September 9th, 2016
Parents now have access to grades LIVE! However, since we have a NEW grade system there
are multiple concerns. Please be patient with the grades. I will keep checking for accuracy
and should have everything exactly accurate sometime next week. We (teachers and
administrators cannot yet see what you see as a parent. So please be specific with questions
so I can address the concern quickly.
Have a great weekend!
SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2016
We have HOMEWORK tonight. IF STUDENTS DID NOT FINISH IN CLASS, they have
homework to complete tonight or over the weekend. Check out the HOMEWORK page to the
We have been exploring Heat Transfer and today we used warm and cold water to show how
one's particles move faster than the other. We showed how HEAT DOES NOT RISE. Heat gets
pushed around by colder things. We also made popcorn 3 ways by using different forms of
heat. Convection, Conduction and Radiation.
August 23, 2016
Welcome to Cooley!
We have completed our first couple of days at Cooley. We are getting to know each other and
are beginning our journey into middle school.
Please take a look at my supplies list to be sure your student has the materials necessary to
be successful. I have handed out, folders, notebooks, and whiteboards and markers. The
most essential missing item for most students is a CALCULATOR. Please get a CHEAP,
BASIC calculator to help student check their work.
So far, the Cookie Lab and Makey-Makey have been very well received. We completed our
first math assignment today. You can check progress, view scores and see unfinished
assignments by going to the ONLINE MATH link above. Use your student's ID and Birthday
MM/DD/YY to log in, then select MATH then the class. Any BOLD words represent
uncompleted work. You can view, print, enter answers, get results, and complete work via the
ONLINE MATH link.
I am looking forward to a great year!
August 11, 2016
From a friend at Rice University in Houston:
more on PERSEIDS…
Several people have asked me again about the Perseids tonight. (Tonight, after midnight, is
the best time… maybe 200 meteors an hour!)
No, we will not have the Rice campus observatory open… the skies in Houston are just too
bright for meteors.
Here are my suggestions if you want to get a good view:
1. Drive NORTH of your city. the meteors will appear to come from the area of the North Star.
2. Try to find a place with as large a sky exposure as possible, with as few city lights as
3. If you can’t see at least 10 stars, either the clouds or fog are too great, or the local lights
are too strong.
(I tried last night from near Rice with no luck… skies too bright)
4. Set up a reclining lounge chair, with the head to the south and your feet to the north.
Look generally to the north and up.
(no telescope or binoculars needed, but you could set up a camera with a fisheye lens and
long time exposure setting)
The meteors, when traced back, will appear to come from the vicinity of the North Star.
(Actually the constellation Perseus).
5. Slather on bug dope and have a cool beverage
6. Enjoy the sky!! Best is after 1 am. Before dawn is actually the best but by then the relative
humidity is 100% and the seeing is horrible.
If you can’t get out of town here are some ways to watch online:
from Slooh: http://live.slooh.com
June 24, 2016
Just finished a science workshop at Sac State. Awesome! Now off to the Oregon coast for
nature time. Hope everyone is having a great summer. Let me know if you do any science
things and remember - wherever you go, science is already there.
Sunday, March 27, 2015
Not sure why the updates do not seem to work but I am trying again!
All work is GRADED! Grades are CURRENT.
HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE ENDS TUESDAY 9:00 AM MARCH 29TH!
THERE IS STILL TIME TO JOIN AND WIN!
Monday, September 7th, 2015
ALL GRADES ARE CURRENT. MY DESK IS CLEAN.
Please check the gradebook to view current grades/missing assignments. You will need to go
to the link above and have the student ID# and birthdate to access the grades.
Friday, September 4th, 2015
SEND YOUR NAME TO MARS ON THE NEXT MISSION! DEADLINE IS TUESDAY SEPT 8th!
A good week for math and science. We have had many students bring in Flash Drives to
upload the science books and I have broadcast how to get onto the Math books online.
On Friday, all students (all but 3) were able to get onto the Science Textbooks online in class
and were able to access their STUDENT EMAIL/PROJECT ACCOUNT. We will be using
technology fairly often so being able to get to where you want to go is important. If you do
have internet then you probably are not reading this, but, if no internet, then check a Science
Textbook out from our library ASAP.
Our first MATH TEST will be next Wednesday or Thursday. We will have a review session and
pre-test on Tuesday. Our first SCIENCE TEST will likely be on Friday, September 11th. Notes
CAN be use on SCIENCE TESTS.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Oh my gosh! I am very embarrassed over my typo on my email. Please don't go out looking
a flast drive. A 4 gigabyte FLASH drive is what is needed. My apologies for any confusion.
