Eleventy leven

The jersey number 11 has been retired by several North American sports teams in honor of past playing greats or other key figures:

  • In Major League Baseball:
    • The Chicago White Sox, for Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio. In 2010 and 2011, Aparicio allowed fellow Venezuelan Omar Vizquel to wear the number.
    • The Cincinnati Reds, for Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.
    • The Detroit Tigers, for Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson.
    • The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, for Jim Fregosi, who played for the team in its former incarnations as the Los Angeles Angels and California Angels, and also managed the California Angels.
    • The Pittsburgh Pirates, for Hall of Famer Paul Waner.
    • The San Francisco Giants, for Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell, honoring the number’s retirement when the team was known as theNew York Giants.
    • The Seattle Mariners have yet to retire any numbers, but have not issued #11 since the retirement of Edgar Martínez at the end of the 2004 season.
  • In the NBA:
    • The Detroit Pistons, for Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas.
    • The Sacramento Kings, for Hall of Famer Bob Davies, honoring the number’s retirement when the team was known as theRochester Royals.
    • The Washington Wizards, for Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes, who played for the team in its past incarnations as the Baltimore, Capital, and Washington Bullets.
    • The Cleveland Cavaliers for Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas.[4]
  • In the NFL:
    • The New York Giants, for Phil Simms.
  • In the NHL:
    • The Buffalo Sabres, for Hall of Famer Gilbert Perreault.
    • The Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers, for Hall of Famer Mark Messier.
    • The St. Louis Blues, for Brian Sutter.
    • The Washington Capitals, for Hall of Famer Mike Gartner. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11_(number))

Creative writing B2D1 May 20

Leader:  Alex

Scribe:  Mrs. Ray

Check in:

Elizabeth:  Finished The Champion series (spoiler:  bad ending!)

Bre:  Has been writing remixes of music and stories in an original music and lyrics.  She’s getting inspiration from karaoke and is mixing it up and mashing it up to produce something new.

James:  Has been doing lots of drawings.

Writing challenge:  Write a story using (a list provided) words OTHER THAN “said.”

Characters:  You may base the character on real people; but change their names!

Story length:  At least 300 words.

Week of May 19 – 23, 2014

This week the only SOL we have in Social Studies on Wednesday….remember to study, study, study.

Thank you for all of the breakfast donations!!!!

Language Arts: We will have wordstudy this week with a wordstudy test on Friday.

Math, review, review , review!!! We will work on all of the material from the year.  Keep practicing multiplication every night!!! We want all 12 facts to be automatic.


No school next Monday for Memorial Day!!! Then end of next week will be our Math SOL broken into two parts.



Strategy #4


Objective:  A simple strategy that asks students to say aloud the words, ideas, or terms that a associated with a unit of study or review topic.


  1. Pause midway through the lesson and ask students to clear thier mind and take a deep breath.
  2. Remind students, in one sentence, of the topic and objective of the lesson.
  3. Tell students that on the count of three, they will say aloud the first word that comes to mind that is related to the content.  (It may be helpful to explain that Take -A-Breath is an association game.)
  4. Example- For students studying Earth Science:

“Student, I want everyone to place their pencils and materials down on         their desk.  Everyone take a deep breath.  In just a moment, when I count to 3, I want everyone to say aloud the first word that comes to mind that is related to plate tectonics.”



Writing for Others

Writing, as a pursuit, can be a private pursuit. Writing on a blog is not private, it’s public, but the funny thing is, you may not always feel you have an audience. One person could read your blog post, or 100s, and you don’t really get a reaction unless you have comments turned on and people have something to respond to. Writers also have more established forms of public sharing, through books, magazines, the newspaper, etc. Finally, a lot of writing that takes place in schools is not public nor private, it’s what we might call semi-public. Your teacher and maybe a peer would read your work. Often that writing is to a certain specification, to ensure you are practicing the craft of writing towards improvement.

So, it’s not often that we get to write in school. Illustrate our writing. And, have a guaranteed audience that we know will read our work and give us immediate feedback. But 4th graders at Goochland Elementary recently had this opportunity through a collaborative effort of ITRT Zoe Parrish and classroom teacher Krystle Demas. Demas’ students had the opportunity in class to help Ms. Parrish define what an ebook was, then they were told they would be writing their own! And then they’d have the opportunity to share their ebooks on their iPads with preschool students next door.

