MS Math, Science, Reading; HS ELA Biology, Colorado History, Civics, and Reading

Middle School is studying algebra and properties. We are also reviewing fractions and decimals. In science, we are studying Geologic Time. We are hoping to analyze fossils, make fossils, and do mini museum-like dioramas. The reading group is breaking 2 and 3 syllable words, working on c and g double sounds, main idea, and sight words. Biology is studying monocots and dicots.

Colorado History is looking at 1900 to 1960. It would be a good time to share with students family experiences. My Civics student is designing a mock court case.

English is working on Shakespeare, poetry, and my reading group is using CORE and Linda Mood Bell strategies.

Red Ribbon contribution from April (a retired nurse): Recent studies (CDC, Harvard, Heart Association) have brought up special e cigarette and vaping concerns in younger people. Some manufacturers may say they are using a lower dose of nicotine as opposed to a regular cigarette. This is not always the case. Sometimes it’s the quality, not the quantity. Some manufacturers use more refined nicotine that is more quickly and severely addicting. Devices for younger people are more likely to contain flavoring and extra chemicals. Younger lungs are not as well developed and are more susceptible to injury and illness. Vaping with THC or nicotine that involves liquid or oil fluid delivery is most likely to cause injury. Doctors are still researching the mechanism for these severe lung illnesses.

Caffeine is a legal stimulant found in colas, tea, coffee, and most energy drinks. It can help us wake up and feel more alert. For some people with ADHD, it may have the opposite effect and calm them down (check with a doctor before trying this). Concerns are eating extreme forms of caffeine (beans, coffee pods, etc.) or chugging energy drinks. Both of these methods allow a large amount of caffeine to enter the system quickly. Too much caffeine can cause hyperactivity, tremors, headache, stomach pain, and severe heart palpitations. The toxic range is about 10 grams, but this varies from individual to individual. I only mention this because I am seeing more high dose caffeine products show up at lunch. Moderation is the key. Talk to your kids, give them a hug, and tell them that you love them. I had to stop and do CPR last week on the way home from work. I was barely able to get the man back- no heartbeat, no respirations, drug overdose. Some students will roll their eyes at you, but it is a conversation worth having