This Week w/ Ms. Werth

May 2nd - May 13th

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Some of the students were exceptionally tired and hot after kickball.


Check out the following link for some kickball photos:

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B57AemkycPWKTk9sWk9LcUxvbFE

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FYI - Tons of Important Information

Last School Dance - This Friday will be the last school dance of the 2015-2016 school year. This dance was coordinated in an effort to raise money for your child's Haw River Field Trip next year. The dance will last from 6:00-8:30, the cost is $5 and includes a drink and a slice of pizza, and students will have an opportunity to pay additional money to participate in a basketball shoot contest, make a loom bracelet, or buy extra pizza, drinks, or candy.


Blackburn's Cultural Day - Our school was featured in the Hickory Daily Record. Please click the link provided to read the article and check out some of our very own students featured front and center:

http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/blackburn-elementary-hosts-cultural-fair-day-enlightens-students/article_56997c9d-5839-5e16-830a-2a9a1a29d233.html


Proctors - EOG Testing is right around the corner and we are in need of testing proctors - If you would like to take advantage of this wonderful volunteer opportunity please contact Assistant Principal Cory Trivett at cory_trivett@catawbaschools.net

Math and Science

These last two weeks in math we have finished our Metric System Unit with capacity and weight, taken our Post Test, and moved on to some end of year reviews. I am taking the data provided from each student's county mandated final cumulative benchmark and using that to create math groups to target instruction to student need. We will have a group focusing on fractions, one focusing on measurement and data, and one focusing on algebraic thinking (specifically multiplicative comparisons, word problems, and interpreting remainders). I encourage you to ask your child which area they are struggling with and continue to tell your children they are their own biggest advocates and they need to speak up when they do not understand something in class (most students do an excellent job with this at this point in the school year).


Also, as I'm sure you have heard by now, I decided to take our math lesson outside Wednesday (for my homeroom kids) and Thursday (for Ms. Bolick's homeroom kids - due to rain). In order to work on our three collective areas of weakness, I decided to have the students play a game of kickball. Students met with their groups prior to going outside to determine how they would implement their concept into a game of kickball. Students then determined who would keep the data and then we headed outside. This lesson will continue into Thursday and Friday as we compile our data and use it to work on fractions, measurement and data, and multiplicative comparisons. Stay tuned for the final products.


This week in science students have continued working our their Wild Self projects during their down time and after math. Students have also worked on competition and adaptations (both physical and behavioral) among animals.

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Important Dates


  • Friday, May 13th - Haw River Dance (6:00-8:30)
  • Monday, May 30th - Holiday - No School
  • Wednesday, June 1st - Reading EOG for 3rd-6th Graders
  • Thursday, June 2nd - Math EOG for 3rd-6th Graders
  • Tuesday, June 7th - 3rd-6th Grade Field Day*
  • Wednesday, June 8th - 3rd-5th Grade Awards Day (10:00-11:00 am)
  • Thursday, June 9th - Last Day of School


*I need at least one parent willing and able to come spend the day with us on Field Day that can help watch half the class during their events/activities - Can be hot, but lots of fun and full of laughter, competition, cheering, and junk food. PLEASE let me know ASAP if you are available and interested in joining us for Field Day :)

Connect with Ms. Werth

Please note that email is my preferred form of communication and assures you, the parent, of the quickest possible response. Rest assured, that should you wish to contact me via another method, I will respond as soon as time permits. Thank you!