This Week’s News

Sixth Grade Families, thank you for the wonderful conferences where we were able to share our work together and look ahead to the coming months of continued growth.

Next week is a vacation from school in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the extra time with your families.  Students, if you find yourselves with some unexpected free time over the break, read your mystery book, noting key plot elements for your comic strip or work on spelling for the week after vacation.  Your  spelling packets were distributed today, but are also available here in the spelling section of the website.  You can also spend some time in contemplation of all you are thankful for, and then craft a piece of writing—essay, poetry, personal narrative—or multimedia piece to share with the class and for extra credit points.  Here are two poems for inspiration:

Te Deum

Not because of victories
I sing,
having none,
but for the common sunshine,
the breeze,
the largess of the spring.

Not for victory
but for the day’s work done
as well as I was able;
not for a seat upon the dais
but at the common table.

~ Charles Reznikoff

A List of Praises

Give praise with psalms that tell the trees to sing,
Give praise with Gospel choirs in storefront churches,
Mad with the joy of the Sabbath,
Give praise with the babble of infants, who wake with the sun,
Give praise with children chanting their skip-rope rhymes,
A poetry not in books, a vagrant mischievous poetry
living wild on the Streets through generations of children.

Give praise with the sound of the milk-train far away
With its mutter of wheels and long-drawn-out sweet whistle
As it speeds through the fields of sleep at three in the morning,
Give praise with the immense and peaceful sigh
Of the wind in the pinewoods,
At night give praise with starry silences.

Give praise with the skirling of seagulls
And the rattle and flap of sails
And gongs of buoys rocked by the sea-swell
Out in the shipping-lanes beyond the harbor.
Give praise with the humpback whales,
Huge in the ocean they sing to one another.

Give praise with the rasp and sizzle of crickets, katydids and cicadas,
Give praise with hum of bees,
Give praise with the little peepers who live near water.
When they fill the marsh with a shimmer of bell-like cries
We know that the winter is over.

Give praise with mockingbirds, day’s nightingales.
Hour by hour they sing in the crepe myrtle
And glossy tulip trees
On quiet side streets in southern towns.

Give praise with the rippling speech
Of the eider-duck and her ducklings
As they paddle their way downstream
In the red-gold morning
On Restiguche, their cold river,
Salmon river,
Wilderness river.

Give praise with the whitethroat sparrow.
Far, far from the cities,
Far even from the towns,
With piercing innocence
He sings in the spruce-tree tops,
Always four notes
And four notes only.

Give praise with water,
With storms of rain and thunder
And the small rains that sparkle as they dry,
And the faint floating ocean roar
That fills the seaside villages,
And the clear brooks that travel down the mountains

And with this poem, a leaf on the vast flood,
And with the angels in that other country.

~ Anne Porter

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 13

This week would be a good time to revisit the three videos that are available in the Parent Support section at www.cpm.org . Go to Professional Development: Workshop Videos. The first video is about the CPM program. Another video shows students discussing study team guidelines. Interactions between study team members is the topic of another video. All three will provide you with a snapshot of a CPM classroom in action. There are others that are worth watching.

For Students:

Constructing Viable Arguments and Critiquing the Reasoning of Others

Look at each other’s work and critique their reasoning.  Can you push your teammates to explain their work to you?  Ask them to explain it in another way and think about if the explanation makes sense to you.

Special Math Edition

Today, both sixth grade classes worked together to learn more about scale. Students were excited by the end result and asked for an image of the final enlarged CPM Mystery Mascot to be made available to share with families. Below is the final product.

This Week’s News

A huge thank you goes out to all of the families and students who participated in the Mixed Bags Fundraiser in September and the Walk-a-thon snack booth.  We netted $6000 on those two fundraisers.  Hooray! Further, another enormous thanks to all who made the Haunted House and Halloween Carnival a great success. Many hours of organization went into the event and it was enjoyed by all. That fundraiser brought in an additional $4700. Wow!

Additionally, students worked continued learning about percents, decimals, fractions, and portions of a whole in math, as well as working with integers. In writing, we are continuing to focus on narrative writing, discussing pacing, grounding scenes in dialogue and more. Check out these spelling story finalists and these to see some of the dialogue and pacing work. Next in narrative work, students will be working with story maps to delve more deeply into the elements of story, including conflict and resolution.  Students will endeavor to include these narrative elements in their own personal narratives.

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 11

Ask your child to teach you some math that he feels he has mastered, or is particularly proud of. Or ask your child to show you some class work from last week. This will give her an opportunity to feel proud of her work, and it will give you an opportunity to assist in your child’s learning. By giving your child the opportunity to explain their thinking, you are encouraging them to be more confident, use new vocabulary, and identify any confusion they may have. Also, by explaining their thinking to someone else, they are making that knowledge clearer for themselves.

For Students:

Collaboration

Collaboration is much more than everyone working individually and then checking answers with each other.  Make sure that everyone stays on the same step and discusses the process.  Just having work written on your paper does not mean that everyone in the team understands, so ask questions and explain everything.

 

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