Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Travis Ranch!
Welcome to Parents! Welcome to what may be your child's first, or last, year of science at Travis Ranch! This year your child will see a full implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (https://www.nextgenscience.org). This shift in science education focuses, not on memorization, but on investigation, problem-solving, and communication. These skills will serve your child well in future science classes as well as in his/her everyday life. Astronomer, Carl Sagan has been quoted as saying, "Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." My goal this year is to facilitate your child in this "way of thinking". Here are some ways that you can join me in this endeavor and help your child:
Help your child be on time to school each day.
Remind your child to use his/her Student Handbook to write down homework for ALL classes EVERY day. Check from time to time that s/he is doing so.
Check my website to cross reference his/her homework completion.
Check Aeries to see his/her grades and if s/he has any missing work.
Make homework/studying a priority, daily activity.
Remind him/her to come see me during my weekly office hours and study sessions to receive additional help, ask questions, and take advantage of my regrade opportunities.
Help your child stay organized by suggesting weekly cleaning of his/her backpack and binder. Prune those items that are no longer needed and replenish supplies that s/he is low on.