Congratulations to all my students on their outstanding accomplishment in the STAAR test 2017.  Awesome job students!

You shined like a star on the STAAR test!

92% of my students passed. The highest score on the math exam for sixth grade in the school and across our School District.

65%   Overall Improvement

152%   Commended Performance Improvement

The following students meet the academic standards imposed by the state:

Tovar, Ian E
Commended Performance
Tristan, Natalie N
Commended Performance
Perez, Brianna K
Commended Performance
Peralta, Alejandro J
Commended Performance
Sevilla, Adolfo G
Commended Performance
Trevino, Raul
Commended Performance
Landin, Natalie I
Commended Performance
Portillo, Edewin D
Commended Performance
Santillano, Arely R
Commended Performance
Contreras, Victorio
Commended Performance
Montoya, Miranda N
Commended Performance
Velazco, Sthefanie G
Commended Performance
Aguilar, Joanna F
Commended Performance
Cavazos, Fatima S
Commended Performance
Gutierrez, Gerezyn J
Commended Performance
Parra, Gilberto I
Commended Performance
Pena, Valeria
Commended Performance
Valles, Roel A
Commended Performance
Garza, Sergio
Guerrero, Gabrielle T
Leon, Uvaldo F
Mendez, Rehu A
Padilla, Jesse
Vera, Allie C
Cranston, Rogelio D
Gonzalez, Kirani C
Rosas, Blinzia Y
Aldaco, Xayna G
Carreon, Luis A
Cerda, Emilio G
Lopez, Leslie B
Valdez, Evelyn E
Cantu, Cody
De La O, Natalie
Vargas, Jorge L
Gonzalez Perez, Sidney
Lopez, Sanjuanita N
Munoz, Valeria
Olivares, Tamara
Ramirez, Patricia E
Rosales, Jennifer R
Sandoval, Alexa S
Serna, Santiago
Zapata, Gael
Caballero, Adam M
Espinoza, Ricardo
Gonzalez, Alexis N
Inclan, Ruby
Leal, Anna V
Martinez, Olga E
Rivera, Hector A
Rubio, Rayleen D
Estrada, Alessandra
Hernandez, Amanda M
Perez, Lourdes S
Rodriguez, Angelina N
Villegas, Johneric
Aguirre Pedraza, Carolina
Castillo, Alexa J
Garcia, Brandon A
Gonzalez, Korayma
Pena, Beatriz A
Ramirez, Triana S
Lopez, Branden T
Martinez, Brisa N
Allen, Matthew J
Cortinas, Carolina A
Guerra, Gabriel
Benavides Arguijo, Oscar A
Carreon, Evelyn
Orozco, Melanie H
Ruiz, Jorge I
Trujillo, Lexie M

I want you to know that you have made me very proud to be your teacher. I feel rather like a proud parent! I have enjoyed sharing this journey with you. I have watched all of you grow in attitude and in Math skills. I am very proud of you, as you have demonstrated huge commitment and tried your very best during this school year.

Composite Figures

Learning Objectives 6.8.D/R ….

Problem of the Day
Q54            Q53

Lesson Videos
POD                          Composite Figures                     Area of rectangles and triangles

Suggested Practice
Basic Intermediate Advanced Master
Composite 5 Lions
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Composite 10
Composite 14

Composite 7
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Composite 8
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Related Videos
Area of a Square
Area of Composite Figures

Area of a Rectangle
Area of Composite Figures 1

Suggested Reading
Area of a Parallelogram
Area of Composite Figures 2

Writing Assignment
Area of a Trapezoid
Area of Composite Shapes

Essential Questions
Area of a Triangle
Finding the Area of Triangles

Homework …

My dearest children

STAARSo, while you are preparing for and sitting the Math STAAR test, I want you to know that the scores you will get from this test will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. Remember that there is no way to “test” all of the amazing and awesome things that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you like I do. They do not know that despite dealing with hard circumstances, you still come to school with a smile. They do not know that you can be very trustworthy, kind, and thoughtful and that you try every day to be your very best. Show them what you are made of!  Show off!

I want you to know that you have my full confidence. All I ask is that you do your own personal best and do not give up, not only on this test but in any challenge you may face in your life. Focus on every question, use the strategies you have learned and believe in yourself. You will do your best because that is who you are!

I want you to take a moment to remember your first day in my class. Then, I said that my goal was not just to pass the STAAR, but for you to develop a successful attitude toward life and school. At the end of the year, what you will look back on and remember will not be these tests, but all of the learning and growing that you have done this year.

Now I want you to think of what you have accomplished throughout this year. I am so impressed with how much you have grown and how much more you respect yourself. I deeply admire your increased confidence, perseverance, and willingness and determination to try new things.

