The Jones Journal

Updates from The Flock // November 9, 2014

Important Dates

Portfolio Presentations (student-led conferences)

Monday, Nov. 17th, 3:30pm to Thursday, Nov. 20th, 6:30pm

4790 Cemetery Rd

Hilliard, OH

This meeting will be a student-led conference, which is NOT a traditional parent/teacher conference. Your child will lead the first part of the conference to present his or her accomplishments and goals. After your child’s presentation, parents and teachers may use the remaining time to discuss strengths, concerns, issues, and academics.


** SIGN UP INFORMATION IS BELOW **

* Notes From Mr. Jones *

Brrr....

The weather is getting colder and we expect for children to be wearing warm winter coats to school. Our recess is outside as long as the temperature is about 20 degrees. Children need to be dressed properly so they can be comfortable while playing at recess.

Parent Teacher Conferences

I've very excited to meet with you next week for your child's PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION.


This "portfolio presentation" is NOT a traditional parent/teacher conference. Your child will lead the first part of the conference to present his or her accomplishments and goals. After your child’s presentation, parents and teachers may use the remaining time to discuss strengths, concerns, issues, and academics. This format provides an opportunity for your child to…

  • Share samples of work
  • Learn self-evaluation
  • Be accountable for his/her work
  • Communicate with you about his/her progress and goals.

PROGRESS REPORTS WILL BE ONLINE

Elementary student progress reports for the first marking period will be available through the secure Home Access Center (HAC) link on Friday, November 21 beginning at 2 p.m. This easy to use option allows parents immediate access to their student’s information while also saving a significant amount in printing costs. To access your child’s information simply:

1. visit the district’s website at www.hilliardschools.org;

2. select the “Parents” tab and click on the “Home Access Center” link;

3. enter your unique log-in and password; and,

4. click on the “Grades” link to view the progress report.

If you need help logging in to Home Access Center or if you do not have Internet access, please contact the school office for assistance.

Reading At Home

REMIDNER: Students should be reading at home. I do NOT have a reading log that I require students to fill out. However, I do expect students to read at home. My hope is that students will read 20-30 minutes a night. In other words, your child should read 3-4 hours each week. Please help your child with this.

What Are We Learning?

Reading

For the past several weeks, students have been learning to compare and contrast two or more characters drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).


We discussed how readers read closely, and they formulate theories about characters. Those theories then help readers to predict how the book will unfold. Readers read on, discovering if their understandings of the characters were deep enough to support wise predictions. We discussed that we learn about characters by how the act, what they say and what they think.


Our current read aloud is called The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm. Students seem to really like this book! Here is a summary:

"Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far? Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth? With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility."

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Math

We have just wrapped up our math unit about multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Before learning the shortcuts, students spent lots of time working with pictures and visual models in order to truly understand the concept.


Students will be able to solve problems such as:

  • 1/3 ÷ 2/8
  • 5 ÷ 3/4


  • Watch the video below for an explanation of dividing fractions.

  • Social Studies

    We have just finished our Zombie Apocalypse geography project. Check out the final projects here:

    http://www.theflockjwr.com/zombie-apocalypse-project.html


    A few weeks ago, Mr. Jones received a very strange email from a "Dr. Pete Mitchell" that explained the possibility of a zombie outbreak in the USA. Students were asked to help "Dr. Mitchell" research somewhere else in the western hemisphere that the citizens of Ohio could escape the zombies. Students were assigned small groups to research different countries in North or South America. You can visit the link below to read more about this really cool project.

    A Peek Inside Our Classroom