Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcome Back!

Christmas break has come and gone and it is already 2015! It's hard to believe that the school year is halfway over. As we begin this second semester, it is important that students continue working hard and come to school ready to learn. For students, this means coming prepared to class, completing classwork and homework and taking things home that they need to complete and return. For parents, this means making sure kids are getting at least 8 hours of sleep, eating breakfast either at home or at school, and asking students about their agenda, homework, notes to be signed, etc. I want to make sure that all of my students are well prepared for NJHS next year!

Parents, please be on the lookout for ClassDojo flyers that will go home the first week back from break. All sixth grade teachers will be using this website to track student behavior. If you have internet access or a smartphone, you can follow along and track your student's progress and communicate directly with their teachers. There is an app you can download for your phone that works great to track your student's progress in class. The kids love how they can earn points for positive behavior. SOAR tickets are given out at the end of each week for the total number of positive points they've earned. Please ask your child about ClassDojo!

In math, we will continue our work in algebra, working on equations and inequalities. We will soon be starting geometry as we continue to work toward teaching all standards before ISTEP begins in March. It will be here before you know it!

We will begin a new unit in science on Earth and space science that will teach students about our solar system. Students will be learning about the relationship between the sun, moon and Earth and how it makes life possible on Earth. We hope to once again have an astronomy night at school early this spring. Last year, we were able to get the Evansville Astronomy Club to bring a couple of high-powered telescopes to Delaware to view the stars and even some planets! We hope to do this once again this year, probably in March.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Hour of Code

Hour of Code logoStudents in my class will be participating in the Hour of Code this coming week. As part of the celebration of Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code is a week devoted to introducing students to the basics of computer programming. This basic introduction into coding is designed to get students excited about computer science while helping develop skills such as problem solving, logic and creativity. We will be spending some time each day during science class learning the basics of coding using a number of different websites listed below. You can learn more about the Hour of Code campaign and what we will be doing by visiting the Hour of Code website. Below are some of the websites and coding activities students will be doing in class this coming week.