Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

January 14, 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??

  • 1/18 > NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 1/19 > Mindfulness Visitors
  • 1/21 > Mindfulness Visitors
  • 1/26 > Mindfulness Visitors
  • 1/26 > PTO Meeting 6:30 Shields Library
  • 1/27 > End of Marking Period 2
  • 1/28 & 1/29 > NO SCHOOL Professional Development for Teachers

NO SCHOOL on MONDAY! Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Did Martin Luther King, Jr's Dream Come true?

Be sure to read the students latest blog posts where they share their opinion of his dream came true or not. You can read and comment on their blogs at

Esperanza Rising

We have been discussing Hispanic American Culture and reading poetry and analyzing art created by Hispanic Americans. I have been amazed at the depth the students have been going when trying to comprehend poems about immigrants migrating to the US from Spanish countries. We have had some excellent conversations!

To go along with this mini unit we have started enjoying the chapter book, Esperanza Rising. We are reading the book in class, but students may also be assigned some reading at home. Feel free to read along with us!

CAP Book Club

All CAP classes in the district will be participating in a book club beginning in the next week or two. CAP students from Shields, Rehoboth, Milton, and HOB will be reading the book, "Ungifted" by Gordon Korman and then participating in Skype sessions where they will discuss the book. The goal is to connect our CAP classes and have the opportunity to participate in book conversations with more people.

Our class will also be sharing information from the book on their blogs so feel free to grab a copy of the book and read along with us!


We've been folding fractions into halves, fourths, eighths, and thirds and sixths. This week we then participated in a jumping frog contest to record jumps to the nearest fractions and then comparing the jumps to see who won.

Notability ~ Our New Favorite App

This week we practiced using a new app called Notability. This app allows students to create digital notebooks. We set up an ELA and Math Notebook and within each of these can insert dividers for reading, writing, book clubs, and other sections.

The great thing about this app is that it also allow students to download pdf files from Schoology, open them in the app, and then use writing tools to complete them. We were having difficulty opening graphic organizers and other worksheets that needed to be completed making it hard to go paperless. With Notability, students can download the files, complete them, and then it integrates with Schoology so the students can then upload to submit to the assignment. This app is a wonderful tool to help us utilize our 1:1 iPads!

Notability is also used in the middle and high school so they will also have experience to make the transition even easier.

If your child has an iPad at home you may want to see about purchasing Notability ($5.99) on the device as some of our common organizers like the vocabulary web and literature web can be found in the resources on Schoology. They could then choose to submit digitally rather than completing a paper.

Schoology, the Subsitute Teacher

I was out this week and my class requested that I put all their work on Schoology. So I did! I set up their reading, writing, and math assignments in their courses and sent them on their way. I was curious to see what would happen. 78 emails later (I get an email everything something is submitted or commented or updated) work was being completed!! I've had some fabulous feedback of how much they enjoyed the day.

As a teacher, it was nice because I could make sure the information was presented how I wanted and in a format the students were used to. No fluff substitute plans, but learning as usual!

My goal is to utilize Schoology as much as possible so that I can begin to personalize instruction. Of course, I don't want to discount the importance of our class discussions, group and partner work either so I will be including those opportunities as well.

Ask your child to show you how the courses are organized on Schoology so you can see the different concepts they are learning and the assignments they are completing.

Unfortunately, now I need to get in there and spend some time grading all the submissions! My goal is to have everything that has been submitted in Schoology graded over the weekend. You can see all your students grades by logging into their account. Some of the grades will then be synced with eschool so they will be counted on the report card.

Classroom Needs

We will need to replenish some of our supplies for the New Year so if you can help please consider donating some of the following:

  • Sandwich baggies
  • Gallon size baggies
  • Pencils!!!

There are MANY open slots for Volunteers in the New Year. Please consider helping!

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