Okay, class… Everybody come in, sit down. Okay. Alright, we have everybody? Is there anybody left down the hallway? No? Okay, good. So, welcome to your first day of class. My name is Ms. Gibi — you can see I wrote it on the board here for you guys — it’s G – I – B – I: Miss Gibi. So you can call me that, okay? We only have a few rules in this classroom, the first being; please raise your hand if you have a question. Okay? The second one is to make sure to stay quiet. Try not to talk to your neighbor when I’m teaching or while we’re learning. Okay. The third one is please be kind and respect one another, and myself, okay? And the last one, is always do your best. Bring your best to the classroom, and I will too. That sound good? Okay. It’s a little bit stormy outside today, but luckily this first period is not going to be very difficult so I think we will have a good time. Well I’m going to start by taking attendance, so if I call your name, just raise your hand and I’ll mark you down on my sheet! Hopefully everybody’s here today, um, I’ll do attendance probably for the first week or so while I get to know your names and faces, uh, and then I should be able to tell who’s here and who’s not. We have, um, a medium-sized class this year, which is good, because, we’ll, we’ll, have a lot of good one-on-one time and a lot of good partner work and group work! Okay. Alright, let’s get started. We have…Heather…? Heather. Matt? Hello there, Matt. Lucy? Right next to Matt? Okay. Ting-Ting? Hello there. And Rachel? Rachel. Fred? Oh, okay. Karuna? Is that…coffee? On your desk? Okay. That reminds me, I’m going to go grab my coffee too. Um…we do have a no-food policy in the classroom, but drinks are alright. Okay? Make sure there’s a lid on that. Okay. Karuna. Tony? Tony, right in the front, hello there! Maria? Okay… Ally? Next to Maria. Taylor? Okay, thank you. Lily…hello there. Amal? Up front with Tony. Emma? Emma. Danny? Danny? Danny, pay attention, okay? No, it’s alright, just raise your hand when I call your name. You might want to think about coming to sit up-front, if you find yourself getting distracted back there. Okay. It’s alright, Danny. ALB? Okay, and Fushi. The colors of your hair! Just marvelous. You’ll have to teach me, sometime. Okay. Jennifer… Jen? Jen. Okay. Sharon… Sharon. And…Daisy. No Daisy. Okay, well, either she’s absent today or maybe she’s just running a little late, but… hopefully we’ll be able to see Daisy for tomorrow. Are you on the list? Okay, just added you in. Oh. You’re supposed to be in other homeroom, right? Okay, but you got switched to Science 2? That makes sense why you’re in my class, then. Okay good! Well, I’m glad I have you on my list now. Yeah, no problem, don’t worry. Alright! So… first period is going to be homeroom every day and this is where you can listen to the morning announcements, we’ll be collecting and giving out papers, and today I’m going to be going over the supplies your’e going to need. Okay? So. With me, you’re going to have three subjects, not including this homeroom period. I’ll be teaching you math, I’ll be teaching English, and I’ll be doing social studies. Okay? So that means that you guys are going to split up for science: half of you are in Science 1, the other half in Science 2. You should know which ones you are… did you all get a schedule? Okay, should be on that schedule. Then you have music class, gym, art class, and then you have a long lunch period which doubles as a recess slash free period. So this is a new school, you guys are older now, so we’re going to give you a little bit more responsibility. So you’re free to leave the lunch room when you’re done, you can stay in the library, or you can go outside but you can’t leave the school grounds, okay? Not yet. Alright. So, let me start off which what you’re going to need for my classes and I’m also going to be going over a few things you’re going to need to pick up before your art class on Wednesday, since you don’t have art until Wednesday, I’m going to go over with you right now what the art teacher let me know you’re going to need. Okay. So, the first thing I recommend getting is an accordion folder. Does anybody know what an accordion folder is? So instead of lots of little folders for all of your subjects, this one combines them in order to keep you organized, okay? We don’t want any missing homework, or anything like that. So each section can be used for a new subject: English, science, math, art, social studies… So I would use this over the single folders, okay? Keeps everything together. If there’s anything you or your parents can’t find at home or at the store, just let me know. We have a lot of extras from over the years. We won’t let any student go without an item they might need, okay? So that’s the accordion folder. Alright. Next, I’m going to require everybody to pick up a three-ring binder. I prefer one-inch or thicker, the smaller than one inch is just going to be too thin for the amount of papers you guys are going to have this year. Okay. So inside and — you don’t have to get a binder as fabulous as