Hello middle school families!
Wow, October already! Seventh and eighth graders both have a math assessment next week. Their main HP this week is to study for the chapter 1 assessment (dates posted on planbook.com). In science, seventh graders are engaging in an engineering challenge where they design and test a seed dispersal system. Eighth graders are studying the periodic table of elements and atoms/elements.
Home Practice Club/Study hall is ON! It will be held every Tuesday from 3-4PM in my room. Students can use this time to get help if needed and complete nightly home practice or missing assignments. I would like to limit it to roughly 10 kids, so that the noise level is low and I can help those who need it. If you want to take advantage of this opportunity to get extra support and a quite space to get work done, please shoot me an email that your student will join.
The all school photo is tomorrow at 8:35AM. Pease be on time. On that note, please try to be on time every day! Seventh graders start math class promptly at 8:30. When students arrive late, they often miss the direct instruction part or notes, and struggle to catch up. Time is valuable!
October 22-26 is parent-teacher conference week. All students will be dismissed at 12:15PM. Look for an email with a link to sign up for a conference some time this week.
I am actively trying to get grades into the portal in a timely fashion. I have updated the grade book for most classes, and even if I have yet to grade the assignment, I have marked them as received for missing. Please check the student portal with your child to see how they are doing. An M mark is Missing, I is Incomplete, R is Received, and E is Excused. In math, if a student received partial credit, it is usually because they did not complete all the problems or did not show their work. If students get the problem wrong, but attempted to solve it and show all work, they get full credit! I encourage students to ask me about their marks and read all the feedback! I put time into providing helpful feedback and hope they listen to it.
Reminder: The weather is changing- please make sure students come to school dressed appropriately! The next few days look like rain and will be cold. Students should bring jackets, boots, umbrellas, and dress warm. On days that are nice, students need sunscreen and sunglasses (highly encouraged). I do not let students into the classroom until 8:30AM, so they need a jacket to keep warm in the morning. On days that it is snowing or raining, we will have a room available for students to hang out before school starts.
As always, let me know any comments, questions or concerns.
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!