Zines from Silence is Violence Conference

Fair Friendships – Ella

Fairness – Kai’ava

Good Communication – Keller

Good Communication – Sydney

Good Communication – Zoey

Honesty & Accountability – Mindy

Self-Confidence – Tori

Self-Confidence – Willa

Self-Confidence- Kaimi

Shared Power & Responsibility – Elijah

Trust & Support – Sami

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Newsletter 33 – 6/10/18

Weekly Highlights

We were so impressed at the work our students did at our student led conference, Silence is Violence: A Conference on Healthier Relationships, at the library last week. Some students led workshops that taught strategies and skills to groups of fellow students and families to help them create equality in our world. Others created zines, animations, slide shows, and cartoons that taught ways to promote kindness and caring. Thank you to ALL who helped our students do this work.

This week, students are transforming our room into museum exhibits for our annual MAW – Museum of Authentic Work. We look forward to seeing you there!

Announcements

Museum of Authentic Work (MAW) – Please join us TUESDAY, JUNE 12, at one of our Family and Community visiting times:

2-3pm
4-5pm
5:30-6:30pm

 

Book Swap – We’d like to try out 5/6’s first ever Book Swap! This WEDNESDAY, the last day of school, we are going to have an event where kids can take home a set amount of books that have been donated. This will provide them with some summer reading opportunities as well as a way us all to potentially do some cleaning. And that’s where you come in – we are asking families to do some sprucing and cleaning up of your at-home bookshelves – checking to see if there are any titles that can be donated and be used by someone else. Please send these books in any time in the next weeks and contact Kalei with any questions.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What topic did you teach about at the library (or what did you create)?
  • How did others respond to your presentation or display?
  • What exhibit are you working on for the MAW?
  • How do you feel (generally) about the end of the school year in the classroom?
  • What will you miss about school this summer? What will you not miss?
  • What do you hope continues next year?

Newsletter 32 – 5/29/18

Weekly Highlights

This week we spent time wrapping up our Pots & Pans friendship partners. Students played games, did some science experiments, and shared about their lives.

We also focused on wrapping up our Interview Essays. Students moved their essays from paper copy to typed up on Google Classroom. We are introducing a checklist today that they will use to revise and finish their pieces.

We also finished up our reflection conference preparation, NWEA tests, and started thinking about the MAW.

This week we’re going to be focusing on…

  • Completing interview essays
  • Finishing the third reading assignment for book clubs
  • Completing all NWEA tests
  • Finish P3 conference plans and products
  • Forming MAW (Museum of Authentic Work – June 12th – a show of all our work this year) committees and starting to develop our exhibits.

Announcements

Homework — This week we will NOT have written assignments for book clubs. We are going to ask that kids work on their interview essays (these are based on google classroom, but we can send paper copies as well) with a goal of completion. We are also going to ask that kids spend time at home with you discussing and practicing their workshop and WHY they are teaching what they hope to for our P3 conference.

Conference Dates– We will be hosting a conference at the Monroe County Public Library on June 5th and 6th. Students will need a packed lunch (or one from school) on Tuesday. Students will be teaching and presenting information related to healthy relationships.

Book Swap – We’d like to try out 5/6’s first ever Book Swap! This year, on the last day of school, we are going to have an event where kids can take home a set amount of books that have been donated. This will provide them with some summer reading opportunities as well as a way us all to potentially do some cleaning. And that’s where you come in – we are asking families to do some sprucing and cleaning up of your at-home bookshelves – checking to see if there are any titles that can be donated and be used by someone else. Please send these books in any time in the next weeks and contact Kalei with any questions.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • How did you feel about the “pots & pans” work?
  • What was something important you learned from the person you interviewed?
  • How do you feel (generally) about the end of the school year in the classroom?

Newsletter 31 – 5/20/2018

Announcements

NWEA testing continues this week. Larger groups testing Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday mornings. Smaller groups testing in morning slots throughout the week.

We will walk to the Waldron to watch the 7/8 class dress rehearsal Tuesday morning. Their class is performing a “mash-up” of Romeo & Juliet with West Side Story called Star-Crossed.

