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While the month of February is the shortest, it clearly is the busiest. Although a week has passed since the fourth-fifth level students performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this week the middle school students will perform Romeo & Juliet on February 14th at 1:30 p.m. in the FABA. School will be closed on Monday, February 18 for parent conferences. On the 20th, all students will travel to the Tennessee State Museum to view Civil War documentation and on the 28th to the Schermerhorn Symphony. The middle school students will see “Hitler’s Daughter” at TPAC on February 26. The DARE classes end on February 27 with a pizza lunch celebration. The fourth grading period ends on February 22, the day of the Sock Hop. I look forward to meeting with every parent during this month to update you on your child’s progress.
In math, Group A students have been working diligently on various math and geometry concepts. Please refer to the Renweb online Gradebook, along with a review of your child’s weekly work in the blue folder. Fourth level students will review geometry concepts, algebra and probability. Fifth level students will review: order of operations, geometry concepts, algebra and probability. Additionally, students have been working on improving overall calculation skills in all operation. The IXL online program is to be used as a reinforcement, practice and/or advancement to skills and concepts which students need to practice. One student may require daily practice, while another may choose to practice every other day.
In language, Group A students will select a book in any genre to read this month and present a 5-minute book review upon completion. The criteria are similar to the summer book report including: Creativity, Content, Clarity. The focus in language will be on writing lessons and grammar through year end.
In language, Group C will conclude their study of Shakespeare this week. Next week, students will read “Hitler’s Daughter” together over a one- week period in preparation to see the play at TPAC on the 26th. The focus in language will be on the sixth level project, writing lessons, grammar and career shadowing opportunities for seventh level students.
Helena M. Hess, Director
In Group B students will continue their progress through grade level math skills including: Volume, Measurement, Graphing and a review of all operations. They are also working on logic puzzles and multistep word problems. Please continue to check your child’s progress on the math ixl website. Under the Reports Tab you are able to view a variety of reports that will show your child’s mastery and time spent practicing skills. In Language we are continuing through grammar lessons, vocabulary, writing development, spelling, and have also begun studying Tall Tales in conjunction with the study of the 1800s/Westward Expansion in History. We will be moving into the Civil War shortly and exploring the contents of our Tennessee Traveling Trunk. We are very excited about the field trip to the TN State Museum on the 20th! Make plans to join us!
In Health all 4th and 5th level students are studying Diseases, a topic in which they have displayed great interest. They have many good questions and have conducted several great discussions in class. They are learning about the lymphatic system and the difference between infectious diseases and other types. They are also learning the difference between viruses and bacteria. If you are a medical professional and would like to speak to our class about any of these topics please contact me. We would love to have you!
Elisabeth S. Gay
Middle school science students will be studying blood and its components. The American Red Cross has designed an interactive program called “What is Blood” and this program will serve as the teaching component for lessons presented. The program allows students to be an active learner. Students will learn how each part of blood helps the body, and how blood is used as a medicine. A representative from the American Red Cross will present the lessons using displays and three dimensional visual aids. Level 4 and Level 5 students will continue studying classification of animals.
Algebra 1 students will be studying polynomials and reviewing basic arithmetic skills. Level 6 students will continue studying decimals using the Key to Decimals Book 3.
Dr. Herman Jackson