Dear Parents,

I am so excited to begin the 2011-2012 school year!  Thank you for entrusting your children to us.

All seventh grade science students will be required to complete an Insect Collection which is due December 7, 2011.  Please encourage your students to start collecting insects NOW!  The adults of most species are alive and active now, and the collecting is at its best and easiest. Please refer the the page on Insect Collection for more information.

This year, we will be focusing on the following:

·        life science content and understanding

·         investigating and gathering data on our world and surroundings

·        proper use of lab equipment

·         preparing to be an educated and responsible adult

·        Study, organizational ,and test taking skills

·        Alabama Course of Study and preparation for PSAT testing

As you can see, we have a busy schedule mapped out for us!  I don’t expect to achieve success with each item for each student, but I’m going to come as close as I possibly can.  To do this, I and the rest of your child’s teachers need YOUR help.  We understand that in today’s hectic world, family time is under more and more stress.   We have families also.  The following suggestions will make a big difference in your child’s success.

·         Serve breakfast-Research shows that kids who eat a breakfast high in protein and low in sugar and fat score better on standardized tests, have fewer health issues and behave better in class.

·         Read, Read, Read-Read to your child each night or have them read to you.  Let them see you reading also.

·         Encourage Independence-Help children with their homework when needed, but don’t do the homework for them.

·         Monitor Your Child’s Involvement-Outside activities are important but don’t over schedule.

·         Get Involved-By being involved at school, you will be more aware of events and your involvement shows that you care and that school is important to you and your family.

·         Limit video game time

·         Be sure your child gets enough sleep


“Educators often say that what young people learn at home about behavior and how to view themselves has a lot to do with how well they do in school.”

Lessons for Life   by Mary Ann Zehr   EDUCATION WEEK
Nov. 10, 2004, Vol. 24, Iss. 11, pp. 29-32



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