JCMS Team 2 Newsletter
Week of August 26, 2019
What's going on in class?
Another successful week under our belts!! I am glad to tell you that ALL i-ready testing has been completed for the Fall term. Students handle this very well, staying focused and giving their best efforts. This week we have continued our lessons on Ratios, next week we will have our first quiz. Students will be provided with a quiz review that will be completed as a class. I am very proud of how our kiddos are working and the efforts they are giving! Please check grades with your student and talk with them about how they are doing in class.
Students have been working hard this week on "marking the text". This is an active reading strategy that students are learning to help them identify and isolate relevant information. Marking the text will be used all year in multiple classes as a way to assist students in quickly referencing and comprehending information while reading. There will be a quiz next week over marking the text. I encourage you to ask your student what the 4 steps are and see what they remember!
This week students also began their nightly homework assignment. This nightly homework is to read a book of their choice for 20 minutes and then answering a few questions. The homework sheets will be collected on Tuesday in class.
This week in science students have wrapped up their review of the water cycle by completing a writing assessment. This will be the first grade to go into the 80% category of their grade. As always, students not scoring their preferred grade may see Mrs. Green to make arrangements to rewrite/make corrections. On Thursday Mrs. Abeldt, JCMS Technology Coach, helped us set up our outlook email accounts. You should begin to receive emails on Friday mornings from your student with their current grades as well as any missing assignments.
In social studies this week, we learned the tools to understand history. On Monday our students learned about timelines and the concepts of BCE and CE (BC and AD). On Tuesday we learned about primary and secondary sources. On Wednesday and Thursday, we learned how to take Cornell Notes, which are a way to take focused notes. They also learned about early Humans, and the Neolithic Era (Stone Age). On Friday we took a short quiz about geography terms we learned the previous week and continued to learn about early humans. This week they learned a lot of new concepts which the students handled well!
Students of the Week!
What parents need to know...
Welcome Mr. Alahmadi to Science!
Next week our class will be welcoming Mr. Alahmadi to our morning classes. Mr. Alahmadi is a science teacher from Saudi Arabia, and will be with us Mondays through Thursdays for most of the school year. Unfortunately, Mr. Alahmadi will not be with us all day because he has other commitments at Kansas State University in the afternoon. I am so excited to share our classroom and have the opportunity to learn from another teacher. While he is here, he will be planning lessons with Mrs. Green, and working with students in the class.
GROW Student Opportunity!
Junction City Middle School can send up to 40 students (this event is geared toward girls, but anybody can go) attend
It will be basically be first come, first serve so if students are interested they should return the consent form immediately. If selected to attend with JCMS, the $30 registration fee will be paid for by USD 475. Students will be bused from JCMS to Kansas State University and Mrs. Russell (7th grade science teacher) will attend with them for the day. Parents will only need to pick up and drop off from Junction City Middle School at the designated times. I would love to see as many Team 2 students as possible attend!
Team 2 Expectations
9/2- No School
9/3- Wildcat Discovery Day 5:30- 7:30 pm (Parent Open House)
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