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Look for courses that include some way to track your progress and offer lessons chunked into smaller parts. Some ongoing science projects may also be appropriate. Ask Mr. T or Ms. Angst. Do not pick something that will happen anyways. You will be presenting a discussion of your process in June.

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Getting Ready for MACC at Citadel

Welcome to Mr. T’s classroom website!

A few notes for the first two weeks:

1) Show up! As a parent, I remember thinking how the first week of school seemed sort of silly. There were no Math or Science classes, so was it really that important? Now that I am a teacher I can say categorically yes! The first weeks are so important, especially for Grade 6’s. Explaining to 30 students at the same time how to use the pencil sharpener is a 30 second mention; training 30 individually is a half hour of wasted time better spent on teaching. The first weeks are about everything from learning how to open a combination lock to determining the number of teachers in the school. Really. In essence, it is like learning the rules of the game: who you are playing with, what to do and not to do, and how to play the best you can. Your presence is important.

2) Complete this assignment for parents (Grade 6 only). Please help us get ready for creating IEPs and events next year by filling out THIS FORM.

3) Acquire your school supplies.

A laptop

While MACC students still use pen and paper at Citadel, especially in other classes, we try to be as pragmatically paperless as possible in the MACC program.

A laptop capable of running the latest version of Microsoft Office is the key tool we use. (Aside: In 2015-2016, we will use use cell phones and tablets in the classroom only sparingly.) For a Windows PC, it should be capable of running Windows 10; Apple Macs should be able to run OS X 10. A used laptop is totally OK (even recommended) as long as it meets these standards and can hold a charge. Ideally the computer should also have an HDMI port (or dongle adapter) and at least one USB port. Virtually every new laptop (aside from Chromebooks and Linux computers) meet these specs, even the $325 laptop I recently saw at Costco or any of these sub-$500 laptops at Walmart (except for the Chromebook).

Students should also come to school with a pair of inexpensive headphones/earbuds with a microphone that will work with their computer.

One parameter to consider when purchasing a laptop is its size. A smaller laptop is generally better, especially if the student intends to bring it home each night. It also should be able to fit in a locker.

Do not bring your tech to school the first day of school. In fact, unless you are told otherwise, you likely will not need your tech the first week.

Low-Tech Essentials

While we try to be as paperless as possible, your student will work with many teachers and on many different projects. They will need many of the regular supplies.

The following annotated supplies list is a modified version of the regular Citadel 6/7 list:

  • pencils. I find disposable mechanical pencils are less disruptive. If a student tends to lose things, make that LOTS of pencils.
  • blue or black pens.
  • a good quality eraser, especially for art
  • pencil crayons (please sharpen at home)
  • a red pen
  • a pair of scissors
  • a 30 cm ruler
  • lined paper. I have a bin of lined paper in my class. Students who take paper from the bin are expected to replace what they use.
  • graph paper – 1 cm
  • a highlighter (yellow, orange, or green preferred)
  • a geometry set. Students may have one at home already. The compass in the set must be functional and easy to use.
  • a pack of 3-4 whiteboard markers (avoid yellow; blue, black, and red are best)
  • a glue stick
  • a few black fineliners. (If your student is prone to losing things, buy a pack so you can keep some in reserve at home.)
  • a calculator. A dollar store calculator is sufficient. Most of the time students will use their computer, but there are times we need to guarantee they do not have access to the Internet while doing calculations.
  • Duotangs (at least 6) in a variety of colours. I rarely use these, but other teachers your students encounter likely will.
  • something to hold all of these. Students should not keep things in their desks, so they need to be able to take their supplies with them to their locker.
  • a way to organize and transport paper and duotangs. For most students this will be a zippered, three-ring binder with subject dividers. A folding portfolio that fits in a section of a laptop case is also a great option especially if a student is prone to just jamming things in a binder . (Please note that backpacks are not permitted in the classroom as they create a tripping hazard.)
  • a 1 GB+ USB memory stick (aka flash drive)
  • 1 plastic sleeve for Home Arts
  • gym bag, shorts, t-shirt & runners for PE
  • a box or two of tissues.


  • unlined paper for school (we try to be as paperless as we can); you may need some for home
  • coloured markers
  • extra large stretchable covers for covering textbooks
  • reinforcements
  • “white out”
  • Webster’s New World paperback dictionary/thesaurus
  • Basic Webster’s French-English/English-French dictionary

Supplies should be maintained throughout the school year.

Please note that, at best, the custodians put pencils and pens found on the floor on the teacher’s desk. If there is no name on the item and it is not easily identifiable there is no way to return it to your student. They do not use a specific desk to store things so, as such, it is essential that all items have a name on them.

4) Do prepare your tech at home.

If the following sounds like Ancient Greek to you, don’t worry either.  However, if you have a computer for school (highly, highly, highly recommended) and are tech savvy, please download and install the following at home where your internet connection is likely to be much, much better than at school.

See the lists below. Where possible, I have included links to safe download sites. Unless noted, the free versions are adequate.

PC Users

  • OFFICE 365 will be provided free to students in September. Details will be provided then.
  • Internet Explorer (usually pre-installed)
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Earth
  • Evernote (and Evernote Web Clipper)
  • Scratch
  • Blender
  • iTunes
  • Scrivener – Download the file but do not install it yet (If you do, you will use up your 30-day free trial;). Just stash the install file where you can find it later.
  • Kindle Reading App

Mac Users

To be granted permission to be on the school internet, the laptop must have virus protection.

As I will be providing tech support in the classroom as needed, the computer’s menus and dialogue boxes must be set to “English.”

5) Plan for a 3:00pm end of school.

While school at Citadel technically ends at 2:50, if possible try and organize a schedule that leaves room for a student to stay for at least a few minutes after school for one-on-one interactions with the teachers. Nothing is more frustrating than offering a student assistance and having them tell you they can’t stay because they have to run and meet a ride.  So if there are options for start times for extra-curricular activities, try and leave just a little wiggle-room.



The Chicken McNugget Problem

Photo: Fritz Saalfeld


Chicken McNuggets can be purchased in quantities of 6, 9, and 20 pieces. You can buy exactly 15 pieces by purchasing a 6 and a 9, but you can’t buy exactly 10 McNuggets. What is the largest number of McNuggets that can NOT be purchased?

You will need a systematic approach to solving this problem. What is your plan? You must hand in your work.

We worked on the problem in class with just a few hints. You may now work on the problem using any resource you wish (friends, online resources, etc.). Remember, the adults in your life should be your last, not your first, source of help. This is your opportunity to be resourceful.

Bonus: What if the McNuggets could be purchased in quantities of 6, 9 , and 21 pieces? What would the largest quantity be that could NOT be purchased.


“Privately Owned Devices” Form

Before your student can use WiFi on their device at school, parents are required to fill out the district “Privately Owned Devices” form. It is now available on the Parent E-Forms page on the school site. You will need information about your student’s device.