Extra Credit Opportunity

Greetings Parents,

Let me start off by saying THANK YOU for taking the time out to conference with me last week. It was a pleasure meeting with each of you and I am excited for what’s to come! Moving forward into this next quarter, it would be great to keep the learning going with a little Halloween fun. Luckily, we are now approaching a time period in history that includes a number of great inventors and leaders that changed life in America. So on Tuesday, October 31st, your child is invited to celebrate the holiday by selecting a name below and creating their own fun costume to represent that person’s importance in history. In addition to dressing up, they must be prepared to give a brief (30sec-1min) description of why they choose that person and their significance/impact on life today. As this is not a graded requirement, every student is only encouraged to partake in the fun, but their participation will serve as an opportunity to gain a few extra credit points prior to the next progress report. Below are a few names that your child can choose from. I look forward to seeing some creative historic costumes.

Nat Love

William Pickett

Booker T. Washington

Orville Wright

Wilbur Wright

George Washington Carver

Alexander Graham Bell

Thomas Edison

William McKinley

Theodore Roosevelt

W.E.B. Du Bois

Samuel Morse

Chief Joseph

Elijah McCoy

Andrew Carnegie

John D. Rockefeller

Lewis Latimer

Herbert Hoover

Louis Armstrong

Langston Hughes

Joan Crawford

Babe Ruth

Helen Wills Moody

Jack Dempsey

Duke Ellington

Margret Mitchell

Scott Fitzgerald

Zora Neale Hurston

Charles Lindbergh

Amelia Earhart

Bessie Coleman

Jesse Owens

Franklin D. Roosevelt

2nd Quarter Social Standards

SS5H3: The student will describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.

Describe the role of the cattle trails in the late 19th century; include the Black Cowboys of Texas, the Great Western Cattle Trail, and the Chisholm Trail.

Describe the impact on American life of the Wright brothers (flight), George Washington Carver (science), Alexander Graham Bell (communication), and Thomas Edison (electricity).

Explain how William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt expanded America’s role in the world; include the Spanish-American War and the building of the Panama Canal.

Describe the reasons people emigrated to the United States, from where they emigrated, and where they settled.Describe the impact of westward expansion on Native Americans; include the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the relocation of Native Americans to reservations.

turn-of-the-century (PPT used in class)

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SS5H4: The student will describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.

Explain how German attacks on U.S. shipping during the war in Europe (1914-1917) ultimately led the U.S. to join the fight against Germany; include the sinking of the Lusitania and concerns over safety of U.S. ships, U.S. contributions to the war, and the impact of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

Describe the cultural developments and individual contributions in the 1920s of the Jazz Age (Louis Armstrong), the Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes), baseball (Babe Ruth), the automobile (Henry Ford), and the airplane (Charles Lindbergh).

SS5H5: The student will explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans.

Discuss the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, the Dust Bowl, and soup kitchens.

Analyze the main features of the New Deal; include the significance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Works Progress Administration, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Discuss important cultural elements of the 1930s; include Duke Ellington, Margaret Mitchell, and Jesse Owens.

IOWA Testing!

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Greetings Parents! Hope you all were safe and able to somewhat enjoy our little extended weekend! ? As you know, tomorrow we will begin taking the IOWA Test of Basic Skills. This is a standardized achievement test that assess each student’s grade-level performance in the academic areas of Reading, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. In preparation for the test, students will only have homework online for the next few days. The link below includes practice tests and concepts that are related to what your child will see on the IOWA assessment. Please take a little time every evening to work with them on the various practice tests. Thanks for all you do.  ???

IOWA Practice Questions

Also, we are in great need of volunteers for Great Skate coming up this Sunday Sept. 17th from 11am-2pm. If any of you are able to help out, please sign up here and feel free to pass along to any parents you know may be interested.




Reading:  We will continue reading  The Boxcar Children for our book study:   We’ll use this literature to identify the main idea and  to help with comprehension.  We’ll begin guided reading book groups soon.  Book club grouping is based on reading assessments. Each student will receive a book at their independent reading level.  All reading assignments are assigned in class and will not be homework.


Solar Eclipse Update

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In regards to the Solar Eclipse Day, the District has made a determination that any student that is absent on Monday, August 21 will be excused with a note from the parent/guardian. In order for the student to be counted as present for that day, they must be in school until 11:15 a.m. Also, for those who were unable to make open house last week or are interested in volunteering for Back to Football Friday, just click on the respective links below!

Open House Prezi:


Back to Football Friday:


Week of August 8-12 (Open House) Thursday, August 11th 6:30

Shared Instruction – Your child will see each of us every day.  Please see teacher blogs for specific information for subject areas.

Mrs. Sarpy teaches math (daily).   Mrs. Ladd teaches science (daily). Ms. Burney Social Studies (daily).  Mrs. Curley teaches ELA (English language arts) including reading, writing & grammar.

Homework: Spelling Sort 1 – Monday- Define spelling words

Reading: “Bunnicula” Summarizing

Staying Connected

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Weekly Papers:  On Thursday’s your child will bring home graded papers in a red folder.  In addition to having this folder, each student will have an agenda that will be used on a daily basis for the students to write down his/her homework.

Homework:  You can expect your child to have daily homework.  Homework will be written in your child’s agenda each day and also posted on my blog.  Please review the agenda nightly to check for any notes.