It is hard to believe that this is
your final month as a 7th grader.
How quickly the year flew by! It has
been a great honor being your science
teacher this past year. I have tried
very hard to impart an appreciation
not only for science, but for life.
While my primary goal has been to
get all of you to enjoy science, it
has been equally important to me that
you walk away from my class a better
person--a person who values life and
the universe around us. You have all
made incredible progress towards becoming
mature, skilled young adults, and
you are all better versed in the life
skills of organization, hard work,
respect, responsibility, cooperation,
compromise, teamwork, written communication,
and, everyone's favorite, oral communication!
I am very proud of your efforts, and
wish you continued success in your
life journey. It is my hope that all
of you will keep me informed throughout
the remainder of middle school, high
school, college, and your career.
Remember, while there are no guarantees
in life, if you put your mind to it,
you can accomplish anything. Effort,
hard work, and responsibility are
often rewarded more than intelligence
in this society, so always do your
best. Also, you cannot be a great
student or worker if studying and
work is all that you are. Therefore,
I encourage all of you to be as well-rounded
as possible, so get involved in extracurricular
activities outside of school and work.
Have fun, enjoy life to it's fullest,
and focus on all of the good that
surrounds us. Remember, 'garbage in'
= 'garbage out', so make educated
and logical decisions in life that
will make you happier and more successful
in the long run.
Have a fantastic summer break, and
an even more fantastic future. Keep
PS: Words of Advice from Bill Gates:
Life is wonderful, but it is also
challenging at times. The following
advice comes from one of the most
successful businessman in history,
Bill Gates. He recently told a group
of high schoolers about 11 things
they did not learn in school. He talks
about how feel-good, politically correct
teachings created a full generation
of kids with no concept of reality
and how this concept set them up for
failure in the real world. I want
all of you to be very successful,
so consider some of his words:
Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used
Rule 2: The world won't care about
your self-esteem. The world will expect
you to accomplish something BEFORE
you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make 40 thousand
dollars a year right out of high school.
You won't be a vice-president with
a car phone, until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher
is tough, wait till you get a boss.
He doesn't have tenure.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath
your dignity. Your grandparents had
a different word for burger flipping
they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your
parents' fault, so don't whine about
your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your
parents weren't as boring as they
are now. They got that way from paying
your bills, cleaning your clothes
and listening to you talk about how
cool you are. So before you save the
rain forest from the parasites of
your parents' generation, try delousing
the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done
away with winners and losers but life
has not. In some schools they have
abolished failing grades and they'll
give you as many times as you want
to get the right answer. This doesn't
bear the slightest resemblance to
ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters.
You don't get summers off and very
few employers are interested in helping
you find yourself. Do that on your
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life.
In real life people actually have
to leave the coffee shop and go to
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances
are you'll end up working for one.
--There may be virtual reality, but
there is no such thing as virtual
--You are who you choose to be--