Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Parents, please visit with your student about the latest major grades that they have earned. Grades that have been returned are Scrapbook (Horizons), Checkpoint 2 and their Journal. Both of these were major test grades. I realize this grading period felt like there was a ton of work, but that is the fast and furious nature of a shortened grading period. Now that they have the flow of things, it should come quite a bit more naturally. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
While on the subject of my wonderful writers, students have a great opportunity at Peterson Middle School to participate in UIL competition. I will be coaching the events of Ready Writing and Spelling in UIL competition this year and invite any of my eager writers and spellers to participate. This is a new endeavor for me as a teacher, so my students and I will learn the ins and outs of UIL together.
Okay, okay... Now for the part that you're here for- the review!
This week in Horizons...
acquit to declare not guilty of a charge of crime or other offense
allocate to set aside for a specific purpose
administration the group of people who manage or direct an organization
associate a coworker; friend; companion
consequence a result of an earlier happening or action; outcome
Spelling Lesson 8 Review...
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I'll make this quick since the parade is creeping up very quickly.
Horizons Vocabulary Review:
|oologist||a collector of bird eggs|
|coleopterist||a collector of beetles|
|bibliophile||a lover of books|
|graphophile||a lover of writing|
|logophile||a lover of words|
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Horizons' Lesson 5:
excessive- more than necessary, reasonable, or usual; too much
expulsion- the act of forcing or driving out or the state of being forced to leave or driven out
forethought- thought, care, or planning for the future
maneuver- a skillful, clever, or cunning move or procedure; scheme; 2. to plan or perform skillfully
retaliate- to return or repay like for like, especially evil for evil or injury for injury
Spelling Lesson 5:
Study study study,
Thursday, October 4, 2012
This is it- the eve of the end of the grading period! For those of you that have been teetering this six weeks, it's time to step up and finish the grading period strong. For those of you that have been fighting an uphill battle, this is your chance to stand victorious and proud that you have prevailed- evidence that you have the ability to be successful this school year. Some of you, who I sent failure notices home with yesterday and did not receive them today, we will continue to work with you (kicking and screaming albeit) to make sure that you are successful. Use this first grading period as wake-up call for the rest of the year. There isn't a soul in any of my classes that can afford a sub-par grade on tomorrow's quizzes, so make sure you are studying your words this evening. Below are the spelling words and Horizons vocabulary words that will be tested tomorrow.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
|LESSON||3||inflation||noun||an increase in the price of goods and services|
1. all of the goods in stock available for selling; a detailed list of all goods in stock; the act of making such a list; 2. to make a detailed list of all the items in stock
a person who puts money into something, such as property, a business, or stocks, in order to make a profit.
the general expenses of running a business, such as rent, taxes, electricity, and heating
to aid, assist, or support with a grant of money
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I just wanted to make sure that you all had the proper material to study for tomorrow's quiz. Parents, make sure that you ask to see progress reports that went home today during 7th period. Anyway, Horizons, you need to review the video below to prepare for your quiz tomorrow. Everyone else, I expect to see much higher grades on tomorrow's spelling quiz. You can find your words below.
Study study study,
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Make sure you are prepared for your spelling or vocabulary quiz tomorrow, depending on whether you're in Horizons or not. For most of you, you need to study your spelling words below and make sure you know how to spell them correctly. We have discussed in class how important a high quiz grade is this week. This will be the only quiz grade on the progress report and that will make up 60% of your grade.
Good luck to all of you,
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Wow! It's hard to believe a quick three weeks has already passed us by, students are almost locker-independent, learning the routines, and are well-acquainted with Accelerated Math. It was nice seeing all the parents that stopped in for open house last night. If there are any questions that we can answer for you, please send us an email for the quickest response. If you missed open house, you can download a copy of our handout here. If you feel like you would like a parent conference, please don't hesitate to make that request.
This brings up the topics of progress reports and incentives. Progress reports will be going home next week so keep your eye out for those. We have posted the criteria to meet our TEAM incentive in each of our classrooms. Please notice that, since our students are 7th graders, the qualification of just passing is not enough to meet the incentive criteria. Also, they must not receive any d-halls, office referrals, or be sent to alternative school. Please make sure that if your child has been absent that they have turned in an excuse note either from you or from their doctor to excuse the absence.
If you feel like something may be missing from English class, here is a brief recap of what we have done in the first three weeks. Again, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email.
Monday, August 27, 2012
It was a great first day at Peterson today! I really enjoyed all of my classes today and I look forward to working with the students in my classes to make great writers. We started each class today talking about dress code from the handbook, then played Back to School Black Jack to learn about each student. This was a lot of fun. It's always interesting to hear the information students choose to share. The homework I gave my students tonight is to get their Welcome Letter signed and ready to turn in first thing in class tomorrow. Tomorrow we will start writing in our journals- a practice my students will be VERY familiar with throughout the year.
This is going to be a great year!
Friday, August 24, 2012
There is a certain smell to the air when it's time for school to start once again. It's that time again, ladies and gentlemen, to set your alarms, pack your backpack with all your supplies, and get yourselves to school by 7:45 Monday morning. It's a new school year! It's a new school (for me too)! I'm looking forward to sharing the upcoming year with you in my English class on the Missions Team. We are going to have a terrific year. I look forward to meeting all of you very soon!
I'll see you all on Monday,
Get a sneak peak at my Welcome Letter here.
Friday, June 15, 2012
I hope you are all having a wonderful summer so far. I figured some of you might get to feeling nostalgic (missing my class) so I'd send you a quick post. First of all, Joe went to summer camp on Sunday after school was out and he had a great time. That kept him busy while I was training teachers on how to use the SMART Board over at Peterson. Thanks to the help of my awesome homeroom class, I got all moved in to my new classroom the day after school was out. I have an entire wall of chalkboard paint! Pretty awesome! Anyway, I'll be hanging around Kerrville for most of the summer, except for the week in mid-July when I go to Calgary, Canada. I've noticed some of you are still posting to edmodo so I figure I'll leave it up until I have to set up classes for next year. For those of you taking horizons classes, that might be a good place for you to collaborate on your summer reading assignments. If you have any questions, you can email me or message me on edmodo. That is all for now. Rest up, get outside and play, and have a great summer! It was an absolute pleasure teaching all of you this school year.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
I did some dabbling in app creation this weekend. I've created one for Android devices. It's not in the Android Market because I'm too cheap to pay the $25 to put it on there. You can download it to your Android device here. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Come to school ready to work hard in this last week before spring break!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
20 words this will be on this week's Word of the Week Quiz! Study the video, study your flashcards, study your tests that I gave you back last week! A lot of you need to make up for a poor performance last week!!! Good Luck!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
We're up to 8 words this week for our Word of the Week Quiz that we will take tomorrow. I am very pleased that EVERY SINGLE STUDENT earned a 100 last week for the WOW Quiz. Study the words to make sure you have them memorized throughout this long grading period.
My classes started back after Christmas with a discussion on respect. They were asked "What Does Respect Look Like?" The video below shows their answers. Enjoy!
Study Study Study!!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
I hope you all have had a fantastic break and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, ready to work. I'm in a giving mood, so if you print out this blog post, I will give you a FREE 100 for extra credit to start out the grading period. It must be turned in by Wednesday, January 4th!
Happy New Year!