Week of February 12, 2018

Parents/Guardians of rising 9th graders (Walton Class of 2022) are invited to attend Walton High School’s Rising 9th Grade Information Night on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. In order to make the best use of time and to provide the most informative, curriculum based presentation, we are hosting two identical presentations that evening.

Parents of students with last name A-L will meet in the Walton Theater at 6pm. After the curriculum presentation, these parents will have the option of going to the Information Center, where Walton’s academic department chairs and counselors will be available for questions from 6:45-7:30pm.

Parents of students with last name M-Z will meet in the Walton Theater at 7pm. After the curriculum presentation, these parents will have the option of going to the Information Center where Walton’s academic department chairs and counselors will be available for questions from 7:45-8:30pm.

Where: Walton Theater

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2 Identical Parent/Guardian Sessions by last name:

Last name A-L, 6pm

Last name M-Z, 7pm

3rd period- 6th grade reading Please refer to Ms. Sanacore’s blog.

4th period-7th grade Social Studies  Please refer to Mr. Sanchez’s blog.

5th period-6th grade Reading  Please refer to Ms. Bijit’s blog We will have a test on Monday.  Please see Ms. Bijit’s blog for the link to review.  

6th period-6th grade Reading

We are finishing  the novel Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson.  

We will be covering the following standards with this novel:

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

The following are the due dates for paw prints for third quarter:

March 2nd

March 16th

Monday-We will read Chapter 12 and the Epilogue.  We will use the ICUP reading strategy and focus on making inferences.    It stands for  (I – Make an Inference, C – Make a Connection, U – Check for Understanding, P – Make a Prediction)

Tuesday-We will create a pictorial timeline to summarize the 12 day manhunt.  Each day should have a picture to represent events along with a brief written explanation.

Wednesday-We will finish our pictorial timelines of the manhunt.  We will work on our Chasing Lincoln’s Killer Choice Assignments.  You will pick one of the following assignments:

1. make trading cards for  4 or more  historical figures involved in assassination of Lincoln

2.  Create a poster that lays out the novel in terms of the Stages of Plot (Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution)

Thursday-We will continue to work on Chasing Lincoln’s Killer choice assignments.

You will pick one of the following assignments:

1. Make trading cards for  4 or more  historical figures involved in assassination of Lincoln

2.  Create a poster that lays out the novel in terms of the Stages of Plot (Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution)

Friday-We will review primary and secondary sources.  We will be doing a web quest to review Lincoln’s assassination.

7th period-8th grade reading

We are reading nonfiction articles relating to the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen.

We will cover these standards this week:

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text

Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text

Monday-We will read Chapter 12 of Touching Spirit Bear.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy. The Language Focus Sheet: Point of View Sheet  Touching Spirit Bear is due this Wednesday and it counts as a homework grade.  There will be a vocabulary quiz over chapters 11-13 this Thursday.  Please use the attachment to study.  voc chapter 11-13-2cie6jy

Tuesday- We will read Chapter 13 of Touching Spirit Bear.  We will focus on summarizing, making connections, and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  There will be a vocabulary quiz over chapters 11-13 this Thursday.  Please use the attachment to study.  voc chapter 11-13-2cie6jy

Wednesday-The Language Focus Sheet:Point of View Sheet Touching Spirit Bear is due today.  We will have a comprehension check over chapters 11-13.   We will be discussing denotation and connotation meanings of words.   We will read Chapter 14 of Touching Spirit Bear ,and work on our summary charts.  There will be a vocabulary quiz over chapters 11-13 this Thursday.  Please use the attachment to study.  voc chapter 11-13-2cie6jy

Thursday- You have a vocabulary quiz over chapters 11-13 today.  We will work on character development and  summarizing.  We will be reading Chapter 15 of Touching Spirit Bear.

Friday- We will go to the media center to return and check out books.  We will read chapter 16 of Touching Spirit Bear and work on your summary charts.  We will discuss the types of conflicts.   You will start working on Cole’s Conflict T-Shirt project.

The project must include the following:

Cole’s head with pictures of at least 3 conflicts he had experienced throughout the book (Internal and External).

The back of the t-shirt must include:

A quote that represents Cole Matthews.

It could be:

Something Cole says.

A quote that is about Cole.

Something that is said to Cole.

The collar of the t-shirt must include:

The author’s name (front)

The character’s name (back)

The edges of the t-shirt must include:

The title of the book.

