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The October News for Ms. Marshall's Class

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Student of the Month

I asked the class to vote on this month's student of the month awards because the focus was on being kind to your classmates. Kindness is a quality that I value; it is so important in creating a safe learning environment where students can feel secure taking risks and making mistakes. Sabrina and Carmen are students that treat others with kindness not just in the classroom, but in the hallways, at the lockers, and on the yard too. Thank you for being kind to others when it counts the most, not just when the teacher is looking.

*Honorable mentions: Mick, Arianna, Elizabeth, Alexis, and Jayden


Fall Dancing and Glowing in the Dark-Thanks Student Council

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Book Talks

We completed our first quarter book talks! Now my part of this project begins; I will be turning the book talk videos into scannable QR codes to put into books in the classroom library. I have an old phone that I will be keeping in the library for students to scan the codes in the books and view the book talks to see if they want to read the book or not. I have included three examples for your viewing pleasure. If you are viewing this flyer on a computer, scan these QR codes with a free code scanning app on your phone to view these book talks. If you are viewing this page on a phone already and have a friend or family member nearby, have them scan the code from your phone screen-it works!

Students can do a book talk any time during the quarter, on as many books as they like. One book talk is required per quarter on a book read at home (homework). I am hoping to expand this idea to the CMS library, and have already spoken to Mrs. Shotwell about how we might get some discarded phones to use as scanners. If you have a phone that you are upgrading and you would like to donate your old phone to this cause, we would be grateful to accept it.

Costumes, props, puppets, hats, glasses, backgrounds, etc. that would enhance the book talk are always welcomed but not required.

"Who Would Win?"

Our "Who Would Win?" project is completed. In World History class the students gathered data about early humans of their choosing and then created a versus-style survival scenario presenting important facts about each early human while explaining how their adaptations, skills and technology would tip the scales in their favor. One group presented their information in a slide show and they were missing the slide with their showdown narrative. These students were not flustered by the mishap and treated us to a live role-play demonstration instead...and the class showed their approval with loud cheers.
Tuesday, October 27th was Mix it up at lunch day A school event in which students are encouraged to move out of their comfort zones and get to know other students that they may not talk to because they are part of a different social group.
Mix it up at lunch day

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 11th: Veterans Day (no school)
  • November 12-13th: Parent/Teacher conferences 12:45 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 17th: The date for our field trip had to be changed due to a conflict with parent/teacher conferences. This is the rescheduled date.
  • November 23-27th Thanksgiving Holiday.

Parent Teacher Conference Schedule

Thursday and Friday conference times will be:









As you can see, this allows me to meet briefly with 16 parents. I am giving priority to students that are having trouble with either their academics or behavior, and parents that I have not yet met. As I said at Back to School Night, if at any time you have questions or concerns and would like to meet with me, I will schedule parent meetings during my prep period as well. (M,T,Th,F between 1:30-2:30). I have already met with many of you this year and will continue to do so when the need arises.

Thank you for your support.