This week we continued working on our mini-mystery unit. We completed our final Pivot assessment on Thursday. Next Tuesday will will have our STAR Reading assessment.
This week students are creating a proposal for an end of year whole school party. Students will also be taking the PIVOT Blue end of year exam on Thursday and Friday. Review packets were handed out last week. Students are encouraged to study their review packets. And, don’t forget...our field trip to the Indians game is on Wednesday!!!
This week we will continue learning about WWII. We will have our final 6th social studies test over WWII on 5/17.
Our 6th grade scientists will be finishing up our invasive species unit. They will be creating a wanted poster for different invasive species. We will have a quiz on Friday over relationships, photosynthesis, invasive species, and levels of an ecosystem.
This week, students in 7th grade English completed their final STAR reading and Pivot benchmark assessments of the year. Both of these numbers help create the student “Needs Index” to determine placement in high school credit classes (specifically PACE) for next year. Also, students were informed that all late work needs to be submitted by May 17th. Our final assignment (the Independent Reading Project) will be due on the 24th.
This week, students completed their party projects and began presenting on Friday, and will finish on Monday, May 20th. We will review for our Pre-Algebra final on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, May 23rd, students will complete their final in class. Please ensure all missing work in submitted by Friday, May 17th. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week, during social studies, students will be focusing on two tasks: 1) studying for their final exam, and 2) working on completing their Trip of a Lifetime project. Our final exam will take place on Thursday, May 16th. The social studies project is due on Tuesday, May 21st, and it is worth 110 points. Students will be presenting their project on May 23rd or May 24th. Students should be able to complete most of the project during class, but if time management is a struggle, they might need to work on it outside of school. HERE is the link to my classroom website.
In 7th grade math, we finished our “Life Project” where students were given a salary range based off their GPA (which they calculated), picked a profession, bought a house/apartment, bought a car, paid taxes, paid utilities, and paid for other living expenses like groceries and other things adults have to worry about. Many students quickly realized that being an adult isn’t as easy as it seems and learned a lot about balancing a budget. Next week, we will be taking our final PIVOT assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday.
7th grade scientists started our Kung Fu physics! unit by learning all about forces and how to add them together to find net force, they started discovering how objects move thanks to Newton’s Laws of Motion and had their final Interactive Science Notebook check at some point throughout this week. Next week they will take the End of Year Science benchmark test on Tuesday, May 21st to measure growth, have some fun applying Newton’s Laws of Motion to real world problems and create Minute to Win It challenges to show how the three laws of motion are applied. All missing assignments are due no later than Thursday, May 23rd at 3:00 pm. For detailed listings of class happenings each day, check out my Canvas Page or our class Weebly Site Weebly site.
Science-8: This week our young Cadet chemists have been learning how to construct chemical bonds for ionic and covalent bonds. Students have completed Study Island assignments and EDpuzzles to help supplement our classroom discussions and practices over bonds. Next week students will be learning how to balance chemical equations.
Life Science: This week our young Cadet zoologists have been continuing the anatomical exploration of different animals by completing three more dissections (crayfish, fish, and frog). Students have also been learning about the different body systems that animals need for survival such as feeding and digestion, respiration, and circulation. Next week students will be reviewing for their final exams.
This week we finished our discussion of the Civil War and started our preparation for our final. To help us finish up our Civil War unit we Skyed with the Virginia Historical Society to see some of the artifacts in their collection. The final exam will be given on Thursday, May 23rd. The study guide for the final can be found on Canvas.
In Algebra, we have been doing review activities in class to help us prepare for our semester 2 final, which will be on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (21st and 22nd). Students were given a final review about 3 weeks ago in preparation for this final.
This week in Language Arts, we wrapped up reading our class novel The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Students completed their final blog post assignment this week as well. We will have our test over the novel on Monday, May 20th. A study guide and review games have been posted in the daily announcements on Canvas. Students have been informed that the deadline to submit all missing/late assignments is next Thursday, May 23rd. Our final for Language Arts class will also be next Thursday.
This week, students completed their party projects and began presenting on Friday, and will finish on Monday, May 20th. We will review for our Pre-Algebra final on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, May 23rd, students will complete their final in class. Please ensure all missing work in submitted by Friday, May 17th. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com
Kudos to all musicians who performed at their annual spring concert on Wednesday. Wonderful job. I look forward to their continued musical growth next semester.
Two-thirds (67%) of Americans say music education provides people with a disciplined approach to solving problems.
~ July 2014 Harris Poll
As we move forward, we are continuing to rehearse music for It’s a Grand Night for Singing: A Spring Concert to be held on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Information for the concert can be found HERE. Students are continuing to work on student-selected music for the spring concert, as well as refining their ISSMA pieces using the adjudicator feedback from the contest in March. Any missing work can be turned in for credit. ALL missing work (for Q4 only) is due by Friday, May 24th.
This week 6th grade artists created drawings and paintings that highlight social issues of their choosing. 7th grade artists are working on their recycled art projects. We are creating insects and sea crustaceans out of used cardboard. Advanced Art students are working on their final projects. These projects are paintings on the ceilings and walls of CMS.
The students finished up on their budget projects. They will be learning about checking accounts, savings accounts, and credit cards next week.
Mr. Thompson and Mrs. Fakes
This week all the students completed the mile run assessment. The students did a fantastic job. The 8th grade students began to work on their final exam. (Due May 23rd). Have a Great Weekend!!
This week in Agriculture, students are continuing to finish their planter boxes and planting the flowers provided. Next, they will begin work on their pallet bird houses in which they are using metric measurements and wood glue.
World Language students have finished up their numbers 0-100 in Spanish. They also have been working on asking/answering a variety of simple questions. The end of Spanish test will be Thurs. May 23.
French 1 students have been working with breakfast and place setting vocab words/expressions.
This week we began the final segment of our Holocaust unit. The students read about Kindertransport, a organized rescue effort to help Jewish children escape to Great Britain. This will be our final unit for the year. We will end with a final “ fun” story and activity. I am so proud of all my students this year. I have seen them grow sooo much as readers and writers. I am so excited to see the great things they will accomplish in the future. I will be updating grades daily. The deadline for all make up work will be Wed. May 22nd. I will be giving your student daily updates to make sure they have everything in on time. I will be finalizing grades by the Tuesday the 28th and giving the students a final printout for the year. If you have any questions or concerns between now and then, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and have a great weekend.