Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

March 3, 2016

Mission Statement

We, the SHIELDS CAPtains, will participate in advanced learning, continuously grow, and move on to the next grade level, by being responsible, doing our best, working together, and learning from our mistakes.

What's Happening??

  • 3/4 > NO SCHOOL

  • 3/4 & 3/5 > Seussical Jr. Play

  • 3/10 > Progress Reports

  • 3/25 - 4/3 > SPRING BREAK ~ NO SCHOOL!

Good luck to all CAP students who are performing in Seussical Jr this weekend! Break a leg!!


You should receive a letter attached to a Schoology paper with your parent access code to set up your very own Schoology account.

Previously, I had encouraged you to sign on using your child's account, but please discontinue that practice. After discussing this with other teachers on Schoology we are concerned about the lack of confidentiality for the students. By creating your own account you will have access to all the content your child has at school as well as the ability to look at all their assignments, discussions, groups, etc. The only difference is that now instead of being able to see all the other students activity in the class the names will be blocked out and you will only see "anonymous."

A goal for next year is to have more parents receive access codes so we could also offer parent courses and use for more communication between home and school. We are not there yet though so for this year you can use your account to see what Schoology offers your child.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out. I'm very open to feedback from you, as parents, about how you see this program working for your child and the schools in our district!

Esperanza Rising

Next week, we will be wrapping up our Hispanic Culture Unit and finishing Esperanza Rising. Most of the class seemed to enjoy the book and the conversations they participated in during Socratic Seminar were eye opening. It is exciting to hear them share their thinking about characters, plots, theme and more. Our conversations with Esperanza's life led to some very interesting conversations about the current topic of immigration and politics. It was wonderful to see the students connecting literature to real life!

Next up in ELA...

The Harlem Renaissance!

What's Happening in Math?

This week, we practiced ordering and comparing fractions and wrapped up the next mini-unit in our fraction study. Up next we are going to tackle adding and subtracting fractions now that we have some fraction number sense and then we will end the unit learning how to multiply and divide fractions.

The goal is to wrap up our fraction frenzy before spring break and then jump into some algebra units!

In 5th grade, we just finished a unit on Volume and are now beginning a decimal unit during RtI as these are 5th grade math standards only.

A letter from a substitute...

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Did you hear the news? 6th Grade CAP!!

The article below was published in Delmarva Now and talks about the NEW 6th grade CAP program that will begin next year at Beacon and Mariner Middle School. Current CAP students will be invited to join the program next year. A new teacher will be hired to continue the work that has been started in the elementary levels. The program will be aligned so students continue their novel studies, accelerated math programs, problem-based learning opportunities, and other enrichment opportunities. This is very exciting news for my 5th graders who will be staying in the Cape District as they will continue to be challenged appropriately. I do not really know more than what the article shares at this time, but will keep you informed as I learn more!

Classroom Needs

It seems we have a pencil stealing ghost! It seems that every time I replenish the stock, they are gone by the following week. If you can donate any pencils that would be great!

There are open slots for Volunteers for the remainder of the year. Please consider helping!

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