RES Fine Arts Night 2015

Coming Soon!

Special events to celebrate The Arts at Randolph Elementary

Thursday, April 16th 5:30-8PM

  • Student art displays in hallways
  • Meet David Camden, Guest Artist and view RES students’ ceramic tile mural in progress
  • 1/4 Circle “We are RES Mural” on display
  • Family Art Stations: Children and adults can make mini-art together
  • Ceramic display, pack-up/take home in the Art Room
  • Exhibition on loan, American Art at VMFA in the Art Hall
  • Write Fan Letters to student artists
  • Photo Booth Station- bring your camera or phone to take a fun photo!

Want to volunteer to help make Fine Arts Night a success? Here is the click link for the Sign-up Genius to find a job and lend a hand to make it happen!

G21 Update: Mr. Dementi visits

Yesterday, March 26th, our second graders were visited by Mr. Wayne Dementi. Mr. Dementi, a local artist, shared his book ABC’s from the James River, With Love.  Students gained a greater understanding of how the James River relates to the Chesapeake Bay. Here we are with Mr. Dementi.

Radicals (3/30 – 4/3)

For this week we will start to simplify radicals (graphing calculators are not used).  We will start with square roots, working with our perfect squares, learning that the inverse of squaring a number is taking the square root.  We will expand on what we learn with square roots and apply it to cube roots.  Once we’ve worked with our whole numbers, we will then apply the principles to monomial expressions and simplify them.  The homework for the week is:

The Quiz will cover square roots and cube roots of both whole numbers and monomial expressions.  Make sure to review your material.  Enjoy your break, lots of Easter candy, and restful, FUN days.  Be ready when you return for the final stretch.  See you soon!!

Our Experts Share!

This has been a busy week for our GRIP students! Several students presented and shared their information with others! Savannah taught about ebola and malaria. She had the students participate in a readers theater.

Emily compared Japanese and American schools.

Students learned about sea stars from Tyler. The first grade audience also learned how to use the QR Code Reader that had been recorded for them to learn more.

Drag racing was taught by Tana. She shared her expertise with excited 2nd graders.

Please Donate Candy for Our Hunt

March 30-April 3, 2015

Upcoming dates:

 

April 3rd: no ice cream today! Candy Hunt and party, 2:30pm. Please do not forget to send in bags of individually wrapped candy. No peanuts or tree nut products please!

 

April 6-10, 2015: Spring Break: Hope you have some quality family time together!

 

 

Math:

addition

working through story problems

skip counting and counting to 100 review

 

Language Arts:

Fundations Unit 4, week 3

sight word drills

spelling CVC words-focusing each day on a different short vowel

digraphs: sh, th, ch, wh, ck

comprehension skills

sequencing a story

retelling a story

 

Science:

life cycle of chickens

 

Social Studies:

making an Egg tree

spring trees

bunny story writiing

 

Guest Readers: Don’t forget, we will no longer have show and tell. Various student readers will be reading to the class during that time. Thanks for allowing your child time to practice reading fluently.

 

 

 

 

Friday, March 27

Day One

Blocks 1-3: English Nine

  • Quiz on chapters 19-26

  • We reviewed the quiz and then read chapter 27 as a class

  • We watched part of the movie.

Homework: Read chapter 28

Block 4: PreAP English 10 

- Students turned in their Figurative Language Worksheets

  • Characterization in Julius Caesar

  • We continued reading Act II

Homework: Finish characterization sheet and answer Act II comprehension questions. 

Growing Good Citizens

In the fall, an afterschool class was taught called Budding Botanists.  The class planted radishes that would be donated to the Goochland Food Pantry.  The weather turned cold and the plants did not produce.  Lesson learned:  successful farming depends greatly on the weather.

This week, our First Grade class planted radishes in our raised bed in the courtyard.  Again, our plan is to donate our crop to the Food Pantry.  Depending upon the weather….

We’ll keep you posted!

Goochland County Schools Featured in the 19th Annual VSBA “Showcases for Success” Directory

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its 19th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. Featured programs fit within one of two categories –Virtual/Blended Learning and Career & Technical Education.

