In science we are building mechanisms and we have roles. The roles are leader, builder, and documenter. The documenter is the person who writes down all the notes like what is going wrong and what is going well. The leader tells everyone what to do pretty much. Finally builder is the person who builds the most, but the other people still help.
News from the Social Studies (By Frankie): Currently in social studies we are sharing our country presentations that we spent a long time on. We first started with a paper that we filled out information and then we did a map and our slide presentation. We presented in class.
News from the Math Department (By Brady): In math we did a quiz and we’re learning many cool things; I can’t wait for the next lesson. I think in the next lesson we're learning about decimals.
News from the English/Language Arts Department (By Kiera): We are doing worldly wise lesson 5 and the review for all the lessons we did in the past. We also did a comma and dashes work sheet it was pretty easy for most people. We also are working on an anthology piece.
News from the Music Department (By Violet):
We are working on two different apps- Notflight and Flat. They are made for students to compose their own music and the music assigned to us.
News from the Physical Education Department (By Brianna): We listened to the song, ‘Happy’ and whenever we heard the word happy, we had to do a burpee. Its was very hard. Then we did a game where we had to get into different color groups. One person from each team would be the person to tag people. The other people had a little coin where they had to get into their color frisbee without getting tagged.
News from the Art Department (By Katie): We are doing a thing called inside the box. We watercolor an animal inside and little pictures in the box, and then the outside of the box is marked in with sharpie.
Free Choice Area (By Avery):
For free choice we can work on are homework, Compass,or we can read. In Mrs.Topp’s class we played silent ball and watched CNN 10 kids news.
Teacher's Corner (By Mr. Singer and Mrs. Topp): November is here and soon we will be busy with holiday celebrations, family and friends getting together, and shoveling snow. It is also the last month of our first trimester. Please keep in mind that December 1 is the last day we can collect grades. Go on Skyward and see how your child is doing and encourage them to get the missing work in.
Next week Wednesday we will be having our first field trip to the Admirals’ educational day. Please make sure to bring a bag lunch and drink for the day. Try to make sure the bag is one that can be thrown out so we can limit lost lunchboxes. We are okay with the kids bringing sodas, but do not let them bring energy drinks. We are also not encouraging students to bring money for souvenirs or concessions.
A huge thank you to everyone for having 100% attendance at conferences. It was truly a great experience for us to see each of you and have a good dialogue about your child’s progress. It is nice to see so many parents that care about the learning going on. PLEASE remember to bring back the APTT goal sheet that most of your received from us. We would really like you to work with your student to create a goal to improve the math multiplication scores. Remember the next date for APTT will be January 18th.
Since we did not have a newsletter last week, here are the ALICE lessons from last week and this week.
6th Grade - ALICE Lesson Seven: Counter During ALICE
Lesson Goals: Understand the visual skills and concentration it requires to follow a moving object or person. Develop better body and spatial awareness to make movement in confined areas more efficient and effective.
Lesson Recap: Distraction as a form of control was reviewed and practiced. Distraction works with a human’s natural instinct to flinch or protect him/herself if something is thrown at them. As a result, precious seconds are gained in order to evacuate the room.
Have a talk with your child about things they could use to distract a dangerous person should they ever be confronted in a public location. What could your child use to throw at a dangerous person at a movie theater, the grocery store, the zoo, ….?
Besides throwing objects at an armed intruder, distraction also consists of making loud noises and running in a zig-zag pattern. Make sure that you ask your child about these distraction techniques as well!
6th Grade - ALICE Lesson Eight: Counter - Control
Lesson Goals: Understand the effectiveness of confront. Understand what it means to confront an intruder by swarming.
Lesson Recap: Students learned about the counter option of control. They watched a video demonstration on control that you can view by clicking here. Next, under the direction of the teacher, students practiced swarming and safely evacuating the classroom. Ask your child about this.
Regarding swarming, it is important to note:
- The decision to swarm is ALWAYS up to each individual. This cannot and will not ever be something that an adult instructs a student to participate in.
- If a student chooses to swarm, they need to commit to doing so; backing out at the last second can lead to tragic consequences.
- No one should ever handle a weapon. Both staff and students have been taught to place a garbage can over the weapon and sit on it until law enforcement arrives. Of course, securing the weapon would not occur unless the intruder has been controlled using the techniques taught during ALICE training.
For information on upcoming events you can see our calendar page from our website too.
Please make an effort to join our Remind account and/or Class Dojo to keep up with information, behavior concerns, and other photos and stories from our classes. For remind to go www.remind.com/join/bradsinger and for class dojo go to www.classdojo.com/CT7L92M. Mrs. Topp and Mr. Singer will update through these two resources all year. Currently we are at 88% of the families connected with us on DoJo.
Throughout the year Mr. Singer will post pictures on our pictures page of the website too. Check out what is going on in the classroom. He also post what is going on on twitter through the Twitter handle @MrSingerClass.
Remember to check the assignment notebook board daily for homework and quick notes. We go through this with the students daily, but sometimes they do forget.
BONUS: Each week we will put a challenge on here for any parent or student to try. All you have to do is give a response by Monday in the assignment notebook for us to see. If the answer is correct the student will receive $50 towards their checking account. Good Luck!
Since we have been looking at ratios this year let’s see if you can figure out the following ratio. On an old time clock the seconds, minute, and hour hands go around at different rates. How many times does each hand rotate around the clock each hour (should have three numbers for this one). ___hour : ___ minutes : ___ seconds