Week of January 26

posted Jan 26, 2015, 8:06 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Jan 26, 2015, 8:06 AM by Lisa Griffin ]
This week 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 using commas to set off introductory words, to set off interrupters in a sentence,after a noun of direct address, between two or more descriptive adjectives, to clarify a sentence, in quotations,  and to  set off an appositive,. They will have a quiz next Wednesday  over all comma rules. They will receive a study sheet on Wednesday.  We will take a break from the vocabulary words and pick them back up in March. 

On Wednesday we will have our Gifted Discussion groups during Specials and Advisory.
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.

Take the Parent Creativity Crusade! We are so excited to announce that we have an incredible parent engagement opportunity. Join us on February 19th at 7pm and engage with Dr. Rick Shade and Patti Garrett Shade as they introduce Curiosita.  'All children are creative. They are curious, ask questions, explore, are imaginative and need self-expression. Creativity is a necessary 21st century skill, isn’t it? The challenge for you is to help your child become even more creative and support them to maintain their creativity through adolescence and adulthood, don’t you agree? This session provides suggestions and strategies to help you to foster and encourage creativity and creative thinking in your child. Help teach your child to think creatively without the box! To find out more view: www.curiositateaching.com’. On February 13th, our teachers and staff will participate in a full day training with Curiosita.