Blue Team Weekly Update

Week of 2/8-2/12

Classroom Happenings

ELA- Mrs. Camden

This week we continued with our Historical Fiction Book Clubs. We had two lessons, one focused on orienting ourselves to our novel by asking, “What is going on” to get at the historical conflict, and “What kind of person is the main character” to start thinking about the characters caught up in the historical conflict in our novel. The other lesson focused on creating two timelines--a historical timeline and a personal timeline for characters. Days without a lesson were spent using Canvas Discussions to process books while still including quarantined students, practicing the skills from lessons through writing and creating timelines as a group, and reading to stay caught up with page goals.

Some groups planned for reading on Friday and Monday even though there is no school. Please check with your child to see if they need to complete reading over the long weekend.


Each student was assigned a book/group and worked with their group to plan a reading calendar for each day. All students have access to the shared Google Doc. To access, they should go to Google Drive, Shared With Me, and look for a document with their hour and book name.

No Root Words this week since it is a four day week.

Students should still be reading two books of their choice each month. Their historical fiction book club book will count as one book for the month. We have a reading check-in on Fridays. Students should always have a book with them to read in class.

If your child is absent, they can go to my Canvas homepage to find a video explaining what we did at the end of the day. I have been putting this out as an announcement as well. If they have any questions, please have them email me so I can help them out.

The best way to contact me is by email. I prefer that parents use and that students use

You can email anytime.

Science- Mr. Vorel

This week we started our Forces and Interactions (physics) unit in science! Students were introduced to relevant vocabulary and discussed Newton's First Law of Motion. We then jumped right into a series of three pendulum labs that allow us to see these principles in action. Additionally, throughout the series of labs, students are working to identify which variable most influences the period of a pendulum - the angle of release, the weight at the bottom of the pendulum, or the length of the string

Next week we start a quick unit on pendulums as we enter our topic of force and motion.

Next week we will cover Newton’s Second Law with another series of labs to help identify how force, mass, and acceleration all work together.

Students who are in quarantine or otherwise absent should check my Canvas page everyday. In the modules section is a page called Daily Classroom Lessons for Students in Quarantine / Absent. There they can find the direct instruction from me via recorded video and/or other directions for that day. They should then complete the daily independent assignment posted in the same place it has been all year.

The best way to contact me is through email. Parents - please use and students please use

Please reach out at any time with questions or concerns!

Social Studies- Mr. McGinnis

This week, we have started our stock project where classes will compete against each other for the best portfolio.

Students have selected their stocks and are researching basic information on their stock. It is due Tuesday Feb. 16th.

Next week I have 2 days of SS professional development for an audit of our curriculum and Friday we have the counselor program NCADA.


Please reinforce safety procedures from the district for everyone's safety. Thinking of others and their safety will, I believe, pay dividends as they become adults.

Also many more students than normal are coming into classes saying they are not sleeping at night. Just a heads up.


2/1 -2/5

Thank you for your support on

NEWZBRAIN. It is a weekly Current Events and Civics quiz that students take once a week.

The best way to contact me is through email. Parents and students please use MCGINNIS.TIM@WGMAIL.ORG

My goal is to respond within 24 hours.

Check Canvas if you are absent.

Please feel free to reach out and let me know if you have any questions.

Contact Us

Mrs. Camden: 314-918-4576

Mr. McGinnis: 314-918-4578

Mr. Vorel: 314-918-4577