Dear Parents and Students –
We have several updates this week. Please see the announcements below and the classroom tabs for additional information.
K-5 Library: Please make sure students are returning their books each week. With standardized testing going on, some library classes are not following their normal routine. We will return to our regular schedule the week of Feb. 19
English: The 6th graders began reading Sherlock Holmes this week. See classroom tab for more information on what we have been working on in class.
Research Composition: We have reached the deadlines for the 7th and 8th grade research papers! Students are excited and ready to begin their next project. See classroom tab for more information.
Thank you to everyone who came to conferences on Thursday and I look forward to seeing the rest of you on Tuesday. Have a lovely weekend!
– Miss McCarthy
Please make sure books are being returned each week. Towards the end of the trimester I will be sending home notices for students who are missing an excessive number of books.
4th and 5th grade students are continuing the research process for their academic/ science fair projects. Class time will be devoted to working on finding materials and note taking.
This week we read The Adventure of the Speckled Band – a Sherlock Holmes short story. We had a brief introduction on character development and used our knowledge of plot and conflict to write an in-class essay analyzing some of the main events of the story.
Homework: Read The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle and prepare for a 10-question comprehension quiz on WEDNESDAY (this is different from our normal day)
Our writing assignments in class for the next couple of weeks will serve as preparation and practice for the first five-paragraph essay the 6th graders will write. This essay will serve as a cumulative assessment for Trimester 2 and will assess the following elements:
Although they have had a brief overview, the 6th graders will officially receive this assignment on Friday, Feb. 16 and have two-and-a-half weeks to complete their essays. During this time we will have designated writing days in class devoted to this paper and I will be offering several lunchtime and after school sessions for students who would like additional support.
7th Grade: This week the 7th graders read a few sections from St. John Paul II’s letter to the artist. In the coming weeks the 7th graders will develop an art project and write an essay about their process. Stay tuned for additional information in the coming weeks.
Homework: There is no homework for the 7th grade this week.
8th Grade: 8th grade students finished and submitted their final research papers this week. We are quickly switching gears and going right into the research paper portion of the science fair project. The coming weeks will provide support and work time for the 8th graders. Keep an eye out for additional information in the next week.
Homework: 8th graders should come to class next week with three sources for their research paper. A minimum of 3 sources are required for the final paper and one source must be a non web-based source