Wednesday, August 26th. 2015
Thank you to all who came to Back to School Night. If you missed the presentation or
would like to watch it again please send me an email and I can send it to you. Please feel
free to follow up with any questions or comments.
Friday, August 21st, 2015
We spent the first two days in class getting to know each other, going over procedures,
Cooley rules, etc. Monday we will begin MATH work. Students will need a folder or
binder to transport math back and forth from home. The textbooks and worksheets are
available online but we will attempt to complete as much math in class as possible each
day. Any leftover work is the homework.
A great start to a great year!
Tuesday August 11th, 2015
The Perseids are remnants of comet Swift-Tuttle. Not only do the Perseids have the
longest and best run of meteors, they also can have brilliant fireballs!
So, go find a dark sky location Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, pull out a
lawn chair and cover yourself with bug spray (if needed) or a blanket (if you're in a cool
area) and look generally north. The meteors will appear to come from the constellation
Perseus (just under the big "W" of Cassiopeia). The best times are 2-5 AM but some
can be seen as early as 10 pm. The best day is the predawn Thursday sky.
For more information, see:
Saturday, August 8th, 2015
August 12/13 (Wed/Thur) are the BEST NIGHTS to watch the meteor shower!
CNN)A moonless evening could give stargazers a fantastic light show next week.
The annual Perseid meteor shower, which is known for being among the brightest of
meteor showers, is happening near the tail end of summer.
The best part about the showing is that it will happen a day before the new moon,
meaning the night skies will be dark and perfect for meteor spotting. Under clear and
dark skies, observers could expect to see UP TO 100 SHOOTING STARS PER HOUR!
Astronomy experts say that those conditions have not been available since 2010.
Stargazers, campers or simply astronomy lovers will not need any additional equipment
like a telescope to see the meteor shower. These fiery streaks of light should be visible
to the naked eye that evening. But going to a rural area, away from urban spaces that
are filled with light pollution, will increase the chances of seeing the Perseid meteor
Staying up past midnight might also help viewers spot meteors. Some of the strongest
showings happening in the predawn hours.
The Perseids are active from July 13 to August 26, according to the American Meteor
Society, a nonprofit scientific organization that supports the research of astronomers,
but the meteor shower peaks between August 12-13.
The meteor shower is composed of particles released from Comet 109/Swift-Tuttle
during its many trips to the inner solar system, a region comprising terrestrial planets
The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus because that is where the
meteors seem to originate from when looking up at the sky.
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
BACK TO SCHOOL MONTH!
I will have an updated supplies list next week. I will be going to JPL/NASA in Pasadena
to participate in a conference and workshop on Climate Change with some NASA
mission scientists this week. Hopefully I will have some new perspectives on all kinds of
Earth and Space happenings.
It's been a busy summer and I hope everyone is getting a bit excited. Make the most of
the next couple of weeks, time will go by very quickly.
Friday, July 3rd, 2015
Happy Independence Day!
Celebrate the good things about our community, state and country. There may be many
differences of opinion out there but I believe everyone can find something to be proud
of about our Nation. What about our Nation makes you feel pride?
Science makes fireworks possible. See the last paragraph
Back from the Oregon coast...What's with all this HEAT? Oh yeah, Climate Change!
Oregon State Parks makes me glad I live in America.
Wading in the ocean, exploring tide pools, watching sunsets, campfires, swimming in
rivers, reading 3 books while listening to the waves......priceless!
I have an opportunity to participate in a discussion group with JPL and NASA scientists
in Pasadena in early August. If selected, we will be trying to develop ways to utilize
satellite data to help students understand ocean temperatures, sea level rise, salinity
and climate change. Pretty exciting...well for me anyway.
If you missed the alignment of Venus and Jupiter near the moon this week don't worry,
it will continue through most of the summer. This alignment of planets have the potential
to appear as large stars in the sky and last for days or weeks. Stars appearing in the sky
have been mentioned throughout history.
THE COLOR OF FIREWORKS:
Fireworks are created when small particles of metal and salts are set off in an explosion.
The particles absorb energy from the explosion and then, as the particles spread out
and cool, they emit light to get rid of the extra energy. Different substances let off
different light and so fireworks can have different and changing colors. Knowing how
fireworks work does NOT mean I enjoy them any less!
Enjoy your summer!
