Debbie Sides

EL Teacher, DeSoto Central Middle & DeSoto Central High

I miss my ELs!

About the Teacher/Welcome Msg

Hello!  Welcome to my website

My education:

Education: B.S. in Education University of Memphis

Masters in Counseling University of Memphis

+45 in Education Cumberland University, TN

English Language Learners University of Memphis

Licensed in Elementary Education/Middle School

Licensed in School Counseling K-12

Licensed in English as a Second Language K-12

Experience: I am very excited to continue to be a part of Desoto County Schools! I am a 38 year educator who has experience as a middle school and elementary school teacher, school counselor, and English as a Second Language teacher in Desoto County, Marshall County, and Shelby County Schools.My loves include: God, my family, my animals, and the outdoors! I adore living in the country, and have opportunities to see nature at its finest everyday! EL is my passion and I have the very best students from all around the world. Everyday is an adventure and a great day of learning reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the English language. We focus on English Language standards in every lesson, and have the unique opportunity to incorporate the many different experiences that my students bring into our classroom in every lesson! It is ALWAYS a Great Day to be a JAG! 

#TeamDCS English Learners: Student-Choice Book Review

“Reading gives you somewhere to go when you have to stay where you are.”


Directions: Choose one free ebook from, the Kindle app, Audible, or you may even choose a book you already own at home. Read at least 20 minutes daily from your book of choice, and complete one square per week from the assignments below. Email your work to Mrs. Sides by Friday every week. Each square’s grade will be posted in PowerSchool. You do not have to complete squares in a particular order. All assignments are centered around our language standards for Reading and Writing. Have fun, and read every single day!

Assignment #1: Email me by Friday, March 27th, the title of your book and a minimum of 3 complete sentences explaining why you chose that book. The remaining assignments are below:


2. Read your book for 20 minutes. Make a connection between something you have read in your book selection so far and something that has occurred in your real life. Explain how the events compare in a minimum of 10 sentences.

3. Read your book for 20 minutes. On a piece of paper, create a social media account for the main character of your book. Be sure to include evidence from the story to describe him/her. The social media page must include at least 10 complete sentences.

4. Read your book for 20 minutes. Write a letter to one character from the story. Include a minimum of 3 questions in your letter you would like the character to answer. Be creative and pay special attention to correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation in the letter.
5. Read your book for 20 minutes. Pretend the author wrote a sequel. Using the same characters, design a book cover for the new book. Include a title and illustrations.6. Read your book for 20 minutes. Conduct a fictional interview with a character in your book. Write 10 questions you would ask as the reporter along with their response to each question.7. Read your book for 20 minutes. Write a song or a rap that describes events you have read in your story so far. Write or type your song to be submitted. Be sure to use rhyming words!
8. Read your book for 20 minutes. Create a timeline of events from the story. Include at least 10 events that happened. Draw a photo to go with each event, or you may print a photo from the internet.9. Read your book for 20 minutes. Complete a drawing of 3 meaningful events from the book. Include a minimum of 3 complete sentences to explain each drawing (total of 9 sentences, 3 drawings).10. Read your book for 20 minutes. In a minimum of 10 sentences, write a review of your book that covers your favorite/least favorite parts. What would you change? Which characters did you relate to most?

I miss seeing you already! Remember that you are valued and special.

– Mrs. Sides

Class Schedule


7:35-11:15 daily periods 1st-3rd


11:30-4:00 daily Blocks 3rd & 4th


"During this challenging time we here at DCMS and DCHS are currently working on ways to ensure all of our students have access to an education. Please continue to monitor teacher websites for additional information. We will also be utilizing SchoolStatus to send out messages of updates as we have them."


List of Websites I encourage you to use while you are out to keep your reading and writing sharp:

:)Mrs. Sides – You can change your password or create a new account

NewsELA- You can create an account as a student.

Grammarly- YouTube videos

EL students, remember to check websites for upcoming assignments beginning March 25, Wednesday. Here are some free sites to choose reading material. There are a variety of topics, grade and reading levels, and languages available.

Lightbox eBooks are easy to use non-fiction eBooks that connect to standards and topics in science, social studies, language arts, math, social emotional learning and more.  There are over 1000 titles that support all grades K - 12, including more than 100 titles in Spanish. 

AV2/World Languages offers access to 100 high-interest titles in 10 languages.  They are designed to create an immersive language-learning experience while promoting diversity and multiculturalism. 

Class Calendar