Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April Vacation!

In literacy class, we are completing our book club books. We had some deep thinking and rich discussions about the characters, plot, theme and author's craft from each book group.  After vacation, we'll do some SBAC preparation for the tests which will be administered between April 30 and May 11.

Thank you to all the 5th and 6th-grade performers, stagehands, and emcees that made our annual "Show Your Stuff" terrific! Thank you also to the parents that helped support acts, provide transportation or show WES spirit by attending. If you weren't able to catch the show or would like to see it again, it will be broadcast on our local Channel 8 station in the near future.

NATURE'S CLASSROOM: The 6th graders will be attending Nature's Classroom in Hancock, NH, June 4-6 this year. Mrs. Kurash will be handing out health forms this week and she requests that they are returned to school by Wednesday, May 16. She will also be sending home a packing list and other pertinent information about the trip after vacation.

We wish you all a wonderful break next week and safe travels if you're heading out of town!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

States and Capitalathon/ Ancient Greece

States and Captialathon

For the past four weeks, fifth graders have been hard at work trying to learn to identify states in different regions of the U.S. and their capitals. Now, having completed quizzes on all four regions of country, students are getting ready to be tested on all 50 states and capitals. This final test will be on Thursday, April 4, 2018.  The success of their efforts will be used as a fundraiser for a trip to the Shelburne Museum in June. Pledge sheets for the "States and Capitalathon" should be brought to school this Thursday, and raised money returned next Thursday, April 11, 2018. 

Ancient Greece
The fifth and sixth graders have just completed a unit on Anicent Greece. In addition to learning about the geography of Greece, students spent time researching and discussing the many achievements from this great civilization and the influence of these achievements in our world to day. One example of Ancient Greece's influence is in some of the architecture we see today, even in Woodstock. To learn more about the Greek revival architecture, students visited the Woodstock History Center where Jennie Shurtliff explained different components of Greek architecture followed by a quick walk around the Green to see buildings built in the Greek Revival style.
Back at school, students also created their own Greek temples incorporating elements of Greek design including symetry, balance and beauty.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

News and Updates

Dear Families,

Third quarter is quickly coming to a close next week! Be on the lookout for report cards being
mailed home the week of April 9th. Concluding this third quarter, 5th and 6th grade do not have a formal
conference time, but please email us if you would like to set one up. We would be happy to meet with
you to discuss your child’s progress.

Today, Robert Hanson, 6th grade teacher at Prosper Valley School, spoke to us about a great
opportunity for outdoor exploration.  If you are looking for a great camp for your child, consider
Mountains & Rivers Forever Summer Camp. It runs from August 6th-12th and is geared for 11-15 year
olds. At this overnight camp, students will be orienteering, paddling, swimming, woodcarving, hiking,
and much more.  Slots fill up fast, so be sure to apply soon if you are interested. If you need help, or
need an application, please let us know.

Math Update
In 5th grade, we are busy learning about decimals. Students are learning to represent decimals multiple
ways for the purpose of comparing, ordering, rounding, and, next week, adding and subtracting
decimals. Ask them to show you how they would order these decimals from least to greatest:

.40     .04 .401    .26 .004 .8

Morgan ordering decimal cards from least to greatest

6th update
In 6th grade, we have been learning about variables and patterns and how they are the building
blocks to algebra. Students have been having fun solving for “n” and being introduced to the world
of variables! Students are finding points on a coordinate plane, discovering the relationship between
tables and graphs, and, this week, working on creating equations and expressions that match those
graphs and tables.

Lastly, a quick update on SBAC. SBAC testing will take place the week of April 30.  We know it is not
always possible, but please try and make appointments outside of the SBAC testing window. It is
important students are at school, on time, and are well rested. The tests are time consuming to make
up and it means missing other parts of their academic day at a later date. If we can avoid this, it would
be best. We thank you for your consideration.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.


Ms. Grace
Phoebe doing Jumping Jacks while her group collects data and gets ready to graph the results.
How many Jumping Jacks can you do in two minutes?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

WUMS Information!

Today the 6th graders enjoyed learning all about next year at the Woodstock Union Middle School. They have informational packets and course selection sheets that are due back to their WES homeroom teacher by Wednesday, March 21. Parent Information Night will be next Tuesday, March 20 in the Woodstock Union Middle School Gym. This will be an opportunity for parents to meet the Middle School teachers and find out about the 7th grade program and curriculum.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Odysseus: A Worthy Leader?

In literacy class the fifth and sixth graders are analyzing the leadership qualities of Odysseus. In conjunction with Mrs. Kurash's study of Ancient Greece, we completed reading Mary Pope Osborne's version of the Odyssey, '"Tales From The Odyssey." After leading the Greek warriors to victory over the Trojans, Odysseus heads home to Ithaca. Along the way he and his men anger the Gods which proves to be more problematic than expected. In the end, the trip to Ithaca takes more than 10 years and Odysseus is the only survivor. The essential question poised to the 5th and 6th graders was: What kind of a leader was Odysseus? Students are currently in the process of responding to the question by stating a claim about his leadership and crafting an essay that argues his leadership qualities through character traits and evidence from the text to support them. Once again, the classroom is buzzing with lively conversation as they defend their opinions!

Tomorrow representatives from Woodstock Union Middle School will be here to talk to the 6th grade students about next year. They will share the MS schedule, class selections and other Middle School opportunities available. We expect the students to receive class selection sheets that will go home and to be completed and returned. We will keep you posted on any scheduled informational events for  parents.

In both math and literacy classes the students are preparing for the upcoming SBAC tests. The tests will take place after April vacation and we will keep you posted on the exact dates.

Enjoy the beautiful snow, it won't be here for much longer! (?)

Martha Giller

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Snowball Photos

Just a few epic photos from the social! It was such a blast. Thanks to all those who could make it. 

Math Update

Dear Families,

Thank you for sending in lots of wonderful breakfast food on Valentine’s Day.
The kids had a blast and enjoyed socializing with their peers over a meal.

Math Update:

5th: We have finished another unit on Multiplication and Division.
Hopefully you are seeing more and more efficient strategies being utilized on the
weekly homework.

Our latest unit is focused on using coordinate graphs, ordered pairs, tables,
and symbolic notation to model real world and mathematical situations.

By the end of the unit students will be able to:
-Read and construct coordinate graphs
-Model situations with mathematics: graphs, ordered pairs, tables, and symbolic
-Analyze and compare mathematical patterns and relationships

Be looking for the parent hand out to explain more about this mathematical content.

6th: In sixth grade we have been working hard to learn and correctly select the
appropriate operation when solving fraction word problems. We have learned how
to use different models to represent these types of equations, such as an area
model and number line. Attached is a picture to try and explain these models
further. Helping kids conceptualize these problems, and not just learn the rules, is
where the real learning takes place. It’s very easy to forget what step to complete
next in an algorithm, but relating it to a visual gives students something to fall back
on when they are feeling stuck and helps them make sense of what the question
is asking.

As always, please feel free to reach out with questions.


Ms. Grace