Alternatives to Violence Conference – Tuesday, June 5 – Wednesday, June 6 at the Monroe County Public Library. 5/6 students will be leading, participating and attending sessions of their student-led conference.

No school this Friday – Conference Day.

No school next Monday – Memorial Day.

Weekly Highlights

P3 – Students are preparing for our student-led conference, in which they will be teaching invited community members alternatives to violence. This week, they began planning their individual sessions. Also this week, we hosted a guest speaker, Dana Black, an Indiana politician. She spoke to our students about civil engagement and how to make positive change in our society.

Writer’s Workshop – Students completed writing their essay paragraphs and looked at ways they were using transition words to help their writing flow.

Book Clubs – Students completed their first book club meeting and turned in their week one assignments. Week 2 assignments are due this THURSDAY. Read Live students will continue the work assigned to them by Ms. Pam.

Geography Challenge – Students took a TEST OF THE AMERICAS on Friday. They were challenged to learn many of the countries and territories of the North and South American Continents.  They will get their test results this week and will reset their goals for one final test they will take in the next week.

Questions To Ask At Home

  1. What stuck out to you from the guest speaker, Dana Black, this week?
  2. How was your first book club meeting? How often did you share?
  3. Have you shared me on your writing doc?
  4. What are you preparing to teach for the P3 conference?
  5. What’s going well for you in class?

Newsletter 30 – 5/13/2018

Announcements

Curricular Summit this Wednesday – Help us plan for next year. Please fill out this QUICK survey to help us make some important curricular decisions that will impact what we teach next year.

End-of-Year Parent/Teacher & Student Conferences coming up. We will be sending invitations for our family conferences soon. Your child is expected to be at these conferences. Last week, they did some reflective work to prepare what they will say in these meetings.

THANK  YOU to all who helped make Project Celebration a big success! We are excited for all the possibilities that come from what was announced and from all the donation made in light of our school.

Weekly Highlights

Field Day Fun!

Strengthening Friendships & Building Healthy Relationships – This week, student pairs played games to help get to know one another better. Having something to do, such as a game with rules, can help people connect and have fun.

P3 – Students are preparing for our student-led symposium, in which they will be teaching invited community members alternatives to violence. This week, they zeroed in on what they will be teaching. Students also listened in on a live-recorded conversation that Mr. Devlon had with his wife Wendy. They spoke about stereotypes and racism they’ve endured in their lives.

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Writer’s Workshop – After noticing many students struggling with the thesis and set up of their essays, we had students approach their essays in a different way. This week, students were given two separate prompts, based on their interviews and will be using that writing to polish into an essay.

Book Clubs – New books were assigned and sent home with students this week.  Clubs will have their first meeting this week.Read Live students will continue the work assigned to them by Ms. Pam.

Geography Challenge – Students reviewed their score on their TEST OF THE AMERICAS and set new goals. They will have one final test to reach their new goal this Friday.

Questions To Ask At Home

  1. What game did you and your partner play during CPR?
  2. What stood out to you in your interview? Did you include that in your paragraphs you wrote last week?
  3. Have you shared me on your writing doc?
  4. Who are the characters in your new book club?
  5. Show me the packet that goes along with your book club reading?
  6. What’s your new goal for your geography test?

Newsletter 29 – 5/6/2018

Announcements

Field day this Friday! Please let us know if your child needs a school lunch, ASAP. Please be sure your child brings: Closed-toe shoes, swim wear, towel, water bottle, sack lunch (if not ordering from school), sunscreen, bug spray. Please be sure all items are labeled with their name!

End-of-Year Parent/Teacher & Student Conferences coming up. We will be sending invitations for our family conferences soon. Your child is expected to be at these conferences. This week, they are doing some reflective work to prepare what they will say in these meetings.

ISTEP testing is complete! Thanks for all the extra snacks and pencils. Over the next few weeks, we will be completing NWEA testing, another type of standardized testing that helps us measure the academic growth of students.

