January 26

We are in the media center researching solar energy and developing designs for our pizza box ovens.  There is no homework for tonight.  Keep your fingers crossed for sunshine on Friday so we can test our ovens then.  I am looking forward to seeing the designs in action.

After the ovens, we will begin building balloon powered race cars to explore Newton’s laws and forces.  Students will need plastic bottle caps from water bottles or sodas.  The caps should be identical for best results.

January 21

We took our notebook quiz today, and began learning more about fossil fuels.  Tomorrow we will look at how energy exerts forces and causes change.  Next week we will be in the media center for at least two days to research our pizza box solar ovens and alternative energy.  There is no homework for tonight, but please remember to send in any carry out pizza boxes.  We will use them!  :)

January 15

We are running a little behind, I was out Monday and Wednesday this week with a sick child.  We will not be having a quiz this week and will postpone until next Tuesday.  Grades should be current for the week by Friday afternoon.

Reminders:  No school on Monday to honor Dr. King, also, if you have empty pizza boxes, bring them in!  We will be making our solar pizza box ovens in less than two weeks.  I need 60+ boxes, so far I have about 20.  If you do not yet have a new composition notebook, you are falling behind!  Please bring in your comp book asap.

January 13

Whew!  It’s been a busy start to the semester, but we have done a lot.  Students are making their wet cell batteries today and tomorrow in lab.  We will diagram the energy transformations tomorrow.  Thursday is looking like a good day for a “pop” quiz on acids, bases, and batteries.  Vocabulary would be a good thing to study!

In two weeks we will be looking into innovative energy sources and students will design and build a solar pizza box oven.  If you have an empty pizza box you would like to donate, please send it!   After we test the ovens, we will be cooking s’mores in them.

Jan. 6

So hard to believe it is a new year already!  I hope everyone had a great break and 2015 is off to a good start.  Students will need to have a new composition notebook by this Friday.  This notebook will carry them through to the end of the school year.  No homework tonight.

Right now we are learning about acids and bases and will transition to energy, forces, and motion next week.  We will be learning about physics for the second semester.  Grades have been posted in INow for the second nine weeks and report cards are set to go home this Friday, January 9.  Parents, please check with your child, I see many still carrying around their ACT Explore test results packets.  Those can be kept at home for your information.

 

Have a great break!

Finals are graded and grades are in I Now.  There are still a handful of make up assignments that I need to grade, I hope to have it done by this afternoon.  Report cards will go home on Friday January 9.

I hope everyone has a wonderful break and I will see you in 2015.  Thank you for all the wonderful gifts and goodies!  I am blessed to have so many wonderful students and parents here at HMS.

December 16

The holiday break is quickly approaching and I know that we are all looking forward to it.  Remember students dismiss at 1:00 pm this Friday.

Final Exam is Thursday December 18.  The following are resources available to help students prepare (both are available in Google drive if lost):

Students will need a sharpened #2 pencil for the exam.  Mechanical pencils are acceptable.  If you know you will be out on Thursday, please make arrangements to take the test early.

Wednesday December 17 (tomorrow) is the last day I will accept any work for the 2nd nine weeks.  Students were given missing assignments on Monday.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday break and gets lots of rest.  Final exam grades should be in I Now by this Friday, however make up work may not be graded by then.

Link to Quizlet vocabulary resource:  http://quizlet.com/join/dmBeWH5gZ

December 12

We have finished all the content that will be on the final exam next Thursday.  I have shared the study guide in Google drive with all classes.  Students can print it out or work on it electronically.  I will hand out hard copies of the study guide on Monday.  If you know that you will not be in town on Thursday, I encourage students to take the test early.  Usually, students do better if they take the test before the long break.  It is difficult to return after 2 weeks out and be successful on a test.

Next Wednesday, December 17 is the last day I will accept any late assignments for any credit.

December 11

Students who are eligible are re-taking the balancing equations quiz today.  So far, I see improvement in scores and am excited about that.  Only four students showed up for tutoring this morning and only a handful have come in for help at lunch, but we have been working problems every day.

Tomorrow we have a short quiz on vocabulary.  The terms are:  solution, solvent, solute, suspension, colloid, solubility, saturation,  and concentration.  Definitions are in student notebooks or in the textbook.

Looking ahead:  The second nine week study guide will be available in Google drive tomorrow afternoon.  I will hand out printed copies for students on Monday the 15th.  We will spend Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week reviewing for the test.  Our test will be Thursday December 18.  If you know ahead of time that your child will be missing school on Thursday, I encourage having him or her take the test before then.  Students forget so much over the breaks, it would be more of a challenge to come back and take it after the holidays.

Last day I will accept late assignments for any credit is Wednesday December 17.  

December 8

Students started solutions, suspensions, and colloids today.  Students took notes in class today.  I have shared the power point on the Google drive for students to access.

Thursday I will offer a re-take of the balancing equations quiz for students who scored 6/10 or lower.  Students may come to see me at lunch for help and I will be available before school Thursday morning at 7:20 for students who need help.

 

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