Martin's Memos

Volume 1, Issue 29: April 20, 2018

This Week


The students have impressed me once again! They truly worked hard to plan, write, prepare and practice for the Living Wax Museum! Take a look at the pictures below.

Please read through this newsletter and let me know if you have any comments or questions. Have a great weekend!


-Ms. Kate Martin

Ms. Martin's Living Wax Museum

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Proud Teacher Moments!

I'm proud of ALL of my students, but this small part of my newsletter is dedicated to a few different students each week and what has impressed me about their personal growth!

This week:

  • James: You really did an awesome job working on both of your persuasive essays and the biography.
  • Leah: Your passion and memorization for your Wax Museum was impressive!
  • Blair: Thank you for sharing your interest in computers! We loved seeing what the inside of a laptop looks like! So cool!


  • Writing & Reading: This week we finished our in class persuasive essays. We continued developing our understanding of reasoning and analysis of stories/passages/poems.

  • Math: Purple: We completed a review week of our curriculum. Blue: We began unit 8 -Geometry! Orange: We began Unit 8 on Measurement and Geometry.

  • Social Studies: The students performed their monologues for the Wax Museum and did a fantastic job!

  • Science: We began our FOSS unit on Environments this week. The students are starting by observing and experimenting with mealworms and isopods. (ewwwww...!)

  • Enrichment: We updated our Online Portfolios this week.

  • mSTEP and MAP Test Prep began!

Looking Forward to Next Week


  • Writing & Reading: We will begin a research paper, interpret narratives, and learn how to respond to literature in writing.

  • Math: Purple: We will start learning the next year's curriculum! Blue: We will continue unit 8 -Geometry! Orange: We will continue Unit 8 on Measurement and Geometry.

  • Science: We will continue a FOSS unit on environments.

  • Enrichment: We will start a 6th enrichment project.

  • mSTEP and MAP Test Prep continues...

EVERYONE in our class qualified for a free baseball ticket! Your directions and promo code for receiving the free ticket (and discounted tickets) are in Friday folders.

There are many dates to choose from. The Woodland night is on June 9th...but I won't be able to attend that date... Would anyone be opposed to choosing a separate date? Please let me know if you have an opinion one way or the other by completing this survey. I'd love for us to choose/agree upon a date as a class.

This is the website to order tickets:

Standardized Testing Dates

Since our GT classes share our own chromebook cart, we are in a unique position because we are able to schedule our end-of-year testing dates to meet our needs. Our testing dates are as follows:

5/1/18: Reading MAP

5/3/18: Math MAP

5/8/18: Reading m-STEP

5/10/18: Math m-STEP

All tests will be done in the morning. For the m-STEP only the GT 3rd graders will be testing in Ms. Gierman's room and the GT 4th graders will be testing in my room.

Self-Reflective Learning: Organization

We are working on a series of themes each week focusing on having in-depth discussions about common concerns or affective traits gifted students have.

This week we continued to discuss how we can overcome the anxiety and stress of testing.

Late Work

A late work policy will begin January 8th for my classroom. Students will receive -%5 off for each day any homework or project is turned in more than a day late. This means students will get a 1 day grace period. For example: If a project was due on Tuesday but was turned in on Thursday, it would be -5% off of the grade they earned. Keep in mind, absences a different situation. Students receive one day extra time for each day they are absent.

General Information

  • Homework
-Independent Reading: Minimum 20 minutes

-Literature Circles: Reading and "job"


-Daily math homework M-Th

  • Please check your child's agenda nightly by initialing under "Parent Signature". I will also initial it in the morning to confirm they have written the correct information down.
  • Friday Folders: They were sent home today! Please take out all the sheets and return the folder MONDAY.
  • Bagel Sales! Pre-Order on Wednesdays of each week. All varieties cost $1, cash only. Bagels are delivered on Fridays.
  • Order online at and use our class code R3CHK if you need books!

Upcoming Important Dates

4/27 Talent Show

5/1-5/10 MAP/mSTEP Testing Window

5/11 1/2 Day

5/28 Memorial Day - No School

6/14 1/2 Day

6/15 1/2 Day - Last Day of School

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