October 12 No School- teacher inservice day
October 20 Author, Margie Preus, will visit DMS
October 23 End of 1st quarter
Students are expected to complete assignments and turn them in on time. If students develop a pattern of not completing work on time, they will be asked to attend “AO” (academic opportunity). This is NOT a detention, AO is an opportunity for students to complete work (with available assistance), and hopefully develop study skills and time management skills that allow them to be successful in the future. Because we all make mistakes and forget things once in awhile, each student will have 4 “freebies.” After the freebies are used up, students will stay after school (or come in early the next morning) to complete the work and get back on track. If/when this happens, your child will email you notifying you of the need to stay for AO. For more information, please refer to the student handbook in your child’s planner.
Thank you to all of you who supported the magazine sales this year!
From Mr. Peterson. In science we are developing an experiment to see where the weight (biomass) in producers comes from. We are also trying to grow some biofilms in the creek behind the school. In reading, we took a short test to get a baseline for reading comprehension and we have been working on how to provide evidence for our opinions about books. In writing we have been brainstorming ideas for a longer realistic fiction narrative.
From Mrs. Nowack: In science class, this week’s lessons have been about uneven heating of our earth (ask your child about the investigations we did), air masses, and fronts. We also learned how to use quizlet as a study tool to review for tests (we are about a week away from our first big test)! In reading class, our lessons were about summarizing and theme; ask your child to explain the theme of his/her book. You should see your child reading about 20 min/night. In language class, our writing/grammar lessons were about: using words to describe emotions and places, compound subjects, and planning/organizing our ideas for our memoir. FYI~ next week’s VIP is Jaden.
From Mrs. Suhr: Social Studies - We have started chapter 3 learning about different cultural regions of early Native Americans. Language: Students will be learning about and writing a memoir of an important time in their lives.
From Mrs. Halweg: This week in math we learned how to multiply using the traditional method, or standard algorithm. All 5th grade students are expected to know and use this method by the end of the school year. After our work this week, many of them are well on their way to mastery! We also took this new method and applied it to multiplying when decimals are involved. Your student’s next math assessment over these skills, as well as adding and subtracting with decimals is next Thursday (Oct. 8).
From Mr. Kelley: This week in reading we read a complex short story titled “Aunt Melba”. The students finished the week discussing the story within an online discussion. I encourage you to ask your child to show you their work within Schoology. In writing, students are planning a realistic fiction narrative. Students brainstormed and created a storyboard. Again, make sure to ask them about this. They are doing a fantastic job! Within social studies, students are also doing some writing in which they took on the role of one family member within an Inuit tribe. We will be having our chapter 2 test on Tuesday.