Week of January 19

posted Jan 21, 2015, 8:36 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Jan 21, 2015, 8:36 AM by Lisa Griffin ]
For the next two weeks students will be reading short stories, both fiction and non-fiction.  Some stories will come from the PARCC practice test and others will be taken from articles or short story collaborations.  They will be discussing the stories, answering questions, and completing activities around the stories. 

We will also be focusing this semester on grammar.  We will begin each day with Daily Oral Language and every Wednesday will be a grammar lesson. This Wednesday's focus will be commas within dates, addresses, letters, lists, and conjunctions. This all should be a review and they will have a quiz on Thursday over these topics.  We will take a break from the vocabulary words and pick them back up in March. 
Students should be working on their Writer's Notebooks at home.  This is a place to record thoughts, ideas, pondering, wondering, observations, etc. They need to write in it 2 times a week for 10 minutes (Period 5), which should consist of at least half a page, or 20 minutes (Period 6), which should consist of a page, each time. The next due date is  Friday, March 13.  They should have 15 more entries for a total of 45 entries.

I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily. If you cannot see the calendar, have your child look at their Google calendars as I have shared my assignment calendar with them.

PARCC testing begins in March. Please see the Middle School Calendar for the dates. We will be doing practice items from the test throughout January and February.  Your child can also go to the PARCC website and take a practice test. http://parcc.pearson.com/# This year the test will be taken on computers and practicing how to take the test will be beneficial to the success of your child.  

Spring middle school parent/teacher conferences will be held Wednesday, March 4th from 3-7 PM and Thursday, March 5th from 4-7 PM. Conferences will be held in rooms 166 and 167 as an open house format so you may drop in at any time during the conference time windows to talk with me.