Thursday, December 3, 2009

Paws Team Update

Mid-quarter grades will be handed to students tomorrow, Friday. They will need to be signed and returned by Wednesday (12-9).

In Social Studies, we are beginning our study of Ancient India-Chapter 6 from our book. Students will have homework each time they have social studies class. Please ask to see the assignments we are working on and have your student explain what they are learning and studying in class each day. The test/folder over Ancient India will be taken/due for blue classes on Wednesday (12-16) and for gold classes on Thursday (12-17).

Congratulations to our Geography Bee Paws Team winners:
Kevin Driver
Brayden Jones
Alyssa Presley
Jimmy Gove
Kyle Brown
They will be competing against other 6th, 7th, and 8th grade team winners in the school wide Geography Bee on December 16 to crown a school wide champion. Good luck contestants!

In Communication Arts, the students should have their Martin Luther King, Jr. essay, "From Fear to Understanding" turned in no later than Friday, Dec. 4th. The essays will be picked up at the school for judging on Tuesday, Dec. 8th. The essays that have been turned in so far have been very interesting and show promise of being selected as winners. Spelling Test 5 will be given Thursday, Dec. 10 (Blue) and Dec. 11 (Gold) over these words: arctic, atmosphere, balmy, boggy, boulder, gorge, molten, oasis, outcropping, resource, ridge, slate, sleet, slush, stratified, sulphur, undertow, unidentified, visible, and volcanic.

In Math, next week will be the chapter 4 test. This is a very difficult chapter, so we have spent this week reviewing the chapter. Pages 202-204 have great review questions and vocabulary to study. (The test will NOT include lesson 9.) Students will also have three quizzes from chapter 4 that would be great study guides.

We still have a few students that have not passed the multiplication test, so keep reviewing. We are also about to have a contest between the PAWS Team and PRIDE Team with multiplication. The team with the best percentage will have free seating at lunch for a week! Have a great weekend!

In Science, the students are learning about the tools used to locate and measure earthquakes. The unit test will take place next week on Wednesday or Thursday. The test will cover information about minerals, earthquakes, and the rock cycle. Our unit review will take place on Monday and Tuesday. All late work will be due at that time. Please check STI to determine what work your child may be missing.

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 (attached). Please have students proofread and edit their summaries if it is not their best work. There will be a reading log due every Friday.