Book Example

The books were created with an app we installed as part of our 1:1 pilot called Book Creator, which allows students to create ePub “books” with multiple pages, text, images, and you can even insert video and audio. Students added sound files to each page so that preschool students could be “read to” when the students no longer were there. Ms. Parrish has since loaded the eBook collection on the iPads used at GES specialty center so that the preschool students can continue to enjoy the books created for them by Ms. Demas’ fourth grade students.

eBook Story

The books can be read on a variety of platforms. On the Macintosh, you can use iBooks in OS X Mavericks, and on iOS, you can use iBooks. Access all the books and materials used to deliver the lesson here. Kudos to Ms. Parrish and each and every one of Ms. Demas’ students for their problem solving and application of very creative skills! From what I hear, the preschool students enjoyed the experience immensely.

The Outsiders

This week:

Monday: Read chapters 2 and 3 and have a discussion on the chapter. Go over vocabulary.

Tuesday: Read chapter 4 and have a discussion on the chapter. Answer study guide questions for chapters 3 and 4. Create timeline. Read chapter 5.

Wednesday: Quiz on chapters 1 -4. Have discussion on chapter 5.  Answer study guide questions on handout for chapter 5. Go over vocabulary.

Thursday: Read chapter 6 and have discussion on the chapter. Answer study guide questions on chapter 5. Go over vocabulary. Discuss assignment for comic strip or newspaper article.

Friday: Read chapter 7 and have discussion on the chapter. Answer study guide questions on chapter 6 and add information to the timeline. Begin working on comic strip or newspaper article.

Week of May 19th-23rd, 2014

The boys and girls were so excited to walk in this morning and meet their newest classroom pet, the long awaited Pacman Frog!  It didn’t take long to give him a name as he looked like “digging” was his specialty. The class quickly named him “Digger”. Be on the lookout for your child’s original book about Digger’s adventures in second grade to come home later in the week!


*Permanent Black Markers for chart making

*Crickets for Digger (11cents each at Petsmart)


 May 26th (Memorial Day)-No School

June 3rd- Field Day (see attached green memo coming home today)

June 4th-End of the Year Picnic (see attached memo)


 Reading: Read 20 minutes nightly and fill out the At Home Reading Form. Just a reminder that this is an easy “A”.

 Word Study­­­: “ai & ay” words. Test is Friday.

 Language Arts: Complete unit on Adjectives & Cause and Effect, while reviewing the following parts of speech, nouns, verbs, & pronouns.  There will be a test on Friday. Continue cursive writing.

Math:  Complete unit on Geometric Shapes. Test will be Friday. Practice MATH FACTS

 Science: Complete unit on Plants. tomorrow. The test will be Wednesday.



Volunteer Hours

Looking for a great way to help your community and earn hours for various organizations? Please, contact Ms. Jamie-Ellen Spessard for more information about GCPS’ STEM CAMP( jspessard@glnd.k12.va.us). It is this summer.

Preparing for grade 7

We began the 2013-14 school year in all my classes with a unit on study skills and organization.  We’ll end on the same note.  How?  We’ll see snippets of a DVD from The Great Courses called “How to Become a SuperStar Student.”

We’ll take a multiple intelligences quiz to determine what kind of learners we have among us.  Then we’ll develop a learning “tree” representing the academic challenges seventh grade will bring.

Then we’ll examine how to become effective in the classroom.  Notes for these two chapters are as follows:

Understanding your intelligence


Developing Effective Habits in class

Thank You SO Much!

Dear Students (and Parents) of Room 123,

Thank you for all of the school supplies, mine were starting to run low!  Also, thanks for the awesome gift card basket (and all of the other goodies). I can’t wait to go shopping and eat, eat, eat! You all are so generous, and it was a very wonderful surprise. I am glad to be back at school!

:) Mrs. Hatcher

Senior Project Presentations

Thanks to all the seniors, their families, and community stakeholders for supporting the presentations. Many projects exemplified the core values of our district. Projects ranged from internships to restoring an antique John Deere (as seen below).

Adam Henley and his family, stand proudly by the John Deere he restored.

May 19-23

Big days this week:

Tuesday – Virginia Studies SOL

Thursday and Friday – Math SOL Pt 1 and Pt 2 (Link to vocabulary)

LA – There is no word study and no writing prompt,  We are trying to finish up our novel studies and work on our movie trailers.  Please remind your child that s/he can take AR tests through May 30!  Let’s finish strong!  May book reports are due April 29 (that’s next week!)  Our final read aloud is Trumpet of the Swan.

Math – Still reviewing all skills and will have daily grades.  My blog has a plethora of sites fro review.

VS – Keep reviewing.  We’ll share our murals on Monday.  

Science – MP4 will be on May 28.  Keep using those refrigerator cards for review.  Here is the link for the refrigerator card set.  

