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Principal for a Day
FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF 31,427 TIGER POINTS SO FAR THIS SCHOOL YEAR! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, MES!
2021-2022 PBiS Goal
Did you know that as of November 12 2021 95% of our students have one or fewer behavior referrals? 423 out of our 444 students have received one or fewer behavior referrals for discipline thanks to our school-wide support and commitment to PBiS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports)! Our students are making great choices and learning quickly to avoid repeating bad ones!
Our overall goal is to have 82% or more of our kids receive one or fewer minor/major behavior referrals this school year. We are on track to meet that ambitious and worthwhile goal!
Bus Safety Week
National STEM Day
November 8 was National STEM Day A big thanks to the teachers who are constantly finding engaging ways to teach the importance of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics!
Grade Level News
Kindergarten is working hard on their "super reading powers", increasing their reading stamina. Our "snap" word list is growing as we continue to be word scientist as we look at our letters and sounds. We are finishing up our Looking Closely unit in writing and will be diving into narrative writing. In math, we are working on number sense. We are discussing healthy foods that is related to the first Thanksgiving Feast.
First graders have really been working hard at strengthening and building upon important lifelong skills!
In Reading, students are becoming "word detectives" by studying words closely and learning important strategies to solve unfamiliar/mystery words while reading. They are learning how to break apart words into parts and blend them back together.
For phonics, students are learning about words with the "silent e" and adding more snap words to the word wall. In math, students are continuing to build strategies for addition and subtraction. We have added in the use of a number line to solve problems. For writing, students are focusing on writing "How To" Books. These books will be teaching their readers how to do something step by step, using materials.
Reading- In reading, we have been working on our non-fiction unit. The students have studied the characteristics of non-fiction books, how to locate the main idea and supporting details of a text and are completing a biography activity as a culminating project for the unit.
Writing- In writing, we just finished the Personal Narrative Unit and are now onto our Persuasive Unit. The students are learning how to see problems around them and imagine solutions through this unit. They are learning how to write strong thesis statements with valid reasons and evidence to support their thesis statements. We will be looking forward to the final pieces to see what topics the students decide to persuade their audiences to do.
Math- In math, the students have been learning many different strategies on how to solve multiplication problems and now we are beginning to focus on fact fluency. The students have been renamed with a multiplication fact to help them practice their facts throughout the day. Each child wears their fact around their neck, on a lanyard, so they can see the facts all day. We are also learning about the different Properties of Multiplication and how they help the students solve multiplication problems.
Word Study- Over the next few weeks in word study, we will be focusing on consonant diagraphs, compound words and spelling words with the long e and i sounds spelled y.
Second Step- We have learned how to be good learners and now we are focusing on how to be empathetic towards others.
Writing - Students in 4th grade are finishing writing their realistic fiction stories and getting ready to move into persuasive writing. Students will be choosing a claim that they feel strongly about and working to support their claim with compelling reasons to persuade their reader to agree with them.
Reading - Students are diving into the world of nonfiction reading and pushing themselves to embrace the challenge that nonfiction reading can bring. They are tackling trickly vocabulary, digging into text structure, and making a commitment to learn something new as they read. They are also are learning about text structure including cause and effect, sequential order, compare and contrast, and problem solution. They are using informational books to find examples of text structure and text features.
4th Grade Math
We have been working hard on learning how to multiply multi-digit numbers by 1 digit, as well as learning how to solve equations using the Order of Operations. In the coming weeks, we will be learning how to divide 2 and 3 digit dividends by a 1 digit divisor. We love how we can relate the math we are learning to the world around us in real-life scenarios!
In Science students are learning about electricity. They are drawing series and parallel circuits. They also did an experiment with static electricity using balloons cloth, and hair. In some trial runs their hair stood up. They discovered that opposite charges attract and like charges repel.
Picture re-takes are scheduled for Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
Students do not have school on Wednesday, November 24 - Monday, November 29, 2021. Enjoy your Thanksgiving break!
End of Q1
The first nine weeks ended on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, November 17!
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