this one — but you don’t NOT have to — double negative. So this binder comes with three rings on the inside. You can use the tabs to open them and then just squeeze them closed. And you’re going to have to pick up a couple of packs of the loose-leaf filler paper. Now, you are more than welcome to move up to college-ruled paper. You’re all advanced students, I know you can do it! But, if you feel like your handwriting isn’t quite there yet, if you write a little large, if you want to do the wide-ruled paper, that’s fine with me. College-ruled is just, you know, you can fit more on the page. Okay? So you’re going to need loose-leaf paper. In addition to the loose-leaf, I am going to ask you to get two types of notebooks. The first one is a composition book, okay? I think you’ve all worked with these before. This, again, is college-ruled. If you do college-ruled, you’ll probably need two — I think they come in packs — but you’ll probably need two throughout the year. If you get the wide-ruled, I would double that to four, okay? This is a hundred pages and the composition book means that this spine is closed, okay? There’s no rings. You can get any color you want. That doesn’t matter. But I would say shoot for 200 sheets total or 400 sheets total, if you’re doing wide-ruled. Okay. Next up, you’re going to want to look for a multi-subject notebook. They come in threes, they come in fives, so, a multi-subject notebook just means that it’s sectioned off. So this is a new section, this is a new section. And the multi-subject notebook you can use for several classes at once. You can do the three of my classes with the three-subject notebook, or you could probably fit all of your classes with the five-subject. That way one subject can be used for math, one for science, English, social studies, and, I don’t think you take notes in music class, but you take them in art. Okay. Alright! So let’s keep that here. Just one of them is fine. Okay. Now, with the notebooks and paper, you’re going to need writing utensils. First up, pens Now, anything you hand in to me is going to need to be in black ink or blue ink, okay? That excludes math. Math will be done all in pencil, including tests, okay? So no pens in math, but for social studies and English, the papers you hand into me I want to see in black or blue ink, okay? So for revisions, you’ll need a red pen, okay? And then for taking notes, or doing first drafts, you are absolutely allowed to use colored pens or whatever you want. That’s up to you. It’s just for the graded things I want to have that black or blue ink, okay? Don’t give me lime green. My eyes are bad. Okay. So those are the pens! And then, as far as pencils go, this is my favorite type, the #2 Ticonderoga pencils. Okay, these are not mechanical, but if you prefer the mechanical ones, you’re more than welcome to use that. #2 isn’t required, but it’s probably the most comfortable to write with. So this pack actually comes pre-sharpened, which is very nice, or, like I said, you can opt for the mechanical. It’s getting quite stormy outside! We might have to have indoor recess today, but that’s alright because I have a lot of really fun, new board games we can try. Okay. Okey- dokey. Along with that, I want to show you two different types of white-out that we’ll be using, okay? These are a step up from the little jars of white-out you might have seen. So the first one is a liquid correction pen, okay? All you do is squeeze that here and use it like a marker or a pen. This is good for detailing, or maybe just one letter, something like that. Make sure you shake it up before you use it! So that’s the pen. And the other one is the easy-correct little strip tool and I’ll actually show you on a Post-It. So this one gives you little lines like that. So you can just make strips of white-out. So, this type of white-out you can actually use on papers that you hand into me, as long as you keep them neat, I won’t make you re-write the whole thing. Just use this white-out tool. Okay… now! Speaking of Post-It notes, everybody needs to pick up a pack of these. It doesn’t matter what size or color, but what we’re going to be using them for is when we read books in English class. So, I’m not going to allow you to write in your books this year, okay? Um, if you don’t write in the books, then you can pass them on to little siblings, or future students, and um… So I prefer if you write your comments and notes on a Post-It, and we’ll be putting those on the pages instead of writing or highlighting directly on it. So I am not requiring highlighters, okay? Because we’re not going to write in the books this year. Just a pack of Post-Its, and then, if you want to, you’ll need a pack of colored markers or Sharpies. The Crayola magic markers work fine as well, these are great for labeling. This one is the rainbow count with the navy, blue, white-blue, turquoise, green, light-green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, purple, and brown. I have plenty of regular black Sharpies in a bin by my desk. You guys are free to use those. This is just if you