All FSMS students will take the Star 360 Reading Assessment on Monday and Tuesday of next week, with Friday being a make-up day. Remember that the goal of this assessment is to collect baseline data (eduspeak for "we want to find out what you know so we can teach you better"), so just relax and … Continue reading Star 360: What You Need to Know
I'm sure all of my students are aware by now that last Monday marked the end of digital learning at FSMS. To be perfectly clear, there is no lesson for today, nor will there be one for next Monday. The time is yours to catch up on any missing work. You must have all assignments … Continue reading Nothing Gets Done Without the Last Minute
The cool thing about a classroom environment is its spontaneity. If you have a question, you ask it and get an answer. A classmate can ask you a question, another can answer, and this may spark a discussion that maybe wasn't planned but from which everyone benefits. Good times, good times. Unfortunately, real classrooms have … Continue reading Digital Learning & Communication
I've noticed that some of my students are having difficulty submitting their work through the Google Classroom platform. I'm no expert, but I know someone who is: our Media Specialist, Ms. Mathews! She has graciously stepped in to save the day by suggesting this video. Watch it, and if you're still confused, email me or … Continue reading How to Submit Google Classroom Assignments
The following is from the DCSS Central Office. I'm passing it on to make sure you're informed. Rising 9th grade students (current 8th graders), please visit the website for the high school you will attend to find information on how to request your elective classes for the 2020-2021 school year. This includes students who will attend … Continue reading Rising 9th Grade Students
1.Informational Text: nonfiction writing written with the intention of informing the reader about a specific topic. Typically found in magazines, newspapers, reference materials, textbooks, and instruction manuals. 2.Informational/Explanatory Writing: The purpose of this type of writing is to increase the understanding of the reader; to educate, in short. To do this, the author must analyze … Continue reading Vocabulary for Friday, October 11
The following documents are ones you need to read carefully. The FSMS Student Handbook details our school's policies and procedures and is required reading for both students and parents. It covers such topics as dress code, school meals, behavior and discipline, and attendance. Although we're discussing the associated FSMS Student Handbook Overview PowerPoint in class, … Continue reading First Three Days Recap
Welcome back to Factory Shoals Middle School! It's going to be another great year! My name is Robert Oliver, and this is The Knowledge Taco Blog. I started it because I wanted a central location for information about assignments, due dates, resources, links, videos, and social media. I wanted a place to publish class notes. I … Continue reading Welcome To The Knowledge Taco Blog!
The first round of spelling bees will be held in my classroom next Friday. Any interested students may compete for the position of class champion and class alternate. All champions and alternates will advance to the school-wide spelling bee. Remember, the winner and alternate of the school bee will receive a free copy of the 2018-2019 … Continue reading 2018-2019 Spelling Bee Study List
Hi, students! Thought I'd pop in and interrupt your otherwise blissful Spring Break to remind you of the upcoming GMAS test. (Don't everybody thank me at once.) It occurred to me that some of you might be thoroughly bored with nothing to do and that you were just pining away for some ELA resources to … Continue reading Happy Spring Break! Here Are Some GMAS Review Resources!