Feb 5

Parents,

Our Bacteria shapes quiz didn’t go so well. I only had one student pass. Since it was an easy quiz, I sent home the practice quiz and gave it back graded and told the students to study over the weekend. This was an independent task that was not communicated to parents on purpose. My goal was to see how many would study ion their own. The quiz will come home graded and will need a parent signature, just so you can maybe have a discussion about the grade/studying. In high school, the teachers don’t typically email the parents about work.

As I work on helping the students become more independent, I am seeing students not responding even when answers are written on the board. They are not able to respond to basic questions.

Homework- This week students have vocabulary (easier words),spelling, and phonics. They have a packet in their binder. The day to complete each page is listed in the top right corner. For the phonics- Long Vowel words students should read the words aloud to a parent or older sibling EACH NIGHT. We are reviewing Long Vowel sounds (double vowels and bossy e) Double vowel- when two vowels go walking the first does the talking. Say the first vowel’s name. Bossy e- just bosses the other vowel to say his name. We are reviewing blends, vowels, and sight sounds. Bright= br * ight train= tr * ai * n. VOWELS ARE HARD for the kiddos. Spelling test on Friday.

READ 180 Universal NEWS

I hope all of you enjoyed your holiday and are ready for a new year. 

Students have homework today in their binder. Read the story that we read in class and support your child in answering the questions on the back. (Shadrack Boakye)

To let you know of some changes:
Two other teachers and I have been asked to Pilot a new READ 180 Universal program for the County. EXCITED!
What this means is that your child, my students, will be testing this new program for the county. In the past we had the READ 180 and System 44 Reading program that ran separately. Your child’s reading level determined the program they were in. Now the company has merged the programs and restructured/changed the content that was not necessarily appropriate for our students in the MID/AU classrooms. The content is much better.
So what does this all mean? Students will rotate in the classroom every 30 minutes- Computer time (either Read 180 or System 44), Independent Reading (with a para and Audio), Direct instruction with me. Some students will be on both computer programs, while others will focus on System 44 Phonics/spelling, reading. All students will get “Whole Group” instruction from the new READ180 Universal program, but the real differentiation comes during the computer time. I am sure this is a bit confusing, however I am excited for the structure and design.

I am hoping this challenges the students to “think” more independently.

Our new focus for 2018 is the READ 180 changes, Math- Money, Time, Real World skills, Writing- incorporated into READ180, Science- Bacteria and Viruses, and SS- Africa.

Students will be required to complete 20 minutes of computer time and speak to the program. If your child does not participate I will be emailing individually for support.

Happy New Year.

NEWS

Time is flying by so quickly. I can’t believe this year is almost half over. Yesterday’s lab was so much fun I hope the students shared what we did. We had 4 labs set up in different rooms. The students rotated to a S’mores, Snowflake, Elephant Toothpaste, and Mentos/Coke/Explosion lab. Students completed the lab and discussed the chemical and physical changes that occurred. In the Mentos and Firecracker Explosion lab, I was the only one near any of the “danger” The students all well behaved and had fun. Today we took the final GAA test for that unit-YAY!

Tomorrow, we will be crafting. Making ornaments for the tree/home.

Next week- Monday will be another academic day where we will be finagling our unit on Rational and Irrational Numbers. This will be our last GAA topic for 8th graders. 6-7th graders are completely finished with GAA. A BIG YAY!

Tuesday and Wednesday are early release 1:30. We will get more academics, crafting, and a movie in those days. Hopefully, our GAA portfolios will be completed and we can focus a lot on those basic skills, functional skills, life, skills etc.

When we come back in January our focus will be.
Reading- System 44 and various phonics based skills and other strategies for reading (individualized)
ELA- English based. Writing sentences
Math- Money, Addition, Subtraction, and more
Science- Plant Cells
Social Studies- Africa.

Thank you to all who have sent in donations/items for our labs/café/ and party. Don’t forget party items need to be in by Tuesday.

Shoparoo Fundraiser

Hassle-Free Fundraising – Turn your shopping receipts into donations for Lovinggood Middle School. It’s that simple.

Download the Shoparoo APP at https://shoparoo.com/index.html

Snap pictures of your receipts from any store, big or small, that primarily sell food, health or beauty items to earn Roo Points (cash donations) for Lovinggood Middle School. Whether you’re shopping at a supercenter, dollar store, or local convenience store – it doesn’t matter where you shop or what items you buy – Shoparoo will make a cash donation for every receipt!

Here are some examples of retailers which reward points:
Costco, Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Petco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ulta Beauty, Sephora, Kohls, Old Navy, Gap, H&M, Starbucks, McDonalds, Shell, Chevron, Best Buy, Staples, Home Depot & AT&T

Ratios Over now Rational & Irrational Numbers

We are beginning to work on understanding Rational and Irrational numbers. During this time 6-7th graders will work on learning the type of numbers- Counting, whole, natural, integers while 8th grade will focus on the Irrational numbers who can’t be found on a number line, who do not terminate, and who just do not make sense or are just a numeric concept like infinity.

November NEWS

Several field trips scheduled this month.
Nov 13 -Dahlonega. Students need to wear older tennis shoes as the mines will be muddy. Students will eat at the Smith House- they usually serve fried chicken, rice or mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, green beans, corns, fried okra, drinks, strawberry shortcake.
Students can bring money to make purchases at the square and at the mines. Girls should bring a purse to carry their own belongings. I will help with the money.

Nov. 15 Stars and Strikes / Stevi Bs. Students will play one round of bowling and have game time. Once at Stevi Bs, we will eat and play games if they have money. Students will be working on making their own purchases.

Please respond to the PSO email ASAP.

NEWS for Week of 10/16

Hello great parents,

• Thank you for returning the Dahlonega Field Trip forms and money. We are going to have such a great time. Children will be allowed to bring money on the trip so maybe they can do chores to earn a few dollars. Blame it on me!!
• FACS Class Laundry Form is due 10/26 All students must wash a load of clothes and help put away.
• FACS Class- Fabric/Tshirt is due 11/1. Pillow stuffing will be due at a later date, but you can send it in now. Students will be making a pillow.
• SPELLING TEST FRIDAY- Don’t forget students should be working on part 2 of their word list. Students will turn in the completed packet and 4 Menu activities on Fri. 10/20
• Café items are still needed. Thank you Mrs. Neely for the gift card.
• This week is Principal Appreciation, if you would like to send in a gift for Ms. Ford or Mr. Bailey we will make sure it gets to them. Ms. Ford like coffee and food/cooking items and Mr. Bailey has a baby on the way. 
• At the beginning of the year, students were not paying attention, but I am proud to say they all are improving and doing much better. This has been the best year in terms of student adjusting to middle school. So proud of everyone.
• Dahlonega Trip is Nov 13. Students must be picked up at 5:00
• Curriculum- Citing Text, Writing organized informational text with relevant facts, Scatter plots (Test Tomorrow) moving on to Ratios, Physical and Chemical changes, and Georgia Regions Study. GAA is underway and we have taken all the pretests…now we learn!