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Welcome to Mrs. Petty's Class

August 2019: Thank you for visiting my web page. This is my 3rd year at BMS, and my 12th year teaching special education in Rutherford County. I have taught all grade levels in special education, K-12, and middle school is my favorite!
I currently teach Reading Intervention, where we are using the Lexia Power Up program this year. I work with students in all four of our 6th grade mini schools. If you have any questions, please email me at
April 2020: Hello students and parents. I hope that everyone is healthy, staying safe, and enjoying some extra family time, rest, and relaxation during our extended time off. During this time, my virtual office hours are 9-11 each school day. As always though, you can email me anytime and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Beginning 4/6/2020, Rutherford County Schools will be updating their website weekly with optional assignments to help students stay engaged during this shutdown. Content area teachers will share supplemental resources on their webpages, and will provide feedback. The BMS Sped team will be adding additional resources that support these optional assignments to our webpages as well. Check websites often for updates. A link to the RCS website is on this page, to the right.
To my intervention students: I have been thinking of each and every one of you! I really miss you all and hope that you are trying to read a little each day. Try to read at least 30 minutes daily and then reflect on what you read to see if you could summarize it for someone who has not read it. Remember to practice reading aloud also, even if it is just to yourself. In addition, continue with your i-ready reading lessons, as well as Lexia. I have a link to both of these on this page, to the right.
I will soon be attempting to contact all of my intervention students' parents with information regarding current (as of 3/13/20) reading levels (both comprehension and fluency) and overall progress in reading intervention, as an alternative to parent-teacher conferences. 
To students on my caseload: I will also be attempting to contact parents of students on my caseload to assess needs, assist with resources, answer any questions about IEPs, and find out how I can support you during this time.
To all my students/parents: If you need a device, printed packets, free internet access information, log in information for your child, information about food/feeding sites, etc...I will be happy to help you, or point you in the right direction. I am here to support you in any way that I can! Check back soon for updates and stay safe! :0)