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Oct. 08, 2014

Grading percentages

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to:All Students

Middle School / grades 6th, 7th, 8th

Daily -15%

Home Work - 25%

Project - 20%

Quiz - 10%

Tests - 30%

Oct. 08, 2014

Oct 8. Wed. at home class work

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to:Sixth Grade


1. Accept email invitation.

2. Bible - page 52....11:1-3     11:4-6 and 31-34     12:1-4 and 11-23   16:35-50

                  read this together and answer the questions

                   take a picture and send to me

                   practice the Old Testament (Law / Pentateuch)....look in her homework binder for this information.  Work on those 5 books in order and knowing there is 39 books in the OT. 

3. Wordly Wise - We always call this WW

                WW 1 B - read the sentence, select the vocab word that is correct....write each word above the dark phrase.  Take a picture and email it to me.

                 WW 1 C - Place the meanings (all of them...my shorten), select the correct answer (may be more than 1).  Take a picture and sent to me via text.

4. Latin - All of the prep sheet is completed and in her home work binder.  Each section is seven pages, however we do not complete a page a day.....this is an area that builds over time....we go deep rather than wide.  The highlighted words (only those) should be drilled oral.  There are six pages....prefix, root, and suffix .....each section has a small selection to work from.  Oral drill.

5. EG (Easy Grammar) - make a voice recording of her saying the prepositions about 8 times in order.  This is something that she will be listening to and it is great to have it in her voice.  Sit with her to make sure that she does not leave any out.  Next, you do the recording about 8 times in order while she listens.  On Friday you will repeat this.

6. DG (Daily Grammar) - day 2.  Answers are in the homework notebook (for you to check).  Guide her through the sentence combining by crossing out words.

7. Hand writing - Highlight number choices through twenty.  Write the numbers (in words not numeric) on a paper.  She then can softly sweep across the words.  I used the example of make up.  She should be reminded not to go back over the letters and it should be soft....silent....flowing.

Please let me know if you have questions.  Blessings, Teri Willis 817-975-6209

 

Oct. 07, 2014

Oct. 7

from:Administrator

to:Sixth Grade


EG - Complete pages 4 and 5

June 09, 2014

Summer classes

from:Willis, Teri

to:All Students

Today is the first day of summer classes! 

March 20, 2014

State Science Fair Bound

from:Willis, Teri

to:All Students

We leave for San Antonio this weekend.  Details about the fair will be sent home.  It is going to be a great trip!

Feb. 25, 2014

WINNERS!

from:Willis, Teri

to:All Students

Congradulations to Humberto De La Rocha, grade 8, for 1st place in Computer Science, Christian Hines, grade 8, for 2nd place in Plant Science, Aure Reyes, grade 7, for 1st place overall for the Lockheed Martin Award in oral presentation.

Feb. 21, 2014

Science Fair

from:Willis, Teri

to:All Students

Science Fair Show Case is February 21.  Be sure to bring friends and enjoy refreshments.

Feb. 21, 2014

Science Fair

from:Willis, Teri

to:All Students

Science Fair Show Case is February 21.  Be sure to bring friends and enjoy refreshments.

Dec. 03, 2013

Study aids for history

from:Willis, Teri

to:All Students

Use the following study aid for history.... http://www.cram.com/flashcards/chapter-5-of-america-land-i-love-preparation-for-independence-1730s-1766-1576866 Print it, bring in for extra credit. (must be a 80% score or greater)

Nov. 27, 2013

History Chapter 5

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to:All Students

Chapter 5 introduces the preparation for our great nation's fight for independence. The Great Awaking grounded men in ideas of truth, liberty, and the preservation of law and order. The colonists already had cherished heritage of political and religious freedom. Now they also had the moral fortitude necessary to begin a self governing republic based on the principles of God's Word. The French and Indian War unified the colonists to fight for the protection of homes and families and proved they were willing to defend themselves and unite to fight a common enemy. They were now Americans....not Englishmen. They were ready to fight for their freedom of the British Crown. Students have been given power point assignments for this chapter. Please let me know if you have any questions. Blessings, Teri Willis

Nov. 26, 2013

Thanksgiving and preparing for Christimas

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to:All Students

Dear Parents, It is impossible to believe that Thanksgiving is already here. Our days become fast and furious as we prepare for the end of the first semester. We have talked several times since arriving home from Pine cove about the many things that we are thankful for....our parents (or the memory of them), our siblings, health, freedom of religion choices, that we have food to eat, a home to live in, and so many more. With so much to be thankful for please encourage your children to continue to have humility and serve others all through the year. Each Christmas season we have a small outreach program that we perform. Small tokens do add up and your children will see how their efforts can change lives. We will be having "Santa Socks" and "Christmas Coats" this year. Our socks are required to be new, but our coats may be used (includes sweat shirts, sweaters, jackets, and other warm outer wear. We will be making the donations the last day of school for the semester after our final.

