Please log into our Meadow Hill web site. Go to the upper tabs and click on "STAFF". Click on my name, Donald Griffith. Click on either "Math" or "Science" tab to receive a description of what we are doing on a day-to-day basis. PLEASE CHECK WEEKLY IN ORDER TO KNOW WHAT YOUR CHILD IS DOING IN CLASS!!!
Phone: 728-2400 Extension 2087
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Welcome to the 2019-20 school year. This year will mark my 8th year working at Meadow Hill. I can honestly say that I look forward to entering the doors each and every day. Construction is moving along with many positive changes taking place. I will once again be teaching 7th grade math and science.
This year will witness our entire 6th-12th grade district changing to a new math curriculum called Carnegie Learning. There are many exciting changes with our new program to include personal math books for each student, implementation of proven learning techniques, and the usage of modern computer based programing. There are also some challenging changes that will occur to include how math is taught. Carnegie Learning focuses a great deal on student led learning, which is quite the change compared to what students and teachers are used to. Instructors will assemble students into small groups of 3 to 4 for each lesson. The first three days will include group work. These three days will be followed by individual computer based instruction for approximately 2 days. Teacher led lectures will become rare. We all know that today's generation is great with technology so I am quite confident that the computer based section will go well. I do worry about the group based learning days for we also know that today's generation prefers to text rather than use face-to-face communications. We will definitely be working our our oral communication skills. Overall, I expect math grades, and academic self-confidence, to increase across the board with greater "real life" learning opportunities taking place each and every week.
In science, we will focus on making sure students have as many "hands-on" opportunities as possible. It is always my hope that the 7th grade science student is exposed to opportunities to explore the incredible ecosystem we all call Western Montana. An emphasis will be spent on understanding how one conducts an exploratory lab, and then prepares a strong evidence based lab report.
On a personal note, I just celebrated my 30th anaversary of marriage to my high school sweetheart, Barbara. We were both born and raised in Butte America. My wife and I moved to Missoula in 1989. I feel very fortunate to call Missoula my home for it is a beautiful place to live. I am extremely proud of my Butte Irish heritage so don't be surprised when you see me sporting a green beard. I have two wonderful children, Shawn and Ashley. Shawn is an established dentist while Ashley has just started work as a CSCT specialist at Russell elementary. I love to garden, play the guitar, fish with flies I have tied, read a book, play cards with friends, or spend quiet time with my loving family.
I wish to send a warm welcome to each and every parent and please know, I am here for your child! I will work extremely hard to make sure they experience both academic and social success throughout this school year. Please contact me whenever you feel the need to do so. I can best be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. or at 728-2400 ext. 2087. You are also welcome to swing by after school.
Again, I welcome you to our new school year. I am excited about all of the wonderful events we will experience together over the next several months. Many thanks, Mr. Griffith.