Nov. 6 No School
Nov. 11 Preview the DHS musical “The Sound of Music, Veteran’s Day assembly
The Old Creamery Theatre’s 2016 Writing Contest
Each year students are encouraged to participate in the Old Creamery Theatre writing contest. Students are invited to write a creative, original story about a character or characters that learn a lesson involving one or more of the Six Pillars (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship). The selected winners will receive gift cards up to $100 and become the basis for Character Chronicles, a show that will be seen by tens of thousands of students all over Iowa (including Decorah Community Schools). Please visit the following website for requirements, story writing tips, and information about how to enter the contest. All entries must be postmarked or emailed no later than January 15, 2016.
From Mr. Peterson: In science we had a quiz over the first part of our matter unit. The results are on Schoology. Just have your child log in and show you. Next week we continue our exploration by sorting matter based on physical properties and we’ll begin thinking about chemical changes to matter. In reading, we are identifying main ideas and details and learning how to summarize informational text. In writing we examined Indian grass from my prairie, took notes, and drew diagrams, and then we described it in an organized, scientific way.
From Mrs. Nowack: This week in science class we wrapped up our lessons on changes to our Earth and took the C:1 test on Thursday, these should come home for you to see on Monday. In reading class, we have continued to identify main idea and supporting details in informational texts; this week using more complex texts. You should see your child reading about 20-30 min/night (their IR book and Keynote presentation should be done no later than November 24th). This week in language class, we have been discussing the six pillars of character and will be writing stories, poems, or songs to fit with this theme. FYI~ next week’s VIP is Kortni.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - We’ll test on chapter 4 on Tuesday, Nov. 10. We have learned the reasons for exploration in the 1500’s. In the next unit, we’ll learn about individual explorers and their contributions to knowledge about the “New World”.
Language - Students are working on their Memoir drafts. We are also focusing on some lessons run-on sentences, and good description in writing.
From Mrs. Halweg: This week in math we continued our learning and practicing of division. We focused on dividing numbers that already have decimals in them, and dividing to get a decimal in our answer, instead of a remainder. Your student will be bringing home their unit 4 study guide over the weekend to help them prepare for the assessment on Tuesday, November 10.
From Mr. Kelley: In reading, we are identifying main ideas and details and learning how to summarize informational text. In writing we examined Indian grass from a prairie, took notes, and drew diagrams, and then we described it in an organized, scientific way. In social studies we are studying the early explorers. Students choose one explorer to research and create an informational brochure.