 

Week of February 5, 2018

Current report cards are online via PVUE.  See the  progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.

3rd period- 6th grade reading Please refer to Ms. Sanacore’s blog.

4th period-7th grade Social Studies  Please refer to Mr. Sanchez’s blog.

5th period-6th grade Reading  Please refer to Ms. Bijit’s blog

6th period-6th grade Reading

We are reading the novel Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson.  

We will be covering the following standards with this novel:

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

The following are the due dates for paw prints for third quarter:

March 2nd

March 16th

Monday-The students will read an  article “Could Modern Medicine Have Saved Lincoln?” and then compare/contrast the medical treatment Lincoln received in 1865 with the treatment he would have received today.  Read Chapter 8 of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.  The students will continue to work on their wanted posters.  They will have a comprehension check over chapter 8.

Tuesday- We will read Chapters 9 and 10.  The comprehension focus will be vocabulary and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  We will finish our wanted posters.

Wednesday- We will read half of Chapter 11.  We will be working on vocabulary, answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy, and writing summaries.

Thursday- We will finish reading Chapter 11.  We will continue working on writing summaries.  They will have a comprehension check over chapter 11.

Friday- We will read Chapter 12 and the Epilogue.  We will use the ICUP reading strategy and focus on making inferences.    It stands for  (I – Make an Inference, C – Make a Connection, U – Check for Understanding, P – Make a Prediction)

7th period-8th grade reading

We are reading nonfiction articles relating to the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen.

We will cover these standards this week:

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text

Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text

Monday- We will read chapter 10 of Spirit Bear.   The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  Cole’s journal is due next Wednesday, February 7th.  Please see attachment for directions.  Cole’s journal-1m82jg7  Please study for your vocabulary quiz this Thursday.  See attachment for word list.  voc chapters 7-10-s24ttl

Tuesday- We will read chapter 11 of Spirit Bear.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  Cole’s journal is due next Wednesday, February 7th.  Please see attachment for directions. Cole’s journal-1m82jg7  Please study for your vocabulary quiz this Thursday.  See attachment for word list.   voc chapters 7-10-s24ttl You will have a comprehension check over chapters 7-10.  

Wednesday-We will read chapter 12 of Spirit Bear.  We will work on point of view, summarizing, and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  Cole’s journal is due next Wednesday, February 7th.  Please see attachment for directions. Cole’s journal-1m82jg7 Please study for your vocabulary quiz this Thursday.  See attachment for word list.  voc chapters 7-10-s24ttl

Thursday-You will have a vocabulary quiz over chapters 7-10.  We will read chapter 13 of Spirit Bear.  We will work on summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Friday-We will read chapter 14 of Spirit Bear.  We will focus on denotation/connotation meaning of words.  We will have a comprehension check over chapters 11-13.

 

 

 

Week of January 29, 2018

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS:

Current report cards are online via PVUE.  See the  progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.

3rd period- 6th grade reading Please refer to Ms. Sanacore’s blog.

4th period-7th grade Social Studies  Please refer to Mr. Sanchez’s blog.

5th period-6th grade Reading  Please refer to Ms. Bijit’s blog

6th period-6th grade Reading

We are reading the novel Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson.  

We will be covering the following standards with this novel:

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

The following are the due dates for paw prints for third quarter:

January 25th or 29th

March 2nd

March 16th

Monday- We will read Chapter 5 of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.   The comprehension focus will be vocabulary and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Tuesday-We will finish reading Chapter 6 of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. The students will have a comprehension quiz over chapters 5 and 6.   The students will analyze some of the primary sources (play bill, newspaper, and wanted poster) from Chapters 1-2.  They will focus on answering these following questions about the artifacts: Why do you think these documents were written or created?, What evidence in the documents helps you know why they were written?, Are there any opinions of the time evident in these documents?, and Why are these documents important to our understanding of the time period?.

Wednesday-We will read chapter 7 of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.  The comprehension focus will be vocabulary and visualization.  We will start to work on our wanted posters.

Wanted Posters- Choose one of the conspirators:  John Wilkes Booth, Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt, Mary Surratt, or David Herold.

Create a Wanted Poster for your chosen person.  Posters should include the following:

  • A physical description.   Height, weight, gender, hair & eye colors, clothing, etc.
  • Crime – What is the character wanted for?
  • Evidence from the text that links this person to the crime.
  • Where the conspirator was last seen or where he/she might be hiding.
  • Any known associates.
  • Other important information. Special skills, occupation, etc.

