The Pike Road Bulletin

Community 8 : End of the Year!

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World's Fair

Our C8 learners did a great job hosting the Respect Diversity World's Fair on May 5th. Mayor Stone was impressed with all the exhibits and pledged to join us in our pledge to encourage respect for people from all cultures and walks of life.

Talent Show Winners

Congratulations to our PRS Talent Show winners!

1st Place- Alana Jones

2nd Place- Victoria Tidwell

3rd Place- Piper Doyle

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Math

If your learner would like to work on standards for the math class that they will be in next year, they can use the following website for practice. It includes instructional videos and examples of how to work the problems. Once you go to the website, you can click on subject in the upper left hand corner. In the drop down menu, choose the math that your learner will be going into for the next year. If they just want to practice on standards from this year, then they can click on their current level.


https://www.khanacademy.org/


Here is a list of the standards that they will learn next year. If your learner is currently in 8th Grade Math, then they will be taking Algebra I next year. If your learner is currently in Algebra I, then they will be taking Geometry next year. If your learner is currently in Geometry, then they will be taking Algebra II with Trigonometry next year.


http://alex.state.al.us/browseMath.php

http://alex.state.al.us/staticfiles/2015_Alabama_Mathematics_Course_of_Study.pdf

English Language Arts (ELA)


Summer Reading


All learners should be reading daily, even during the summer. Find something your child is passionate about and fuel that passion by encouraging them to read about it. Get them to describe what they've read to you in detail. You might even want to read the same book and discuss it.

Some of the many benefits of reading daily include...

  • increased knowledge
  • vocabulary expansion
  • exposure to a variety of quality writing styles
  • improved writing skills
  • mental stimulation
  • stress reduction


Be sure to visit our the Pike Road Public Library.

http://www.mccpl.lib.al.us/locations_pikeroad.asp


Check out the "Young Adults" page of the Montgomery County Public Library website.

http://www.mccpl.lib.al.us/teenstart.asp

Please Help Us Stock The Shelves

If you find yourself spring cleaning your bookshelves or shopping for books at yard sales, we would appreciate any donations of higher level fiction and nonfiction books for classroom libraries.

Instructional Tools

Edmodo is our learning management system where assignments are posted. Here, you will see assignments, due dates, late notifications, tutorial and resource links.

Parents may access this through a unique code found on your student's Edmodo home page. Signing up is easy-just go to www.edmodo.com, sign up as parent, enter your access code and fill in the required information.


Composition Notebooks

While our learners have laptops, we continue to use Composition notebooks for notes, assignments, practice work, lab work and journaling.


Please make sure your child has a composition notebook for their respective classes.


FreshGrade is the reporting tool used to communicate what skills are being introduced and how our learners are performing on these skills. As lead learners, we continue to attend professional development opportunities and collaborate with our peers on the most efficient ways to use FreshGrade and ensure that you are provided with a clear and accurate view of what your child is learning. One thing we have recently discovered is that parents are not seeing the lesson descriptions and additional resources that teachers are adding along with the title of the activity or standard being assessed. To view these, just click on the blue "show" in the top right hand corder of the box. We hope you will find this information to be helpful.

While learners may not have formal homework assignments other than reading nightly, there my be times when your child will need to continue working on an assignment they didn't complete in class or work on a project which will span over a longer period of time. Learners are also encouraged to identify skills that "have not met expectations" and review the learning notes, tutorials, and practice activities. Once students believe they have a better understanding of the concept/material, they should speak to their lead learner about the best way to reassess that particular standard.

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