Friday, June 19th, 2015
I hope everyone is having a great summer! Off to Oregon next week for me. No
electricity, no phones, no internet, going off the grid. Just a tent, some books and a
Let me know what you are up to! Lots of Science things going on this summer!
Philae has woken up. The probe which is on the comet Rosetta pictured above, and is
sending back data.
Sinabung (the volcano) is going off and could have a HUGE eruption anytime. It is less
than 25 miles from the LARGEST SUPERVOLCANO on Earth. More potential than
Ceres (the small planetoid near Mars) is showing it's bright spots again. Looking more
and more like a salt deposit or debris from a comet collision.
and like always, there is an Arguellian cruiser waiting to destroy the Earth (Men In Black)
Hope your summer is EXPLODING with adventures and fun!!
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Laser Tag was absolutely fantastic. Go cart driving, and watching some
students driving for the very first time was awesome!
Thank you all for coming and supporting your students throughout the year. We
talked a bit about making goals and achieving goals in class and hopefully
some have found how great a feeling it is to reach a goal.
We have started making vehicles which demonstrate Newton's 3rd Law of Motion.
The "for every action their is an equal and opposite reaction" law. Quite a
few creative engineers. I really enjoy seeing students plan, research, create
and then test and modify their designs. It is great to see original creations
from groups of young engineers. We have one or two already reaching the 10ft
distance goal. There are quite a few that can go 5ft but it will take a few
more revisions to reach the goal. Heeheehee. :)
Oh, math grades are current. All completed missing assignments are accounted
for, so check to see if you need any last chances!
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Tonight's the night! LASER TAG FREE! For all students who qualified! Includes
a slice of pizza, a soda, and tokens for the video arcade!
2 for 1 Laser Tag (if you want to play more or if your family wants to play) 2
6:00PM! Golfland Sunsplash
Upstairs - you will find me or I will be inside playing Laser Tag if you are
late. Late night go cart racing for $7.00.
Monday, May 18th, 2015
I handed out GRADE REPORTS to all students today. Please check the report for
missing work (Z) or low scores which should be made up. I am scheduling
RE_TAKES for tests BEFORE SCHOOL at 8:15 am (Wed, Thurs, Fri) or AFTER SCHOOL
(Wed, Thurs, or Friday).
Please arrange for the retake PRIOR to the day. Please DO NOT show up at
8:40am and expect to take a retake - it will not happen.
Laser Tag next TUESDAY! 6:00 pm - ? at Golfland Sunsplash!
Tuesday, May 11, 2015
LASER TAG AND MORE!
On Tuesday May 26th, Mr. Loudon’s classes are invited to join in fun to
celebrate everyone’s hard work with Accelerated Math. We will be meeting at
Golfland Sunsplash on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 around 5:45 PM. I have arranged
an hour of Laser Tag and a place to hang out upstairs. Everyone is welcome.
Please invite family or friends. Students who meet their goals in math will
been given letters for free games. I will hand out tickets and tokens for
games at the event. If your student does not qualify for free games, you are
still welcome to come and play with us! Laser Tag will be 2 for 1 so $10.00
gets you TWO games. Brothers, sisters, etc. are welcome to attend.
Please encourage your student to continue working hard the next two weeks to
qualify for FREE LASER TAG!
There are lots of other things to do at Golfland Sunsplash. Plenty of video
arcades and mini-golf games are available. The water park will also be open
but I do not encourage anyone going to the water rides. You might find me at
the Go Carts later on in the evening.
Golfland Sunsplash will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. So please plan on having an
adult supervisor. This is NOT a school event and I CANNOT supervise any student.
The Laser Tag starts at 6:00 PM and I will be playing the first game. Come
upstairs and join with all your friends from school for a fun evening. I plan
on being there until around 8:00 or later but I cannot be sure your child has
left at the end of the evening.
There will be some snacks (slice of pizza and soda) and additional food can be
I hope to see you there.
Friends and family are welcome to attend.
1893 TAYLOR RD.
ROSEVILLE, CA 95661
Head north from Cooley Middle School on Blue Oaks Blvd.
Get on Highway 65 SOUTH
Exit at Galleria Blvd.Turn
Left at Roseville Parkway
Friday, May 8th, 2015
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Thank you moms and dads (but it's usually mom) who make the effort to help
be successful. I hope you enjoy the weekend. NO HOMEWORK! to keep track of.
This year has been especially wonderful because my students are not only
but very kind and supportive of each other. That comes from home and all that
you do to
provide good examples and character lessons each and every day. This has been
year in 10 years at Cooley - thanks to the families and community who help our
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015
HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE 2 UPDATE!!!!!
