Friday, April 1, 2016
April 7 NICC STEM Fest (more info below)
April 22 Watch the 6th grade present Peter Pan (p.m.)
April 29 Save the Date- all day field trip- more info here
May 6 Save the Date- all day field trip- more info coming
May 25 NOT a late start on this Wednesday
May 27 Last Day of School (dismiss at 1:30)
From: Jeanne Luzum R.N. Jeanne.firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: Head Lice
Since the first day of school we have had several cases of head lice-not to an epidemic level by any means but just more than we have experienced in the past. I am asking that you become more vigilant in checking your child’s head. It is a parent’s responsibility to check their child’s head at least 1x per week, especially during the school year. We have been checking heads when we have been notified of a case in a classroom-this is very time consuming for us and takes away from learning time for your child. We are asking that everyone help out with this at home so it does not get to epidemic proportions. I can send you a brochure about head lice and how to take care of it if anyone would like-just call me. If you find head lice on your child, please take care of the environment but MOSTLY keep checking the head as this is where they live. You need to make sure EVERYONE in the household is checked and treated. As always, please let us know if you find any on your child so we can also assist you in getting it taken care of. Questions? Please call—563-382-8427
Thanks for your help with this.
Middle School Parents Still Make a Difference- NEW April Issue
The Parent Institute (Education’s #1 Source for Parent Involvement Information) provides a free resource for parents of middle school aged students. The monthly publication provides articles relevant to issues middle schoolers (and their parents) face. Check it out out here.
Spring MAP testing
April 4-6 Math
Safe School Reporting Form
Just a reminder- you can find a confidential online form to report bullying on the Decorah Middle School web site! Locate it here.
Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival
Families are invited to attend the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival on Thursday, April 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Wilder Business Center, Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar. The festival is free and open to the public.
The goals of the festival are to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and to introduce children and parents to STEM careers in their local communities.
More than 30 exhibits will feature hands-on, interactive STEM activities especially for 3rd-8th grade students and their families but all ages are welcome to attend. Attendees can travel a solar system in the digital planetarium, drive a robot, conduct amazing science experiments, explore the nursing field and much more!
Check out a quick promotional video: https://goo.gl/ZTlhwb
The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is a community-wide partnership led by Northeast Iowa Region Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at University of Northern Iowa, Northeast Iowa Business Network (in part, by the Iowa Economic Development Authority), Northeast Iowa Community College, Keystone AEA, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, IowaWORKS, and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission.
CODING CONTEST (through NASA)
“Imagine Cup Earth” is open to ages 6-18 with two categories. Register by: June 15. Tutorials and information are included when you visit the web site for more information and to register. https://www.imaginecup.com/earth?__af3b91cc=_af3b91cc Cash prizes are available. For more information contact Kathy Hay at email@example.com.
From Mr. Peterson: In science, we are learning about the rock cycle. In reading, we have been looking at point of view in fictional narratives. In writing, we finished up with book review and are back to some free-writing on Kidblog.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week students completed, tested, and modified their jet toy car prototypes. Most students also started adding and testing out the “engines.”
Reading: We spent two days MAP testing in reading this week and we are wrapping up the novel Great Turkey Walk; students are working on creating a timeline to go along with the events in the book.
Language: Students continue to learn more about persuasive writing.
VIP: week of April 4- Noah
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - We have been very busy talking and learning about the U.S. Constitution! We will take a quiz over the chapter on Thursday, April 7.
Language - In language class, we will continue working on writing and proofreading skills. We’ll be working on identifying dependent and independent clauses which will help us in using commas correctly. Later in the week, we’ll start discussing informational articles.
From Mrs. Halweg: This week we finished our unit on line plots, numerical patterns, and graphing patterns on a line graph. Your student demonstrated their knowledge of these concepts on their unit 10 test today. Those will be coming home early next week. Monday and Tuesday of next week, we’ll be taking the math MAP test. Wednesday we’ll start a new unit on graphing using the four quadrant coordinate plane.