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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 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
  •   Handheld 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.


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10 Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree

Kiplinger analyzed 784 occupations and found 10 of the best high-paying jobs in expanding fields that don’t require a college degree.

1. Commercial pilot

Total number of jobs: 41,382
Job growth, 2005-2015: 3.1% (All jobs: 5.3%)

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 13.6% (All jobs: 11.0%)

Median annual salary: $75,183 (All jobs: $43,430)

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

2. Electrical power-line installer

Total number of jobs: 120,059
Job growth, 2005-2015: 11.4%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 12.7%

Median annual salary: $66,279

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

3. Service sales representative

Total number of jobs: 951,019
Job growth, 2005-2015: 2.6%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 15.5%

Median annual salary: $51,971

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

4. Plumber

Total number of jobs: 455,459
Job growth, 2005-2015: 0.3%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 16.7%

Median annual salary: $51,228

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

5. Aircraft assembler

Total number of jobs: 40,582
Job growth, 2005-2015: 26.9%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 15.8%

Median annual salary: $49,762

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

6. Industrial machinery mechanic

Total number of jobs: 336,616
Job growth, 2005-2015: 9.9%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 19.0%

Median annual salary: $49,150

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

Read more: 10 best jobs of the future

7. Machine tool programmer

Total number of jobs: 25,737
Job growth, 2005-2015: 12.4%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 24.2%

Median annual salary: $49,013

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

8. Computer user support specialist

Total number of jobs: 654,008
Job growth, 2005-2015: 18.0%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 19.2%

Median annual salary: $48,437

Typical education: Some college

9. Mechanical insulator

Total number of jobs: 32,039
Job growth, 2005-2015: 13.5%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 32.6%

Median annual salary: $47,807

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

10. Surgical technologist

Total number of jobs: 104,199
Job growth, 2005-2015: 25.7%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 22.7%

Median annual salary: $45,750

Typical education: Postsecondary non-degree award

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Why High School Summer Assignments?

If your child decided to take Honor’s classes at Downey High School, he/she will be subjected to the dreaded summer project.

Every year students complain to me that they are required to read two books for their Honor’s 9th Grade English class.  They always ask me why.  Here is what I tell them.


  1. Over the summer, it has been proven that students lose reading skills they have worked so hard during the school year to attain.  As students continue into High School, it is even more important than reading skills continue to be learned and used to prepare them for college.
  2. Many Honor’s courses move at a much quicker pace.  Time, during the summer, is needed to help ensure that all coursework get completed by the end of the school year.
  3. Whatever assignment a student is completing is probably the type of assignments a student will see for the rest of the school year.  Practicing and perfecting the assignment is a good way to gear up for the new school year.
  4. As I mentioned above, high school Honor’s classes are much more rigorous than middle school classes.  I think summer assignments help students understand the harder workload and get them used to the demanding work.

Whatever the reason, don’t wait until the last minute to complete the assignment(s)!  Have any questions about the assignment?  Be sure to email your new teacher or the teacher who gave the assignment as soon as possible.  Teachers go on vacation too!  Still need help? Email me at the address to the right.


Posted in Class Assignment, Colleges

Want to Go to A Good School?

Money Magazine rated the top 711 schools in the United States.  That ranking was based on three different criteria.

  1. The quality of education which includes how quickly students graduated, how the students and professors evaluated the school and the financial well-being of the school itself.
  2. Affordability which means the amount of debt students acquire for attending the school, the value of the degree a student earns, and the affordability of the school for low-income students.
  3. The outcome which is to say the amount of money a graduate makes, if the school’s reputation actually helps the student get a job, and if the student’s job helps them move from one socio-economic class to another.


Below are all of the colleges in California that were ranked by Money Magazine.

4.  University of California-Berkeley


Want to see the entire list?  Click here!

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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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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.