendance will be taken! Attendance is required! Daily points will be given for attendance.

5. You all have your own Chromebook. Please have your textbook beside you and paper and a usable pencil. A planner or spiral notebook may be helpful for keeping all things distance learning in.

6. Instruction will be given during the first 20-25 minutes of class. During this time your microphones will be on mute. We will have a question and answer time after instruction or as I direct during instruction.

7. You will be given a minimum of 20 minutes of homework daily that you are expected to keep up with. This will be posted to the Classroom also.  

8. Homework is due the next day unless otherwise indicated. Some assignments will be over two days. This is the same as expectations at school. Turning in assignments will be discussed below.

9. Read Theory is an on-going instruction in reading comprehension that is measured and adapted by the computer site. Read Theory can be accessed through the link on my website. The student needs to pass 25 quizzes during the course of the tri-mester. See below for the log-in site.

10. IXL is an on-going instruction method that works with the individual student toward mastery of a skill. Students will have a weekly plan available to them when they log in. The distance learning recommendation is that the student scores an 80 on his/her assignments. In addition, another specific ixl assignment based on current instruction may be given. See below for log in site.

ALL students were given their username and password for both sites. If you need help, contact me.

Instruction and Assignments

Instruction will take place via Google Meet and Google Classroom. Both of these apps are located within your e-mail. You need to log into your e-mail or find the icons on the bottom of your Chromebook. If you have trouble with this you need to contact me so that we can get you on the right track.

The recurring classes have been set up for Monday through Friday at

the times indicated above. The student will have received an invitation to accept. 

This is new both to me as a teacher and the students.

Some errors and fumbling are expected. We will learn what works best for each classroom as we go.

Instruction will take place in these areas:

Mondays: We will go over spelling words and meanings and work with activities to reinforce proper usage and vocabulary growth.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: We will have instruction and assignments out of our literature text. These may be modified to accommodate the new instructional format and may be extensions related but outside the text.

Thursdays: We will have instruction in grammar and mechanical conventions of writing. This will include composition assignments.

Fridays: We will use Friday for IXL. It has instruction available for grammar, composition, and elements of literature. I will watch students in real-time via the IXL site as they work on the assignments, and I will render individual assistance through Google Hangout conversations.  After completing IXL, students may use this time also for Read Theory. 

Read Theory: Read Theory will need to be completed outside the classroom because of our shortened schedule. I will monitor progress and update it in JMC. See link below to log-in


LA 12 (Senior English)
LA 11(Junior English)
LA 10 (Sophomore English)
LA 9 (Freshman English)
8th Grade Language Arts
7th Grade Language Arts

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