Weekly Newsletter

August 23, 2019

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Language Arts

This week in English Language Arts we are focusing on analyzing the short story, The Landlady. Students are working hard and making sure they have their weekly packets completed. Students are also showing such creativity in writing their own climax to the story. Keep up the good work! Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

Dr. Kerrin Weatherwax

KerrinWeatherwa@usd475.org/ ext. 4863

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This week students took the Fall I-Ready diagnostic Wednesday 8/21-Friday 8/23. Students had their Numbers About Me assignment due Friday. If they did not get it done because of testing, they are allowed to turn it in next week. Next week students will review topics to get them ready to be successful in 8th grade math. Topics include solving one and two step equations, evaluating expressions and combining like terms. f you are new to our newsletter, I have included below a copy of our classroom expectations and what you can expect to learn this year in 8th grade math as well as my contact information!

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

Karissa Hammock



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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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American History - Welcome Back

Hello All,

We've had a wonderful week. This week students learned more about our countries foundation.

This includes:

- The Thirteen Colonies

- Grievances with King George III

- Patriots, Loyalists, & Neutralists

- Declaration of Independence

Please start a conversation about any of these topics! Hopefully they can tell you something you don't already know! Students have done great this week, I've loved getting to know them better each day. What a wonderful group! That you parents for raising such great individuals. I'm very thankful.

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

Foundations Language Arts

This is my 15th year teaching, and 13 of those years have been teaching Middle School students. I absolutely love being a teacher! Along with teaching, I am also passionate about my Family. William is 22 years old, and he is in his 4TH year in the Navy. He is fun and super goofy! He just returned from a six month tour in the Middle East. Cody is 20 years old, a welder, and absolutely full of life. I will also be getting married in November! Let's have a great year.
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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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