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There will be a CLAUSES & SENTENCE TYPES TEST on Thursday, November 21st. This will be a gold grade between 80 and 100 points.

Monday, November 4th we began our TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign. Students have been encouraged to look for ways to EARN money for this worthy cause. I have told students specifically NOT to go to parents with their hand out saying that they need money for TFT. Instead, I have encouraged students to look for ways to SERVE OTHERS to EARN money for this wonderful program. Here are some details……

  • This year’s goal is $20,000;
  • We will collect money from Monday, November 4th until Friday, November 22nd. 6th grade MATH teachers are doing their collecting while 7th and 8th grade ELA teachers will collect from their students;
  • Parents, if you have something that you would like done around your home or yard that requires lots of hands on deck and in return you would make a donation to TFT, let me know. I will reach out to my NJHS members to see if I can get you a crew as soon as possible. [I am one of the NJHS sponsors.]
  • Parents, if you know of a company that might be willing to make a donation, let me know that too. I will gladly and humbly request a meeting with whomever in order to reach our goal.
  • Posted below is a letter that is signed by Dr. Haynes that verifies our school’s involvement with TFT — this way if your student wants to go door-to-door asking for donations, hopefully folks won’t get suspicious about the legitimacy of their requests.
  • The Toys for Tots Dedication Ceremony will be Monday, December 9th. On this day, I will take 120+ NJHS members shopping to buy $20,000 in toys and we will dedicate them all to the Marines that afternoon. It’s an awesome day to say the very least!!
  • Please consider helping to provide presents to children in our community who otherwise would not have any on Christmas morning.

Wednesday, November 13th

At the beginning of the period, I collected donations for Toys for Tots. Students, make sure you are doing YOUR part to ensure your class meets its goal AND to ensure every little boy and every little girl wakes up to presents on Christmas morning. Sadly, today I only collected $1.01 from all five classes [118 students]. We will continue collecting money through Friday, November 22nd.

Next, last night’s homework was spot checked for a 10 point silver accuracy grade. These grades have since been posted in iNow.

We continued investigating CLAUSES today with our main focus being on ADJECTIVE and ADVERB CLAUSES — how they are similar, how they differ, their roles in sentences, and what these types of clauses begin with … either a relative pronoun or a subordinating conjunction. We took notes, completed several Guided Practice sentence examples, and then discussed tonight’s homework. Additionally, students were given help getting started on the homework as well.

HOMEWORK: Complete the Subordinate Clauses Functioning as Adjectives [front] and Subordinate Clauses Functioning as Adverbs [back] homework handout before coming back to class. This assignment will be spot checked for accuracy tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 12th

At the beginning of the period, I collected donations for Toys for Tots. We will continue promoting and collecting money for this worthy cause until Friday, November 22nd.

Next, we began a new grammar unit — our focus today was on INDEPENDENT and SUBORDINATE CLAUSES. Students took notes on these clause types and then we completed several Guided Practice sentence examples together. Thereafter, students were given their homework handout and time to get started on it.

Before dismissal, students had the opportunity to see their current ELA grade. I just wanted students to be aware of their current standing in my class and understand that there are only so many more opportunities to bring grades up or to maintain current grades. Parents, I encourage you to ask your student how he or she is doing in my class right now. Additionally, you can check your child’s grades via iNow at any time. If you have lost your login information, just call the front office at 682-5210. Mrs. Whitt will be happy to get you connected. (I have also posted some iNow directions at the top of this blog page for your convenience as well.)

HOMEWORK: Complete the INDEPENDENT AND SUBORDINATE CLAUSES A handout if you did not get done with it in class. This will be spot checked for accuracy tomorrow and will be a silver grade.

Friday, November 8th

At the beginning of the period, I collected money for Toys for Tots. [Below is a Toys for Tots Update/Breakdown based on my five classes] Thereafter, we finished the movie-version of Phantom of the Opera. With the remaining class time, I gave back a few graded POTO-related assignments. Students had the opportunity to ask questions as needed.

REMINDERS:

[1] As you know our annual TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE is underway and will run through Friday, November 22nd. In order to reach our $20,000 goal, each and every student at OMMS will need to do his/her part. What can YOU do to EARN money? After all, this is an act of SERVICE. Please do not ask your parents/guardians to just hand over the money; rather, dig deep into your own pockets OR ask a neighbor if there are any odd jobs you can help out doing OR play your musical instrument outside of a local store (with their permission) for “tips” OR host a bake sale or a lemonade stand. Get creative! Talk to your friends and come up with a game plan that will help ensure that every little boy and every little girl wakes up Christmas morning with presents. Use this letter to legitimize the drive & your participation in it: 

[2] Finally, do your best to enjoy this three-day weekend, but I also extend this challenge to you: I challenge you to find a veteran to approach. Shake his/her hand; look him/her in the eye; thank him/her for your freedom. Our veterans have sacrificed more than you or I will probably ever know. They deserve our respect and they deserve to be honored. Below is a picture of the Marine that I am most thankful for….my father, Mac Hefner. Thank you for your service, Daddy!

