Ripley Central School Elementary

News and Information for our RCS families . . . . . 01.22.16

Third Grade

Third grade students are exploring area and its relationship to multiplication. Students began their discovery of area using pattern blocks and square tiles. After using manipulatives, students will progress to drawing their own area models.

Sixth Grade

The 6th grade class has just finished reading Bud, Not Buddy. Students are now working on writing an essay which shows how Bud used his rules to survive or thrive. Before starting the essay students had to pick a side (survive or thrive) and then find three rules from the text to support their side along with an explanation for how Bud used that rule to survive or thrive. One protocol that students had to use was: Take a Stand. Students went to opposite sides of the room (one side thrive, the other survive). Students worked together to come up with an argument for their side. They then had a debate over each of the rules that students pitched at each other. Students were allowed to switch sides at any point during the debate. It was a great experience for students to see how a debate worked. It also helped students decide how Bud used his rules; they then wrote a claim for their essay. Ask a 6th grader whether Bud used his rules to survive or thrive.

Fifth Grade Expeditions

Who invented the television? Who invented the street light? How did the invention of air conditioning change people's lives?


The fifth grade students are about to start their next Expedition titled "Inventions That Changed People's Lives". During the kick off they explored articles, quotes, and photos of famous scientific thinkers. The students will learn about the scientific method, research inventions and learn about famous scientists. If you want to know the answers to these questions be sure to ask a 5th grade student.

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Sixth Grade Expeditions

Sixth graders are investigating cells and heredity during Expeditions. Their compelling question, 'GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms): Friend or Foe?', has given them a great reason to understand how organisms transmit their genetic code. During the kick-off students examined and discussed the differences between tomato, cucumber, muskmelon, and eggplant seed packets. Each vegetable had a current seed packet and a 1900’s seed packet. Students also gathered information from infographics. Once each group read a little information they were pumped up to learn more. This expedition will be full of opinionated discussions!
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Crew

Grades 3- 6 had a blast playing in the snow this week during Crew. Ask one of the students what their crew was able to successfully build or create while enjoying the outdoors!

Calendar

Friday, January 29 ~ Report cards distributed

Tuesday, February 2 ~ "Miss Nelson is Missing" a Musical at SUNY Fredonia, Gr. 1&2

Friday, February 12 ~ NO SCHOOL - Staff In-service Day

Monday, February 15 ~ NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day (Building closed)

Wednesday, March 2 ~ Read Across America Day!

Wednesday, March 9 ~ "Peter and the Starcatchers" at the Erie Playhouse, Gr. 3,4 5

Thurs./Fri., March 10/11 ~ 1 PM Dismissal & no ASP due to Student Led Conferences!

Mon.-Fri., March 21-25 ~ No School - Spring Break (Building closed Good Friday)

Tues., Wed., Thurs., April 5 - 7 ~ NYS ELA Exams, grades 3 - 6

Tuesday, April 12 ~ "Big Bad Wolf" at Shea Theater, Buffalo, K - gr. 2

Wed., Thurs., Fri., April 13 - 15 ~ NYS Math Exams, grades 3 - 6

Friday, April 29 ~ NO SCHOOL - Staff In-service Day