Howe's Happenings Week 29 2015-2016

German and Reading Acceleration

Welcome to Term 4!

I'm excited to start Term 4 on Monday! Read below to see what's coming up in German 1, German 2 and Reading Acceleration.

German 1 students will begin Term 4 with a unit on Hobbies and Free Time Activities. We'll compare how German and American teens spend their free time, discuss what we like to do, describe the best weather for our favorite activities, and discuss when we do certain activities. As part of this unit, students will create a poster about themselves and their hobbies. I enjoy learning more about each student and seeing the posters around the classroom for the rest of the year!

German 2 students will begin Term 4 with a unit on Healthy Habits. We will discuss our habits, learn how to express approval and disapproval, discuss daily routines, and describe illnesses and injuries. As a part of this unit, students will create a publication (website, blog, video, brochures) about healthy living.

Reading Acceleration students will begin the term with some Science texts. We will continue independent reading and self-monitoring. Students will also regularly bring in and work with texts from their other classes.

A Glimpse into How Our Classroom Works

As we start a new term, I'd like to remind you of a few important things in our classroom.

1. I am available for extra help each morning and most afternoons after school. I have B lunch, and students are welcome to come see me during lunch, if we share the same lunch period.

2. Students may resubmit any assignments or retake any assessments (or portions of assessments) up until the end of the card marking.

3. Extra credit is not generally available. It's also not generally necessary because of #2 above.

4. I want all of my students to be as successful as they want to be. Please encourage students to see me any time they need help.

5. I appreciate all of your support and feel privileged to teach your children!

State Testing Schedule

Lake Orion High School will be administering all required State testing to Juniors on April 12-14. Ninth and Tenth graders will also be testing on April 12.

Due to the testing, next week's schedule will be altered.

Monday, April 11 is a full day of school.

On Tuesday, April 12, all ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders should report to their testing rooms by 7:30. Students will be dismissed after testing around 12:30. There is no school for twelfth graders.

On Wednesday, April 13, all eleventh graders should report for testing by 7:30. Eleventh graders will have a lunch break after testing at approximately 10:40. All students will attend 1st and 2nd period beginning at 11:20.

On Thursday, April 14, all eleventh graders should report for testing by 7:30. Eleventh graders will have a lunch break after testing at approximately 10:40. All students will attend 3rd and 4th periods beginning at 11:20.

Friday, April 15 is a full day of school.

Young Adult's Choice Best Books of 2015

Looking for a good read for your teen (or yourself)? Click here to see the ILA Young Adults' Choices 2015 Reading List.

One Week Left for Students to Apply for the AATG Summer Study Program

The German Summer Study Program for High School Students provides a three-week home stay and school experience. Students live with a German family, attend classes, visit regional attractions, and experience the German language and culture firsthand. Students return speaking German better—with a greater sense of confidence, maturity, and independence.

The deadline to apply for Summer 2016 is April 15. Click here for more information.

It's going to be a great term!