Weekly Newsletter

September 20, 2019

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Hi Team 8!

It's the 6th week of school! Just a reminder that we now have 9 week grading periods. Students will have at least 7 assessments in each class by the end of the grading period. Please make sure that your student is studying each night and getting rest so that they can do their best on these assessments!
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Math ~ Mrs. Hammock

This week students have been working solving equations with variables on both sides and multi-step equations. Students took their post assessment for our review unit. If they are not happy with their grades, they may schedule a time with me to review before or after school. If they want to make corrections to their assessment, they must schedule the study time with me.
Solving equations with the distributive property | Linear equations | Algebra I | Khan Academy

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Karissa Hammock



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Science ~ Mr. Hallum

Download the PDF document to see the assignments that we have been working on for the 1st three weeks of class. These assignments are in the grade book and students are allowed to retake them as much as they want to get a higher score.
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U.S. History

American History ~ Mrs. Reilly

Hello All!

What a long week!

This week we learned all about the constitution and what is in it! We had a Constitution Scavenger Hunt that was difficult but cool to get into the actual documents! Wednesday I was gone, but the class got to do some practice with our Unit 2 vocabulary! I got some good reports back from the substitute so I really appreciated the students when I came back!

Thursday we played BINGO and had a fun time learning vocabulary and winning some prizes. I really enjoy being around your kids! They are a lot of fun.

Friday we took our vocabulary and the grades will be in by tonight! You can see any updated grade tonight on skyward!

Again, I love your kids. I really do. Thank you for them!

If you have any questions or comments please contact me at Jillianreilly@usd475.org

Or at extension 4864

Instagram: mrs.reillyu.s.history19_20

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A message from Mrs. Oentrich for JCMS Team 8 Families can be found at this link: http://bit.ly/2kd77cE

This week students will be wrapping up our second short story of the year: "The Necklace" by French author Guy de Maupassant. This story had quite the plot twist and fit in perfectly with our Unit 1 Essential Question: how and why is truth manipulated? To end our time with this story, students will be writing an argumentative paragraph that explains how "The Necklace" answers our essential question. This will be their second writing assessment of the year! Be on the lookout for the feedback I give your student on this piece.

At the end of this week, we will start our final short story for Unit 1: the infamous "Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe.

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Foundations Language Arts

Hello Everyone!

Students have wrapped up MAZE & ORF Diagnostic testing! We are already in the month of September, so students are beginning the month by ISIP testing the Foundation LA classes. Students are assessed monthly on skills such as comprehension, word analysis, fluency, text fluency, and vocabulary with the ISIP program.

We have began working on Unit-1, Lesson-1. The focus for this lesson is Citing Evidence, Making Inferences, and Predicting. Students are learning the 4-ways to effectively Cite Evidence with fiction and non-fiction text.

Students are required to write in their agendas each day when they enter the classroom prior to completing their bell-work. It is a participation grade each week, and parents can see what students are doing in class each day.

HOMEWORK: Students receive a homework reading log at the beginning of each week, and it is due every Friday. They are required to read at home for at least 15-minutes each night (Monday-Thursday), and complete the log/questions. Students must remember to turn in on Friday.

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Please Don't Be Absent!

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.

But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact.As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority.

For more information, you can visit http://absencesaddup.org/importance-of-school-attendance/

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