Mrs. O'Rourke's Panther Press

From the week of Sept. 5-8 and for the week of Sept. 11-15

Pasta Bowl

The date to donate pasta for the HSE annual Pasta Bowl food collection has been extended until Tuesday. Please feel free to send in some pasta with your child on Mon. or Tues. The donations directly benefit families in the Fishers area.

Canvas & Staying Organized

Daily Assignments -

We have asked the students to find an organizational system that works for them so that they can write down the daily requirements for their classes each day. Our team suggested that students open a new note in their "Notes" app and title it "Assignments". They should be able to update their daily assignments there. In humanities, we are trying to establish a routine where the first thing students do when they come in is update their daily assignments. I remind them each day at the start of class. Some students are choosing to use planners, and that is ok - whatever works for each student is fine. But, please monitor these for the first few weeks to make sure that your students are keeping themselves organized and aware of their assignments and when they are due. All classes are also now utilizing the Canvas Calendar to post major assignments, assessments and due dates. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks!

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Model Readers Wanted!

We would LOVE to have parents and family members come in and read with us during our independent reading time on Fridays. It is so important that children see that the adults in their lives value reading. Please come read with us. We'd love to have you. The sign up information for September is below. Remember, you must have an active background check to volunteer in the school. Up to 3 parents can sign up for each slot, but just be sure to ask your child which block he or she is in (Block 1-morning, Block 2- afternoon). See the link below to sign up and don't forget to bring a book to read!

Scholastic Book Orders - Due September 15th

This month’s Scholastic Reading Club flyers were sent home last week! Please take a few moments to explore the selection together and let your child help choose books he or she is excited to read. You don't need the flyers to order. You can always just log on to the website below and browse for books. (The flyers are actually online too!)

It is preferred that you order online at, where you’ll find a wide selection of quality children’s books that are just right for your child’s reading interests. Or, return your paper order form to me with a check made out to “Scholastic Reading Club.”

Remember, you help our class earn FREE Books and supplies with every order. Thank you for supporting your child’s reading both at home and in the classroom!

PS: Please let me know if your order includes a gift for your child, and I will contact you when it arrives!

First Time Ordering Online?
•Go to
•Enter our one-time Class Activation Code: NCZKF
•Shop and submit your child's book order.
•Your books will be delivered directly to the classroom.

More FREE books arrived this week thanks to family Scholastic orders!! YAY!! We have such a rich classroom library! Please keep ordering!!
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Learning highlights from this week!

Ancient Greece: Activating our Background Knowledge (Schema)

Students worked in groups to list everything they think they knew about Ancient Greece as we prepare to begin our unit. They also listed the questions that they had in regard to G.R.A.P.E.S. (geography, religion, achievements, politics, economy, & social structure)
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Zahra's unique experience

Our very own Zahra had an opportunity to see Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and advocate for women's education, speak at Depauw University. She kindly shared her experience with her class. Check out the photos from her experience and the presentation she created to share with us. What a rich learning experience!
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Achieve 3000 All-Stars!

Students use Achieve 3000 to practice critically reading from non-fiction texts. The program assesses students on their understanding of what they've read and each student works at his/her own reading level with the goal of improving their reading comprehension over the year. Each week we will honor students who showed high performance and understanding on the Achieve 3000 assessments, and each month we will celebrate students who showed the most growth!

Our Achieve All-Stars from this week are:

Aksel, Maia, Zahra, Taylor, Lila, Saanvi, Evan, Charlie, and Samaira

Way to go!

Upcoming Assessments and Project Due Dates

This section will contain upcoming assessments so that parents can help students stay on top of their studying.

Next Week:

Friday 9/15- Grammar Assessment over weekly grammar lessons

Friday 9/15- Vocabulary Assessment


Canvas is the HSE district's new online learning management system. It has replaced Blackboard. Our classes and our students are all using Canvas now. Family access is slated to be available in October. More news to come!