Halfway finished with Q2

Hello parents, families and guardians,

Please be aware that students will not have school during the week of 11/20 – 11/24 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We are continuing to work through the Georgia Alternate Assessments. After the break, we will have about 3 1/2 weeks of school before the end of Q2! Time is flying by so it is very important that students focus harder than ever before.

 

Students should be bringing homework home on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The END (of 1st quarter) is near….

Hello parents and guardians,

We are getting very close to the end of the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. You should be expecting grade reports coming home in October as well as IEP progress reports. Conference week is also quickly approaching so please look for that information in your student’s communication notebooks.

Each and every night students should be showing you their communication notebook. I know that the note home is typically very similar but there is often at least one piece of information that is new and relevant to the next school day or week. This communication notebook also has each student’s morning work which includes the math, writing and vocabulary work that we complete on a daily basis.

REMINDER:

No school next week (September 25 – September 29) due to Fall Break

 

Have a safe and enjoyable break! I hope you will use this extra time with your student to practice reading, math and all of the wonderful skills that are needed for the rest of the school year!

 

Sincerely,

Brandon Lytle

As August ends, we look forward to GAA!

Good day!

August is already coming to an end and that means we have already completed four weeks of the 2017-2018 school year! Below you will several important announcements for this week. Please remember to always check your student’s daily journal. Within this journal you should find a note from me that also has announcements and sometimes can serve as a direct source of communication. Feel free to write notes in these journals if there is something coming up or something that I should know. Don’t forget that we have an early release date on Wednesday and that we do not have school on Labor Day (Monday, September, 4th).

 

Monday, Aug. 28

School Fundraiser Turn-In Day – Bring Forms and Money

Food Pantry Grand Opening, 9:30 – District and Cobb County Visitors Invited

 

Tuesday, Aug. 29

Fire Drill

Homework: Reading comprehension activity

 

Wednesday,  Aug. 30

Early Release Day: ALL STUDENTS RELEASED BY 1:30 PM

 

 

Thursday, Aug. 31

Homework: Math (Based on IEP goals and objectives)

 

Friday, Sept. 1

Floyd Spirit Wear Day

 

As always, if you have any questions or comments please contact me via email or phone.

 

Thank you,

Brandon Lytle

 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,

Welcome to Floyd Middle School and the beginning of a great year! My name is Brandon Lytle and I will be your student’s homeroom teacher and will provide services to your son/daughter for the majority of the school year. I am excited to be here and to work with your son/daughter. Within this initial newsletter I will provide you a brief description of myself, including some of my philosophy in regard to education.  I will also provide contact information and the process in which you can contact me.

To begin, I am starting my third at Floyd Middle School within the MID program. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and look forward to an exciting and challenging year. I plan on implementing a specific reading program that I am piloting. Students will have systematic instruction throughout the year based on their specific reading needs. I am excited to see their progress. This year Floyd Middle School continues to have a four quarter system of grading, so you should expect progress reports every quarter, or nine weeks. IEP progress reports may come at different times throughout the year. Please contact me if you have any questions.

I believe in a work environment that is based on positive reinforcement, meaning that students will be rewarded for showing positive behaviors. This is part of the reason that I chose to work on Floyd Middle School as opposed to other schools in the district, because there is already a positive behavior intervention supports system in place. I also am a firm believer in the creation of relationships as a major foundation in the educational system. If we, as educators, can work to build relationships with students then I believe they will learn at a far greater rate. I have a lot of hope for this next generation of students and I thoroughly believe that reading and writing skills are a foundation of success for each student. We will continuously work to build each of these skills along with other core subjects like science, math and social studies. My classroom will feature a monetary system in which students can earn classroom bucks that can be spent on rewards, treasure boxes or breaks.

You should have already received my contact information. If that is needed once again, feel free to contact via email or send a note with your student’s communication notebook. This communication notebook should be seen each evening. This is a way for me to communicate with you about the daily happenings here at Floyd and also to inform you about any upcoming events.

We are gifted to have a wonderful, caring paraprofessional within out classroom. Her name is Mrs. Greta and we have worked together for the past two years at Floyd Middle School. She has an extensive record of working in a variety of classroom models with a variety of students and is a wonderful asset to our classroom.

Again, I look forward to an exciting year and to working with each of your students. Please keep in touch throughout the year and I look forward to meeting each of you as we continue through the year.

Sincerely,

Brandon Lytle

GAA is complete and we begin the 4th quarter!

