Thurs., Feb. 8 Conferences (watch for sign up info coming out soon)
Mon., Feb. 12 Conferences (watch for sign up info coming out soon)
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Iowa Assessment Schedule
Next week marks the beginning of this year’s Iowa Assessments. Please talk with your child about the importance of doing their best. While students can’t study for the tests, they can prepare by getting plenty of sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and approach the tests with a positive attitude!
Monday, January 22- Vocabulary
Tuesday, January 23- Reading Part 1
Thursday, January 25- Reading Part 2
Tuesday, January 30- Math Part 1
Thursday, February 1- Math Part 2
Tuesday, February 6- Science
Yearbooks are available for $20. If you did not order one at registration, you may order one in the office until Feb. 9. Checks should be made payable to Decorah Schools.
Luther tutors will not be available until after their J-term in January. Tutoring will resume again in February.
If your student brings winter boots for recess, we recommend they also bring an old towel from home to put in the bottom of their locker to absorb the water.
Snow pants are not required at the middle school for recess, however if your student wishes to play in the snow they need to be wearing snow pants and boots.
Just a reminder that if your child chooses to bring treats to school (on a birthday, for example), treats should be store bought. Additionally, it would be a good idea to check with the school nurse or your child’s homeroom teacher to find out if there are any food allergies before bringing treats into the classroom. Thank you.
Remember students can stay after school in Mrs. Suhr’s room until 4:00 M-Th. to do homework! This is voluntary and can be on an “as needed” basis.
Math- In math this week we continued to work with mixed numbers. We practiced both adding and subtracting with mixed numbers. We’ll continue to practice these skills into next week. Your student will be assessed over adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers on Friday, January 26.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: Students will be learning about the daily life of colonists by studying colonial Williamsburg.
Reading and Language: We are using the website wonderopolis.org to help us understand how to format and organize our informational writing effectively. Students have also been learning about comma rules.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: We continued with lessons on the states of matter as well as measuring volume and mass.
Language: This week we learned about regular and irregular verbs and learned how to take notes (research). We continue with weekly routines of daily writing, daily language review, and word work.
Reading: We wrapped up inferencing lessons this week and have been using reading class time to read state books (research for informational reports). Students should continue to read 20 minutes every day. They will have a reading project due February 2nd.
Next week’s VIP: Rashell
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We began our engineering unit. Students will design and build jet-powered cars. After running through the design cycle several times, they will design cars to enter in several end-of-the-unit competitions.
Reading and Writing: We’ll be sending our Old Creamery Theater stories out for the acting company to read. After some additional work on summarizing text, we’re beginning work on a short research-based informational writing project modeled on the terrific website: Wonderopolis.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies- This week we starting learning about life in colonial Williamsburg. We will “tour” the colonial capital city to see how life was different from today.
Language - We started an informational piece of writing. We are learning about the features of informational text and each student chose a state to research and write about. We’ll spend the next weeks reading, taking notes, and developing sentences and paragraphs for our reports. Students write and practice grammar daily in our language class. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week.