Pleasant Valley School

January Newsletter

News from Miss Sheets

Welcome 2023, Happy New Year! We are almost half way through the school year. Students will be participating in end of quarter testing on January 18-19. 2nd quarter ends on Jan. 20th. Report cards and MAP testing results will be sent home on January 23rd.


Parents, please make sure students have their planners. I know we have been off a little in December, but several were missing them last week. Also, I have started to notice a decline in students turning in their RED Reading logs on Monday. Please send students with logs and book boxes on Monday. After that they can keep it at home the rest of the week unless they need to change out the books. 1st - 3rd will have Library on Wednesday, so remember your books!


Note about Spelling -

2nd - 8th grade are currently working on testing into their specific level in the Words Their Way spelling program. Each week students will have a new word sort for skills that they need to learn. I'm starting with a pretest. If they show me they know the skill, then we are moving on to the next sort. I will be listing their sort words in their planner for their spelling list to practice at home.

1st grade - No changes at this time, their list will also be included in their planner.

Looking Back at November and December

Holiday Program - Thank you for coming!

School Events

Make-Up Days - Jan. 13th and Jan. 16th

Thank you for being so flexible with our make-up days. We will have school this Friday, January 13th and Monday, January 16th on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Since Monday was scheduled off for the holiday, there is also school on Friday, January 20th. We will resume our normal 4-day schedule on January 23rd.

Winter Testing - Jan. 18-19

MAP Testing on Jan. 18th

I-Ready Diagnostic Testing on Jan. 19

End of Second Quarter - Jan. 20

This is also a scheduled school day. Report Cards will be sent home on Monday, Jan. 23rd.

Feb. 1st - Brave Beginnings at Flathead Highschool

Those transitioning to Flathead High School next year will participate in a welcoming event at the high school in the morning and tour the AG center in the afternoon. All other students will remain at school with Mr. Kron filling in while Miss Sheets is out with the 8th Grade.

What Are We Learning?

1st Grade

Math

Unit 2 - Numbers Within 20

Addition and Subtraction and Representing Data


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Imagine That

  • Essential Question: How can we use our imaginations?
  • Reading Workshop: Read traditional stories and understand the elements of the genre.
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) round, good, said, no, put; Week 2) could, be, old, why, of; Week 3) or, live, work, who, out; Week 4) there, down, drink, now, together; Week 5) grow, full, around, find, under; Week 6) eat, play, so, their, some


Science

Finishing Breaking Earths Hold


Starting Topic 4 - Weather and Seasons

What can you tell about weather and seasons?


Social Studies

Topic 4 - Life Today and Long Ago

How does life change throughout history?


Arts

In art, we are working on texture. In music, we are learning about major chords.

2nd Grade

Math

Unit 2 - Numbers within 100

Addition, Subtraction, Time, and Money


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Our Traditions

  • Essential Question: What makes a tradition?
  • Reading Workshop: Read different types of traditional tales and understand their elements.
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) eyes, earth, thought; Week 2) along, few, head; Week 3) something, example, paper; Week 4) often, important, took; Week 5) hear, idea, enough; Week 6) group, book, almost


Science

Topic 3 - Earth's Water and Land

Essential Question: How can you describe land and water on Earth?


Social Studies - My Community

Topic 4 - People Who Supply Our Goods and Services

How do people get what they need?


Arts

In art, we are working on texture. In music, we are learning about major chords.

3rd Grade

Math

Unit 2: Multiplication and Division

Concepts, Relationships, and Patterns


Reading

Unit 3 THEME: Heros

  • Essential Question: What makes a hero?
  • Reading Workshop: Understand historical fiction and its elements.
  • Trade Book: The Hero Two Doors Down - Due Feb. 17th
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: encourage, defeat, distinguish, achieve, command
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) abandon, appeared, enormous, interfered, stationary; Week 2) figured, complain, patience, temper, remembered; Week 3) horribly, furious, insisted, terribly, disturbed; Week 4) ceremonies, tradition, medicine, lamenting, offering; Week 5) triumphant, company, challenge, twinkle, curious
  • Word Study: Week 1) Prefixes: pre-, dis-, in-, im-, non-; Week 2) Abbreviations; Week 3) Suffixes: -ful, -y, -ness; Week 4) Vowel Teams; Week 5) Irregular Plural Nouns
  • Week 6 Project: Compose an opinion speech about why it is important to take advantage of opportunities to be heroic.


Science

Topic 3 - Weather

Essential Question: What are ways to reduce the impacts of hazardous weather?


Social Studies

Topic 4 - Government, Landmarks, and Symbols

Why do we have government?


Arts

In art, we are working on texture. In music, we are learning about major chords.

5th Grade

Math

Finishing Unit 2: Decimals and Fractions

Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction


Starting Unit 3: More Decimals and Fractions

Multiplication and Division


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Reflections

  • Essential Question: How do the experiences of others reflect our own?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of fiction and understand their elements.
  • Trade Book: The Thing About Georgie - Due Feb. 17
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: demonstrate, perspective, recall, appeal, confide
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) enthusiasm, shattered, reassuring, encompass, inseparable; Week 2) tolerate, loamy, wriggled, quarters, tingled; Week 3) quell, tactics, preserve, conscientious; Week 4) vivid, retired, trembles, crinkled, melodic; Week 5) radically, embodies, indivisible, revolutionary, ironic
  • Week 6 Project: Research a person or hero and write a speech about why a day should be dedicated to that person.



Science

Topic 5 - Human Impacts on Earth's Systems

Essential Question: How can we protect Earth's resources and environments?


Social Studies - America's Past

Topic 5 - The American Revolution

Essential Question: What is worth fighting for?


Arts

In art, we are learning about texture. In music we are continuing to work through our practice book. We will also start learning our music for festival this spring. Practice records will resume this week and will be due the following Tuesday.

6th Grade

Math

Unit 3: Ratio Reasoning

Ratio Concepts and Equivalent Ratios


Reading

UNIT 2 THEME: Animal Allies

Essential Question: How can people and animals relate to each other?

Trade Book: A Wrinkle in Time - Due Feb. 17

Writing: Explanatory Essay - How can animals and people help one another?


Science - Middle School Physical Science

Topic 4 - Thermal Energy

Essential Question: What happens when heat flows from one object to another?


Social Studies - Middle School American History

Topic 6 - The Age of Jackson and Westward Expansion (1824-1860)

Essential Question: Why do people move?


Arts

In art, we are learning about texture. In music we are continuing to work through our practice book. We will also start learning our music for festival this spring. Practice records will resume this week and will be due the following Tuesday.

8th Grade

Math

Unit 3: Linear Relationships

Slope, Linear Equations, and Systems


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: What Matters

Essential Question: When is it right to take a stand?

Trade Book: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Due Feb. 17

Writing: Argumentative Essay - Is it important for people to make their own choices in life?


Science - Middle School Physical Science

Topic 4 - Thermal Energy

Essential Question: What happens when heat flows from one object to another?


Social Studies - Middle School Montana History

Topic 8 - Livestock and the Open Range (1850-1887)

The Big Picture: "The glory days of the open range were created - and quickly brought to an end - by the same forces that drive all life in Montana: water, weather, and the land." (pg. 149)

Topic 9 - Railroads Link Montana to the Nation (1881-1915)

The Big Picture: " New methods of transportation always change life and society. Railroads changed life in Montana in the 1880s just as much as the coming of the horse did in the 1700s." (pg. 169)


Arts

In art, we are learning about texture. In music we are continuing to work through our practice book. We will also start learning our music for festival this spring. Practice records will resume this week and will be due the following Tuesday.