Remember: there is NO school tomorrow for students! Be sure to rest up and utilize that time to catch up on any school work!
Below is the Power Point for today's lesson. Students are at the beginning stages of developing their understanding of argumentative writing. Students will work on identifying whether a sentence is a claim or statement. Students will have independent practice that will count as an accuracy grade!
Today, I will finally reveal WHO DUNNIT?! However, before I reveal the big secret, we are going to review the notes on argumentative writing and apply our new understanding by writing an argumentative paragraph arguing who YOU think dunnit? I have attached an updated Power Point with the agenda, due dates, notes, and paragraph outline. If you are absent, please view the Power Point and complete the paragraph.
A big thanks to all of my wonderful students for being so understanding that I had to leave due to experiencing flu-like symptoms. I was able to see my doctor to see what was going on. I tested negative for the flu, so I am able to return back to work today! With that being said, the flu virus has been running ramped in our school building. Remember to keep sick children home and, if possible, provide a doctor's note so their absence can be an excused absence. Please keep reading to see what it is YOU can do help prevent the spread of the flu virus!
Students are finishing their test today. When finished, they are continuing practicing the skill of identifying text structure and author's purpose.
October 31st, 2018
Remember, you have a test today!
Students who are absent MUST schedule a time to come before or after school to make-up the test.
If a student earns below a 70, they can schedule a time before or after school to do a retake.
The retake will NOT be the same test, but will assess the same skills.
Students have 5 days after the test date to do a retake.
Today, students were suppose to turn in their interactive notebook with their complete GREEK/LATIN ROOT WORD homework for the past three weeks. Some students turned their notebook with completed work, others turned it in with no work completed, while others simply didn't turn anything in at all. I know most of you did in fact complete your homework, but simply did not turn in your notebook.
Students who did not complete/turn in their notebook with the three Greek/Latin root words complete received a ZERO/Missing in the gradebook.
This has significantly hurt some of your grades. Please turn in your completed work as soon as possible!
The last day to turn in your homework for credit is Monday, October 29th! After Monday, your grade for the assignment will not change.
Message from the Principal
As I wrote in one of our earlier newsletters this year, we have switched our grading policy to reflect 70% of a student’s grade as Formative Assessments which are classwork, homework, and some quizzes. 30% of the grade comes from summative assessments, which are major assessments and some quizzes. This a flip from last year which was 70% summative and 30% formative. Teachers felt that the process of learning (formative) should weigh more than one or two assessments (summatives).
I also wanted to let you know that during the first quarter, teachers did not give grades lower than a 50%. As you know, a failing grade ranges from 0 to 69, and if a student gets a really low grade, let’s say from 0 to 30, it can bring their overall grade down to a point that is unrecoverable. We did this during the first quarter to help our students, especially our 6th grade students, understand middle school grading and to make sure they were not at a point at the end of quarter 1 that they could not get a yearly passing average.
With that being said, from this quarter on, the grade the student makes will be entered into the final grade and not replaced with a 50%.
Students will know this, and we ask parents to remind them that whether they make a 30% or 42% on an assignment it will remain that grade. Teachers do give students chances to complete missing assignments and to retake assessments once remediation is completed. Students must follow the teacher’s guidelines for these since each teacher has different requirements for remediation.
Again, the best thing you can do is to monitor your child’s grades and to make sure they are turning their work in on time.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
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Students are continuing to practice skills that will be on the test on Monday!
Be sure to complete all Nearpods by Friday evening, If you need further study tools, scroll down and watch the YouTube videos and Power Points!
REMEMBER: Language Arts is a SKILLS based class. In order to improve on skills, you have to practice.
Practice, Practice, PRACTICE. :)