Dec. 11 final turn-in day for DMS discount card fundraiser
Dec. 12 5th/6th Vocal Concert 7 pm at DHS
Dec. 20 last day of school in 2019 (winter break starts)
Jan. 6 classes resume
NEW! DMS Student Council Annual Book Drive
5th graders are encouraged to bring in gently used children’s books which will be donated to the Food Pantry to distribute to families in need. The goal is for 5th graders to bring in a total of 500 books!
If you haven’t done so, please complete the parent information on page 4 of the planner. Thank you!
School begins promptly at 8 AM, students will begin entering the school/classrooms at 7:52 AM.
Computers are allowed to go home with students 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.
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 at this email: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What’s Happening Outside?: Some really cold turtles.
We will post links to short informational videos and web content about the phenology of our area. This week?Turtles. Read about some of their incredible strategies for surviving the winter. I mean. Really?
From Mrs. Halweg - Mr. Twedt:
Math 5- We started and completed lessons 24, 25, 26, and 27 that used partial quotients with multi-digit decimal division, used basic facts to estimate decimal quotients with two-digit divisors, reasoned where the decimal point should be placed and then made connections with those skills to a written problem. We are discovering that division is challenging, but I think we have been successful, for the most part, every day, building upon new skills that will assist them in this division learning process! As always, keep encouraging your young person to continue their hard work on their digital learning program, Zearn, every day!
Hybrid Math- This week we reviewed for and completed an assessment on algebraic expressions. We spent a day making some corrections on the test and sent the test home for you to sign. I will add some points back to their overall test score based on the corrections that they made, once the correction sheet and the tests are back together! :) We finalized Unit 2 in Mathia and began Unit 3 on Thursday. Thanks for your help in encouraging your young person to complete their Mathia units! I have their Mathia scores up to date if you would like to see how they are doing!! :)
From Mr. Amundson:
Social Studies: The students have been learning about Early English Settlements in the New World and the 13 Colonies. Throughout the next few weeks, students will be creating (Prezi Presentations) their own colony as they demonstrate their understanding of early settlements and colonies.
Reading/Language: This week students continued weekly writing routines, started generating ideas for the Old Creamery Writing Contest. In reading, we have been reading various informational texts, along with finishing Alabama Moon. Each week students need to be reading +20 minutes a night from their IR book.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: We’re beginning an environmental awareness unit.
Language: Students’ “thankful speeches” were wonderful last week! We’re starting on some creative writing stories next. We continue our daily and weekly routines (word work, daily language review, and daily writing).
Reading: We’re finishing up Great Turkey Walk; so far our skill focus has been on sequencing main events, next week we’ll work on summarizing. 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. Students have a reading project due on/before January 10th.
Next week’s VIP: Rachel
Check out some photos of Mrs. Nowack’s classes in action!
From Mr. Peterson:
Science. We started a new unit on matter by thinking about how a smell gets to your nose. (Here is a collection of some of our questions.) Our first task has been to figure out what air is since smell travels through it. We are investigating whether air is matter.
Reading and Writing. We reflected on some of our short writing this week and finished up with a more formal opinion piece about a fiction video we examined closely for the theme and how the main character changed. Ms. Sand introduced us to the Old Creamery Theater contest and we began to study award-winning mentors that former students wrote to see what they tell us about good writing.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies: We had a short quiz today over the first English settlements in North America. Next week, we’ll compare and contrast the colonial regions.
Language: Next week. We’ll begin learning about personal narratives. Our spelling/vocabulary 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.
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