want some colored markers for note-taking, or labeling. Okay. Alright, now, with the math… we’re going a lot of geometry this year, which is new for you guys, so you’re going to need to pick up a few things, the first being a protractor, okay? So a protractor is a tool that measures angles. So it’s going to have a moving arm, like this, and make sure you have one that has easy-to-read measurements, okay? On the bottom, and up here. Okay? And these should be quite cheap at the store. Just like this, you can write down protractor, okay? And then you’re going to need a compass. So, this is one example of one. This is a metal compass. Does anybody know what this is used for? No, it’s not that type of compass! This one actually has a pointy stick on one side and a writing tool on the other, and what it does is help you draw perfect circles! So, something you guys should still have from elementary school is a ruler, okay? Now, I prefer the straight-edge ones, because you can use them for art class, English class, any time you need to underline something or draw a straight line, and we won’t need anything longer than twelve inches. Okay? So just any straight-edge ruler. And then… last but not least, any simple calculator. So this doesn’t have to be a scientific calculator, so tell your parents they don’t have to buy that $200 one! This is just a bubble calculator from Staples. As long as it turns on and off, it can do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, that’s all we need. Okay. And that’s what you’ll need for math class! Now, for studying, I want you guys to pick up some flash cards. So there’s the half flash cards, which is really great for saving paper. These are for smaller terms, vocabulary, et cetera, and then there is the regular-sized index cards, for formulas, or longer problems, or again, if you have bigger handwriting. Now, I definitely suggest getting them ruled, or with lines on them, okay? We’re going to be doing quite a few quizzes this year with memorization, vocabulary, stuff like that, so these are going to be pretty crucial to your studying. So definitely get some index cards. Alright! So let’s move on to what you’re going to need for art class on Wednesday. So, you’re going to be starting your mosaic project, okay? So what you’re going to need is a hole-punch. This is a single hole-punch — I don’t think the three-hold punch is going to work for this project — so make sure it’s a single one. You can share, alright? So make sure you or your friend has a hole-punch, as well as a box of crayons. So we’re actually going to be using crayons in social studies as well when we color in maps. I suggest getting at least 24; you don’t have to get the big one with the sharpener on the back. I know some of you like to be extra, but just the 24-color pack will do, and this is both for art and for history, but I’ll let you know when you need to bring these in when we’re doing maps, okay? You can use colored pencils as well, they just take a little bit longer, but, if you’re more artistically-inclined, feel free. I won’t stop you. Okay. Next up, we have two types of glue. The first are glue-sticks, okay? Now she said that the clear glue-sticks or the white glue-sticks, either one is fine. And you’re going to need two regular-sized or one jumbo-sized, okay? And, liquid, white Elmer’s glue. Just one bottle should last you the whole year, okay? No eating it, everybody. I know you’re older now and more responsible, but I still have to say it. Okay. And then, wrapping it up a little bit, everyone’s going to need to have a stapler, mini one is fine. I do have one on my desk, but it would be very helpful if everyone had their own. A stapler can last you your whole life! And then does anybody know what this is? Anybody? That’s right! It’s a stapler-remover. So this is optional. But, feel free to get one of those, and then just a roll of Scotch-tape is always good to have. I would not recommend the masking tape; it doesn’t stick very well, and it’s really not supposed to be as permanent as Scotch tape, so please get the Scotch tape and not masking tape. Finally, any pair of scissors, okay? They can be safety scissors or you can get a larger one, like this. You guys can handle that now. These will mostly be used in art class, but you can use them to cut your index cards in half, or if we ever have any sort of hand-out that requires you cutting anything out, it’s a good thing to have in your desks, okay? Alright! I think that is everything… does anybody have any questions? Okay, well, it seems like we’re pretty good on timing. The bell’s about to ring, which means you’re going to second period. It should be science for everybody, okay? So make sure you check if you’re in Science 1 or in Science 2. If you don’t know, just come up and ask me. You guys can all walk together, okay? Science 1 is in Room 202, and Science 2 is in Room 317, so you’re going to need to go up the stairs. Alright. Everybody gather your books! Okay. And I’ll actually see you in third period for English class! Sound good, everybody? Alright. See you soon!