DARE Lagoon Day– Friday, May 18th

Friday, May 18th: DARE Lagoon Day – this is NOT a field trip!

Lagoon is once again offering DARE Graduates the opportunity to go and enjoy Lagoon.

  • This is a day that DARE students can get into Lagoon for a discounted price.  It is not a school event, so if students want to go they have to find their own transportation and pay for entry at the park.  If students do not come to school it will be considered an “unexcused” absence (you do have the option of checking your child out of school).
  • DARE graduates may choose one of the following options:

1.   As a DARE graduate, you can receive complimentary courtesy ride coupons that allow you to enjoy a free ride on seven selected attractions.

OR

2. As a DARE graduate, you can bring your whole family and enjoy a discounted per person ticket price of only $34.00 including tax.

Be sure to wear your DARE shirt!

SAGE Testing

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Hi parents/guardians,

As you know, we started SAGE testing this week (On Tuesday). We will continue to test next week and the week after. Please continue to send your students with a pair of headphones each day. If you would like me to keep the headphones, I can keep them at my desk as long as they are in a plastic bag. :)

 

Thank you for all of your help. Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns.

April Book Report

Parents/Guardians,

Due to the workload the students have this month (SAGE, the speech, math review, etc.) we’ve decided that there will be no required book report for the month of April. Students will be able to turn in the April book report if they would like extra credit.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions/concerns.

Speech Contest

Parents/Guardians,

Our sixth graders have been preparing to give a speech in class. The students will share their speeches on Thursday and Friday. After presenting to our class, one student will be chosen to give their speech during a school-wide speech competition on May 16th.
The speech prompt is ‘Inventions that Have Improved the Quality of Life’. We will be working on this speech all week in class, so the students will have plenty of time to finish in class. Each student is allowed to have notes during their speech. They can use the notes as place-holders/reminders if they get nervous or lose track of their place. Each student’s speech should last between 3-5 minutes.
If you have any questions/concerns, please contact me at ashore@hmcharterschool.org .
Thank you for your time. :)
Alexandra Shore

Math Test Tomorrow- Khan Academy Practice

Parents/Guardians,

Our students will be taking the Chapter 9 math test tomorrow. This test will focus on surface area, volume, and finding percentages. I assigned the students two assignments on Khan Academy that they can practice tonight to help prepare them for the test. :)

If you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to email me.

Thanks!

Classroom Supplies

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Hi parents/guardians,

Thank you so much for your continued support of our classroom. As we approach 4th quarter, our class is in desperate need of lined paper and tissue boxes. We appreciate anything you are willing/able to donate to our class.

 

Thank you for all you do. :)

Yearbook

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Yearbooks are now on sale!  They can only be purchased online by going to ybpay.lifetouch.com

You need to put in the correct school number which is

 

Elementary: 12553918

Jr. High Number: 12233918

 

Yearbooks can be purchased by March 31st.  The yearbook advisor will be putting in a purchase order on that date…so make sure that you get this done by then.

Parent Teacher Conferences

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Parents/Guardians,

Our next parent teacher conference is coming up on March 7-8th. Each conference is scheduled to be about 10 minutes long. If you would like to have a longer conference, you can sign up for two conferences back-to-back. Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns.

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/xtnKuPH
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Class Dojo

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Parents and Guardians:

This quarter our class is trying a new classroom management tool called ClassDojo. ClassDojo is a web based program which allows teachers to track students’ behaviors (positive AND negative) easily and efficiently. The program is based on points, and students can be given positive points for things like being on task, being respectful, participating, or working hard. The students can save up their points and cash them in for a reward. On the other hand, points can be taken away if students are off task, talking out, or unprepared. This helps me log/see specific behaviors that are going on in the classroom.

One of the greatest features of ClassDojo is that it allows me to send parents a “behavior and skills report” every Friday by e-mail. All you need to do is use the parent access code to get signed up. I will send out specific access codes/information to each parent. My hope is that this will help communicate the progress of your student’s behavior on a week-to-week basis. :)

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions/concerns.

I appreciate all you do for our classroom. :)

Mrs. Shore

Science Project

Parents/Guardians:

Your students have been working very hard the last week and a half to complete their Storms Science Project.  They will have one more day in class to work on it, and it will be due on Monday.  If they don’t finish it in class, they will need to finish it at home.  Here are the requirements.

 

SEVERE STORMS PROJECT RUBRIC

You and a partner will be picking a storm to report on.  It can be tornadoes, thunderstorms, snowstorms, hurricanes, or another storm of your choice (such as acid rain, typhoons, blizzards, ice storms, derecho storms, waterspouts, cyclones, etc.).  Once you have picked your storm, you will complete one of the following.

 

Pick one and complete (20 points).  If you do both, you will get +10 points extra credit.

 

Option 1:

You will create a news report about your severe storm.  This news report will be recorded and watched by the class after completion.

 

During the news report, you will need to (4 points):

 

-follow a script of your own making

-use at least 1 prop

-be professional

-talk about each requirement

 

Requirements-information you will need to give us about the storms (2 points each):

-what storm you picked

-what are its characteristics

-how is it formed

-what effects does it have on people

-what effects does it have on the earth

-how is it measured

-what is used to measure it

-how can we stay safe during it

 

 

Option 2:

You will create a newspaper about your severe storm.  This newspaper will need to be handed in to the turn in box on the due date.

 

Your newspaper will need to include (4 points):

-at least 2 articles (3 paragraphs each) about the storm

-4 pictures

-correct spelling and grammar

-typed or hand written with your best handwriting

 

Requirements-information you will need to give us about the storms (2 points each):

-what storm you picked

-what are its characteristics

-how is it formed

-what effects does it have on people

-what effects does it have on the earth

-how is it measured

-what is used to measure it

-how can we stay safe during it