McAnally Weekly January 14, 2022
Your weekly update on all things McAnally!
I just wanted to say thank you for sending us the best kids ever! We know how special they are and we love getting to work with them. We have some great info in our newsletter this week. Please enjoy your three day weekend and stay healthy.
1% Better Every Day
Jan. 17th: MLK Day, no school
Jan. 20th: McAnally Spelling Bee
Jan. 24th: Progress Reports Uploaded
Jan. 31st: Big Kahuna Party Bus (for those that qualified)
Core Class Updates
Next week in ELAR, students will dive deeper into our informational unit by analyzing characteristics and structural elements of informational text (6.8 D) , including the controlling idea or thesis with supporting evidence (6.8 Di). We are also focusing on silent choice reading time, so please make sure students are bringing their library book or book from home each day. Students should also bring their devices, chargers, and headphones to class daily.
When we come back to school on Tuesday, we will continue learning about the properties of operations (such as distributive, commutative, and associative). Then we will start reviewing everything we’ve learned in Unit 6 (Order of Operations, including exponents; Prime Factorization; Properties of Operations) before taking our Unit 6 Test on Friday 1/21.
Science will be covering TEKS 6.11 A,B,C on the history of space exploration, celestial objects and the importance of gravity for our solar system. Students will make a pocket scale solar system, explore the effect on gravity on various planets of different sizes and distances and discuss what they would need to take on a trip to space. Their CA on chemistry and space will be the following week on Wednesday the 26.
Beginning on Tuesday, after the MLK break, our students will look further into SW Asia and Africa in terms of its most vast resource, OIL. We will learn about trade routes and how they affect this region, the forming of OPEC, and how these resources and supply and demand shape the economies of countries in that region.
Counselor News from Mrs. Huffman
CONGRATULATIONS to our January Bearcats of Character, Keaton!
McAnally has chosen Keaton Smith as our Bearcat character champion for exemplifying KINDNESS on a daily basis! Keaton has a smile on his face every day and is always willing to help other students, teachers, and staff. Keaton has a servant’s heart and it shows in his daily acts of kindness with our students that have special needs. He helps each morning by greeting students as they get off of their busses and helping them to their classroom. He is always friendly and engages in social conversation by showing interest in any stories that are shared with him. During lunch, Keaton sits at a table to assist a student who is blind. Each day, he helps guide the student to the lunchroom, finds their seat and then assists the student through the lunch line to get their food. He makes sure the student has appropriate eating utensils and helps the student to open any drink items. Keaton also helps our students with special needs at the end of the school day to ensure they get to the appropriate transportation location and bus number. Keaton has tirelessly and selflessly given of himself to assist others. He is always the first to smile and say hello to all of the teachers and staff. We are so proud of Keaton as he has set such a great example for other students at McAnally!
LIBRARY NEWS FROM MRS. BUCK
As the upcoming Middle School information night is upon us, we want to remind parents about required shots to enter 7th Grade:
-Check PARENT PORTAL under IMMUNIZATIONS for the shots: TDAP and MCV4
-If these two shots are not in PARENT PORTAL, the school does not have them – all shots turned in have been entered electronically to date
-only students with updated shots will be able to have their class schedule when school starts in August
For illnesses, please remember to:
-Notify the front office for any absences/symptoms of non-covid illness
-Use the District Notification for Covid-Related absences: Click Here
-The contact tracer will contact families by email with return dates once the notification has been completed.
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!
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.