WELCOME TO SOME NEW PARTICIPANTS!
Nathan, Alex S., Robert and Thomas (both back from Washington D.C.?) have
joined the Challenge!
They can still win any of the prizes:
Most 100% in a row
Most >79% in a row
Most accurate (minimum of 10 practices)
They can also eliminate missing homework assignments (5 practices with
corrections = 1 missing HW completion and Cobra Cash!)
COBRA CASH FOR EVERY 5 PRACTICES ABOVE 80% OR WITH CORRECTIONS!!!
HOWEVER, IT WILL BE DIFFICULT FOR ANYONE TO CATCH KATELYN AT THIS POINT!
Katelyn has completed 92 practices! And has 155 objectives ready to test!
STILL GOING STRONG:
ABBY, GIAN, ABDULLAH, ALEXA, ALINA, ALEX, JADEN, JEREMIAH J.
COME BACK PLEASE!
SAMANTHA, BRIAN, HAYLEE, JUSTIN M., TELEIGHA, CADEN, DESIREE,
EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATES WINS SOMETHING. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
OK, enough typing since I managed to cut a part of my pinky off while trimming
trees! But I am still working and so should you!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015
HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE 2! UPDATE
NO FOOLING! Alexa has retaken the lead and now leads Katelyn by 9 practices
(48 to 37). But Katelyn has completed almost the ENTIRE 6th GRADE LIST!!
She will now have to work into 7th grade objectives to catch up!
Great to see some more newcomers!
Caden and Brian have joined!
Some may have been busy and it would be great to see them come back:
Caden, Samantha, Brian, Gian, Abdullah, Haylee, Abby, Jeremiah J., Teleigha,
Justin M., Dez, Alina, anyone else?
It's never too late and remember:
5 practices = Cobra Cash and possible Mystery Prize!!!
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015
HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE 2!
Katelyn L is on FIRE! She has amazingly taken over the lead from Alexa L. in
two days. Katelyn has completed over 30 practices in the last two days!! Alexa
is also over 30 but Katelyn is now in the LEAD!
Gian, Justin M., Samantha, Alina, Abby, Haylee (thanks for working through the
system errors!), and many more who are now working on math!
SPECIAL WELCOME TO JUSTIN M.!
Justin is in my E period and is in on the Challenge! Way to go Justin!
Who will get the most 100%'s (total)?
The most 100%'s in a row?
The most over 80% in a row?
The most overall accurate? (minimum of 10 practices)
The most total practices attempted?
Even if you are not wanting to try to catch Katelyn or Alexa, you can still
win one of the other categories.
WAY TO GO COOLEY COBRAS!!!!!
FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015
HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE 2 IS ON!
BIG PRIZES! TONS OF FUN! EXCITING AND NEW!
Well, Did I mention PRIZES??
SNAKE SKIN FOR EVERY PRACTICE COMPLETED ABOVE 80% p>80%
SNAKE SKIN FOR CORRECTIONS OF ANY PRACTICE LESS THAN 80% p<80%
COBRA CASH FOR EVERY 5 PRACTICES COMPLETED (With corrections returned)
MYSTERY BONUS AWARDS FOR:
MOST PRACTICES COMPLETED
HIGHEST ACCURACY (Must complete 10 or more)
MOST PRACTICES ABOVE 80% ON ONE DAY
MOST CONSECUTIVE 100% SCORES
GO TO THIS LINK:
GET STARTED NOW!
Alexa, Haylee, and Abby all jump out to an early lead on Friday afternoon.
GO! Get started NOW!
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
REPORT CARDS SENT HOME TODAY! Included is how your student is doing on our
Accelerated Math program we use in class. The GOAL is to complete objectives
(skill tests) and by reaching the INDIVIDUAL GOAL students will be treated to
a night of LASER TAG at the end of the year!
A report on how your student has performed on a series of benchmark tests in
math to check growth and understanding of math concepts (graph) is also
included. The trend can be UP (hopefully) FLAT or DOWN. The trend does NOT
affect grades but can be an indicator of future success or struggles over the
next two years. The GE category is the GRADE LEVEL of POSSIBLE
UNDERSTANDING....IF and WHEN that student reaches that grade. For example a GE
of 8.1 means a student SHOULD be able to understand math concepts at an 8th
grade 1st month level. HOWEVER, it does NOT mean the student has acquired the
SKILLS to perform at that level YET.
