Monday, August 18, 2008

Back to School 2008-2009

On this, the first day of the 2008-09 school year, I want to extend a huge welcome to all of my incoming sixth-graders! Welcome to Tomlin Middle School, the Lion Team, and most of all Mr. Blount's classroom. It was great to meet many of you and your parents at orientation last Friday. I hope you are as excited about the new school year as I am. We will be doing lots of new things together this year, such as interactive notebooks and SpringBoard, but we will continue to immerse ourselves in the strong traditions of reading and writing literature as well. Get ready to write poetry, and essays, and read more books than you have ever read in your life!

Those of you who attended orientation already have a list of school supplies, and of course I will be sending a list home with all of you who need it in class. But in order to make it convenient for parents, I am posting our school supply list here as well.

Parents, in addition to basic school supplies, your child will need the following materials for this class:

• 1 spiral notebook: 5-subject, college-ruled, super-strong coil
(for reading/language arts)
• 1 spiral notebook: 1-subject, college-ruled, super-strong coil
(for Mr. Blount’s geography class only)
• wide-ruled notebook paper
• folder or small binder for storing notebook paper
• hand-held pencil sharpener with cover
• package or box of #2 pencils (mechanical pencils okay)
• package of red pencils or pens
• pen-size fluorescent highlighter
• set of colored pencils
• set of broad-line markers
• set of fine-line markers
• large solid glue stick
• 2” Post-It notes
• box of tissues (homeroom only)
• roll of paper towels (homeroom only)
• bag of hard candy such as Jolly Ranchers for rewards

You will need to purchase a rhyming dictionary through Scholastic Book Clubs in the near future as they become available (required).

Please do not purchase Trapper Keepers® or correction fluid for school use. These supplies do not lend themselves to our approach.

From time to time you may be asked to send additional materials from home for classroom activities. Your assistance and support of your child’s education is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 757-9400, ex. 306, or send me a note. You may also e-mail me at (

Welcome to the Lion Pride!