RM Newsletter

April 13, 2020

Building Closed

Due to the increased restrictions, our building is closed to everyone, including office staff and the custodians. Until these latest recommendations are changed, we cannot access any items that have been left by students or process any new technology. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, however safety is our top priority.

Yearbook Sales End Today

Hello Ray Marsh Families


Yearbook sales end TODAY! (Monday, Tuesday April 14th). If you have not had a chance to order, please do so now. There will be no cash and carry option this year.


www.inter-state.com/yearbook


Code:43223Q


Thank you so much!

Ray Marsh Yearbook Committee

Kindergarten Enrollment 2020-21

Dear 2020-2021 Shawnee Mission Kindergarten Parents,


Welcome to the Shawnee Mission School District! We are already looking forward to next fall and the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the school closures for the rest of the current school year, Kindergarten Round Up is being handled differently.


Instead of meeting in person, parents of 2020-2021 Kindergarten Eligible Students (Age 5 on or before August 31, 2020) are asked to complete an initial Kindergarten Enrollment Form. This information will help us establish a student count and assist us in preparations for the upcoming school year.


Step 1: If you are unsure of your home area school, please check our district boundary map or the School Finder, both located on our website here. Please note: you must enroll at the home school of the area in which you reside. Transfer requests are separate and may be made through the Transfer Application Window until 5 p.m. on April 30, 2020.


Step 2: Click on the button (located on the Kindergarten Round Up page) for your appropriate area high school feeder pattern. This will take you directly to the form you need to complete.


Step 3: After the form is submitted, the school secretary will contact you with next steps to complete the enrollment process. Further Kindergarten activities will take place prior to the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.


This correspondence is being sent to our current Shawnee Mission School District families. If you know of a new family with a future Kindergartner, PLEASE pass this information along to them. Thank you for participating in our virtual district Kindergarten Round Up.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Fulton
Superintendent

Beginning of Each Grade Level Skills

I asked our staff to create a list of 3 things in each subject they hope every student knows when entering their classroom at the start of the year. Please feel free to utilize it as a guide when working with your student as they prepare for the next grade level.



Kindergarten

Reading

  • Say the alphabet
  • Name the letters in first name


Writing

  • Recognize and write first name


Math

  • Count to 10
  • Recognize and name digits 1-10


Science

  • Ask questions about surroundings
  • Recognize types of weather


Social Studies

  • Separate from parent
  • Communicate wants and needs clearly
  • Follow oral directions from an adult


1st Grade

Reading

  • Identify upper/lower case letter names
  • Identify upper/lower case letter sounds
  • Concepts of print (read left to right, author, etc.)
  • Basic sight words


Writing

  • Print upper/lower case letters
  • Print first and last name


Math

  • Count to 100 by 1’s and 10’s
  • Read and write numerals 1-20
  • Count out objects (up to 20 objects)


Science

  • Concept of a push and a pull
  • Build a structure to solve a problems
  • What plants/animals need to live and grow


Social Studies

  • Days of the week
  • Months of a year
  • Rights, Responsibilities, Choices


2nd Grade

Reading

  • Ask and answer questions about a text
  • Can read and spell words with short vowels, silent-e, and consonant digraphs
  • Recognize and read grade appropriate words (high frequency words)


Writing

  • Uses capital letters, punctuation, and correct spelling when writing.
  • Print all upper and lower-case letters correctly


Math

  • Read, write, draw, and compare numbers within 120 by identifying place value
  • Accurately add and subtract within 20
  • Solve 1-step word problems using addition and subtraction


Science

  • What animals/plants need to survive in their habitat
  • What are the three states of matter (example: solid= ice, liquid=water, gas=steam)
  • Understand and apply the scientific process


Social Studies

  • Rights and responsibilities of a citizen
  • Identify Kansas, United States and Oceans on a map
  • Be able to write your home address


3rd Grade

Reading

  • Recognize and read grade appropriate words
  • Read and understand grade level text
  • Identify the main purpose of a text


Writing

  • Uses capital letters, punctuation, and correct spelling when writing.
  • Write a 5-sentence paragraph with an introduction, supporting details and a conclusion.


Math

  • Accurately add and subtract within 100.
  • Solve 2-step word problems using addition and subtraction.
  • Read, write, and compare numbers within 1000.


Science

  • Understand and apply the scientific process.
  • Conduct a simple experiment (hypothesize, test, observe, conclude).


Social Studies

  • Basic understanding of map usage.
  • Understanding of citizens’ rights and responsibility.
  • Show respect for others.


4th Grade

Reading

  • Characteristics of genres
  • Story elements
  • Read grade level appropriate passages fluently


Writing

  • Write a complete sentence (capitalization and punctuation)
  • Parts of Speech
  • Write a simple paragraph including topic and concluding sentence


Math

  • Multiplication/division facts memorized
  • The basics of fractions (numerator, denominator, etc)
  • Full knowledge of place value


Science

  • Understand the Scientific Process
  • Water Cycle and
  • States of Matter


Social Studies

  • Basic landforms and bodies of water
  • Basic map skills legend/key, compass rose, latitude/longitude
  • Basic levels of community


5th Grade

Reading

  • Read and understand grade level text.
  • Identify the main purpose and theme of a text.
  • Retell and find direct text evidence.


Writing

  • Understanding of the basic writing process (Outline, draft, edit, revise, publish).
  • Understand basic conventions (Capitalization, punctuation, complete sentences, grade appropriate spelling).


Math

  • Complete understanding of math facts (Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
  • Understanding place value to the hundredths place
  • Adding and subtracting fractions with common denominators


Science

  • Understand and apply the scientific process.
  • Basic understand of ecosystems and how energy passes through them (food chains/food webs)
  • Develop ideas to solve problems (STEM).


Social Studies

  • Understanding of basic geography.
  • Understand how to read timelines.
  • Understand and discuss current events.
  • Identify how different cultures have different traditions and beliefs.


6th Grade

Reading

  • Determine the theme, or central idea, of a text
  • Cite text evidence to support an idea
  • Read and comprehend grade level text


Writing

  • Use punctuation, capitalization, complete sentences, and grade-level spelling when writing
  • Write informative text by introducing a topic, using facts and details, and a concluding statement
  • Use text features (headings, charts, etc.) and text structures (cause/effect, sequence etc.) when writing informative text


Math

  • Complete understanding of math facts (Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
  • Understanding place value to the hundredths place
  • Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions with common denominators


Science

  • Understand the scientific process
  • Determine matter is made of particles too small to be seen
  • Have knowledge of the basic engineering process with criteria and constraints


Social Studies

  • Individuals have rights and responsibilities.
  • Societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas, and diversity.
  • Societies experience continuity and change over time

R & D Forum Update

Research & Development Forum 2020 – Going Virtual

Due to the school closure, we are not able to host the in person R&D Forum this year.


To honor the innovative spirit that first fueled the R&D Forum and with our new continuous learning from home model, we are launching a Virtual R&D Forum. We invite students and families to engage in activities that support Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math or STEAM activities.


This year, we are calling on our SMSD community to share and showcase any STEAM-related activities that students are creating at home by posting on Twitter under the hashtag #SMSDRandD.



For more information please read the Research & Development Forum 2020 – Going Virtual Flyer. Thank you for sharing your learning experiences and helping us honor the legacy and tradition of the R&D Forum!


FREE INTERNET RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS


Please share this information with your building communities. Free internet services are being made available while students are out of school by Comcast (www.xfinity.com/wifi) and Spectrum (1-844-488-8395).


Click here for flyer in English and Spanish.