Atkinson Gazette

Room 203's Weekly Newsletter

What's UP in Room 203?

I hope you had a great weekend! This week will be short and sweet but jam packed with learning! Don't forget that your children do not have school on Friday!

I will be out of the building on Thursday. If you have any carpool changes, please let Paula or Priscilla in the office know.

Super Student: Cullum Brown

Pawsitive Panther for March: Major Roberts (not announced yet on KPAW yet!)

Academic News for the Upcoming Week


We have completed our unit on Geometry. There are a few kids that still did not grasp the concept. I believe it mostly comes down to actually reading the questions. I've noticed that some of your kids rush through their math work and don't show their work. Friday I explained my expectations for them. For those that are still struggling with geometry, they will be receiving extra work to go home as homework all week, and they will have a retake test on Monday, April 11th.

As I stated in my e-mail Friday, Monday will be reserved for the Math STAAR Simulation. They will be taking last year's Math STAAR test. We will treat this test as if it were the real thing so your children will know what to expect on testing day. To help aid this, it would be helpful to make sure your kids get a good night rest and eat a healthy and filling breakfast.

Tuesday we will resume with math lessons. Our newest unit is measurement. Students will be learning about measuring weight and capacity this week. They will learn about the customary and metric measuring systems. Since we hit measuring in science, we will double dip our time with a lesson during our math block and a hands-on activity during our science time.

There is NO D6 this week - with the simulations it would be too much for the kids.

Keep in mind, students will continue to have math homework to reinforce skills learned in class as well as Daily 6 Review on Thursday nights. We will have multiplication quizzes on Thursday.


In reading, we have really been focusing on poetry and the different forms (narrative, humorous, free verse, and lyrical). We also hit on how poetry involves inferencing and how sometimes authors leave us hanging. Students have read different poems and had to decide which form it represented. Last week we also focused on all the different types of figurative language we may see in poetry (simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole, and personification).

This week we will begin to talk about our color poem project that will be done with our Ghana pen pals. We will break it down to where the children will need to pick a color and describe it using the five senses. Depending on how our week goes, we may have it finished or it may carry into next week.

We will have the Reading STAAR Simulation on Tuesday. In order to help students, Monday afternoon I will be going into close reading and how to prove our answers on a reading test. This will help them tremendously with the real test.


We have begun the prewriting process of our expository piece. The prompt asked the students which career they would like to have and why. I shared with them written pieces from STAAR so they could see the differences between a level 1, 2, 3 and 4 piece. We will continue to prewriting and organize our ideas this week.

Science/Social Studies

Last week we concluded our matter lessons with physical and chemical changes. We did the "what reaction would take place if we put Mentos in Diet Coke?" experiment. Going into it a lot of students thought it would be a chemical reaction, however, we learned that the substances didn't change so it must be a physical reaction.

In science, we will double up on math lessons and discuss measurement with hands-on activities.


** I wanted one more week with these prefixes. After looking over their spelling homework, I didn't feel that the kids were ready. We will take our test on Wednesday**

The spelling rule for the next two weeks will also be about prefixes (un-, im-, dis-, in-, and -il)

Rule: An affix placed before a word, base, or another prefix to modify a term’s meaning.

Example: unlock, impossible, disagree, incorrect, illegal

Non-negotiables: between, show, feet, began, night

I have added a new list on Spelling City. Students will have 3 activities to complete in the next two weeks. I also added the 5 non-negotiable words to that list so students get a little more exposure to them.

Class News Reporter: Owen Johnson

Who Will Win?!?

  • MO still too close to call

  • Front-runners: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

  • Marco Rubio drops out after FL loss to Donald Trump.

  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich's win in his home state -- and 66 delegates -- makes Trump's path to the nomination more difficult.

Columbus, Ohio (CNN)Front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dominated one of the biggest days of the 2016 presidential race so far. Trump overcame controversy about the violent clashes that have marked his rallies this week and Clinton muted the criticism over her history on trade deals with big wins in Ohio and Illinois over Bernie Sanders.

Important Dates

No School - Bad Weather Make-Up Day

Friday, April 8th, 8am

3505 Amherst Avenue

Dallas, TX

Camp Read-a-Lot

Monday, April 18th, 8am to Friday, April 22nd, 3pm

3505 Amherst Avenue

Dallas, TX

Students will be going to Camp Read-a-Lot to help strengthen their reading skills in preparation for the Reading STAAR.

I really like getting into the camp spirit and would love if any of you had camp chairs and lanterns to donate to our room for the week! It really helps set the mood and the kids love it! Please let me know if you want to help! I already have some fake fires made from last year.