Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Monday August 29th, 2016

Today's Quote:


All classes took the District Benchmark Assessment Test which took the entire period.

Students were reminded again that they MUST sign up for Quizlet and utilize the tools within to do vocabulary. I explained at the beginning of the year that this is a "flipped"classroom. Vocabulary is part of that strategy. Student maintain a vocabulary notebook, however within Quizlet there are 6 games tools and I get a chart showing me who has logged in, how much time they have spent in each activity and what their best scores are. To determine a vocabulary grade, I first look to see that they have used the tools, then I check best scores and times. If I see that they have spent at least 15 minutes within the program and a minimum score of 75%, I will assign an average grade for vocabulary. Students can join Quizlet at these links. Students who have no internet access should arrange to come in at 7:30am, lunch, or after school. If they cannot make this commitment, they should speak to their counselor about transferring to another class.

Schedule changes and Hawk Hour assignments are being done this week!

Brain Bender:

Will Robinson thought it might be nice to join the army, so he went to the local library to find a book on volunteers. While walking along the rows of books, he sees one with VOLIX written on it's spine. How should the title of this book be pronounced?


(This should be written in your planer everyday)
Graphing Basics PowerPoint- student lead discussion

1. Complete vocabulary activities in Quizlet- Due Tuesday (If you have not logged into Quizlet, you must spend at least 15 minutes in the program doing the activities and have a minimum score of 75% in one or two of the activities.

2. Your paragraph should be complete at this time and ready to be exchanged with a class partner- Due Tuesday

NOTE!!! There is some sort of problem with the 6th grade gradebook. Even though the grades are showing, the average for everyone is an F and I have already submitted a work order for the county to check it and see what's wrong. DON'T WORRY ABOUT YOUR GRADE AVERAGE AT THIS TIME! (unless you haven't been doing you work, in which case, you should worry!)


1. Complete vocabulary activities in Quizlet- Due Tuesday (If you have not logged into Quizlet, you must spend at least 15 minutes in the program doing the activities and have a minimum score of 75% in one or two of the activities.

2. Your paragraph should be complete at this time and ready to be exchanged with a class partner- Due Tuesday

Article explaining graphing differences between math and science

Look who we found in the garden towers!

6th Grade Honor's Earth Space Science:

6th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question:
What are the basic ideas behind the process of science?
Key Learning Statement:
Science is a process based upon observational and experimental studies using scientific methods to develop or explore scientific theories or laws. 

7th Grade Honors Life Science

7th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question: What methods do scientists use to answer questions and solve problems in the natural world? 
Key Learning Statement: Scientific inquiry involves forming a testable hypothesis and developing a valid investigation using scientific skills and tools to determine if the hypothesis is supported or not supported.  Data from scientific investigations helps scientists explain natural events through the use of scientific theories and scientific laws.  

8th Grade Honors Physical Science

Unit Essential Question: What is required to carry out a valid scientific investigation?  
Key Learning Statement: A valid scientific investigation uses prior knowledge, observations, and empirical evidence to test a hypothesis and draw conclusions that must be validated through repetition and replication. 

Science Current Events:

BE PREPARED! Latest Track as of Monday Morning 5am

5:00pm  Monday Evening

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

The 10 best note taking apps

Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

Where Did Words Come From?

Personality Types:

These will show you the general categories and their traits. Your individual report will show you YOUR percentages of introvert/extrovert. risk. non-risk taking, etc.

The Analysts

The Architect                             
The Logician             
The Commander
The Debater

The Diplomats

The Advocate                                                
The Mediator                           
 The Protagonist
The Campaigner
The Sentinels

The Consul 
The Defender
The Logistician

The Explorers
The Entertainer
The Entrepreneur                         
The Adventurer

Your Multiple Intelligence meanings:

Visual-Spatial - think in terms of physical space, as do architects and sailors. Very aware of their environments. They like to draw, do jigsaw puzzles, read maps, daydream. They can be taught through drawings, verbal and physical imagery. Tools include models, graphics, charts, photographs, drawings, 3-D modeling, video, videoconferencing, television, multimedia, texts with pictures/charts/graphs.
Bodily-kinesthetic - use the body effectively, like a dancer or a surgeon. Keen sense of body awareness. They like movement, making things, touching. They communicate well through body language and be taught through physical activity, hands-on learning, acting out, role playing. Tools include equipment and real objects.
Musical - show sensitivity to rhythm and sound. They love music, but they are also sensitive to sounds in their environments. They may study better with music in the background. They can be taught by turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, tapping out time. Tools include musical instruments, music, radio, stereo, CD-ROM, multimedia.
Interpersonal - understanding, interacting with others. These students learn through interaction. They have many friends, empathy for others, street smarts. They can be taught through group activities, seminars, dialogues. Tools include the telephone, audio conferencing, time and attention from the instructor, video conferencing, writing, computer conferencing, E-mail.
Intrapersonal - understanding one's own interests, goals. These learners tend to shy away from others. They're in tune with their inner feelings; they have wisdom, intuition and motivation, as well as a strong will, confidence and opinions. They can be taught through independent study and introspection. Tools include books, creative materials, diaries, privacy and time. They are the most independent of the learners.
Verbal/Linguistic - using words effectively. These learners have highly developed auditory skills and often think in words. They like reading, playing word games, making up poetry or stories. They can be taught by encouraging them to say and see words, read books together. Tools include computers, games, multimedia, books, tape recorders, and lecture.
Logical -Mathematical - reasoning, calculating. Think conceptually, abstractly and are able to see and explore patterns and relationships. They like to experiment, solve puzzles, ask cosmic questions. They can be taught through logic games, investigations, mysteries. They need to learn and form concepts before they can deal with details. 
Naturalistic intelligence- refers to the ability to identify and distinguish among different types of plants, animals, and weather formations found in the natural world. The are most comfortable in a natural setting.

Your Learning Styles Inventory:

  • Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Learning from a computer is a visual style.
  • Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music. You learn primarily by listening to something.
  • Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch. You prefer to be moving and touching things while you learn.

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