Blog Post Week of 10/30-11/3


Families are invited to a presentation of learning, during which students will show off their amazing projects they’ve worked on throughout this quarter. Students will be available to show off the results of their incredible effort and to answer any questions visitors have regarding their project.

Wednesday, November 8th 2:00-5:00pm (please sign into the office if you visit during school hours, 2:00-3:41pm)

Thursday, November 9th 2:00-3:30pm (please sign into the office if you visit during school hours, 2:00-3:41pm)


Driscoll- Humanities

We had an incredibly busy week! Students have been working hard to finish their element project in time for our presentation of learning (invitations to come) next week. They’ve also been preparing and meeting in their literature circle groups to discuss the current section of their novel. Students are responsible for leading and participating in the discussions based on their assigned role for that particular section. Students have also been working to finish their social studies interactive notebooks (lessons 18-20) as well as any unfinished google classroom assignments about main idea, text structures, and inferring. Tuesday was our wonderful Halloween parade and we had a fun party afterwards. Students competed in a “wrap a mummy” relay race using toilet paper, and created seasonal window catchers thanks to our wonderful room parent, Mrs. Baird! Friday was the Team Kids carnival, which many of our students helped manage- everyone had a blast, either as an organizer or a participant! We’re looking forward to the end of our first quarter, and the first switch of the year!



This week we have spent time finishing our projects. Using our knowledge learned from the matter standards, we have applied this to our projects to demonstrate mastery of elements. In math we continued measurement, specifically looking at the area and perimeter of irregular shapes. Students have practiced breaking these shapes into quadrilaterals and triangles to find the area. We started to explore light, looking at similarities and differences between light and sound. We will continue to explore light in the short week next week, and then finish in the fourth quarter. Thanks to all the parents who came to celebrate Halloween with us! The students had a blast and looked amazing!!


Casalengo- Humanities

This week we added “sequencing events” to our reading response notebooks. Ask your child what has been happening this week in the chapter book they reading. We did some practice with homophones and dialogue in writing. The students also started typing their “memorable moments” into a document. More editing and revising will be done next week.


Walker- STEM

It has been an amazing week! Our room parent (Mrs. Maney) provided a fun activity for our Halloween party. The students really enjoyed the mummy wrapping contest. Thanks to Mrs. Maney! Students have been really engaged trying to finalize their videos for the Presentation of Learning (POL). They have worked really hard and I want to thank them for all the extra effort. We continued to focused on the layers of the Earth and the changing of the Earth’s surface (weathering, erosion, and deposition) and added the Rock Cycle (Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous). In Math, some students continued to work toward mastery of comparing and ordering decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers. The entire class practiced adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. Next week, the students will complete their end of unit assessment on Fractions/Decimals. This will include (1.)identifying and representing equivalent fractions and decimals. (2.)comparing and ordering decimal numbers, fractions, and mixed numbers. (3). Solving single and multi-step problems with adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. (4.) Simplifying fractions.


Sanguino- Humanities

This week in humanities, students finalized drafts of their research reports in preparation for writing conferences with me, which began towards the end of the week. As a follow up to unity day last Friday, students read an article about empathy and choosing kindness. Students also finished creating their living organisms in preparation for the presentation of learning next week!


Gallion- STEM

Happy Friday! This was our last full week together in quarter 1. Students have been working hard to demonstrate mastery with adding, subtracting, multiplication and dividing decimals. They are working on a choice board as the end of unit assessment. They have nine choices and must complete four activities that show their understanding of various decimal skills. Students have continued to advocate for themselves and work in small groups to deepen their understanding of concepts they aren’t 100% confident in yet. In science, we concluded our biology unit and students are wrapping up their living thing research project. We look forward to seeing you next week for our POL (presentation of learning)! Have a wonderful weekend!