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Weekly Update 2/16/18  

Well, here we are in the middle of February and another month closer to the Milestones. As we approach these important dates, be aware we will be changing a few things in order to help support each student. If your student comes home and states they're tired of math, they probably sat through at least 2 classes. More information will be released when we have the information ourself.

I have make up work for those students who need extra credit, loaded on the website under the tab FORMS. ANY assignment they do correctly, they'll get credit for it so please encourage your child to complete the assignment to raise their grade.

There is another project-test grade-that's due on Feb. 28th, it's also loaded on the website. As ALWAYS!!! I don't care how they get the information to me, just get it to me somehow...there should be no excuse why every student can't complete this project. Next Thursday and Friday we will be working on the projects in class, so make sure they bring their devices.

Don't forget, Monday 19th - Wed. 21st we will have NO school (WOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!) Ok, sorry, that doens't sound to exciting does it?? I meant... "Awwww mannnnnnn :(.  Anyway, I will miss my students and as always, Homework is "come back and see me on Thursday". 


Pasta with the Principal  

Milestones and Pasta with the Principal is Feb. 8th at 6:00 pm. Come out, eat, and get informed about the Milestone.

Super Blue Blood Moon 2018: When, Where and How to See It Wednesday  

Blue Moon is when two full moons happen in the same calendar month; lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into Earth's shadow; and supermoons happen when the moon's perigee — its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit — coincides with a full moon. In this case, the supermoon also happens to be the day of the lunar eclipse.

The first full moon of January  occurred on the night of Jan. 1 or the morning of Jan. 2, depending on your location. The second full moon and the lunar eclipse will occur on the night of Jan. 31 or the morning of Feb. 1. And the supermoon will take place on the night of Jan. 30, which is technically one day before the moon reaches peak fullness, but even NASA is willing to call the event a supermoon nonetheless.


Finally a full week??  

What can I say? I was kinda getting use to these 1-2 days and then 3 days off.. I was beginning to wonder if that was going to be our new schedule! Here we are, getting ready to end January and begin a new month. Time has really flown by and I've enjoyed my first year at Middle School.

ALL students who were present for school EXCEPT 7th period, received a choice of topics to complete a project due on February 9th. They will receive the instructions and all other information, tomorrow, please look for it.  I've also uploaded all the files for each project under the tab, "FORMS". 

February 6th:    Progress Reports

February 7th:    1/2 day  (as of right now)

Feb. 19th-21st:  Winter break (as of right now)

February 27th:    Black History Program



I believe this is all for now, but if not, I'll update it as needed. :)  Have a wonderful evening.


Week of 1/16/18  

Due to tonight’s Winter Weather and Wind Chill Advisory, all afterschool activities and programs involving Douglas County students for Tuesday, January 16, have been cancelled. All parents are encouraged to pick up their students by 4pm. Students who usually stay for ASP should be picked up no later than 4pm. All buses will run their regular schedule. Science Fair interviews will still take place as scheduled.

Any decision to close school or alter the school schedule because of severe weather involves carefully analyzing local conditions, and assessing the risks with direct guidance from our local authorities. We will continue assessing and monitoring the weather throughout the day and evening. Any potential changes to the school schedule will be shared through social media, local media, NotifyMe and phone calls through ParentLink.


Flu is widespread in Georgia, and more than three hundred individuals have been hospitalized with flu-related illness. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed four flu-related deaths so far, but that number is expected to increase.

Flu symptoms and their intensity can vary from person to person, and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. If you think you have the flu, call or visit your doctor.

There are other things you can do to help prevent the spread of flu – tried and true measures your mother taught you.

  • Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water. Alcohol based gels are the next best thing if you don’t have access to soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing to help prevent the spread of the flu. Use a tissue or cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or arm.
  • Avoid touching your face as flu germs can get into the body through mucus membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes.
  • If you are sick, stay home from school or work. Flu sufferers should be free of a fever, without the use of a fever reducer, for at least 24 hours before returning to school or work.

In other words, please keep your child home if they're experiencing some of these symptoms for longer than 2 days. This strain of the flu is down right ugly and can be spread with ease. Hand sanitizer, be careful how you open and close doors, careful around others who are coughing or sneezing, immediately changing clothes if possible, will help in the prevention of getting this nasty strain. (Strain A is what's out there now, but don't forget about type B as well). 


This week, we're going to have a writing assignment to describe our phenomena from last week. They've had a week to look over their fact sheet and one will be provided for them. Thursday, we will have a test on "Bill Nye Science Guy: Rocks and Soils". The worksheet is under the "Forms" tab on the left side. 


Jan. 8th-Jan. 12th  

Well, maybe we will get a whole week pretty soon right? It seems like we've started the year off missing more than 1 day in each week.. This Monday we will be celebrating MLK JR. day so no school. School will resume on Tuesday and we will be in full swing until February. We will be busy and I wanted to touch base with you concerning what we've done these past few weeks and what to expect.

Last week, we reviewed our procedures, expectations, and I explained the standard is now rising since you've been in school for 1/2 the school year. Therefore, refer back to last weeks announcement to see the exact details.

