Welcome to the 2012-2013 School Year!!!!

Welcome to 6th grade. This will be a fast paced year with a LOT of learning opportunities!

You will find our class blog to be a critical communication and learning tool this year. ALL “newsletters” will be posted via the blog. All homework will be posted on the blog. Copies of handouts will be posted on the blog.Want to stay informed? It’s easy. Just subscribe to the blog and each time I post something, you will get an email notifying you something was posted!

Ever ask your child if they have homework or any project due and all you get is, “No.” Double check by going to the blog. And if there’s any confusion about an assignment or project, you can leave a comment on the blog which then sends me an email. The more communication we have going, the smoother things will run. 🙂

Please take some time to explore the blog with your child. Check out the drop down menus. Click on things. Post a comment. Visit links! Push buttons! Have fun! 🙂 Want to see our class schedule? Click HERE.

We will work on a lot of big projects…in class…in class…not the kind you take home and mom and dad do! 🙂 And we will have a lot of fun along the way. By getting comfortable with the technology parts up front, life will be a LOT easier! And if you ever have questions, I am here to help! Want to see a sample documentary we made for The World We Want Foundation? Click HERE! Want to see the “Three Levels of Questions” we will be discussing as we read Junior Great Books? Click HERE and download the handout! Want to SEE the literary element of “mood” graphically displayed using a Mary Poppins remix? Click HERE and scroll down to the section titled “Mood.”

Sometimes, I’ll refer students to documents on our wiki page. I will try to put a link on the blog to get them to the wiki for ease of use.

What’s a wiki? Nothing more than a digital filing cabinet that stores “stuff” for you (and anyone else on the internet) to download. You can check out how a wiki works by watching the film below!

I look forward to working with each of you this year both in and out of class. And yes, we will have ample opportunities to work after school and on weekends on film projects. We have a series of instructional films to make for the Elk Grove Unified School District’s Transportation Department this year, and two films for the City of Elk Grove informing residents how to use the “Hard to Recycle” and “Reuse Room” at our soon-to-be-constructed Special Waste Collection Center! And then there’s the S.E.V.A.s, or Student Educational Video Awards, and the “You On The Road” pieces, and the California Student Media Festival and…

Well, you get the picture. I’ll look forward to meeting you all at our BACK TO SCHOOL DAY which will be held in the morning on the first day of school. This is a departure from the usual. Please email, call, or text me if you CAN NOT make it. I hope to see you all there! 🙂