Nov. 09, 2013

Cell interactive practice

Oct. 27, 2013

Science Fair

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to:All Students

Science fair notes will be completed by Monday night by adding the last category, reference. This week our biblography will be completed (updated if needed later) and we begin our first draft on Friday.  We will concentrate 3 hours to this....please bring your lap top and memory stick.  You will be continuing to write over the weekend.  Now is the time to begin cleaning up your material list (metric only...no US customary) and pin pointing your proceedures.  Students were given a time line on Thursday to follow and it is written on the board by the printer as well.  It is very important to follow this time line so you will keep your grades up and not be working on this during Thanksgiving or Christmas breaks.   We will also be planning a workshop right after Christmas to put together our boards.  All family members are encouraged to come and help.  Our boards are white and students should pick out their color of card stock that they wish to back everything in.  This is time consuming and parents are encouraged to help with this process.

Oct. 25, 2013

Weekly sign in for students

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to:All Students

Please note that you should log in atleast once per week to check grades.  Extra credit is encouraged regardless of your grade.  Take advantage of this prior to Thanksgiving break.  After Thanksgiving there will not be any additional extra credit....plan ahead.

Oct. 11, 2013

Ending first quarter

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to:All Students

Remember, our last day of the first quarter is October 18.  Report cards are given during the parent conference meeting.  Please make an appointment. 

Oct. 11, 2013

NO School on October 25, 2013

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to:All Students

A reminder note that school will not be held on Friday, October 25, 2013.  We resume school the following Monday.

Sept. 27, 2013

New Colonies 1620-1730's

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to:All Students

Precedent to the union.  The New England Confederation, or League of Friendship, united the colonies of the Massacusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Haven (RI) for mutual defense against unfriendly Indians, the Dutch, and the Frech.  This confederation set an important precedent for voluntary union of the colonies. 

Aug. 30, 2013

History French colonization hindered

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to:All Students

We continued to explore the New World from 1492-1682. The French failed to prosper in North American becasue they: 1. failed to establish permanent homes, 2. lacked self-government, and 3. failed to develope religious freedoms. On Wednesday of next week we will finish our chapter review and study guide.  Our chapeter 1 test will be September 6, 2013. 

