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Subjects Taught
Language Arts



Bachelor's Degree in English and Literature - Carson Newman College

Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language - Carson-Newman College 

Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership - Lincoln Memorial University 

Tennessee Licensure in Secondary Education 7-12



Welcome parents and students!

I am Mr. Voiles and this is my teacher webpage! I hope you use this webpage as a reference tool, a way to contact me, or a way of keeping up with general information concerning seventh-grade language arts. I am very excited to be teaching this class! If you need to ever contact me, my information is below. The quickest way to get ahold of me is through email, but I provided my work phone number for parents. Go Patriots! 


Contact: (423) 581-3200 ext.2622

Facebook: LHMS Seventh Grade Language Arts 


At Lincoln Heights Middle School, we believe edcuation is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students, and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.

As educators, we share a common goal of helping students move from "Good to Great!"


Welcome to an exciting and challenging year at LHMS! There is much to learn in language arts so we will be moving quickly. It is important that students keep up with the subject matter by reviewing your notes and other class work each night. To be successful in this class it is important that you come to class each day ready to learn and carefully follow the expectations for each student.


To do your best, it is important that you feel physically and emotionally safe in class, therefore the cornerstone of behavior in language arts class is respect - respect for other's feelings, respect for learning, respect for property, and respect for safety. To safeguard your right to learn, students having difficultly maintaining respect for LHMS and/or classroom rules will first be warned and then assigned detentions and/or write-ups. During this time, parents will be contacted. If the disruptive behavior continues, the student will receive further appropriate disciplinary action from the office.


Students are required to get 15 Accelerated Reader (AR) points each six weeks. These points count as two Homework and Activities grades for the sixth week. Students may choose a book of their liking, read the book in its entirety, and take an AR tests before or after school in the library, during lunch bunch, or in their extended skills classes. AR points do not carry over from one six weeks to the next.  Happy Reading! 


Students may access their Reading Plus accounts at home through the following link. LOGIN Reading Plus grades are taken on a weekly basis. Students receive a grade for the number of assignments their complete and for their level of comprehension achieved. 


Students are assigned a reading packet each Monday. These reading assignments are due on Friday of the same week! The assigned readings cover an array of topics: sporting events, phonomenon, historical leaders, and so on. These readings assess students' comprehension, syntax, vocabulary development, critical thinking and writing skills. 


Your grade for each six weeks will be determined by the following percentages: 

Notebooks 25% 

Homework and Activities  40%

Daily Oral Language and Section Quizzes 20%

Chapter and Unit Tests 15%