If your student has a high ability (GE level) but a low grade, that may
indicate that your student is not working to their ability in class, or being
current with the skills (homework) they are being presented with in class.
Please feel free to email or call for more information.
Overall I must say that this year is flying by and the overall ability of each
class is the highest I have had in years. Thank you for being such great
parents and mentors to this great group of kids!
MONDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2015
ALL GRADES ARE CURRENT! I HAVE PLACED A "Z" IN MISSING ASSIGNMENTS AND
They will be corrected as students make up the missing tests (before school,
after school, or during elective - not lunch).
I will print missing assignment reports for Tuesday.
We will have to retake the EXPRESSIONS AND EQUATIONS TEST - AS THE CLASS
REALLY STRUGGLED WITH THE CONCEPTS. REVIEW THIS WEEK - TEST THIS WEEK.
FRIDAY JANUARY 23, 2015
ALL GRADES ARE CURRENT!
MISSING ASSIGNMENT REPORTS WERE HANDED OUT TODAY IN CLASS.
ANY MISSING WORK TURNED IN TODAY HAS BEEN GRADED AND ENTERED,
Please check your missing assignment report and complete any missing work.
Math can be reprinted or viewed using the Accelerated Math link above. Science
work is from the textbook and is available online under the Online Textbooks link.
Have a great weekend, BUT USE LESS CARBON!
SUNDAY JANUARY 4, 2015
HOLIDAY MATH UPDATE!!!
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! IT'S STILL NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN AND WIN!
COMPLETE AT LEAST 5 PRACTICES TO RECEIVE A COBRA CASH.
KATELYN is making a huge push today - 25 PRACTICES TODAY! YES JUST TODAY
ALINA IS STILL LEADING BUT KATELYN IS ONLY A COUPLE BEHIND!!
PHOEBE is also making a huge push - PHOEBE HAS COMPETED OVER 20 PRACTICES
ABUDULLAH is over 50 practices but STILL BEHIND ALINA AND KATELYN!
KEEP GOING - FINISH STRONG!!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE UPDATE!
NICE TO SEE MORE STUDENTS JOINING THE CHALLENGE AND A COUPLE OF
STARTED UP AGAIN.
DEZ and PHOEBE have joined! PHOEBE is making a push even with a late start.
Welcome back, KATELYN AND ARIANA A.
ABBY is doing double duty by completing BOTH 6TH AND 7TH GRADE PRACTICES -
should 7th grade
standards count more???
Continuing to work hard - making me very happy: CADEN, SAMANTHA, MARLEY,
ABDULLAH, JADEN, JEREMIAH J., ROBERT, THOMAS, KATELYN, ARIANA A.
MALIA, AND ALINA HAVE ALL COMPLETED WORK IN THE LAST 2 DAYS!!
5TH PERIOD IS STILL LEADING THE EFFORT AND ABDULLAH IS CLOSE TO
SHOULD EASILY REACH 50 (YES THAT IS 50) PRACTICES COMPLETED!!
ELSA WINS THE IMPRESSING SANTA AWARD. COMPLETING WORK ON DEC 23RD
BEEN BUSY WITH HER TOYS EVER SINCE??
CALL YOUR CLASSMATES AND REMIND THEM IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN AND
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE UPDATE!
NEW PARTICIPANTS! In the last couple of days several more have joined.
Nathan, Caden, Nissa, Marley, Anthony, and Maila have joined recently -
STILL GOING STRONG:
Abdullah, Alina, Jeremiah J., Samantha, Abby, Robert, Thomas
SOME STARTED AND THEN????
Kori, Kyler, Madison, Elsa, Ariana A. Katelyn, Haylee, Hannah, Carsyn,
5th PERIOD IS OUTSTANDING AND IS FAR, FAR AHEAD OF ANY OTHER GROUP!!!!
ALINA, and ABDULLAH ARE RUNNING AWAY WITH THE TOTALS! CAN ANYONE
SAMANTHA IS LEADING 1ST PERIOD!!!
Monday, December 29, 2014
HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE UPDATE!
Many students are participating. Over 20 students have completed practices!
PRACTICE LEADERS AS OF DECEMBER 28TH:
1ST PERIOD: SAMANTHA A.
E PERIOD: MADISON D.
4TH PERIOD: KYLER C.
5TH PERIOD: ALINA Y. ABDULLAH C. JADEN C. JEREMIAH J.
ADVANCED : ABBY B.
EVERY GROUP WILL HAVE A WINNER!
