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Congratulations to our school spelling bee winners: Taylor and Chance.  Those two students will compete with other local students in the  south county regional spelling bee at Corona Creek from 4:30-6:30 on Wednesday, February 4th.  The top five students from each regional competition advance to the county.  The top two spellers in the county advance to the state championship.

We have two exciting field trips coming up in February.  For the first trip and to continue to enhance our study of ancient Egypt, we will take a field trip to San Jose to visit the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum on Thursday, February 19th.  The Museum has an outstanding collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts and replicas, so despite the fact that the trip entails a considerable amount of driving time, it is a fabulous experience.  If you want to take a virtual tour or learn more about the Rosicrucian, visit their website.

For the second trip, students will ride the bus to Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on Thursday, February 26th, where students will see a spoken word performance by the Mayhem Poets.  Following the performance, students will have the opportunity to participate in a poetry slam.  To prepare for the event, students are working with spoken word poets provided by Wells Fargo Center.  Your child can tell you more about the experience.

 

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Congratulations to the Room 10 Spelling Bee representatives, Zoey and Chance.  The sixth grade spelling bee was intensely competitive, with students being asked to spell words such as hoax, obedient, peculiar, courteous, acknowledgment, and more.

As you know, every student has chosen a topic to research for his/her free choice research report, the current long-term project.  The entire free choice report and three-dimensional project is due by Wednesday, February 4th.  It is extremely important for every student to continue to work steadily each day on this project so that every person does his or her very best job and learns as much as possible.

Some students have had questions about how to organize the introduction and the conclusion of the report.  Here is one possible organizational strategy:

Introduction
Paragraph 1:

  • At least one sentence that is the engaging the reader strategy
  • One sentence or two sentences to explain how and why you chose the topic
  • Two or three sentences that explain what about the topic intrigued you before you began your research

Paragraph 2:

  • Three to five sentences outlining exactly what the reader can expect to learn from your report, written in such a way as to make the reader want to read more

Conclusion
Paragraph 1:

  • At least five sentences that revisit the major ideas of the report

Paragraph 2:

  • Three to five sentences reflecting on your own learning; this paragraph might also pose a challenge to or suggestion for your reader

Scholastic has an excellent resource detailing how to organize and pace the work of writing a research report, called Write a Winning Research Report.  Check out the site to preview this user-friendly guide to research and writing.

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Today, Mr. Cameron, the Kenilworth counselor was here to provide students with a brief overview of junior high school and to specifically describe the possible electives students may select.  Today in class, your student was told about all the possible electives, and now you and your child need to select possible electives.  Students needing extra assistance in reading or math may be assigned an extra period of math or reading for their elective class. Please sign and return the  elective form as soon as possible, but no later than next Tuesday, January 20th.

This is a reminder that every student should be diligently engaged daily in research and writing for his/her free choice research report and in working on the three-dimensional project, both of which are due in a week and a half.  As students read from their three or more sources, students should take notes on the aspects of the topic they have decided to research.  This work counts toward the weekly at-home reading for the reading chart. The entire free choice report and three-dimensional project is due by Wednesday, February 4th.  Many students seem to be making strong, consistent progress on the research report and project, but some students have admitted to being only in the very beginning stages of research thus far. It is extremely important for every student to work steadily each week on this project so that every person does his or her very best job and learns as much as possible.

On Tuesday of next week–Monday is a holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.–we will have a class spelling bee in the morning to determine the students from our class who will be participating in the school spelling bee.  No student will be forced to participate in the class spelling bee, so parents, if you would like your child to participate in this event, please speak with her/him about your expectations. As with all competitions, spelling bees have an element of luck involved, so sometimes strong spellers are eliminated while less strong spellers remain in till the final round.  Please understand that this is just part of the process.  The spelling words used for the class spelling bee will be a mixture of former spelling and vocabulary words, as well as lists of future spelling and vocabulary words.  When giving words, I will work from these lists, choosing words in a set pattern (e.g., every third word, every fifth word, etc.) so as to be as fair as possible.  The top two spellers from our class will go to the school spelling bee, which will be held in the multi-use room at 1:30 p.m. next Friday, January 23rd. Students participating in the school spelling bee will be given a word list from which to study sometime before the school spelling bee.  The top two spellers from our whole school will then compete in the south county regional spelling bee at Corona Creek from 4:30-6:30 on Wednesday, February 4th.  The top five students from each regional competition advance to the county.  The top two spellers in the county advance to the state championship.  So, spellers, get ready!

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