JCMS Team 2 Newsletter

Week of November 4, 2019

What's going on in class?

Math

Our 13th week of school ended with a quiz over Dividing Fractions. This is the first section in Module 2 which was started on Monday. Module 2 is a short module that will be completed before Christmas break (feels way to early to be saying that)!! I have condensed some of the material to help prevent us from scrambling and feeling overwhelmed. This Module will end with decimals (adding, subtracting, multiplying & dividing) and finding factors and multiples of numbers. Students have already been introduced to some of these areas so I am VERY CONFIDENT in these last few weeks. Have a great 3 day weekend!

Language Arts

Next week students will continue reading the novel Hatchet in Language Arts. There will be a quiz on Wednesday over Ch 1-4. Please continue to ask your student about their weekly reading interests. (Please remind your student Hatchet is not permitted for weekly reading log).


Nightly reading homework-

Studies have shown that reading just 20 minutes per day will expose students to over a million words per year. This will then likely improve school grades as well as increase state standardized test scores. Please check with your child be make sure they are doing their nightly reading homework and filling out the log that goes with it.

Science

This week in science students began to learn about erosion and mechanical and chemical weathering. We explored the effects of a weak acid (vinegar) on limestone, and did a quick lab using antacid tablets to compare the break down rate of broken v solid rock. Next week we will move on to how erosion and weathering our changing the shape of Earth's surface.


Students keep their Science Interactive Notebooks (INBs) in the classroom, but they are always welcome to take them home with them as long as they return the next day.

Social Studies

This week in social studies we completed our unit over Ancient Egypt. We studied several sources about the Nile River and completed a document based question packet. The students also learned about the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. On Friday, the students learned about Veterans day and its importance. On Tuesday we will begin our unit over Ancient India, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Have a great 3 day Weekend!

Hallway Procedures

JCMS has updated hallway procedures during class. These are very similar to the procedures that Team 2 was already implementing so our transition should be seamless. Please contact your student's CAT time teacher if you have questions.

Snowman Shuffle - 5K, Pancake Feed and Vendor Fair

Please come and support the JCMS Renaissance Program! We are excited to host the first annual Snowman Shuffle, including a Pancake Feed provided by IHOP, and a Vendor Fair - something for everyone!

Student Expectations

Your student should wear their ID daily on a lanyard. If your student has lost their student ID, they may purchase a new one through the main office for $3.


Please charge tablets every night. Many students are leaving tablets in their locker. If your family would prefer that the tablet stays at school, please contact your student's CAT time teacher to make arrangements for secure storage and charging.

Students of the Week!

Each week teachers will be nominating Team 2 students who demonstrate good character, work ethic, leadership, and or overall growth/ improvements. Below are our Students of the Week!

No Name Papers

We have had several no name papers turned in this year. If a student thinks they turned in an assignment but it shows missing in the grade book it is likely they didn't put a name on it. Please remind your child to always put their name, class, and hour on their papers.

Team 2 Expectations

Team 2 is consistent in our expectations in all our courses to create the best and most conducive learning environment for all students. We create these expectations and go over them multiple times with the team to insure that all students are able to be successful. We encourage you to review the expectations and discuss them with your student.

Grades

Students will be sending out weekly grade updates each Friday via e-mail. Please make sure your student has your email address as well as it being updated in Skyward. Parents will also have access to student grades at all times through the Skyward website or app. If you are unable to access Skyward please contact the office for further help.

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