Compiled by Tyee students and staff for your everyday benefit!
Bring and use your planner for every class and write down homework.
We see a lot of students relying on their memory to keep track of homework. There’s really nothing wrong with doing so, but it never hurts to be careful by writing down assignments somewhere, let it be in the Tyee planner or an online program. As the old saying goes, it’s better safe than sorry.
We’ve seen a lot of students complain about how far away their lockers are from their classes. We get it. However, running to your locker directly after each class might not be the best way to go, since you can plan ahead by grabbing items in advance. For example, if you want to directly head to a class instead of detouring to your locker, you can grab the items you need a period in advance. You can apply the same principle with many things, like homework.
This is important. What usually ends up happening is that students push back an assignment until the last minute, or plans change and students end up having to rush right before class. It’s better to just do everything as early as possible, so that you have enough time to adjust if you, say, have more work than you anticipated. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the assignment when you do your other things.
If you need help with something, ask!
If you have any questions about anything, don’t hesitate to ask your teachers. There’s no shame in asking. Teachers are always there to assist you if you don’t understand anything. After all, no one is perfect.
Use your binder to store work, instead of stuffing it into a backpack.
Being neat makes your life easier. By using a binder, you can locate all of your course materials and assignments extremely quickly and easily. This way, you don’t have to spend valuable time rummaging through your backpack to find a crumpled piece of paper that may or may not be there.
Listen carefully to instructions and pay attention in class.
We cannot stress this enough. We understand that class can be boring sometimes, but there will be important information presented, like how to do a specific task. What ends up happening is some students don’t pay attention, and miss an easy, but crucial part of an assignment.
Get enough sleep.
Especially at this age, getting enough sleep is really important for doing well in school. Your brain needs time to rest every day so that it can recharge for another day of hard work. Unfortunately, not getting enough sleep can lead to poor concentration, reduced focus, and low productivity. All of which, unfortunately, may affect your grade negatively.
Well, that’s it. We hope these tips will help you in your current and future academic endeavors!
Interview with Mr. Duge
Interviewer: Carol Li
Interviewee: Mr. Duge
Question: What makes teaching Social Studies fun to you?
Answer: Just because it’s relevant to life and stories. SS to me is all about different stories and different people.
Question: What kind of history interests you the best? (E.g., World History, Human History, Cultural History)
Answer: I would say Social and Cultural history.
Question: What are some hobbies that you have?
Answer: Camping and hiking and reading too. I like reading a lot.
Question: What do you think of your students this year?
Answer: Actually, they’re a lot of fun and they’re very nice.
Question: What is something that you cannot understand about children these days?
Answer: (Laughs) Why they believe in everything about what they see and hear.
Question: If you took your own Social Studies quizzes, how well do you think you would do? 😀
Answer: Depends on the class. I have taken my World History quizzes. Taking them cold- which means I don’t study, and I always get three or four wrong.
Question: What is your favorite day of the week?
Question: What do you feel when grading students’ test scores?
Answer: Sometimes I get puzzled or confused because it was on the study guide and some kids missed it and I’m like, “Why did they miss that one?”
Question: What is your favorite book and why?
Answer: I would have to say Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Because it’s really funny and it also tells a good story of what happened during World War Two.
A Brief Background on National Hispanic Heritage Month
Nation Hispanic Heritage Month is annually celebrated from September 15th to October 15th in the U.S. for recognizing the influence of Hispanic Americans to the culture and history of the United States. Hispanic Week was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, and in 1988 President Ronald Reagan expanded it into a full month. The 30-day period also includes many dates of importance in the Hispanic community: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua celebrate their anniversary of independence on September 15; Mexico commemorates its independence on September 16; Chile commemorates its independence on September 18; and the celebration Columbus Day or Día de la Raza.
Some Jokes to Brighten Your Day!
- What’s a fish with a bowtie called? Sofishsicated.
- What’s red and bad for your teeth? A brick.
- If you have 12 oranges in one hand and 12 mangoes in another, what do you have? Big hands.
- Name the boomerang that will not come back. A stick.
- I’m not a fan of spring cleaning. Let’s be honest, I’m not into summer, fall, or winter cleaning either.
- I couldn’t figure out why the baseball kept getting larger. Then it hit me.
- What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo? One’s pretty heavy and the other’s a little lighter.
Thank you everyone for reading our newsletter!
We wish you the best of luck for the month of September!
The Tyee ASB