Biology Bulletin

Coach Lewis

3rd Six Weeks

The third six weeks is under way. Now your students should be getting into their high school routine. We are past the scary transition phase. With that being said, their work load and education is also under way. It is really starting to amp up and they are starting to feel the pressure of time constraints. Encourage your students to put into place some sort of organization. Have them use a folder that is color coded for each class so they can keep up with work, and encourage them to use a planner to keep up with assignments due and obligations. It is important that they start to work on time management; it is one of the biggest struggles to overcome, especially with the increased demands of extracurricular activities. If your student needs assistance, don't hesitate to ask! Organization is like a past-time for me!!

Also, with the third six weeks starting that means we are almost half way there! The holidays are around the corner. And so are exams. Every test, your students have been completing a data analysis sheet, meaning that they know exactly where they are struggling. They need to start working on this now. They have science notebooks that are used everyday and contain all of their notes and many activities. These are great resources. In addition, I have my website which I try to keep updated as much as possible. This is a great location for videos and links.

Together, we can stop bullying.

"For too long, our society has shrugged off bullying by labeling it a 'rite of passage' and by asking students to simply 'get over it'. Those attitudes need to change. Every day, students are bullied into silence and are afraid to speak up. Let's break this silence and end school bullying." --Linda Sanchez

Unfortunately we do have threats of bullying in high school. It is important that we communicate with the students the effects of bullying and how detrimental it can be to those that are experiencing it.

This month your students' homeroom teachers should be showing a short video discussing this. It is mandatory that all students see the video and there will be a sign in sheet for the video.

Here is the link to the video if you would like to watch as well This would be a great discussion starter at home to address concerns.

Even though the effort is well intentioned, it is important that this is something that is continually discussed throughout the school year. It is important that if bullying is going on, it is reported to an administrator or trusted staff member at the school. Unfortunately we cannot see what goes on in all locations at school and the only way we truly know is if we are told.

As your students educator, I take bullying very seriously and will do everything in my power to ensure that it does not occur in my class or in my presence. I do not hesitate to contact home if I see your child bullying or if I see signs that they may be a victim.

Please talk to your students and make sure they understand the repurcussions and encourage them to speak up! My door is always open for your students to come and talk. Thank you for the opportunity to educate your wonderful children.