How Do You Study for a Test? by Joshuah T.

The way I study for a test is simple. First, I start off by completing any study guide I am given in class.  Most of the time a worksheet is given a day or two before the test.  While I am completing my worksheet I use any notes that were given to me or that I’ve written down.  Then as I am writing on the worksheet I recite all of the answers in my head so that I remember them.  My next step is to read the question while covering the answer and see if I can solve the question with the same answer as the first time.  After I solve the problem I uncover the question and check to see if my second answer is correct.  Next, I usually have a friend read them out to me while trying to remember what the answer is.  Normally by now the questions and answers are on flashcards.  Last, but not least, I repeat my last couple steps again just to make sure to remember every single answer.

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Do You Have Good Character?

Showing character is a full time job.  At school, at home, where ever you are, whatever you do. If you are looking for ways to show off your good character read the questions below.  How many yeses do you have?

Trustworthiness

  • Do you stand up for your beliefs?
  • Do you follow your conscience?
  • Do you build and guard your reputation?
  • Do you tell the truth?
  • Do you keep your promises?
  • Do you return what you borrow?
  • Do you stand up for and protect your family, friends, school and country?
  • Do you keep a secret?

Respect

  • Do you treat others the way you want to be treated?
  • Do you value and honor all people?
  • Do you take good care of property you are allowed to use?
  • Do you listen to others and try to understand their points of view?
  • Do you solve problems without anger and without violence?
  • Do you use good manners?

Responsibility

  • Do you accept responsibility for your actions?
  • Do you think before you act?
  • Do you do your best EVERYDAY?
  • Are you prepared?
  • Do you work hard?
  • Do you take charge of your own life?
  • Are you a positive person?

Fairness

  • Are you fair?
  • Do you treat people equally?
  • Are you open minded?

Caring

  • Are you kind, loving, and considerate?
  • Are you thankful and express gratitude for what people do for you?
  • Do you forgive others for their shortcomings?
  • Do you help people in need?

Citizenship

  • Do you care about and pursue the common good?
  • Do you volunteer to help your school be better, cleaner, and safer?
  • Do you protect the environment?
  • Do you play by the rules?
  • Do you obey your parents, teachers, and coaches?

Keep In Touch

Want to know what is going on in class?  Want to stay on top of homework?  Then students and parents need to join Remind.  Remind is a free app that allows me, Mrs. Espeseth, to text homework and other important messages to you through your phone or email.  It is free and safe.  Just send a text to the number 81010. Then in the text box type the word @cesp3

 

Supply List

Wondering what school supplies to buy your student for the next school year?  This is the list I sent to all students before the end of the school year.   Remember that supplies run out typically around November or December.  Be sure to buy enough supplies for the entire school year, especially now when supplies are so inexpensive.

 If you are unable to get any of the school supplies for any reason, please email me or comment below. I am here to help your child succeed in school and will assist you with whatever I can.  If you have any questions about the supplies, please email me.  My email address is cespeseth@dusd.net or feel free to comment below.

Each student is RECOMMENDED to have:

  •   Binder 1 1/2″ inch wide
  •   5 subject dividers
  •   Composition book (for science)
  •   Pens blue or black (at least 2)
  •   Pencils (at least 2)
  •   Highlighter (at least 1)
  •   Red pencil/pen for correcting
  •   Hand held pencil sharpener
  •   Colored pencils and/or crayons
  •   3 hole punch (thin & with holes so that can be placed inside a binder)
  •   Filler paper (college rule)
  •   * Pioneer Passport (these will be available at the beginning of the school year)

Please note:  depending on the specific needs of each class, it may be necessary to purchase additional items for your child.

 

What to Ask Your Teacher at the Beginning of the School Year

Is There A Syllabus?

All the rules of the classroom, what is on a test, how to get make up work, and other valuable information can be found on the syllabus.  Yet some students and most parents never read it.  And if they parents and student do read the syllabus they almost immediately forget the information.  The syllabus is like a student handbook for that particular class.

How Do You Grade?

No one should care about your grade except you.  It shouldn’t be the teachers responsibility to tell you what you need to raise your grade or how many points you need for a certain grade.  Be sure to ask the teacher in the beginning of the semester about grades.  Questions like does the teacher round up, or what happens if there is a missing assignment are important to know ahead of time so that a student is not doing a ton of make up work. that is of no value.

Do You Accept Extra Credit?

Many teachers allow extra-credit.  Make sure to ask how much it is worth.  Be sure you know if extra credit is constantly offered or only offered certain times of the year.

What Do I Do When I am Absent?

Most teachers have a system in place for absent students.  Make sure you know that system.  Teachers are busy and have many students, it can not be up to them to remember when you were absent and which papers you are missing.

 

If I Have a Problem When is the Best Time to Talk to You?

 

Some teachers actually leave their class at lunch and snack.  So when is the best time to talk to a teacher?  Sometimes it is during class, sometimes it is after school.  Every teacher is different.  If you need help with an assignment or need to talk about your grade do not assume that your teacher is waiting for you in their classroom.  Ask ahead of time so that if you need to talk you know where that teacher will be.

