Cathy Lail

Cathy Lail

Team Legend



I attended Lenoir-Rhyne College and graduated in 1989 with a degree in middle grades education with a concentration in English.  I have been teaching for 29 years and have worked in Hickory Public Schools since 2000. 

I complete numerous services projects for our school and community.  I am the director of the play A Christmas Carol.

My greatest hobby is READING!!!!  I love to read Shakespeare and poetry (especially E. A. Poe).  My favorite units to teach are The Giver, "The Diary of Anne Frank" (play version), and The Outsiders.  I live in Hickory with my husband, two children,  and our dog named Rosie.

Grading Policy:  Excluding absences, students are permitted to turn in work two days late that will be graded from a 60%.  After that date, the assignment is calculated as a zero.
Science:  Homework 30%, Labs 15%, Quiz 20%, Test/Projects 35%
ELA:  Classwork 15%, Homework 30%, Quiz 20%, Tests/Projects 35%

8th grade English/Language Arts and Science Teacher


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