November 23rd and 24th- Thanksgiving Break (Wednesday and Thursday)
December 1st - Last day of Sock Drive
December 8th - Winter Music Performance (5th - 8th Grade)
December 9th - Parent’s Night Out (4 - 9 pm)
December 15th - 8th Grade Performance of Twelfth Night
December 19th - Winter Break
Ms. Venture’s Updates:
Science: Sixth grade students have completed their studies of plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes. They have been creating games in class that are designed to teach and test the players on these subjects of study. Games are due on Monday, November 21st and we will be played in class. Seventh grade students are using their textbook to create Google Slides presentations. These presentations are intended to turn the student into the expert on their particular material and teach the class what they have learned. (see computer section for more details)
Literature: Sixth grade has finished their Mythology reading, with their final assignment this weekend. Next week we will begin reading Tale of Troy. Seventh grade is reading War Horse and truly enjoying it. This is a wonderful story that gives students a deeper connection to the conditions faced by soldiers and horses during WWI.
Computer/Library: Sixth grade students began using their email accounts to send emails. They sent one to Mrs. Denman, one to you, and one to a friend. They also CC’d me on all of the emails. The intent of this exercise was to teach students about voice in an email; professional vs. personal. They very much enjoyed the exercise and Mrs. Denman is excited to reply to all of them. Seventh grade is working on their Google Slides presentations for Science. The presentation must be at least five minutes long and include five slides. Each slide should have 3 - 5 bullet points on it along with one image. We are working on making a presentation that is crisp and professional. Due to the accreditation team being on site today we did not make it into the library.
Mr. Vieira’s Updates:
Riggs (Spelling): Students receive six new words a day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They test words on those same three days. For a complete list of words, please visit the blog.
History/Geography: This week sixth grade learned about the early Roman Republic and the Punic Wars. Seventh grade learned about life in the trenches and then attempted to recreate notable WWI technologies in an engineering challenge.
Writing: We have transitioned to completing writing assignments on computers, using Google Docs. Students have access to their work, both finished and unfinished, from wherever they are. Sixth grade is finishing up a re-telling of the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece. Seventh grade has begun work on their first nonfiction research report.
Who: Janus Youth Programs in SE Portland
What: New SOCKS! Any size! They will also accept gloves, scarfs, and hats
When: Now through December 1st
Where: Drop off items in 5th grade classroom (there is a box)
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (Quentin’s mother)
PARENT’S NIGHT OUT
Who: 8th grade
What: Childcare - games and food provided
When: December 9th, 4:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Cascade Heights Public Charter School
Contact: Mrs. Adams email@example.com
*Reservations are required. Sign up sheet will come home next week.
To sign up for field trips please visit the following links:
6th Grade: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca9af29abfe3-6thgrade
7th Grade: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca9af29abfe3-7thgrade
Room Cleaning Volunteer Signup: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca9af29abfe3-67room
If you have questions or concerns, please let us know!
Ms. Janice Venture and Mr. Luke Vieira