 

It is important to take notes the first few days of school and jot down important information about the policies of a classroom.  I found a great handout that will help you identify what is important.  Click Getting to Know Your Class to make a copy.

UX Designer

UX stands for User Experience.  A User Experience Designer is someone who designs websites, tech products, or almost anything that needs a user.  The UX Designer focuses on the person who is going to use the item to design an item that is easy to understand, navigate, and use.  UX Designers are interested in conducting tests to see how a user uses a product and how that use could be made easier. After the UX Designers watches the designer uses that information to create the “best” user experience.

Click here to find out more of what a UX Designer does in a day!

Click below to learn about a UX Design school.

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Right now, hiring managers want—need—UX designers. Programs like Center Centre are responding, training a new, modern kind of workforce.

According to Glassdoor, experienced UX Designers in Los Angeles make about $85,000 a year!

How Much Money Do You Need To Make?

Ever play the game M.A.S.H. when you were a kid? Play the grown up version to find out how much money you need to make to live the lifestyle you dream about.  Want to play M.A.S.H.?  Click here.

So what did your salary come out to be?  Mine was some crazy number like $300,000 dollars a year.  Try this site for a numbers that are a little bit more realistic.

Here is another site that gives a different opinion on what a typical budget for a person who lives in Los Angeles, California.  Click here.

How Much do you have to make to be considered rich in the United States?  Click here.

Debt means a person spends more than they earn.  Check out the top 25 reasons a person goes into debt by clicking here.  Why would you go into debt?

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Meeting Jacob Sartorius by Diamond S.

Students were asked to write a memoir based on one important experience from their lives.  Check out Diamond S.’s memoir.  It is about her getting a chance to meet Jacob Sartorius.

Meeting Jacob Sartorius

One of the most exciting days of my life was meeting, what I hope will be, my future husband.  On Halloween, my mom surprised me with tickets to see Jacob Sartorius. I was so shocked that I couldn’t even breathe. My mom bought me the tickets because I was working hard in school and trying to keep my grades up.  The day finally arrived.  There was a short line. While my mom was waiting in line I decided to get water. While I was waiting for the water, I realized that I saw Jacob’s dad. I was totally freaking out. After I got the waters, I went to my mom and I said,” I saw my future father -in-law!’’ “Huh?’’ my mom asked.  I explained to her,” I saw Jacob’s dad while I was waiting in line. “Ohhhh.’’ my mom said.

I was about to meet 4 different artists, The Bomb Digz, Johnny Orlando, Baby Ariel, and finally Jacob. Once I got inside the building, my heart started pounding really fast! I went up to The Bomb Digz, I was smiling and scared at the same time. I took a picture with them, then moved on to the next act. Johnny Orlando was next.  I was waiting in line and all of a sudden, Johnny came up, and HUGGED ME!  We took a picture together.  On to Baby Ariel I thought. She is my queen.  I was very excited to meet her.  As I walked up to her, she called me “gorgeous”. That made me so happy, I wanted to cry but I was holding it in. Finally, I was going to meet the boy of my dreams, Jacob Sartorius. As I walked up to him, he called me a cutie and then he hugged me. I was so happy.  I smiled when we took a picture.   And then I just had to hug him again. We left to go to the stage to wait for the performance to start. Five hours passed before the concert started. I didn’t care, it was the best night ever. I’ll never forget that concert or meeting the boy of my dreams, or should I say, my future husband? Even though my heart was pounding and beating fast all night it was a happy night. I hope one day I can see Jacob again without me being scared or crying.

My Poor Eye Lid by Dominic M.

Students were asked to write a memoir based on one important experience from their lives.  Check out Dominic M.’s memoir.  It is about an eye injury he received when he was seven years old.

It was not the first time I excluded myself from people while doing an activity. I was alone at a table, in my elective. I always dreamed of being in a position to go to a different school where I could start a new, but that hasn’t happened yet. I was putting beads on a string to make a necklace. I ran out of beads so I walked to the teacher to get some more.

“Can I get some beads?” I asked. I had gotten them, and while walking back to my isolated table, a girl got up and hit me with what I thought to be her necklace. I heard a sound, like a knife being sharpened, a slice, that only I seemed to hear. I suddenly felt a wave of pain fall over my eyelid, like getting blood drawn from my veins, but from my eye. I ran out of the classroom yelling, screaming in pain, thinking, I’m only 7, I’m too young. Aiming for the nurse’s office, without even thinking to tell the teacher why, I ran, and I came across the principal.

“What’s wrong?” she asked in a concerned voice. I couldn’t talk so I simply uncovered my eyelid not knowing what it looked like. She, first, looked shocked, then, she took me to her office. She called for an ice-pack and asked me a few questions. I told her who did it and what we were doing at the time. She summoned the girl who cut my eyelid, and she came. The principal asked a few questions, and soon, the girl was crying for some reason. I was annoyed by her crying because I was the one with the bleeding eyelid. She soon was allowed to leave while   the principal and I talked some more. Later, I was sent to my next class. I walked back to my class. I had learned that day, to be aware of my surroundings, so that nothing like this ever happened again. And so far it hasn’t…