George B.Thomas Sr. Saturday School

@Paint Branch High School

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Mission Statement: The primary mission of the Saturday School Program is to enhance and accelerate mastery of core academic subjects– specifically reading, language arts, and mathematics– to prepare students for the challenges of college and career.
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Seasons Greetings from Our Center Director


Season's Greetings Students, Parents, and Community Members,


As Center Director, it is with great joy that I'm able to celebrate the holiday season with my Paint Branch Saturday School Family! We have many exciting festivities planned for students, parents, staff, and community members during the month of December. I'm looking forward to showcasing our excellent educational program at the Friend Raiser event, hosting the first NEC PTA meeting on Saturday, and seeing the creative crafts that our students make and bring smiles to all.


Paint Branch Saturday School wishes you and yours a season filled with beautiful moments and cherished memories!


Happy Holidays,

Christina Putman

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Thank you to students, parents and staff for supporting our November Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser! We sold out of sandwiches and raised funds to support our Holiday Crafts Fair!

December Events

· December 5th: Boost Her World Women’s Workshop from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (Room 2209)

Bowie State University Education students visiting Paint Branch Saturday School

(All Classrooms)

Friend Raiser from 8:15 – 11:00 a.m. (Room 2311)

NEC PTA meeting for Saturday School parents from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

(Principal’s Team Room 1024)


· December 12th: Boost Her World Women’s Workshop from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

(Room 2209)


· December 19th: Boost Her World Women’s Workshop from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

(Room 2209)

Holiday Craft Fair from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (MLK Blvd)

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December 5th– Crazy Hats Day

December 12th – Pajama Day

December 19th – Holiday Sweater Day

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Academic Support for High School Students

High school students receive academic support from certified teachers in core-academic subjects on specific concepts, skills, homework, course assignments, projects, and test preparation for the entire tutoring session—held in the media center with access to computers. This allows students an opportunity to check Edline for missing assignments to improve their current grades. Students who are at risk of not graduating, because they have not passed the required state assessments receive academic assistance and mentoring through Bridge Plan Support. The high school students are also provided support in their studying and preparation for college entrance exams, such as Accuplacer, ACT, and SAT. Saturday School also helps students meet another graduation requirement

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN GBTLA CLASSROOMS??

Each month teacher's provide grade-level learning objectives in their subject areas. Find your student's assigned teacher(s) and learn more!
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Ms. Andrea Kuzela & Mrs. Kellie Ramdoo (Child Development Center)


Math

Dec 5th: Student will be able to...

Count to 100 by 10s.


Dec 12th Student will be able to...

Subitize using familiar configurations.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Subitize using unfamiliar configurations.



Reading

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Read "Hop on Pop" and use words from the book to make word chains.


Dec 12th Student will be able to...

Identify characters and setting as well as use pictures to retell a story.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Read "Snowmen at Night" and ask and answer questions about the text.

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Ms. Dione Brown (Room 2218) & Ms. April Archie (Room 2217)

Math

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Compose and decompose two digit numbers


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve number stories


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Use strategies to solve addition and subtraction equations within 20 minutes



Reading

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Describe characters, setting and major events in a story using key details.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

Describe characters, setting and major events in a story using key details.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Describe characters, setting and major events in a story using key details.

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Ms. Nafisa Nour (Room 2224) & Ms. Leilani Cabrera-Sphale (Room 2222)

Math

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Add and subtract within 20.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.



Reading

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story by different authors or from different cultures.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

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Ms. Daphne Hardin (Room 2227) & Ms. Valarie Jacobs (Room 2233)

Math

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division. WK 6


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division. WK 7


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Multiply and divide within 100. WK 8



Reading

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

Describe characters in a story (e.g. their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g. maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g. where).

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Mr. Sean Randall-Jones (Room 2234)

Math

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.


Dec. 19th:Student will be able to...

Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec...


