Dran, Kate

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Dran, Kate

Ms. Kate Dran

Hello! 

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself! I was born and raised in Raccoon Township and graduated from Hopewell High School in 1986. Graduating in May of 1990 from Penn State University with a B.S. in Secondary Education, English, I was hired by the Hopewell Area School District in 1992. 

After living in Raccoon my entire life, I recently moved to Mount Jackson, which is on the outskirts of New Castle, where I live with my boyfriend Harry, a retired State Trooper, and our two dogs, Bear and Abby. I have one son, Garion, who is a senior at Robert Morris University studying Mechanical Engineering.  Harry has a son, Jared, a senior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Political Science; a daughter, Brittany, who lives in North Carolina, and a granddaughter, Kayley. I enjoy spending time with family, fishing, quad riding, hiking, golfing, reading, going to concerts, and pretty much anything outdoors.  

I am the proverbial apple that did not fall far from the tree! I am a proud alumna who was excited to return and teach at her own high school.

Teaching is my vocation and my passion! I enjoy coming to work and spending time teaching and learning from my students. Each day is a new adventure! I love my job and appreciate the opportunity you have given me by sending your child to Hopewell High School.

Having taught most levels of English in grades 7-12, I currently teach Academic English 9 and World Literature 12. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or voice mail. 

Sincerely,

Kate Dran

drank@hopewellarea.org

724-375-6691, option 7, extension 2203

Grading Practices

My courses are not weighted.  I use the grading scale approved by the school district:

100-98 = A+
 
97-93 = A

92-90 = A-

89-87 = B+

86-83 = B

82-80 = B-

79-77 = C+

76-73 = C

72-70 = C-

69-67 = D+

66-63 = D

62-60 = D-

59-0 = E

I use a point system for grading. Also, I do my best to enter all scores into CSIU within a week of a homework assignment, quiz, test, paper, or project being submitted.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child's grade, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

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