DARE Lagoon Day- May 19th

Friday, May 19th: 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).
    • This offer is extended to all DARE Graduates and their families.  You can bring your whole family and enjoy a discounted per person price (usually about $33.00).

Dare Essay

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DARE essays will be due on Friday, May 12th. Students will have plenty of time to complete these essays in class, however, if they want to work on them additionally at home, I have included the rubric. :)


Name: Date:

DARE Essay Rubric

4 Excellent

q Introduction paragraph clearly

 defines DARE.

 explains dangers of drug, alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.

q Body paragraphs clearly explain

 meaning of DARE to you.

 what you learned from DARE.

q Body paragraph includes specific details from DARE book.

q Conclusion paragraph explains the most important things that you learned.

q Sentences are clear and have complete thoughts.

q Paragraph form is correct and includes introduction and concluding signals.

q Spelling and punctuation are correct.

q Essay format correctly follows guidelines, reflecting personal pride.



Speech Contest


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Our sixth graders have been preparing to give a speech in class. The students will share their speeches on Monday and Tuesday of next week. After presenting to our class, one student will be chosen to give their speech during a school-wide speech competition on May 17th.
The speech prompt is ‘What is a Hero?’. We have been working on this speech for the last few weeks in class, so most of the students are already finished and ready to present. Each student is allowed to have 6 index cards. They can use these cards as place-holders/reminders if they get nervous or lose track of their place. Other than the cards, the students should have their speech memorized. Each student’s speech should last between 3-5 minutes.
The only homework the students have over the weekend is to finish their speech, and make sure they are ready to present next Monday/Tuesday. :)
If you have any questions/concerns, please contact me at ashore@hmcharterschool.org . Thank you for your time, and have a great weekend. :)
Alexandra Shore

SAGE Testing


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Hi parents/guardians,

As you know, we started SAGE testing this week. 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.



Tomorrow, Friday April 14th, will be our school’s Read-A-Thon. I have attached a list of things the students may purchase tomorrow. :)




Class Survey

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Our students will take this survey on Tuesday, April 11th during school. If your student is absent on this day, you can have them take this survey at home. :) It must be done by April 13th.

March Book Reports

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Hi Parents/Guardians,

Mrs. Lacefield (Hancock) and I have agreed to extend the deadline for the book report to the first Monday after spring break.. March’s book report will be due on April 10th by the end of the day. If you have any questions, the book report  requirements are on my blog under the language arts section.

Feel free to email me if you have any other questions/concerns.

Thanks :)

Ancient India Assignment


Originally, the due date for the Ancient India project was March 15th. The kids have been working so hard in class on this project, so I am extending the due date to Wednesday next week (March 22).

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns

Ancient India assignment



Student Choice: Projects on Hinduism and Buddhism


Your task: Please read the assignments below and choose ONE of them to complete.  Once you have made your choice, you may begin working.  You may work on your own or with one other classmate.


CHOICE #1: Writing a Children’s Book about Siddhartha Gautama and Buddhism Your Task: When we think of books we read as children, we think of reading information that was simplified and easy to understand as well as seeing colorful and engaging images.

Your job is to create a children’s book about the topic of Siddhartha Gautama and Buddhism. The key is, you must understand what the information is about and then simplify it.


Your story must include:

-An introduction to Siddhartha Gautama and an explanation of who he was

-Explain how and why he created Buddhism

-Explain what the Buddhist beliefs are

-Explain how Buddhism spread around the world.

You may use pages 442-447 in the textbook for your information.  Below are the requirements for your book.


Requirements/Format of the book:

1) You will use 2 pieces of construction paper that are folded one inside the other.


2) Your book must include the following:

Page 1: A Cover Page with the Title of the book, an image and your name(s)

Pages 2-6:  Your information

-Each page must have 3-5 sentences of information

-Each page must have 1 image

Page 7:An acknowledgements page at the end in which you include all sources you used for information or images.



CHOICE #2: Writing a magazine article about Hinduism and the Caste System Your Task: You are a journalist assigned to explore the religion of Hinduism, specifically the Caste System.  You must conduct research and write an argumentative piece on whether or not the Caste System is fair.


In the article, you should include the following information:

-How/Why did the Caste System begin?

-Describe the Caste System (What are the castes? Who is in each level? What are the jobs/duties of each caste? Can you switch your caste?

-Describe Karma and how it is important in the religion of Hinduism

-Make your argument in stating whether or not the Caste System is fair based on the research you have conducted

-Include an image of the Caste System pyramid at the end of your article.

-Your article should be able to convince readers to agree with you!

-Make sure to credit any outside sources that you use (websites, the textbook etc.).


CHOICE #3: Creating an informational pamphlet about the religions of India: Hinduism and Buddhism. Your Task: Create a pamphlet

about the religions of Hinduism and

Buddhism. You must conduct

research and organize the

information into categories for your

pamphlet. Imagine that this

pamphlet would be used as an

informational pamphlet to teach

people about both religions.


Format of the Pamphlet:

-Page 1: Title and Image

-Pages 2-3: Information about Hinduism (How it started, Caste System, Gods, Karma, Reincarnation)

-Pages 4-5: Information about Buddhism (How/why it started, Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, Nirvana)

-Page 6: Include acknowledgements as well as credit to any outside sources that you use (website, the textbook, etc.)

*Include at least THREE images/pictures throughout the pamphlet*