This Week’s News

So far, students are doing a great job getting back into the swing of things at school. They are working diligently on their organizational skills and are willing to try new things. Students are still easing into the concepts of strong work ethic, sustaining focus and effort over time, and personal best to ensure that students work to their fullest potentials and produce high quality work indicative of their strong capabilities.

Additionally, students have begun working with the math program, had their first spelling test, read and discussed poetry and art images, written poems and letters, read from source information, and worked to foster a culture of kindness within the classroom and beyond. Students have also had several writing mini-lessons and have written free verse poetry and spelling stories. The top spelling stories of the week are posted here.  They have been selected for the quality of their content, as well as the correctness of conventions.  Furthermore, students turned in and presented their first long-term project, the personal timeline, today. Students have accomplished much during their first week and a half of school.

This is just a reminder that the instructions for the next long-term project, which is due on Wednesday, September 30, were sent home earlier in the week. The current long-term project is the heritage doll and mini-report, which was explained in detail in class. In the past, this project has proved to be one of students’ favorites. For the project, students should work with their families to choose one part of their heritage to report. Next, students research different aspects of their heritage, and write a brief (one to two pages hand-written or in 12 to 14 point font) mini-report (including bibliography) that highlights the most important characteristics of their heritage. Last, students dress their heritage doll in a traditional outfit representative of the country of origin. Students may use the tag board doll or may be more creative, sewing a three-dimensional doll.

Students, if you have some additional free time at home, check out the University of Chicago’s interactive “Dig into History Mesopotamia,” a virtual archaeological dig in Iraq, where you can become an archaeologist and collect and catalog Mesopotamian artifacts, then curate a museum exhibition with the artifacts found.  Students, you might also want to create your own avatar with this fun, free cartoon avatar generator: Portrait Illustration Maker.  You can also add information to your profile.

CPM Parent Tips of the Week

Week 2

CPM offers resources for parents and students at its website. You might find it useful to take a look at the following sections:

  •  Learn About CPM
  •  Student Support
  •  Parent Support

In the Learn About CPM section, you will find an introduction to CPM, more information about the program, research supporting the program, and more information about the curriculum. 
In the Student Support section, you will find help with homework, resource pages that connect to the lessons, links to technology, and extra practice problems. 
In the Parent Support section, there are suggestions of ways to help your student, parent guides to lessons, and tips for learning. There are also videos of students in the classroom that will give you an idea of what your child’s math class might look like. If you have questions about CPM, an excellent resource can be found here.

This Week’s News

As we start our new CPM (College Preparatory Math) program, here is the tip of the week:

Parent Tips of the Week

Week 1

Welcome to College Preparatory Mathematics, CPM. Your student will be involved in interesting and stimulating mathematics this school year. To help you understand what is happening in your child’s math class, you will be receiving a Tip of the Week.

CPM believes all students can be successful in mathematics as long as they are willing to work and ask for help when they need it. We encourage you to contact your child’s teacher if you or your student has additional questions.

During class your child will often be working in a small group called a study team. Study teams are designed to encourage students to engage in mathematical conversations. Collaboration allows students to develop new ways of thinking about mathematics, increases students’ abilities to communicate with others about math, and helps strengthen their understanding of concepts and ideas by having to explain their thinking to others. Each student in the study team has an assigned role with a clear set of expectations, which are listed in the student text.

Because students are expected to work together to solve problems, the main role of the teacher is to be a supporting guide. Instead of just showing a process and having students mimic it, your child’s teacher will be introducing the concept of the day and then circulating the classroom, listening to team discussions, asking questions of teams, and initiating a closure activity at the end of each lesson to ensure the intended math content has been addressed.

The main objectives of Chapter 1 are to introduce the course to the students, allow them to apply previous learning in new ways, and review ideas from previous math courses. You will notice boxes titled “Math Notes”. Math Notes boxes contain definitions, explanations, and/or examples. Your student’s teacher will explain how these notes will be used in class. The homework is given in a section titled “Review and Preview”.

This Week’s News

What a fabulous start to the school year we have had! The students are ready to engage in the new challenges of being the oldest students in the school and seem to be excited about the learning and growth they will experience this year.

Thank you to all of you who came to Back-to-School Night to hear about our vision of teaching the whole child with our  “Healthy for Life” partnership, our work on social and emotional skills, and our rigorous curriculum that now falls into the middle school level.  Please be sure to contact us with any questions you may have as we explore the new math program, and match skills and habits to our standards-based report cards. Our goal is to continue to help our students become the empowered, capable people they are.

The parent meeting for the new report cards will be held at Old Adobe on September 14, from 6:30-7:30.  Please come with your questions.

Thanks for all of your support and everything you do each day to help the students be successful.

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