Tuesday, Sept. 17 Reading MAP testing (more info. below)
Thursday, Sept. 19 Band/Orchestra Parent Meeting 7PM
Tuesday, Sept. 24 Language MAP testing
Computers can begin going home with students starting on Monday 9/16 when there is homework that requires it. Computers will not be going home over the weekends.
Help your child remember:
1. They must remember to bring their computers back to school each day.
2. Computers are for school use only; computer histories can be checked at any time.
3. It is their responsibility to bring it back charged.
4. They should keep it out of extreme weather elements.
5. It must be kept away from pets and siblings.
6. They will need earbuds with the computer at all times.
7. This device is very expensive and belongs to the school.
These weekly newsletters will be filled with what we have been doing in class, but also important announcements and information. You will want to read these each week! You can access this information in MANY ways:
-log onto http://dms5.weebly.com each weekend at your convenience
-you can also access this by logging onto your child’s Canvas account
-request a printed copy (by notifying your student’s PrimeTime teacher)
-read the weekly email
Reminder that school begins promptly at 8 AM, students will begin entering the school/classrooms at 7:52 AM.
Students who have chosen to participate will officially start chorus on Monday.
Band and orchestra tryouts continue; watch the Friday Folder for more information about instrument recommendations. A meeting will be held Thursday, September 19th at 7pm at DMS.
Students will take the reading MAPs test on Tuesday.
A La Carte
In the Middle School, students have the option to purchase a few different a la carte items when going through the lunch line. They can make this purchase with their lunch tickets, but again, it is an extra charge- above and beyond the normal lunch that is served. If you have questions or wish to NOT have your child have access to this option, you can contact Kristi Roffmann (email@example.com).
What’s Happening Outside?: Murmurations! We will post links to short informational videos and web content about the phenology of our area. This week? Murmurations. They are so cool. But also keep your eyes open for salamander migrations. Some students have seen some blue-spotted and eastern tiger salamanders out and about. More on these and other Iowa “herps” in the near future.
Math 5-In math this week we continued working with multiplying and dividing by powers of ten. We also learned how this related to converting between meters, centimeters, and millimeters in the metric system. Your student will be working on their computer again next week (and for the rest of the year) reinforcing the skills that we are practicing in class. Each Monday, we set our Zearn digital lesson goal for the week for what will be due on Friday. I provide one class period of math each week devoted to working on these online lessons. The work they need to finish outside of this class period on their computers, will occur during WIN, any study halls they may have, and at home. When working on these computer lessons, they’ll need their math book with them.
Hybrid Math- This week we wrapped up our first unit on factors and multiples. Your student was assessed over these concepts today. They will be bringing these assessments home to share with you and then return to school early next week. We also had our first Mathia unit due this week. Mathia is the online learning component with the Carnegie curriculum we are using. Your student will be working on this online learning program throughout the school year. I will provide students with one math class period to work on Mathia each week. The work they need to finish outside of this class period on their computers, will occur during WIN, any study halls they may have, and at home.
From Mr. Amundson:
Social Studies: This week we continued our unit on maps and U.S. geography. Planning on a unit test next Wednesday. Our next unit will focus on early Native Americans
Reading/Language: Continued weekly writing routines. Students started writing blogs, sharing stories about themselves. Our reading focus centered around the main idea of a text. Each night students should be reading their IR books for 20 minutes or more.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: We have begun a unit on living systems; students are exploring what plants need to survive as well as how organisms interact within a living system.
Language: We continue our daily and weekly routines (word work, daily language review, and daily writing).
Reading: We’re reviewing and deepening our understanding of story elements; lessons this week were on conflicts (the problem in the story). Students should be reading their independent reading books daily for 20 minutes or more. This book should travel to and from home & school each day.
Next week’s VIP: Mara
From Mr. Peterson:
Science. We’ve been going down to the creek as much as we can this week, given all of the rain. Our goal is to use it to help us understand how energy flows through ecosystems, including the key roles of decomposers (and soon) producers, and consumers. Beginning now, you can also find a link to our digital science notebook on the Weebly Assignments page. We add to this notebook as we learn more things. Our focus questions are these: Why don’t dead leaves pile up in the forest? And, how is the creek ecosystem similar to and different than a land-based ecosystem?
Reading/Writing. We continue our weekly routines. We are adding in a new assignment that will need your support: See this blog post to learn more and the parent letter that arrives in your child’s take-home folder on Friday. Our read-aloud is preparing us for watching the High School play: Tuck Everlasting. Our focus question for early in the year is this: What is my story?
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies: We have finished our first unit on maps and U.S. geography. Our next unit is on Native Americans and how they adapted to different areas of North America.
Language: Students are on unit 3 of spelling and vocabulary practice. Our tests are on Fridays. In Daily Writing, the students and I communicate back and forth using a google doc while they respond to prompts, learn to write good sentences and proofread through our dialogue. The students are also working on posters to explain the 6 traits of good character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.
Below: A Spanish-language copy of the newsletter as rendered by Google Translate.