Thurs., December 14 Vocal Concert (chorus students)
Mon., Dec. 25- Tues., Jan. 2 Winter Break
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DMS Annual Food and Book Drive
Next week students will have the opportunity to participate in a book and food drive sponsored by the 7th & 8th grade student council. Fifth graders are encouraged to bring in new or like new (gently used) children’s books which will be distributed to local children. Sixth through eighth graders will concentrate on monetary donations which will be given to the local food banks (yes, 5th graders can participate in this, too). If you have any questions, contact Mr. Stock, the student council supervisor.
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- This week in math we wrapped up our unit on dividing whole numbers. Your student was assessed over this skill today. They’ll be bringing home their tests to share with you on Monday. Our next unit will still be focused on division, but we’ll be working with decimals instead of whole numbers.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: We just finished our study of early English settlements. The current unit of study is “Comparing the Colonies”. Students are learning about the geography, economy, government, and the reason for founding each colony.
Reading and Language: In reading, students are analyzing short informational articles to determine the main ideas and author’s purpose in writing. During language, students are working on short informational writing prompts, focusing on skills such as writing topic sentences, paraphrasing, and including text features.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: We wrapped up the space systems unit this week; test scores were “out of this world!” Next up- our learning will focus on environmental impacts!
Reading: We are continuing with the read-aloud, Sign of the Beaver during WIN time and we continue with guided reading groups as well. All students have independent reading books that should travel to & from school each day- students are expected to read a minimum of 20 minutes each night (in addition to any time read in school). Students have a book project they must complete (on their independent reading book) due by December 18.
Language: While we continue with weekly routines of daily writing, daily language review, and word work, students are finishing up their creative writing stories.
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From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We’re beginning a short unit on what causes the seasons and solar radiation.
Reading and Writing: We’re taking a short detour into digital writing (video production) and continuing our work with using nonfiction text structures to summarize text.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - The current unit of study is “Comparing the Colonies”. Students are learning about the geography, economy, government, and the reason for founding each colony.
There will be a test near the end of next week.
Language - We’re putting finishing touches on our narratives about an event in our lives. Students write and practice grammar daily in our language class. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week.