Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Paws Team Update

Please check the STI system and your student’s grades. Mid-quarter grades will come home next week.

Have a great, safe, and restful Thanksgiving break.

In Social Studies, I was very impressed with the amount of effort put into the Ancient Egypt/Kush-Nubia Projects. I was blown away by some of the amazing talents of the students. I still have 3 students that have not turned a project in yet 0/100 points. Students received their grade sheets on Monday and Tuesday of this week—please ask to see the grade sheet. If they received a zero for any category, they can redo that section and resubmit that part of their project. They must turn in their redone section and the grading sheet on Monday or Tuesday after Thanksgiving. They will receive half-credit for a redone section.

After Thanksgiving, we will begin our study of Ancient India. Students will have a small amount of homework each time they have class.

In Communication Arts, the students have been given the writing activity for the city-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. writing contest explaining that they are to write an essay that tells a personal story about how a person they know (could be them) came to know somebody who was different in some important way, and how that encounter helped one or both people overcome a fear or prejudice or misconception. The essays' rough drafts will be due no later that Wed. Dec. 2 (blue classes) or Thurs. Dec. 23 (gold classes). The final draft will be due on Mon. Dec. 7th. The essays will be picked up at the school by the contest officials on Tues. Dec. 8th to be judged. The winner of the contest wins $100, second runner up receives $50, and the third place winner will get $25. Mrs. McFarland has had winning essays in the past and is hoping that this year will be no different. Good luck sixth graders!

In Math, we are reviewing chapter 4, and will be testing in about a week. Students received Quiz A for chapter 4 this week, and several students scored significantly lower than their average. If parents would like to review the first three lessons with their child, and return a signed note stating they studied, students will be able to take a quiz to replace that grade. The divisibility rules on page 152 are important to know in order to score well on the quiz. Have a great Thanksgiving!

In Science, the students had their Pangaea maps graded. Please check the STI and see that your student completed this assignment appropriately. They could earn 50 points for this activity. We will continue our investigation of earthquakes in class. Next week we will be discovering how to find the location of an earthquakes epicenter and how earthquakes are measured.

In Reading Exploratory, please make sure that your student is reading 100 minutes per week, writing three complete summaries, and having you sign the Reading Log. Please have students proofread and edit their summaries if it is not their best work. Reading logs will be due every Friday.