Summer Reading

We need your help with preventing summer learning loss. In your boxes,  you will find copies of a summer reading flyer (both English and Spanish). Please distribute these copies to students during homeroom on Monday, April 23rd.  Have a conversation about the importance of summer reading and also let them know the following:

6th graders are considered rising 7th so they need to read the books and complete assignments on the list for 7th grade!

7th graders are considered rising 8th so they need to read the books and complete assignments on the list for 8th grade!

8th graders should check the websites of the high schools they are slated to attend.

** There are extra copies in the work room if needed. Summer reading will count as a grade when we return next school year.  Students may also be able to find copies of these books at our upcoming book fair. J

I will deliver copies of the flyer to our feeder schools for rising 5th graders (rising 6th graders)

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me or any ELA teacher.

All information for summer reading can be found online

Here is a quick one minute video that you could show before announcements.


Thanks for your support! J

Welcome to 2nd Semester!!!!

Welcome to 2018!!!! Also, welcome to 2nd Semester!!! 

I hope everyone is rested and ready to get back to work!!! We will hit the ground running!!!

Unit 3 Waves

In this unit, students will learn about the science behind wave energy. In addition to the characteristics and properties of waves, students will study mechanical waves such as sound, electromagnetic waves including light, and tools that use light and sound waves. By the end of the unit, students should demonstrate a clear understanding of the unit’s main ideas and should be able to discuss the following topics:

1. Characteristics and properties of all waves
• Basic Properties – wavelength, frequency, and amplitude
• Characteristics of Transverse Waves
• Characteristics of Longitudinal Waves
• Wave Types (Mechanical and Electromagnetic)

2. Mechanical waves
• Examples – water, earthquake, sound
• Pitch and frequency
• Volume and amplitude
• Effect of medium on wave speed
• Tools – sonar, sonogram, echolocation

3. Electromagnetic waves
• Examples – radio, microwaves, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, x-ray, gamma ray
• Frequency and photon energy
• Effect of medium on wave speed
• Tools – lasers, ultraviolet sterilization, infrared remotes

4. Wave Interactions
• Reflection
• Absorption
• Transmission (Refraction, Diffraction)
• Doppler Effect

5. Optics
• Mirrors
• Lens
• How the human eye works


You can check mastery of these topics by  answering following questions and get “30 Bonus Points.”

  1. How is a sound wave different from a light wave? How are they alike?

  2. Why does loud music damage your hearing?

  3. Can all animals hear the same range of sound?

  4. Why do musicians tune their instruments?

  5. How are rainbows created?

  6. How does the human eye see color?

  7. How do eyeglasses correct vision problems?

  8. What are some examples of light tools or sound tools?


We have a new online resource called EverFI. Students must create their own login and password. But, initially, they must enroll in a class. Here is the link and the class codes to get started. These games and lessons will help you prepare for the up coming GA Milestone test.

 1st Period – ccc143b9

 2nd Period – 93440f30

5th Period – 773678fe

6th Period – 46401c54


Unit Vocabulary

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Mid-Term Practice Game Link


Practice the game as much as possible. It will definitely ensure success on the mid-term. dead-line for all make-up work is this Wednesday at 4:15pm!!! Let’s finish strong!!!!


Practice Link:


Note: I will be available afterschool Monday and Tuesday until 6pm.

Unit 2 Forces and Energy

This is our 2nd week into our new unit. Students have been getting familiar with the concepts of Gravity and Magnetism. We have also, been working hard at improving class behavior. Many students have been assign detention. Parents please, ensure students are conscious of how their actions affect others (i.e. talking while the teacher is talking, staying on task,  being respectful of other students and their time as well, and being on-time for class). Thank you very much!

Conference Ending…


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It was great talking with so many parents this week!!!

This week the students will be reviewing “are we there yet” which is a pre-test to the Unit test. Students were given a question analysis. This showed all their specific weak areas. Students are encourage to utilize this as a study guide for the unit test.


This week also, students were allowed to choose their own element from the periodic table. The rubric for the Atom Project is linked above.

Conference Week Coming Soon!!!

First, welcome back from Fall Break!!! I hope everyone had a great time!!!

Conference week is quickly approaching. Parents, please be on the lookout for scheduling sheets coming home this week!

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This week all classes are completing our unit on matter. Presently, we are studying the Periodic Table of Elements. We will finish up studying how the elements are organized on the Periodic Table.

Note: There have been several issues with my grade book. Please excuse this, it was due to my own in experience with the Cobb System. But, all of the issues have been resolved and the current grades in Synergy are up to date. Many students have missing assignments. These assignments have been explained to students in all classes. Students have until 10 days after the semester as per Cobb County School Policy to turn them in. But, if they are not turned in by 10/11/2017. I will enter a grade of zero, until they are made up.

Enjoy you break!!!

This past week we have tried flexible learning. I thank all of you for cooperating even though, it was different from our regular routine. This week we worked on Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures. We completed our lab to re-enforce the differences and similarities. Students were provided the opportunity to create their own lab to prove the Law of Conservation of Matter.

When we return from break. We will complete the rest of the unit on Matter. Specific topics will be the organization of the Periodic Table and an over-all review of our Matter Unit. This will lead to our first unit test.

Some students still have outstanding homework assignments to turn in. The 9 weeks will be here before you know it. Let’s get caught up! I will see everyone when we return from the break!!!