ATC Principal's Newsletter
Important Upcoming Dates
December 17th - Winter Advanced Band Concert - 7PM
December 17th - Grade 4 Holiday Concert 9-10AM.
December 18th - Grade 5 Holiday Concert 9-10AM.
December 22nd - School Site Council 3PM.
December 24th - January 3rd - Holiday Vacation (No School).
So many things to celebrate!
Below: Parent Nikki Powers took some amazing photos from Seussical that captured the energy of the performances.
Click HERE for a list of the trimester one students earning this distinction. Great job to those students working hard every day!
Holiday Fair Success!
See below: Seventh graders do a little holiday karaoke! This was one of the many activities students participated in during their cafe time.
See below: ATC students share their Albanian heritage!
Teacher Spotlight - Mr. Mastrangelo!
Q & A
What do you do for fun outside of school?
Outside of school I enjoy drawing and sewing. I also like to exercise, especially boot camp classes and spinning. I also love to read and walk my Yorkshire Terrier "Bo."
What are you reading?
I'm reading A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.
What do you love about the ATC?
The teachers that I get to work with each day, the positive energy, and of course the students! Itś like one big family here.
What is one of your five year goals?
I have always been interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in education.
Straight from the Art Room!
Seventh graders are learning about creating the illusion of space with two-point perspective cityscapes and learning different shading techniques. Sixth graders are finishing up their study of the Japanese collage technique of Notan, focusing on using organic shapes to create an abstract artwork with a sense of movement.
Fifth graders are finishing their oil pastel self- portraits which will be on display around the school. They have done an amazing job thinking about proportion and using their observational drawing skills. Fourth graders just completed a collage where they reinforced their learning about fractions, using portions of circles to create gardens or underwater scenes. To add a little extra flourish, students also learned the historic technique of paper quilling.
Below are some examples of student work:
Mr. Curley's Corner
1. Here’s a great website to educate parents on the different sites and apps that students use on a regular basis. Many of these sites/apps require a minimum age and often parents are not aware of what children can do on them: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/15-apps-and-websites-kids-are-heading-to-after-facebook
2. School attendance has been over 95%! If your child is out and you visited a doctor, please remember to bring a doctor’s note.
3. The weather is starting to get colder, please make sure your child dresses appropriately for recess. We are asking that all students wear jackets in order to go out for recess.
4. Morning Drop-Off: Please do not drop your child off prior to 8:00AM unless your child has a morning program (band, abacus, breakfast, etc.) or scheduled to meet with a teacher.
The ATC is gearing up for the second annual Full Court Frenzy Reading Challenge. We will be announcing the rules,dates, and prizes for the FRENZY very soon. Books are always a great gift for the holidays!! Students will need lots to read as they participate in one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Students in fourth grade are targeting the standards below:
Students are currently targeting the following:
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Expository writing: In Writers’ Workshop, students are crafting informational essays. Each student has written a piece on something they are an expert at. Students will be sharing these pieces with their peers during a publishing event soon.
Photosynethesis/ Plants 2.2. Plant Structures and Functions: Identify the structures in plants (leaves, roots, flowers, stem, bark, wood) that are responsible for food production, support, water transport, reproduction, growth, and protection.)
Our fourth grade students have been building a conceptual understanding of division. We are working to help them see division as sharing or partitioning.
Students are exploring various aspects of North America including geographic features, states, capitals, and landforms. Additionally, students are integrating their field trip to the Massachusetts State House into lessons on state and local government.
Students are learning how weather affects plants and animals (4.11 Describe the climate, major physical features, and major natural resources in each region.)
Students are in the middle of exploring decimal operations, place value, and rounding. There has been a full integration of TenMarks in this grade and most students are required to complete at least 15 minutes of math homework on this site each night. The second round of SMI testing has started and students are showing excellent growth.
English Language Arts
Each classroom is doing something a little bit different in regards to text selection but all classes are focused on text-based questions, explicit vocabulary instruction, grammar and comprehension strategies.
Students are focused on geography skills and native american culture / history. There is a strong connection between geographic features and how this impacted native american life.
Students are preparing to publish an expository piece on something they are an expert at. They will be sharing these with fourth grade classes in a publishing event.
Students in grade 5 science recently completed a dissection of owl pellets and are learning about animal adaptations and environments.
Grade 6 ELA is currently finishing the unit on Short Stories and Literary Elements. A variety of short stories by prominent American authors has been read. A lesson focused on identifying literary elements and conflict in film is also planned.
Grade 6 Math is starting their study of ratios, rates and unit rate which will lead to a unit on measurement and percent in January.
In Social Studies, Grade 6 is finishing their unit on the Fertile Crescent with chapter tests and a short advertising project. They will begin their study of Egypt after the holidays.
Studying the political, physical, and human geography of countries around the world in each of the various 7th grade geography classrooms.
We are currently finishing up a module on proportional relationships and unit rates. We are moving on to a module dealing with percent and percent application in the real world. We will be discussing such topics as tax, coupons, markups, and other percent applications. The accelerated class is finishing up a module on solving and writing one and two step equations and now we’ll be moving on to a module dealing with solving and writing one and two step inequalities. We have also been using TenMarks at least once a week in class to reinforce the material that is currently being presented to the students in class.
Ms. Dunn’s classes are reading either Hunger by Michael Grant or Matched by Ally Condie, depending on the class. While reading, they are working on recognizing and analyzing points of view and themes, new concepts introduced this trimester. Ms. Sarnelli’s classes are working on long compositions while reading The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Below: Amelia from the fifth grade enjoys a science lab in Mr. Mastrangeloś room.