This week, I introduced our next unit on Rocks and Minerals. We will be discussing rocks, minerals, the rock cycle, characteristics of the rock cycle, and how fossils have have shown us the earth has changed. So if you'd like to get ahead, I encouraged the students and will you as well, to watch a variety of videos on the topics we're discussing. 

In their interactive notebook, they had 4 questions to answer and we reviewed the answers to make sure they were correct. We will have a test on Wednesday or Thursday concerning th e information we collected and reviewed. We will have a writing assignment on Wednesday concerning the phenomena we looked at Tuesday and Wednesday-sliding rocks of Playa National Park. We discussed, looked at some evidence I printed out, and talked about why the rocks slide based on the evidence we have. They will have to return that information via a writing assignment on Wednesday. They have the evidence paper and they should have recorded some of the information-I told them they would see it again. 

Today, we took a survey on technology usage to see if there's any correlation between usage and Middle School depression, anxiety, withdrawal, and other issues. It's a simple survey with NO name, just boy and girl information being collected. Once I tally the results, I'll post them on here of my findings-both as a class and overall as a whole. Next week, we will look at some of the symptoms and signs that could be present, in regards to identifying issues within your child/students. My ultimate goal is to help your child become a better individual both academically, spiritually (if applicable), and psychologically. Hearing them speak and share their thoughts will allow better understanding to the "why," and help come up with a viable solution. Believe it or not, 30% of all middle school students suffer depression; variety of reasons however, a big reason is screen time (Games, Devices, TV Etc). 30% and those are the ones we've identified... If you'd like to help with this process or offer some services to our class etc., please let me know. I'd love to partner with you and work together to hear and help your child. 

I believe that's all I have for now.. If I've forgotten something, I'll update this post or post a short version on the REMIND app. Have a wonderful 3 day weekend and do something for yourself!


Here are some useful websites about rocks, minerals, rock cycle etc. Enjoy!! 




**Treat everyone as if they needed to feel important for the day. Do this for a week, and not only will you be more joyous and giving, but so will the people around you. **


Parents and students. Can you believe 2017 is in the rear view and looking ahead, is a new beginning. I hope you had an enjoyable time off, spent some time with your family, and enjoyed some down time. I enjoyed my time with family and have come back with a new and fresh perception.

I used the three days this week, to do a little house keeping, review some procedures and remind them of the expectations. We spoke today on the following procedures, what they meant, what they looked like and what they don't. We discussed various examples and used examples of our own experience. I want my children to be well-rounded and better equipped to face the challenges and struggles of the future. 

-Be respectful to everyone

-Encourage each other, not discourage

-Everyone is important, please listen

-Chewing gum and eating candy are rewards

-Be ready when the bell rings

-It's not always about you, but it starts with you

-What's Important Now (W.I.N)  What is important in your life, what is important NOW in your life? If you lost everything today and then got it back tomorrow, you'd be the luckiest man that day. What is most important to you and what are you doing to keep it that way?

Favorite:  So what...Now what  (Ok, so you've failed a test. Go through the emotions of anger, pain, and sadness. So what, you've failed a now what? What are you going to do about it? What action are you going to take to increase your score or score higher on the next test?) This phrase is all about action.. getting over the failure and moving on to better yourself. So what...Now what?

I know, we as parents have a struggle with these concepts and how do we expect students/kids to understand it? I don't necessarily, but I do want to plant the seed of positivity, of hope, love, belief, and help them understand they are valuable and important. This goes far beyond academics, but I feel if a student or individual believes it, the academics will follow. 



I tutor on (most) Tuesday's and Thursdays from 4:00-5:15 (5:30 at the latest). I will post the dates or the week on Friday unless something comes up where I'm unable to meet that day. (Tuesday, Jan. 9th is our first session)  I can help with math homework, ELA, Reading, Science, or Social Studies. I will need a note signed by a parent giving the child permission to stay. If I can not meet the date, you'll receive a text, e-mail or Remind giving you knowledge ahead of time.  


Next week we will have the computers and everyone will need headphones. I do not have any to lend out so if you'd like to send a donation for the purchase of some headphones, any amount will be greatly appreciated. You may purchase headphones on your own, from the media center for $2, or bring your own. 

We will be going over the characteristics of minerals and how minerals contribute to rock composition, classifying rocks by their formation and how they change through geological processes in the rock cycle, AND using maps and data to support a claim of how fossils show evidence of the changing surface and climate of the earth. In other words, rocks, rock cycle, minerals, how they form the earth, how the minerals/rocks change through various processes and understanding how fossils show evidence of the changing surface and climate of the earth. See? That's not so bad! :) Anything you can do at home to help, encourage, or complete, feel free.

Jan. 5th:    Report Cards

                 Spelling Bee (8:30 in the cafeteria)

Jan. 11th:  Science Night

Jan. 15th:  MLK JR-Students out


At this time, that's all I can think of or have down on my calendar for this month. I'll add to it as needed. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me via e-mail.