March 21 Spring MAP testing begins (see below for schedule)
March 21 6th Grade Science Fair
March 22 Reading Games competition
March 29 Old Creamery Theatre (p.m.)
April 7 NICC STEM Fest (more info below)
April 29 Save the Date- all day field trip- more info coming
May 6 Save the Date- all day field trip- more info coming
May 25 NOT a late start on this Wednesday
May 26 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 MARCH 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
March 21-23 Language
March 28-31 Reading
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 Exploreland Regional Planning Commission.
CODING CONTEST (through NASA)
“Imagine Cup Earth” is open to ages 6-18 with two categories. There are two dates available to enter: March 31 and 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 beginning a learning unit in earth science. In reading, in 7th hour we are working on a whole class novel unit. In 1st hour, we are learning about how characters change over the course of a story. In writing, we are learning about complex sentences and have been working on some shorter writing assignments.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week we continued with the three laws of motion as well as forms of energy. We will have a test over Unit F (Forces, Motion, and Energy) on Monday, March 21st.
Reading: This week, students continued to practice making inferences and have been reviewing the features of historical fiction. Students continue to read the Great Turkey Walk.
Language: This week students researched St. Patrick’s Day and wrote a informational paragraph with a partner. We started a new unit on persuasive writing.
VIP: week of March 21- Chloe
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - We’ll have a quiz on Wednesday over the American Revolution. Next week, we’ll be learning about the Constitution of the United States.
Language - In language class, we will continue working on writing and proofreading skills. Next week, we’ll have MAPS tests for language and then we’ll start talking about writing informational text.
From Mrs. Halweg: We wrapped up our brief unit on powers of ten and exponents today. Your student will be bringing home their assessment to share with you on Monday. Next week we’ll be learning about line plots, analyzing two rules for given data sets, and answering questions based on data we are given.
From Mr. Kelley:
Reading/Language: Opinion Writing, Comparing Narrative Texts, Speaking and Listening Skills Within Discussion (ask students about our inner/outer circle discussions)
Social Studies: Chapter 14 - U.S. Constitution.