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My great concern is not whether you have failed to meet your goals,
but whether you are content with that failure.      ~ Abraham Lincoln

Please contact me anytime at thouser@bedford.k12.va.us


What's Happening In Class:


Monday 8/22 and Tuesday 8/23
To be determined.

Wed 8/24 and Thursday 8/25
To be determined.

Friday 8/26 and Monday 8/29
To be determined.

Tuesday 8/30 and Wed 8/31
To be determined.

Thursday 9/1 and Friday 9/2
To be determined.

Tuesday 9/6 and Wednesday 9/7
To be determined.


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The folowing students made an A or a B for the year for 2010- 2011!!!  YOU GO!!!

A1:
  Stevie Breeden, Cayla Hanscom, Candice Rogers, JD Spradlin, Forest Walters
A4:  Deven Cappello, Josh Coins, Clara Fry, Christa Harper, Stevie Morrison, Kris Whorley
B1: Jeff Catron, Alonee Crutchfield, Corey Johnson, Whitney Mullins, Kristina Persinger, Sara Quesenberry, Lexi Williams

B2: Jacob Moore, Leah Williams & Michael Plucker
B4:  Quintrel Broertjes, Ronald Atkins & Sam Lowe

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NEW YORK  Danica Keller has a message for girls: Cute and smart is better than cute and dumb.

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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 mathematicians.


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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 helping the other players get great grades in the class."

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Prepare to receive a lot of bonus points.....No, you can't spend them, but they are a lot of fun!!!







 


Mr. Houser's
SOL Results From Last Year:


85.9%!!
and this is without any freshmen!
You guys were
AWESOME!!!

GREAT JOB EVERYONE!

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Classroom Rules for '11-'12

Before doing or saying anything in class, students will 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!

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Lesson Plans for Mr. Houser


Monday 8/22 and Tuesday 8/23
To be determined.

Wed 8/24 and Thursday 8/25
To be determined.

Friday 8/26 and Monday 8/29
To be determined.

Tuesday 8/30 and Wed 8/31
To be determined.

Thursday 9/1 and Friday 9/2
To be determined.

Tuesday 9/6 and Wednesday 9/7
To be determined.

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What Do You Want To Do
This School Year?


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!

If 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 Geometry SOL b/c you worked so hard that you beat it.......then I'd love for you to be in my class!! 

If 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!!!!!

But 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! 

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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.

 

Announcements

Announcement #1: 
Students Return To School:  Aug 22
Labor Day Holiday:  Monday Sept 5

Announcement #2:
Mr. Houser's formula
for making life easier:

a) stay in school until you have some way of making a living
b) THEN 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 and stay rich?  They & their parents followed the formula above! 

 

Announcement #3:
If a  baby could answer the que
stion, "Do you want to be raised by a mom who's a teenager?", what would it say?  I think it would say, "NO!  ARE YOU CRAZY? PLEASE DON'T DO THIS TO ME"
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How Students Will Be Graded In '11 - '12!!

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 9-weeks grade.

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.

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Mr. Houser:
T
hank 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!













 



NOTES TO MR. HOUSER ON THE FINAL DAY OF SCHOOL!
Touch here to read the notes from June of 2006,
here for 2009, here for June 2010, and here for 2011.

CLASS PICTURES!!
Touch here to see exam day in June 2011, here for June 2010, here for June 2009,
here for pics of 2008, here for 2007, here to see 2006 pics.


 




 

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Jan 2, 2011
I wanted to thank you for being such an amazing teacher. You were by far my most favorite and most memorable. You were not only were a wonderful math teacher who explained things well and really took the time and cared, but you were a great life mentor. Many of your "life's insights" and "life talks" in class have really stuck with me! You are someone who could never be forgotten! I really want to thank you for your time and dedication while I was in school as well as all of the great "life insight"! Hope you are doing well and hope to hear back soon!