How to take notes using the Cornell Notes method…


We’ll be taking lots of notes as we read and conduct research during the year. You’ll also be taking notes in your other classes too.  Here is a video (created by another teacher) that shows how he take notes using the Cornell Notes method while reading his social studies textbook – you can do the same thing with any type of text, a teacher’s lecture, a class discussion, while watching a video, or while researching websites on the internet. Most teachers at Nolan have been trained and use this note-taking method in their classes:

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Homework Policy Reminder

There seems to be some confusion about my Homework policy lately, specifically regarding the requirement for Homework to be turned in using blue or black ink or typed and not pencil. In addition to often discussing the policy during class, the specific policy is also included in the Language Arts syllabus, the Language Arts section of this website and the Gifted Elective section of this website. Although the policy may seem harsh, I assure you that it is in place to encourage students to take pride in their work.

To help remind students, I’ve started posting the reminder on the board in class under the Weekly Assignment Calendars beginning today (however, the policy continues to be in effect since the beginning of the year).



If you have any questions or concerns you are always welcome to contact me and speak to me personally about any questions, concerns, or insights you may have regarding your child’s education.

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Get Important Class Information via Remind 101


Remind 101 is a wonderful free website/app that allows teachers to send group text messages regarding  important class or school information to anyone who registers their device using the class specific codes and phone number,  Look on Edmodo for the codes and numbers for my classes.  If you have any questions about Remind 101, the image is a link to their website.

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I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting first year of Middle School for both students and parents! You’ll find that my website probably has more information than you might actually need, but the really important information should be easy to find using the tabs at the top of the page.


You should have received a copy or have seen a list of  the general 6th grade school supplies (ream of copy paper, dry erase markers, clorox wipes, paper towels, and tissues).  Each class also has their own supply list for daily supplies like pens, pencils, notebook (specific type for each class), etc. Those items are to be turned in to their Math teacher (most give students a Homework Pass for bringing them in).

Here are the supplies that students will need to have in my classes EVERYDAY:

Language Arts & Gifted Elective: Pens, pencils, erasers, (1) 5-subject spiral notebook  w/ plastic cover (college rule), college rule notebook paper. 

*Since we’ll be using computers in class, students in both classes would benefit from having a wireless mouse and mouse pad, but they are not required. Bring them to school in a zip-lock bag w/ the student’s name on it. It can be stored in the classroom if necessary.

The first couple of weeks will be spent becoming familiar with each other as well as class and school policies, rules, and routines.  Students will receive quite a few important documents the first week (district, school, and classroom) that will require parent information and signatures. They will be the first grades in both classes and will need to be returned by the end of the first week.  We will also be setting up our class notebook and coursework will begin during the second and third week. Students will need to have their class materials in their backpacks by the beginning of the second week. 

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  There is a tab at the top of the page with all of my contact information.

Cheers for a great 2013-2014 school year at Nolan Middle School!!


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