Your days of firmly anchoring the couch to the floor are nearly at an end! Classes begin August 31st, so we are in an official countdown. No more Netflix binges, no more waking up at noon. Start limbering up your brain and get ready for the next round, kiddos!
As always, all information can be found here on the website, from syllabus and procedures to app links and random junk about your future warden... I mean, teacher.
I STRONGLY recommend that students start cracking the layer of rust off their mental gears ahead of time. You can get some refresher videos and practice at KhanAcademy.org. As my students know, I am available pretty much any time via Remind (and now Discord!) and that includes summer.
Hope you enjoyed your parole... I mean, summer, but it's time to get back to work! Remember your five-step life plan:
1) Do your homework
2) Pass classes, earn credits
4) Get a job
5) Pay taxes
I look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks. Feel free to stop in before then to take the new couch for a test-drive! (see the irony of this versus my original statement?)
Second semester is well underway, with mixed results. Algebra II is absolutely annihilating me in Brownie Points, plus has a record number of A's and B's. The freshmen of Algebra I are struggling to learn that homework is NOT optional and that I hold them accountable to all levels of proficiency, but that is just a part of adjusting to high school. In all cases, kids are getting used to the routine, finding out how the standards-referenced grading model works, and that the big scary guy in front of the room is really just a goofy nerd.
Moving into parent-teacher conferences, I just want to remind folks that 90% of all questions can be answered right here on the website. Syllabus, grading information (and examples), textbook links, instructions to sign up for Remind, all solution manuals, and more are found here to head off most questions. Most importantly, I offer loads of extra assistance outside of class, retests, and will work with anyone who just talks to me!
Halfway through the first quarter, parent teacher conferences upon us, and I realize I haven't been updating the website because of how busy things are (not sure anyone is reading, though). So here's the short, short version:
"The worst thing about the zombie apocalypse will be pretending that I'm not excited."