Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's that time again...

Learn how to do a self-portrait.  

This class was a big hit last spring, with students asking for more time and a chance to use the many mediums of art supplies that Dr. Mason has available.  Students will come home with a self-portrait - no previous art experience necessary.  

Once more Dr. Mason at Patriot High School is holding an art class on 
Saturday, October 12th 
for JMS students only!  The class is free.  Students must stay the entire 4 hours from 
8:00 AM to 12:00 noon.  
Snacks will be served. 

Permission slips were passed out on Wednesday, October 2nd.  If you need one, please email cbiddle4@verizon.net or christa_biddle@jusd.k12.ca.us.  I'll email you one right away.  Or have your child stop by Room 305.  
Completed permission slips are to be returned to Ms. Biddle in Room 305 ASAP.  Permission slips are required by Monday, October 7th.  Permission slips received after that day will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Space is limited.  
This class counts as a fulfillment of Saturday School for attendance purposes.  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

AVID update - Knott's is coming soon!

AVID field trip to Knott's 
will be 
Friday night, November 15th.  

Because of how money needs to be collected and dispursed, and the deadline to submit money to Knotts, students 

need to bring their money during 
the week of September 30 - October 9th.  

College Bound Parents - we need your help

College Bound Club has a couple of upcoming events we need help with:

  1. T-shirt orders (includes placing order, collecting and counting money, and dispersing shirts when received)
  2. Penny Wars - the kids would really like to do Penny Wars as a fundraiser.  We need your help.  If you are interested in donating time over a period of one week to monitor the collection jars before school and at lunch, count and deposit the money...we need your help.  This fundraiser can't happen without your involvement.  Please contact me, cbiddle4@verizon.net, if you are willing and able to help and need more information.  

College Bound Club Meeting Minutes for 9/4

Here are the meeting minutes prepared by our Club Recorder/Secretary, Christian.  
Great job at summarizing the items discussed, Christian!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

AVID Shirts on Order


Our second order for AVID shirts is going in tomorrow.  If you want another shirt, or if you want a hoodie pullover or zip-up, let Mr. Roughton know right away tomorrow!!

GATE Parent Workshop

Parent workshops coming soon!  Thank you to our District Office for forwarding this to us.  

College Bound Club

The GATE/Honors Club:  
College Bound
 has had it's first few meetings.  
We elected officers and discussed the goals of our club -- which is to create a College Bound environment here at JMS.  Our goal is to promote college awareness through activities like our Wear A College Shirt Wednesdays.  

Our first 
Wear a College Shirt Wednesday 
is this week.  Once a month it will be tied to the school-wide spirit day events which help teams towards winning a reward.  Other weeks the prizes and promotional events will be tied to our Club and what the kids want to do.  

We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.  Our next meeting is this week, September 4th, from 3:30-4:30.  Permission slips are required, so make sure that your child gets one if they want to attend.    

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Open House

JMS Open House is Thursday night, August 15th.  
It starts at 6:30.  There will be a rotation between classes, however the activities begin in the gym.  

Please feel free to stop by my room and sign up to be on the GATE/Honors email list, or the AVID email list.  
See you tomorrow night!!

AVID Shirts for Sale

It's that time of year!  AVID shirts are for sale.  

Mr. Roughton did some incredible negotiating and got the prices down this year.  We are selling the t-shirts for $10.00, hoodies for $20.00, and the zip-up sweatshirts for $25.00.  

By now we have placed orders for the sizes and shirts that your students requested.  If you need to update or add to the order, we ask that you do it quickly. 

Payments are due prior to taking the shirts home. 

All students must have an AVID shirt.  If the 8th graders want to keep the old design, it is okay, however, we do encourage students to order the new design each year. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Speaking of school supplies, what will your child need?  
Well, here is the list I put together for my ELA classes:
Here is a list of supplies for all AVID students (not just my classes):

With school starting again on August 7th, and Panther Day on August 5th, you may be shopping for school supplies.  Staples has a rewards program that will credit my teacher account and enable me to buy more supplies.  If you shop at Staples, please consider giving my account credit.  Here's the flyer.  You should be able to credit my account using the name Christa Biddle.  I greatly appreciate it and thank you for considering it.  
Other teachers may also be using this rewards program, so feel free to apply it to the teacher you see as needing it the most.   

Monday, July 8, 2013

Are your kids bored this summer?  Maybe they will be looking for Science Fair projects to do?  You might want to check out this site:  http://makezine.com/maker-camp/schedule/  They do a new project every day using materials you can find at home.  It is sponsored by Radio Shack.  It looks incredibly awesome!!  Have fun!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The winners of the JMS students for the Elks Lodge Writing Contest, 2013.  See them on the Proud Panthers College Bound Facebook page.  

I know it is almost July already - but I finally got the UCR photos and video posted for AVID 7th grade (May trip).  Visit the Proud Panthers College Bound Facebook page to see them.