Partners in the Arts – Mrs. Edmonds, Mrs. Vaughan Mr. Camden & 4th Grade

We were honored to be asked to participate in a collegial partnership with Mrs. Edmonds, Mrs. Vaughan, and Mr. David Camden this spring.  RES was awarded a grant that allowed for our students to share in this opportunity.  The project revolved around the book Flotsam, by David Weisner. The grant paid to have David Camden on site to work with the students planning and executing a clay mural for inside the school (plus supplies). The focus of the project was the hands-on experience for the students.   The project took about 6 weeks to complete and tied into our science, math, and language arts curriculum juts perfectly!  Definitely a once in the lifetime opportunity!  Thank you for your support, Mrs. Edmonds and Mrs. Vaughan.  Check out Mrs. Edmonds’ blog here . . . 

GES’ Annual Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Day

GES held its annual “Full STEAM Ahead Day” yesterday (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics).

The entire student body spent the morning collaborating and creating … all in search of the perfect solution to their grade level’s design brief. (Here’s an example of one of the six design briefs undertaken during today’s event: 5th grade design brief.) Some groups created wagons, others catapults (all from household recycled materials and “clean trash”), as they worked to meet the challenges set forth in their project-based assignments.

Thank you to Mrs. Lisa Brown, GES’ Gifted Resource Teacher, and the entire faculty for fostering creativity and critical thinking in this amazing school wide event. Mrs. Brown commented, “This truly is the best day of my year. I am always amazed at what children can imagine and create when the problem is open-ended.”

Grade 2 Catapult Design

Grade 5 “Fourth Little Pig” Home Construction

It’s Time to Say Farewell

Hello, Everyone,

The end of the school year is drawing to a close, and as the year closes out so does my 26-year career as an elementary school counselor for Goochland County Schools.  I began my  career at GES.  After 16 years at GES, I was transferred to RES where I spent five years.  I was then asked to return to GES, where I am concluding my career.  I have spent a total of 21 extraordinary years at GES.  I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of students and parents.  I have, hopefully, helped many students learn to solve problems and cope with life’s stresses.  I have conducted many lessons on study skills, test strategies, bully prevention, name-calling, confidence-building, anger management, self-control, and other topics.  I feel fortunate to have been a part of yours and your children’s lives.  I will miss you all as I move on to the next chapter of my life, which includes two beautiful grandchildren, Nathan, age 7 1/2, and Leah, age 3.

Wednesday, May 20th – Day 2

History – checked for Gettysburg Address Homework; students worked in groups to complete Civil War Leaders activity; I reviewed the information with the entire class and these notes will be available on Schoology for students to review and/or copy and paste and write on their info. sheet; Ms. Lane (Longwood Practicum Student) presented a lesson for the Major Civil War Battles – students completed fill in the blank notes, as well as, labeled a civil war battle map.

Science – I reviewed the Genetics vocabulary with students before the Genetics Quiz; students completed the Quiz; we discussed GMOs, as well as, other Genetic Engineering processes such as, selective breeding, inbreeding and cloning; Homework – None.

FINAL EXAM WEEK SCHEDULE

MRS. HOLLOWAY-COSTA’S TESTING SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

Day 2, Block 1, English 11 – 8:15-11:00

B131 with Mrs. Holloway-Costa and Sergeant Strong

HONORS ENGLISH 11 STUDENTS TESTING NEXT WILL GO TO A LUNCH (NOT THE USUAL B LUNCH)  AND RETURN FOR TESTING BY 11:30

Day 2, Block 3, Honors English 11 – 11:30-2:20

F181 with Mrs. Holloway-Costa and Mr. Payeur

Day 1, Block 1 – AP Literature – 2:24-3:20

Review material

 

THURSDAY, MAY 21

Day 1, Block 1, AP Literature – 8:15-11:00

B131 with Mrs. Holloway-Costa

HONORS ENGLISH 11 STUDENTS TESTING NEXT WILL GO TO A LUNCH (NOT THE USUAL B LUNCH)  AND RETURN FOR TESTING BY 11:30

Day 1, Block 3, Honors English 11 – 11:30-2:20

B131 with Mrs. Holloway-Costa and Mr. Burch

Day 2, Block 2 – AP Literature – 2:24-3:20

Review material

 

FRIDAY, MAY 22

Day 2, Block 2, AP Literature – 8:15-11:00

B131 with Mrs. Holloway-Costa

ANY OF YOU TAKING PART IN SOL TESTING NEXT WILL GO TO A LUNCH (NOT THE USUAL B LUNCH)  AND RETURN FOR TESTING BY 11:30

Day 2, Block 4 – Planning – 11:30-2:20

No testing for my classes, but some students will be here testing in my room nonetheless, so please do not disturb.

