NEW YORK — Danica
Keller has a message for girls: Cute and smart is better than
cute and dumb.
McKellar, who played Winnie on the 1990s TV show "The Wonder
Years," is coming out with a book, "Math Doesn't Suck," to
encourage girls to get into math.
Danica says, "When girls see the antics of Paris Hilton and
Lindsay Lohan, they think that having fun being attractive also
means being dumb and irresponsible," the 32-year-old McKellar.
"But I want to show them that being smart is cool," she said.
"Being good at math is cool. And not only that, it can help them
get what they want out of life."
McKellar should know. The actress once struggled with the
subject around the seventh grade, but a teacher helped her
through. McKellar eventually majored in math in college.
The book includes tips to avoid mistakes on homework, ways to
overcome test-day anxiety and profiles of three beautiful
Prepare to receive
a lot of bonus points.....No, you can't spend them, but they are
a lot of fun!!!
CONGRATS for passing the SOL Test with ADVANCED PROFICIENCY!!
A1: Sam Arney
A4: Lindsey Hobbs
B1: Zach Brown, Zach Miller,
B4: Justin Davis
CONGRATS for passing the 2010 SOL! You're a math BEAST!!!
Arbogast, Sam Arney, Logan Smith, Barriesha Cheatwood, Troy
Eakin, Taylor Farmer, Casey Groves, John Lyle, Matt Newman,
A4: Arista Crowder, Devona Dubhorn, Lindsey
Hobbs, Sammy Jennings, Chase Lawhorn, Ray McDilda, Sam Nichols,
Wesley Orfield, Daniel Rogers, Richard Turman, Trevion White.
B1: Shadara Bonds, Quinten Broertjes, Aaron
Brown, Zach Brown, Malik Claytor, Christian Craig, Dakota Ellis,
Jarvis Goggins, Candice Justice, Zach Miller, Colton Noble, Kim
Pickering, Gabe Wheeler, Caleb Witt, Sami Wooten.
Chris Brown, Kristen Cole, Montae Combs, Cianna Craghead, Tyller
Crowder, Rachel Cuellar, Christian Dickinson, Sean Fariss,
Taylor Farmer, Chelsey Harless, Mariah Harper, Sean Hogan, David
Howell, Alex Jones, Keith Legans, Travis McDaniel, Cody Thomas,
B4: Ryan Bower, Kyler Creech, Justin
Davis, Euniqua Foxx, Stefan LaBrie, Jody Mills, Jacob Moore,
Johnathan Niday, Dustin Overstreet, Ben Proffitt, Austin Reed,
folowing students made an A or a B for the year!!! YOU
Mary Arbogast, Sam Arney, Logan Smith
A4: Linsey Hobbs
B1: Zach Brown, Quinten Broertjes, Candice
Justice, Sami Wooten,
Kristin Cole, Cianna Craighead, Chelsey Harless, Mariah Harper,
B4: Justin Davis, Ryne Bower, Krista
Johnson, Ben Proffitt, Ryan Robertson.
doing or saying anything in class, students
expected to do one thing:
Think of the other students in the classroom
before thinking of themselves. In other words, their
team is more important than they are!
If students follow this rule, then there will be no issues and the will
have a great school year in my class!
But if there are students who think they are top priority, then they
won't last in my classroom very long.
A more specific list will be posted next week!
Ready to sing the Quadratic Formula? You can see it on
YouTube here .
Another one is
Do You Want To Do
If you want try and retry
until you learn how to do your math, work in groups so that you
understand, be in a class where no one disrupts you or is obnoxious,
then my class is for you!
you want to be in charge of your grade, if you want to be a part of a
team and not get in any trouble, if you want to pass the Algebra I SOL
b/c you worked so hard that you beat it.......then I'd love for you to
be in my class!!
you want those things and you have me for a teachers, then you're
going to have a lot of fun this coming school year!!!!!
if you're looking for the easy way out, shortcuts, a passing grade by
doing very little, if you want to sleep in class, if you like to put
your own entertainment ahead of your classmates' grades, if hard work is
something that you cannot tolerate, if you're expecting the teacher to
pass you if you get close ........then my class isn't for you. I
recommend you get your schedule changed ASAP!
October 18, 2008.
The progress report you send us is wonderful! I don't know what you are doing...but please continue. My daughter seems eager to do well in your class...this is something that we haven't seen from her in a while.
If you could ask your baby, "Do you want to be born to a mom who's 16 years old", what would it say?
Thank you for everything you have done for [my daughter] this year! You helped her understand and enjoy Math this year and have truly made a HUGE difference in her life. YOUR PATIENCE AND YOUR ABILITY TO CONNECT WITH THE STUDENTS ARE JUST A COUPLE OF THE REASONS SHE HAS DONE SO WELL IN MATH THIS YEAR.....THANK YOU!
THE EXAM SCHEDULE!
OK, here we go!
B1 starts it off on Friday 6/4
Each of the next 3 days
are 1:05 dismissal!
A1 & 3rd take their exam on
B2 & B4 take theirs on Tuesday 6/8.
A2 & A4 takes the final two on Wed
We had a 80% pass rate....YEAH BABY!!
Announcement #3: Yes, my students DO have the ability!
I was told a few weeks ago that some of my students did
not have the mental capability of knowing how to succeed in a
high school math classroom. I don't believe it. I
will not and cannot believe that my students don't have the
ability to understand what success, winning, and achieving
means. That's not possible, and I won't teach my students
Mr. Houser's formula
for making life easier:
a) stay in school until you have some way of making a living
get a job & save $
c) THEN get married
d) THEN have babies
When you do these things out of order, life is much harder!
And how do you think
rich people got rich
rich? They and their
parents followed the formula above!
Congratulations to the Boy's Soccer Team, who beat William Byrd
on Tuesday Night, April 27. For the first time in Staunton River
Boy's Soccer History!!! :)
How Students Will Be Graded In '09 -
Homework: Homework will
be assigned every day. I'm saying, students will have HW due every day.
There will be very little time to do any work in class. When it is
completed, I will mark it "on time," or "one day late," or "two days
late," etc. However, students get 5 points EC for each school day HW is
done early. HW will be gone over in class. I will work any problems that
students have questions on. All the HW that a student does will be
turned in on test day as a package. HW counts as 10% of a student's
Quizzes: Students will
have a quiz on all non-test days (except for 3rd period, which will have
quiz every other day). Quizzes will cover the HW that we just went over
in class. I will grade quizzes and return them to the students THE NEXT
DAY, guaranteed! If a student is unhappy with a quiz grade, he may take
it over as many times as he wishes.........and the final grade will be
the average of the best two! There is a one week deadline to take
quizzes over, so students can't procrastinate.
Tests: Students will have
a test approximately every 2 weeks. Therefore, students will probably
have four tests every 9-weeks. Tests are long and hard! They will take
about an hour or more. But, if a student is unhappy with a test grade,
the same rules apply as with a quiz........he/she may take it over and
the final test grade will be the average of the two.
I receive the following email on Wed March 31, 2010.
"I also love your class I feel like a family and I team player in there.
And also helpin the other players get great grades in the class."