LMS Room 106

Reading Classroom for grades 6,7,and 8

Week in Review 1/12 - 1/16 *6th Grade*

We wrapped up the quarter/semester with the language elements test and a STAR test. The students did not whine at all about all the testing. I am grateful for their diligence.

Because of the canceled days of school last week, the quarter has been extended two days. That means grades are due in the office and will be processed the last week in January.

Week in Review 1/12-1/16 *8th Grade*

The STAR test the students took this week showed an overall improvement in the scores. Some of the students went up large amounts! Keep in mind a STAR score is just one aspect of reading. I am also looking at end of the year sheets that talk about growth as a reader in terms of time, book choice, and attitude to check on some other important reading traits. Even though I end my time with the 8th graders next week, it continues to be important that there is strong home support for reading. Like any other skill, reading needs to be practiced (and hopefully enjoyed!) all year long. My classroom library remains open to the 8th grade students even though I won't see them for class. I like hearing about what they're reading and I'll always jot down their recommendations.

Thank you parents for sharing your children with me. I've worked with some of you for three years and some others I have multiple years of contact because of these students and their siblings. One of the best parts of my job is being able to stick with the kids so I can see growth both academically, physically, and psychologically right in my own classroom. I appreciate your years of conferences, notes, calls, e-mails and support.

Mark Your Calendars


Jan. 23 - journals due at 4:00 for 6th graders
Jan. 29 - CASH ski trip permission forms due

FEATURED READER

Our Featured Reader is Kristin Muench!

An author that I think is a good writer is Rick Riordan. I like how he uses tons of suspense. For example, when the characters are in a battle, it seems like the good characters are going to die or get hurt. I also like how he uses Greek mythology. Poseidon is a god I find interesting. A book I would like to see made into a movie is Dork Diaries. The books are always really funny. I like Nikki's personality because she has a good way of solving problems. In one of the books she had to find a way to stop her enemy from cheating.

Communication Avenues

Phone - 723-6425 ext. 240, there is a voice mail option
E-mail - zabell@lancastersd.k12.wi.us

Resources

There are many resources to be used for success at LMS.

If you need a calendar of today's homework, try the Remind site or the school's website.

If you would like to see books,the LMS library catalog is on the school's website under the student tab. The Schreiner Memorial Library (Lancaster's public library) has a website that gives lots of information on their collection, the Southwest Wisconsin Library System collection, the library hours & events and a link to Overdrive for the online collection.

http://www.schreinermemoriallibrary.wordpress.com

If you need to contact a LMS staff member, look in the staff directory of the school's website.

http://www.lancastersd.k12.wi.us/faculty

REMIND

As part of my attempt to use more technology and to add another way to give an opportunity for student success, I have joined other staff members in using the website Remind. It will give you the homework for the day on your phone or computer. Each student was given a handout with the ways to log on to my page of the Remind website.

Option #1 - Download the Remind app. (it's free) Enter class code @2f5bb for 7th grade students. Enter @02507 for 6th grade students.

Option #2 - Use this link: www.remind.com

Option #2 - phone number 510-292-4948 then the 7th grade class code is @2f5bb and the 6th grade code is @02507

I would appreciate feedback on your use with the Remind site.

Read Alouds

6th Grade = Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen

8th Grade = The Pack by Elisa Carbone