Thurs., Feb. 8 Conferences
Mon., Feb. 12 Conferences
Feb. 16 and 19 No School
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Iowa Assessment Schedule
Students have been working on completing the Iowa Assessments and are almost done. 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!
Schedule: 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 our study of fractions. This new chapter is all about multiplying with fractions. We practiced multiplying a fraction by a whole number both using models and without.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: This week we explored developing tensions between the colonies and Great Britain. We learned about such events as the French and Indian War, Proclamation of 1763, Taxation Without Representation, Boston Massacre, and Boston Tea Party.
Reading and Language: In reading we are comparing and contrasting education in two different cultures. Students finished up their Wonderopolis articles and will be sharing those with you during conferences. We also looked at four different ways that writers use context clues to reveal the meaning of words.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week we focused on physical properties of metals and we conducted investigations on both physical and chemical reactions of different powders.
Language: This week students took their notes, organized them by topic. We continue with weekly routines of daily writing, daily language review, and word work.
Reading: We are reading in guided reading groups- all books are historical fiction and share common themes. Students should continue to read 20 minutes every day.
Next week’s VIP: Karmyn
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We continue our engineering unit. The engineering teams have (mostly) developed cars that can go pretty straight over an 8 meter course. Next week we’ll explore how different “motors” might be useful for different design goals.
Reading and Writing: We’re continuing our work on a short research-based informational writing project modeled on the terrific website: Wonderopolis. We’re learning to summarize, paraphrase, and take notes.
Note: I’ve been absent from school W, Th, and F, but keeping in touch as best I can online. There was an emergency at my folks’ place that I needed to deal with. I’ll be back on Monday. The kids have been under the very capable guidance of Mr. Twedt. Thank you for your patience.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies- This week we explored developing tensions between the colonies and Great Britain. We learned about such events as the French and Indian War, Proclamation of 1763, Taxation Without Representation, Boston Massacre, and Boston Tea Party. We will test Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Language - We have developed sentences and paragraphs for our state reports. We will start typing the body paragraphs, then add the introduction and conclusion. After editing, our 5 paragraph essay will be complete! Students write and practice grammar daily in our language class. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week.