Target Classes Start Back this Week!

Target classes will be starting back this week!  Tuesday and Wednesday classes will have a delayed start due to 5th grade testing that I will be administering, but all ALP students will need their supplies and will need to be prepared for class this week.  I hope everyone had a wonderful break and I am looking forward to having my students back in my classroom.  We have some amazing things planned for the second half of the school year!

Coming up in Target!

It is THAT time!!!  The Rube Goldberg machines that the students have been working on are finally due!  The students are required to turn in a working machine with at least 4 simple machines and 5 chain reactions, an advertising banner/poster AND a commercial that is created using some type of technology.  They have been working extremely hard on these projects for a while and I can’t wait to see the end result for each team!  The due dates for each class are below:

Tues ALP – Nov. 14th

Wed ALP – Nov. 8th

Thurs ALP – Nov. 9th

Fri ALP – Nov 10th

Please note that we are not in school on Tuesday, Nov. 7th as this is a student holiday.

The last day for Fridays 5th grade Target class will be Nov. 10th as the fifth grade teachers have “Gobble, Gobble Science” scheduled for the last Friday before the Thanksgiving holiday break.

Upcoming Events in Target this Week

Due to the fact that Friday, Nov. 3rd is a school-wide STEM day, Target classes for that day will be cancelled.  We will resume our regular ALP schedule the following Friday for these students.

The children have been working really hard on their Rube Goldberg machines and projects for the past few weeks.  Each team is required to turn in 3 different pieces for the project to be complete:

  1. Rube Goldberg Machine (at least 4 simple machines and 5 chain reactions)
  2. Banner/Poster advertising their team and machine
  3. Commercial/video created using some type of technology that shows the machine in action

Each team has a rubric and understands what is required.  The students have been reminded of the importance of going above and beyond the typical requirements and it has been stressed that they add some type of “WOW” factor of extra piece of “creative flair” that makes their project stand out from the rest.  I can’t wait to see what the children have come up with!  It is very excited seeing them so engaged in their learning and putting to use the Design Engineering Process that is used in all of our STEM projects.

Due Dates: 

Tuesday Class:  Nov. 14th (We are out of school Nov. 7th)

Wednesday Class: Nov. 8th

Thursday Class: Nov. 9th

Friday Class: Nov. 10th

Target Classes Resume

5th grade ALP classes will resume this Thursday, Sept. 21.  Please be sure to have all of your Target supplies with you when you come to class.  We will be continuing with our Rube Goldberg machines, as well as beginning a new novel study.  I look forward to having my sweet students back soon and appreciate your understanding during this time of testing.

Target Classes Cancelled for Testing Sept. 7th-15th

All ALP classes will be cancelled from Sept. 7th – Sept. 15th in order for system-wide testing to be conducted with 3rd and 5th grade students.  Target classes will resume the week of Sept. 18th.  Students are still welcome to bring in supplies for their Rube Goldberg machines and store them in my classroom if they would like.

This Week in Target

All 4th and 5th grade students are working hard on their Rube Goldberg machines with their groups.  They are working well collaboratively and have shared some amazing ideas that I can’t wait to see in action soon!  All students were asked to bring in whatever supplies their group needs for their team to be able to create their machine successfully.  Students will be working on their machines for the next couple of weeks, making changes in design and function along the way.  They will also be required to create a team banner and use videography to produce a video that shares the simple machines and chain reactions used within their machines.  This is a work in progress, but the students are extremely engaged and it is exciting to see!

In Hands-On Equations this week we have started review lessons to refresh their memory with the algebraic problem solving that we have been working with in Target.  Please remember that there is a link under “Student Websites” on this blog for students to practice with the pieces at home if they feel the need for remediation or enrichment.  The lessons become more complex as the school year progresses so please let me know if you feel that your child is struggling at any time.  We meet small group and work independently on the different lessons, but sometimes gifted children are afraid to ask for help and I don’t want anyone falling behind as it is much harder to grasp new concepts as they arise if a child doesn’t have a full understanding of the previous concepts.

As always, I am only a phone call or an email away if you ever need me for anything.  Our school year is off to a FABULOUS start!

We are on our way to GREAT things!

All of the children had a wonderful first week in Target last week and we are ready now to get things started! The 4th and 5th grade gifted students will be completing a mini-STEM unit on Rube Goldberg.  This is an exciting way to get our higher-order thinking skills kicked into gear!  The next few weeks will be spent creating Rube Goldbergs with our teams that will complete a specific task.  In order to do this properly, we will need “stuff!”  Please feel free to send in any items that you think may help your child with their STEM creation.  Some examples of items that may be useful are toy cars, marbles, toilet paper or paper towel holders, small balls, tubes, dominoes, playing cards, pieces of cardboard, small boxes or cups, etc.  I would appreciate ANY and ALL donations and will be sure to return any item that you would like back once the projects are completed.  The children will be using technology to share their projects with others through video recording and movie making so please be sure to return the  permission form to have your child photographed so he/she may be involved.  The power point that the children will be using for a reference is below if you would like to view it as well.

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THANK YOU to all the parents who sent in supplies for our classroom.  As always, you are greatly appreciated!

Welcome to Target Open House Presentation

We had a wonderful time meeting all the new parents and greeting the returning parents at our Open House this week!  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend.

We understand that busy schedules and prior commitments can sometimes make it hard for people to attend, so we are attaching the presentation to this blog for everyone to view.

Welcome to Target 2017

Please click on the above link to access the presentation.  Packets of information should be coming home with your child this week for those parents who were unable to attend.  Please note that there are forms inside the packet that will need a parent/guardian’s attention.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns 0nce you have viewed the power point and looked through the packet.We are looking forward to a great school year in Target!


Welcome back to another amazing school year!  I can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces back in ALP soon!!!

Target classes will begin the week of August 7th.  A letter will be going to home to each ALP student and parent this Friday that will highlight the schedule for each child.

TARGET OPEN HOUSE will be held on Tues, Aug 8th at 5:00 pm in Mrs. Montague’s classroom (Rm 102).  Mr. McAllister and myself will be reviewing our new ALP standards, sharing our topics of study for the year and answering any questions you may have.  Please try to join us for this very informative session.

The supply list has been updated and can be located at the tab at the top of this page.  Please make sure your child comes to Target prepared on their assigned Target day.

As of right now, our lunch times will be as follows:

4th Grade 11:15 – 11:45

5th Grade 11:15 – 11:45

*Please keep in mind that these times are subject to change as schedules at the beginning of the school year change.

I am looking forward to another GREAT year! 🙂