Week of January 20, 2015 History & Science

History – students have been studying events leading up to the American Revolution, the Revolution, and Declaration of Independence; they have worked on questions & answers and research, as well as, brain-pop video/quizzes; Homework: Paul Revere’s Ride Article & Poem.

Science – students have been learning about symbiosis this week; homework – terms & drawings and mutualism article with questions.

Writing SOL Prep

Parents of 8th grade students should have received a letter from me about the Writing SOL. It list the dates for the test and the tutoring schedule I am offering. I have attached a copy of the letter.  SOL Tutoring

We spent all of last week working on the research paper. Students should have started working on the rough draft on the paper at this point. This week in class we will focus on nonfiction works, specifically focusing on “Harriet Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad.”

The 7th grade class completed the unit on poetry and is also starting the unit on nonfiction. We read “Fish Cheeks” last week and are reading “An Unforgettable Journey” this week. We will also begin reading about Elizabeth I. This will allow us to compare different types of biographies.

Have a good weekend and remember to remind your students to read their AR books.

 

GHS Scholastic Bowl Team Wins Conference Championship

The GHS Scholastic Bowl Team claimed its first ever Conference Tournament Championship after earning their first ever District Championship title.

Coach Barry Smith reports the students were exemplary, exhibiting sportsmanship and excellence in every way.

Hats of to the students and sponsors for an outstanding season! The varsity team compiled a 16-3 record while the JV team was undefeated!

The Varsity Team, led by Team Captain Erin Maguire: Michelle Daschner, Cameron Ford, Hannah Herrman, Keith Jandzinski, Julia Barr, Brandon Myrick, and Henry Carscadden.

The JV Team: Tyler McNeer, Carter Palen, Erin Wachter, Max Spivey, Joshua Hobbs, and Jacob Clarke.

Principal Appreciation Day

Families,

Please enjoy the pictures of Mr. Gardner as he’s presented with our gift to him for Principal Appreciation Day. We’re really glad he’s our Head Roadrunner!

                             

Show You Know

We have been learning about fractions and one the ways the students are assessed is to “show they know”.  The students were given geo-boards and rubber bands and assigned a fraction to “show.”  This is a great way to “see” what students have it, who needs it and how can I get it too (modeling).

More Online PBL Training

These two courses referenced below require advance registration and the two highlighted have not yet had enough folks sign up to make — but perhaps after this advertisement — they will.

If you’re interested, (1) let me know through email you are going to take the course, (2) sign up for a free account on PBLU and you can go to their Classes page to sign up for these free events. With proof of successful completion sent to me (3), I will count one or both of these as your technology class for this school year.

If you’re instead interested in the two future classes (assessing critical thinking, how to include content and competencies) – I will also accept those too.

  • How to Create a Driving Question (February 2 – 9, 2014)
  • How to Manage Student Presentations (February 16 – 23, 2014)

Mrs. Austin’s Kindergarten Kids 2015-01-21 13:31:02

 Room 111 News      January 20-23

Room 111 Wish List

*Glitter

*White Lunch Bags

********Our class will offer a basket of children’s books at the spaghetti dinner on March 13.  This book basket will be a part of the silent auction.  It would be wonderful if the room 111 families could donate new books or Barnes Noble gift cards (I can purchase age appropriate books for our basket with gift cards.) to the fundraiser.  More information will be sent home regarding our basket, I just wanted to share, so families could begin thinking about making donations.  Many of my students are already reading, maybe someone in our class will bid on this fantastic basket and win!

Upcoming Events:

*PTA meeting on Thursday, January 22.

*February 2 One District One Book kick off

*February 12 Interims will be sent home.  Don’t forget to sign and return your envelope. 

*February 13 K-2 students will travel to GHS to see the production of “The Princess and The Pea”.  (More information to come regarding this trip.)  This day is also an early dismissal day.  Please send in your box tops on this day. 

*No School on Monday, February 16 in honor of President’s Day.

 

ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK INCLUDE:

LANGUAGE ARTS:

*Practice reading the following sight words each evening:

look, at, my, the, see, look, come, up, can, me, go, get, a, and, do, you, hello, said, have, here, is & I

*Don’t forget to read the class books with your child each evening.  Have fun completing the activity and sign on the signature page.  We are busy creating new books each week. 

*Reading many new books and answering comprehension questions about these books.

*I will introduce letter Hh and the sound.

Please review letters: Tt, Nn, Ff, Mm, Rr, Ii, Ll, Ee, Uu, Cc, Aa, Gg, Dd, Pp, Oo, and Ss, Jj & Bb

MATH:

*Tallying

*Writing and recognizing numbers 1-20. Please practice this skill with your child.  J

*Graphing

*Counting orally from 0-100.

*Skip counting by 5’s and 10’s

*Graphing

Science

  • Winter activities

Social Studies

         *Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In Class: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Day 2 – Lesson and Homework

AP English Literature and Composition
Essential Question: Where are we this year compared to the beginning of the course?
 