Aug. 26, 2013

Hobbit Chapter 12 summary

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to:All Students

Summary chapter 12 Hobbit
Thorin announces that the time has come for Bilbo to earn his reward. Alone, Bilbo enters the tunnel that leads to the dragon's lair far beneath the Lonely Mountain. At the tunnel's end, Bilbo sees Smaug for the first time, lying atop his huge heap of treasure. The beast is sleeping. Bilbo steals a cup and returns to the dwarves, who are excited by his accomplishment. When Smaug awakes, however, he misses that cup, and he shakes the roots of the Mountain in his fiery rage. Smaug flies forth from the Mountain, breathing fire on it and the surrounding area. The dwarves and Bilbo take shelter within the entrance to the tunnel until Smaug returns to his lair. Thorin and the others even blame Bilbo for disturbing the dragon. The hobbit, however, defends his actions, pointing out that he could not steal all of the treasure all at once, and that the dwarves have made no plans of their own for dispatching Smaug. The dwarves apologize. Bilbo has "become the real leader in their adventure."
Bilbo returns to Smaug's lair, with a plan of his own. He puts on the Ring and engages Smaug in a conversation full of riddles. Smaug smells but cannot see his visitor. Despite this fact, he is vain enough to be willing to show off his jewel-encrusted underbelly to Bilbo. The hobbit spies a bare patch where the dragon would be vulnerable. He leaves, but not before making one last teasing comment, which again infuriates Smaug. Back on the "doorstep," Bilbo tells the dwarves what he has learned. He throws a rock at the thrush, who appears to be listening, but Thorin tells him that the thrush is from an ancient and magic race of birds which Men used to use for carrying messages. Then the dwarves fall to dreaming about what they will do once they have recovered their treasure. Thorin is especially interested in finding the Arkenstone, the fairest and largest gem of all delved by the dwarves. Eventually, Smaug again emerges, angered and eager to remind the world "who is the real King under the Mountain!"
Analysis
Readers see further development of Bilbo's character. The narrator tells us, "Already [Bilbo] was a very different hobbit from the one that had run out without a pocket-handkerchief from Bag-End long ago." Bilbo's bravery in going into the Mountain alone is called "the real battle"-and, indeed, in the mythic pattern of the hero's journey, many exterior battles serve to mirror interior ones, the struggles of the soul to realize its identity. As in real life, the worst enemies of heroes in fiction are sometimes not other characters, but the heroes themselves. Note that in The Lord of the Rings, Frodo will at several points, albeit to a much greater degree, experience the "battle" Bilbo does, the conflict between a desire to press on and a desire to abandon the quest. Continuing the quest for identity, Tolkien seems to be saying, let alone seeing it through to a successful conclusion, requires courage-the facing, as it were, of our own "inner dragons."
Readers may also note how carefully Tolkien has plotted to this point, preparing Bilbo for his confrontation with Smaug. For example, his riddling with the dragon hearkens back to his riddle contest with Gollum. His misdirection through conversation in order to gain a desired end-in this case, information about Smagu's possible weaknesses-echoes Gandalf's similar use of conversation with Beorn. Both by learning from his own experiences and by observing others, Bilbo is able to rise to this occasion and become a hero. The same processes, of course, hold true in our own lives: we learn from others and from experience.
In regards to conversation, readers may finally wish to pay attention to the role of conversation and language in The Hobbit. Bilbo's plan of playing at riddles with Smaug almost backfires on him; as the narrator says, "the effect that dragon-talk has on the inexperienced" is to overwhelm and confuse. Further, Bilbo fears he may have revealed too much information about the expedition in his conversation with Smaug. How else is language used-both responsibly and irresponsibly, for good and for ill-in the book? How do readers use language and conversation in their own lives?

Aug. 23, 2013

More planner checks and study notes

from:Willis, Teri

to:All Students

Happy Friday!  This weekend parents should continue to check the home work spiral against the test agenda (located in the parent book that was handed out on Wednesday evening) for Oct and Nov.  Daily work will continue to take place on the GBHW sheets.  Remember, that study habits taken in small bites are much better for long term memory.  Each item is to be done in order and then signed by the parent at the bottom that it is completed.  I collect the GBHW sheet each Friday for a test grade.  Parents should also be checking their home work spiral (dayplanner).  Each has math to finish as well as a DG 14 and 15 (check it in red pen and they rework it on a seperate paper.  There is SS page 9-14 and the quick check that is written in complete sentences (students MUST pull the information out of the book.  Shortly, I will have this information on the grade book section.  This is a new program and I am learning as I go.  Thanks for sharing your child with me this year.  Blessings, Teri Willis                                                                                                                                                          

Aug. 23, 2013

American History Blog

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to:All Students

Wow, it was exciting in class today to hear about how God allowed America to remain hidden from Europeans until the Renaissance and the Reformation.  These changes included the rise of the middle class, new inventions, and Biblical ideas in freedom of religion.  It is such a blessing to live in America because its roots are based on religious freedom and influenced by God's living word.  What do you think it would be like on the ship that Bartholomew Dias was on in 1488?  Mrs. Willis

Aug. 22, 2013

Parent/Student day planner test checks

from:Willis, Teri

to:All Students

You and your student will be proofing their planned tests in Bible, vocabulary (all levels), and spelling over the next few days.  We did this forecasting exercise in class during our orientation class period on Wednesday; however is it so important for the parents to grasp the rigor of the work load from these classes.  As we progress in the quarter there will be regular tests in all subject matter, but these tests (Bible, vocab, and spelling) will not be fluctuating from week to week.  These subjects are studied through the week (as in the GBHW sheets).  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Blessings, Teri Willis 817-975-6209<o:p></o:p>

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