Jim Starrs

    Social Studies/Language Arts Teacher         

    Phone: 780-6552

    Latest news (4/1 a.m.): I'll continue to update my class calendar and will do my best to keep my students and their families informed. We have a new photo theme for April.

    This week 3/30 - 4/3 you shouldn't see much chang in the regular academic offerings posted on teachers' Google Classroom. I'll be posting there for my LA and Soc. St. students. You should get ready for some changes after spring break. The indications we're getting from the state education leaders are that we should develop ways to increase "attendance" and accountability. Watch for announcements by our superintendent explaining how that will occur on Bainbridge Island.

    The 6th grade academic goal has become one that will try to provide uniformity (as much as possible) across the grade level. There may be some differences based on how different teachers were operating before school closed. In general, language arts will try to offer reading, writing, listening, and grammar activities. Social studies will continue to study ancient civilizations using TCI. We will try to limit our assignments to 20 to 40 minutes per subject per day.

    I'll also commit to what I'll call "office hours". If you email me by 11:00, I'll do my best to reply before 3:30 of that same day. If you email me after 11:00. I'll reply the next day. I'll be checking my email every day (as long as I have internet service.)

    For those of you who wish to figure out my desktop theme for this month, I'll post the daily photo below.

    Feel free to contact me with any curricular questions or concerns, or guesses as to the theme.

    Last month began with a lion and ended with a lamb. "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb."

    ruben dario
    This will be another year with great teaching partners. Ms. Barrett and I will each teach language arts and social studies to half the students on our team. Ms. Evans will teach all the science classes. Ms. Haas will teach all the math classes.


    1958: I was born in New York City and lived there three years.


    1961: I moved to Chicago. There I started my school career in Ms. Hanburger’s kindergarten class.


    {Skip forward many years during which I continued my schooling through elementary school, high school, college, and post-graduate studies. I also developed my love of travel, bicycling, reading, the outdoors, art, and many other things.}

      travel    bicycle    reading    outdoors    art

    2018: I teach 6th grade social studies and language arts at Sakai Intermediate School. Even though I have been teaching in the Bainbridge Island School District since 1990 (a long time) where I’ve been happy and lucky to work with great fellow teachers, great families, and the best students in the world, every year brings something new for me. 

    This year we'll have some things the same and some different. We'll still have our classrooms side by side on the 100-south level of Sakai. We'll still teach the same subjects and get to know you as individuals. Students will have language arts and social studies classes with one teacher and those classes will still be scheduled to be back-to-back. The new things this year will be details like our new Chromebooks and small tweaks to the curriculum.

    I've had a good summer--some travel as mentioned above and some work on projects at home. I'll take one more quick trip to visit family in the DC area and then I'll be back getting our classroom ready. I hope to have fun working and learning with you this year. 

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