Mrs. O'Rourke's Panther Press

From the week of Sept. 11-15 and for the week of Sept. 18-22

Canvas & Staying Organized

Daily Assignments -

We have asked the students to find an organizational system that works for them so that they can write down the daily requirements for their classes each day. Our team suggested that students open a new note in their "Notes" app and title it "Assignments". They should be able to update their daily assignments there. In humanities, we are trying to establish a routine where the first thing students do when they come in is update their daily assignments. I remind them each day at the start of class. Some students are choosing to use planners, and that is ok - whatever works for each student is fine. But, please monitor these for the first few weeks to make sure that your students are keeping themselves organized and aware of their assignments and when they are due. All classes are also now utilizing the Canvas Calendar to post major assignments, assessments and due dates. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks!

This Week's Model Reader

Thanks, Mr. Sjostrom, for coming in to read with us and share why you value reading as an adult! We're happy you were here.

Model Readers Wanted!

We would LOVE to have parents and family members come in and read with us during our independent reading time on Fridays. It is so important that children see that the adults in their lives value reading. Please come read with us. We'd love to have you. The sign up information for September is below. Remember, you must have an active background check to volunteer in the school. Up to 3 parents can sign up for each slot, but just be sure to ask your child which block he or she is in (Block 1-morning, Block 2- afternoon). See the link below to sign up and don't forget to bring a book to read!

So proud of these classmates who ran for our 5/6 Cross Country team this week! Way to go!

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Learning highlights from this week!

Achieve 3000 All-Stars!

Students use Achieve 3000 to practice critically reading from non-fiction texts. The program assesses students on their understanding of what they've read and each student works at his/her own reading level with the goal of improving their reading comprehension over the year. Each week we will honor students who showed high performance and understanding on the Achieve 3000 assessments, and each month we will celebrate students who showed the most growth!

Our Achieve All-Stars from this week are:

Julia, Bea, Madison, Owen, Taylor, Lila, Sachit, Fay, Dex, Tanshiq, & Lily

Way to go!

VNN News

This week, to reinforce the use of our new vocabulary words, students scripted and recorded VNN (Vocabulary News Network) broadcasts using their new vocab in contextually rich ways! Check out Seesaw for their broadcast videos!
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Strong Leads- How can writers hook their readers?

We've been learning about strategies that writers use to create strong leads to narrative stories to draw their readers in to the text. Student leads were based on 3 unique pictures. They used the writing process to plan, create and revise their drafts, and then we left it up to our 5th and 6th grade peers and teachers to vote on the leads that really hooked them. Student leads were posted without the author's names on posters outside of our class. Over 224 students, teachers, and even Mr. Mankin, came by to vote on Wednesday and Thursday via a survey link. the voters spoke, and we have our winning pieces below along with the pictures that motivated their ideas!

The Winning Leads

The pictures that motivated the stories

Our winning authors

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Upcoming Assessments and Project Due Dates

This section will contain upcoming assessments so that parents can help students stay on top of their studying.

Next Week:

Friday 9/22- Grammar Assessment over weekly grammar lessons

Friday 9/22- Vocabulary Assessment - Just reviewing Stems & Roots


Canvas is the HSE district's new online learning management system. It has replaced Blackboard. Our classes and our students are all using Canvas now. Family access is slated to be available in October. More news to come!