Thursday- The students will read an  article “Could Modern Medicine Have Saved Lincoln?” and then compare/contrast the medical treatment Lincoln received in 1865 with the treatment he would have received today.  Read Chapter 8 of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.  The students will continue to work on their wanted posters.

Wanted Posters- Choose one of the conspirators:  John Wilkes Booth, Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt, Mary Surratt, or David Herold.

Create a Wanted Poster for your chosen person.  Posters should include the following:

  • A physical description.   Height, weight, gender, hair & eye colors, clothing, etc.
  • Crime – What is the character wanted for?
  • Evidence from the text that links this person to the crime.
  • Where the conspirator was last seen or where he/she might be hiding.
  • Any known associates.
  • Other important information. Special skills, occupation, etc.

Friday-We will read Chapter 9 of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. The students will have a comprehension quiz over chapters 7-9.   The comprehension focus will be answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  We will finish our wanted posters.

7th period-8th grade reading

We are reading nonfiction articles relating to the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen.

We will cover these standards this week:

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text

Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text

Monday- We will read Chapter 5 of Touching Spirit Bear.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Tuesday-We will read Chapter 6 of Touching Spirit Bear.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  HOMEWORK: Read Dealing with Anger and do questions 1-10.  Cole’s journal is due next Wednesday, February 7th.  Please see attachment for directions.  Cole’s journal-1m82jg7

Wednesday-We will have a comprehension quiz over chapters 4-6 today.  We will read Chapter 7 of Touching Spirit Bear.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy. Cole’s journal is due next Wednesday, February 5th.  Please see attachment for directions.  Cole’s journal-1m82jg7

Thursday-We will read Chapter 8 of Touching Spirit Bear. The students will work on Cole’s journal in class.  Cole’s journal is due next Wednesday, February 7th.  Please see attachment for directions.  Cole’s journal-1m82jg7

Friday-We will have a comprehension quiz over chapters 4-6 today.  We will read Chapter 9 of Touching Spirit Bear.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  We will work on Cole’s journal in class.  Cole’s journal is due next Wednesday, February 7th.  Please see attachment for directions. Cole’s journal-1m82jg7

 

 

 

Week of January 22, 2018

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS:

Current report cards are online via PVUE.  See the  progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.

8th grade parents:

As you are aware, this past fall your 8th grader was administered the PSAT 8/9 exam.  This two-hour exam, sponsored by the College Board, is a middle school assessment that is aligned with the PSAT and the SAT.  The purpose of PSAT 8/9 is to give middle schools and high schools, as well as students and parents, insight about your student’s academic progress. It also provides feedback on skills where your student excels and areas that may need improvement in order to get your student on the right path for successful post high school experiences.

The PSAT 8/9 exam is broken down into three sections: Critical Reading, Writing Skills, and Mathematics.   Our school has received the results, which we are sending home with the students today.  More information about the program can be found online at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/inside-the-test.  I encourage you to visit this site to assist you in understanding the benefits of this test.  In summary, you can look at your student’s scores with these concepts in mind; the PSAT 8/9 is designed to work with PSAT/NMSQT and SAT:

  1. Measures a progression of skills
  2. Supports skill interventions from middle school through high school
  3. Reports results in a consistent content and format
  4. Assesses the same content areas: reading, writing and mathematics
  5. Assesses the same skill categories at a grade-appropriate level
  6. Aligns to Common Core, state standards and NAEP standards
  7. Provides a progression of benchmarks at each level

If your student’s score is not what you would like it to be, remember this is a test that was administered to 8th graders.  Many times 8th graders do not take testing as thoughtfully as we would like them to.   If this is the case, this may be a great time to discuss the importance of taking tests seriously so that scores, as much as possible, reflect students’ true ability.   If this is not the case, this is a great time to remind students that practicing all subjects is important.  Many students practice his/her favorite subjects, but avoid more difficult ones, consequently not increasing his/her ability in that subject.   The good news is that PSAT 8/9 lets us know what a student needs to work on before taking the SAT for college placement.

If you have additional questions please feel free to contact either the guidance counselors, the 8th grade administrator Sandra Alford @ [email protected]  or me.  We look forward to the results of this joint venture and how it can help your students prepare for college.

Sincerely,

Dr. Carole Brink

Principal

Dickerson Middle School

3rd period- 6th grade reading Please refer to Ms. Sanacore’s blog.