My Favorite Marine

Thursday, November 7th

At the beginning of the period, I collected Toys for Tots donations. Thus far the school breakdown is as follows:

6th grade: $621.30 7th grade: $1478.98 8th grade: $1603.10

School-wide we have brought in $3703.38 in these first four days which means we have $16,296.62 to raise in the next ten days. Again, look for ways to SERVE OTHERS in order to EARN money for TFT.

Thereafter, the rest of the period was spent continuing to enjoy the movie-version of Phantom of the Opera.

We will pick back up tomorrow where we left off today. (We should finish the movie tomorrow.)

HOMEWORK: Look for ways to earn donations and bring in your TFT money tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the last day I host a “snack sale” in class.

Wednesday, November 6th

At the beginning of the period, I collected Toys for Tots donations. We also discussed each class’s goal as well as collectively what our team should bring in if every student is willing to do his/her part. Here is that breakdown:

All five class goals equal $2360.00 [118 students x $20 per student]. To date, my students have donated $381.53. That leaves us $1978.47 from our goal with eleven more days to collect. Again, I have encouraged the kids to look for ways to SERVE OTHERS in order to EARN money for TFT.

Thereafter, the rest of the period was spent watching the movie-version of Phantom of the Opera. I LOVE hearing the kids comparing and contrasting the two versions I have exposed them to of POTO. What one student really enjoys about one version another kid is like “Oh no way because….” It’s been interesting and entertaining listening to them debate their PROs and CONs regarding the two different medias of POTO thus far.

We will pick back up tomorrow where we left off today.

HOMEWORK: Look for ways to earn donations and bring in your TFT money tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 5th

Students were asked to turn in their completed Phantom-inspired masks at the beginning of the period.

Thereafter, I called for Toys for Tots donations. Again, our school’s goal is to raise $20,000 by November 22nd. I will then take the NJHS members to shop for toys on Monday, December 9th and later that same afternoon we will have our Dedication Assembly where we hand over all the toys to the Marines. It’s a pretty awesome day, indeed! Students, please do your part to help provide a Christmas to children who would otherwise not have one. Look for ways to SERVE OTHERS in order to EARN money for this worthy cause!

As I did today before starting the movie-version of Phantom of the Opera, I will host a snack sale for the duration of this week. Everything will be a $1 each. Also, if you would like to bring your own snack and/or drink you can do so — just bring a dollar for each item. The money collected via the snack sales this week will be donated to Toys for Tots.

The majority of the period was spent enjoying the movie-version of Phantom of the Opera. We will pick up in the movie tomorrow where we left off today.

HOMEWORK: Bring money for Toys for Tots and/or the snack sale.

Monday, November 4th

At the beginning of the period, I called for any Toys for Tots donations. I will begin each class period this way from now until Friday, November 22nd. In order to reach our school’s $20,000 goal, we need for each 7th and 8th grade student to bring in at least a $20 donation. Because our 6th graders are new to this campaign, we ask that they bring in $14 each. As I told the kids Friday as well as today, I will gladly accept and personally count every single hairy, sticky, unrecognizable coin, so check couch cushions, check your vehicles, and be willing to perhaps even raid your own personal piggy banks. And I will also gladly accept and personally count any cash donations as well as checks too — just make sure checks are made out to OMMS. I am passionate about this service project and it is my goal to ensure that every little boy and every little girl has something to open on Christmas morning!

Next, students had the period to work on their Phantom-inspired mask. I was really impressed with some of the masks I saw today, and I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s finished product tomorrow.

Additionally, I was very pleased with the way students cleaned up after themselves at the end of each class period. The classroom would get wrecked each period; however, by the time the next class came in, my classroom looked like normal. Thank you students for dealing with my clean-freak self!!

HOMEWORK: Your mask will be due at the beginning of the period tomorrow; therefore, make sure you are coming back to class prepared!

Friday, November 1st

At the beginning of the period, students had a final opportunity to ask me anything necessary regarding Monday’s Make-A-Mask Day. Students were made aware today in class that I will be unable to respond to emailed questions this weekend; therefore, once again students were encouraged to ask me whatever they needed to know today in class to risk the chance of coming to class ill prepared on Monday. Regarding the mask creations, students have been given the following information daily in class this week beginning on Monday, Oct. 28th……

  • Students will need to come to class with all the “embellishments” they will need to create their own Phantom-inspired mask on Monday, November 4th.
  • I will be providing two paper plates. Students are required to create a mask using one or both of the paper plates. (DO NOT go to Hobby Lobby or Michaels or anywhere to purchase an already made mask and/or a blank “ready to decorate” mask either.)
  • By “embellishments,” students are being directed to bring in any ribbon, fabric, yarn, sequins, feathers, stickers, construction paper, etc. that they will need to make their finished product fabulous!
  • The only “embellishment” that has been banned is anything glitter-related; therefore, do not bring in any glitter, glitter glue, glitter paper, glitter anything!
  • Finally, students were directed to bring this need to their parent’s or guardian’s attention ASAP as this week will be jammed packed for some families due to Halloween-related events like purchasing Halloween costumes, getting candy for Trick-or-Treaters, planning carpool for older kids, etc.