Day 1, Block 2, English 11 – 2:24-3:20

Review material

 

 

MONDAY, MAY 26

Day 1, Block 2, English 11 – 8:15-11:00

B131 with Mrs. Holloway-Costa and Ms. Aldridge

ANY OF YOU TAKING PART IN SOL TESTING NEXT WILL GO TO A LUNCH (NOT THE USUAL B LUNCH)  AND RETURN FOR TESTING BY 11:30

Day 1, Block 4 – Planning

No testing for my classes, but some students will be here testing in my room nonetheless, so please do not disturb.

Students will remain in their Day 1, Block 4 classroom until dismissal at 3:20 p.m.

4th Grade End of The Year Picnic!

A flyer was sent home last week about our 4th grade end of year picnic that we will have on Wednesday, May 27 from 12:30 – 1:45 in front of GES.

Parents and siblings are welcome but we need an RSVP to make sure that we have enough food. The menu is simple picnic fare of hot dogs, fruit, veggies, chips, lemonade, water and dessert.

 

Please send in your RSVP form now or reply in an e-mail to Kristin Jandzinskikristinhoaglund@yahoo.com

 

We are asking for a voluntary contribution of at least $4 per person to cover the costs.

 

THANKS!!!!

Last day for Preschool

The last day for the preschool classes at Goochland Elementary School will be Wednesday, May 27th.

School for preschool starts in August on August 26th.  Open House is Thursday, August 20th at 4:00.

Preschool staff will be participating in a 2-day curriculum training on August 24th and 25th.

Call if you have any questions about preschool services – 556-5631, ext 3209 or 556-5321, ext. 3209.

 

 

Tuesday, May 19th – Day 1

History – same as on Monday; Open Notes Test – next Tuesday.

Science – I reviewed the Genetics terms and then students completed their Genetics Quiz; we discussed other forms of Genetic Engineering such as, selective breeding, inbreeding, hybridization and cloning; students were given the challenge of creating their very own GMO;  Homework – design a unique Genetically Modified Organism; explain why you choose to mix the traits that you did & draw the new organism.  Be creative and have fun with it!

Organizational Order and Logical Fallacies – Check your answers, folks!

Organizational Order

  1. sequential/process analysis

  2. comparison/contrast

  3. cause and effect

  4. spatial/geographical

  5. chronological

  6. order of importance

  7. claim and evidence

  8. listing/enumeration

  9. topical

  10. problem and solution

Logical Fallacies

  1. either/or — false dilemma — false dichotomy

  2. red herring

  3. ad hominem

  4. false causality

  5. slippery slope

  6. overgeneralization

  7. circular reasoning/begging the question

  8. straw man

 

In Class: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Day 1 – Lesson and Homework

AP English Literature and Composition
Essential Question: What do I know well, and what do I need to review in advance of the AP Literature test?
 
* Original posters for class: Coming attractions for next year’s students!
* Remaining questions for test next week
* Study guide for AP Literature exam
 
Handouts: 
Study guide (also sent email and attached to blog)
 
Homework: Study for your exam!
 
Honors English 11
Essential Questions: What do colleges need to know about me? What do I need to review in advance of the SOL Reading test? What do I need to do to prepare for the coming school year?
 
* Review: Colleges want to see…
* SOL Reading review packet
* Introduce summer reading assignments
 
Handouts:
1. SOL Reading packet
2. Summer reading packet 
 
HW: Complete the packet of SOL Reading review.
 
English 11 
Essential Questions: What do colleges need to know about me? What do I need to review in advance of the SOL Reading test? What do I need to do to prepare for the coming school year?
 
* Review: Colleges want to see…
* SOL Reading review packet
* Introduce summer reading assignments
 
Handouts:
1. SOL Reading packet
2. Summer reading packet 
 
HW: Complete the packet of SOL Reading review.

In Class: Monday, May 18, 2015, Day 2 – Lesson and Homework

AP English Literature and Composition
Essential Question: What do I know well, and what do I need to review in advance of the AP Literature test?
 
* Original posters for class: Coming attractions for next year’s students!
* Remaining questions for test next week
* Study guide for AP Literature exam
 
Handouts: 
Study guide (also sent email and attached to blog)
 
Homework: Study for your exam!
 
