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the PLAYERS who have been showing up for PRACTICE and to the PLAYERS who have been completing their Google Classroom Assignments. STAR PLAYERS not only show up for PRACTICE, but they encourage their teammates and they practice (do their Assignments) when they're not at PRACTICE with the Coach. Distance Learning is an adventure, but you can't be part of the adventure if you don't accept the challenge!


This is the third official posting of STAR PLAYERS during REMOTE LEARNING PRATICE. STAR PLAYER for TEAM Gr. 01/02 is, again, CHASE! He hasn't missed a PRACTICE and he comes ready with his Google Classroom Assignments! The STAR PLAYERS for TEAM Gr. 03-05 are RAYNELLEJORDAN and DONNIE. Raynell and Jordan have been coming to PRACTICE every week since Remote Learning officially started. Donie has made it twice. They all completed their Google Classroom Assignment showing that they are practicing on their own. CONGRATULATIONS, CHASE, RAYNELLE, JORDAN and DONNIE for being the STAR PLAYERS last week. 

Remember-Star Players make their teammates better while earning their own points. They are role models for demonstrating that STAR PLAYERS don't just make good choices when someone is watching. OUR CHARACTER IS REVEALED WHEN NO ONE IS REALLY WATCHING like when you have an assignment to complete at home. Who will put a smile on my face and in my heart by representing himself or herself and his/her family with star character. 

*I use sports' analogies with my students. School is a lot like being a player on a team and teachers are coaches just as coaches are teachers. Sometimes it makes more sense when we use analogies. And sometimes it makes life more fun!

Character Traits 2019-20

Be honest.      =     INTEGRITY

Work hard.      =     PERSEVERANCE

Help others.    =     SERVICE 

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What Season Is It?

SPRING IS HERE!!! The Vernal Equinox began yesterday at 10:49 p.m. Today is the first full day of Spring. I'm sure we're all ready for the temperatures to warm, but remember—it's not about temperature or precipitation or the "feels like temperature" which includes the percentage of humidity and wind speed and direction i.e., wind chill. Seasons are all about a date on the calendar. I still say the easy way to remember when seasons change is to just think 21, as in the legal age! The seasons are caused by the tilt of the Earth's rotational axis away or toward the sun as it travels through its year-long path around the sun. The Vernal Equinox means that we will have an equal number of hours of sunlight as hours of darkness. That should improve all of our moods even though the temperature will be dropping all day!

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What Season Is It?
It's still summer. Even though football games have started, fall doesn't start until September. That's why I suggest that it's easier to just keep the number 21 in our brains. Each season lasts three months and the change happens around the 21st. It's either the first full day or the season usually begins at some point on the 21st. That's the easy way to remember—just think 21, as in legal age! It's not about temperature or precipitation. It's all about the calendar. The seasons are caused by the tilt of the Earth's rotational axis away or toward the sun as it travels through its year-long path around the sun.
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SAMMIE!!! Sammie inquired as to whether there were vehicles that used water instead of gas as fuel. He thought it would be more responsible because there wouldn't be so much pollution. I'm so impressed when our young people are environmentally conscious! While I didn't think there were such things as water-powered vehicles, I had to Google it. Imagine my surprise and absolute delight to learn that the idea is being researched.
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Here's some research that suggests that we should really think before we speak. Dr. Masuro Emoto has recorded changes in water patterns and ice crystal patterns based simply on the words that were spoken to these molecular structures. He found that words like HATE, FEAR, RAGE, UGLY made very unattractive and cloudy visual patterns in the water and on the ice. In contrast, words like LOVE, KINDNESS, PEACE created symmetrical and beautiful patterns and clarity in both the water and on the ice. Google his name and look at the photography of the water and ice. See what you think. We have a responsibility to make this life the best we can for ourselves and for our children. Why don't we all make an effort to speak more softly and to choose kind words. Let's try to make our world more beautiful!
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Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! I consider myself to be blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of your child's educational experience. I want to thank all of you for entrusting me with your child's care and speech/language intervention when (s)he is with me. Let's make this a great year filled with learning for ourselves and for the children. We are in this together. Let's all get smarter!
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Final Score—Georgia 20 v Notre Dame 19...but that's not the whole story. ND was ranked #24 while GA was ranked #15. It's important for us all to remember that while champions don't win every game, they EXPECT TO BE GREAT! We should all expect that from ourselves and our children. Let's EXPECT GREATNESS this year.
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Even a reluctant writer can usually be enticed to write if it's to earn a treat. It's an immediate positive reinforcer if the child receives the food when the piece of writing is complete. I'm sure your student can write a detail paragraph about a favorite food from a fast food restaurant or a favorite winter beverage. I'd love to see a sample of what your student is writing at home. (See an example of what a detail paragraph might look like by clicking the attachment at the top left on this blog.)
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Former Star Players

