Mrs. Morehead Weekly News

April 24th, 2015

Math MAP testing

A few things to note:


We are reviewing the math skills taught this year using a website called "Kahoot." Another teacher in our school has created several 'Kahoots,' which are interactive quizzes using technology devices for students to answer questions. If you allow, students may bring a device which can connect to the internet without the use of wifi. Students work in teams to solve math problems, and buzz in by choosing the appropriate answer on their device. If you have questions, check out the website at https://getkahoot.com/support/faq/#who-and-what-is-behind-kahoot


We begin Math MAP testing next Thursday. Please make sure your student arrives at school on time, and has breakfast that morning.


I wanted to share with you part of a letter that is circulating social media, which relates to testing. It struck me and I wanted to share it with you:


"The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you- the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do.

They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day.

They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school.

They do not know that you have travelled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends.

They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best… the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything."

From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/15/barrowford-school-letter_n_5588988.html


Have a great weekend!

Due Dates:

In ELA, students are writing memoirs again. They should apply everything they've learned in writing this year to make these strong pieces. The memoirs are due next Wednesday.


Students were given two homework assignments-one in math on parallelograms and angles which is due Monday, and an ongoing homework assignment to track the phases of the moon. Students should go outside just to observe the moon at the same time each night. I will collect these from students on Monday, but will return them so students can track the phases the rest of the week. I'll collect these again on Friday to ensure students are staying on track.


May 18th Picnic

Thank you to those of you who have already sent items for our team picnic and celebration. Here is the breakdown of needed items.


If your last name starts with the letters A-C, please bring ketchup

If your last name is D-G, please bring mustard

If your last name is H-N, please bring napkins

If your last name is O-T, please bring plates

If your last name is U-Z, please bring relish


Please let me know if you have questions!

Summer Reading Challenge

The challenge begins May 4th! Look for the details coming home in Friday folders next week.

Last 20 days

Our class is working toward an incentive each of the last 20 days of school. Students must be on task, and give me their attention when I ask for it in order to be able to pop a balloon with a surprise inside. On Monday, we will have a popsicle party, and there are many other fun activities in store. I'm looking forward to a positive end of the year with your students!