Goochland has been specifically recognized for three programs, the 1:1 mobile device initiative, Goochland Middle School STEM partnership with VCU, and JASON Learning project. Full descriptions of the programs are available here.

“In addition to highlighting some of the best practices taking place in Virginia’s schools, the Showcases for Success directory can serve as a starting point to develop similar programs in other school divisions,” said Gina G. Patterson, VSBA executive director.

“We are extremely proud of our inclusion in the ‘showcases’ document,” remarked Bruce Watson, Director of Career and Technical Education. “Goochland’s approach to implementing these initiatives will be an excellent model for other divisions hoping to develop similar programs.”

For more information about the VSBA Showcases for Success, contact Gina Patterson, VSBA executive director, at gina@vsba.org or434-295-8722.

March 30-April 3

Math: We will continue adding two digit numbers. By the end of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • Regroup 10 ones for 1 ten, using Base-10 models, when finding the sum of two whole numbers       whose sum is 99 or less.
    • Estimate the sum of two whole numbers whose sum is 99 or less and recognize whether the estimation is reasonable.
    • Find the sum of two whole numbers whose sum is 99 or less, using Base-10 models, such as Base-10 blocks and bundles of tens.
    • Solve problems presented vertically or horizontally that require finding the sum of two whole numbers whose sum is 99 or less, using paper and pencil.

Language Arts: We will continue reviewing vowel-consonant-e syllables. We will also write and identify common abbreviations.

We will continue writing lowercase cursive letters. We will continue with the “clock climber” group. Letters included in this group are a, d, g, q, and c.

 

Social Studies:

We will begin studying Ancient Egypt. By the end of this unit, the students will be able to explain how the contributions of Ancient Egypt have influenced the present world in terms of architecture, inventions, the calendar, and written language. Throughout this unit, we will compare and contrast the lives of the Ancient Chinese and the Ancient Egyptians.

Homework

Monday –

  • Fundations
  • ELA
  • Learn to Swim begins tomorrow! Pack a towel and a swimsuit in a plastic bag.
  • Read 15 minutes.   Record on reading log.

Tuesday-

  • Write your Fundations words two times each
  • Math
  • Read 15 minutes.   Record on reading log.

Wednesday-

  • Write 1 sentence for 5 Fundations words.
  • ELA
  • Learn to Swim tomorrow! Pack and towel and a swimsuit in a plastic bag.
  • Read 15 minutes.  Record on reading log.

Thursday-

  • Sort and rainbow write your Fundations words
  • Math
  • Read 15 minutes.   Record on reading log.

 

Notes and Upcoming Dates:

The Learn to Swim program begins Tuesday, March 31. It will continue each Tuesday and Thursday until Thursday, April 23. Please make sure that your child is prepared for each swim lesson with a towel, swim suit, and plastic bag. Please remember that the students should come to school dressed for school. They will have an opportunity to change their clothing before loading the bus.

Please sign and return your child’s Report Card as soon as possible.

 

In Class: Friday, March 27, 2015, Day 1 – Lesson and Homework

AP English Literature and Composition
Essential Question: What is the role of Beloved in Paul D’s and Sethe’s lives?
 
* Pairs: Analytical work on Sula 
* Timed Writing: Question 2
 
Handouts: 
Timed writing prompt
 
Homework: Due Tuesday, March 31: Read to page 235 in Beloved.
 
Honors English 11
Essential Question: What was the role of Douglass as a Realist at the end of Romanticism?
 
* Bellringer: Douglass p. 494 reading and questions
* Douglass speech as read by James Earl Jones
* Full class: Reading of Douglass’s narrative of slave life
* Apostrophes
 
Handouts:
None today
 
HW: Finish reading Douglass’s narrative and answer the questions that follow on page 502. 
 
 
English 11 
Essential Question: How did Walt Whitman bridge the gap between Romanticism and Realism?
 
* Bellringer: Whitman p. 432
* Notes: Walt Whitman
* Read as a class: I Hear America Singing 
 
Handouts:
None today
 
HW: Read “A Noiseless Patient Spider” on page 444 and answer the questions that follow. Be sure to use complete sentences in your answers.
 