CHECK OUT THE ACCELERATED MATH LINK FOR NEW AWARDS!!!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE UPDATE!!!
EVERYONE CAN WIN - JOIN NOW!
HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE!
5 PRACTICES = 1 COBRA CASH
10 PRACTICES = 2 COBRA CASH
25 PRACTICES = 6 COBRA CASH
50 PRACTICES = 10 COBRA CASH
ALL PRACTICES WITH CORRECTIONS WILL COUNT TOWARD THE MYSTERY BONUS
To qualify for the MYSTERY BONUS AWARD - CORRECTIONS DUE BY WEDNESDAY
AS OF TUESDAY 12/23 12:00PM
STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE:
SAMANTHA, KORI, ANTHONY, HANNAH, ROBERT, THOMAS, ARIANA A., ABDULLAH,
KATELYN, MARLEY, CARSYN, CHRISTIANA,, DOMINIC, MADISON, ALINA, KYLER,
OVERALL LEADER: ALINA Y. ---16 PRACTICES AND COUNTING!
Saturday, December 20, 2014
The HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE IS UNDER WAY!
Several students got an early jump and did multiple practices on Friday after
school. I see more and more students logging in on Saturday morning.
EVERYONE CAN WIN!
THERE WILL BE A WINNER IN EACH CLASS FOR THE MOST PRACTICES (ABOVE
FIRST DAY LEADERS:
1ST PERIOD LEADER: KORI B.
E PERIOD LEADER: MADISON D.
4TH PERIOD LEADER: DOMINIC W.
5TH PERIOD LEADER: ALINA Y.
Letting you know about the first annual HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE! Students will
receive a Cobra Cash Awards at 5, 10, 25 and 50+ practices completed! Mystery
Bonus Award for returning all corrections!
Exclusions: Only scores of 70% or above will count for Cobra Cash award
levels, but the Mystery Bonus Award will be paid for returning all corrections!
HOLIDAY MATH CHALLENGE ENDS MONDAY, JANUARY 5TH, 2015
Sunday, December 14, 2014
All Math work (exercises) have been graded and entered into the gradebook. I
will hand out missing assignment reports on Monday or Tuesday (we have new
printers in the office and I am not sure they are working yet). You can go
online and check for missing assignments using the Accelerated Math Link. Most
missing assignments are listed under 11/12 Wed and 12/08 Mon. In the
gradebook, those assignments show due 11/14 and 12/9 respectively. But they
were printed the days before and the gradebook is the date due.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
We have been having quite a bit of fun learning to code and starting a project
on climate using our Chromebooks. The project is more about learning how to
collaborate online with a group with climate zones as a vehicle to work
together. All students must work with a partner to experience building a
document as a team using Google Docs.
I have graded every paper I could find. I have not finished grading the
Coordinate System test for 5th period math - it will show up on
Tuesday at the latest.
There are a lot of missing papers (homework) and some tests and homework
papers without names - but not many. I will hand out missing assignment
reports this week so students can catch up (if needed). Mostly missing summary
sentences in science. There are only 2 no name assignments.
All SCIENCE WORK is accounted for. If you are missing a science assignment
that means I am missing the assignment.
MATH will continue being updated as I get into the system and see who did and
who did not complete assignments while I was away. MATH should be fully
updated by the end of the weekend.
Stay dry out there!
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Thanks to all students who have used the:
ONLINE ACCELERATED MATH - MOBILE MATH over the break. Rewards will be given!
All tests have been graded and homework is counted (for all papers with
names!) I already have 5 papers without names :(
Grades are current.
Class TEST averages 2nd trimester
Math Test J: Data Distributions = 89%
Math Test Decimals = 86%
Science Test - Water Cycle = 85%
Math Test J: Data Distributions = 79%
Math Test Decimals = 86%
Science Test - Water Cycle = 82%
Great Job All!
Sunday, November 23, 2014
I am extremely thankful for the great classes I have this year. Already one of
the best groups I have had. Across the board.
For you math junkies out there (and I know there are some) I have created
something just for you.
*NEW MOBILE MATH*
*GET IT NOW*
*IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS*
*AMAZE YOUR GRANDPARENTS*
*USE IT TO MAKE A CASE FOR A NEW PHONE/TABLET/?*
Click on the Accelerated Math link above.
