Concerning Grades: An Open Letter to @UTR

This is a copy of an email that I’ve sent to UTR today. I’d appreciate any feedback or input you may have. I know many teachers and parents are concerned with teachers providing a more rigorous distance learning experience than the end of last school year. While agree I with these sentiments, I am also…

Activity Updates

This is all from what was posted on Google Classroom so parents can stay up to date too. Assignments are voluntary, they will not be part of the gradebook nor count for any extra credit. For 6th and 8th Grade ELA classes: Hello all, welcome to another week at home! I’d like students to continue…

UPDATE: For parents and Students

Hello to all of you,This is the newest information that has come out. It completely changes student and teacher schedules over the next two weeks.Please read, teachers have been sent the following updated instructions: ​

#BlackoutPoetry

I wanted to share these amazing pieces my students created. I’d like to put these together and publish their work. We could choose a charity, or give it to a student or school organization. If parents would like to leave their two cents, I’m all ears. I think Lulu.com would allow us to publish them,…

Mindfulness Training

As a teacher, I’m constantly reflecting on best practices. How can I be a better teacher? What does it mean to be a better teacher? My focus over the years has varied. I started out focusing on classroom management, it was all about controlling the classroom environment. Then I focused on motivation, how to get…

@StudySync is Problematic for Resubmitted/Late Work.

English classes need to double check the work they completed late or resubmitted and double check that I’ve updated the score on PowerSchool. Every assignment was gone through on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10/15-10/16, to update scores but there are now a plethora of assignments with dates of completion before 10/14 that are showing up which…

Late Work/Re-submissions Deadline Approaches

The final date for all Quarter 1 late work and re-submission is MONDAY, OCT. 14th at MIDNIGHT. There will be no exceptions. The quarter officially ends on Oct. 21, but I’ll need time to completely go through all of the quarter’s assignments to check and score them. Beginning this week, Oct. 7th, all further assigned…

Will @WCCUSD lose #TUPE, even though @CocoTUPE is funding the program?

Earlier last month, it came to my attention that the California Healthy Kids Survey is directly tied to the funding for the Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program, as well as the anti-drug and alcohol programs, Project ALERT and TND. For reasons not completely clear, WCCUSD has chosen to no longer use the CHKS this…

The Final Quarter!

It’s here, so much faster than anyone ever expects! The FINAL QUARTER HAS ARRIVED (read it with your most ominous inner-voice). I’ve posted the above calendar on the board in class, students should easily be able to see and understand what we’re going to do each week overall. Let’s have some fun!

Warriors vs. Clippers Tickets

This came as an email yesterday! Dear colleagues, The deadline to design the staff T-shirt has been extended until Wednesday, January 25 at 5 p.m. This year’s theme is Learning Every Day and it should be the focal point of the T-shirt design. Here are the details and a Google Form to submit your design. We will announce the…