News from Ms. Sullivan

April 2016

Reminder! AIG Parent Meeting!

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016

Time: 5:30-6:30 pm

Place: Isaac Dickson Media Center


  • Article 9B & State Standards
  • Identification & Services (per current AIG plan)
  • AIG Plan 2017-2020
  • AIG Curriculum
  • AIG at Asheville Middle School (AIG Specialists from AMS will be present to share info & answer questions.)

I will be posting the meeting presentation on both my Dickson and Claxton websites if you are unable to attend.

Experience Dickson Night - April 26, 2016

Sadly, for the first time in 9 years at Dickson, I will not be attending Experience Dickson Night. Please accept my apology in advance. April 26th is the night of the AHS Awards Banquet and my son is receiving an award for being in the top 20 of the junior class so I would like to attend the banquet and celebrate with him. I know you understand. There are wonderful things going on in AIG this year, and I'm so proud of all my students. Be sure to check in with them about what they're doing in their AIG classes. And you are always welcome to stop by our classroom. Thanks for your continued support!

What's Happening in 3rd Grade?

Reading: Enigmas! Students are reading about various Enigmas. Group discussions include evaluating sources, interpreting events, forming opinions, supporting opinions with text evidence. Students are developing reading, writing, and speaking skills.

Math: Number Systems! Students are using the Mentoring Mathematical Minds curriculum to develop a deeper understanding of organizing & analyzing data, identifying patterns, problem solving, interpreting information and making generalizations.

ESG: Inventions! Students are learning about inventors and their inventions. They will also have the opportunity to develop their own inventions.

CSG: One Hour Mysteries! Students are using deductive logic, close reading, collaboration and research skills to solve mysteries.

What's Happening in 4th Grade?

Reading: Students are beginning a book study on One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. This book takes place in California in the late 1960s so students will be learning about the Civil Rights Movement as we read the book. We will be exploring the themes of family, friendship, and perseverance.

Math: Students are doing an algebra unit using the Hands-On-Equations curriculum. Unit objectives include: developing an understanding of the concepts of equivalence, variable, constant, equation, equal and not equal; modeling abstract algebraic expressions using concrete models; applying math properties to balance an equation; solving for a missing variable; and, checking solutions for accuracy.

ESG: Student teams have begun work on the advertising campaign. They have selected a product and will be designing magazine ads, radio ads, and television ads that incorporate the persuasion techniques we studied.

CSG: Students are working on an inquiry project. This student led inquiry provides opportunities to develop research and collaboration skills. Students developed questions to drive their research. They are now starting on creating a product to share what they learned.

What's Happening in 5th Grade?

Reading: Students are beginning a book study on The Outsiders by SE Hinton. They will be exploring the themes of friendship, family, society & class, choices, loyalty, isolation, violence & love.

Math: Design-A-Park PBL: Student teams are finishing their written proposals and element models. This problem-based learning unit provides students with the opportunity to apply math skills in a real world situation, as well as developing English Language Arts skills.

ESG & CSG: Students have become architects and engineers as they design and build bridges that incorporate the principles and elements we studied.