September 4-7 Cullen Events

TuesdayBleacher talk (We’ll talk about the NWEA schedule, academic support, backpacks, and where not to stick your gum). In the morning we’ll complete the math section of the NWEA, and in the afternoon we’ll complete the language section. Academic support begins in the Collaboratory during recess this week (Tuesday to Thursday).

Wednesday: Chapel will be during the 1st period (8:10-9:02 AM). Pastor Teruel of Westwood Church will be teaching us about how Jesus is the Bread of Life. ECS families and friends are invited! In the afternoon we’ll complete the reading section of the NWEA. 6th-grade science will test during science class.

Thursday: It’s picture day. Be sure to shave your beards and do all you can to make your hair look as pretty as Mr. Wick’s hair!

Friday: Parent volunteers can provide teachers a break and help supervise students at lunch and recess (10:50-11:38 AM & 11:42-12:30 PM). Interested? Email Mr. Wick!

* Peeler sales end next Wednesday, September 12th. Grandparents Day is during the 6th & 7th-grade lunches on Friday the 14th.



August 27-31 Cullen Events

Monday: Bleacher talk (We’ll discuss cheating.); bus evacuation drill @ lunchtime.

 6th Grade & New Student Coffee Talk @ 8:15 AM in the Commons; 7th grade girl’s Bible study with Mrs. Shaw begins.

: We will perform a NWEA browser check in 8th period.

: Peeler sales for the 8th grade DC trip begin.


The End of the 3rd Quarter

There are two more weeks before the third quarter ends.  That means student-led conferences are coming up (April 5th – three days after report cards are passed out).  That also means that Miss Annable will be concluding her student teaching soon and returning to the Buckeye state.  It has been a big blessing having her instruct you guys.  Let’s finish strong, and show her how much we have appreciated her.


I’m Back

It’s 4:11AM, and I’ve been awake since around 11PM.  Jet lag is so much fun.  My time up has been productive though.  All of your quizzes have been looked over and recorded by yours truly.  We’ll discuss them in a few hours.  Some other exciting news is that later this week Miss Annable will begin teaching one of the history classes a few lessons.  She has already graded your letters and will pass back your Europe maps soon.  Starting next week Miss Annable will teach both of the world history classes full-time.  I look forward to watching her instruct you, and I think you’ll learn mucho.

jet lag

The Second Semester

I will be missing the first week of school in January due to the fact that I will be on another continent.  Not only will I be missing the first week of school, but you won’t find me in the classroom quite as much in the third quarter since Miss Annable will be taking over my history duties for several weeks.  Who’s that you ask?  Miss Annable is a senior at Cedarville University, and she will also be teaching Miss Sardeson’s 8th grade English class.  I look forward to her time here at TIS, and I think you will benefit a great deal from her instruction.

student teacher

Ancient America

This Moonday we will begin Chapter 11:  Ancient America (pages 284-307).  On Moonday we will learn about the geography of Mexico and the neighboring Central American countries.  Our next lesson will focus on the “people of the rubber country,” the Olmecs (1200-400 B.C.).  You will receive an assignment concerning these polytheistic people.  We will complete the chapter filling out a chart of the Maya civilization and watching a video about this complex civilization (A.D. 250-900).  Did you know that the Maya played a ball game called pokta-pok where the losers were sometimes killed as a sacrifice to Maya gods?  Oh yeah, it’s true, it’s true.


Ancient Arabia

Tomorrow we begin a new unit on Ancient Arabia.  This unit will include a number of fun cooperating learning activities such as Roundtable, Think-Pair-Share, and Telephone.  Telephone is a group activity that I introduced last year that was a favorite amongst the current seventh-grade crew.  I am confident that you’ll like learning about the geography of Arabia as we “telephone” the information to our teammates.  Another major topic of discussion will be on Islam.  We will compare and contrast this religion with other popular beliefs we have studied this year.  Next week we will conclude Chapter 10 with a focus on the achievements of the Muslim caliphate and a game of Weakest Link.  The last time we played Weakest Link we crowned new champs in both sixth grade classes – The Soccer Stars and Alien Links.  Next week will these teams be able to call themselves two-time champs?  Will Just and the Archaeologists regain the Weakest Link Championship?  Will we crown new champs?  Only time will tell.  Tally-ho!

Ancient Arabia