Reading

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

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Mr. Maurice Young (Math Room 2128) & Ms. Kysha Egungbemi (Reading Room 2230)

Math

Dec.5th: Student will be able to...

Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including fractions that are greater than one) by replacing giving fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators


Dec.12th: Student will be able to...

Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including fractions that are greater than one) by replacing giving fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators


Reading

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Ms. Nikki Harrison *Math* (Room 2123) & Ms. Michelle Brooks *Reading* (Room 2122)

Math

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Apply multi-digit computation using standard operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide) with decimals.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...


understand the order and absolute value of rational (positive and negative) numbers.

Use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of zero in each situation.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...


Add/subtract positive and negative numbers.

Understand signs and numbers as ordered pairs as indications of locations in quadrants in a coordinate plane.



Reading

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

summarize text.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

paraphrase text.



Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

analyze and synthesize text.

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Ms. Diana Pham (Room 2127)

Math

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Understand that multiplication is extended from fractions to rational numbers by requiring that operations continue to satisfy the properties of operations, particularly the distributive property, leading to products such as (-1)(-1) = 1 and the rules for multiplying signed numbers. Interpret products of rational numbers by describing real-world contexts.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

Understand that integers can be divided, provided that the divisor is not zero, and every quotient of integers (with non-zero divisor) is a rational number. If p and q are integers, then -(p/q) = (-p)/q = p/(-q). Interpret quotients of rational numbers by describing real-world contexts.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers.



Reading

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot). SWBAT use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives.

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Ms. Jennifer Jenkins (Room 2018)

Math

Dec.5th: Student will be able to...

Complete a pre-assessment to determine their understanding of percents and then engage in a lesson that extends and/or supports their understanding of equations that involve percents.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

Employ the properties of equality in equations that involve addition and subtraction.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Employ the properties of equality in equations that involve multiplication and division.



Reading

Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Use context clues to draw out meanings of a word while also supporting a claim they make with evidence from the text.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

To make a claim and support it with evidence from the text.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Demonstrate an understanding of the literary skill irony and the role it plays within a story.

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Ms. Cashawn Merritt (Room 2014)

C2.0 Algebra 1


Dec. 5th: Student will be able to...

Determine the characteristics of a function such as domain, range, independent, and dependent variable.


Dec. 12th: Student will be able to...

Find the arithmetic and geometric pattern of a given sequence.


Dec. 19th: Student will be able to...

Write the slope and y-intercept of a linear function.

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Interested in becoming a student/adult volunteer or a Lead Tutor at GBTSS?

Saturday School depends on the dedicated work of our Volunteers and Certified Teachers. (To apply to be a Certified Teacher/Lead Tutor, please click Here). Both groups are vital to helping students with their school work and encouraging them to strive for academic excellence. The setting allows for interaction in small groups and the opportunity for mentors and students to get to know each other as individuals. Volunteers who have worked with the Saturday School tell us it has been one of their most rewarding experiences.


*As of October 30th, the GBTSS Paint Branch Center has filled classroom volunteer positions but please send your full name and contact information to our Volunteer Coordinator, Beth Beru to be placed on a volunteer wait list. Bethlehem.Beru@mcpsmd.net*

Your PBSS Administrators!

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Meet our Wonderful Center Coordinator in Room 1205! She Will Help You Register Your Student!

Mrs. Dhanmatie (Neela) Finlay

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Emergency Closing Policy

As a rule, when MCPS is closed on any Friday due to emergencies, holidays, or bad weather, Saturday School will be closed. The centers will also be closed when closing conditions occur late Friday or early Saturday. Center Closings will be announced by location on WTOP Radio 103.5 FM, 107.7 FM, 104.3 FM, 820 AM, on MCPS cable channel 34, and online at www.wtopnews.com and www.saturdayschool.org

Paint Branch High School

Saturday School is from 8am-11am. (Breakfast is served from 8am-8:30am)

Classes are held 8:30am-11:00am