4th period-7th grade Social Studies  Please refer to Mr. Sanchez’s blog.

5th period-6th grade Reading  Please refer to Ms. Bijit’s blog

6th period-6th grade Reading

We are reading the novel Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson.  

We will be covering the following standards with this novel:

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

The following are the due dates for paw prints for third quarter:

January 25th

March 2nd

March 16th

Monday- We will read Chapter 3 of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.   We will do a compare and contrast activity with political cartoons and illustrations of the assassination.  The students will use the description from the novel to determine what is wrong with each cartoon or illustration.

Tuesday- We will read Chapter 4 of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.  The comprehension focus will be vocabulary and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Wednesday-We will read Chapter 5 of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.  The students will analyze some of the primary sources (play bill, newspaper, and wanted poster) from Chapters 1-2.  They will focus on answering these following questions about the artifacts: Why do you think these documents were written or created?, What evidence in the documents helps you know why they were written?, Are there any opinions of the time evident in these documents?, and Why are these documents important to our understanding of the time period?.

Thursday-We will read Chapter 6 of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.  Then students will brainstorm for their wanted posters.

Friday- We will go to the library to return and check out books.  We will have a comprehension check over chapters 1-5.  The students will continue to work on their wanted posters.

7th period-8th grade reading

We are reading nonfiction articles relating to the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen.

We will cover these standards this week:

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text

Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text

Monday- We will read Chapter 3 of Touching Spirit Bear.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy. Homework for tonight is READ article: The Tlingit People of Alaska and Canada and Circle Justice and answer questions 1-6.  You will have a vocabulary quiz over chapters 4-6 this Friday.  Please study the attachment and be able to use the words in sentences.   voc Chapters 4-6-wnq0p5

Tuesday-The comprehension focus will be figurative language using chapters 1-3.  You will have a vocabulary quiz over chapters 4-6 this Friday.  Please study the attachment and be able to use the words in sentences.  voc Chapters 4-6-wnq0p5

Wednesday-We will read Chapter 4 of Touching Spirit Bear.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  You will have a vocabulary quiz over chapters 4-6 this Friday.  Please study the attachment and be able to use the words in sentences. voc Chapters 4-6-wnq0p5

Thursday-We will have a comprehension check over chapters 1-3.  We will read Chapter 5 of Touching Spirit Bear.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy. You will have a vocabulary quiz over chapters 4-6 this Friday.  Please study the attachment and be able to use the words in sentences. voc Chapters 4-6-wnq0p5

Friday-We will go to the library to check out and return books.  We will read Chapter 6 of Touching Spirit Bear.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy. You will have a vocabulary quiz over chapters 4-6 this Friday.  Please study the attachment and be able to use the words in sentences. voc Chapters 4-6-wnq0p5

January 15, 2018

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS:

Current report cards are online via PVUE.  See the                   progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.

With a second day off, it’s a great time to wash jackets, backpacks, hats, gloves, shoes, etc. You can also wipe down lunch boxes, binders, etc. w/ cleaning wipes. Help us fight illnesses at schools such as colds & the flu! ❄️ 😷

 

8th grade parents:

As you are aware, this past fall your 8th grader was administered the PSAT 8/9 exam.  This two-hour exam, sponsored by the College Board, is a middle school assessment that is aligned with the PSAT and the SAT.  The purpose of PSAT 8/9 is to give middle schools and high schools, as well as students and parents, insight about your student’s academic progress. It also provides feedback on skills where your student excels and areas that may need improvement in order to get your student on the right path for successful post high school experiences.

The PSAT 8/9 exam is broken down into three sections: Critical Reading, Writing Skills, and Mathematics.   Our school has received the results, which we are sending home with the students today.  More information about the program can be found online at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/inside-the-test.  I encourage you to visit this site to assist you in understanding the benefits of this test.  In summary, you can look at your student’s scores with these concepts in mind; the PSAT 8/9 is designed to work with PSAT/NMSQT and SAT:

  1. Measures a progression of skills
  2. Supports skill interventions from middle school through high school
  3. Reports results in a consistent content and format
  4. Assesses the same content areas: reading, writing and mathematics
  5. Assesses the same skill categories at a grade-appropriate level
  6. Aligns to Common Core, state standards and NAEP standards
  7. Provides a progression of benchmarks at each level

If your student’s score is not what you would like it to be, remember this is a test that was administered to 8th graders.  Many times 8th graders do not take testing as thoughtfully as we would like them to.   If this is the case, this may be a great time to discuss the importance of taking tests seriously so that scores, as much as possible, reflect students’ true ability.   If this is not the case, this is a great time to remind students that practicing all subjects is important.  Many students practice his/her favorite subjects, but avoid more difficult ones, consequently not increasing his/her ability in that subject.   The good news is that PSAT 8/9 lets us know what a student needs to work on before taking the SAT for college placement.

