week of 9-22-14

posted Sep 23, 2014, 7:25 AM by Shalaine Root   [ updated Sep 23, 2014, 7:25 AM by Lisa Griffin ]
Happy Fall Equinox!!!

As some of you start to check out Infinite Campus and your grades, please remember that Responsibility grades make up 10% of your grade.  Also remember that this is scored on a two point scale; if the homework is here in class completed at the start of class, it is two points; if it is partially completed, one point; and not complete or not here,  no points.  These points are earned at the time that I walk around and check homework, you can not earn them back.

We don't have electives this week due to our Gifted Discussion GroupsIt’s Gifted Discussion Group Week!!!!! We are thrilled that this Wednesday is our first ever school wide, social emotional focused day. In Lieu of specials classes, students will meet in a small group 
(6-10 students) with a teacher facilitator and begin focusing on their individual social emotional needs. These sessions will last approximately 40 minutes and will take place the last Wednesday of each month. Each month they will have a different theme including: understanding your gifts, stress, resiliency, perfectionism and friendships to name a few. 
 
Last Spring our entire staff was trained by the president of the Colorado Association for Gifted and 
Talented and social emotional specialists Terry Bradley. This full day training introduced our teachers to the idea that we can all do more to meet the needs of our students in and out of the classroom. We are so excited for this new opportunity for our teachers and staff to connect on a much deeper level as we focus on the affective side of learning.


I will be doing book orders, if you are interested, please see me.  Checks can be made out to Scholastic Book clubs or you can bring cash to me or you can order on-line by looking for my page and using the code HFH8N.  

Now that you have your community handbooks, please carefully read the section about dress code.  Some points to remember: no shoulders can be showing and shorts/skirts should reach at least to your finger tips when your arms hang naturally at you side.  Also undergarments should be under your garments. :)

There is information for my different classes, please be sure to look at your information.

L2
We will continue our class novel this week: The Giver.  We will be reading and doing activities in and out of class for this novel.  If you have your own copy, you may bring it to class.  I am looking at possibly going to see the movie so we can do a book/film compare and contrast.  Remember you need to be sticky noting important events, questions, a-has, predictions, etc.  You need to read to chapter 16 by next Wednesday, 9/24.  You questions for chapters 10-12 are due Wednesday also.
 
We have started our Writer's Notebooks. This is a place to record thoughts, ideas, ponderings, stories, ect. Students need to be writing for at least 20 minutes each entry and they need at least 2 entries per week. They should have 9 entries by 9/28. Students will keep their WN at home until we have a WN check, about every 20 entries or so.

Our vocab quiz will be 9/24.


L3
We started The Outsiders on Friday.  We will be reading and doing activities in and out of class.  Remember you need to be sticky noting contradictions, personality traits, a-ha's, questions, quotes, emotions, etc.  You need to finish the book by Wednesday, 9/24.

We have started our Writer's Notebooks. This is a place to record thoughts, ideas, ponderings, stories, ect. Students need to be writing for at least 20 minutes each entry and they need at least 2 entries per week. They should have 9 entries by 9/28. Students will keep their WN at home until we have a WN check, about every 20 entries or so.

Our vocab quiz will be 9/24.


  

Have a great week.
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