Friday, February 26, 2010

Paws Team Update

Remember, that there is a two hour early release day on Tuesday, (3-2). Students will be out at 12:45.

Attention any 6th and 7th grade girls interested in becoming a Carver Cougar Cheerleader next school year needs to come to an informational meeting this Thursday February 25th at 6:00pm in the Carver cafeteria. We will hand out tryout applications, discuss uniform and costs, and explain the tryout procedure. Any questions feel free to email me at .

In Social Studies, we are beginning our study of Ancient Greek culture. Students will present a project at the completion of our study of Chapter 5. The project and presentation will take the place of the test for Chapter 5. I will attach the project sheet with this e-mail. The project will be similar to the one we completed over Ancient Egypt. Blue classes will get the information about the project on Monday; gold classes got their information sheets today. The projects are due on Friday (3-12) for gold classes and on Monday (3-15) for blue classes. Students will continue to have homework each time they have social studies. Please ask to see the completed assignment for verification.

In Communication Arts, the students have just finished presenting their personal narrative essays to the class. They were very interesting and the students were able to tell why in their presentations why this personal experience was so meaningful to them. Mrs. McFarland has been encouraging the students to write their multiplication facts from 1 to 10 ten times each to receive extra credit points for third quarter in Communication Arts. Carver is really working together to give our students every opportunity to memorize their multiplication facts because it is so important to their success. In Mrs. McFarland's reading classes, she is allowing class time to read for thirty minutes to help the students out with completing their reading logs in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, there are still quite a number of students not turning in the required weekly reading log. Parents, it is so important that your child be reading 100 minutes a week and getting their reading summaries turned in. Again, the practice of reading on a regular basis improves a student's success in all areas of life. MAP Practice assignments and test taking strategies are being incorporated in all of the lessons in the Communication Arts classes. The students are doing quite well on these activities and hopefully this practice time will help the students do their very best on the MAP tests in April.

Mathematics, Chapter 7 test is Monday for Blue and Tuesday for Gold. Have a great weekend!

In SCIENCE, the students are investigating the relationships between time, distance, and speed as we begin our unit on forces and motion. Today we started our first lab related to these topics. The students are responsible for understanding how to solve problems related to these relationships. We have completed a practice problem paper in class that they should study to confirm their understanding of how to successfully complete these types of problems.

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.