Mrs. O'Rourke's Panther Press

From the Week of Nov 27 & for the Week of Dec. 4th

Visiting Author Writing Workshop

We had such an amazing visit from the hilarious and engaging author, John David Anderson. We learned about the hero's journey and how real people who do REAL things to help others are the TRUE heroes of our world!
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Some of Mrs. O's recent reading suggestions!

Humanitarianism Projects

Students are filling up our display wall with all of their summaries of their Humanitarianism Projects. SO much good is being done!!! In class, we shared our projects in small groups in hopes of sparking new ideas of how we can all be doers in this world!
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Notice and Note Strategies

We are learning how to use Notice and Note strategies in our reading to think more deeply about the text.
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Giving Tuesday

I gave because...

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On going Humanitarianism Projects

Better World Books Book Drive by Fay M. and Lila C.

As we all know, we are approaching the season of giving, so HIJH is participating in a book drive over December 4-14. All the books that you donate will go to children that are less privileged than us in places from schools in Africa to local schools in Indiana. Please consider donating new or gently used books to help some kids get a better education. There will be collection boxes located in the library. After the book drive is finished, we will bring the books to drop boxes in Noblesville that will go to an organization, Better World Books. Better World Books partners with other organizations such as Room to Read, Books for Africa, etc. They sell the books online and donate the money to the organizations or they would donate the books directly. We hope you consider brightening someone’s day! Even one book makes a difference! You can look for more information on posters located around the school.

Share the Feast Humanitarianism Project - Drew L. & Carter J. (block 2)

Written by Drew:

This program was started by my mom’s friend’s son three years ago. Jack was seven and raised money for a boy named Temesgen. This year on Thanksgiving, Jack and his family went to Ethiopia. They found out that Temesgen has been living on his own for more than six months because his mom got sick and he was left to fend for himself. He was living in a mud shack no bigger than a closet that was barely standing, and all of his supplies that he had, fit into a shopping bag. Since then, they have been selling Share The Feast t-shirts for $20, and every t-shirt pays for a child’s food in Ethiopia for a whole month. This will go on until December 5th. If you would like to help feed a hungry child, please go to the link below.

The importance of independent reading

Your child should have read about 8-9 books by the end of November. Please check in with him or her.

Independent reading of self-selected text is, statistically, the most effective way for a person's reading abilities to grow and vocabulary to increase. Students have a 25 book reading requirement for the year. By now, they should have completed at least 6 books. Please check in with your child to ensure that he/she is reading at home at least 15-20 minutes a day from a book that he/she enjoys. If kids are in a "reading rut" and can't find a book they like, they know that they can come see me for suggestions. I always have plenty of suggestions, and our classroom library is pretty extensive!! I know the students have other obligations, but establishing a reading routine at home will help your child in oh so many ways!! Happy reading!

Some of our STUDENT reading suggestions

Year-Long Humanitarian Projects

Ms. Hill and Mrs. O'Rourke introduced our Year-Long Humanitarian Projects and requirements to the students. Detailed information can be found on Canvas in the Humanitarian Projects Module, but here are the basics:

• This year students will have the opportunity to show 3 different humanitarian acts within the community.

• Each project will be documented with a picture of the student performing the act/event and a short paragraph. These will be displayed all year to celebrate our acts of good will.

• Between Mrs. O'Rourke's and Ms. Hill’s class, it is our goal to perform 300 acts within our community.

• We will also be brainstorming different project ideas within our school and school community.

Upcoming Assessments and Project Due Dates

This section will contain upcoming assessments so that parents can help students stay on top of their studying.

Next Few Weeks:

Tuesday - 12/5 Assigned Book of the Odyssey plot map assignment due

Friday - 12/8 Roots Review Quiz; Grammar Review Qz

Friday 12/15 - Vocabulary & Reading Test over Literary Terms and Narrative Writing

Week of 12/18 - Plays of The Odyssey (more info forthcoming ;)


Canvas is the HSE district's new online learning management system. It has replaced Blackboard. Our classes and our students are all using Canvas now. Family access is slated to be available in October. More news to come!