Language Arts Worksheet Mix-Up

The language arts worksheet for h.w. didn’t make home the first night because I forgot about it. Then today because it was a new month,  students were assigned new classroom jobs and the new paper person forgot to put it in the mailboxes. Sorry for the confusion. We will do the worksheet in class tomorrow.

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History – Writing Contest

Dominion Resources and the Library of Virginia have partnered to present Strong Men and Women in Virginia History, an annual program recognizing achievements of African Americans in the Commonwealth.

As part of the associated writing contest, high school students across Virginia are are encouraged to actively participate. The contest provides students with the opportunity to write a creative piece from an essay prompt chosen by Dominion Resources & the Library of Virginia.

Four essayists will be selected to receive an Apple iPad Air.

You may access a larger, printable copy of the writing contest guidelines here.

Gallup Student Poll Coming in October

GCPS families,

We will again be administering the Gallup Student Poll measuring Hope, Engagement and Well-being.

The poll is absolutely anonymous and will be administered during school hours. Over 600,000 students from over 2,000 schools, nationwide, will participate in the survey. The data we receive will not identify any specific students, but will give us a picture of how our students are perceiving their experience with us generally.

View the Student Survey Questions Here.

If you would like to opt your child out of the survey, please contact me directly in writing, either by email or letter, no later than Monday, October 6, 2014.

Temporary Computer Issue at GMS/GHS Cafeteria

There is a server connectivity issue with the Point of Sale (POS) computer system at the middle and high school.  This has affected the receipt of electronic payments through the MyPaymentsPlus system for 9/30 and 10/1.  The problem is being resolved as quickly as possible.

In the meantime we are manually scanning over the payment information as it comes in to the nutrition office so that the folks operating the cafeteria registers have accurate and current information regarding student accounts.

It should not have any impact on your child’s experience in the cafeteria. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Habitat Project/ Report

Several parents have requested a second copy of the project/ report form that was sent home about 2 weeks ago.  Please see below for more detailed information.


Habitat Project/ Report 

In the next 2 weeks your child will need to research a wild animal of his/her choice and create the habitat of his/her animal.  The habitat can be done in a shoebox, poster board, or whatever other creative idea you can think of.  Be creative and use lots of different materials to make your habitat really unique.

The report must be written in paragraph form.  Please provide 2 copies of the report, so I may have one to follow along with as your child presents. The paragraph must include the name of the animal, describe what the animal looks like, describe the animal’s life cycle, information/ facts about the habitat, the food the animal eats, and any other interesting things you learn.  Remember, when you are researching your animal to put the information into your own words (easy, understandable sentences).  Your child will present this report to the class.

Please enjoy this fun family experience.  This project is due on Friday, October 3rd, 2014.



I would like to invite parents, grandparents, relatives, or other special people to be a Guest Reader this year in our classroom.  Students LOVE having their family members visit our classroom to share in our learning by reading a favorite story aloud to our class.

Guest Readers will visit us on Fridays at 11:45 a.m.  Readers are asked to bring an appropriate, child friendly book to read aloud to the class.  Feel free to ask the children questions afterwards.  If you do not have a children’s book or would like some suggestions, please contact me by Wednesday of the week you’re to visit.

If you can find a date that works for your schedule, please sign up on SignUpGenius.

Upon your arrival at school on your reading day, notify the office that you are our Guest Reader and be sure to get a visitor’s pass. They will call down to the classroom, and I will send your child to get you. Your child will introduce you to our class, and you will take a seat in our tall chair to read to the class.  After you’ve read, you may ask the class some questions if you’d like.  The kids will certainly want to ask you some questions too.  Feel free to join us for lunch!




Latin IV, October 1-October 9

By Thursday, October 9:

1.  Textbook, translate all of “Coriolanus” lines 1-25

2.  Worksheets;  p. 207-209, complete Ex. A and B by Tuesday, Oct. 7                               p. 209-21, complete Ex. C and D by Thursday, Oct. 9

3.  Vocabulary quiz, Thursday, Oct. 9


Homework Tonight

2nd block Pre-AP remember to do your foldable on macromolecules.

3rd block remember to start on page 433 and do 20, that’s right 20, words.


I will be checking homework next class.


Schoology.  Relax.  We are still learning.  It won’t even go live for parents until October 1.  This is a tool which we must learn.  I don’t expect everyone to be perfect already.   I am hoping to cut down on unnecessary copies, however.