Week 1: New Unit: Human Centered Design

  This unit is different:

  1. Students will create a Multimedia project which is based on a “problem” and then coming up with a “solution” for the problem.  The project will be presented at the end of 6 weeks. This project will require a mentor for each group.  If you are interested in becoming a mentor for a group, please let us know! Students will also be required to create a prototype or model of their solution.
  2. In Humanities, students will “design” some of their homework for this unit.  Ask them to show you their Vocabulary Assignment to see an example.

Announcements (Important – please read):

  1. Cause Groups: Pollution Solution’s Cookie Dough (and more) Fundraiser!

Our student-led group working to help the environment be a cleaner place is fundraising with Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough to donate to Save the Bay, an environmental organization here in the Bay Area. Fundraiser dates: February 22nd – March 12th. Contact any Pollution Solution member or Mr. Abe to order Cookie Dough & more! There will also be a catalogue and order form in the cafeteria when you stop by for supplies. Online ordering coming soon, be on the lookout for that link!

Assignments/Homework: not inclusive – assignments maybe added.  Class assignments not finished during class become homework.

  • Freckle: do daily assignments/practice; assorted due dates
  • Vocabulary: 8 words from your literature book; assignment due Thursday, quiz on Friday
  • RJW:  read assigned pages in Habits of Highly Effective Teens, then answer question (write at least 3 paragraphs): RJW #8 due Friday
  • Literature Book: read assigned pages (pacing guide)
  • HCD Journal:  create a HCD journal; daily journal entries 
  • Writing Assignment: research challenges human face & write an essay; due on Friday
  • Current Events: find an article relating to our theme & design a way to summarize & teach it; due Thursday
  • Duolingo: XP due Friday
  • Math: CPM, Khan, POD, Exit tickets (daily) pacing guide with due dates, assessments on Fridays
  • Science: participation, journal, assignments; due on Science day
  • Human Centered Design (HCD) Project: groups have been formed; researching ideas for helping humanity, finding a mentor, and journaling

Middle School Schedules (Distance Learning):


M, T, Th, F Schedule

8-8:20am            CM (Classroom Meeting)
8:20-10:05am     Session 1 (Humanities, Math)
10:05-10:15am   Brunch
10:15-12pm        Session 2  (Humanities, Math/Science)
12 -1pm              Lunch
1-3pm                 Music Electives, Collaborative & Independent work, Read (45 minutes), Freckle

Wednesday Enrichment Schedule

Live Zoom Meeting Week Schedule  Alpha

8:00 – 8:30 – Music
9:00 – 9:55 – PE
10:00 – 10:30 – Art
11:00 – 11:55 – Personal Safety

Google Classroom Week Schedule  Beta
8 – 8:30am  CM
8:30 – 12pm  Enrichment Work in Google Classrooms.