Here are a few important upcoming dates:
Friday, September 27– Grandparent Mass at 1:15
Tuesday, October 1– Chapter 1 Math Test
Thursday, October 3– Picture Day, 8:00 am Mass
Monday, October 7 – Mrs. Gridelli comes back!
Thursday, October 10– 9:30 All School Mass
In math we are finishing up our first chapter. Students have been working very hard in math. Students have been learning about the properties of equations, order of operations, and how to solve multi-step problems. They will have their first math test on Tuesday, October 1. Students have a review they completed in class that will help them study. Simple Solutions are still due every Thursday. Students are now responsible to complete two simple solution lesson a week. I am adapting to routines that are expected in junior high so that it is not as big of a shock for the students.
In science we are finishing up our scientific method investigation. Students have been designing paper airplanes with different wings to see which wing style allows the plane to go further. Our mini scientists have been hard at work using steps of the scientific method. Students will finish their investigation next week as they graph their results. We will be moving on to scientific tools after students complete their investigation.
In Social Studies we have started our first chapter in the textbook called Life in The Western Hemisphere. We just finished our first lesson, which discussed how people migrated to the United States during the Ice Age. We will be moving on to lesson two next week, which discusses the different cultures of the early migrants of the United States. In social studies we switch off our note taking strategies. This chapter is a paper and pencil note chapter, but next chapter we will do notes on the chromebook. Students are able to still use paper and pencil if they prefer to. We like to switch it off every other chapter and give the student a choice.
Students took their first Religion open note test last week. We were extremely proud of the students and how they did. This is the first year we are switching to open note, which is for the main goal of improving their note taking skills. We have moved onto Chapter 2 and have discussed ways we can spread the Good News of Jesus. Students reflected on who in their lives spread the Good News and how they are inspired to do the same.
In English and Language Arts, the students have been practicing stamina writing. They are given a topic and must write continuously for a period of time. They are also learning a strategy to combat writer’s block, by getting ideas onto paper in a haphazard manner, categorizing those ideas, and then using the organized list to outline a five-paragraph composition. In Writing class, they will put all of these techniques together to organize, compose, and present a narrative story to the class.
The students have been doing a great job on their weekly Spelling units, and are now completing their tests exclusively in cursive. They have voiced a desire to “graduate” to the Advanced Level list very soon. They have made strides in their comfort level with cursive writing, and it now comes easier to them. In addition, they have practiced their formal signature and even added a few artistic touches. They are all ready for their own checking account so they can show off their new skill…! Between their mastery of spelling and the weekly vocabulary words, we have quite the well-spoken class. Our next Reading selection will be the book Night of the Spadefoot Toads, so look for their personal copy to be coming home soon.
Mrs. Estrada has done such a great job with the students, and I appreciate everything she has done to help us. We will miss her so much!