Updates using Google Classroom

Hello Everyone! Our blog will be updated less frequently as my students have expressed wanting as much information using our Google Classroom as possible. Hopefully this will make things easier as both parents and students will have fewer places to check for class information. Parents, please log on with your student for the latest information.


Wow! Our eclipse viewing was a great experience. Thank you to everyone who helped make the experience happen for our kids.

Binder Set Up Alert

Good Afternoon! Today most classes were able to set up binders placing their learning guide and vocabulary in the resource section. Fifth period was running behind schedule due to getting out of PE late on Friday, so we will be setting up their binders tomorrow as we finish catching up. All students did receive their learning guides containing the vocabulary words. Any words the kids did not finish defining and illustrating in class can be completed using the internet (dictionary.com or google) or just a regular dictionary as discussed in class.

Thanks so much for your patience and help as we get all the kids settled into the new routines.

Welcome!! August 2017

Welcome to a brand new school year! The kids are getting settled, so it is time for me to begin alerting them to my blog and soon, Google Classroom. My classes have now been introduced to our classroom and routines, taken our first unit pretest, and set up binders. Students also had the opportunity to begin unit vocabulary after the pretest. If they have not completed all 11 words (definitions and illustrations), they can use either a regular dictionary or the internet (dictionary.com) to find the meanings to the new words. I am excited as our 6th grade teachers finalize plans for next week’s solar eclipse. A permission slip will be coming home soon!! In the meantime, please send a shoe box for the kids to make a pinhole projector during class on Thursday for safe viewing of the eclipse. Have a great day!!

Summer is near!

As the end of the 2016-2017 school year approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all you have done to support CHMS and myself this year. I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with the 6th graders as they adapted to middle school. Remembering back to their first days, they were unsure, afraid of the new experiences headed their way, and learning to put all the pieces together. I look now at the rising 6th graders and how much they have accomplished this school year–the experiments and lab reports, science poems, RACE format paragraphs, data analysis. But that is not all–they have grown as individuals becoming more sure of themselves and their abilities. Thank you again for the opportunity to work with your kids. I wish you and your families the best summer break and family time.


Hello Everyone! Please remember to check INOW frequently for grade updates and any missing work. The policy for missing work due to excused absences is in the Shelby County Code of Conduct book.  All work should be submitted by Friday, 3/24. Thank you in advance for helping our students to be successful!!

We are completing our Understanding Weather and Climate Unit. Our next topic of study will be Exploring Plate Tectonics. As you access the AMSTI ebook online, remember to select the new book.

Beginning Fourth Nine Weeks

Hello All! As we begin our fourth nine week grading period, it is time once again to clean out/reorganize binders and ensure that students have enough regular supplies to end the year. Directions have been placed in the kids’ Google Classrooms for binders. Please check  paper, pencils/pens, glue sticks, scissors, and colored pencils to ensure your student has what he/she needs for class. Report cards will be coming home at the end of the week.

Our last nine week grading period finds us completing the last weather and climate topics with plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes to follow. Please check up on the kids frequently to ensure that they are finishing the school year as strongly as they began. INOW, this blog, and Google Classroom are great resources to compliment assignments written in planners and student binders.

Nine Week Tests Approaching

Hello Everyone! As our third nine week grading period ends on March 9th, we are busily preparing by ensuring all students are aware of missing assignments and information that will be tested on our designated testing day. Please check INOW for missing grades as well as confirming with your student that all assignments have been completed. We are continuing our studies of weather and climate as we learn about air pressure in lesson 6.

Nine Week Test Date: Tuesday, March 7—–Please review all vocabulary, activities, notes, labs, and reading articles from our Earth History and Understanding Weather and Climate units. Students have details regarding our “in class” test preparations happening later this week.

It’s almost that time!!

As our third nine weeks grading period approaches the half way mark, I have taken some time today to alert the kids to missing assignments so that everyone is caught up before progress reports. Please monitor your student’s progress in INOW along with checking binders frequently to ensure assignments are  complete and accurate. Thank you for your continued support as we ensure all students are reaching their potential.


Please check with your student as homework assignments have been adjusted as we write our creative rock stories. Also, graded quizzes will be returned tomorrow as we needed more time to answer specific student questions in class.