HPE 4th Grade
September 23, 2015
4th Grade Mission Statement
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR WEEK
Students practiced the skill of rounding numbers to any given place.
4th graders worked very hard on the math and reading NWEA test this week.
Students are researching and discovering their passions during Genius Hour. This type of personalized learning allows students freedom of choice and a way for them to showcase their strengths.
Week in Review
Writing - I can develop a piece of writing about a real experience or event.
Math - I can round multi-digit numbers to any place value.
Science - I can conduct an experiment using the scientific method.
Leadership - I can be proactive instead of reactive. Habit #1
Spelling - prefixes sub and dis/ TEST ON MONDAY
The fourth graders are becoming scientist by learning about the scientific method through scientific inquiries.
4th Grade Leaders
Each class had a student speak to the parents at the Chromebook information night. They did a wonderful job explaining how 4th grade uses Google Classroom.
The fourth graders have joined a Google Classroom for their spelling pratice. There is a link to Spelling City that allows them to take practice test and play spelling games.
4th Grade Leaders
DRA (District Reading Assessment)
Writing - continue looking at text that are examples of personal narratives and find a focus or topic to write their personal narrative about
Math - recognizing the value of digits
Science - practice using scientific method
quiz on Friday over the steps in the scientific method
Spelling - week 4/ prefixes un- and out-
October 2nd -
October 6th - National Walk to School Day
October 10th - Race for the Future
October 20th - Pick up for PTA fundraiser
Why Genius Hour?
Meet the Teachers
Mrs. Taylor has a passion for teaching kids and inspiring them to be the best they can be academically and as a leader in their life. She loves allowing students to be creative and think outside the box to acheive their learning goals.
Mrs. Taylor is looking forward to Connect2Learn, the changes in the physical enviroment in Studio 4, and getting to know each student and what motivates them.
This is Ms. Kennedy’s 28th year of teaching in Lee’s Summit and eighth year at Highland Park. Before coming to Highland Park, she’d taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th grades at Pleasant Lea Elementary. Ms. Kennedy grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and went to William Jewell College. She received her Master’s Degree in 1995 from UMKC. Ms. Kennedy lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has a daughter named Lauren and two sons named Brandon and Sam. Lauren is 27 and works in Virginia as a forensic scientist, Brandon is 25 and works in Columbia, MO, and Sam is a 14 year old freshman. She also has a Golden Retriever named Sophie and a tabby cat named Petie. It’s a little chaotic in her home when they get to chasing each other.
She loves to travel, go to movies and READ! This summer she read some really great books, traveled to Virginia Beach, caught some fish and spent quality time with her family.
My name is Karen Gallick and I have been doing this amazing job of teaching for 22 years and have taught grades K-5. Whatever grade I’m teaching, becomes my favorite grade. Besides teaching,I also love drawing and painting. Over the past 11 years I have enjoyed painting artwork on the walls all over the school, at Richardson, and on the barn at Great Beginnings. I am a mother to 3 grown children, a grandmother to 2 sweet little girls, and I’ve been married for 34 years to my high school sweetheart who is also a teacher and a cross country coach at Blue Springs High School. What I love most about the job, is the students. They become a part of my life, not just for this year, but for years to come. My job is to make them love coming to school every day, and to love learning. I am so excited about adding chromebooks to one of the many ways to get students excited about learning. Teaching to me is a puzzle to figure out every day, and I just LOVE puzzles!
PARENT VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
RE: Parent Volunteer Screenings
From: Jodi Mallette – Principal
In accordance with Lee’s Summit School Board Policy, some of our school volunteers must now be screened prior to working with or supervising students. This applies to all volunteers who may be in a situation where they are left alone with a student or group of students, most commonly for Highland Park this would apply to field trips.
If you believe you may offer to attend a field trip this school year, you will need to complete the packet.
This does not guarantee your selection for the trip, it just makes you eligible to attend.
Here are the steps that need followed in order to complete the screening and to be eligible for this volunteer role.
Complete all three pages attached. No payment is needed; the LSR7 School District covers the cost of all screenings.
Come to Highland Park and turn in all papers. At that time we will also need to copy your Drivers License for submission with the paperwork.
We will send the paperwork over to Stansberry Leadership Center and they will complete the process. This can take several weeks.
If there are questions or concerns you will be notified by Vicki Franklin at HPE.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this screening and to volunteer for your school. We so appreciate our many volunteers and appreciate the district for taking this extra step to ensure the safety of all of our students.
If you have any questions, you may contact Marcy Carpenter at 986-1000.