If you have additional questions please feel free to contact either the guidance counselors, the 8th grade administrator Sandra Alford @ [email protected]  or me.  We look forward to the results of this joint venture and how it can help your students prepare for college.

Sincerely,

Dr. Carole Brink

Principal

Dickerson Middle School

3rd period- 6th grade reading Please refer to Ms. Sanacore’s blog.

4th period-7th grade Social Studies  Please refer to Mr. Sanchez’s blog.

5th period-6th grade Reading  Please refer to Ms. Bijit’s blog

6th period-6th grade Reading

We are reading the novel Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson.  

We will be covering the following standards with this novel:

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

The following are the due dates for paw prints for third quarter:

January 25th

March 2nd

March 16th

Monday- no school student/teacher holiday

Tuesday- We will read Chapter 2 of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.  The comprehension focus will be identifying cause and effect relationships, and determining the importance of those events to the novel’s plot and characters.

Wednesday- no school

Thursday-no school

Friday- We will have a comprehension check over chapters 1-3.  We will read Chapter 3 of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.  The comprehension focus will be vocabulary and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

7th period-8th grade reading

We are reading nonfiction articles relating to the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen.

We will cover these standards this week:

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text

Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text

Monday- no school student/teacher holiday

Tuesday-We read Chapter 2 of Touching Spirit Bear.   The comprehension focus was summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Wednesday- no school

Thursday-no school

Friday- We will have a vocabulary quiz over the words for chapters 4-6.  Please be able to use the words in sentences.  Please use the attachment to study. voc Chapters 4-6-wnq0p5   We will read Chapter 3 and finish up writing summaries and answering comprehension questions.

Week of January 8, 2018

8th grade parents:

As you are aware, this past fall your 8th grader was administered the PSAT 8/9 exam.  This two-hour exam, sponsored by the College Board, is a middle school assessment that is aligned with the PSAT and the SAT.  The purpose of PSAT 8/9 is to give middle schools and high schools, as well as students and parents, insight about your student’s academic progress. It also provides feedback on skills where your student excels and areas that may need improvement in order to get your student on the right path for successful post high school experiences.

The PSAT 8/9 exam is broken down into three sections: Critical Reading, Writing Skills, and Mathematics.   Our school has received the results, which we are sending home with the students today.  More information about the program can be found online at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/inside-the-test.  I encourage you to visit this site to assist you in understanding the benefits of this test.  In summary, you can look at your student’s scores with these concepts in mind; the PSAT 8/9 is designed to work with PSAT/NMSQT and SAT:

  1. Measures a progression of skills
  2. Supports skill interventions from middle school through high school
  3. Reports results in a consistent content and format
  4. Assesses the same content areas: reading, writing and mathematics
  5. Assesses the same skill categories at a grade-appropriate level
  6. Aligns to Common Core, state standards and NAEP standards
  7. Provides a progression of benchmarks at each level

If your student’s score is not what you would like it to be, remember this is a test that was administered to 8th graders.  Many times 8th graders do not take testing as thoughtfully as we would like them to.   If this is the case, this may be a great time to discuss the importance of taking tests seriously so that scores, as much as possible, reflect students’ true ability.   If this is not the case, this is a great time to remind students that practicing all subjects is important.  Many students practice his/her favorite subjects, but avoid more difficult ones, consequently not increasing his/her ability in that subject.   The good news is that PSAT 8/9 lets us know what a student needs to work on before taking the SAT for college placement.

If you have additional questions please feel free to contact either the guidance counselors, the 8th grade administrator Sandra Alford @ [email protected]  or me.  We look forward to the results of this joint venture and how it can help your students prepare for college.

Sincerely,

Dr. Carole Brink

Principal

Dickerson Middle School

 

3rd period- 6th grade reading Please refer to Ms. Sanacore’s blog.

4th period-7th grade Social Studies  Please refer to Mr. Sanchez’s blog.

5th period-6th grade Reading  Please refer to Ms. Bijit’s blog

6th period-6th grade Reading

We are reading the novel Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson.  