I want you to know that you have made me very proud to be your teacher. I feel rather like a proud parent! I have enjoyed sharing this journey with you. I have watched all of you grow in attitude and in Math skills. I am very proud of you, as you have demonstrated huge commitment and tried your very best during this school year.

Whatever the outcome, I want you to know that I am already proud of who you are, of what you have accomplished, and of the impact you have had on my life. In terms of academic ability, I would say that ALL of you have grown from having basic skills to having the highest level of sixth-grade skills in Math. All of you have gained staying power, and every time I have raised the bar, you have risen to the challenge. 

You are the light that brightens my day!

I will always love all of you.

Mrs. Garcia



Honor Roll 5th SIX WEEKS

I am very proud to recognize the outstanding student academic achievement in the last six weeks.

Congratulations to every hard-working student on these lists.


Parents, Please join us in celebrating our honor roll students for the 5th six weeks evaluation.


Good friends do not induce you to drugs

Ten years ago, I retired from college level teacher and started teaching math to middle school students. As a university teacher, I never knew of any of my students who had problems with drug addiction; However, in my first year of teaching math to seventh grade, with much younger students, I had the opportunity to meet a student, whom I love very much, who faced the drug problem in that school year and was able to overcome it. She told me that one of her friends insisted that she take some white pills that she distributed. He suggested that they would make her forget all her problems, that she would really enjoy life, that she would always feel good about herself, and that she could stop taking them whenever she wanted to.
After much insistence, she agreed. From being a regular student, she became a student who did not assimilate anything, who was missing a lot, she was always distracted and with behavior problems and finally failed all the subjects of her school year.
He told me that when he remembered that incident, he always thought of the biblical story of the serpent’s temptation. She said that who she thought was her friend, just wanted to drag her to a bottomless pit of drug addiction and hopelessness. Like the serpent of biblical history, her friend offered her many false things, to tempt her and over and over again, until she was able to vitiate her. I can hardly remember her face, she told me, but when I think of her, her face is transfigured into a snake.
She told me that she was able to overcome the problem of drug addiction when she realized that her life was in ruins, that everything had been a hoax. What he felt had fallen into a bottomless chasm. He told me that drugs had destroyed his life and made his loved ones unhappy. She told me that there was a time just thinking about suicide to leave everything behind. That before he had drugs he had problems, but his vice increased them to make them intolerable, That he had given everything he had to have returned to the time when he was a student who did not consume them. She confided her problem to her grandmother; she told me that they cried a lot together and that together they also asked God to ask her for the strength that would help to get ahead.
That is why I tell my students what drugs are the greatest enemy they have to succeed in life, destroy their future and hope to thrive. They are the easiest way to prison, to poverty, to loss of health, loss of family, marginalization and finally death.
One child asked me if she could die with one-time use of drugs. I answered what
I have read of cases of sudden death, but more frequent cases of people suffering irreversible brain damage with a single shot, in colloquial language go crazy. Suggest you check the internet statistics. More than 55,000 people die each year in the United States directly from drugs, there are more than a million people incarcerated for that cause, and countless families live with the martyrdom of having a family drug addict. Which really was not worth trying.
Drugs are bad for both those who consume them and those around them, they hurt them personally and hurt their families and friends. If someone wants to induce you to drugs, stay away from him, since he only wants your harm.
If you have fallen into this serious problem, seek the support of your close relatives, your spiritual guide, your teachers or counselors. Do not give up, always fight to get ahead.

Never cheat

When you cheat, you not only break my confidence on you, but you break your future.


Ten years ago I started teaching math to the seventh grade. One of my first students had always passed math and had no behavioral problem, even his teacher from the previous year recommended him as a good student to me; But in the diagnostic exam, where I always ask all students to show their work, I found several surprising things:

He did not know the multiplication tables (he wrote them down the back of the page and consulted them to write down the answers).

He did not know how to do operations with decimals (He did not even know that he had to align the decimal points when adding and subtracting), much less multiplying and dividing.

He did not understand the verbal problems and therefore could not translate them into equations and find the answers.

Watching him carefully, I found that he always sought to sit next to other students, better prepared than he and discreetly copied the answers. When I sat him away from his classmates, he immediately began to drastically lower his grades and failed the midterm exam.

The student’s mother came to talk to me. She told me that his son was very clever and that he had never had problems with any teacher or any subject and that for some reason I was harassing him unjustifiably. I tried to make her understand, without much success, that my role as a teacher is to teach my students what they do not know (even if they are topics from previous years) and that the worst damage we can do to a student is to enable him to advance academically through cheating and deception. I told her that cheating is not being smart, but cheating yourself, trying to deceive others. Immediately the lady protested and even spoke with the counselors and the director to change his class because I accused her son.

