The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.
--Brian Herbert

*****Parents' Corner***** Art Docent Tuesday 10/15!!!!Top of Page

Parent conferences- thank you so much for coming out to chat about your child's progress at this mid trimester time of year. It is so important that we are all on the same page supporting one another for your child's success. Always a pleasure getting to spend time with each of you!
We survived the black out- amazingly well actually. We stayed on task and managed to keep up with where we needed to be in spite of the darkness. Students used cell phone flashlights and got the work done. Those without phones were included in the sharing of light! My room is probably the darkest on campus, as we a missing a window due to being next to the girls' bathroom. Still they stayed calm and got the job done. Mr. Janis and Dr. Myers came by to see how we were doing and I believe they were very pleased to see all that continued to get done.Thank you for trusting us with your children and sending them to school. Learning continued in all classes!
Quality of Homework, especially on history, reading logs, and spelling h.w.- some of your children do not capitalize or punctuate. They are losing points every week, as this is a writing assignment, as well as a history assignment. State tests will be on non-fiction works for the English Language Arts test, and they will need to know how to do this. Please check their h.w. and help them to be more responsible about it. We need them to rewrite the question in their answers in order to use their h.w. as a study guide. They are to avoid using pronouns in their answer, as it does not tell us who or what they are referring to. They are also losing points on spelling h.w. for misspelling the words that they are suppose to be learning and practicing. They have the book right there, so this comes down to being careless and rushing. We are trying very hard to get them to be more observant and conscientious. Thank you for checking the quality of their work:)
Also, I held a mini lesson on penmanship at lunchtime with several students to help them better form their letters. Many do not know upper and lower case sizes. Tall and hanging letters seem to be confusing as well. Please have your child come for help if their handwriting is illegible. If we can't read it, we can't grade it.
Art Docents- We are looking so forward to our first art docent lesson of the year. The Byzantine Empire will be a great review for our students. I can't wait to see how their mosaic coasters come out! A special thank you to the parents that are supporting this program.

English and History (Core) HomeworkTop of Page

A.M.. and P.M. Core Oct 7- Oct 11 H.W. is due on Thursday 10/10
Do not wait until the last minute. With your busy schedules, get started on planning your h.w.:)
See me at lunch time for help in planning out your schedule if you need it, I'm happy to help!:)
Lunch time penmanship class! I have had several students ask for handwriting skills!
I'm happy to do it! We are still doing this!
Spelling- wk 8  
Reading Log- 20 min, 5 nights, 3 sentences and signed - no signature= no credit. Three sentence summary. Do not overflow into the abyss. hahaha. Keep it tight. It is a summary, not a book. You have other things to work on:)This needs to be done nightly and must be legible. If I can't read it, I can't grade it. Some may prefer to type it...if I continue to struggle through it, you willbe required to type it.
History-Ch 3 sec 3 questions 1-4...still way too many not doing a good job on this. See me if you are not getting full credit on you homework. Spelling counts- capitals and periods count. Pronouns used in place of proper nouns will cost you points. You can not use as a study guide with them.
You are graded for quality, content, punctuation, spelling, capitalization. Every answer must have the question re-worded into the answer. There are no short answers. Please do not use pronouns where there is a reference to a person's name in your answer. Use the name of the person or people; when you go back to study, you will not know who "she, he they or it" are.These are to be done in pen:) You may type them if you prefer.
Study Skills Class:
 Be sure to get your planner signed every night-even if you think you have no h.w.
Your planner should be neat and clearly planned out for success.
General study rule---Please be sure to study for all upcoming sp and voc tests and history quizzes.
Don't wait until the night before!
General H.W. quality expectation---As always---All answers must be in complete sentences. Use the correct heading.
Please use proper grammar. Capitalization, punctuation, and spelling (that is used in that section) are evaluated as part of the grade for h.w. In other words, quality counts:) We still can't get the correct heading on our papers. Let's pay attention to detail;)
 School Supplies- please see list on this web page----PLEASE have them:)
Also be sure to come to your two period class with everything you need for both classes.
Medieval Project was assigned on 4/5 of this week. It is due Tues May 9, 2017- Do continue to work on this if you haven't spent much time on it.
Medieval Project was assigned on 4/5 of this week. It is due Tues May 9, 2017- Do continue to work on this if you haven't spent much time on it.

Peppermints- for testing:)Top of Page

PEPPERMINTS please! It really does help them to stay focused:)
 Boxes of tissues- we are begging PLEASE!
Jolly Ranchers
Tootsie roll or Dum Dum pops
Thank you to our wonderful mom who brought in candy and tissues!

School Supplies- Our students are running low on their supplies. Please check with them.Top of Page

For English and History you will need:
English Binder-2 in
History Binder-1 1/2 in and binder rings for I- notebooks
One set on dividers for the English binder
Binder paper- will be used for both classes
Pens-black or blue
Three highlighters of different colors
Extras- color pencils, glue sticks, mini stapler, binder paper reinforcements, white out tape
 For "Study Skills"
Pens, pencils, and paper
Your planner