Thereafter, students completed their unit test on Phantom of the Opera. I will do my best to get these graded in a timely fashion and posted in iNow as soon as possible.

Finally, Monday, November 4th we begin our TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign. Students are encouraged to look for ways to EARN money for this worthy cause. I told kids today specifically NOT to go to parents with their hand out saying that they needed money for TFT. Instead, I encouraged students to look for ways to SERVE OTHERS to EARN money for this wonderful program. This year’s goal is $20,000. We will collect money until Friday, November 22nd. Parents, if you have something that you would like done around your home or yard that requires lots of hands on deck and in return you would make a donation to TFT, let me know. I will reach out to my NJHS members to see if I can get you a crew as soon as possible. Parents, if you know of a company that might be willing to make a donation, let me know that too. I will gladly and humbly request a meeting with whomever in order to reach our goal. Posted below is a letter that is signed by Dr. Haynes that verifies our school’s involvement with TFT — this way if your student wants to go door-to-door asking for donations, hopefully folks won’t get suspicious about the legitimacy of their requests. The Toys for Tots Dedication Ceremony will be Monday, December 9th. On this day, I will take 120+ NJHS members shopping to buy $20,000 in toys and we will dedicate them all to the Marines that afternoon. It’s an awesome day to say the very least!!

HOMEWORK: Come to class ready for Make-A-Mask Monday!! You will be graded on coming to class prepared. Again, you do not have to buy out Hobby Lobby or Michaels, BUT I do need to see that you are coming to class with something other than just your colored pencils and/or markers or the loan feather you find in the garbage can before coming to my class.

Thursday, October 31st

H a p p y H a l l o w e en !!!

Once again, the beginning of the period was spent reminding students about “Make-A-Mask” Monday, what they would need to have in class Monday, what they would not need to have in class on Monday, and the two grades students have the opportunity to earn via this project.

Next, students completed a SPOT CHECK QUIZ on all of the Act II Study Guide answers as well as the Breakout/Notes answers as well. This 30-point silver grade will be posted in iNow as soon as possible.

Finally, the remainder of class time was geared towards preparing for tomorrow’s 100-point gold grade unit test on Phantom of the Opera. We discussed the format of tomorrow’s test:

  • There will be a “Character/Description” matching section.
  • There will be questions from the notes we took on October 15th via the Breakout. (These notes can be found on the 10/15 blog post as well as Google Classroom);
  • There will be questions regarding the Prologue, Act I and Act II.
  • Additionally, there will be questions based on the following literary devices: internal conflict, external conflict, protagonist, antagonist, setting, climax, irony, flashback, and allusion.  
  • Finally, the last section will have questions regarding characterization where I will give students a quote and students must provide the correct adjective that describes the character using the specific quote at that particular point in the story.
  • Again, the test will consists of 50 questions…making it a 100 point gold grade.

We completed the period by playing Quizlet Live as a review for tomorrow’s test. (Good times!!) Here is a link to the Quizlet if you would like to continue going through the questions/answers.

HOMEWORK: STUDY for tomorrow’s test!!! Be prepared for Monday’s Make-A-Mask day.

Wednesday, October 30th

At the beginning of the period, students were given the opportunity to ask questions or seek clarification concerning Monday’s Make-A-Mask (in class) Day! Regarding the mask creations students were given the following information……

  • Students will need to come to class with all the “embellishments” they will need to create their own Phantom-inspired mask on Monday, November 4th.
  • I will be providing two paper plates. Students are required to create a mask using one or both of the paper plates. (DO NOT go to Hobby Lobby or Michaels or anywhere to purchase an already made mask and/or a blank “ready to decorate” mask either.)
  • By “embellishments,” students are being directed to bring in any ribbon, fabric, yarn, sequins, feathers, stickers, construction paper, etc. that they will need to make their finished product fabulous!
  • The only “embellishment” that has been banned is anything glitter-related; therefore, do not bring in any glitter, glitter glue, glitter paper, glitter anything!
  • Finally, students were directed to bring this need to their parent’s or guardian’s attention ASAP as this week will be jammed packed for some families due to Halloween-related events like purchasing Halloween costumes, getting candy for Trick-or-Treaters, planning carpool for older kids, etc.

Next, we spent time discussing the last scene of Phantom of the Opera.

Thereafter, students had the rest of the period to work on their Act II: Scenes 5 – 9 Study Guide.

HOMEWORK: Expect one big “Spot Check” Quiz tomorrow covering Act II Study Guides [30 questions total] and the Breakout Notes [15 questions total]. Students were warned that tomorrow’s “Spot Check” will be for substantial points; therefore, make sure you have completed Monday night’s homework, last night’s homework, as well as today’s classwork. Come to class prepared!