Weekly Newsletter

November 15, 2019

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Hi Team 8!

Congratulations to our Team 8 Stars for the First Nine Weeks! Stars are chose based on character traits, behavior, effort, hard work and determination, improvement and being good citizens. Pictured below from Left to right, Jordan Hunt, De'Shawn Jones, Adrian Duarte, Sky Kiwaha-Choy, Charles Margeson (above), Johnny Rushing (below), Ella Johnson, Ruth Easterling and Jayden McGuire!
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JCMS Guidelines for classroom passes have been updated. Please see those expectations below!
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Students started exploring slope and slope-intercept form of equations this week. Their third assessment of this grading term will be next week! If you would like to help your students please encourage them to watch the practice videos and problems included in the document linked below. As a reminder, ALL STUDENTS in Mrs. Hammock's math class have WEEKLY HOMEWORK or what we like to call learning opportunities. They are given to the students the first day of the week and they are always due on the last day of the week. If your student has a 50% on the Weekly LO in skyward it means they are choosing to NOT do the weekly homework and that will effect their grade. Our weekly homework is designed for students to practice prior concepts to promote retention and to practice new concepts before assessments.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Karissa Hammock



Writing Linear Equations in Slope-Intercept Form
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Earth Science Chapter 4-6
U.S. History

American History ~ Mrs. Reilly

Hello All!

This week we hit a few key wars that most of America don't even know about! For one we talked about the war of 1812. We listened to one of "histories stories" about Francis Scott Key and how he wrote our National Anthem! It was a great story time! It's my favorite song! We also focused on Andrew Jackson and started gathering evidence as to if we think he should be on the $20 or not! We have some strong opinions so far!

Another war we focused on was the Mexican Revolution and the Mexican American war! It's a lesser known war but and revolution but it is important we "REMEMBER THE ALAMO!"

Thank you for all your support for your students and their learning!

If you have any questions or comments please contact me at Jillianreilly@usd475.org

Or at extension 4864

Instagram: mrs.reillyu.s.history19_20

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Hello JCMS Parents and Students!

We have been looking into morality and interactions this week. As Atticus takes on his (fictional) landmark trial case, students are getting to experience one of the great moments in literary history. Ask your students about what they are reading. This nine week's Essential Question is, "What shapes our sense of morality and how does that knowledge influence our interactions with others?"

Check in with what is going on in Language Arts class by logging in to your child's Schoology account. Check the Language Art Course and notice that every week contains a "Weekly Sheet" that outlines everything we do in class. Most of our work and assignments are completed in Schoology and accessing this information will help you stay abreast of your child's assignments.

Students have been working their way through Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. This is a challenging novel and admittedly some of our students are struggling with the material. I would welcome parents to ask their students about the chapters we are reading and engage in conversations outside of the classroom to insure that we do everything possible to provide a successful experience with this text.

If at any point you have questions about class, please feel free to email me at christophedelay@usd475.org and I will be happy to respond. I am looking forward to a great year!

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Foundations Language Arts

Hello Everyone!

We have finished ISIP testing for November, and students tried their best, doing an AMAZING job!

We have started Unit-2, focusing on Narrative Writing. We are working on the Structured Organizational model that will assist students with setting up their ideas when writing in sequential order. Our theme is "Difficult Journey's", and I'm so excited to read the stories that our students create!

Students are required to write in their agendas each day when they enter the classroom prior to completing their bell-work. It is a participation grade each week, and parents can see what students are doing in class each day.

HOMEWORK: NO HOMEWORK THIS WEEK! Students receive a homework reading log at the beginning of each week, and it is due every Friday. They are required to read at home for at least 15-minutes each night (Monday-Thursday), and complete the log/questions. Students must remember to turn in on Friday. The reading log was placed in Schoology this week so that students could access it electronically as well if they would prefer to type it.

JCMS T-Shirts

Parents support your students and their school! Buy the Student designed JCMS T-Shirt and Hoodies. All funds made from these sales support teacher grants and Renaissance program.

ORDER ONLINE and pick up at JCMS!

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Please Don't Be Absent!

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.

But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact.As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority.

For more information, you can visit http://absencesaddup.org/importance-of-school-attendance/

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