Sunday, July 27, 2014
I can't believe we have less than 1 month until school starts.
I went shopping today and Staples has some great deals right now!
SUPPLIES FOR 2014:
DRY ERASE MARKERS
MORE PENCILS *WE WRITE A LOT!*
SOCK OR SOFT SMALL RAG TO CLEAN DRY ERASE BOARDS.
BINDER OR POCKET FOLDERS TO KEEP NOTES IN - NOTES ARE ALLOWED ON SCIENCE TESTS
SO KEEPING ORGANIZED IS IMPORTANT
I am excited to get started!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Well, I wrote a long piece about the end of the year but the software took
over and refused to update and then promptly deleted my typing. grr!
It was a great year and thanks to everyone who came through the doors of our
classroom. This past year was by far one of my best years ever (yeah, ok, you
know you guys rocked).
Pictured above is where I and a bunch of our 8th grade students will be next
week. We leave for Washington DC. tomorrow and then off to New York! I am very
I hope you have a great summer break and please stop by and visit next year.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
The picture above is of Mt. Sangiang Api in Indonesia this morning. The ash
cloud is already over Australia and is affecting air traffic. The white cloud
in the center appears to be an airborne pyroclastic flow.
Well the year is almost done and what a great year it has been. We are
completing the year by making posters of favorite science subjects we studied
Every day this next week will be a minimum day and Thursday will be our last
day. Any test retakes must be completed Monday after school. Most grades are
pretty much set and you can view your grades by clicking on this link:
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Going to Laser Tag! TONIGHT 6:00pm - 8:00 or 9:00 or when I get tired 10:00?
I hope to see you there!
1892 Taylor Rd
916 - 784 - 1273
Monday, May 12, 2014
We are going book free beginning on Wednesday. Students will be working on
Chomebooks in class for the rest of the year.
1ST AND 2ND PERIOD ONLY: We will start checking textbooks on Wednesday.
5TH AND 6TH PERIOD: Please keep your books at home until your 1st/2nd period
teacher asks for them.
We are beginning the last project in science this year. Each student will act
as a tourism director for a biome of the world. They will create a work
(document/powerpoint/?) describing the biome, the climate, 2 plants and 2
animals and their traits, appearance, ect., and how they are adapted to
survive in that biome.
Students will also include reasons for someone to visit. What to bring, what
to wear, what you will see, eat, do, and the best season to arrive while
Everyone should still be working on MATH every day or night.
Reaching your goal for trimester 3 = FREE LASERTAG!
Reaching 100 objectives mastered for the year = FREE LASERTAG
EXCEEDING YOUR GOAL = GAME TOKENS!
THIS OFFER EXPIRES MAY 27 @ 3:15 pm!
LASERTAG will be May 27th at Golfland/Sunsplash Laser auditorium.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
ALL PAPERWORK IS GRADED. I have 10 "no names" on my desk! Some of these are
Summative (TEST) grades! The world climate zones map counts as Summative!
Many have turned in the completed lab from Friday already. You can finish on
Monday if you are not done and left the paperwork in your file.
THE LAB COUNTS AS A TEST IN BOTH MATH AND SCIENCE!!!
LASER TAG IS MAY 27TH FROM 6:00PM - ?? One person has qualified already. Where
are you on your goal? Meet your goal, and go for FREE!!!
Friends and Families welcome. Details to follow.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Okay time to get back to work!
The online Science Textbook is back up. Someone (Martin Durancik?) hacked the
site and changed passwords. I have people following up!
ONLY 5 WEEKS LEFT UNTIL LASER TAG! STUDENTS MUST REACH THEIR GOAL BY MEMORIAL
DAY TO QUALIFY FOR FREE LASER TAG ON TUESDAY MAY 28TH. DETAILS TO COME.
Only 6 weeks left for the year. Progress reports are coming out this Friday.
