In your child's backpack, there are 2 important items coming home today. The first is a class picture order for next week. Pictures will be on Feb. 17. Your child can bring in money for their last elementary class picture. Individual pictures will also be taken. These will be sent home and you can purchase the ones you wish. The other item is a repeat of the information for how to sign up for a parent account for powerschool. You will need to access this to view your child's middle school class selections.
We are working right along in class. I am very pleased with benchmark results. Most of the math test scores were even higher than I expected them to be! Yay! The reading benchmark is coming up Thursday and Friday of next week. I know that they can knock these out of the park as well!
In math, we have concluded our fraction unit. We are now studying variables. Thank you for reviewing vocabulary with your child. If they understand the basic vocabulary, it will be easier for them to apply their knowledge and write open sentences. A test on SOL 5.18 is tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday, Feb. 17. This may change due to the field trip on Monday.
In science we are finishing up the unit on cells and living systems. There will be a test on Friday. Next week we will finish up the unit on the Southeast region of the United States.
We have also begun novel studies in the classroom. Your child is reading one of the following novels: The One and Only Ivan, The City of Ember, Holes, or The Graveyard Book. I am excited to begin these books with the students. I have read all of them and they are some of my favorites. I'm excited to share them with your child.