Welcome back WINTER!
I hope everyone has a wonderful break and enjoyed the snow we got last week. I was happy to ski three times last week and got some freshies on off KT on Thursday. Also, I attended the CPM (math curriculum) National Teacher Conference this past weekend. I went to 6 breakout sessions on CPM best practices and how to better assess student learning over the course of the year. I heard some fabulous teachers present from all across the country and the vibe was very exciting. This conference got me more feeling pumped on teaching math (nerdy, I know)!
Next week eighth graders will begin an hour of sex education over the course of 5 weeks, presented by a Planned Parenthood health educator. I sent home an opt-out letter for this class today and included in this email. If you DO NOT want your child participating in comprehensive sex ed, please sign the letter and return it to me by Friday, March 1. If your student opts out of sex ed, they will spend the hour in another room with an alternative health assignment. Comprehensive sex education is included in the middle school California state standards. Please see the letter for more details.
Tomorrow (2/27) at 1pm, the middle school will be competing in the first ever Creekside Olympics! Come support your student and help run the events. I am look for a few volunteers to help us referee the three different events. Please let me know ASAP if you are available to help from 1-1:50pm tomorrow. Thank you!
We will hold a metal ceremony Wednesday morning at 8:30am to award the top competitors in each event. Please come support the athletes!
Farm Cart Program
Middle school students will be participating in a Farm Cart program starting tomorrow. It is facilitated by The Tahoe Food Hub. Students will learn about where food comes from, the farming process, marketing, setting up a business, and working a booth. More information to come tomorrow on this program.
End of Season Skier IS
Please send me the IS schedule for your student if they are competing in the upcoming competitions and will be gone for more than one day. I would like to get all of the IS organized this week to give to students before they leave.
Reminder: We are a team! Students, parents, and teachers work together and share responsibility for learning. Students on IS are required to use outside resources to learn the material given to them. All IS needs to be completed by the end of each learning period. LP6 ends this Friday!
If you can help organize graduation, please contact me. I am putting together a team of parents to get the planning started. So far I know that Dawn and Hunter are able to help. Lets make this the best graduation yet!
Volunteers in the classroom
I would love some help organizing! I have a ton of things I need filed, labeled, cleaned, organized, and put into binders. If you are able to help at any time, please let me know and I will get everything set up for you to come in. These tasks will be easy and fast, but will support me and, thus support the learning for students. Help!
And lastly, if your student is interested in taking care of the class chameleon, Dr. Ronny Googles over Spring Break let me know! He needs a home that week, as I will be out of town.
Cheer y'all and let it snow!
Hello 8th grade families!
What a great surprise to get snow today! Students were having so much fun out back during lunch today, sliding on the snow almost like human curling. Our playground brings out the creative side of the middle school students. I am hoping winter decides to stick around for a while.
Report cards were mailed home today for first semester. Look for them Wednesday. We are already halfway through learning period 6!
Remember, if your student is a skier/on IS, they are required to complete their independent study and turn it in the next day they are present. I have posted on my website several resource links for math and science help. Please check it out! All students have school assigned Khan Academy and IXL accounts for independent math and science learning (Purplemath.com is super useful, too). When students take IS days, it is their responsibility to use various resources to learn the content. They can make an appointment with me to receive additional help, but they must take the initiative to schedule a meeting. It is critical for students to keep on top of their work, lest becoming overwhelmed and stressed.
Harvest of the Month will be this week, hosted by the lovely Chiara. If any other parent is interested in helping with this monthly lesson on fresh foods, please contact me. This week we will learn about kale and Swiss chard- yum!
The whole school will be hosting a Creekside Olympics on Tuesday 2/27. The middle school will be competing from 1:00-1:50pm. We always need parent volunteers! Please email me if you are interested/available to help. The award ceremony will be held 2/28 at 8:30am for the whole school.
Students are encouraged to bring their own plates and forks to Pizza Thursdays. Creekside is actively trying to lessen our ecological footprint, and we can make a huge impact by reducing our waste. Additionally, please remind your student to bring their own water bottles! We do not want to give any cups out (again, we want to eliminate trash).
Lastly, 8th grade graduation is nearing! Every year, we have had a team of fabulous parents who organize the graduation ceremony. If you are interested in helping, please let me know and include how much time/level of involvement you can do. I would like to start organizing this event sooner than later. And on the graduation note, all middle schoolers are required to complete 5 hours of community service each year. You may turn the completed forms into me or the office.
2/19-2/23 President's Week (Ski/Skate Week)
2/12-2/16 Random Acts of Kindness week
2/27 Creekside Olympics
2/28 Creekside Olympic Ceremony
Enjoy the fresh snow!
Welcome to my class website. I teach middle school math, science, and art. Here you will find important information, weekly updates, resources, and class photos. I live in North Lake Tahoe and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. My dog Bear joins me on all my adventures and often visits the classroom. Bear is currently training to become a therapy dog!