Thurs., Feb. 8 Conferences (email will be sent via School Messenger soon)
Mon., Feb. 12 Conferences (email will be sent via School Messenger soon)
Feb. 16 and 19 No School
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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!
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- Today in math your student demonstrated their proficiency with adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. They’ll bring these assessments home early next week to share with you. Our next unit of study will be multiplying and dividing fractions.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: Students presented a slideshow about a colonial trade that they researched. Next week we will be studying the tensions leading up to the Revolutionary War.
Reading and Language: We are using the website wonderopolis.org to help us understand how to format and organize our informational writing effectively. Next week in reading we will be comparing and contrasting education in two different cultures.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: We continued with lessons on observing and measuring physical properties.
Language: This week students continued to read about their states and took notes. We continue with weekly routines of daily writing, daily language review, and word work.
Reading: We have started new guided reading groups- all books are historical fiction and share common themes. Students should continue to read 20 minutes every day. They have a reading project due next Friday, February 2nd.
Next week’s VIP: Maran
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 finished our unit about life in colonial Williamsburg. Next, we explore developing tensions between the colonies and Great Britain.
Language - Students have been reading and taking notes over one U.S. state. We have just now started 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.