Thursday, March 24, 2016
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 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- 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 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 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: Forces and Motion tests were awesome!!!! The kids really knew their stuff!!! Signed tests are due back Monday, March 28th. We’ve begun an engineering unit where students will be able to apply their knowledge on forces and motion. Grocery bags are due Monday!
Reading: This week, students read and compared three short historical fiction text and wrote about a common theme between the three text. Students are finishing up the Great Turkey Walk.
Language: We started the week with our Language MAP assessments- not everyone is done yet, but so far, I am very impressed by the improvement everyone has made! Students are learning more about persuasive writing.
VIP: week of April 4- Noah
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. We’ll be working on sentence types and using correct punctuation. Soon, we’ll start discussing informational articles.
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: We have been working on a short poetry unit. Students have learned about types of figurative language and are studying various poems. We also wrote our own. In social studies students are learning about the U.S. Constitution. Students are creating posters to represent the key features of our government.