Weekly News

March 9-13

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We Begin our Poetry Unit

Figurative language is all around us. It makes our essays more descriptive, poetry more vivid, and it can create emotional response for the writer and reader. This week we spend time identifying figurative language. Very quickly, we will realize that figurative language is not only in school books, but sprinkled throughout our day in music, movies, commercials, and pop culture.

This will serve as our spring board into our poetry unit in which we read, write, and analyze poetry.

"I wish the culture today was one in which I didn’t have to work so hard to convince others that poetry counts. On a lot of levels. When a poem is presented well, you’ll see students who have been quiet suddenly look up, speak up. The poem has awakened something. A few days later, you might discover alliteration showing up in students’ writing, or unusual word choice, or sentence variety. In the midst of a literature discussion, a student might refer to a poem you just read, taken by surprise that poet and novelist painted the mood in the same way, or had arrestingly different takes on prejudice, love, or loss." ~ Paul Janezcko


California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance

Last week your child brought home information on the CAASP. I also attached a copy on today's email. You may practice the test format and sample questions if you log onto the website indicated on the letter.

Human Growth and Development

The parent viewing of the Human Growth and Development for 5th and 6th grades is today, Monday the 9th at 5:30 in the auditorium.

Mile Run

Students run the mile this Wednesday in P.E.
Remember to wear comfy running shoes.

Middle Schools

Please be sure you are up to date with enrollment and registration.

Oak Crest



Area, Surface, and Volume

We continue with the standard below:

6.G.A.1 Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.


TAIN/ TEN (hold)

THERM (heat)

TEMP (time)

STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Related Articles

This month, students will be reading and responding to STEM articles.

A Drop's Journey is this week's article. Students should bring these papers home each week for your review.
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Jog-A-Thon 2015

  • Your child brought home a permission slip and collection envelope last week.
  • Please return those items by Friday, March 13. The permission slip is required for participation.
  • Thursday, March 19 is the event. Grades 5 & 6 attend from 8:10-9:00

Social Studies

The Ancient Greeks

  • The key differences between direct democracy and representative democracy
  • Similarities and differences of Sparta and Athens
  • Alexander the Great and Greek culture
  • Enduring contributions of the ancients Greeks

The presentions have been wonderful! We wrap up these speeches and the unit this week.

To Do:

  • Jog-a-thon paperwork
  • Baby Picture
  • Book to read that will become an iMovie book trailer (Please have the book read by April 12.)
  • Check out pictures on the website

Coming Up

March 9 Human Growth and Development video (parents only) 5:30/ auditorium

March 11 Mile Run
March 13 Permission Slips and Jog-a-Thon envelopes due
March 19 Jog-a-thon 8:10-9:00

March 23-26 Parent/ Teacher Conferences

Have a great week!

~ Mrs. Jones