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Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year

kayak IMG_1169Acadia, Maine

I hope this school year provides you with many opportunities to navigate successfully the new experiences that await you!

All classes need the following materials:  Binder and the willingness to learn and the belief that you can achieve!

April is Limb Loss Appreciation Month

My brother Daniel is an amputee, and though that does not define who he is, it put him on a path that has brought himself and others hope and joy.  Here is an article that was posted on Ashton Kutcher’s news website about him.  I am sure after reading this, you will be as inspired by my brother as I am.

In addition to my brother Daniel, my brother Ed has just been recognized for his leadership skills by Fortune magazine:

The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders

Our annual list of the thinkers, speakers, and doers who are stepping up to meet today’s challenges.

50. Ed Bastian

CEO, Delta Air Lines

Several companies changed their policies in reaction to the shootings at a high school in Parkland, Fla., in February; only Delta Air Lines saw almost immediate economic retaliation. Days after Delta rescinded a discount it had offered to National Rifle Association members, Georgia legislators scrapped a jet-fuel tax exemption that could have provided Delta, which is headquartered in Atlanta, with a $40 million annual tax break. Lawmakers accused the airline of attacking conservatives and even the Second Amendment itself.

In a letter to employees explaining the decision, CEO Ed Bastian argued that the airline wasn’t taking sides in the gun-control debate. It ended the discount, he made clear, to eliminate any implied endorsement of the NRA, a group whose public statements in the wake of the shootings had gone far outside the bounds of civil debate. “Our decision was not made for economic gain, and our values are not for sale,” Bastian wrote. “We are in the process of a review to end group discounts for any group of a politically divisive nature.” It wasn’t the kind of ringing statement that rallies a generation of activists—but it was a template for well-­reasoned business leadership in a fragmented world.


Research on How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

What these findings show is that pride, gratitude and compassion, whether we consciously realize it or not, reduce the human mind’s tendency to discount the value of the future.  In so doing, they push us not only to cooperate with other people but also to help our own future selves.  Feeling pride or compassion has been shown to increase perseverance on difficult tasks by over 30 percent.  Likewise, gratitude and compassion have been tied to better academic performance…

NYTimes 12/29/2017 “The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions


What is as exciting as a Solar Eclipse? A new school year!

Ms. Bastian made a pin hole camera from a K-cup box while on vacation 🙂

What do you do when all the eclipse viewing glasses are sold out?  Get creative and make a pin hole camera for viewing!  What do you do when you are confused about math?  Get creative and investigate resources!  This website is filled with information for students and parents to make this school year successful.

What else will you need for this school year to be successful?  Basic materials like a binder, pencils and pens, and a mind open to new learning adventures!

Spring is here! Spring into Action

Now is the time when the students have the opportunity to pick up some momentum and head into the last marking period in full stride!

It is time to assess what is needed to end the school year successfully…organization, study habits, commitment to be the best version of yourself!

Actions:  All classes will be taking cumulative final exams, and the Algebra students will be taking the NYS Regents exam as well.  Come after school for review, either with myself, a study group, or for Regents Algebra Review on Tuesdays, room 326 at 3:45 (sign up in main office first).

Use the internet to study!  Check out the options I have included in the tools and video sections of the class website.

Practice sample problems by doing odd numbers in the textbook and checking answers in the back.

Ask for help!  Don’t struggle alone…we can figure out the best strategies together!