This week we are taking our state mandated language and math online PEAKS assessments. What can you do at home to help? Make sure children get lots of sleep each night and a full breakfast each morning. Monday’s test only took an hour and is likely one of the longer assessments of the week.
Besides our testing, we will be working on our novel studies, getting through some more rising actions in Hatchet and possibly reaching the climax in I Am Malala. Students seem to be really enjoying the adventures of Brian Robeson, while the I Am Malala group is tackling some deep issues in their autobiographical reading. Ask your child what is happening in their story.
We’ll also be doing some math work in geometry, statistics, and graphing. All valuable skills that need a frequent follow up and polishing. In language, we’ll attempt to get started on idioms but we will finish that up next week.
In science, we’ll look at life cycles beyond our already studied cycle of salmon. In addition, sixth graders will also begin their preparatory work for their Kenai Fjords field trip next week. Preparations include a Know-Before-You-Go packet that will be a large part of their homework this week, as well as 3-part nomenclature matching cards on animal identification of likely species we’ll find in Resurrection Bay. The chaperone meeting for the field trip is Wednesday evening at 5:30 (there is a cost of $50 per chaperone).
You’ll find attached a survey for parents so I may learn how to best build and maintain our vitals lines of communication and partnership. Your time is very much appreciated on this short survey.
Last week we had the Peace Concert which was a ton of fun and I saw about a third of the class there! Choir and cellos did an awesome job representing Denali!
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