McAnally Weekly, Oct. 1st

Your Weekly Update On All Things McAnally!

Dear Parents,

Happy fall y'all! It is nice to see the weather cool down a bit, but things are really heating up in our classrooms. We are down to the last two weeks of the first cycle. Our students and teachers are working hard to solidify learning and engage our students in exceptional experiences. Our house celebration will be Oct 14th, so please encourage your students to keep earning those points! We are focusing our points around our three R's this year: Being ready, respectful, and responsible.


Please be looking for some critical info to come home regarding NWEA MAP testing next week. Our math teachers are sending home reports for all students for both Reading and Math MAP. MAP Growth results will be sent home with your student the week of October 4-8 for students in grades 3-10. Click here to learn more about MAP Growth including how it works, what it measures and common questions. Once you receive your student's MAP Growth report, feel free to reach out to your student's teacher with any specific questions or concerns.


Have a great weekend and as always, the upgrade continues.

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Motto: You don't have to be great to start, you just have to start to be great!


Principal Jenkins

Congratulations to our Circle of Greatness Winners!

We are so proud of the recognition showered upon McAnally this Cycle. All the staff below were nominated for the Aledo ISD Circle of Greatness. If you want to recognize a teacher or staff member, please click the link at the bottom of our newsletter!

Upcoming Dates

October 5th: McAnally Choir Fall Concert at AHS 7:00 PM

October 7th: AISD Flu Shot Clinic 8:00 AM

October 11th: Columbus Day, school holiday

October 12th: School Cafeteria Appreciation Week

October 19th: McAnally Virtual Curriculum Night

CORE CLASS UPDATES

Essential Standards

Parents, as our first cycle comes to a close, I wanted to refresh your memory on our essential standards. Great work is occurring in our classrooms, and we want you to know what your students are learning. We encourage you to ask your students about the topics below, to show your their journals, or talk to you about their common assessments! As a professional learning community, this is a critical part of our practice.


Math:

  • 6.2(D) - order a set of rational numbers arising from mathematical and real-world contexts
  • 6.3(D) – add, subtract, multiply, & divide integers fluently
  • 6.3(E) – Multiply and divide positive rational numbers fluently

ELAR

  • 6.7 B analyze how the characters' internal and external responses develop the plot
  • 6.7 C analyze plot elements, including rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, and non-linear elements such as flashback

  • 6.7 D analyze how the setting, including historical and cultural settings, influences character and plot development

  • 6.9D describe how the author's use of figurative language such as metaphor and personification achieves specific purposes

  • 6.9 E identify the use of literary devices, including omniscient and limited point of view, to achieve a specific purpose

Science

  • 6.8: Force, motion, and energy. The student knows force and motion are related to potential and kinetic energy.
  • 6.8A compare and contrast potential and kinetic energy
  • 6.9: Force, motion, and energy. The student knows that the Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it just changes form.
  • 6.9C demonstrate energy transformations such as energy in a flashlight battery changes from chemical energy to electrical energy to light energy.

Social Studies

  • 6.3A Identify and explain the geographic factors responsible for patterns of population in places and regions.

  • 6.11A describe and compare roles and responsibilities of citizens in various contemporary societies, including the United States

ELAR

This week in ELAR we will start our EA for Unit 1. Our focus standard will be to compose literary texts such as personal narratives, fiction, and poetry using genre characteristics and craft (6.11A). Throughout the week we will take the students through the writing process to create their personal narrative. Their finished product will be for a summative grade. Please make sure students are bring a charged device with headphones daily.

MATH/ADVANCED MATH

We will be reviewing our Essential Standards on Monday and Tuesday, before taking our Common Assessment on Wednesday 10/6. The common assessment covers all our content from this first grading cycle. The big concepts include: four quadrant coordinate planes; converting decimals, fractions, and percents; ordering rational numbers; add, subtract, multiply, & divide integers. We will go over our Common Assessment data at the end of the week, before starting Unit 3, which begins with adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.

SCIENCE

In science this week, students will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of energy resources. Students will also work through stations and create a one-pager review for four District CA on Thursday, October 7th.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Next week will be looking at the Industrial Revolution and how new inventions change the way we are living. As we wrap up our Unit on North America and Canada, we will review and take our curriculum assessment on Thursday, October 7th. Please make sure your students spend a few minutes reviewing with their study guide and the review games before the test.

ELECTIVES

News from Nurse Creed

  • Flu Shot Clinic – Email or have student bring flu shot forms to the nurse
  • PE notes: please email pe notes to the nurse and to Scott Abel
  • Proof of Shots required for 7th grade can by emailed to nurse (MCV4 and TDAP booster are the two shots required and given from age 11-12)
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The Aledo ISD in partnership with the Parker County Hospital District will host its annual Flu Shot Clinic the week of Oct. 4-8 at each campus with a districtwide Friends and Family Night from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the Aledo Learning Center.


Parents are not permitted to accompany children at morning campus shot clinics and should attend the Friends and Family Night on October 6 if the wish to accompany their children.


COVID-19 vaccinations will NOT be available at the flu shot clinics. Stay tuned for more information and required forms.


Save the date:


  • 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 4: Annetta Elementary and Vandagriff Elementary
  • 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5: Stuard Elementary and Walsh Elementary
  • 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6: Aledo Middle School
  • 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6: Friends and Family Night at Aledo Learning Center
  • 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7: Coder Elementary
  • 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7: McAnally Intermediate, Aledo High School and Aledo Learning Center
  • 7 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8: McCall Elementary
  • 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8: Daniel Ninth Grade Campus


AISD Flu Shot Information

LIBRARY NEWS

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DEVICE PROTECTION PLAN INFORMATION!

Device Protection Plan (McAnally, AMS, AHS, DNG, ALC ONLY) - Aledo ISD still has devices available if your student would like to check one out. Please see Mrs. Buck in the library and she will put in a request. We also have an optional device protection plan and information on how to sign up can be found on the Technology section on the district website. We are setting a deadline of October 8th to sign up.https://www.aledoisd.org/Domain/33

Volunteer News!

The current volunteer sign up/background check is being closed on Friday, October 8th, as we transition to a new system. Thank you for your patience and we will update with information soon!

Circle of Greatness Nomination

Do you want to recognize an employee for going above and beyond and embodying #GrowingGreatness? Nominate them today for the Aledo ISD Circle of Greatness!

COVID Reporting Form

Please complete this form if a student or employee has tested positive, shown symptoms or been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

McAnally Intermediate School

6th grade campus for Aledo ISD.

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