Another successful week! For this entire week, your child has been working in a group to conduct research about states of matter and phase change. Next week, students will be working in their groups to create RSA Videos to present to the class with the information they have found. We will have the help of Mrs. Dextre and Mr. West from the media center in the making of these videos. On Wednesday next week, I will be out for professional development. Have no fear- we have an excellent sub coming to help and Mr. West will still be assisting my classes in the completion of their videos. On Thursday and Friday of next week, each group will be presenting their videos as their first MAJOR grade (The rubric will be uploaded some time this weekend, I just have to get it finalized with the Media Center Team.)
On the subject of grades, they were updated on PowerSchools yesterday. I have checked my list over and now have all grades into the grade-book online. Please assist your child in turning in their work on time, and save their returned work until you see that the grade has been posted. This helps our classroom run so much more smoothly. When students are consistently turning in late work, it is much harder to keep track of everything and make sure that it gets into the grade book. Today I am going around and checking NoteBooks for Bell Ringers and last week's lab questions. I am still working out the best possible way to grade the NoteBooks each week. I tried to keep them over the weekend last week, but since I only received half of the notebooks in any given class, I decided to check them in class this week. Unfortunately, I was unable to get to each of my students, but luckily I will have time while they work on their videos next week. In summary, if your child does not have a grade for their NoteBooks and lab questions, it is because I did not get to them today and will check theirs on Monday. If I was able to get to your child, I also put a Missing Work Reminder in their agenda. PLEASE make sure they get any work missing back to me within the next two weeks, or it will be recorded as a zero. I have graded and returned all work that was turned in. If there is no grade, check to make sure that it was returned. If it was, I apologize; send the work to me and I will make sure to get it recorded. If the missing work cannot be found, it must be completed again to receive credit. This is a policy that we have worked out as a team. If you have any questions about missing work, please contact me. Thank you, and have a great weekend! :)
Extra help is available every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30. Please remember that you MUST fill out a permission form (below) and turn it in the day before in order to attend.
For some of our projects this year, I will be asking for parent volunteers. If you already know that you would like to volunteer in the future, please contact me. Otherwise, the need for parent volunteers will be included in the weekly update. Thank you! :)