Welcome to Reiss' Writers!

Phone: 210.356.4400


Degrees and Certifications:

BA - Interdisciplinary Studies, UTSA 1-8 Elementary Certified 1-8 English Certified ESL Certified

Mrs. Dawn Reiss


My name is Dawn Reiss and I am excited to be a part of the ELAR team at Jackson! I am a graduate of Churchill High School and UTSA. I have taught students all over the world - Russia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic - as well as in Virginia and San Antonio. In all of my teaching experiences, one fact remains the same: I love teaching middle schoolers! They are my favorite! My goal is to create a safe space for students to learn and grow in their writing and in their understanding of who they are in this world.

I am married to a fantastic man named Dave and we have four incredible children. They are all students in NEISD, too, and we are busy and active at their high school, middle school, and elementary school! I like to read, run, play Scrabble, hang out with my family, watch movies, listen to podcasts, and eat as much Tex-Mex as possible!

More info about English 7:

In my class, students will develop and strengthen their existing skills of communication in the areas of writing, reading, speaking, and listening. We will focus mainly on the writing aspect. We want to be sure your student is ready for the STAAR test, 8th grade, high school, and ultimately, the bigger world out there. Students will understand that writing is ordinary, hard work, and that we will do it every day. This work includes and is not limited to: fiction, narrative essays, essays that inform, essays that argue, poetry and forms of personal expression, letter and email writing, evidence-based responses to texts we read, writing for pleasure, and spelling, sentence, vocabulary, and grammar skills. English 7 follows TEA's guidelines for content and standards, also known as the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills).  

You Should Read These!

  • Walk Two Moons

    by Sharon Creech Year Published: 1994

    I didn't really want to read this, but others told me it was good, so I gave it a chance. I'm really glad I did, because it is such a well-written book and an interesting story! 

    The main character is Salamanca Tree Hiddle and her mother, who has gone missing. Salamanca travels from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents to find her mom, and experiences all kinds of mini-adventures as she grows up along the journey. 

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  • Ghost Boys

    by Jewell Parker Rhodes Year Published: 2019

    This book is packed with important subjects that we are all talking about: racial bias, bullying, gun violence, and hard home lives. It is told from the point of view of a young boy who was shot and killed by a police officer, and his "ghost" can see the fallout of that tragedy. He can also communicate with other young boys who were killed, including Emmett Till and Tamir Rice. What makes this one a standout is the way Jerome, our main character, can also see and communicate with the daughter of the police officer involved.

    Well written and compelling!

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  • House Arrest

    by K.A. Holt Year Published: 2015

    12-year old Timothy has gotten himself into trouble with the law. He is a good kid but he is desperate to help his family. His mother is struggling to make ends meet because she has to care for Timothy's very sick baby brother. To make things more complicated, Timothy's dad left the family when it was most in need. 

    I loved this one. It was totally heartbreaking and heartwarming, and I was near tears the entire time.

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Class Schedule

  • A Days

    1st Period (8:30 - 9:35) - English 7

    2nd Period (9:40 - 10:45) - English 7

    3rd Period (10:50 - 11:55) - English 7 Honors

    Lunch (12:00 - 12:40) 

    4th Period (12:45 - 1:50) - Conference


    B Days

    5th Period (8:30 - 9:35) - English 7

    6th Period (9:40 - 10:45) - English 7 Honors

    7th Period (10:50 - 11:55) - Conference

    Lunch (12:00 - 12:40)

    8th Period (12:45 - 1:50) - English 7


    Office Hours - Tutoring Window

    Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays from 2:00 - 4:00 pm (via Zoom)