Dear Parents and Guardians,
Happy New Year! As the semester is rapidly approaching an end, I wanted to e-mail you with important dates and announcements.
All Biology grades are current and up to date on Q, and I will be grading any assignments submitted late on a daily basis. At this point students only have 4 more assignments and 2 big exams before semester one ends on 1/24. Yesterday I gave every student a Cell Benchmark Study Guide (blue) and a list of their missing assignments, if they had any. Students may complete these missing assignments and turn them in with a de Witte dollar anytime before Friday 1/17. They can still earn full credit for these assignments. More information about de Witte dollars can be found in the course syllabus and on www.dewittebio.com.
The Cell Benchmark is an important test that covers information from all of Quarter 2. They should use their blue workbooks and the blue study guide to prepare for this test, which will be on Tuesday 1/14.
All late work, their last stamp page, and extra credit de Witte dollars will be due on Friday 1/17.
Finals will be given Wednesday 1/22 through Friday 1/24. These three days will be on minimum day schedule, 8:00 – 12:25. Students will attend only two classes per day in a two-hour testing block so they can take their final exam for each class. I will give students their Final Study Guide next week so they can begin to prepare for this important exam.
Unfortunately, I am also sending this e-mail to say goodbye. I have accepted the position of Science Teacher Specialist at Will Roger Elementary School of Environmental Science, which will begin on January 28th. It has been a very difficult decision making process as I truly love the work I do here at Buena, but my hopes in moving to K-5 is to start the children of our community off with a stronger background and love of science from an early age. As the specialist for a whole school I hope to impact the lives of even more students than I could ever come into contact with as a classroom teacher.
Of course the hardest part of taking this new job is saying goodbye to my students here, but do know that they will be in good hands. Your students will have a new teacher, Kelley McGee, beginning Semester Two on January 28th. She is very enthusiastic about the job and plans to keep her teaching style very similar to my own.
It has been such a pleasure to work with your students this year, and I will miss them dearly. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to e-mail me. My e-mail will remain the same.
Mandi de Witte