Please locate your Edmodo link under the blog roll and click to view class information.  I do not post daily assignments on my blog.

A great start to 2013-2014 school year!!

I am so excited about this school year!  We are off to a great start and I am looking forward to doing some great things this year at HMS. 

I am looking forward to meeting parents at Open House next Tuesday and I hope you will be there.

Mrs. Burttram

Upcoming program on drug awareness

Attention parents. There will be an important program about heroin use and fatalities in the metro area. Shelby County has had 19 heroin related deaths year to date. The schedule for the program is:
ABC 33/40 Sunday, Nov. 18 at 10 PM News
Monday thru Wednesday, Nov. 19-20-21 during the 4 PM “FOCUS@4” program.
We encourage you to view this report in the effort to prevent drug abuse and increase awareness.

Explore testing and science projects

We have begun researching science fair projects this week. Your child may have already given you a letter to sign. Lost letters can be reprinted by clicking the “printable letter” link on the right. I am excited to see what the students create this year!
On another note: 8th grade students will be taking the Explore test on Oct. 24. This is an ACT predictor and aptitude/interest survey. There is not much students can do to prepare other than utilize good test taking strategies. Please encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast, the test is a long one! We will be sending home more information in the next day or two.

Edmodo–it’s not just for students

Students have joined my Edmodo group this week and most have already completed their first assignment.  Parents:  when your child logs in to Edmodo, there will be a parent code on the right side of the screen that you can use to join Edmodo as a parent and see what it’s all about.  I encourage you to become familiar with this new networking technology as students will be using it more at the high school.  The interface is very similar to Facebook and students say they enjoy it.  Please keep in mind that students can only post to me directly or to the entire class so there is limited possibilities for harassment and inappropriate use.  Also, you may want to remind your child the importance of keeping passwords and usernames safe.

Edmodo forms sent home

We are into week 2 of school and really getting into the swing of things.  I have begun to send home Edmodo forms.  Edmodo is an online platform that allows teachers to post content and assignments for students.  It is available through the Shelby County Schools web site.  You will only need to sign and return the form if you do NOT wish for your child to access Edmodo.

Unlike Facebook, students will not be able to message each other directly or post content unseen by the teacher.  This eliminates issues such as cyber bullying.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Edmodo.

Welcome Back!

I am so excited about starting a new school year at CMS!  We have had some changes, but with the new faces also comes a renewed enthusiasm for teaching and learning.  This year I am particularly excited about using Edmodo with my students.  Edmodo will allow them some flexibility in completing assignments and accessing content.

Some suggestions for success this year:

I am looking forward to working with you this year, we are going to do some great things!

Enjoy the summer!

2011-2012 was a great year, and I am looking forward to the next school year and working with another talented group of students.  I am working on some changes to my classroom, including using Edmodo, restructuring the science fair project rubric and looking for new opportunities to challenge my exceptional students.  As I complete changes, I will add them to my blog for you to view.  In the meantime, I will see some of you at registration and the rest of you on August 20!  Have a safe and fun summer.



I want to post a reminder that I do not accept facebook friend requests from former or current students or their families.  I am flattered that several of you have asked me about this, but it is my preference to keep my personal and professional lives separate.  Besides, do you really want your teacher seeing what you post on your facebook page?  :)

As always, you are free to post on my blog or email me at my school account.  (Just remember to keep it school appropriate!)

SCHS Parent Meeting

Shelby County High School will be having an informational meeting for parents of entering freshman students (9th grade in the 2012-13 school year). The meeting will be Thursday March 8 at 6:30 pm.

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