Jun 11 2020

Final Grades

This is it! It’s the end, now, and WE MADE IT!!!!

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All of the final scores have been entered and grades are now finalized. I just wanted to share a little bit of data with you because as a scientist I love to analyze information!

The class average is taking all student scores, adding them together, and dividing them by how many students there are to come up with the average score per student. Some students score lower than average, some higher. The average gives you an idea of how well the class did as a whole.

Class Averages (Year Long):
1st hour: 86% B
2nd hour: 76% C
3rd hour: 79% C+
4th hour: 79% C+
6th hour: 83% B-

I strive for “at least 75%” in each class and I’m so proud and happy to say that we met that goal and in many cases we exceeded it by a lot!

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Don’t forget the drive-through 8th grade promotion tomorrow! Here is a link to the official information, which I will summarize below:

When: June 11, 10 am – 12 noon

Where: Hubbard Street outside of the small gym, door #7 (same door as locker / chromebook pick-ups)

How: Hang a sign on the car with your name clearly labeled. Any 8th grader in the vehicle should have a sign with their name on the passenger side of the car or window. Ask your parents to drive the car on to Hubbard from Ternes Street (traffic will be one-way at this time). Everyone must stay in the car at all times so that we can follow CDC regulations against COVID-19! A staff member will bring your certificate of completion to your car for you. Wave at us as you go by so that we can celebrate with you!

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Jun 10 2020


I am posting an assignment on Google Classroom right now. It is optional. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great summer!

Jun 9 2020



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Jun 7 2020


Hello everyone! I’ve gotten a few e-mails lately from students who are anxious to get their late work graded. I just wanted to thank those of you who are patient during this time.

School is the main priority for all of you because at your age, it’s your job to do well in school and learn what you can while you are here. Please be conscious of the fact that your teachers have other things going on, though. I am not just your teacher. I have many responsibilities other than being your classroom teacher that keep me extremely busy on a day-to-day basis.

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My classroom policy for late work has always been set in stone, and with remote learning it has not changed. I accept late work throughout the entire quarter up until a date that I set (June 8th). I communicate the date to you and you are allowed to turn in whatever you want until that date. HOWEVER, if it is late work, I grade it when I have time and it is not high on my list of priorities. Let’s be honest — if you’re turning it in late, it wasn’t high on your priority list, either. My only promise to you is that it will be graded before I submit your report card grade.

So, thank you for your patience. There is no need to e-mail me to ask me to grade your late work. I will do it when I do it, and I appreciate your understanding on that!

However, please DO email me if you are stuck on something, need somebody to talk to, want to tell me something good or bad that happened to you, or need my support with something. I always have time for that and it is very high on my priority list!

Jun 6 2020

Due June 8

All late work for the quarter is due by June 8. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jun 4 2020

8th Grade Drive-Through Promotion


Please see this document regarding 8th grade promotion.

Jun 3 2020

Special Surprise

Some of you have started receiving your surprise from me in the mail. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy it! If you don’t get mail from me by June 11th please e-mail me.

Friday is the scheduled day for 8th graders to pick up any items left in the lockers.

Unfortunately I will not be able to get any items from my classroom — I know a few of you left your binders there. Sorry about that!

Refer to my previous post about times. Your time is based on who your advisory teachers are and there are special directions for how to pick the items up to keep everyone safe.

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Jun 1 2020

Google Hangouts Meet

If you have a 59% or lower in my class for quarter 4 currently on Student Connect and you need help with specific assignments, please sign up for a Google Meet with me. The link to the sign up sheet has been e-mailed to everyone’s student email.

May 30 2020

Letter Grade Percentages & End of Year Things

At this time, all work current and past has been graded and the Gradebook is up to date. (If you submitted something within the 30 seconds it took me to open up my iBlog, that would be the only thing not graded yet!)

I currently have the gradebook set so that all assignments are marked as graded even if they aren’t due yet. I know that some of you are still working on the assignments due tomorrow night plus the assignment I just assigned. That is totally fine!

At this moment in time, regardless of any due dates, all quarter 4 work is due June 8th. This includes current work and late work. Refer to my previous post where there is a full list of the graded assignments.

What you should do next aside from turning in any items you have completed already is log on to Student Connect and look at your percentage grade. IGNORE the letter grades because they are not accurate right now.


Look at your percentage grade to determine what letter grade you would get right now with the items already graded. At this time, the only way this letter grade can change is if you are turning in something, in which case the grade can only go up.

If your percentage is less than 60% you are at risk of not receiving credit for the semester, in which case you may be asked to redo it over the summer. You should really focus on getting as much missing work turned in during this last week of open grading as you can so that you can get above that mark!

For the week of June 1 – 7 there are no new assignments. I will be posting a form in case any students need to sign up for a one on one Google Meet with me to help get them caught up and get any questions answered. I will also be available by e-mail or private comment the entire week to help you get where you need to be. We’re in the home stretch now, people!

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Next week on June 5th we have scheduled a specific time frame for you to come by the building to pick up anything that was left in your locker and to drop off school books, library books, or uniforms. We have a strict procedure to keep everyone safe.

First of all, you MUST come during your specific time and it is based on your ADVISORY teacher.

If your advisory teacher is Apple, Alhassan, Donelson, Hamze, Harrison (Me!), Hojeij, Houssaiky, Fayad, Rizk, Formosa, or Arifi you may come by between 12 and 1:30pm.

If your advisory teacher is Johnson, Kelly, McIngvale, Pfiel, Brown/Robar, Saleh, Turfe, Antonazzo, Kinnaird, or Ozeir you may come by between 1:30 and 3pm.


  • Your parent must be in the car with an ID or Driver’s License.
  • Turn on Hubbard from Ternes street so that the car is facing towards Greenfield. Most likely cars will be lined up along the curb.
  • Stay in the vehicle at all times.
  • Have a sign ready to show staff what student items are being picked up. It should be visible from outside of the car.
  • A staff member (most likely your A2 teacher) will grab the bag of items collected from your locker and bring them to the car.

If you had stuff in a friend’s locker, those items will be in a bag labeled for your friend and their parent must pick it up. We will not be able to get things from another locker for you, only the locker you were assigned to.

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I think that’s all for now. We’re all just trying to keep up and live safe! I will update you with anything else and I will probably post at least 2 more times about locker pick up before Friday! I can’t wait to wave at some of you from a safe social distance ๐Ÿ™‚

May 30 2020

Quarter 4

All assignments for remote learning / quarter 4 have been posted. No new assignments will be added for the year. This is a list of the graded assignments every student is responsible for completing by June 8th:

  • Unit 8.6 Final Project
  • Online Assignment #6
  • Online Assignment #7
  • Online Assignment #8
  • Online Assignment #9
  • Online Assignment #10
  • Online Assignment #11
  • Online Assignment #12
  • Online Assignment #13
  • Online Assignment #14
  • Online Assignment #15
  • Online Assignment #16
  • Online Assignment #17
  • Online Assignment #18
  • Online Assignment #19
  • Online Assignment #20

If you have all of these assignments completed and you are happy with the grade you received on them, you are D O N E !!!!

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