Atkinson Gazette

Room 203's Weekly Newsletter

What's UP in Room 203?

I hope you all had a great weekend! I know it was an exciting Sunday watching the Superbowl! This week is filled with loads of activities! We will be taking our middle of the year benchmarks in math and reading and we will have our Valentine's Day party on Friday.

**Please be on the lookout for information about the Biography Project going home today with your students!**

Super Student: Annabelle Fitzenhagen

Pawsitive Panther for Caring/Friendship: Jackson McGinley

You're the Pepperoni to my Pizza!

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Happy Counselor's Week!

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Academic News for the Upcoming Week


This week in math, we will continue our study of fractions on a number line through Wednesday and then we will move onto fractions of length. We will take our math benchmark Monday morning. This will assess everything they have learned since September. We should definitely be seeing growth.

Students will still be expected to practice multiplication skills. Those who pass all the way to the twelves will get to practice mixed facts before moving onto division tests. Please remember to practice for 10 minutes each night.

Keep in mind, students will continue to have math homework to reinforce skills learned in class as well as Daily 6 Review on Thursday nights.


We are full force into our biography study! This week students will be learning about expository text features and will even be creating a text feature booklet to remember the key features.

The biography project requires students to research a significant individual by using three sources (2 books and one internet source or book). Students will learn effective note-taking strategies and how to put those notes into sentences of their own. Students will be taking those sentences and will create a book using the program Story Jumper. In their books, they will need a cover with a title, a table of contents, chapter with titles, at least 5 bolded words, at least 1 photograph and caption per chapter, a timeline with 10 events and dates, an index with at least 5 words, and a bibliography. This will ALL be done in the classroom.

Science/Social Studies

This week in social studies students will be learning how to find reliable and trustworthy sources for their biography project. We will also be reviewing how to cite sources properly for their bibliography page. We will end our week with learning the steps for research and learning how to paraphrase information from sources.


Spelling homework will go home on Tuesday and students will be required to finish 3 assignments on Spelling City by February 19th. They will be given class time, but some may need some time to work on it at home.

Rule: A contraction is made by putting two words together to make one shorter word. An apostrophe takes place of the letter or letters that are left out.

Example: could've, haven't, aren't, I've, won't

Non-negotiables: change, making, great, thought, children

I have added a new list on Spelling City. Students will have 3 activities to complete in the next two weeks. I also added the 5 non-negotiable words to that list so students get a little more exposure to them.

Important Dates

Valentine's Day Party

Friday, Feb. 12th, 2pm

3505 Amherst Avenue

Dallas, TX

No School

Monday, Feb. 15th, 8am

3505 Amherst Avenue

Dallas, TX

Bad Weather Make-Up Day - not needed!