Summer Learning on Khan Academy

All students have until the end of day Friday, September 7th to complete their Khan Academy Summer hours (8) in Math. All Dearborn schools were assigned the summer learning in both Language Arts and Math.



Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset (Khan Academy)

The following is quoted from Khan Academy.

The truth about the human brain…
“Forty years ago, we seemed to know more about the Moon than we did about how the human brain works. Not anymore! We’re excited to share some exciting new discoveries with you. How does the human brain work?” Khan Academy

“Learning and practicing helps strengthen and change our brain. As we make mistakes, struggle, and persevere, we build new information pathways in the brain.” Khan Academy

The GROWTH MINDSET is the belief that YOU can grow your brain, that your intelligence grows with effort.
Struggling is part of the learning process…. When YOU are LEARNING, especially something that is challenging for you, it’s normal to make mistakes, get confused, or feel frustrated. People with a GROWTH MINDSET view struggle as an OPPORTUNITY to learn, not a sign of weakness or failure.

Here are 2 examples of how your brain changes when you challenge yourself and learn new things:
1) Learning a new language….this strengthens the parts of the brain associated with memory, thought, and action.
2) Practicing a musical instrument….this improves the visual, auditory, and motor sections of the brain. It also strengthens the bridge between the two halves of your brain, allowing messages to get across the brain quicker!
These examples prove that the brain is like a muscle. YOU can make it stronger through exercise, practice and even some struggling!



Welcome to a new school year! I look forward to getting to know each of you and your families.

Please email me at with any questions or concerns.


Folder with Pockets
1 or 2-inch 3 ring binder/loose leaf paper/tabs
several #2 pencils (not mechanical pencils)/pencil case
Dry-erase markers
Glue stick/Scotch tape                                                                                                                                                                Box of tissue (for those cold, wintry days)
Colored pencils or colored markers




M-Step Testing for 7th Grade begins Monday, April 30th

Parents, please note: M-Step testing begins this coming Monday and all 7th graders will be testing in Math during 4th, 5th and 6th hours. Please make sure that your child has a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast and lunch. Your child may practice their Math skills by going to the Dearborn schools website and clicking on M-Step Practice. They know how to do this, as they practised in class. Please email me at with any questions. Have a great weekend with your family!


Spring Break is Here…

All classes have been assigned 60 minutes of Khan Academy practice. The assignment is due Sunday, April 8th by 8pm. Students who complete the assignment by the due date will be eligible to receive 6 extra credit points toward his/her grade. When students return from Spring Break, they will be starting the M-Step test.  It is in students best interest to practice on Khan Academy, IXL and any other Math website so that he/she can practice 7th grade Math skills. 

For those families who are celebrating Good Friday and Easter, may you have a wonderful time with family and friends! 

To everyone: Have a safe break with your families and friends.