Get those missing homework assignments (passed out on Friday 4/11) turned in
Friday, April 11, 2014
I have updated ALL HOMEWORK in the gradebook. I also handed out MISSING
ASSIGNMENTS to all students on Friday. Please work to get caught up over the
I have created a PRACTICE Math Worksheet for all students and it can be
viewed, worked and scored ONLINE 24/7. The system will automatically print the
next practice when you score your work. Make sure to look for any corrections
before you start the next assignment. You can do math all day, every day if
you are bored, or just want to get a head start on Laser Tag qualifying. I
will actually count the work as "homework" so you don't have as much to do
when you get back. Just turn in your TOPS reports to get full credit or have
me print them out when we get back.
See you on TUESDAY, April 22nd.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The photo above is Tungurahua Volcano on Friday afternoon. The volcano is
about 100 miles south of Ecuador's capital, Quito, and is often active but
this particular plume went about 6 miles into the air.
I have entered all the homework into the gradebook. If you have any missing
assignments you should probably get on that right away. Well, perhaps after
getting outside to enjoy the great weather this weekend.
We have a Science Test on Tuesday. I will be out on Tuesday working with
others to develop new science lessons and labs. I am excited to bring more
science to our math lessons and more math to our science.
Students will also start taking the SBAC (common core) assessment on Tuesday.
The new standards are designed to focus more on problem solving and less on
memorizing facts. Today's kids will have so many facts at their fingertips
that knowing what to look for and how to use the information is going to be
much more valuable.
The testing will take place next week and continue after Spring Break.
Okay time to get out into the garden tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Wow, talk about coincidence! We have been talking about tornadoes in class and
a small tornado touches down in Westpark here in Roseville. Glad to hear there
were no injuries and not a huge amount of damage.
Did you get out to see the clouds today? I also saw a beautiful rainbow as I
was leaving school. Plan to talk about (or write about) any weather you
Thursday, March 6, 2014
All grades are pretty much final at this point. My basket is clean. I do have
11 'No Name' papers on the wall. If you don't like your grade you MIGHT be
able to move it a point or two if you complete all missing assignments
tonight.....but no guarantees - unless I have emailed you personally tonight.
You can view your grades on the Gradebook link on the upper left corner.
This has been an AWESOME trimester. Most students are being successful and
seem to be enjoying our new methods for math. Accelerated Math does seem to be
working well for most. Science has hopefully been fun and interesting.
PARTY PARTY PARTIES!
PIZZA NEXT WEEK FOR ALL STUDENTS WHO ACHIEVED THEIR GOALS IN MATH!
PARTY FOR 5TH PERIOD FOR UNBELIEVABLE FUNDRAISING TO FIGHT CANCER! 2ND PLACE
WITH OVER $500 COLLECTED! I AM SO PROUD OF EVERYONE WHO DONATED!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
ALL GRADES ARE CURRENT! MY BASKET IS EMPTY. THE 'NO NAME WALL' IS GETTING
TRIMESTER 2 ENDS MARCH 7TH! 2 WEEKS!
I am handing out Assignment Reports on Monday which show ALL your scores on
all assignments for the trimester. You have 9 school days to raise your grade.
There will be a "BUMP" in MATH. You can raise your grade by doing more
Accelerated Math. There will be EXTRA POINTS added to your grade based upon
the percent of your goal you reach. The points are already loaded, but can
change if you reach your goal.
For the 3rd Trimester you math goal will be whatever it takes you to get to
100 objectives - so even if you are at 100% this trimester you can add to NEXT
trimester and not have to work quite as hard in the spring. The reward?
Besides a higher grade?
LASER TAG @ SUNSPLASH MAY 27TH!!! FREE TO THOSE WHO MAKE THEIR GOAL!
We will still have one or two Math tests and a Science test before the end of
the trimester so don't think your grades are final yet...
Thursday, February 20, 2014
It is certainly starting to feel like spring.
If you found problem number 7 on tonight's homework confusing I would agree.
For now think about the following:
You are trying to find the cost of a case of juice. There is no sign for the
price and there is no one around to ask. However, there is a sign with a math
"The cost of a case is $2 less than the cost of 12 individual bottles"
You probably think "gee, that's not much of a savings, but a riddle is a
riddle, so here goes."
