## Sept. 23-Sept. 27

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## Math-Ms. McGehee

Last week...

We spent a lot of time discussing writing equations for proportional relationships and using those equations to find unknown values. On Thursday we took a quiz and Friday they were given time in class to make their corrections. Students were also assigned their Topic B Homework Check.

Week of 9/23-9/27

This week we will start Topic C. Students will be working to find unit rates with fractions and solving problems like we have in the past, but problems will now involve fractions.

At the end of the week we will look at finding prices of items that are on sale and how stores use mark-ups to make money.

Students will be assigned practice problems each night. They can find extra help in Schoology in the "Homework Help" folder. They will be given a homework check over Topic C after their test.

I have attached the Topic C Parent Tips Below!

## September is Attendance Awareness Month

Tips for parents:

1. Your children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year or about 18 days. That can be just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it.

2. Some absences are unavoidable. We understand that children will get sick and need to stay home occasionally. The important thing is to get your children to school as often as possible.

3. Sporadic absences, not just those on consecutive days of school, matter. Before you know it--just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year.

4. If too many absences occur, it is still a problem whether they are excused or unexcused because they represent too much lost learning time in the classroom.

5. By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.

6. Too many absent students can affect the whole classroom, creating churn and slowing down instruction.

7. Families should avoid extended vacations that require your children to miss school. Try to line up vacations with the school's schedule. The same goes for doctor's appointments.

8. For older children, you can help them develop homework and bedtime routines that allow for 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours of sleep. Make sure that when the lights go out, so do the cell phones, video games and computers.

9. Above all, set an example for your child. Show him or her that attendance matters to you and that you won't allow an absence unless someone is truly sick. Avoid asking older students to help with daycare and household errands.

## Mrs. Martin--Language Arts

This past week, we finished reading chapters 7-9 of The Outsiders, which means we will finish reading the novel this week. Please have a discussion with your child about the book! You can ask them to summarize it for you, tell you about the climax, or the theme...these are things we will be discussing as well.

As we bring the novel to a close, we will talk about the overall meaning of the novel: the theme, and students will be completing One-Pagers to demonstrate their understanding.

This understanding of theme will bring us into the culminating assessment for the quarter next week, which is to create a public service announcement to answer the essential question: How do we overcome prejudices?

I am looking forward to seeing some great work from students over the next few weeks to close out the first quarter!

## Social Studies-- Mr. Beles

This week in World Geography, we will be diving into another main theme of the course, which is regions of the world. We will have a variety of activities this week begin the section. On Monday we are going to be utilizing the Discovery Ed online textbook for the first time this year.

Students will be able to log on and read just like a hard copy text, but from their laptops. We will be experimenting with this a lot from now on, but it is mainly a source of information to build learning that we apply to in class projects and assignments. I know I am looking forward to the nearly endless possibilities with this resource, and I think students will be excited as well! Just make sure that we are bringing computers charged to class!

## Science - Mrs. Brown

This past week students looked at all the types of adaptations in ecosystems from behavioral to structural and even some physiological. They loved create a creature assignment where they created a creature with 5 - 10 adaptations for the environment they chose. They participated in the beak lab and looked at not only adaptations birds have for food, but also competition for food.

This week, we will finish up the lesson with types of symbiosis, a review, and the Chapter 1 test on Friday. Please encourage students to do quiz corrections if they are needed and missing work needs to be turned in one week from the due date. Remember, students have access to their science books at home at pearsonrealize.com to help them study for the Chapter Test. Hope you have an awesome week!