* Mid-term assessment review as a class
* Socratic seminar: Siddhartha
 
Handouts: 
Assessment packet (mid-term)
Permission for mock exam
 
Homework due Friday, January 23: 
1. Read Chapter 6-9 in Siddhartha. Contemplate continued oddity of AP Lit texts. Ponder:Is water enlightenment? Or just refreshing? (Finish the book by Monday, January 26.)
2. Review the article on the four noble truths and the eightfold path. 
3. Work on WofLM document for Siddhartha and share with Mrs. Holloway-Costa. 
 
The Plan Until Your Last Day
Week 19 (Jan. 5-Jan. 9) – The Metamorphosis
Week 20-21 (Jan. 12-Jan. 25) – Siddhartha
Week 22-23 (Jan. 26-Feb. 8) – The Awakening (Sat., Jan. 31: Mock Exam)
Week 24-25 (Feb. 9-Feb. 22) – Heart of Darkness
Week 26-27 (Feb. 23-Mar. 8) – Frankenstein
Week 28-30 (Mar. 9-Mar. 29) – Beloved
Week 31-32 (Mar. 30-Apr. 12) – Slaughterhouse Five
Week 33-34 (Apr. 13-Apr. 26) – The Things They Carried
Week 35 (Apr. 27-May 3) – AP exam review week
Week 36-37 (May 4-May 17) – AP exam (Wed. May 5) and essays
Week 38 (May 18-May 24) – Preparing for the next step
 
 
Honors English 11
Essential Question: Where do I need to improve my knowledge before the year’s end and the SOL Reading test?
 
* IA: Mid-year assessment
* Reflection
* Introduction to SOL Reading test
 
Handouts:
1. SOL Reading packet
2. Reflection on IA
 
HW:
Study for your Lesson 28 vocabulary quiz. It is on Friday.
 
 
English 11 
Essential Question:Where do I need to improve my knowledge before the year’s end and the SOL Reading test?
 
* IA: Mid-year assessment
* Reflection
 
Handouts:
1. SOL Reading packet
2. Reflection on IA
 
HW: Study for Unit 1 vocabulary quiz. It is on Friday.

In Class: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Day 1 – Lesson and Homework

AP English Literature and Composition
Essential Question: Where are we this year compared to the beginning of the course?
 
* Mid-term assessment review in pairs
* Socratic seminar: Siddhartha
* Pairs examine how Siddhartha follows the four noble truths (chapter by chapter)
 
Handouts: 
Assessment packet (mid-term)
Permission for mock exam
 
Homework due Thursday, January 22: 
1. Read Chapter 6-9 in Siddhartha. Contemplate continued oddity of AP Lit texts. Ponder:Is water enlightenment? Or just refreshing? (Finish the book by Monday, January 26.)
2. Review the article on the four noble truths and the eightfold path. 
3. Work on WofLM document for Siddhartha and share with Mrs. Holloway-Costa. 
 
The Plan Until Your Last Day
Week 19 (Jan. 5-Jan. 9) – The Metamorphosis
Week 20-21 (Jan. 12-Jan. 25) – Siddhartha
Week 22-23 (Jan. 26-Feb. 8) – The Awakening (Sat., Jan. 31: Mock Exam)
Week 24-25 (Feb. 9-Feb. 22) – Heart of Darkness
Week 26-27 (Feb. 23-Mar. 8) – Frankenstein
Week 28-30 (Mar. 9-Mar. 29) – Beloved
Week 31-32 (Mar. 30-Apr. 12) – Slaughterhouse Five
Week 33-34 (Apr. 13-Apr. 26) – The Things They Carried
Week 35 (Apr. 27-May 3) – AP exam review week
Week 36-37 (May 4-May 17) – AP exam (Wed. May 5) and essays
Week 38 (May 18-May 24) – Preparing for the next step
 
 
Honors English 11
Essential Question: Where do I need to improve my knowledge before the year’s end and the SOL Reading test?
 
* IA: Mid-year assessment
* Reflection
* Introduction to SOL Reading test
 
Handouts:
1. SOL Reading packet
2. Reflection on IA
 
HW:
Study for your Lesson 28 vocabulary quiz. It is on Thursday.
 
 
English 11 
Essential Question:Where do I need to improve my knowledge before the year’s end and the SOL Reading test?
 
* IA: Mid-year assessment
* Reflection
 
Handouts:
1. SOL Reading packet
2. Reflection on IA
 
HW: Study for Unit 1 vocabulary quiz. It is on Thursday.

GCPS Community Advisory Tomorrow Evening – 7pm @ RES

Hello all.  The next meeting of the GCPS Community Advisory will be at 7pm on Thursday, January 22 in the Randolph Elementary School Library.  The Community Advisory meeting will begin immediately following the RES PTA meeting.

We are taking our community advisory meetings “on the road” this year and have set “themes” for each meeting.  Tomorrow evening’s theme will be the FY16 budget.  Dr. Lane will also be addressing the budget at the RES PTA meeting earlier that evening.  All interested community members are more than welcome to attend community advisory meetings and there will be plenty of time for Q&A with Dr. Lane following a presentation on the budget.

Additionally, at the last community advisory meeting, there were two requests and we have honored those as well:

  1.  GCPS Technology Leadership will be completing a demo for parents on the Schoology Platform at the end of the advisory meeting around 8pm.