Let the letter c stand for a case of juice
c = case of juice
Let the letter i stand for 'individual' bottles
i = individual bottle
So you get:
c = case
i = individual bottle
$2 less = - 2
12 bottles = 12 x i = 12i
a case (c) equals (=) the price of 12 individual bottles (12i) minus $2 (-2)
c=12i - 2
Saturday, January 18, 2014
I hope everyone enjoyed our activities this week. We chartered some new
territory in the computer lab, modeled volcanic eruptions and created calderas
in class and continued our use of new technology in math.
There is a small math homework assignment this weekend. Some students finished
the math in class on Friday but most did not. If you have "lost" the
assignment or were ABSENT you can still get a copy of the homework!
Forgot, lost or absent for Friday's math homework?
Go to the "Accelerated Math Online" link above and sign in.
Find the Math tab on you opening page.
Open the tab and look for the "class" box in the upper left.
Click on the "class" box and it will open up a list of days of the week.
Click on Friday HW.
From there, you can reprint the assignment, view the assignment, submit your
answers and make corrections to turn in on Tuesday.
You can also check each day of the week to see if you have any outstanding
Any student who reaches their goal of 25 objectives for the 2nd trimester will
be invited to share a pizza lunch in March. You can track your progress on
your Accelerated Math Online page or just look at the totals on your TOPS
report when you complete each assignment.
100 objectives for the year earns you a free night of Laser Tag in late May!
Keep working and have a nice weekend.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Every student in 1st or 5th period math now has an ONLINE MATH assignment
waiting for them. Go to the Online Math tab, select the ONLINE MATH TAB once
it opens, and then select EXERCISE.
Give it a try.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Want to get ahead on homework?
Would you like to catch up on a couple of assignments?
Need to retake a test?
Would you like to try more advanced math?
Go retro and try some math from your youth, like 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade math
just for fun?
I have the answer! COOLEY MATH ONLINE.
Let me know what you would like and I will create a custom map or level just
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Coming on Wednesday a HUGE SOLAR FLARE! Our sun released a huge flare on
Tuesday and it is heading straight toward Earth. We may have some radio,
telephone and satellite communication issues over the next couple of days. The
first part of the flare should reach Earth mid-afternoon on Wednesday. Stay
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is enjoying the break.
There are a few students who are finding some time to try the online math
practice. Anyone with an internet connection can give it a try.
As an incentive:
Any student who takes an online Accelerated Math exercise over the break will
receive "special recognition" after the break.
We will be learning about Volcanoes and working with Ratios when we return
Tuesday, December 9, 2013
INTRODUCING MATH ONLINE!
CHECK OUT THE NEW LINK ABOVE - Accelerated Math Online
Every student in ANY of my math classes, now has an online assignment
Go to the link
Enter your Renlearn ID and Password (Accelerated Reader/Math)
Choose the Math tab
View your assignment or print out your assignment
Send your answers
Get results IMMEDIATELY
Print out your TOPS report (results) or pick it up at school the next day.
CHECK IT OUT!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
If you happened to look skyward tonight Venus was beautifully set next to the
moon as bright as I have ever seen. In the morning if you look east you will
be able to see Mercury, as above, and perhaps ISON.
Would you like to be able to do your math online at home, on your phone,
tablet, or any connected device? Even in the classroom?
All you need is to go to this link:
Enter your Renlearn (Accelerated Reader) ID and password. After you log in,
select Math in the top tab. Then select "work online".
If you have a classroom printed assignment, you can answer online and get your
tops report anywhere. If you can print, you can even print out you own score
report. I can also print your report the next day in class.
I can even send you online assignments and you can view and answer and score
your work from home, in the car, even from your seat in class.
Give it a try!
Let me know what you think.
If you are out early on Thursday or Friday morning, take a look into the sky
before sunrise. ISON might not show us much, but then again....it could be
spectacular. IF ISON survives it's quick trip around the Sun next week, you
can use the picture above to find where to look. Binoculars might help, a
telescope would be great.
Just for fun:
COMET ISON OUTBURST CONTINUES: The abrupt brightening of Comet ISON on Nov.
