Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Today's Quote:


In al grade levels students were on the ball and turned in their homework to the proper drawer before the bell rang which shows me they did read the blog!

In class, we continued laying a strong foundation for a fantastic year. I spoke about failure and how I expect students to fail and they should be allowed to fail. I pointed out that in my entire career as a teacher and a researcher, I have learned more from my failed attempts than all of my successes combined. Parents,  failure will not kill your child, so let them fall down and get back up on their own. I did talk a little bit about my expectations and reminded the classes to be mature about the choices they make. For example, my class is a "flipped"class. Students MUSt watch the videos and do the article readings at home to be successful. But what if they don't have internet access? I said that I would make myself available in the morning, during lunch, and after school so they could come in and use the computers. If they are not will to get up that 15 minutes earlier or stay that 15 minutes later or go get their lunch and come to the room, then they are not prepared to be mature about an honors class and there is no shame in admitting this. They should speak to their guidance counselor now, and get a schedule change.

I also handed out the class syllabusand went over part of it. We will continue with class procedures and rules today.

Entry Task/ Brain Bender:

(This should be written in your agenda, every day!)

Look over your notes and be prepared to tell the group something about the brain and how it learns. 

Think about this: 

What did both videos have in common (similiar)

Why is it important to consider how people learn with being a student? When being a teacher?

From your past experiences, what do some teachers get right? What do they get wrong?

Should students have input on the learning process? 

What do you have to bring to the partnership in order for this to be a successful year?



Handout Class Syllabi- Place in GREEN science section of binderHandout Science Quick References- Place in GREEN science section of binderHandout REMIND sign up sheets- Place in GREEN science section of binder

Who are you?- take the quiz. Write your learning style down in your syllabus. Email a copy to yourself AND to me

Write your Chromebook number down in your syllabus


If you are caught up, there is no homework this evening.

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:

Parallel Worlds Exist and Interact with This One.

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

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Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

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