Posted in Help Yourself

Looking for Something to Do This Summer?

Found a great new app that I thought would come in real handy especially for those of you out there that need help with basic math facts. In my opinion, the best part of playing this game is it will decrease the amount of time it takes to do basic math facts which in turn will make your math homework take less time.  That’s a win-win in my book.

This app can only be downloaded onto a phone but the good news is it is free!  Check it out by clicking here!


Posted in Class Assignment, Class Life, Help Yourself

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.


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Don’t Waste Your Summer!

As you are patting yourself on the back for finally getting out of middle school and heading to high school don’t think you are going to just sit back and WASTE your summer.  No way!  You are an AVID student and you should begin to prepare for the rigor of High School because I promise you high school is way harder than middle school especially if you plan on taking honor’s/A.P. classes!


So how can you prepare for high school during the summer you ask yourself.  Read!  Get into the habit of reading every day.  In high school, you will be expected to read a lot more than you did in middle school.  English classes will expect you to read novels and your other classes will expect you to actually read the textbook.  Gasp!

Find the Downey High website.  See what’s on it.  There you will find information about clubs, activities, special events, games, and important information.  Some teachers will use the website to write down homework and other important assignments.


Be sure to attend Summer School.  For only a few hours a day, you will learn where everything is located on campus, make new friends, get some credits, work on your GPA, and NOT LOOK LIKE A LOST FRESHMEN.  Every student that has taken AVID summer school has said it was completely worth it.  Give it a try.

Lastly, be sure to read this website.  I am always putting great things on this site.  Go through and look around there will definitely be a few things worth reading.

Congratulations, class of 2018, I will miss you!

Posted in Awesome Articles, Careers, Help Yourself



STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  You may have heard of this acronym a lot lately, it is very popular.  Students who study STEM are more likely to find a job, are in higher demand, and typically receive higher pay than their counterparts.

Unfortunately, STEM is still a collection of male dominated fields.  To help combat that there are many programs at Sussman that encourage girls to join these fields.


The Femineer program, created by Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering, was devised to inspire girls to explore and work in STEM fields. Girls at Sussman Middle School work on projects after-school and then show off those projects at STEM fairs at  Cal Poly Pomona.  Click  here for more information.

STEAMworks Summer Session

STEAMworks which stands for Science, Technolgy, Engineering, Art, and Math, is a summer enrichment program for students all throughout Downey. Summer classes are located at Price, Lewis, Unsworth Elementary Schools and Sussman Middle School. Students have the opportunity to spend time working on projects in the related fields mentioned above.



Project Lead the Way is a series of classes offered at Sussman Middle School that focus on the STEM fields.  Students at Sussman have a variety of classes to choose from like Medical Detectives, Green Architecture, and Automation and Robotics class.  These classes are offered for one semester.

If you hare any questions or need further information, please comment below.


Posted in Help Yourself, Technology

Teens and Technology

A new study suggests that parents are not aware of what student’s do while on-line.  The study goes on to say that only 13% of teens think their parents know what they do on-line.  These are scary numbers.  Parents need to be aware of what students are doing on-line for their own safety.  I don’t believe students completely understand the risks that might be involved using the web.  Parents  and students need to have serious conversations about using the internet safely.  Interested in reading the entire article?  Click here!

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Sleepless Nights and memory


A new study suggests that sleep is important to building memory and that one bad night of sleep can stop a person from remembering.

Read the entire article here!

If the study is proved correct than it is very important for students to get a good night’s sleep as often as possible.

Do you notice a difference in your abilities at school when you don’t sleep well?  Comment below.