February 17, 2012
Trimester Two: It’s over. Who Knew?
The end of February Break means the end of the second trimester. Here’s to finishing strong and moving on!
February vacation - it’s here! It is the relief we all need in the middle of this cold, dreary month. I hope it will be fun, relaxing, and productive for everyone.
Productive?! Yes, I did say productive. I have decided to assign a little bit of long term homework for over the break. Firstly, it is always expected that students are reading 40-45 minutes nightly. I have asked that part of this reading time be dedicated to getting through several chapters in the book I have assigned to the class - Island of the Blue Dolphins for 5/6 and To Kill a Mockingbird for 7/8. Seventh and eighth graders are also expected to put the finishing touches on their social studies book project which will be due the Tuesday after break. Finally, I have given students who owe me work until the Wednesday after break to complete it. Although grades do not officially close until Thursday, March 8th, I have unofficially set March 1st as the last day of the trimester for my classes in hopes of avoiding the last minute rush of handing in late work. If you have concerns about your student’s work over the break, please let me know.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Studies: You’re Always Welcome!
I love the idea of an academic study. It is not detention, a punishment where you sit aimlessly after school for an hour until you’re released. Students who do not complete their homework are required to stay for these mandatory study halls after school. However, even if you do pass in your work they are a perfect time to get extra help after school. They are a time to practice self-discipline, focusing on homework before other activities. They are a time to go over questions before a test or before a retake. They are what you make of them!