Mrs. Smith's Scoop

March 14, 2016

Kimberly Smith

Lower School Teacher
Skype: icademyksmith
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School Calendar for 2015-2016 School Year- UPDATED

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Progress Goals for 2015-2016 School Year

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Mid-Term Dates

End of Semester 1:

Term 6: March 18th

*Students are expected to reach 50% in each of their courses by this time.

*Full time students should reach the following attendance goals:

K-2: 360 hours

3-5: 450 hours

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Are you having technical difficulties?

There are several different types of support if you are having technical difficulties.

Check out:

K12 Customer Support:

Call:866.512.2273 (866-K12-CARE)

International- 606-274-2341

Blackboard Support:

US- 1-877-382-2293

International - (606) 274- 2370


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November Coach to Coach Session Recording

Thank you to all of the learning coaches that shared at our first Coach to Coach session. It was full of so many great tips and tricks!! Please watch the recording to hear all of these suggestions.

December Coach to Coach Session Recording

Are you doing cool stuff too? Just let Mrs. Smith know and you can be our next Student Spot Light

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COOL NEWS: Minecraft Education Edition

Read about how Minecraft could be changing the face of education:

Kids Corner

Journal Entry: In March, especially around St. Patrick's day, we celebrate the Irish culture. Ireland and its people have many beautiful customs and traditions. What are some of your favorite customs and traditions within your family?

Joke Time:

What is a race car driver's favorite meal?

FAST food!

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Shamrock Wreath

What you need:

Paper plate

Green ribbon



Shamrocks, we used peel and stick ones we found at the Dollar Store

Foam sheets in rainbow colors.


What you do:

1. Poke a hole in the center of a paper plate and cut out the middle of the plate so that all you have left is the rim.

2. With the scissors poke a small hole in the rim and thread through some green ribbon and tie a knot at the end. Our ribbon was 8" long.

3. Either cut different size shamrocks from paper or use peel and stick shamrocks like we did and begin gluing or sticking them onto the rim until you can't see the rim anymore. Leave a space at the bottom of the wreath. This where you will attach your rainbow banner.

4. To make the St. Patrick's Day banner, cut strips of foam 1/2" wide and 6" long. We held together the strips be gluing one piece of paper across the strips on both sides. Once the sign has dried and is being held firmly in place, turn it over and write you message on the front. Then glue it to the wreath. Wait for the glue to dry before hanging your wreath.

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Rainbow Mosaic

This easy mosaic project just requires a glue

Stick, numerous colors of ripped construction paper in rainbow colors, and the ability to sort!

  1. Rip or cut small pieces of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple paper
  2. Sort the colors before beginning the project.
  3. Sketch out the outline of a rainbow and have your child paste the small bits of colored paper in rainbow order. You can try using thicker or thinner lines to make your rainbow unique.
  4. Optional - add a pot of gold at the end of your mosaic rainbow.
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Rainbow Cookies

Prep sugar cookie dough and separate into 6 balls of dough. Color each ball of dough with food coloring. You will need red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Roll each ball into long ropes and place one rope after another on a cookie sheet arching into a rainbow. You can also make mini rainbows instead of one large rainbow. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until cookie golden brown.

Cut into wedges and serve.

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WORK SAMPLES for 2015-2016 School year

There are the work sample requirements for grades K-5. They have been updated again for the 15-16 School Year.

We will go over these during our 1:1 conferences this year.

You will scan and save them as pdf, or take a picture and save as a jpeg. Then you will send them to me with the new File Sharing Option in the OLS. Video on how to file share:

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Work Samples For 90 Day students ONLY- Terms 7b, 8b, 9b, 10b, 11b, 12aa and 12bb

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Did you Know that K12 has many great apps in the mobile app stores?

If you have an iPad, Kindle, tablet, etc. that you allow your kids to use, they may be missing out on some really cools apps that K12 offers. You should visit the full list at

Many of the Apps are FREE, with only a couple that cost a few dollars.

There is an app for each grade level in K-2 that has all of the K12 Classic Reader Stories. They include the pictures and the story can be read aloud.

Also check out the fun math apps like K12 Choc-It-Up or xGerms Addition