Just like former star Notre Dame student-athletes competing at the NFL Combine, these are two of MY former Star Players. They no longer come to my practices, but they will hopefully take all that they learned while on my teams to the "next level" of competition.

TYSHAWN received the honor in THREE CONSECUTIVE mentions. He follwed up his stickie note work with three notebook pages FILLED with his own examples of HOMONYMS, SYNONYMS, COMPOUND WORDS and DOMAIN SPECIFIC VOCABULARY. And he added IDIOMS to his practice e.g., Your eyes are glued to that clock. TyShawn continues to exemplify what it means to Train Like A Champion. Champions don't just practice when they are at practice. They practice when they are away from the training facility. Star Players make it fun to be a Coach. 

DAEVON also received this honor multiple times. Like TyShawn, Daevon learned to "play with words" when he is not at practice. He showed up at breakfast ready to start practice—I told him I was thinking of him when I heard the word "court" on tv. Immediately he said, "That's a homonym, isn't it?" And then he explained the two meanings it could have. Later at practice he volunteered that he was thinking about the homonym and that he realized that "innocent" and "guilty" were antonyms. Then, to let me know he was truly practicing outside the practice session he started emailing me with examples of the vocabulary from practice!!! This is what it means to make what you learn in practice a part of your life. I can't stop smiling!!!

I truly wish these two young men could be in the same Middle School so that they could challenge and push each other every day!!!

05/25 Let's Celebrate!!!

Info 4 days ago Our final PRACTICE is a CELEBRATION! I celebrate each PLAYER who has come to virtual PRACTICE. I celebrate each PLAYER

05/24 Historical Perspective of Memorial Day

Info 4 days ago      It's often said that Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of Summer. Let's be clear--it's still Spring. Summer doesn't start until June 21st. That's 


Info May 21 This is our last official TEAM Gr. 01/02 PRACTICE of this school year! I definitely hope to see all of my PLAYERS.


Info May 21 This is our last PRACTICE of this school year! I definitely hope to see all of my PLAYERS. Thursday Speech Practice Team 03-05

download05/20 Word Lists For All Players

Info May 19 We can all practice being precise with our speech sounds. Speaking Like A Champion is a life skill. And whenever there is a Word List, there is an opportunity to recall our

download05/18 DETAIL PARAGRAPH Writing

Info May 17 Just follow the explicit step-by-step instructions provided and you will see that you CAN write a stellar Detail Paragraph!

05/15 PLAYERS- How Do You Get To PRACTICE?

Info May 14 You can always find your weekly PRACTICE LINK on this website and in an email sent to you from Google Classroom. If it's time for PRACTICE and


Info May 13 It wouldn't make any sense to be on a TEAM, yet not show up for PRACTICE. The expectation is that you complete your Google Cl

05/13 Check The Practice Schedule

Info May 12 All PLAYERS are expected to READ ALOUD for a minimum of FIVE MINUTES DAILY IN FRONT OF A MIRROR. That's the only way you can both wor

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