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Tara O Hea - Seventh and Eighth Grade  (Send e-mail)

Welcome to my teacher page! I am so happy to be working with your children this school year. Together, we will work towards your children's goals and prepare them for success at HCMS and beyond.

If you would like to reach me, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me at

For the 2018-2019 school year, I am co-teaching seventh grade Social Studies with Mrs. Gatsios, co-teaching seventh grade Science with Mr. Finan, as well as teaching an eighth grade specialized instruction ELA class. I enjoy working with my wonderful students.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Beginning the week of August 27th students in my class will participate in benchmark screenings provided by Fast Bridge Learning. Fast Bridge is District 157-Cís universal screening instrument. This assessment will be administered in the fall, winter and spring to help teachers determine which students are likely to meet the end of the year learning goals, which students may require intervention and help to determine advanced and honors placements for the following school year. This computer based assessment measures performance in reading and math. Individual fall results will be sent home at the beginning of October after all students have been tested. I look forward to working with your child this school year.


Tara O'Hea


Dear Students,

I believe in you.
I am here for you.
I expect great things.
I love your uniqueness.
I will NEVER give up on you.
You are listened to.
Your opinion matters.
You are important.
You're a winner.
You will succeed.
We'll have a wonderful year together.


Mrs. O'Hea

This week in class

**This page reflects activities in my 8th grade ELA class. For information regarding my 7th grade co-taught Social Studies and Science classes, please see Mrs. Gatsios and Mr. Finan's teacher webpages. Thank you**

HW: ixl level G G.1

We will review our weekly word stems, and continue to read "Closed for the Season".

HW: Log in to Newsela, read the article, highlight key ideas, and take the quiz. Read your choice book for 20 minutes

Today, we will review our word stems. We will also take a summative assessment on "Closed for the Season".

HW: Log on to, select language arts, select level G, select E.5 Please complete the questions for 20 minutes, or until you get a smart score of 100-whichever comes first.

We will begin a short focused research project on Bachelor's Grove

HW: ixl

We will take our stem quiz and complete our Bachelor's Grove project.

HW: Read your choice book for 60 minutes this long weekend.


Downloads List

Disability Awareness Day [10/4/2018]
Letter to Parents Regarding Reading Comprehension Strategies Taught in Class [9/4/2017]
LWASE 843 Foundation Fundraiser: Coming Together for a Cause [10/4/2018]
Meet Mrs. O'Hea [8/16/2018]
Signposts Power Point [9/4/2017]


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Figurative Language Practice

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Week One Word Stems Quizlet

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