24/7 Awesomeness

An extension of the best 53 minutes of the school day


The Hero’s Journey

Use this online tool to create your own epic tale.



School Song Quiz

Oh Kaufman Lions Forever

Firm Together Stand

Comrades True and Faithful

Steadily We’ll Face the World

So Fearlessly

And Through The Years to Follow

We’ll Pledge Our Loyalty

For the Black and Gold

With All Our Soul

We’ll Fight for VIC-TO-RY!


Paws to Claws


Last night was Meet the Teacher. We called it “Paws to Claws.” It’s a Kaufman thing.

Many came out to pick up schedules and shake hands with teachers. Next to the first day of school, it’s my favorite day of the new year.


Salty Oats


Nothing broke my teacher heart more than when I realized the following:

My students hate to read and write.

That is a generalization, of course, because I have students who have learned to enjoy the written word. But by and large, most assignments are met with collective moaning and groaning.

Today, I am amending the aforementioned truism to read as follows:

My students hate being forced to read and write.

I’m reminded of the words of my dear friend and youth pastor

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. However, put salt in his oats and that sucker will drink anything you present.

I want my lessons to be filled with salty oats. Creativity adds salt. I don’t want my lessons to be boring. Boring lessons do not make students thirsty. Quite frankly, boring lessons don’t make me thirsty either.

I bought a creative writing journal that is refreshingly salty. Hopefully, my classes will find it salty, too.


The Golden Ticket

Parents, I have sent home the permission slip needed for your child to go on the “Divergent” field trip to Hometown Cinemas in Terrell.  Please sign and have them returned with $4.00 before March 7 to guarantee a spot for your student.



My Big Campus

top_header_bar_mbclogo@2x-6cce8a247747d6acad1eeed9246703e9Today we took the vocabulary quiz (I didn’t have a class meet last week’s challenge) on the social website “My Big Campus.” MBC has been available for a few years and I have used it on occasion but never really implemented it to the fullest.  Partly because not all students have internet access at home, but it seems more and more students have smart phones (and yes, there’s an app for that).

Perhaps I’ll use it more often.




Vocabulary Quiz Challenge

I have raised the stakes of this week’s vocabulary quiz.  Any class that has all students making a 100 on the quiz will be exempt from any future vocabulary quizzes.  ”May your grade reflect your preparation.”


The Big Announcement

DivergentIt’s official….Mr. James and his students will be studying the worldwide bestselling dystopian novel “Divergent” by Veronica Roth.  Starting February 7 we will begin reading the novel in class.  Students will not need to get a copy of the novel because we will use the class set that came in a week ago.

And now the best part….

A movie theater has agreed to offer a private screening of the movie when it opens on March 21.  The film is targeted to be a box office hit and we will get to see it before the masses. Details and permission forms will be sent home as the date gets closer.

It pays to be awesome.  You’re welcome.


Coming Up….

We have been enjoying “The Giver” in class and there is still a lot more to come.  The next vocabulary quiz will be Wednesday, January 29.  The words can be found here.

I am looking forward to the next novel we will study together.  It’s a secret for now because I am waiting to get all my ducks in a row.  Watch for more information as the ducks line up.


Vocabulary Quiz

The next vocabulary quiz will be Wednesday, January 22.  The quiz will be over “List Two” (original name, I know) and can be found by clicking here.

Students will need to study these words outside of class.  The quiz format will be matching and should not take more than a few minutes to complete.

Good luck!