Extra Credit!!!
Write an original poem in Whitman’s style! It should not rhyme, it can contain lines running into each other, it may deal with discussion of nature, America, and common folk, it can include lists, and it should be at least 10 lines.

Games & matches scheduled for today, 3/27/15 have been postponed

Due to the rain & wet courts & fields, the girls & boys tennis matches and the JV & varsity girls soccer games have been postponed for today, Friday, March 27. 

The home JV & varsity girls soccer games have been rescheduled for Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 & 7:00.

A makeup date for the girls & boys tennis has not been set yet.

 

Spring Break Straight Ahead!

One more week before spring break!

8th grade

We have almost completed reading through Act One of “Diary of Anne Frank.” The students have been thinking about what it would be like to have their world suddenly changed by leaving their lives, their homes, and their friends and going into hiding. They have discussed why one group of people hates another group so violently that they want to exterminate that race/group. Students have also examined the parent/child relationship that is a major part of Anne’s journal and are comparing it to their own.

Since plays are meant to be seen, not just read, we are watching parts of Hallmark/PBS’s anniversary series, “Anne Frank.” It allows the students to see Anne’s life before the war, while in hiding, and in the concentration camp.

A project is being assigned to go along with reading “The Diary of Anne Frank.” I have given the students a menu option. They are able to pick two options out of the eight offered on the menu. Anne Frank Project Choice Chart (1)

7th grade

We are still reading “Killing Mr. Griffin.” Students have had a quiz on chapters 1-8 and we are now reading the second part of the book. Students have had some serious conversations about how far someone should go to be accepted into a group and at what point a person should take individual responsibilities.

We are wrapping up working on punctuation and beginning to focus solely on preparing for the reading SOL. Students are receiving a workbook that provides them with different types of exercises to work on for the different areas on the SOL. We will be using this workbook but it will be kept in the room. If you are working with your student at home, please remember that there is preparation material on the VDOE web site.

Have a great weekend and please remind your child to read his/her AR book!

Athletic events for the week of March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30:

1.  The middle school softball & baseball teams travel to Prince Edward for their games at 4:30.

2.  The JV & varsity softball teams travel to Monticello High School for a doubleheader starting at 4:30 & 6:30.

3.  The boys soccer team will host Amelia at 5:30.  This game was originally scheduled to be played at Amelia.

Tuesday, March 31:

1.  The JV & varsity girls soccer teams travel to Trinity High School for their games at 4:00 & 5:30.

2.  The middle school girls soccer team travels to St. Catherine’s for their game at 4:45.

3.  The JV softball & varsity baseball teams travel to Amelia for their games at 5:00.

4.  The varsity softball & JV baseball teams host Amelia at 5:00.

Wednesday, April 1:

1.  The middle school baseball team travels to Steward School for their game at 4:30.

2.  The girls tennis team travels to Randolph-Henry for their matches at 4:30.

3.  The girls & boys track teams travel to Prince Edward for their track meet with PE & Buckingham at 4:30.

4.  The boys tennis team hosts Randolph-Henry at 4:30.

5.  The boys soccer team hosts Buckingham at 5:30.

Thursday, April 2:

1.  The middle school girls soccer team travels to Steward School for their game at 4:30.

2.  The boys tennis team travels to Steward School for their matches at 4:30.

3.  The varsity softball & JV baseball teams travel to Buckingham for their games at 5:00.

4.  The JV softball & varsity baseball teams host Buckingham at 5:00.

5.  The middle school softball & baseball teams travel to Buford School for their games at 5:00.

Friday, April 3:

1.  The middle school softball & baseball teams travel to Prospect Heights for their games at 4:30.

About the Author

Ms. Kass and her students are making books about plant and animal cells on their iPads. They are using SketchBook and Book Creator to gather everything they are learning through labs and research. The books are going to be great and after Spring Break, we are going to make them available for download.

To make these books more like books, the students will be working in Ms. Ray’s classes to write biographies to use on an “About the Author” page to append at the end of the cell information. Although we are close to the end of the year, during the course of our conversation about rubrics and peer editing, we realized this was a great year-long project, and even a great project to last the full three years of middle school. 

