The End is Fast Approaching

With the end of the school year coming up really soon first of all I wanted to say thank you for working so hard throughout the year. We have some fun things going on for all of the classes. Because the end of the year is so close I wanted to let you know that all assignments must be turned in no later than Thursday, May 25.

Thursday and Friday next week students have been given a permission slip to take home that needs to be signed. These must be returned by Thursday for 8th and 9th, Friday for 7th grade. The permission slip allows students to bring 1 clear drink (water, Sprite, etc.) and 1 food item (no peanuts or popcorn). Students can turn these in any day including days they don’t have my class. Just bring them to me. Thank you.

7th Permission Slip: 7th Integrated Science Review and Discussion – Parent Permission Form for In Class Food Activity

8th Permission Slip: Film Festival – Parent Permission Form for Food in Class

9th Permission Slip: Biology Review and Discussion – Parent Permission Form for In Class Food Activity

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End of Term Opportunity

This applies to all grades 7th – 9th. With the end of the term coming up I’m giving an opportunity to help you get your scores up. If you choose you may create an experiment at home that tests at least 1 variable and can be applied to something you’ve learned or will learn about this year. You need to keep track of your work, submit details of what you did and take pictures. Submit this electronically and if the quality if good enough I will raise your grade one level (e.g. B+ to A-, D to D+, B- to B).

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Progress Reports

I am sending home progress reports for all students. 7th grade was sent home on Friday. 8th and 9th are being sent home today, Monday, the 13th. Please read through these and sign them. I don’t give extra credit very often, but students will get 5 points if they have these signed and sent back by the next class.

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Parent Teacher Conferences – Next Week

Parent teacher conferences will take place next week Wednesday and Thursday (2/15,2/16) from 1:00-7:00pm (5:00-5:45pm dinner break for teachers). Appointments are required to be 10 minutes or less. If you have any questions about this or would like to email me at please do so. Note: There are limited appointments on Friday between 1:00-4:00pm. If you would like to meet on Friday you must reserve a time.

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Term 2 is over Wednesday 1-18-2017

The end of Term 2 is coming up very soon. Please get in your assignments as soon as possible. If you have any questions please talk to me in person or email me.

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Winter Break

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays! I hope you all have a wonderful break! Please have a great time and be safe. While you are on break I’m not assigning any new homework. Every class will be starting something new when you get back. Please check your grades on Aspire for any missing work, etc. While I will not be able to check if you turned it in, but you forgot your name or other reasons I can help you get a missing assignment if you need. All assignments have been posted online. There are a couple of files such as powerpoints and videos that I couldn’t post due to website limitations on file size. I can however send you links to a Google Drive link or other type of file if necessary. Feel free to email me over the break. I may not respond immediately, but I will respond to you.

Once again, I hope you have a great break and I’ll see you in a couple weeks.

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Updates to Classes

As a reminder: every class day I update the blog for your particular grade with information about what we did that day, links to websites, videos and assignments. Always feel free to email me at as well.

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Upcoming Assessments

All grades will be assessed in the next week and a half. Refer to your individual grade page for further details. Have a great weekend!

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Change to Blog Pages

I’m going to be making a change to the blog. Rather than having you highlight your grade level then have to click on current from now on you can just click on your grade. That will take you directly to the most current information about your grade. I hope this makes things more convenient and more mobile friendly.

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Week of September 6-9

We had a great week getting into the core and learning more about the specific sciences.

7th Grade – we learned more about atoms. Students created awesome posters or models about the different parts of an atom.

8th Grade – we started learning what are the differences between physical and chemical properties.

9th Grade – we did some review about atoms and matter. We’re starting to connect our previous knowledge and how it relates to our bodies.

Reminder: bell ringer work will be due the first day you have class next week. Students don’t have homework unless they are making up a late assignment. Hope you have a great weekend!

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