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!


Anonymous said...

This is Sarah I got to your blog and saved it to my favorites.

Elizabeth Martinez said...

Mr.Blount this is Elizabeth Martinez. It took me a while to find your site.

nick said...

hey mr. blount its me nick i will say good job on your website :p

Anonymous said...

Mr. Blount, I'm here as a first time parent and I love, love, love your website. It's GREAT!!!! G. Garling

georgette said...

hey mr.blount i hope u like ur new class but i now we where the BEST class .(just kidding) i like my new class but i still wish that i was in ur class and i can still have math with ms.robert and science with mrs.gunn
was ur student!
georgette salem

Todd said...

Mr. Blount,
I would like to take a moment to encourage all of your students to take advantage of the opportunity they have to learn reading and writing from you. You have been a tremendous blessing to me as you work with me on the publication our quarterly newsletters. Mr. Blount... you are the Best!
Nathan's Dad

Sydney said...

Hey Mr.Blount
Having a good school year especially with lockers. just kidding beacause i know how much you dont like showing people the first week of school.

Graciela Martinez said...

hey mr.blount,

It's me Graciela just wannted to tell you thet i only spent one minute trying to find your blog. It is really ellagant you must have spent hours on it.

Graciela Martinez

baltazar said...

hey mr blount this is baltazar your website is really nice i like it alot

Miguel Martinez said...

Hey Mr.Blount its Miguel Martinez i just wanted to say both me and my mom like the blogspot alot it looks very enthusiastic

sarah said...

Hey Mr.Blount it is Sarah. love the look of the blog.

Stephanie Keene said...

Hello Mr. Blount, this is Chandler Storms mom. Thank you for this awesome blog. I love it!



Fidelis said...

Lions r so much cooler than wolves ^_^

your former student,


Dylan (jumbo shrimp) said...

this is my third time posting a coment!!! lol!
cool pics is it hard to make a web site????????