Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Right to Learn

In class this morning, students had to come up with a list of the rights and responsibilities that they have as students in the seventh grade class. First they started their own list in their journals, and then we transitioned into a small group conversation. Each group had to come up with a list of five rights and five responsibilities. After the groups had enough time to create their lists, we started our class list. And what a list it is!

We have the right:

To be acknowledged.

To be treated with respect.

To be treated fairly.

To learn in a comfortable environment.

To express our opinions.

To be safe.

To be included.

We have the responsibility:

To attend school.

To treat others with respect.

To stay organized.

To clean up after ourselves.

To participate.

To turn in our homework.

To take care of ourselves (especially when we’re sick and need to stay home).

To be honest.

To use our Google Apps accounts appropriately.


Tomorrow, working as a class, we will decide on a class list of five rights and five responsibilities that we want to be sure and remember throughout our year.

As I wandered around the classroom this morning, I looked at a number of student notebooks and noticed that quite a few students had written down that they have the Right to Learn.

Yes, you do!!


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Google Apps

It’s come to my attention that a number of my seventh graders have had trouble logging in to their Google Apps accounts over the summer. I’ve asked our new technology coordinator to look into it and hope to have this resolved as quickly as possible. In the meantime, please do not worry about logging in your books that you read this summer. We will take care of that next week.

Note to Seventh Grade Parents: It would help me tremendously if you would be so kind as to fill in the following form. This will allow me to build a contact list for all of you. And if you could pass this along to those who might not know about my blog yet, I would greatly appreciate it!


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Are You Ready?

Today was our first day back at school! All of the teachers and staff members are getting ready for your arrival next week. We can’t wait! Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “Whoa! Hold on there, Miss McMillan! It’s still summer vacation. I don’t wanna be thinkin’ ’bout no schoolin’!” To that I can only say:

Um, perhaps you really should!

In any case, you still have an entire week left. Time to read a few more books, play a few more games, read a few more books…wait, did I say that one already? How about time to clean your room, do your laundry, iron your socks…


Alright then…I guess I’ll just say I hope you enjoy these last few days. But start thinking about your goals for your seventh grade year. And consider this question:

What do you want to learn this year?



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A Little Inspiration

I know how excited my students must be as they think about returning to school in a little more than a week from now. To pass the time, I thought you might like a little inspiration. Which phrase from the video speaks the most to you? Why do you think that is? And how will you use that phrase to make this the BEST. YEAR. EVER!!


“YOU were born to succeed!”


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