March 31, 2020

Good morning:

I hope you’re hanging in there! Here’s what up today in science and algebra:

6th Science: Please continue to work on marine biomes today. (See teams for the assignment details.)

7th science: By now, you should have read the articles on some people’s objections to evolution, and should be working on your paragraph. Please submit it via Teams by tomorrow at 3:00.

8th Science: Please work on your mitosis story board. It does not need to be in color, but it should include captions and/or labels.

Algebra I: Work on the worksheet on multiplying and dividing rational expressions.

Algebra students, I made a mistake when I scheduled our check-in yesterday: I inadvertently scheduled it for every day of the week from now until the end of time; I only intended it to be for that day. (We will need to meet once or twice a week, though. I’ll “invite” you when I think this needs to happen.)

March 30, 2020

Good morning, middle school students:

Welcome to week 3 of distance learning. Here’s what we’re doing today:

6th graders:

  1. Everyone needs to take notes on Marine biomes,  and respond to questions. See Teams for details.
  2.  Some of you need edit or revise your biome book projects. Do not be discouraged if you are one of these students. Revision and editing are normal parts of the writing process. There’s no serious rush to complete this, but I think you’ll be a lot happier if you do this within the next two weeks.

7th graders:

  1. Read the selections about why some people reject evolution, and summarize their arguments, as well as the scientific responses to these arguments. See Teams for details.

8th graders:

Algebra I:

  1. Remember that we have a required video chat scheduled for 12:00 today. We will be discussing how to multiply/simplify rational expressions. Please make every effort to be there.
  2. Worksheet 12.3 is due at 3:00 PM.
  3. Additional practice on multiplying rational expressions is due on April 1.


  1. The review of cell energy processes is due at 3:00.
  2. Take notes on mitosis (cell division), and do the mitosis story board by April 1. See Teams for details.

March 27, 2020

Hello middle school students:

Welcome to Ketchup Day! There are no new assignments today; you have all day today to, you know, catch up!


6th graders:

1.) Be sure you’ve turned in your Biome Books. Some students may need to revise them after they’ve been submitted. It’s a big, complex project, and we weren’t together when you were working, so we’ll need to revise at a distance, on a longer time scale. Do not be concerned if you need to revise; this is totally normal.

7th graders:

1.) If you haven’t already done these things, submit your evidence for evolution slide show, and the prompts that go along with the natural selection simulation.

2.) I encourage all of you to attend an occasional inquiry project presentation. When you’re there, participate in the conversation. If you’re kind of lurking but not asking any questions or making any comments, it’s kind of pointless. And very uncomfortable.

3.) Please check Teams for communication from me, every day.

8th graders:

Algebra I:

1.) Please complete worksheet 12.3 by Monday.

2.) I think we should meet on a live Teams meeting, as a class. I’m getting very worried about our progress, or rather, our lack thereof.  Please plan on meeting with me at 12:00 on Monday. This is like going to a class; you are required to attend.


1.) Please submit your cell energy processes “quiz” by Monday. (I’d just do it today if I were you.)

I’m missing you. When we’re together again in a classroom, and you’re totally annoying me by constantly talking and not listening, I will remember this time, and be less annoyed and love you more.

Stay safe,



March 26, 2020

Good morning, middle school students:

Here’s what I need from you today:

6th graders:  Your biome book project is due today. Please, please compare your work to the rubric I posted on Teams before you submit.

7th graders: Please submit your responses to the prompts about the PhET natural selection simulation. If you’re not able to access the actual simulation because of Java issues, look at the video I posted that discusses the simulation.

8th grade algebra I: Please do worksheet 12.3, posted on Teams.

8th grade science: Please respond to the review questions on cell energy functions by Monday, posted on Teams. This counts as a checkpoint quiz.

I miss your analog selves. Have a great day,


March 25, 2020

Good morning, middle school students:

I hope you’re having a good day and staying healthy. Here’s what I need from you today:

6th grade: Keep working on your biome books, which are due tomorrow.

7th grade: Your evidence for evolution slide shows are due at 3:00 PM today. If you finish that assignment early, you can get a head start on a natural selection simulation activity, which is posted to Teams.

8th grade algebra I: Keep working on p. 679 #2-28 even, which is due at 3:00 PM today.

8th grade science: Complete the respiration experiment, which is due at 3:00 PM today.

Please remember: from now on, in all of your classes, completed work should be posted to the Teams app.

Have a great day,