Next year, we will start early. Students will interview each other write each other’s biographies. This will help the kids get to know each other as they come together into a single middle school from three elementary schools. They can use this bio at the end of all their books. But, as the year goes on, kids will have newer accomplishments to mention in their biographies. They will also improve their writing and wish to make changes.

As the kids go on to seventh and eighth grades, they can continue to add accomplishments and revise their writing. Towards the end of their third year in middle school, the kids can compare versions and see how much they have grown, both in their writing and in their lives. These biographies could be used in applications to Governor Schools and for scholarships later on.

I wonder what the effect on the students will be.  Having all their accomplishments written out in front of them will show them how much they have done, and how much they can do when they set their minds to it.

Spring Pictures

The order forms that went home with students last week were for class pictures and background preference only. The individual pictures will be sent home in packets, and parents can choose to purchase some or all of the pictures and return what they do not want.

Agenda: 3/27-4/3

Friday, March 27 (D1)/Monday, March 30 (D2)

  • Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Day 1 only: iTest SOL Practice (7.4)
  • Research for project
  • HW: AMND Unit 3 – Act 3 Scene 2; Project due next week

Tuesday, March 31 (D1)/Wednesday, April 1 (D2)

  • Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Roots “S”
  • HW: AMND Unit 4 – Acts 4 and 5

Thursday, April 2 (D1)/Friday, April 3 (D2)

  • Projects Due – no late projects accepted
  • Library Visit
  • Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • HW: AMND Test April 15 (D1) and April 16 (D2)

Agenda: 3/27-4/3

Friday, March 27 (D1)/Monday, March 30 (D2)

  • “Elizabeth I” continued
  • Day 1 class only: Root Practice (fac, mim); Tudor Family Tree
  • HW: Study for Root Quiz

Tuesday, March 31 (D1)/Wednesday, April 1 (D2)

  • Root Quiz (fac, mim)
  • Day 1 only: Elizabeth I Overview
  • Biography on Mary, Queen of Scots

Thursday, April 2 (D1)/Friday, April 3 (D2)

  • Library Visit
  • SOL Released Test

In Class: Thursday, March 26, 2015, Day 2 – Lesson and Homework

AP English Literature and Composition
Essential Question: What is the role of Beloved in Paul D’s and Sethe’s lives?
 
* Pairs: Complete work on Sula 
* Socratic Seminar: Beloved p. 101-138
* Timed Writing: Question 2
 
Handouts: 
Timed writing prompt
 
Homework: Due Monday, March 30: Read to page 180 in Beloved.
 
Honors English 11
Essential Question: What was the role of Douglass as a Realist at the end of Romanticism?
 
* Bellringer: Douglass p. 494 reading and questions
* Douglass speech as read by James Earl Jones
* Full class: Reading of Douglass’s narrative of slave life
* Apostrophes
 
Handouts:
None today
 
HW: Finish reading Douglass’s narrative and answer the questions that follow on page 502. 
 
 
English 11 
Essential Question: How did Walt Whitman bridge the gap between Romanticism and Realism?
 
* Bellringer: Whitman p. 432
* Notes: Walt Whitman
* Read as a class: I Hear America Singing 
 
Handouts:
None today
 
HW: Read “A Noiseless Patient Spider” on page 444 and answer the questions that follow. Be sure to use complete sentences in your answers.
 
Extra Credit!!!
Write an original poem in Whitman’s style! It should not rhyme, it can contain lines running into each other, it may deal with discussion of nature, America, and common folk, it can include lists, and it should be at least 10 lines.

Thursday, March 26 ~ Day 2

History – I reviewed the Three Branches of Government with students by asking them a series of questions during a class discussion; we checked the chapter 6 review packet; I went over the vocabulary terms for chapter 7 – Westward Expansion;  Homework:  Use “Flashcardlet” on the iPad to make flashcards for the vocabulary terms from chapter 7; STUDY!  Vocabulary Quiz on Wednesday, April 1st.

Science – students set-up the diffusion.osmosis lab today; they also watched brain-pop videos for Diffusion and passive transport, they took the quizzes and checked them; Homework:  STUDY the cell transport terms there will be a quiz on the terms Monday, March 30th (see yesterday’s post for a list of the terms).