  2.  We have announced and have begun implementing a new blog forum called “Ask the Super.”  Please visit this section of Dr. Lane’s blog to ask questions (there is an option to submit anonymous questions) that will be answered on his blog.

Ask the Super!! – http://blogs.glnd.k12.va.us/jlane/ask-the-super/

Thanks!

“Ask the Super” Question # 1

Will the staff be learning sometime soon when they will be required to report to school in August? While I know this won’t be finalized for some time, it would be nice to know what is being considered so we can make our summer plans.

Unfortunately, we cannot give a definitive date at this time.  We rely heavily on our calendar committee, which includes parents, faculty, staff, and members of our leadership team to make recommendations on our calendar.  We hope to have a calendar proposal out soon, though, based on the committee’s feedback.  Our goal is to have a proposed calendar before the school board in February with adoption in late-March/early-April at the latest.  

If anyone is interested in submitting a question for the “Ask the Super” blog, please go to http://blogs.glnd.k12.va.us/jlane/ask-the-super/

Thanks!

BES Field Trip

The students of Byrd Elementary School, in Kindergarten through Second grade have been invited to watch the production of “The Princess and The Pea”, sponsored by the Virginia Opera.  The show will be held on Friday, February 13th, and will be presented in the Goochland High School auditorium.  The play will begin at 9:00 am, and will last approximately one hour.  After the program the actors will hold a brief question and answer session with the students.

The BES students will travel by school bus to and from the production, leaving BES at 8:25 am, and returning around 10:45 am.  There is no cost for the field trip, but parent permission is required.  If you give permission for your child to attend the program on February 13th, please sign the form below and return it to school with your child to their classroom teacher by Friday, January 20thTeachers will be accompanying the students so there will be no need for chaperones.  We are looking forward to this wonderful opportunity for our students!

GES Field Trip

The students of Goochland Elementary School, in Kindergarten through Second grade have been invited to watch the production of “The Princess and The Pea”, sponsored by the Virginia Opera.  The show will be held on Friday, February 13th, and will be presented in the Goochland High School auditorium.  The play will begin at 9:00 am, and will last approximately one hour.  After the program the actors will hold a brief question and answer session with the students.

The GES students will travel by school bus to and from the production, leaving GES at 8:40 am, and returning around 10:45 am.  There is no cost for the field trip, but parent permission is required.  If you give permission for your child to attend the program on February 13th, please sign the form below and return it to school with your child to their classroom teacher by Friday, January 20thTeachers will be accompanying the students so there will be no need for chaperones.  We are looking forward to this wonderful opportunity for our students!

 

 

Linear Equations (1/19 – 1/23)

For this week, we will continue with the standard form of a linear equation, Ax + By = C, and then we will work with point-slope form, y – y1 = m(x – x1), of a linear equation and recognize a linear relationship.  Then we will determine how to identify parallel and perpendicular lines and write their equations.  Parallel lines have the same slope but different y-intercepts, while perpendicular lines have slopes that are negative reciprocals but the y-intercepts can be the same or different.  We will also use the graphing calculator for the scatter plots (STAT) so we can determine the equation for the line of best fit (LINREG) and determine the correlation coefficient (r) to see whether we have a strong correlation or not. You will also use the calculator to verify your graphs.  For the week your homework looks like this:

The BrainStomper will cover material from Chapters 6-1 through 6-4, reviewing rate of change and slope, and slope-intercept, standard, and point-slope form of a linear equation.  Make sure to review all the different forms and USE your notes while completing the take-home assessment!  You will have your Quiz and Chapter 6 Test next week.  Also, take advantage of any extra credit, which can come in the guise of extra practice.

Wednesday, January 21

Day two

Block One: PreAP English

  • Journal entry: What will you be arguing in your research paper?

  • SOL prep #1

  • Students worked on research notecards

Homework:

All of the research cards are due at the end of class on Friday. You will have roughly half an hour to work on them during class.

Block Two: English 9

  • Quizlet prep for vocabulary quiz on unit 4

  • Paraphrasing lesson and exercise

  • We looked at a sample paper

Homework: Study for vocabulary quiz on Friday

Block Three: English 11

  • Journal position: What is your position on the topic that you are researching? Why?

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Full spirits!

Hello Parents!

I wanted to share with you how vibrant the kids were today! They were eager and ready to learn. This week we’re continuing the same word study, raz-kids and trophies’ story from last week.

In math, we’re starting addition with regrouping. We will dive into this concept this week and into next.

Kindly,

Ms. Shannonhouse

Principal Appreciation Day!

Happy Principal Appreciation Day, Mr. Gardner. The staff honored Mr. Gardner with a one-of-a-kind gift! His own personal SUPER HERO shirt, Randolph robe, and Roadrunner crown.

Our class also presented him with hand-made gifts such as ties, pictures, and cards.

Lastly, the students gave me a list of things they love about Mr. Gardner and we created a picture for him with our words. Here’s what they had to say….

Nice, cool, “rad,” THE BEST PRINCIPAL IN THE WORLD, leader, tall, wears awesome ties, silly, funny, helpful, super.