Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fifth Grade Math

The fifth graders are finishing up a unit on multiplying and dividing fractions. This has been some of the most conceptually challenging content the students have done. Then we are going to study data and line plots for a few days, then a week or so on geometry: attributes of polygons and angle measures.
Luke Fisher

Friday, March 18, 2016

Miss Vermont

Mrs. Giiler's class visits with Miss Vermont during morning meeting yesterday. The message she shared was the importance of perseverance, (it took her nine pageant tries before she won) and education. With goals to become the state's medical examiner, she was able to apply $24,000 in earnings towards her education in forensic science. She shared her passion for STEM education and later performed a chemical experiment in an all school assembly. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

SBAC Testing Schedule

Fifth and sixth grade students will begin SBAC testing this Thursday, March 17th. The SBAC tests are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and assess students in math and literacy skills. Testing will begin at 8:30 on the scheduled days and students are given 90 minutes to work. Each test will be taken in the student's homeroom and students will then most likely remain with their homeroom teacher for the duration of the morning block. Lunch, specials and the afternoon schedule should not be effected by the testing.

SBAC schedule:
Thurs. March 17th    math
Wed. March 23rd      math
Tues. March 29         literacy
Mon. April 4             literacy
Tue. April 19th         math
Wed. April 20th        math
Tues. April 26th       literacy
Wed. April 27th        literacy

Please continue to help your child get a good night's sleep, eat a hearty breakfast and encourage them to do his or her best work on these tests.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Student council in action!

This year's council is an active group! Yesterday's pep rally for our local Special Olympians is an example of the students' commitment to serving our community. Current committees are also working on sponsoring a dodge ball tournament for fifth and sixth graders, get your junk out of my backyard tournament for first and second graders, as well as ongoing collections for David's House, Spirit Month and visits to Zack's Place. 


This week we completed a theme essay and took a quiz on Jack London's "To Build a Fire."  For the next couple of weeks we'll spend some time brushing up on grammar skills and participating in a book club. Although grammar practice is covered in writing mini-lessons and individual writing, it's worthwhile to review and expose all to the basics they may not be incorporating into their pieces. Today we practiced diagramming simple sentences and will work with more complex sentences next week.