Friday, January 25, 2013

Newsletter January 25, 2013

MathWe finished unit 6 with flying colors and started unit 7 yesterday.  So far the test is scheduled for February 12th before the CRT.  Students continue to improve in their math facts, which show in their math work.  We will be relying heavily on our common sense this unit as we start to discuss positive and negative integers, as well as expanded notation.
Science Students had their flip stick Olympics and we start the test tomorrow.  The first go through will be with no notes, then I correct it, and students then get to go through it again with their notes.  We will start landforms and do our bubble gum research paper in the next couple of weeks.
Social Studies – Students were introduced to Prezi this week as we start our 13 colonies project.  Students will have a couple of weeks to research their colony and place all of their information into a 3-5 minute long Prezi presentation.  We are also busy doing Mystery Skype with another one scheduled today; I also had an article published about Mystery Skype in “Learning & Leading” magazine.
Reading We did our very first speed book recommendations, which the students seemed to enjoy immensely.  We have also discussed point of view and I am having informal reading conferences with many students.  I am also sending home another book order today simply because it is had the sequel to the False Prince for order.  For many students this is the must read book at the moment.  The book order will be due Feb. 1st or next Friday.        
Writing Writing has been a great deal of fun as students continue drafting their fiction stories.  We will continue to edit our stories and hopefully get them wrapped up and published within the next two weeks.  I cannot wait for them to share their stories.
Special Notes
* Doodle for Google is back with the theme this year being The Best Day. This annual contest is one the kids look forward to!  The grand prize winner will get a $30,000 scholarship, their school will receive a $50,000 scholarship and their Doodle will be featured on Google’s homepage for a day.  Students were given contest rules last week and have until March 15th to submit to me, their submissions do require parent signatures so be aware of that. 
* The Carnival is coming; Thea and I will be there for sure on February 16th as this is one of our favorite events that happen at West Middleton. 
* The sledding party was a brilliant success.  Thank you to those who donated items to make the party a success.  I loved how the students came together and just had a lot of fun; they deserved it.
*  What a week for the kids in the room; Graham took second in the district spelling bee as well as first in the WM geo bee.  Noah E took 16th in the district spelling bee and 2nd in the geo bee, Buddy took 27th in the district spelling bee and his poem has been selected as a finalist in the Yahara River Writers Contest.  Joining him as finalists are Cece, Ethan and Noah E.  What talent!
* Middle school election slips go home today to be returned ASAP to me.  Your child can choose between band, chorus, orchestra, or 5-day PE.
* Many students found out yesterday that our incredible librarian Mr. Powers is retiring at the end of the year.  He will be so hard to replace...
* I have some dates for you to put on your calendars: No school Monday, January 28th, WM PTO meeting Thursday, January 24th 7 PM, Book orders due Friday February 1st, Special surprise January 30th 1 PM, Read-In Party all day except for specials Friday February 1st, Early Release February 12th, Valentine’s Day Party 1:30 PM February 14th, Carnival February 16th.


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