• Sep252012

    POSTED AT 07:59 PM

    The past two weeks have been so crazy, I think students and their teacher will really appreciate the mid-week day off.  Back to School Night was wonderful.  Thank you to all the parents and families that came.  I always enjoy seeing which parent belongs to which student and try to guess by family resemblance (and I'm sure you thought I was thinking about what I was saying to you but I was really studying your faces for the quiz I knew was coming the next day:)...Sure enough, the next morning P4/5 was so cute, they all wanted to make sure I met their parents and had me guess parent hair color or some other identifying feature.  We have one student who looks exactly like her mom!!! And being a parent of identical twins, I could not believe how much they looked alike, it was uncanny!!! All kidding aside, two things stood out the most for me. First, I now know why your students are so polite and a joy to teach. Parents, you were truly the best back-to-school night group I have ever experienced. You were a wonderful audience and I appreciate you taking the time to sit through my presentation even after a hard days work.  The second thing that stood out for me was the challenge teachers in the middle and high school grades have in staying connected to BOTH student and parents.  This was one of the reasons I shared with you about writing a blog this year.  I might get behind, but I am truly committed to staying connected and keeping you informed on your students progress throughout the year.
    One of the best things VVMS has implemented is Edline and the school website.  If you haven't logged on to Edline yet, please do so.  All students were given a code in homeroom.  If they lost it, it didn't make it home, please contact your students's homeroom teacher and we will send a new one home.  It is the most up-to-date academic record for your student.  As for the VVMS website, that is like having a direct link to our daily life at school, including the morning announcements your students hear each day, PTA activities/fundraisers, and other school wide events.  
    I need to give a big shout out to the students that have been coming in the morning before school for additional help and redoing assignments.  We all need a little extra help from time to time and that is the purpose of my morning availability and redoing assignments.  Students need to be encouraged to accept help and take responsibility for getting it.  That is a life skill they will carry with them forever.
    On our return this Thursday, students will be turning in their first big project.  Please look in the X-files, if your student left the instructions/directions in their locker.  The X-files contain many helpful items that students need to be successful in our classroom.
    Progress reports will be coming home shortly.  Please view them as a snapshot in the time.  Many students have already earned better grades by redoing or turning in missing assignments.  Edline is the most up-to-date record of grades that students have earned.  With that being said, students need to stay on top of their AR points and making sure they are consistently reading and taking tests.  Students and parents can easily keep track of their points and comprehension levels at www.renlearn.com site.  Students, you just need to put in the same user name and password codes you use at school. 
    Thank you to all the families that have continued donating items.  It is so greatly appreciated!  Today, we received more scissors, so now I have one box with old icky glue on them and a new box with blades that actually cut paper!! Yay! The things that make a teacher happy.  If anybody knows when and where a good deal is on glitter pens, please share so I can pass it on to the students.
    Namaste and TTYL

     
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    Sep062012

    POSTED AT 08:59 PM

    Even though this week was shortened by one day, our classes are in full swing. Next week, we will set up our first History notebook and adventure to Early Man.  I can't wait to share and learn with my students, how it all began...  Students experienced their first "Professional Dress Day" and looked stunning!  One of the best things I like about the day is that the mood around the entire campus is so focused and a sense of pride is present.  In the classroom itself, students really appear to step it up a notch.  I haven't figured out why, but it is extremely noticeable.  Professional Dress Day also coincided with Picture Day.  Students took their pictures during PE class and there were smiles galore.  I can't wait to see everyone's picture in the yearbook.  Tackling 6th grade at the middle school is a process.  There is so much to learn other than academics. Students, hang in there!!!  Speaking of academics, in English our first quarter book project has been assigned.  Students were treated to their first "Library Field Trip",  met our Librarian Mrs. Mc Chesney, learned how to utilize the library for all it's wonderful resources and had the opportunity to check out a book for the book project.  All students will need to sign up on the book project sign up sheet in class, by next Wednesday. First come, first serve as students may not read the same book as each other.  Parents, I encourage you to ask your students about the project. They will need your assistance in obtaining a poster board.  Additionally, the handouts for the project have been uploaded to the "X-Files" on our class website. Not all files can be uploaded but I really try to put as many of them up as I can.  This not only saves paper but avoids the last minute panic attacks from your students when they misplace a big assignment, directions, missed power points due to an absent, and a plethora of other fantastic stuff.  Please check there frequently for new additions.  This week students brought home their Edline activation codes.  Please log in. Parents and students can both get their own password.  The information found on Edline will basically be the grades your student earns as well as any missing assignments once I have recorded them. I upload frequently, there is no specific or magic day when it is done.  I encourage you to teach your student how to log in using their own password so they can become responsible for knowing their grades and managing their time and education.  We truly have to assist our students in this area as we are preparing them for high school, college and the work force.  I expect my students to let their parents know when they are having struggles,  when they didn't turn in assignment or on the flip side, earned a stellar grade, BEFORE they find out on Edline.  Parent/student communication in this area is extremely important and will lay the foundation for the years to come, while students are in school. Students: Friday Spirit Day is Jersey Day!!!! Wear any team jersey, even if it is your brothers and it stinks because he doesn't like to shower!!!! We must prevail, we must win! And if you just can't muster up a jersey, please wear Spirit colors of blue and white as that will count too!!! Peace out and ttyl .
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    Aug292012