Fortunately, I was able to convince this student that if he wanted to succeed, he should first be honest with himself and recognize what he did not know about the subject and study them hard. He began to come to extra tutorial classes, to devote more time to study and less to distractions and even completed his professional studies. It worked, and on more than one occasion, he publicly thanked me for making him study all the gaps he had over several years and finish his career.

As a teacher I always insist to my students that to succeed in life requires above all, being honest with yourself and persevering until you reach the desired goal.

Like this boy, I have hundreds of successful alumni stories that have triumphed and achieved a career and economic success.

You can also succeed, it’s hard work, but it’s really worth it.

Why study

A truly moving exhortation

Often I tell my students to be diligent in their studies and to take advantage of this great opportunity they have to study because it is one of the best ways to succeed in life. I tell you that the future is built day by day with the decisions we make and the actions we take. Triumph is not chance; it is causality. It is the result of a lot of work accumulated over time, aimed at achieving our goals. I tell you that your current education is the foundation on which you will build your future opportunities for education, employment, and economic prosperity

Possibly I do it as I remember the words of my father who always insisted on the need to study to be able to get ahead. Dad always insisted that the best legacy a father can leave to his children is education. My experience in life has shown me the wisdom of his words.

Of all my classmates in elementary school, only a few finished our professional education, possibly less than 10%. When I meet with friends and colleagues of those years, I see the enormous economic difference and even health of those who studied for a career and those who did not.

Long ago in a meeting with parents and their children, I commented that many students did not do their homework, did not attend extra class tutoring and failed midterm exams not because of lack of ability, but because of the lack of discipline and perseverance required by their studies. They spent more time chatting or social networking or going out on dates, than studying. I commented that many of the students think that the main reason for attending school is to socialize and play on sports teams. In some cases, they only cared about passing their subjects so that they could play.

A mom stopped and asked to speak. He told his daughter and classmates the following:

“Not so long ago I was sitting like you, without any concern. By not putting interest in my studies I left the school without completing anything. I want to tell you that it is the biggest mistake I have ever made in life and that I regret every day. Referring to her daughter, she said: When I left school I got pregnant, and since you were born, I had to work, and I have not stopped doing it ever since. She exposed her arms and showed us all many small burns. I’m working on burgers and tacos, she said, I’m standing in front of the grill every day for more than 8 hours, without having a minute to sit down, I often burn my arms because a lot of small incidents happen in a commercial kitchen. My legs are varicose due to many hours standing at work. My salary has hardly increased in years, and I have very few satisfactions. But I repeat to myself: it’s worth it because my children have food and home and the opportunity to study.

Do not make my mistakes she told her daughter, study, study for a career and succeed; it is very difficult to earn a living if you do not have preparation.”

We were all silent, our eyes tearful at the honest and touching testimony of a mother, who for the first time commented on the daily sacrifice she made to get her children ahead.

I share this experience because many times we do not know the great sacrifice that parents make so that you can study and have an opportunity to overcome.

Dare to dream and when you do, dream big

The theory of self-fulfilled prophecy says that when we have a firm belief about ourselves, it ends up being fulfilled.

This was said by Henry Ford many years ago, in a phrase that is famous, that in a nutshell explains the reason behind the triumph or failure of many people:

“Whether you think you can, or if you think you can not, in both cases you’re right” …

This holds a very great truth, psychologists have proven it with multiple experiments and call it the theory of self-fulfilled prophecy.

If a student believes that they are bad at their studies, they do not put their commitment into school, they frequently fail, lower their self-esteem, conform to low grades, do not participate in class, do not ask questions because they think they will not understand. They are assigned the label of mediocre, playful, or chatterbox and soon will be seen as such by their classmates and their teachers. The child tends to behave according to the expectation they have of him. (The Rosenthal and Jacobson experiment in 1966 is well known) and is known as the Pygmalion effect or self-fulfilling prophecy.

All of us who have been teachers for a long time have seen how important a student’s self-motivation is for their success in school and life. Behind winning students, there are usually parents, grandparents and family members who believed in them and encouraged them to persevere when they had a problem. How often teachers make the big mistake of highlighting faults and ignoring the qualities and effort of our students.

Similarly, many times parents are responsible for the low self-esteem of their children. If they say to him every day; you are a loser, you are useless at everything, you are not like your older brother who is intelligent and responsible or some other derogatory phrase, and they only see the defects and do not publicly acknowledge his qualities, they are condemning this son to failure in life.

The emotional support that parents and teachers give their children is very important.

If you want to succeed in life commit yourself to doing so, take advantage of this great opportunity you have at this time to study and show the world how much you are worth, the great potential you have to face any challenge and overcome it.

If you do not stop yourself, no one else can do it. Dare to succeed.