What's Trending in Room 228

Mrs. Marcum's class

Weekly Attendance = 94.4%

The district's goal is 96%.

Mark your Calendar:

  • Wednesday, December 9th--Papa John's Night
  • Thursday, December 17th--Board Meeting 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 22nd-- Project Sweeny 9:15am in cafeteria...we would love to have you join us!
  • Wednesday, December 23rd-Sunday, January 3rd-- Winter Break (Offices Closed)
  • Monday, January 4th- Teacher Work Day--No School for Students
  • Tuesday, January 5th-- Students return
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Scholastic Book Order-by 10th to get by 18th!!

If you would like to order any books for your student for Christmas you can do it online! They have guaranteed delivery by December 18th if you order by the 10th.

If you let me know, I can keep it a secret and wrap the books before I send them home (or I can contact you to pick them up). Use the Class Code HQ4LT


  • Math- We will be starting adding and subtracting fractions.
  • Reading- We are working on Summarizing and finding the main idea of a passage. We will be testing on Thursday.
  • Writing- We will be starting our informational writing pieces.
  • Grammar- We will learn how to correctly write Titles in our writing.

  • Words Their Way- Sort 12

  • Science- We will be continuing water cycle and weather.

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Door Decorating Contest

The kids designed and decorated our classroom door, and hallway! They did a great job.

Free and Reduced Lunch- (see if you qualify and save money for Christmas!!)

FYI, for most Federal and State purposes, the free and reduced percentage of enrollment as of the end of October is the number used for most statistics. The district would like this percentage to be as high as possible (legally of course) as it affects district monies separate from the school meal program. As of today, with our current enrollment, we need 12 more students on meal benefits to match last year's end of October percentage.

Some things that we were reminded of, and I wanted to pass along:

Anyone can apply. Foster children and families on Food Stamps can complete an application just on the foster or food stamp status. They will qualify for free meals. Families taking in a foster child can count the foster child as a member of the household which may allow other children in the household to qualify for reduced meals.

Families who are displaced or meet the homeless criteria (contact Student Services)qualify for free meals.

All others may be able to qualify for either free or reduced meals by income and household size.

Families whose application was denied at the beginning of the school year may now qualify if current income drops or household size increases.

This time of year, most applications are processed the same day received in the Food Service Office.

Click on the button below to print the paperwork.

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Box Tops for Education: Help us WIN!!

Every single class at Sweeny is in a competition to collect the most Box Tops. Each class that collects at least 1000 box tops will get an extra recess with pop-ices, and the winning class will get an extra surprise!

All the money comes right back to our classroom for me to spend on the students. I usually buy things like books, math manipulatives, and this year I am looking into buying a program called MobyMax that the kids LOVED. The free sample is over and despite getting great data from the program we were unable to use district funds for it, so I would LOVE to collect enough box tops to continue using all the great features the kids enjoyed!

Each box top you send in is worth 10 cents for us to spend. It doesn't sound like much, but they can really add up. Ask relatives and friends if they have any extra box tops they aren't using. Most people don't mind cutting them out and saving them if you ask:)