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October Newsletter

Southwest Elementary G.A.T.E.

Just a reminder that Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 22 from 1-8 pm. I will be in and out of both the elementary and middle school on that day, but I plan on trying to attend your child's conference with his/her teacher. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give me a call.


The 3rd and 4th grade students are currently doing a mystery unit. We have been reading "Who Dunnit? How to be a Detective in 10 Easy Lessons" and using details and information from the story and pictures to make higher level inferences, as well as, supporting those inferences with evidence. In the next few weeks, our classroom will turn into a crime scene lab as we solve the "Case of the Missing Lunch". Students will have the opportunity to practice observation skills, expand their forensic science vocabulary, evaluate the scene by analyzing footprints and perform experiments on mystery substances (ex. cornstarch, powdered sugar, etc.)