The following are the due dates for paw prints for third quarter:

January 25th

March 2nd

March 16th

Monday- We will read the prologue.  The comprehension focus will be visualizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Tuesday- We will read Chapter 1.  The comprehension focus will be answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Wednesday-We will read Chapter 2.  We will do a gallery work and analyze pictures of the assassination.

Thursday-We will read Chapter 3.  The comprehension focus will be visualizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Friday-We will do a web quest about the Ford’s Theater.

7th period-8th grade reading

We are reading nonfiction articles relating to the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen.

We will cover these standards this week:

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text

Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text

Monday- We will read Chapter 1 of the novel.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.    Reminder: You will have a vocabulary quiz on Friday over the words for chapters 1-2.  Please see attached list for words.  Words for Vocabulary Quiz this Thursday Jan-1r1yffg

Tuesday-We will read an article about the The Tlingit People of Alaska and Canada and Circle Justice.  We will read Chapter 2 of the novel.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  The students will need to read the article Alaska’s History, Climate, and Geography for homework and do questions 1-4.  Review words for vocabulary quiz on Friday.  Please see attached list for words.   Words for Vocabulary Quiz this Thursday Jan-1r1yffg

Wednesday-We will finish Chapter 1 of the novel.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  Review words for vocabulary quiz on Friday. Please see attached list for words. Words for Vocabulary Quiz this Thursday Jan-1r1yffg

Thursday- We will read Chapter 2 of the novel.  Please review vocabulary words for quiz tomorrow.  Words for Vocabulary Quiz this Thursday Jan-1r1yffg

Friday-  The vocabulary quiz will be today for chapters 1 and 2.  Please review the words for the quiz.  See attachment for list. Words for Vocabulary Quiz this Thursday Jan-1r1yffg  We will finish reading Chapter 2 of the novel.  The comprehension focus will be summarizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy for chapters 1 and 2.

 

 

Week of January 4, 2018

Welcome Back!

3rd period- 6th grade reading Please refer to Ms. Sanacore’s blog.

4th period-7th grade Social Studies  Please refer to Mr. Sanchez’s blog.

5th period-6th grade Reading  Please refer to Ms. Bijit’s blog

6th period-6th grade Reading

We will start a new novel next week.  Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

We are covering the following standards:

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced,
illustrated, and elaborated in a text

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as
well as inferences drawn from the text

Thursday- We will read a nonfiction article on the assassination of Kennedy.  We will work on  vocabulary and citing textual evidence.

Friday-We will reread the article the article and work on writing summaries.  We will also have a quiz over the article.  Please make sure you bring your library books.

7th period-8th grade reading

We are reading nonfiction articles relating to the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen.

We will cover these standards this week:

Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text

Thursday- We went over the pre-assignments.  Please see attachment for the assignments. pre reading assignments-1v0kfjo The assignment is due on January 19th.  The students are only to pick one assignment.  Please read Realistic Fiction handout for homework.  Please make sure you bring your library books.

Friday- We will read about the The History of the Juvenile Court System and then use the RACE strategy to answer comprehension questions. Please make sure you bring your library books.

 

 

 

Week of December 11, 2017

1st period (8th grade )

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text

Analyze how lines of dialogue or incidents in a story propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision

We are reading Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.

Monday-We will read chapters 35 and 36.  We will focus on making inferences using quotes from the text.  We will  answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  We will go over words on list 7.  list 7-22jnigg

Tuesday-We will read chapter 37.  We will answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  Please use the attachment to review the words for list 7.  list 7-22jnigg   We will have a test over the words on Thursday.

Wednesday-We will read chapter 38.  The comprehension focus will be identifying cause and effect relationships, and determining the importance of those events to the novel’s plot and characters.  We will answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  Please use the attachment to review the words for list 7.  list 7-22jnigg  We will have a test over the words on Thursday.

Thursday- We will have a test over list 7 today. list 7-22jnigg  We will read chapters 39  and 40 .  The comprehension focus will be visualizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Friday- We will go to the library to return and check out books.  We will start to work on our choice boards for the novel.

2nd period (6th grade)

We are reading Rules by Cynthia Lord.

