Team Howlers Newsletter

Week of April 4- A Week

School News & Important Dates:

State Testing Dates:


  • SC Ready Math Test: April 20 and April 21
  • SC Ready Writing Test: April 26
  • SC Ready ELA/Reading Test: April 27
  • SC PASS Social Studies Test: May 18
  • SC PASS Science Test: May 19


Important School Dates:

  • April 6- Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - 5-8 PM
  • April 14 and April 15- BTMS Theatre Company Presents Annie, Jr. - BTMS Gym- 7-10PM
  • April 15- Math/ELA Field Day *More information below
  • April 16- BTMS Theatre Company Presents Annie, Jr. -BTMS Gym -2-5PM
  • April 19- BTMS Theatre Company Field Trip to Knight Theatre - all day
  • April 22 -Teacher Workday-no school for students

Team Howlers News:

Math/ELA Field Day:

Parents, you should have received an email from Mrs. Munn on Friday, March 18, about our upcoming Math/ELA Field Day on April 15. We have had several parents respond offering to chaperone and send in items. If you did not receive this email, here is a link to what it said: https://goo.gl/kupG14 Thank you in advance for all of your help and support.


Report Cards:

Report cards were sent home with students on Wednesday, March 23. If your student has not returned his/her signed report card envelope, please make sure it returned to the homeroom teacher by Wednesday, April 6.


Parent Portal Information:

Please make sure you check Parent Portal (https://fortmill.powerschool.com/public/home.html) to see how your child is doing in his/her classes. If you should have a question about grades, please contact your child’s teacher directly.

Math:

Mr. Donnelly - mailto:donnellyp@fortmillschools.org

GT Math Website Address - http://goo.gl/Gpb4bs

Regular (Grade Level) Math Website Address -http://goo.gl/DTr7EV


Regular Math will finish this week learning about Data displays and statistics. We have a test scheduled for this Friday on Data Displays and Statistics. Next week we will begin preparing for the SC Math Ready Test on April 20th and 21st.


Regular Math Tutoring Times:

Webster: Tuesday 7:40 – 8:05 AM

Adldoost: Wednesday 7:40 – 8:05 AM

Donnelly: Wednesday 11:05 – 11:30 AM


Regular Math Homework:

Monday: digits 15-5: 1-8 and 16-3: 1-7

Tuesday: 16-5: 1-8

Wednesday: digits 16-5: 9-15

Thursday: Study for Test

Friday: None


GT Math will finish this week learning about Data displays and statistics. We have a test scheduled for this Thursday on Data Displays and Statistics. Next week we will begin preparing for the SC Math Ready Test on April 20th and 21st.


GT Math Tutoring Times:

Donnelly: Monday 11:05 – 11:30 AM

Adldoost: Tuesday 7:40 – 8:05 AM

Webster: Thursday 7:40 – 8:05 AM


GT Math Homework:

Monday: 16-5: 1-8

Tuesday: digits 16-5: 9-15

Wednesday: Study for Test

Thursday: None

Friday: None

SCIENCE:

Ms. Lyle - mailto:lylei@fortmillschools.org

GT Science Website Address - http://goo.gl/gbsvyZ

Grade Level Science Website Address - http://goo.gl/tzuO5y


This week in science we will be completing two in class performance task/projects. These two performance task will NOT need to be completed outside of class. The first performance task will require students to look up information on 4 of the 5 kingdoms and then create 4 missing Kingdom posters using google docs or google slides. The ladder of the week students will complete a scientific investigation and trifold write up on their experiment.


Review:

- Pass testing is coming up soon. We will be starting the animal unit next week.

- During Enrichment we will be in full review mode for Science pass testing. Please make sure your child is in attendance.

Language Arts:

Mrs. Munn - mailto:munns@fortmillschools.org

3rd & 4th Periods (GT) Website Address - http://goo.gl/Gpb4bs

5th & 6th Periods (Grade Level) Website Address - http://goo.gl/GkIU3M

2016-17 Summer Reading List: https://goo.gl/VOA8gS


Today I shared three books that I read from the summer reading list and one book that was a sequel with the students. I was trying to give students an idea of some books that they may want to read. I have told the students that if they would like to read one of the books from the summer reading list for their 4th quarter reading project, that would be fine with me. The summer reading list can be found at the top of this section.


Starting on Tuesday this week students will be assigned online homework for SC Ready Test review. There are approximately 25 questions for each assignment. If students do not have access to a computer to complete these assignments, they may see me to get a printed copy. The links for these assignments can be found in the homework section of this page. I will also add the links to my website each night.


This week we will be focusing on writing comparison-contrast essays in both classes. GT students will be writing a comparison-contrast essay on The Once and Future King, Part 1 and Disney's Sword in the Stone. Grade level students will be writing a comparison-contrast essay on the short story "The Stray" and the article "Stray Dogs" from Family Education. Grade level students will need to make sure they have their textbooks with them for class on Tuesday. These essays will be due this Friday, April 8. If students make good use of their class time, they should be able to complete these in class.


4th 9 Weeks Independent Reading Project: Students are to select a novel to read independently this nine weeks. Students should show this novel to me to make sure that it is approved. Students were given a sheet on Tuesday, March 15, explaining the project. Students will have to complete one 60 point and one 40 point activity for the book they are reading. There are several activities for the students to choose from. This project will be due on Friday, May 13. Here is a link to the information about this project that students were given in class on March 15: https://goo.gl/AerJBw


If your child needs some help choosing a book to read, he/she can come to me for some suggestions or you may go to http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/ - there are several options to search by such as: similar book to one they liked or by series.


Homework:

ALL CLASSES:

Monday to Thursday:

*Read 20 minutes--work on 4th Quarter Reading Project due May 13


Tuesday to Thursday--SC Ready Test Prep Review -Roughly 25 Questions:

*If students do not have access to a computer at home to complete this homework, they will need to see me to get a printed copy. This is on a Google Form, so they will need to know their usernames and passwords.


Tuesday: http://goo.gl/forms/hsUyoZKoc4

Wednesday: http://goo.gl/forms/gMXUo3bUHm

Thursday: http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/marketing/sfesl/tests/grade6.html#reading2 *students will need to read both passages and write their answers on a piece of paper to turn in or print out their answers.


Upcoming Tests and Projects:

GT Classes Only:

Friday, April 8 - Comparison-Contrast essay on Once and Future King, Part 1 and Sword in the Stone due.

Grade Level Classes Only:

Friday, April 8 - Comparison-Contrast essay on the short story, "The Stray" and the article "Stray Dogs" from Family Education due.

ALL CLASSES:

Friday, May 13- 4th Quarter Book Project due

Social Studies:

Mr. Pauley - mailto:pauleyc@fortmillschools.org

GT Social Studies Website Address - http://goo.gl/vpvnQI

Grade Level Social Studies Website Address - http://goo.gl/qjJ94y


This week the students will begin working on their county mandated performance task. This performance task will require students to reflect on many of the year’s topics (Hunter-gatherers and Mesopotamia, Asian civilizations and religions, Greece, Rome and Christianity, and the Middle Ages), by looking through magazines and newspapers to make modern day connections to the ancient world. For example, if a student found a picture of a helicopter, a link could be made to Leonardo da Vinci since he was the first to sketch a helicopter in the 1400s. Once they make a connection, they will cut out the picture and explain the link. All work must be done in class, so bringing in extra magazines or newspapers is extremely beneficial. The rubric for this project can be found on my website and be due this Friday, April 8th.