* SCHOOL PICTURES THIS THURSDAY
**PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD NEEDED FOR OUR THURSDAY TRIP TO LIBRARY.
This week we are working on:
Math - We are collecting various types of data, figuring out the fractions, decimals and percents of the data achieved. This has let me know we need to go back and do some review on fractions and decimals :-) We will gather data from a few other small projects and learn how to calculate the mean, median mode (may go into next week)
Language Arts - Last week we wrote friendly thank you letters. This week we are learning about the writing process. As of today the students started this rough drafts. Some of these are going to be fun to read! We will approach the writing process thoroughly - taking the time necessary to thoughtfully edit the papers and then offer them up for peer editing. The students are creating their papers via Word, on the computer. For many, this is a new process, and seems to be highly motivating. It's also great keyboarding practice, which all them can use. (may extend into next week)
Social Studies - This week the students will be doing research on Archaeology and then determining the scientific categories by which we will analyze the Ancient Civilization (i.e. social structures, political structure, religious/belief structure, food production, etc. This will give us a strong framework as we begin to learn to research.
Science - Student groups were given the task to design a way to keep the door between rooms 6/1 and 6/2 (to keep our cold air in :-) They came up with some really creative solutions. We will then evaluate those solutions in terms of practicality. We've also been learning about the Scientific Process and integrating it into Math and Social Studies.
Service Learning - this is not something I'll usually include, but this week we have an exciting project! Two of our parents are coming in Thursday morning and we will be making 4 more of our amazing cooling machines to share with the other classes. We will have a contest to name our "contraptions".
You may be hearing from the kids about all sorts of "extra activities" they are signing up for. What we are doing right now is polling the students to see who is interested in various 6th period activities (2:00 to 2:35). These are during the school day during the period we call "enrichment and intervention". Students who do not need intervention will be eligible to sign up for activities or use this period as reading time. The activities (that I can remember without the list in front of me, and I know I'm missing some) are: Gardening (M&Th), Student Council, Peer Intervention, etc. Drama is an AFTER school program held on Thursdays, and I believe they would like to finalize their student commitments soon in order to work on a production. Even if children don't want to "act" they can help with lighting, sound and sets. I heard a rumor from a student (so take it with a grain of salt) that there will be a running club also. I'll keep you updated as I learn more.
Power School - I continue to work toward my promise of having grades on Power School and have the students e-mail you their grades by Friday. This process has been a steep learning curve for me! Kaizen - doing better each and every day - I'm on track!
*School Pictures are this Thursday. Students were given the forms last week in their Advisory Class. I do not have any extra, so please stop in office if your child did not bring theirs home. I've asked our students to come to school ready for pictures, and bring their uniforms in their backpacks to change into. Most school pictures are head/shoulders shots, so I think you're safe with a "school picture shirt" - but that's opinion, not fact.
**We have a trip planned to Kihei Library for Thursday afternoon. We'll be there about 1:20 - 1:30 if any of you would like to meet us there. We'll be meeting the librarians, getting a tour of the library, learning about use of their computers (great resource for students without internet at home), and hear about their research databases. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD HAS A PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD SO THEY CAN CHECK OUT BOOKS! Reading is SO important!