14th has pushed the comet into the range of naked eye visibility. Dark-sky
observers around the world report seeing it with their unaided eyes on the
morning of Nov. 15th. To the human eye, ISON is just a faint smudge of
magnitude +5.5. Backyard telescopes are revealing much more. The effects of
the outburst have propagated into the comet's suddenly riotous tail, as shown
in this image taken on the morning of Nov. 15th by Damian Peach:
Friday, November 15, 2013
Trimester 1 is history! The grades are set. All assignments have been
accounted for and any remaining "no names" have been removed from the wall. To
check your grades go to the Gradebook Link on the upper left and enter your ID
and Password. I cannot reset passwords so follow the instructions if you have
forgotten your password, or call the district office on Monday.
I will be out next Thursday the 20th, to plan for the new Next Generation
Science Standards (NGSS). Our group will be designing our district's Science
curriculum for the next several years. Big changes....
Monday, November 11 2013
ALL GRADES ARE CURRENT AND ENTERED INTO THE GRADEBOOK. All papers on, under or
around my desk are accounted for. Missing something? Check the no name wall,
your backpack, your textbook, under your bed, under the dog's bed, but it's
not on my desk or in my basket!
TRIMESTER 1 ENDS FRIDAY 11/15/13! ALL WORK AND MAKE UP TESTS DUE ON OR BEFORE
THURSDAY! I will be available after school or during 3rd and 4th period this
week. It is up to each student to schedule a make up test BEFORE THURSDAY if
you want to change your grade.
Grades are posted in the classroom and are current.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Math TEST on Wednesday. Tonight's homework answers are:
23) write the equation and we will check in class
32) $574 Write the equation and solve
33) 620lbs Write the equation and solve
34) 102 people. Write the equation and solve
35) 168 plants. Write the equation and solve
FREE ICE SKATING! FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8TH. PICK UP A COUPON FROM YOUR TEACHER.
ARRIVE 6:30 PM. SKATE FROM 7 - 10PM FREE!!!
THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL EVENT BUT IS OFFERED BY SKATETOWN. 916-783-8550 FOR
SKATE RENTAL, HELMET (OR BRING YOUR BIKE HELMET) AND ENTRANCE FEE IS FREE FOR
COOLEY STUDENTS WITH A TICKET. ADULTS $11.00. I SUGGEST GOING AS LARGE GROUPS
WITH ONE PARENT TO GO INSIDE AND THEN PICK UP YOUR STUDENTS AFTERWORD.
THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL EVENT BUT SKATETOWN IS RESERVED FOR COOLEY STUDENTS.
Monday, November 4, 2013
I know some of you are struggling with the math of the Layers of the Earth
project. Here is a response to a request for help from a couple of students in
Okay. You know the temperature of the mantle in C right? 870 - 4400.
You need to recognize that the temperature CHANGES by the difference (4400 -
870) = 3530 degree change. The top is cooler and starts at 870 and the bottom
is hotter and ends at 4400. Let's call the difference 3500 degrees for ease of
Since the Upper Mantle is 1/7 of the TOTAL mantle then you assume the change
is also 1/7 of the total change (3500). So 1/7 OF 3500 is?
500 degrees change in temperature as you go down through the lithosphere and
Now remember that the upper part of the mantle STARTS at 870 and INCREASES by
500 degrees so you add and get 870 + 500 = 1370 degrees for the end or bottom
of the upper mantle.
This is the amount of change; from 870C top to 1370C bottom.
Then you use simple subtraction to find the change for the LOWER mantle. The
lower mantle starts at 1370 and increases as you go down to 4400 degrees.
So I did the math for you in C now you have to take the numbers and calculate
for F by substituting in the formula:
(C x 9/5) + 32 = F
(Hey, this is just like our math substituting but with a little bigger
You know the C for each part - both starting and ending - so just do the
formula for each measurement and round off - because who really cares about a
few degrees when it is hot enough to melt rocks? And yes, you can use a
Give it a try.
Thanks for asking!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I apologize that this has not been updated. I posted a blog at the same time
the website was having technical difficulty. I could see the posting on my
page but it did not show up on the main page.