Weekly Highlights

Strengthening Friendships & Building Healthy Relationships – During CPR (Circle of Power & Respect), students were paired up with another student they wanted to get to know better. With their new partner, they are learning different ways to practice being a good friend. The way they found their new partner, was through an anonymous chatroom that the teachers set up and monitored.  It ended up being a really fun way for students to connect.

P3 – Students are preparing for our student-led symposium, in which they will be teaching invited community members alternatives to violence. This week, they explored possible ways to teach various topics.

Writer’s Workshop – Interviews are complete and students are putting all the information they have collected from their interviews AND their personal research into essay paragraphs.

Book Clubs – Most students completed another round of book clubs this week and signed up for their next book. New books should come home this week. Read Live students will continue the work assigned to them by Ms. Pam.

Geography Challenge – Students took a TEST OF THE AMERICAS on Friday. They were challenged to learn many of the countries and territories of the North and South American Continents.  They will get their test results this week and will reset their goals for one final test they will take in the next week.

Questions To Ask At Home

  1. Who is your new partner during CPR? What did you learn about them?
  2. Where are you in your essay writing? What are some facts you wrote down from your research?
  3. Have you shared me on your writing doc?
  4. Did you like the ending of your book club book?
  5. How did you do on your Geography test?

⅚ Newsletter -4/30

Weekly Highlights

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Some of the work we did this week on self-regulation and self-awareness in a chart!

  1. In P3 this week, we did analyzing of scenarios and discussed where they fell on the Equality and Power and Control Wheels. After watching some short clips from movies, the large group talked about what they noticed in the movie scenes. Then, in partnerships, they identified equality wheel behaviors from the scenarios. Next there was a compare & contrast between the equality wheel and power and control-wheel scenarios. Students thought about what they would do vs. what they should do. They were asked “Why might your actions be different than what you think the right thing is?” The goal was to  challenge student’s own assumptions and ask, “What might get in the way of positive behaviors?”

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Our collective observations on essays

  1. We gained more practice in our lines this week with interviews. Students got to do a little improv in a mock talk show. The “guests” had intro music and there was clapping and laughter! It was joyful to see students demonstrate their interview skills and have fun in a lighthearted way. The skills they are gaining in asking big important questions that are open-ended will be valuable life-long skills. Thinking about our writing, we began the work of identifying a thesis for our upcoming essays. The 5 paragraph essay will be the culmination in our Interview Unit. The big work will be integrating their facts, evidence, and quotations from the interview, into their essay.
  2. Most Book clubs have had their third meeting! Agenda books are continuing from now until school ends as an organizational tool. They will be used to record the reading and writing assignments. If your child does Read Live, they will continue with that as their homework and will not be doing the book club writing assignments.
    • Each week they’ll have two writing assignments due as well as reading.
    • Students are given time in class to begin working on their reading/writing assignments, but will likely need time outside of school to complete the work.
    • Last week, students checked in daily with their book club teachers to report how deadlines are being met.
  3. We will continue ISTEP testing next week. Small groups of students will test throughout the week and Wednesday we’ll be testing the whole large group of students in the morning. It is very helpful to know in advance if your student has a planned absence. Attendance is very important. If your student has an appointment that cannot be easily rescheduled, please email their line teacher in addition to Ms. Kristin so teachers can plan accordingly. If you have questions about your child’s specific schedule, feel free to email us!

Announcements:

Agenda books are continuing from now until school ends as an organizational tool. In addition to students copying the reading/writing assignments from Book Clubs and other deadlines, they will be used to get initials from family members. This is a great opportunity for a home-school connection. You should see a teacher’s initial about once a week as well.

Thanks to your generosity, we had lots of chewing gum and hard candies this week! Our students really enjoyed this added boost for their concentration and focus.

Thank you for all the healthy snacks! Here’s the Snack schedule:
Last names Daniels-Lawson – 5/21
Last names Leinenbach-Port – 4/30, 5/29
Last names Pulley-Wright- 5/7

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What did you learn about the Equality Wheel?
  • What do you know about the role of a thesis in an essay?
  • What surprised you when you filled out the “All About Me” page for CPR this week? (Some of the responses they gave were answers to these questions: What are you proud of? What do you not believe in? What is something you regularly do? What worries you?)