The Classroom Connection

Mrs. Jefferson, ELA & SS

Dutch Fork Elementary School: Academy of Environmental Sciences

Title I

April 30, 2015

VIP Folders & Assessment Info.

Today's VIP Folder should include:


  • Progress Report
  • Graded papers
  • The Cub Reporter

Literacy & Social Studies

The PASS Social Studies test will be administered next Friday! This week and next week, we're inquiring about the following Cold War & Civil Rights Movement topics:


  • US vs. Soviet Union
  • Red Scare
  • Korean Conflict
  • Berlin Wall / Berlin Airlift
  • Space Race
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Vietnam War
  • New Technology and mass media
  • Military desegregation
  • Brown vs. Board of Education
  • Sit-ins
  • Freedom Riders
  • Martin Luther King vs. Malcom X
  • John F. Kennedy
  • 1964 Civil Rights Act


We are sharing wonderful literature such as The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss and Patrol by Walter Dean Myers to learn more about these topics. Reading these stories have been critical in helping kids understand the impact of these events on our country. Additionally, all the texts we share will help build background knowledge and vocabulary as well as instill a love of reading. If you have stories to share about any of these events, feel free to write the class about your experience or a family member's experience. We love guest speakers, video testimonials, and/or we can use Skype! Also, PLEASE encourage your child to study his or her notes over the weekend and throughout next week. Short assessments will be given throughout the week to check for understanding.

Civil Rights Traveling Trunk

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PASS Testing

All 4th and 5th graders will participate in PASS testing on the dates listed below.


Thursday, May 7 – Science

Friday, May 8 – Social Studies


Please be reminded of a few simple things that will help your child be

successful during testing:

1. Parents should schedule appointments and out of school activities for another

day. All students will make up tests that are missed.

2. Testing will begin at 8:00 each day. Be sure your child is well-rested and on

time. Avoid a rushed morning or discussions that may upset your child.

3. Have your child eat a healthy and filling breakfast.

4. Parents and students in the building are not permitted any electronic devices

during testing. This includes cell phones, calculators, and watches with alarms.

5. Encourage your child to do his/her best on all days of testing. Eliminate

pressure and send them off with a hug and a smile.

Students are encouraged to check out this website: www.testtakingtips.com to

access ideas about being successful on tests of all kinds and what to do about

getting nervous about tests.

Congratulations D5 Honor Choir

I am very proud to announce that District Five's Honor Choir received a SUPERIOR RATING at the Carowinds Choral Festival! Congratulations to all of my fifth grade students that participated in helping the choir succeed: Karli Race, DeAnna Sweat, David Wooten, Aliyah Wooten, Kori Peterman, Gabrielle Brisbane, and Kennedy Tisdale! I am so proud of my students and the rest of the D5 Honor Choir!