Happy New Year! It is hard to believe but the school year is almost half over already; time certainly flys! Students continue to work hard and are putting forth good effort in Literacy class. As you know the ability to read and write is fundamental to success in all subject areas, so beginning in January I have instituted the "Weekly Short Story" assignment. Each Friday students receive a packet containing a non-fiction weekly short story - and the related questions. It is due back the following Friday and will count as a quiz grade. This is an independent assignment meant to be done at home but extra help is available during homeroom and after school if needed.
We have finished up the non-fiction signposts and are moving into a unit of writing. Students will be utilizing the R.A.C.E. format (restate, answer, cite evidence and explain the evidence). Consistent usage of basic mechanics of punctuation and capitalization will be stressed along with the skill of writing in full and complete sentences and expanding on the topic.
The students took their second Scholastic Reading Assessment in November, which measures their reading Lexile scores. The scores improved significantly and the students were able to see their progress as they plot their scores on a line graph. Please continue to encourage reading at home as it will only strengthen their skills.
If you would like to donate a box of tissues, and/or a bottle of hand sanitizer, that would be very much appreciated as they are always needed! Please have all supplies by Monday, September 24th if possible.
Good communication is vital, so please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. The best way to get in touch with me is via e-mail, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will sign your childs planner each night and ask you to do the same so jotting a note in your child's planner is another way to communicate with me. Thank you in advance for your support as we work together to make this a successful year.
Students have the opportuity to complete a "Hot Cocoa" Reading challenge over the break. They are to read for 30 minutes, ten times over the break for a total of 300 minutes to receive extra credit. Each 30 minute block equals one marshmallow. All marshmallows are to be cut out and pasted into the mug. The mug is then to be decorated neatly and colored. All hot cocoa mugs are due back to school on January 2nd. No late submissions will be accepted.
Conferences will be held Novemeber 12-14, Monday-Wednesday from 1- 3 and Wednesday evening 6-8 pm. Please log onto Geneis to register.