Jeff Clary
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Happy, happy, happy New Year.  I love the New Year.  It is like we get a do-over every 365 days!  I love setting new goals and reflecting back on last year's goals.  Like I said, I love the New Year!

With the New Year comes a new unit.  This time, we are headed off to space.  This works well, because if you ever thought 8th graders were "spaced out" well, now we will be out there with them!

This really is an amazing unit.  I mean, think about it... we see stars that are 1000 light years away.  That means we are seeing light made 1000 years ago.  We are literally looking into the past.  It is simply mind boggling for me!

Well, I hope everyone gets as jazzed about the New Year and new unit as I am.  Thanks for all that everyone did to help make 2017 so amazing.  I am looking forward to all that and more in 2018!

The Reason for the Seasons...
not season...seasons! That's Spring-Summer-Fall-Winter... Oh, and while we are talking about a cycle, let's also talk about moon phases.  And heck, if we are going to talk about moon phases, then we have to talk about tides!!!  And there you have the December agenda in our science class.

I hope everyone has had a fabulous first semester!  I was recently asked how it is going, and honestly, it has been an amazingly wonderful semester!  To every parent/guardian/student I want to say, "Thanks!"  I know it took all of us to get where we are, and I appreciate everyone's effort as we work to support student success!

This evening, I had the pleasure of taking in our Strack choir Holiday Concert.  What a great celebration of the holidays and student talent.  I have it on my schedule to catch a little basketball over the next few weeks and hopefully another concert...if you have an opportunity to see/watch/here our students in action, jump at it.  If you enjoy it just half as much as I do, well, then you will like it a whole bunch!

As the holiday rush floods over, I hope everyone takes a moment to remember what is important to them.  It is easy to get carried away in the "small stuff" and forget the big picture.  My big picture definitely includes my appreciation for my Strack Family. Happy Holidays to everyone.  

Chemistry - We're On Fire!!!
We are rocking through our chemistry unit.  Students have completed the Chem I test which covered atomic structure and the Periodic Table.  As we turn the corner to Chem II, be sure to be aware of lab days and come prepared (to tie back long hair and have closed toe shoes).  Our goal here is to recognize balance/unbalanced equations, supporting the Law of Conservation of Mass.

Hey, we are now deep into the year.  If a student (or parent) is dissatisfied with a particular grade, students are welcome to come in for a rework/redo.  Mr. Clary is nearly always at school early.  All I ask is that you let me know a day in advance to confirm that I don't have any other meetings that would prevent me from being in the room.  Also, know this, I am happy to tutor kiddos before school to be sure they are on top of the material.

Thanks for all you do to support our success in class!

What An Amazing Start!!!

Ok, can I be honest?!  I'm scared....well, really nervous.  I know we had a hurricane and a lot of first-of-year craziness, but this school year, the school part, is off to a GREAT start.  Can this keep going!?!

First, I love, love, love my kiddos.  They are working hard with me and enthusiastic!  I mean, they laugh at most of my bad jokes and roll their eyes at the appropriate time.  I'm getting questions when they don't understand (a teacher's dream) and constantly see random acts of kindness.  Thanks to EVERYONE involved for doing what it takes!

We have played our way through physics: throwing a bowling ball, racing on flatbed dollys, running, skipping (and even barrel rolling), and played a little tug-o-war!  While the labs were fun, the students wrestled with the concepts and worked hard at the math.  I am pleased. We will visit these concepts several more times before STAAR.

And now we turn our sights to chemistry.  Students love the idea of playing with fire and mixing chemicals, so that is the "hook."  But, it is chemistry and there is a lot of hard work involved.  Don't hesitate to jump to the chemistry link and start to work ahead in preparation for upcoming tests an quizzes.  This is one you can't study too much for!

Well, that about wraps it for now.  If we can keep the momentum(p=mv) ...sorry a little science reference... going, I am enthusiastic about the outcomes for the year!  Thanks to all and stay tuned!!!

Strack:  Impacting futures by learning today

Welcome to 17-18 School Year
Wahoooooooo!  I am soooooo glad to be back!  I love school.

Let me repeat that - I LOVE SCHOOL!

Welcome back (or welcome the first time) to Strack.  I want to lead off by telling you that if there is anything I can do to help your student become more successful, please let me know.

The 17-18 year represents my 10th year at Strack and my 20th year of teaching. Each year, I feel that I learn a bit more and also crave more skills to help students learn science.

In addition to the the time I have put in, I have had lots of experiences that will help your student succeed. Over the years, I have worked as team leader and department chair. I have worked with several different administrations and learned something new from each of them. And of course, I have worked with thousands of young people!

We have a lot in common. I live right here in the community. I have three children; three recent Klein High graduates.  My baby is a junior at Texas A&M this year.  I also have two amazing grand-babies, so I am starting over as well! I can relate to what it takes to be a middle school parent! Most of all, I share your goal of seeing your child soar to the limits of his/her ability.

Over the years, both as a teacher and as a parent, I have found that something which is very important to me is parent-teacher communication. Feel free to reach out to me. If you have any questions about what's going on, drop me a note. Together, we will succeed! Science Rulz!!!

Strack:  Where Cougars belong and Cougars succeed!