Saturday, February 24, 2018

Huddled In

FYI, here is the ISTEP schedule for this coming week, round one of ISTEP for 5-1.

Monday, February 26: 10:30-11:30

Tuesday, February 27: 10:30-11:15

Wednesday, February 28: 11:00-12:15

Thursday, March 1: 8:30-9:15

I also wanted everyone to know that I am a bit behind on my grading, between being out sick last Friday, being sick over the extended weekend, and then trying to play catch-up this week while having so many meetings, but that will be remedied nicely with today's rainy day grading and college basketball marathon. I know the kids are anxious to get their social studies tests from last week back, their math quizzes, and their spelling tests from last week also. Thrown in yesterday's Caesar's English quiz, and my afternoon is full.

I will be sending out a group email regarding the end of the school year once I get everyone's emails compiled. It was sent to me by a couple of the moms in charge of the end-of-year festivities.

Have a great day and stay dry!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Wall to Wall

Bad Idea #1 today was to try to refill the beanbags at the end of Math class when the quiz was over. Let's just say that I owe Mr. Zach, the custodian, big time. 

I guess it turns out that I really only had one bad idea today. One of the better ones was having my good friend Adam Biddle come in today to read to the class. Adam is a Battalion Chief for the Noblesville Fire Department. He read the book How Georgie Radbourne Saved Baseball, which he had read to them last year also.

He always has the best stories--from firefighting to our exploits at Turkey Run. Next year, I need to make sure and book him at a time where he has a good hour to be with the class.

There's more from today, but for now, that's the update.

Next week: ISTEP!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

What the World Needs Now

If you are on either Facebook or Twitter (or any of those other things like that), then you've seen this undoubtedly. But I thought I would post it here just in case anyone hasn't seen it. 

Thank you, whoever you are! This week, Carmel needed something like this. 

It reminds me of the nice little notes and pictures that are in all of 5-1's cubbies from time to time from Hope and Gaby. I can see them--and more--doing this kind of thing in a few years. They have already gotten a great start.

The Flux Capacitor at 88 Miles Per Hour

Alf wants to remind everyone that tomorrow is 80's Day!

He also asked me to remind everyone that there is a Caesar's English quiz tomorrow, so don't forget to study.

Oh, and one last thing, Alf is a huge fan of the Math Bowl Team, and he wants Alex and Hope to know that 5-1 can't wait to find out how they did, and regardless, we are all proud of them. You have people from all across the galaxy--Area 51 to Alf's planet to wherever Mork is from--cheering for you!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wide Collars; Wide Ties

This happenin' cat wants to remind everyone that tomorrow is 70's day! Bring your quarters, you jive turkeys.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hey Man, Don't Be a Dropout

Evidently I missed an announcement in my absence regarding the fact that today was 50's day at Woodbrook. Not sure what the deal was, but evidently everyone was supposed to bring in their nickels today and dress like they are being busted for putting too much malt in their malteds at a sock hop.

Well, we will get 5-1 back on track tomorrow, so everyone, please dress tomorrow like we are that very peaceful generation of the 1960's--JFK, the Beatles, and the space program--and please bring in your dimes! 

Apples and Oranges

This is a great intro to combining like terms. We started in on this today in math class, and the kids really did pretty well with it, I have to say. (Instead of "Chuck Norrises", we used "Mrs. Hobbses".)

Both of these may help more with tomorrow's homework than with today's, so remember to roll back to today if your child is having troubles tomorrow evening. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Four Days Ahead

In Math this week, we will be taking more and more baby steps into the world of algebra. It's not too hard, it's just the little things you have to memorize. I will tell the kids they need to take home their Mathcabulary books for their homework throughout the week, and I will also be posting some Khan Academy posts here throughout the week.

Also, we will have a Caesar's English quiz on Friday, and we will be taking the second portion of the practice ISTEP testing tomorrow afternoon.

I will be gone on Wednesday morning for a conference at Carmel Middle School.

I think that's about everything this week. I'll let you know as soon as I know anything more.

Until then, have a great week.


Of course I saw Black Panther over the weekend. As a white guy who lives in Hamilton County, I loved it. I cannot imagine what it meant for this boy, the son of a couple of college friends of mine.

Not only did I love this because it was an awesome super-hero movie, but also because of how the smartest characters in the movie are praised and recognized for their intellects. While watching this movie, I was reminded of the works of Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver, and Benjamin Franklin. In fact, I felt like Ben Franklin, wanting to say the word "Ingenious!" whenever T'Challa's little sister showed him another invention of hers.

A Word from Mrs. Davis

Dear Parents,

As we prepare to return to school tomorrow, it is important for you to know there has been no threat made toward our school or any other Carmel Clay elementary or middle school.

I want to assure you that we have a very thorough school safety plan in place which has been developed in partnership with the Carmel Police Department.

We are doing everything we can to protect our students and staff. We will conduct our school day and activities on a normal schedule and our staff will continue to be vigilant in monitoring the safety of our children.

We are committed to providing a safe learning environment and we look forward to seeing our students back in the classroom tomorrow.
Thank you,
Kelly Davis
Woodbrook Elementary

*Mr. Carter's addendum: In addition to this, your kids will have the added value of Papa Bear Sensei Carter watching after them.

Presidential Days

Happy Presidents Day, everyone!

I have spent a whole extended long weekend recuperating, and honestly, I'm still not back at 100%. Still, at least I'm no longer blowing out my lungs in fits of coughing and then trying to focus through watery eyes, so I should be back to functional tomorrow.

I still haven't been in to get the papers and tests that were done on Friday, so there will be a little bit of a delay with the kids getting those back.

This week, we will have a Caesar's English quiz on Friday.

Also, I have another meeting (sorry!) on Wednesday, but I will be back in for the last part of the day.

I hope everyone has had a great weekend, and will have a great week coming up. Talk soon.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Tagged Out

This is exactly the kind of note I love to see from a substitute. Mrs. Loeffler took a picture and sent it to me after school today. Stuff like this makes it much easier for me to rest easy and recuperate properly.

She said that he turned out to be a veteran retired teacher and then principal (30 years in Michigan), so it turns out that my "substitute" could have schooled any of the staff at Woodbrook with his hands tied behind his back. That's great to know.

I hope all of you have a very restful long weekend as well.