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I will only accept submissions from students during their class period time. If a student is absent, please email me to arrange for a time to make-up the test.
Students will have a test on CH 6-12 next week. Students will get a handout today with guiding questions to create a study guide to use to study with. This study guide will be for a grade.
I hope every is doing well on this rainy day. I just wanted to discuss and remind students about their two weekly homework grades that should be completed every week.
First, students have been working on Greek/Latin root words and prefixes since September. Almost every week they have received a handout with their new root/prefix/suffix homework to complete. Students are to choose two words from the list for each prefix to write definitions for. It is important that students learn Greek/latin roots as well as prefix and suffixes in order to help them with learning unknown words while reading. Students are receiving their new homework for next week today. Students have until next Friday to complete the homework. Attached is a picture of a poster that has all of the prefix homework and upcoming due dates for some.
Second, students are to complete all of their lessons on Student.ReadingPlus.com. This is a new program Griffin has rolled out this year for students to increase their reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. Students have been required to complete all of their lessons on ReadingPlus each week. The program automatically resets each Monday. Therefore, students cannot "go back" to complete the incomplete lessons.
However, if you have zeros for not completing your ReadingPlus homework, I have make-up opportunity for you. Please go to Commonlit.org and complete the assignments, "Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?" and "Should We Terraform Mars?" Please complete both assignments no later than Wednesday, April 24th. This will allow me time to grade any make-up work and have the new grade inputted before grades are due for Progress Reports.
Moving forward, there are only 4 1/2 short weeks left of this school year. Please end the year strong by staying on top of your work and turning work in on-time. Your teachers have done our best to prepare you for 8th grade. However, only YOU? can truly determine your own success.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me. If you do not get a response back from me within a day, do not hesitate to resend the email. A LOT of parent emails end up being sent to our "spam" folder. I try my best to check it daily so I do not miss any emails.
Please check-in with your student daily to see if they have any work or studying to complete. Most students have the mindset that once Milestones Testing is over that they are done. Our last day of school isn't until May 24th. Every day teachers are working to preview next year's standards with our students.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through all of this!
Have a great weekend!
Happy Monday! I hope all of you had a great weekend and are prepared to start Milestones testing on Wed/Thursday this week! Below is some VERY important information about testing. Please go over this information with your student BEFORE Wednesday. I have previously posted information about the GA Milestones Assessment. I have condensed the information into this blog post for you and your student. If you have questions, please email me before Wednesday so I can do my best to address any concerns or questions.
It is VITAL for your student to go to the following link, www.gaeperienceonline.com, PRIOR to Wednesday to get familiar with the online testing platform. Please sit down with your child and assist them as they get familiar with the platform.
Writing Responses on Milestones
7th graders will be tested in the areas of English Language Arts and Math. Please note the image above what each section consists of.
Students will be required to write constructed responses, extended constructed response, and an extended writing response.
So what does this mean?
Students have been practicing each type of writing response all school year. I am confident that they understand the requirement for each. Just as a friendly reminder for students and parents, please refer to the following for written responses.
There is NOT a length requirement outlined in the Milestones rubrics. However, the following is a great guideline for students to follow.
A typical one paragraph response that answers the writing prompt in it's entirety
Uses paragraph outlines - ex) R.A.C.E, MA'AM
Has text evidence (quotes) from the text
Has a conclusion or concluding statement
Does not use personal pronoun statements, ex) I believe... In my opinion
Extended Constructed Responses
Includes everything a constructed response has plus an additional 1-2 paragraphs
Answers the writing prompt in it's entirety
Has text evidence from BOTH articles
Has a conclusion or concluding statement
Extended Writing Responses
This is your traditional 5 paragraph essay!
It includes everything an extended constructed response has
If it is argumentative writing...
It is has a claim, evidence from both articles, explanation of evidence, a COUNTERCLAIM, and a concluding paragraph or concluding statement.
If it is a NARRATIVE writing prompt...
It included narrative elements such as characters, dialogue, setting, theme, figurative language, etc.
Above is a screenshot from the WWW.GAONLINEEXPERIENCE.COM of what a written response question will look like on the test. Please note the CHARACTER COUNT circled in red.
For each writing response box, there is a character count at the bottom for students to track how much they have written. As stated above, there is NOT a length requirement. However, this is a good guideline for students to keep track of their writing.
For this example, the character count is 2000.
Character Count is counting every letter, punctuation, and space.
2000 character count is approximately 300 words.
Which roughly equals out to be about two paragraphs if ALL 2000 characters are used.
Please remind your student to pay close attention to their character count and to review their work before submitting!
Examples of Rubrics
It is imperative that your student attend school on testing days. If your child is sick, please keep them home in order to recover. We will have testing make-ups for students who are out on the regular testing day. Please refer to the testing schedule below.
Today, students continued to practice identifying the different parts of sentence structure.
Students put together a study guide foldable to better prepare them for their test.
If you did not finish your notes, please go to SYNERGY to view them. The assignment is labeled
"Sentence Structure Foldable".
Click on the link below to go to the quiz.
You can only submit ONE quiz!
Quizzes will only be accepted during your class period time.
If you are ABSENT, please set-up a time to take the quiz during school hours.
Quizzes submitted outside of school hours will NOT be accepted, unless you have received permission from me to do so.
Today marks the first day of the LAST 9 weeks for this school year. It's amazing how time flies!
Students will take the Unit 4 PRE-TEST today! This test will show me what students know and skills that need to be reviewed. It is VERY important for students to try their absolute best as the data from this test is used to guide what we will be doing for the remainder of the year.
GRADES: Grades have been updated and posted again. I noticed an error in student scores on their Unit 3 Post-test. I have made the necessary corrections and have reposted their grade. Report cards will be sent electronically on Parent/StudentVUE on Friday!
Students who are ABSENT for ANY reason must get their makeup work and check the blog for any updates! It is the student's responsibility to makeup the work within the make-up work policy time frame and turn the assignment in.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
1. Login to StudentVUE to see what work you are missing
You can only make-up HOMEWORK for PARTIAL credit and SUMMATIVE assignments.
If it is a SUMMATIVE assignment, please follow the directions below.
Click here to access the alternate assessment to make-up ONE summative grade.
- Please note that the time you access the assessment is recorded and only assessments completed during Wednesday and Thursday will be accepted.
- The New York Times article can only be viewed for a limited time for free. Do not close the window with the article until you are certain that you are finished and have sufficient text evidence in your written response.