Important dates:

  • √ Monday 5/19- Volunteer Breakfast THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!!!
  • √ Tuesday 5/20- VA Studies SOL
  • √ Thursday 5/22- Math 4 SOL Pt.1; PTA Meeting at 6:30 with Richmond FBI on Internet Safety and Ice Cream Social
  • √ Friday 5/23- Math 4 SOL Pt. 2
  • √ Monday 5/26- No School: Memorial Day
  • √ Wednesday 5/28- SPIRIT DAY; Family Life during PE class
  • √ Friday 5/30- Final Book Report Due: Free Choice
  • √ Wednesday 5/28 Science MP4 Assessment
  • √ Friday 5/30 – The social will be in the MPR from 3:30-5:00 PM. Permission slips for 4th & 5th grade students to stay after school and attend this function have been sent home.
  • √ Tuesday 6/3 – AR Celebration with Benham’s Bounceables!
  • √ Thursday 6/5 – End of the Year Assemblies (K-1 @ 9AM) (2-4 @ 1PM); End of the year party at 12:30 with surfboard sundaes.  
  • √ Friday 6/6- Last day (FULL DAY) – Happy Summer!  KEEP READING!!


MAY 30th is the Date for 7th Grade Pre-Algebra Students!

Our students take the Math 8 SOL on May 30th. I have received several emails asking what can be done to help our students prepare for the test.

In class we are preparing a study packet that will go home on Wednesday. Students will have completed the packet in class. I will post an answer key to the packet on my blog on Wednesday. Please make sure your student spends time with this packet Wednesday night in preparation for our mock exam on Thursday.  I will also post and hand out a cheat sheet of important information to study NIGHTLY.

We are hard at work in class and have daily quizzes. If your student is not doing well on the quizzes, please remind him/her to review the quiz and identify their weaknesses. These can be remediated using Khan Academy or by asking me for additional worksheets/help.

May 19 – 23

Word Wall Words (sol 1.5)

on              want           Mr.             Mrs.           funny

Word Study (sol 1.6) (spelling)  short u and long u with silent e

dust           slug            cuff            stung                  crust          skunk

cube          flute           cute           mule           huge          tube

Reading Vocabulary/Story

Yellow – away, den, mother, safe, water – p. 46

Blue – again, blue, hello, high, love, opened – p. 186

Green – against, careful, fire, quietly, shook – p. 220

Orange–chimney, flowers, important, shelves, clothes, happened noise, special – p.86


Mon. – Word Study – See new list of words.

Reading – worksheet – Be sure to underline the answers in the story.

Tues. – Reading – Go over the vocabulary words with an adult.

Math – worksheet

Wed.  – Writing – Write a good sentence for each word wall word listed.

Thurs. – Reading – Read and discuss your assigned story with an adult.

Math – worksheet


  • We will continue with PALS testing this week.
  • Encourage your child to put forth their best effort during the remainder of the school year.  We are having many end-of-year assessments (PALS, DSA, writing sample).  It’s important that they do their best work on these!
  • A message from the office:  Parents, please send in a note if you know your child will be absent any time during the last week of school.

Monday, May 26 – Memorial Day holiday – No school

Thursday, June 5 – Honors Assembly, K – 1, 9:00 a.m.

Friday, June 6 - Last Day  (Report cards will go home.)

May 19th – 23rd


  • Identifying, writing, and doing activities with DIAGRAPHS.  This week we will focus on the th sound of words. (ex: think, thirsty, thirty and with)

*Learning to read the following TRICK WORDS: for, one, was, no, as, be, here, this, little, on, look.


  • Identifying, writing, and doing activities with the numbers 0-30
  • *Learning to SUBTRACT with the minus – sign.
  • S.OL: K.1 K.2 K.3 K.4 K.5 K.6 K.7 K.8 K.9 K.10 K.11 K.12 K.13 K.17 K.18


  • Independence Day
  • Working in our unit on Community Helpers.


*Finishing our FARM UNIT.

S.O.L.K.1 K.2 K.3 K.4 K.5 K.6 K.8


*The students loved game day!  With SOL testing this month we do not have Library or Guidance on Fridays.  Students are welcome to bring in games on Friday to play during encore!


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:  See Countdown Calendar for daily themes!

Thursday May 22nd-  We WILL go to MAYMONT on this day.  Please let me know if you are able to still be a chaperone.

May 26th- Memorial Day No School

June 5th- End of the Year Assembly for K at 9:00

June 6th- End of the year Party 12:00 – 1:00.  We will have a pizza/ice cream party!  If your child does not like pizza please send a lunch or have them buy lunch that day.

June 6th- Last Day of School!  Wear Red, White, and Blue! J



**Classroom Needs:  toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and glue sticks


Our Roadrunner of the Week is:  Jose Garcie-Herrera