    POSTED AT 08:08 PM

    This week is flying by! To all our families that have been so generous with B24 classroom donations, THANK YOU!!! We are already using the supplies and I couldn't provide them to the students without your help, so thank you very much!!!... Students went to a wild assembly on Wednesday. Our first fundraiser has come and students were treated to a very energetic presentation to hype up and sell lots of cookie dough and magazines.  I must say how proud I was of our 6th and 7th graders throughout the assembly.  Their behavior was exceptional considering we filled the entire gym plus a ton of the gym floor.  The kids cheered when cheering was needed and listened when listening was needed.  The prizes are enough to excite even the mere teacher ( I really want the remote control flying dove with the cool laser light:) I learned that many of my students share my love of music and the SAME songs I like, too. I'm sure when I mess up the words they won't make fun of me and know I'm just "freestylin'.  We have survived the locker craze and received our textbooks. The hardback Social Studies book can stay home as I have a classroom set, yay!  Students will be receiving two additional soft student workbooks by the end of the week, in both English and History. We spent time preparing our English Journal and Spiral.  We will begin setting up our History Spiral soon.  WBT is going well. Today the students practiced teaching with grand gestures during Homeroom.  We are getting the hang of what would be teacher points vs student points, what team you really want to play for as well as additional ideas to go on our student rewards list.  Mini-Society has a name!!! Please give a wide round of applause and warm welcome to: KINGS TOWN! The flags are looking exceptional...I wonder which one will be the winner???  Friday will be our first Spirit Day! All 6th grade homerooms will be competing against each other for points. This week students need to wear the school colors of BLUE and WHITE or any VVMS Spirit Shirts. Other than eating bugs, I plan on being a major contender AGAIN in the Most Spirited Homeroom Competition.  Soooo, Homeroom students: I need you to PARTICIPATE AND NOT FORGET to wear your spirit clothes. To all my students: You are awesome and the more I get to know you, I am elated that you made the choice to come to middle school even if you had some doubts last week. Plus, the food is way better here! Stay cool and don't drool
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    Aug252012

    POSTED AT 12:11 PM


    On Friday, the third day of class we began discussing our classroom rules and expectations. In my classroom this year, we will be experiencing a teaching system called Whole Brain Teaching. Whole Brain Teachers of America is a grass roots, education reform movement that begun in 1999 by three Yucaipa, California teachers: Chris Biffle (college), Jay Vanderfin (elementary school) and Chris Rekstad (elementary school). In the last 10 years they have given seminars to over 6,000 educators representing over 300,000 students. Although they are centered in Southern California, they have been contacted by teachers from across the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. Typically, their free seminars, offered three times a year at Crafton Hills College, attract over 400 instructors.  Their websites receives over 2,000 hits per day.

    Rather than explain in words, a picture (rather a video in this case) is worth a thousand words on exactly what it is that Whole Brain Teaching (Power Teaching) is by watching it in action. I would like to invite everyone to watch the short video that I have posted at the beginning of the post.

    In addition to WBT, our class went over the the 5 Basic Rules, Procedures and Expectations. Here is an excerpt of that presentation which we viewed on the flat screen and iPad I brought in from home:)

    Rules-Expectations-and-Procedures.pdf






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    Aug232012

    POSTED AT 05:34 PM

    Hi!!!! The first day of school was awesome! I am so excited to be your teacher this year.  This will be Mrs. Hubbard's first "blog".  It is a work in progress right now so please be patient while I learn my way around the blogging world. Right now I plan to use this blog like an online newsletter/classroom diary.  There are many times when I want to share some of the wonderful things I get to experience with students through out the day but can't because it's just too many phone calls or emails to write home . Students:  please share the blog with your families because I am hoping to use this space to brag about YOU, all my fantastic students! Also, thank you for your feet!!! I love the pictures.  Look for your shoe pics on display in our room, soon...

    On the second day of school the pit in my stomach left once I saw all the smiling albeit sleepy faces at AM homeroom.  We continued to slowly learn about our class and the intricate machine it will become.  I laughed a lot today.  Please remember that tomorrow is Friday and I would love for a few students to share a joke!  Locker crazy day began today.  Please bring in your required items so you too can get your locker.  I remember being assigned a top locker in junior high.  I was very short, so it was a challenge.  I understand...
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