Today marks the end of the first six-weeks grading cycle. Teachers have until Tuesday to continue grading assignments that were turned in today, or earlier, and the report cards will be issues on Friday October 11, 2019. Starting Monday, all new work will be part of the second six-weeks cycle.
Next Wednesday October 9, 2019 is the HISD Fall holiday. Students do not have school. This teacher is excited that she also doesn't have school because she gets to trade in a day from an IB training that she attend with Duesterbeck, Clason and Harper back during the summer.
This week I would like to focus on Academic integrity. Perhaps this is a good conversation starter for your next family dinner. The planners have finally arrived, and on page 17 there is a list of consequences for Academic dishonesty. However, I find that there are no details as to what would constitute academic dishonesty. Did you know that it is a form of cheating to share content of a test with another student? Does your child know this as well? Not only is it cheating, but you have just given your peer the leg up so to speak. When you cheat and share details of a test you give them the upper hand. This can impact potential curves or overall averages which impact high school (and later college) applications. Sharing test content is such a big deal that a few recent instances have reached the news. I hope to prevent any of my current students from making the same mistakes that the people in this article have made.
A message from Mr. Hernandez
This week guitar classes are learning to strum in time and play the G Major scale by memory.
Beginner band is learning eighth notes and the chromatic scale.
Symphonic Band is learning dotted rhythms and football music.
Honors band is mastering dynamics and learning Hauntcert music and Renaissance music.
In IPC/Science We have completed:
CA #1 (completed this assessment, grading and data tracking).
Reteach/Reinforce: Calculate density to identify an unknown substance
Student have just learned how to write one variable inequalities, reviewed their Common Assessment #1, and set stretch goals for themselves for this school year. During the second six- weeks each child is expected to completed at least 1 Imagine Math lesson per week as part of a project grade. They may complete an additional lesson each week to earn bonus points. Look for their grade to be updated periodically to keep you up to date on their progress. Students can get a start on the lessons for the first week over the weekend!
Next week, students will complete a project where they have to calculate the remaining cost of building and staining a deck. This project requires the use of my of the Algebra concepts we have used so far this year as well as a surprise appearance from the Pythagorean Theorem. We will start the project in class on Thursday/Friday and finish it up Monday and Tuesday. They are welcome to work on it over the weekend. The second project this 6 weeks will be an IM project that is different from the last. During the second six- weeks each child is expected to completed at least 2 Imagine Math lesson per week as part of a project grade. They may complete an additional lesson each week to earn bonus points. Look for their grade to be updated periodically to keep you up to date on their progress. Students can get a start on the lessons for the first week over the weekend!
Language and Literature
Students should track their reading every day. They should have had a copy of Elie’s Wiesel’s Night by October 1st. If your child does not have a copy yet then it is past due. Please note the cover of the book that we’ll be surveying is in the previous blog post.
High School Tours
It is very difficult to catch any student up when they miss core content. Students that miss class due to tours will be asked to first use their resources, such as friends and textbooks, to get an idea of what was missed before coming to study lab for instruction. The pre-learning will help make the whole process more effective as study lab is a short period with many things to accomplish each day.