Go to THIS link, sign-in, select math, select your class, select "MOBILE MATH"
You can submit your answers and immediately get a new worksheet! Oh boy! More
P.S. Just completed grading the two math tests:
Decimals Test: 1st Period = 86% class average (12/14)
5th Period = 86% class average (12/14)
Data Dist Test: 1st Period = 89% class average (16/18)
5th Period = 79% class average (14/18)
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Grades are Finalized for the first trimester.
Mean (average) score for students missing 1 HW assignment or less = 93.5
Mean (average) score for students missing 3 or more HW assignments = 75.4
Even though HW represents 10% of the grade, not being prepared for tests by
not practicing and correcting errors makes all the difference!
Monday, October 27, 2014
All work is graded and accounted for. There are several "NO NAMES" on the wall
so if you think you are missing credit for your Penguin Illustration or a
math/science homework be sure to check the wall. Also, check your file for any
work that may have been graded but not captured (very rare).
I will be handing out MISSING ASSIGNMENT REPORTS ON TUESDAY 10/28.
The trimester ends 11/14 so you have less than 3 weeks to make any changes in
The district benchmark test (math) is also recorded. However, as of now, there
are no retakes for the benchmark. There will be a couple of math tests and at
least one more science test before the trimester ends. Be sure to save any and
all science notes for the next test! You may use any HANDWRITTEN notes (no
photocopies, no downloads) on any science test but it is the student's
responsibility to keep track of the notes.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Welcome to the mid-point (or median) of the first trimester. I apologize for
being a day behind on entering grades but the A's then the Giants back to back
kind of distracted me. I will have all grades current this weekend if not before.
TODAY WAS A CATCH-UP DAY FOR MATH. Many students made an extra effort to
complete work today and I will enter that as soon as I can, so if they are
telling you they completed it today, it is likely true. But if you see a Z by
Monday then you might want to clarify with them if they did ALL their work.
Please remember a BLANK in the gradebook is NOT LATE. It means I have been
busy and I am behind. The due date is when it should be turned in but if it is
turned in in 6th period, I may not have the grade entered that evening.
LOOK FOR 'Z' in the gradebook. Those are truly missing assignments. I only
enter a Z after cleaning my desk, in basket, folders, the no-name wall, etc.
If I am comfortable that all paperwork is accounted for THEN I enter a Z for
Thank you for all the support and ask your student about their penguin house
and WHICH WAY THEY WILL PRESENT THEIR DATA NEXT WEEK!
WRITE ABOUT IT - SEVERAL PARAGRAPHS
PRESENT ABOUT IT - IN FRONT OF THE CLASS
ILLUSTRATE ABOUT IT - A COLORFUL, DETAILED ILLUSTRATION OF THE ENTIRE
DUE NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17TH
SEE THE HANDOUT GIVEN TO YOUR STUDENT TODAY.
Friday, September 26, 2014
What do you see in the photo above?
Comet Rosetta landing date is set for November 12th. The lander will hover
then shoot anchor lines into the comet to hold on. The comet is so small it
doesn't have a lot of gravity.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Bardarbunga! Now that's pretty awesome.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Science homework - HOW TO ACCESS THE ONLINE SCIENCE BOOKS
SELECT ONLINE TEXTBOOKS ON UPPER LEFT
LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS: USE YOUR STUDENT GMAIL ACCOUNT!
Here is an easy way to determine student username and password.
ex. Sandy Jones, 6th grade, 6 digit student ID: 123456
(year they graduate Cooley, First Initial, Last Name, last 3 of
their 6 digit)
PASSWORD: (birthday) mm/dd/yyyy
Then select the applications (small boxes in upper right)
Select "Browse All"
Scroll down until you see "Middle School Science"
Select the textbook you want and then the chapter you need.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
All Math is current. I have not graded Friday's test yet. Science is current
for what I have graded but the Insulated Cans and Heat Transfer Labs have not
been entered yet. So any "Z" in Science or Math is MISSING! A blank is okay.
There are currently 15 "NO NAME" papers on the wall. If you are missing an
assignment please check the wall, check your backpack, check under the bed,
check in the dog house and see if you can find it.
The caldera of the volcano is currently collapsing (Sunday). This could be
nothing or more likely it could lead to a violent eruption. If the entire side
of the volcano blows out, it could be anything from a small burp to a Mt. St.
Helens type of eruption. Stay tuned!
Sunday, September 7, 2014
I have graded EVERY PAPER I could find, or identify. I do have several "no
name" homework papers. Please check the wall if you are missing work you think
you completed or turned in.