Today was the Monster Mash Mile and I hope everyone had a lot of fun. It was
great to see all the creativity.
We also have started our Layers of the Earth project. This is a fairly
involved project and it is not due until November 14th. Most should be able to
finish in plenty of time. We will be doing most of the work in the classroom
finding information, calculating the specific numbers, talking about ratios
and relationships, using fractions and decimals, all kinds of math and science
I know today was confusing to many so we will spend quite a bit of time next
week working together.
We are first finding the basic information about the Earth's layers. I handed
out a worksheet to organize data. Most information is available directly in
the Science textbook (Chapter 4, Section 1). Some information needs to be
calculated using the approximate numbers in our textbook.
The internet is a wealth of information HOWEVER, there are many, many sites
which have inaccurate, too simplified, or too complex information. One element
of this project is to practice doing the math and creating each student's own
summary of the concepts.
Eventually, each student will create a poster (which I will supply)
representing and describing the layers of the Earth. LAST YEAR'S Grading
Rubric is available on the TESTS/STUDY GUIDE link. THIS YEAR'S rubric will we
posted shortly. I always find a few ways to make each year a little different.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Good News! NASA found LOTS of water on Mars. Bad News! The soil it is trapped
in is toxic.
Half way through the 1st Trimester today!
Grade Reports were handed to your student today. Please ask to see them. All
assignments turned into my basket are graded and counted. There are no
"missing assignments" left to be graded. If you have a Z on the GRADEBOOK then
it is still missing. If you turned in any work today it is not on your report
but it HAS been counted (or not counted for some who tried to do it too
quickly today) and is current in the ONLINE GRADEBOOK.
The only thing not graded is today's Science Test.
Math - Expressions, Variables, Exponents, Order of Operations, all very early
Algebra looking work. Much of this will be NEW information not taught in 5th
grade. Moving on from review to new.
Science - My favorite chapter. Erosion and Deposition. How rivers work, how
water changes the look of the Earth, we can even explore how a plane flies by
studying how a river flows. Glaciers, floods, tsunamis, etc. Water, water
everywhere. We will be building some rivers in the classroom, stacking sand
and making graphs. The labs are fun and count quite a bit for grades.
Have a great weekend and check those grades - we are halfway in the first
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Congratulation to our two winners in our first Web-quest.
Jenna and Abby both did some excellent research and came up with the
information that G.O.C.E. is a satellite from the European Space Agency (ESA).
The satellite is due to come back to Earth in a free-fall in the next 30 days.
No one knows where it will fall but the math says the chance on falling
anywhere near people is less that .01%. We will not know where the pieces will
fall until a day or just hours before.
The mission of the GOCE was to map the Earth's surface by using gravity. This
has provided scientists huge amounts of very accurate information.
The picture above is very interesting. After today's lab making sedimentary
rocks can you think of how this rock was cemented together with small
particles 'gluing' together larger rocks? Would this require water?
Use the clue on the bottom right corner to try and find where this rock is
We did a fun lab making sedimentary rocks today. We saw how layers can be
deposited by water carrying sediment. We will be looking very closely at soil
later this week. See the picture on the ONLINE TEXTBOOK PAGE. Time to get our
We will be having a test most every Wednesday. Tomorrow we will be taking TEST
A over again as a review. Next week will be on dividing fractions and
explaining what it means to divide by a fraction.
My desk is clean - Grades are current - No Names are on the back wall.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
What is GOCE and what does it have to do with the month of October 2013?
Respond by Sunday night with complete answer and be recognized on Monday.
Friday, September 6, 2013
It is very rewarding when I followed the data and drafted Payton Manning on my
Fantasy Football team: Snakenado. Numbers can be a lot of fun sometimes.
Our first Science test was today and I was impressed by how many students had
their notes to use on the test. It was great to see them actually reading
their homework and classwork again and then using the information. Many
students said they visited the Chapter 1 Pre-Test for Science on my
Tests/Study Guide link.
The Gradebook should be up and running this weekend. There is a link on my
Grades link that should work as soon as you receive instructions tonight.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Our gradebook is working (sort of). I will be handing out an Assignment Report
for MATH on Friday. It will not include the test - I just finished entering
all the homework for the year so far in Math. But it's a start!