These are the standards we are covering:

RL.6.1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RL.6.5. Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, or scene fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

These are the due dates for second quarter:

December 19th

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Paw Print – Fiction-2503m73

Monday- We will read pages 76-98.  We will answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Tuesday-We will read pages 98-144.  We will answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Wednesday-We will have a quiz over chapters 10-15.  We will read pages 145-166.  We will answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Thursday-We will read pages 167-186.  We will answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Friday-We will go to the library to return and check out books.  We will read pages 186-198.  We will answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

3rd period (6th grade Reading) Please refer to Ms. Bijit’s blog.

6th period (8th grade Reading)Please refer to Ms. Scammacca’s blog.

7th period (8th grade Reading) Please refer to Ms. Scammacca’s blo

Week of December 4, 2017

1st period (8th grade )

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text

Analyze how lines of dialogue or incidents in a story propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision

We are reading Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.

Monday- We will read chapter 27.  The comprehension focus will be identifying cause and effect relationships, and determining the importance of those events to the novel’s plot and characters.  We will answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Tuesday- We will read chapters 28 and 29.  We will answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  We will do the second touch stone for Quarter 2.

Wednesday-We will read chapters 30 and 31.  We will work on visualizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Thursday- We will read chapters 32 and 33.  We will answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Friday-We will have a comprehension quiz over chapters 27-33.  We will read chapters 34-36 and answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  We will start our choice board activities.

2nd period (6th grade)

We are reading Rules by Cynthia Lord.

These are the standards we are covering:

RL.6.1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RL.6.5. Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, or scene fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

These are the due dates for second quarter:

December 19th

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Paw Print – Non-Fiction-vd2r3s

Monday-We will go to the library to return and check out books.  We will read a nonfiction mystery about the Lost Colony of Roanoke.

Tuesday-  We will read a nonfiction mystery about Mary Celeste, the ghost ship.

Wednesday- We will read chapters 1-3 of Rules.  The comprehension focus will be making inferences based on characters’ thoughts.  We will work on vocabulary.

Thursday-We will read chapters 4-6 of Rules.  The comprehension focus will be using RACE to answer comprehension questions.

Friday- We will have a comprehension quiz over chapters 1-5.   We will read chapters 7-9 of Rules.  The comprehension  focus will be summarizing the text.

3rd period (6th grade Reading) Please refer to Ms. Bijit’s blog.

6th period (8th grade Reading)Please refer to Ms. Scammacca’s blog.

7th period (8th grade Reading) Please refer to Ms. Scammacca’s blog.

Week of November 27, 2017

1st period (8th grade )

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text

Analyze how lines of dialogue or incidents in a story propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision

We are reading Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.

Monday-We will read chapters 21 and 22.  We will work on visualizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  We will go over words on list 5.

Tuesday- We will read chapter 23. We will work on visualizing and answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  We will work on vocabulary using list 5.  Please use attachment to review the vocabulary  list.https://quizlet.com/244147633/word-list-5-flash-cards/?new

Wednesday-We will read chapters 24-26.  We will work on imagery and answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  We will work on vocabulary using list 5.  Please use attachment to review the vocabulary list.https://quizlet.com/244147633/word-list-5-flash-cards/?new

Thursday- We will have a test over list 5 today.   We will read chapter 27.  The comprehension focus will be identifying cause and effect relationships, and determining the importance of those events to the novel’s plot and characters.  We will answer comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.

Friday- We will read chapters 28 and 29.  We will start our choice board activities.

2nd period (6th grade)

We are reading Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

These are the standards we are covering:

RL.6.1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RL.6.5. Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, or scene fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

These are the due dates for second quarter:

December 1st

December 15th

Paw Print – Non-Fiction-vd2r3s

Paw Print – Fiction-2503m73

Monday- We will read chapters 24 and 25. We will start to work on our text message activity.  TextMessaging-Assignment-2ddrs3z-295uq7v

Tuesday-We will read chapters 26 and 27.  We will finish our text message activity.  TextMessaging-Assignment-2ddrs3z-295uq7v

Wednesday-We will read chapters 28-30.  We will do comprehension questions using the RACE strategy.  We will review for the test with jeopardy.

Thursday-We will have a test over the novel.  We will read a nonfiction mystery about the Lost Colony of Roanoke.

Friday- We will go to the library to return and check out books.  We will read a nonfiction mystery about Mary Celeste, the ghost ship.

3rd period (6th grade Reading) Please refer to Ms. Bijit’s blog.

6th period (8th grade Reading)Please refer to Ms. Scammacca’s blog.

7th period (8th grade Reading) Please refer to Ms. Scammacca’s blog.