• Mr. Cargile Stresses The Importance of Doing Homework

    Posted by Joe Cargile on 9/13/2015 3:00:00 PM

    Parents, please make sure you check on your child's homework assignment in science each night.  Do not be put off with explanations of "he didn't give us any."  I make a point to have a homework assignment for each and every class because it is important they get into a routine of working OUTSIDE of the class room.  Sometimes, the homework is a reading assignment; at other times, it is a written assignment, due on the next class meeting.  If you are ever in doubt about what the assignment is, check my homework blog which is listed just under the "About the Teacher" category to the left.  I key in the homework assignment at the end of each day, just so parents can check against what their children are telling them. 

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  • Mr. Cargile Welcomes You Back To School

    Posted by Joe Cargile on 8/7/2015 3:00:00 PM

    Welcome back to school!!!  I hope you all had an enjoyable summer!!!  Now if we could just get a break from all the HAWT weather outside....my grass is turning a nice brownish hue at home, we haven't had a decent rain for the whole month of July, it would seem.  I am very fortunate to have your child in one of my 8th grade science classes, I look forward to an enjoyable year with them!!!  If I may be of further service to you, don't hesitate to email on the link on my school webpage, I promise I'll get back to you in a timely manner!!!

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  • Welcome Back To School!!!

    Posted by Joe Cargile on 8/7/2014 4:00:00 PM
    Well, it's that time of year again....welcome back to school!!!  I am so privileged to have your child in one of my 8th grade science classes, I just know we are going to have a splendid time together as the year develops.  Madison Middle School is THE BEST school at which I have ever taught, you should be feel very lucky to have your child here.  If I may be of service to you as the year develops, do not hesitate to email me or call and leave a message.  Let's have a SUPER 2014-2015 year together!!!
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  • Mr. Cargile Speaks About "Halftime"

    Posted by Joe Cargile on 1/15/2014 4:00:00 PM
    Happy New Year to you all!!!  Report cards were recently issued, reflecting your child's academic progress for the first two grading terms of the 2013-2014 school year.  Hopefully you were pleased with the results.  If not, this is an excellent time for you and your child to make some "halftime" adjustments.  This is similar to what football teams do at halftime.  Coaches analyze what happened during the first half and make adjustments designed to correct mistakes that occurred.  There is another half of the school year yet to take place; now is the time to make adjustments and still win the game!!!
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  • Mr. Cargile Talks About the Power of "3"

    Posted by Joe Cargile on 8/21/2013 6:00:00 PM
    In the never ending quest for study tips, let me offer, as we approach the first chapter tests, the rule of "3".  Quite simply put, go over the material 3 times.  The first time, you will recall about 50%, thereabouts, of the material in question.  The second time, you will recall roughly 75 to 80% of the material, and the third time, you will zero in on the remaining 20 - 25%.  You must start with an absolute mastery of the material in its printed form to do well on tests, so I would highly recommend reading the material at least "3" times.
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  • Mr. Cargile Speaks About Coming To Class Prepared

    Posted by Joe Cargile on 2/11/2013 10:00:00 AM
    One of the nice things that distinguishes this school from other schools at which I have taught is students come to school equipped with the supplies they need to meet the academic demands placed on them by their teachers.  Sadly, here of late, that quality is becoming more diminished.  I ask my students to take out a clean sheet of paper, and we spend a good 5 minutes or so waiting for the students who have no paper borrow from the students who do have paper.  The same is true with writing instruments; hardly a day goes by that I don't have to loan a pencil or pen to someone in each class because they don't have anything to write with. 
    Let us not diminish our efforts by coming to school ill-equipped to meet the challenges of the day.  Please check with your child to see if they have paper, pencils, lead (for the mechanical pencils), pens, hi-liters, etc. so they do not create problems we should not have to deal with.
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  • Mr. Cargile Talks About Passing For The Year

    Posted by Joe Cargile on 2/11/2013 10:00:00 AM
    Hello Parents,
    I know its a little late, but Happy New Year to you all!!!  We actually just received our progress reports for the 3rd nine week grading period, and I would like to speak to those of you who have a child with a failing average for the first semester.
    For your child to pass an academic class for the year, the first semester average added to the second semester average must total 130.  When you divide that by two, that will give a yearly average of 65, which is the lowest score a student may receive and still be promoted to the next grade.  For example, a student who had a "51" average for the first semester, would have to have a combined effort of "79" from the 3rd and 4th 9 week grading periods to achieve passing status.
    I would encourage you to look at that report card from the first semester and examine each of your child's classes for the first semester average.  Currently, I have several who fall in this category.  What your child does this second semester will greatly influence the academic standing from the first semester. 
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  • Mr. Cargile Speaks Again On The Subject Of Afternoon Classes

    Posted by Joe Cargile on 9/21/2012 4:00:00 PM
    Parents, again let me emphasize to you, if your child has 4th block or 8th block with me, it is very important to come to those classes prepared to focus and try to leave a little more informed than when you arrived.  If your child's grade average continues to lag behind what you want it to be, speak to them about focusing and concentrating while in class.  No one is more ready than I am for the day to be over, but that does not excuse us from mastering the content. Just because it's Friday afternoon, we are tired and ready for school to be out, that isn't going to help much on test execution, which we have on Monday and Tuesday of next week. 
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  • Mr. Cargile Talks About The "Proof Of The Pudding"

    Posted by Joe Cargile on 9/13/2012 4:00:00 PM
    There is an old saying that "the proof of the pudding is in the eating".   Progress reports went out today, so be sure to take a look at your child's academic average in each of his/her classes.  I have several students who still cling to the old excuse bag, such as "I'm just not good at science", or "I'm just not a good test taker".  While there may be exceptions to every rule, nothing replaces good old fashioned hard work and studying.  The students who take an inventory of their skills and seek to improve them do so by studying harder, putting in more time, asking more questions.  If the grade average isn't where you as a parent want it to be, analyze just how much time your child is spending towards actively working towards better grades.  Be sure to contact the teacher in that particular class and ask for feedback on how they think your child is doing.  Communication continues to be one of the sharpest tools in the toolbox towards better grade averages, so ask!!!
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  • Mr. Cargile Speaks About The Power Of "Zero"

    Posted by Joe Cargile on 9/10/2012 4:00:00 PM
    Well, parents and students, we are about half-way into the first grading term, and some students are neglecting to follow up on missed assignments, which result ultimately in a grade of "zero".  It is very important you understand the math where zeroes are concerned.  I like to call zeroes "academic torpedoes", because nothing pulls your average down quicker than a couple of them.  For every zero a student picks up, they must score three (3) 100's, JUST to get back to the 70ish range.  It doesn't seem fair, but do the math:  three 100's plus one zero, equals 300.  300 divided by 4 (four grades) equals 75.  So, as you monitor your child's academic progress on Active Parent, if you see zeroes or NG's (no grade, which the computer interprets as a zero),  you need to find out why your child is picking up those "academic torpedoes".  As Ricky told Lucy on the old sitcom "I Love Lucy", "Somebody's got some 'splaining to do!"
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