There are still missing names (no names) on the wall so if your student is
sure they have turned in the work have them check the "no name wall". My desk
has no math papers left to grade. They will be checking on Friday when they
get the report!
Any missing work needs to be caught up over the weekend. I will discuss with
students how to correct any 30% (incomplete) scores on Friday as well.
Please ask to see the report when they get home on Friday.
Wednesday, August 28, 3013
Thank you to everyone who came to visit on Tuesday night! It was great to see
so many involved and interested parents. No wonder this year has started off
Today was our first Math test. The early returns look very good. We will
continue working with decimals this week using more real world examples.I
apologize for the delay in posting of grades. Hopefully the situation will be
In Science, we will be working on maps and have a lab next week.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Homework tonight! There is a little bit of Math homework tonight. Please check
the homework link to view the assignment. You can access the online textbooks
by clicking on the link above.
The Math textbook comes with additional videos for just about every lesson.
You can also listen to the textbook on the audio link on the welcome page of
I hope you or your student are enjoying the class as much as I am. Click on
the email link to contact me anytime.
Monday, August 19,2013
Whew! First day of school! It was awesome to meet all of our great students.
Today we discussed safety, we learned a bit about each other, and about Cooley
Tonight parents have homework.
Please complete the packet handed out in classes today. PLEASE be sure to
check off BOTH boxes allowing your student access to our computers. We will be
doing research projects in the computer lab and students will need to be able
to use the computer at school.
I look forward to another great year!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Welcome to Cooley to all our new students and parents. This year looks to be
awesome and I know you will really enjoy your time with us.
We plan on hitting the ground running with a Science lab on Monday, our very
Please take a moment to check out all the parts of my website and get familiar
with the format. The links on the upper left corner will get you to most of
the important information for the year.
Homework will be posted each night. We will be using a lot of worksheets this
year and your MATH textbook WILL NOT be needed in the classroom. Please cover
your Science book, write your NAME on the SPINE and INSIDE. You may leave the
Science book in the classroom. BOTH TEXTBOOKS ARE ONLINE AND YOU CAN ACCESS
THEM USING THE LINKS ON THE UPPER LEFT!
My Website also includes links to your grades, which are automatically updated
whenever a new score is posted.
You will not need a separate binder for every class. Many students only use
one binder for the entire day. Some prefer spiral notebooks. You should always
A DRY ERASE MARKER
A "WHITEBOARD" - WHICH I WILL GIVE YOU
SOMETHING TO WRITE WITH - PENCIL
SOMETHING TO WRITE ON - PAPER
SOMEPLACE TO PUT YOUR NOTES - NOTEBOOK, BINDER, FOLDER - JUST NOT LOOSE PAPERS
IN YOUR BACKPACK.
On occasion, we will use a calculator for checking our work.
Welcome to Cooley Middle School - A California Distinguished School - because
that's how we roll!
Sunday, July 7, 2013
I hope everyone is having an interesting summer. I see Popocatapetl Volcano is
staying active and recently has started sending ash over Mexico City.
If you are an incoming 6th grader please check out the Supplies link on the
upper left corner on this page. We will be doing a Science Lab on the FIRST
DAY of SCHOOL so make sure you have a pencil to record information.
The office supply stores are having great sales over the summer (July is the
time to buy). If you come across cheap supplies (pencils, colored pencils,
pencil sharpeners, markers, dry erase markers) and have extra cash I would
gladly accept them to hand out later to those in need.
Have a great summer and I can't wait to hear all your summer stories when we
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Tonight is the night!
Congratulations to all who qualified! You have worked hard, made your goal and
now it is time to celebrate!
First game starts around 6:00 pm. Please come upstairs to the tables near the
Laser Tag stadium. If you arrive late and don't see me I may be in the Laser
Tag stadium dominating the competition. I will have some token cards and some
food available upstairs as well.
Please feel free to bring your family and they can purchase tickets to play
along with us if they feel up to it.
See you tonight!