Honors English 11
Essential Questions: What do colleges need to know about me? What do I need to review in advance of the SOL Reading test? What do I need to do to prepare for the coming school year?
 
* Review: Colleges want to see…
* SOL Reading review packet
* Introduce summer reading assignments
 
Handouts:
1. SOL Reading packet
2. Summer reading packet 
 
HW: Complete the packet of SOL Reading review.
 
English 11 
Essential Questions: What do colleges need to know about me? What do I need to review in advance of the SOL Reading test? What do I need to do to prepare for the coming school year?
 
* Review: Colleges want to see…
* SOL Reading review packet
* Introduce summer reading assignments
 
Handouts:
1. SOL Reading packet
2. Summer reading packet 
 
HW: Complete the packet of SOL Reading review.

STEM Camp

If your children love to build, here is a great camp they can attend this summer!

STEM Camp info:

When: June 15-19, 2015

Time: 8:00AM – Noon*

Where: Goochland Middle School

*8:00AM –2:30PM on June 19

Please contact Mrs. Spessard  at RES if you are interested in sending your child or if you would like to volunteer.

After SOL’s

All classes are working on a Baseball Statistical Project in class. The project uses all the different SOL’s we have learned about during the school year.

Monday, May 18, 2015

History – checked for the homework – American Civil War; The Compromises before the Civil War were reviewed; students came up to the promethean board to identify the Union, Confederacy and Border states; students worked in groups of three in order to identify and describe two important contributions of Leaders during the Civil War period; Homework:  The Gettysburg Address read & answer; Open Note Civil War Test on Friday, May 22nd.

Science – I reviewed monohybrid and incomplete dominant genetic crosses, as well as, genetics vocabulary with students; we discussed what Genetic Engineering is including selective breeding, inbreeding, cloning, and GMOs.  Student were given a challenge to design a genetically modified organism – they enjoyed mixing the characteristics of porcupines, fish, plants and pigs; each students shared their GMO picture and why they made the choices to cross the trials that they did; students watched a short video clip – Genetic Engineering and Agriculture; we discussed the Pros & Cons of GMOs; Homework – STUDY!  Genetics Quiz on Wednesday, May 20th.

Finishing Up Strong…

Hello all!! Can you believe that we only have two weeks left until these fifth grades are middle schoolers?!! Wow! Where has the time gone?! This week, students will be busy with their final SOL test, completing various classroom assignments, and graduation practice. Next week, students will be busy as well with field day, graduation, and end of the year celebrations!!

English/Writing

Over the last few weeks, students have been delving deeper into poetry. Students have been looking at various types of poems, dissecting them, and discussing the various poems with partners and the class. At the beginning of this week, students will complete their poems and share them with the class.

Over the rest of the week, students will be completing various hands-on activities that will wrap up the year. Students will also be reflecting on their 5th grade and GES years through various activities.

Reading

Over the past few weeks, students have been completing the novel Shiloh. This novel has definitely been a favorite of everyone in the classroom! Students will complete this novel this week as well as various activities to assist with reviewing the novel.

Students will also continue to work on vocabulary. They will apply the vocabulary learned using Wordle vocabulary webs where they will use their reference skills and their own knowledge to complete.

Newsletter 5/18-5/22

Mrs. Tysinger’s Newsletter

May 18th – May 22nd

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK INCLUDE:

LANGUAGE ARTS:

  • *Learning to read the following HIGH FREQUENCY WORDS: little, are, here, is, for, come,

*Sounding out and TAPPING to read 3 letter words.

*Writing, writing, writing!

*Working in our Reading groups.

MATH:

*Identifying, writing, and doing activities with the numbers 0-30

*Learning to SUBTRACT with the minus – sign.

*Reviewing all math concepts taught.

SOCIAL STUDIES

*Learning about Independence Day.

*Learning patriotic songs.

*Doing activities in our unit of study on COMMUNITY HELPERS.

SCIENCE:

*Learning all about BIRDS!

 

Encore Schedule for the week: Encore Schedule for the week: Mon.= ART Tues.= PE, Thurs.=PE Fri.=Music.

 

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

*NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day.

*May 28th is K-1 Awards Assembly @ 8:30a.m.

*May 28th is our END OF THE YEAR ICE CREAM SUNDAE CELEBRATION AT 2:15 under the new Pavilion beside the playground.  

*May 29thth is our last day of school. Dismissal is at 1:00!  

*Patriotic Sing-A-Long on May 29th for students. Wear RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!

 

 

THANK YOU!

Mrs. Tysinger