Newsletter 5 – 9/20/15


This week we spent time taking our growth-based online assessment NWEA. Students took their time, and most got through two assessments.

We finished our writing unit on elaboration, leads, and paragraphs. On Friday, we celebrated this launching writers workshop work with an authors chair. Students gave warm feedback to one another.

Our theme of CPR last week (and this next week) was Fitness! We spent time calculating our heart rate, talking about rigorous exercise and lighter exercise. We discussed the course of a good workout. Next week, we’ll take on more student-led workouts as we continue this work.

Students signed up for passions. We will begin our “intensives” work a week after fall break ends. We’ll give you more updates about how the structure of intensives will be changing as we near that time.


In readers workshop, we are finishing up our Building a Reading Life unit. Most students are finishing their second or third book on their reading path. Their deadline to have read at least two books that challenged them, pushed them, and inspired them is September 25th. We will have a book museum on the 25th so students can note and notice one another’s progress and ideas.

P3 Projects

We launched the projects for our first P3 unit on rivers. The problems: wetland depletion, water distribution, and pollutants. Students are researching these issues and will be responsible for generating a written piece with their group members. They will be creating a model of these problems in a stream table and eventually working to find a solution.


We are getting reading for our first trimester conferences. Mr. Jim’s line was sent home with a letter to indicate conference preference times. You can write back to him or email him with your preferences. Ms. Kalei is asking that families look at this document and email her your top three choices.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What P3 project are you taking on? What is your group learning?
  • What did you learn about fitness this week in P3?
  • How do you feel about your NWEA?

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