THE GRADES IN THE GRADEBOOK ARE CURRENT AS OF SUNDAY 9/7/14.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
To access your kids account and the SCIENCE TEXTBOOKS Try this:
Students will be given an email account for school use.
Copy and paste the link below into your search bar to access the site:
Here is an easy way to determine student username and password.
ex. Sandy Jones, 8th grade, 6 digit student ID: 123456
year they graduate Cooley, First Initial, Last Name, last 3 of their 6 digit)
password: (birthday) mm/dd/yyyy
Once in, select the apps boxes in the upper right corner.
Select "Browse All"
Scroll down to find "Middle School Science"
Select the appropriate textbook for the lesson.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Link to a Bardarbunga web cam. It is erupting currently. Check it out!
Friday, August 29, 2014
Great first week. Well, okay first 7 school days. We ended on a math test. The
early returns look good and I will get to the rest over the weekend.
The image above is BARDARBUNGA. We learned a bit about this fairly rare
volcanic fissure which opened up in Iceland at 00:02 am on Wednesday morning.
The fissure in the picture is about 3000 feet in length. The last fissure in
Iceland was in 1973 and captured the world's attention for a while.
Have a great weekend. There was a handout today and most students completed it
in class. If you did not finish, or might like to try out an online assignment
email me or try the link "Accelerated Math Online" on the upper left.
You can view, print, enter answers, get results, and even get additional
assignments because when you get to use your computer, tablet, smartphone or
most any other internet device (PS3? maybe) math IS kind of fun.
Let me know if you want to give it a try!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
MATH TEST TOMORROW - FRIDAY.
Adding and subtracting decimals including with estimating (required) and 2
written responses to word problems. We went over the test in class with only
the digits changed so students had a full review.
No HW tonight. It will start to build next week but we are getting quite a bit
done in class right now because everyone has been mostly on task.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Earthquake! I am sure most are aware there was an earthquake about 65 miles
from Roseville on Sunday. It happened around 3:30 am on Sunday morning.
Look closely at the photo above and think about the DIFFERENCES in the photo.
If you have an idea about what the photo demonstrates, email me and tell me
what you think.
Thursday, August 21. 2014
Great First Day of School!
We got to know each other a little and did some engineering and science with
marshmallows. For those who may not have thought of the activity as science
let's see: In teams; We had an objective, we did some investigating with a
small sample, then developed a plan, built a larger model, tested our design,
then wrote about the process and analyzed the results and suggested changes in
the design. That sure sounds like science.
Parents, please email me with your name/names (and student name) and I will
send you an email back to confirm. Email is the best way to get in touch with
I am still looking for a DVD or Blue Ray player for the classroom if anyone is
upgrading at home.
Tuesday, August 19, 2004
It was great meeting quite a few students and families today. I was in and out
of the room but it was nice meeting those I did.
I think we have a DVD player on the way, but if you have a Blue-Ray player???
Check out the supply list below. None is required, but all of it helps your
student in class, especially the dry erase markers, pencils and a calculator.
Then more pencils and dry erase markers. :) Scroll down for the entire list.
I can't wait to meet everyone!
Thursday, August 14, 2014
A DVD PLAYER (BLUE RAY?): If anyone is upgrading their entertainment system we
would certainly benefit from some quality sound and video capabilities for
EXPO MARKERS: - They dry out so fast!
CLOROX WIPES: We will wipe down tables frequently - Fewest students out sick 3
OLD GAME PIECES AND SUPPLIES: (Monopoly money, tiny houses, etc. for our
PLASTIC SPOONS AND FORKS: I cannot tell you how many times students forget a
utensil for lunch.
SEE YOU SOON!!!!
Friday, August 1, 2014
What is pictured above? Why is is important? We will be studying some life
science this year, but not working with this particular virus. Take a guess.
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
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
DAY TO QUALIFY FOR FREE LASER TAG ON TUESDAY MAY 28TH. DETAILS TO
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!
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
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,
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
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
ARRIVE 6:30 PM. SKATE FROM 7 - 10PM FREE!!!
THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL EVENT BUT IS OFFERED BY SKATETOWN. 916-783-8550
SKATE RENTAL, HELMET (OR BRING YOUR BIKE HELMET) AND ENTRANCE FEE IS
COOLEY STUDENTS WITH A TICKET. ADULTS $11.00. I SUGGEST GOING AS LARGE
WITH ONE PARENT TO GO INSIDE AND THEN PICK UP YOUR STUDENTS
THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL EVENT BUT SKATETOWN IS RESERVED FOR COOLEY
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
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
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!