Howe's Happenings Week 35 2015-2016

German and Reading Acceleration

What did we do last week?

You're receiving this note a bit early, because my daughters and I are going Girl Scout camping this weekend. If you send an email or leave me a message after 2:45PM on Friday, you can expect to hear from me on Monday. Have a great weekend, and read below for a recap of our week!

German 1 students read German menus, created their own menus, and wrote and performed skits about eating out in a German cafe. This week, we will wrap up our food unit with a food day on Wednesday, May 25 and a test on foods and eating out on Thursday, May 26.

German 2 students wrapped up their travel unit with a test on Friday. This week we'll be discussing professions and our future plans. We will also begin watching the German Extr@ series.

Reading Acceleration students continued working with claim and evidence in our animal partnerships text. This week, we will finish the text. We will also continue our independent reading, study sessions, and evidence-based writing. I will begin exit QRIs shortly. After your child has been tested, you can expect an email from me.

Senior Exam Policy

If seniors meets the criteria outlined below they may be eligible to be exempt from assessments given on exam days.


Exam Policy for Seniors – 4th Term


1. Must be attaining an 80% in their course work


2. Have no more than 3 absences during the marking period (field trips and school

sponsored events are not listed in power school as absences)


3. Have no more than 3 tardies to class during the marking period


4. Have no suspensions


5. One college visit will be allowed that will not be counted against attendance. To qualify the students must do the following:


  • Arrange the college visit with the college admissions or individual department in advance.
  • Notify our attendance office and the teachers of the date of absence.
  • Bring back verification of the visit from the admissions office or appropriate department representative that was visited and return the verification to the attendance office.


If a student would like to take an exam, even if they meet the criteria, that is their decision. Students not taking exams will not be permitted to be in the building during testing time.

Final Exam Information

Term 4 ends for ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders on June 17, 2016.

Here is some information regarding final exams:

The German 1B exam consists of a speaking exam (introducing yourself to an exchange partner), a written exam (pen pal letter), and a listening, reading and culture test (52 multiple choice questions). Students will receive an exam description and review packet in class. Extra/electronic copies are available on Moodle. To provide students with plenty of time to work on the written exam portion, the speaking exam will take place on Monday, June 13, and the listening exam will take place on June 14. The reading, writing, and culture exam takes place during our regular exam period on Thursday, June 16.

The German 2B consists of a speaking exam (a role play), a written exam (pen pal letter), and a listening, reading and culture test (50 multiple choice questions). Students will receive an exam description and review packet in class. Extra/electronic copies are available on Moodle. To provide students with plenty of time to work on the written exam portion, the speaking exam will take place on Monday, June 13, and the listening exam will take place on Tuesday, June 14. The reading, writing, and culture exam takes place during our regular exam period on Thursday, June 16 (first period)/Friday, June 17(third period).

Reading Acceleration students do not have an exam, but will complete an exit QRI, and end of course assessments during exam week.

While I'm not offering exact dates for exam study sessions, we will spend class time preparing for our exams, and I am present before school and after school each day.

Please encourage your children to check their grades, resubmit any assignments they would like, retake any tests they would like, and/or see me if there is anything else I can do to help them finish the term well.