Exotic Classroom Pets?

Have you seen the latest article on DOGOnews? Here is an excerpt from the article.

How cool would it be if instead of learning about exotic animals like Patagonian maras (large rodents that resemble rabbits) and bearded dragons from textbooks, you could do it by touching, feeling and maybe even breeding them? That is how the students fortunate enough to be taught by Michael Bechtel at Saydel High School in Des Moines, Iowa, experienced biology for many years.

Read the entire article – complete with pictures and a video: Looking For An Exotic Classroom Pet? Professor Bechtel May Be Able To Help! – DOGOnews

OH, and before you even ask, the answer is no.

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Online Assignment Book


The online Assignment Book is now open! – homework.mrconte.com Michal and Josephine completed their webteam training and have already posted two days worth of assignments to the site.

The webteam is sure to do a great job, but you shouldn’t rely on their posts for your daily assignments. The girls will do their best to post homework everyday, but their school work is always more important than posting to the website. You should still record your daily assignments in your assignment book. Think of the homework site as your backup. Use the site to confirm daily work and to keep up on assignments when you are absent.

Lesson Outline Secrets

Science homework is tough. Make it a little easier by reviewing these quick and simple tips about Lesson Outlines.

Things Happens II

Ever been so busy filling your brain with useful information that you forgot to write down an assignment? The next time it happens to you, just visit homework.mrconte.com. It is our online assignment book. Best of all, it’s completely powered by free range raccoons (the preceding statement is pure fiction).

Help Wanted
The homework site cannot operate without the work of two upstanding student volunteers. Each day, our volunteers will take a portion of their end-of-the-day study time to update the homework website. The selection and training of these two students will happen Friday.

We Did It

It was hot, sticky, and downright uncomfortable, but a great week nonetheless. (All but that moment when my mac died.) Thanks for your patience today as I tried to get everything to work on Mrs. Conte’s computer. Next week’s activities are sure to run more smoothly.

I am very excited about this year’s class. It is great to have so many hard workers in one room.

With some help from Little Conte, I will be collecting a few specimens for our study of Ecosystems (Science Lesson 4). I will share them with you on Tuesday.

I know what you’re thinking, Enough Shapes Already! but take a look at this neat chart.


Alright, enough.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Cool Stuff From Class

Pictured above: Mr. Conte’s 1983 Happy Meal box. This box is from the days when Happy Meals really made kids happy.

Rocky River Nature Center – home of the life size Dunkleosteus model. Official Website

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