As you should already know, all students are completed with their GAA for the 2016-2017 school year. We are now focusing on instruction and attempting to incorporate as many different experiments and hands-on activities over the final 9 weeks of school.

 

Remember that Spring Break is coming up the first week of April. We also have several field days coming up in the months of April and May so be on the lookout for information in regard to each of these events.

You should be receiving a rating scale each night in relation to the day and your student. Please look for these and contact me if you have any questions about them. 

Welcome to 2017!

We begin a new year and a new semester! For half of our students this will be their last semester at Floyd Middle School. I’m sure as a parent, it has flown by, but I’m also sure the students are excited for high school next year.

We will be starting a new book to study during ELA titled The Red Badge of Courage. This book will be read aloud by a teacher and/or recording and students will be required to complete summaries to describe each chapter.

In math we will work on factoring, multiplication, division and evaluating graphs.

We have studied plants throughout the first semester and have several plants growing in our classroom right now. We will be using these plants to learn about cuttings and the different ways in which plants can populate.

Throughout these next two months we will be finishing the Georgia Alternate Assessments.

Additionally, we will start using our reading program again. The SIPPS program is designed to increase reading fluency, word recognition, vocabulary and ultimately reading comprehension.

Below are several resources that can be used at home to help your student with reading and math.

Readtheory.org

Schoolexpress.com

We use each of these websites on a regular basis during independent working sessions so your student should be familiar with each of them.

I look forward to seeing each of your students as they return and hope to have a wonderful semester!

 

***Our classroom is in need of tissues during this flu/cold season. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you and cheers to a new year!

-Mr. Lytle

December at FMS

We have hit the month of the December at Floyd Middle School and room 118 will be focusing mostly on Georgia Alternate Assessments as we approach the Winter Break.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Tuesday, December 6th – Band Concert (7-8 pm)

Thursday, December 8th — Family Math night at Floyd (6-8 pm)

Friday, December 9th — Staff v. Student basketball game during afternoon (Shortened class periods throughout the day)

Tuesday, December 13th — Winter Choir Concert (6th grade) 7 pm

Thursday, December 15th – Winter Choir Concert (7th/8th grade) 7 pm

Wednesday, December 21st — Last day before Winter Break

Week of 09/06 – 09/09

Hello Families and Friends,

I will not be at school Tuesday or Wednesday due to the death of a very close friend. Students will have plenty to work on but please remind them that they should be on their absolute best behavior.

Students will have homework on Thursday night. It will consist of a short reading assignment and then a short math assignment specific to each student’s abilities.

Progress reports will be sent home on Sept. 16th in relation to each student’s IEP goals. Please be on the lookout for these as they come home with your student.

Have a nice week,

Mr. Lytle

Week of 8/22 – 8/26

Hello Families and Friends,

Students will begin their reading program this week. We are using a very specialized program that I am lucky to pilot within my program. This program focuses on phonological awareness, phonics, and sight words. While working on these skills, students are also working on building comprehension and vocabulary development. We will continue to focus on Energy in science and the Middle East in social studies. In Math we are working hard on multiplication and real-world word problems. This has not been easy but students are working very hard!

There will be a reading homework assignment on Tuesday evening.

There will be a math homework assignment on Thursday evening.

Mr. Lytle has a training on Wednesday morning so please remind students that they should be on their absolute best behavior for the substitute teacher.

 

This week we started our reading program. All students are beginning a lesson based on their current reading level and should progress as the year continues.

Grades from work completed the previous three weeks will be posted by the end of this week, thank you for your patience.

Have a nice week!

Sincerely,

Mr. Lytle

Week of 8/15 – 8/19

Hello families and friends of Room 118,

Listed below you can find the topics that we will be studying this week. You can also find important information in regard to this week as well. Students will have a reading HW assignment on Tuesday evening and then a math HW assignment on Thursday evening. Each of these assignments should be completed with the least amount of assistance as possible, and will be due the following day. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Studying this week:

ELA: Writing complete sentences/Interpreting words within a text/Analyzing specific word choices

Math: Solving real-world word problems/identifying key information within a word problem/multiplication and division

Science: Energy-> Sources of energy/how energy is used/how it is conserved and the need for energy

Social Studies: Regions of Georgia/Regions of Southwest Asia(Middle East)/Regions of the Caribbean

Important events this week:

Monday: Curriculum/Open House at Floyd Middle School 6:00 – 7:30 pm