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Language Arts Update (6th-8th) – September 14-18

pic for postThis week we will begin by testing in Literature.  Students will test over the reading strategies of monitoring comprehension, making connections and visualization.  Students will also be tested over personal narratives and other notes taken in Literature.  The test for all grades will be on Monday, September 14th.

Students will also complete a test on Tuesday, September 15 over Unit 2 Vocabulary.

We will also be working on punctuating dialogue and will begin looking more closely at nouns (common and proper, concrete and abstract, compound, plurals, and possessives).

We will continue doing daily paragraph editing and daily reading comprehension.  We will also discuss the word “infer” and what it means.

We will complete our personal narratives and will begin looking at expository nonfiction.  We will also begin Unit 3 Vocabulary.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me!

Mrs. Roberts

This Week in Middle School Math

Fifth: In fifth grade we are finishing up multiplication and have a test on Wednesday. Remember: all students need to complete 100 facts in under 5 minutes by Wednesday! We will then move on to division.

Sixth: In sixth grade we are finishing up our unit on algebra. We will have a test on Wednesday. We will then move on to decimals.

Seventh: In seventh grade we are finishing up our second chapter on integers. We will have a test on Friday.

Eighth: In eighth grade we are working with linear functions this week. We will have a test sometime next week.

Language Arts (6th-8th) – September 7-11

english-teachers-comicThis week we will look at coordinating conjunctions and their function in compound sentences.  We will also learn other ways to correctly punctuate compound sentences.

Students will have an English test on Friday, September 11, over sentence fragments, simple and compound subjects and predicates, compound subjects and predicates, and simple and compound sentences.  We will review in class and students may also see me during recess for any additional help needed.

On Monday, September 14th, students will have a Literature Test over notes taken in class and the reading comprehension strategies – Monitoring comprehension and making connections.

We will begin book work for Vocabulary Unit 2 this week.  Test date will be announced to the students.

Students will submit their personal narratives this week.  They will also have time to begin working on their independent reading projects (due on September 25th).

Please let me know if you have questions!

Mrs. Roberts

Working Hard at Cross Country

The cross country team has been working hard this year! After practice on Thursday the kids were showing me how tired they were and I snapped a few pictures. Want to see the Wildcats in action?  We will run at Overbrook School on September 13, 20, 17 and October 4.

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Spanish Classes – Week of August 31, 2015



In Elementary Spanish Classes, grades PK through 3, we have been practicing our basic conversation skills and numbers in Spanish.



como te va red



In 4th grade Spanish, we are using a basic textbook to start the transition to more academically rigorous Spanish lessons that will begin in 5th grade.  We began the Spanish alphabet last week and will continue talking through the letters and letter sounds this week.




All 1st through 4th grade Spanish classes also complete the Spanish calendar every week, including counting the days in Spanish, knowing the days of the week, months of the year, seasons, and weather. Please see your child’s daily AscendSMS notification each Friday for specific comments on what was covered in Elementary School Spanish that day.


Spanish_Vocabulary_Logo-349x1455th-8th grade Spanish classes continue to receive 5 vocabulary flashcards per class, and have a 5 word quiz every Wednesday.  Students should be practicing words daily to learn and retain these words.  It is also important that students have some sort of container to keep their cards (a pencil pouch in the Spanish binder works great!).

Other concepts we are covering in Middle School Spanish right now include:

  • 5th Grade – Definite Articles, Masculine vs. Feminine & Singular vs. Plural nouns & adjectives.
  • 6th Grade – Telling Time in Spanish (quiz on Wednesday)
  • 7th Grade – Conjugating regular -ar verbs in the present tense (quiz on Wednesday)
  • 8th Grade – Conjugating regular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs in the present tense; Writing sentences in the affirmative and negative; Forming questions

PADRE NUESTRO COLORPrayer recitation is also part of the Spanish curriculum.  We will recite the following in Spanish at each grade level:

1st & 2nd grade:  Sign of the Cross (will begin after Fall Break)

3rd & 4th grade:  Sign of the Cross & Glory Be

5th & 6th grade:  Sign of the Cross & Hail Mary

7th & 8th grade:  Sign of the Cross & Our Father

Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions about what your child is doing in Spanish!

-Mrs. McCormick