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  • 4:51 Mr Valyo's Message to the new 7th Graders

    Some of you are going online only, some of you to other schools, and some of you are just waiting for school to start. Whichever group you're in, you're still my students for as long as you need me to be your teacher. This is just a quick message saying hi, and reminding you to watch the launch of the Mars Perseverance Rover on July 30th- remember we all put our name on it? :) My email if you want to get in touch:

    Uploaded Jul 24, 2020
  • 18:56 Reading a book on video for some reason: The Graveyard Story by Neil Gaiman, pgs 48-58 (Not required)

    The next step in the story-Bod and his new friend crawl deep into a tomb to find a blue, screaming...

    Uploaded Apr 07, 2020
  • It works for all of the apps. You should try it!11:09 How to Submit a Google Docs Answer to a Google Classroom Assignment

    This video explains how to use Google Classroom to turn in an assignment using Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and whatever the 4th one is. While watching this video, you should have your Google Classroom account open so you can follow along. The assignment for 4/5 can be done using Google Classroom or by answering through email. If you're using email, you don't have to watch this video (until you have an account, anyways).

    Uploaded Apr 06, 2020
  • I'm really liking the story so far. How bout you?15:01 Reading a book on video for some reason: The Graveyard Story by Neil Gaiman, pgs 41-48 (Not required)

    In which Nobody and his new friend decide to dig up the graveyard's past.

    Uploaded Apr 05, 2020
  • 15:35 Video Lesson - Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy 04 03 + Quick Quiz

    Hi, everybody! A quick hit 15 minute lesson about Kinetic Energy (KE) and Potential Energy (PE). Make sure you watch this video before clicking on the link below. It will lead you to a self grading quiz, and you'll get your results right away.

    Uploaded Apr 03, 2020
  • Two of you are reading this. Thank you!20:22 Reading a book on video for some reason: The Graveyard Story by Neil Gaiman, pgs 28-41 (Not required)

    In which the child named Nobody grows from toddler to a... well, a slightly larger child, and makes a friend.

    Uploaded Apr 02, 2020
  • 10:35 Study Island Quick Review: Strength of Gravity

    Surprisingly Short- only about 10 minutes. Your mission, whether or not you decide to accept it, is to complete the Study Island - Strength of Gravity lesson and Practice questions. Gravity is one of the 4 Fundamental Forces that drive and bind the Universe together, and you need to understand it for when we learn about the formation of stars and planets, the Solar System, and galaxies like the Milky Way. This video explains the concepts using the demo built into the activity ( Completing the lesson and scoring 70% or higher on the practice questions is how you win: the assignment will count as a score showing your participation this week and your understanding of the topic.

    Uploaded Apr 02, 2020
  • 14:46 Reading a book on video for some reason: The Graveyard Story by Neil Gaiman, pgs 20-28 (Not required)

    The story continues, as I read wearing the shirt of a wounded security red shirt from Star Trek. I'm trying to do the voices of the characters a little, and there are no murders in this part, but the graveyard residents have a decision to make.

    Uploaded Apr 01, 2020
  • Riding the Subway. Why does that woman keep getting on my train?3:52 Science 6 G'Day for April 1, 2020

    Good morning, Science 6!

    Today is Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Just a quick note- everything in the news is saying the social distancing and staying at home *is* slowing down how fast the virus is spreading- keep it up! The slower it spreads, the better we can take care of the people who *do* catch it.

    Today we get into the whole solar system thing. You should have done the Study Island about the Solar System activity by now. Today we're going to start finding out about how the solar system was created in the first place- starting with a little thing called "Gravity." The study Island assignment for today is Strength of Gravity, and you can find it by going to "My Classes" on your Study Island page. I'm pretty sure most of you have already done this for homework, but we need to be solid on this for the next part.

    Here's the schedule: First, do the Study Island thingie, including practice questions. If you get stuck, or have any questions, I have office hours today and every school day in my Zoom room from 10 am to 12 noon. Come by to say hi and get any questions answered!

    New lesson on Friday, and remember I'm reading a whole book a little bit at a time, called "The Graveyard Book," and it starts with a triple homicide and a toddler adopted by ghosts. Heck, I'm enjoying it!

    Lastly, there's a link to a British fitness guy, calls himself "The Body Coach" or something, and he's running a 5 minute workout on YouTube every day for school kids not in school. He does it like in the Britain- Dojo me when you figure out how many hours difference there is between London and Phoenix because of time zones. I miss having your class watching me yell at kids in the hallway- hope we can do it again! Talk to you soon, everyone!

    Link to the Workout guy:

    My Contact Info:
    phone (623) 242-2597 x 11534

    My Teacher webpage for videos:

    Office Hours on Zoom:
    Meeting ID 296 805 0184
    Monday through Friday 10 am- 12 noon

    Uploaded Apr 01, 2020
  • Wanna hear a story? Wanna see something scary?22:38 Reading a book on video for some reason: The Graveyard Story by Neil Gaiman, pgs 01-20 (Not required)

    I will be reading a book here out loud that I've wanted to read for a long time- The Graveyard Story by Neil Gaiman. He's an odd writer- which is why I like his stuff so much. Nothing he writes is the same thing twice- not even his sequels. This is *NOT* an assignment- you can listen or not, read the book on your own, whatever. It's just something I can share with you all during these truly weird times we're living through right now. WARNING: This is not a violent book, but it *does* start with a series of murders described very poetically in passing. And someone hunting a toddler. And ghosts.

    Uploaded Mar 31, 2020
  • I'm txting this in line at Walmart for toilet paper, 6 feet away from everyone else. TP is essential supplies for long term survival.2:11 6A Homeroom for Monday, March 30th 2020

    Hey, 6A! Today's message recorded in front of Walmart while I wait in line for toilet paper :) Looks like school will be closed through at *least* April 30th, so I doubt we'll be getting back together this school year. It's gonna be tough, but it looks like infections with the virus won't peak until the end of next month, with peak hospital use mid-May. You are all worth more than doing anything that can hurt you. Please be safe. Some notes:

    If you left anything in my room you want back, please let me know so I can put on a mask and some gloves and send it back to you (in a sealed bag- don't open it for a week so any virus dies).

    I'll be posting this week's science around 8 or 8.30 am

    Office hours this week will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 10 am and 12 noon. My Zoom room will be open that whole time, or you can call or Dojo or email me anytime.

    Wednesday at noon my Zoom room will become the Cafeteria: I'll be on to eat lunch with anyone that wants to hang out. We can yell at each other, trade lunches, food fight, and I will let anyone that shows up vote on which of 3 ... unusual things you wanna make me eat.

    Wednesday I'll also start reading a book, and recording it. I'm guessing about 15 minutes a day until it's finished. I have no idea what it's about, but the title is "The Graveyard Story" by Neil Gaiman, and I've wanted to read it for a few years now, so here's my big chance :) If I don't like it, or you don't, I'll read another book. See you in Science class!

    Uploaded Mar 30, 2020
  • 16:57 Science Current Events Video - Ventilators 3/25

    This took me forever to mess up correctly. I mean to finish. Apologies! We hear a lot about ventilators when people talk about treating the COVID-19 patients, and this explains what they're talking about. It's too long, around 15 minutes. But there's at least 2 unrelated memes in it. ALSO: If you want to go more in-depth, here's a great, very nerdy, and much more complete explanation:


    Uploaded Mar 25, 2020