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Week of 9/10/18

Reading Success

  • Homework # 2 is due this Thursday!
  • IOWA/CogAt testing begins Wednesday
  • Please sign up to receive the Remind texts/notifications for our class
    • https://www.remind.com/join/c9ake7

Small Group ELA

*Reminder* The last day to make quiz corrections is Tuesday morning during Homeroom.  

  • This week students will be following the writing process to complete the first Embedded Assessment for Unit 1.

Tuesday 9/4 – Friday 9/7

Small Group ELA

Coming up this week in ELA:

  • Tuesday:  Students took a quiz over Activities 1.4 & 1.5
  • Wednesday:  Students will begin reading “The Jacket” by Gary Soto and answer comprehension questions.
  • Thursday:  Book Club Day!  Continuing “Rain Reign”.
  • Friday:  Writing Process activity

Remember!  If you have any questions about what we are covering in class, or would like to review the stories we’ve read, please log onto Springboard.  Your entire textbook is available for you through this website.

 

Reading Success

The next homework assignment is due Next Thursday – 9/13/18.

Please go ahead an log into Read Works and complete it!  🙂

How to get students to their assignments

1. Have students go to www.readworks.org/student

2. Students enter class code XYP2NQ

3. Tell your students that their default password is 1234

Friday, 8/31/18

Small Group ELA

  • Students completed the paragraph about “Flipped” – those who did not finish should see me Tuesday or Wednesday during homeroom to finish typing. 🙂

 

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, 8/30/18

Please Check Synergy for grades & see me to make up any missing assignments!  I will hand out ZAP assignments tomorrow for any 0’s.

Small Group Language Arts

  • Today students are transferring information from their graphic organizer, to create a rough draft.  Once the rough draft is complete, students will revise/edit the draft to prepare to type the final copy.
  • Tomorrow, students will use the rough draft to create a final draft to turn in.

Reading Success

  • Please log into Read Works to begin working on your homework assignment – due 8/31/18

Students will be assigned ZAP if this is not completed by Friday morning in Homeroom.

How to get students to their assignments

1. Have students go to www.readworks.org/student

2. Students enter class code XYP2NQ

3. Tell your students that their default password is 1234

Please don’t change your password – please leave it as 1234!

Wednesday, 8/29/18

Please Check Synergy for grades & see me to make up any missing assignments!  I will hand out ZAP assignments tomorrow for any 0’s.

Small Group Language Arts

  • Students are working on a paragraph describing one incident from “Flipped”.  The graphic organizer was due at the end of class for a grade.
  • Tomorrow and Friday, students will write the paragraph with the final draft due at the end of class on Friday.

Reading Success

  • Please log into Read Works to begin working on your homework assignment – due 8/31/18

Students will be assigned ZAP if this is not completed by Friday morning in Homeroom.

How to get students to their assignments

1. Have students go to www.readworks.org/student

2. Students enter class code XYP2NQ

3. Tell your students that their default password is 1234

Please don’t change your password – please leave it as 1234!

Tuesday, 8/28/18

Please Check Synergy for grades & see me to make up any missing assignments!  I will hand out ZAP assignments tomorrow for any 0’s.

Small Group Language Arts

  • Today in class we continued reading our book club book.  We are reading Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin – if anyone would like to have a copy of their own to make annotations in, it is encouraged, but not required.

Reading Success

  • Please log into Read Works to begin working on your homework assignment – due 8/31/18

How to get students to their assignments

1. Have students go to www.readworks.org/student

2. Students enter class code XYP2NQ

3. Tell your students that their default password is 1234

Please don’t change your password – please leave it as 1234!

Color Battle!

A message from DURHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support of Durham Middle School and the investments you make in your children’s lives.  We’re so excited to introduce you to this year’s only school-wide fundraiser, the Durham Middle School Color Battle! A group of student leaders at our school have worked very hard to organize the Color Battle fundraiser and are pumped to be able to host this event on Friday, September 7th.

We kicked off our Color Battle fundraiser today with a fun-packed Pep Rally and each student received an Access Code Sheet to enter and track donations online.  Students are challenged to get donations over the next 2 weeks from family and friends to help our school.  Funds raised this year will be used to purchase and install an electronic marquee sign at our school’s entrance on Mars Hill Road. We’ll end the 2 week fundraiser with a celebratory Color Battle event for students who participate in the fundraiser (think lots of color powder, participant t-shirts, loud music, high energy, and FUN!). 

How the Color Battle fundraiser works:  Logon to Anython.com using your student’s access code found on their Access Code Sheet and enter and pay donations online. This is the preferred method. Or, for those that don’t want to pay online, please send cash or check to the school no later than Wednesday, Sept. 5th and the donation will be manually entered into the Anython system so your child receives credit for it.  All checks should be made payable to: ANYTHONStudents must raise a minimum of $30 in total donations in order to participate in the Color Battle event.

Students will also earn prizes for every $30 in donations received, including a Color Battle t-shirt, color packets to use at the event, a drawstring backpack and choice of bluetooth speakers or selfie stick, and the chance to win their very own Apple Watch, iPad Mini, Chromebook, $150 Visa Gift Card, or Beats Headphones!  In addition, we’ll be announcing fun daily challenges with prizes for the class that raises the most each day.

You can help make our Color Battle fundraiser successful by connecting your student to potential donors (family/friends) to acquire donations. The easiest way is to use the “Share Wizard” feature on your child’s donation page at Anython.com. Using the Share Wizard, you can send a link to your child’s donation page via text message, email, Facebook and Twitter.

Also, we are asking that students sign up for the reminders via the remind app. Students can sign up by texting the message @dmsep to 81010. If your child is under the age of 13 we are asking that parents sign up for the reminders from Epic Erika. The remind app will only be used after school hours to remind parents and students of challenges.

Thank you again for your continued support!

Sincerely,
Dr. Patricia Alford, Principal      

 

Disclaimer/Release of Liability: The Color Battle activities will involve running and other forms of exercise that may be physically exerting. Students will also be dusted with color powder. If your child has preexisting conditions such as heart conditions, allergies, asthma, immune disorders, susceptibility to bleeding or broken bones, or other illnesses or conditions that require limited physical exertion, please consult with your doctor before allowing your child to participate.  If parents or guardians allow their student to participate, you are representing and warranting that your child is healthy enough to participate safely in the activities and you agree to hold Anython and the School harmless for any possible accident or injury. You are also agreeing that you are assuming all responsibility for your child’s clothing and shoes during the activity.

Color Powder: The color powder used during the Color Battle is non-toxic and biodegradable. All materials are FD&C grade, made from cornstarch and food-safe coloring. Color powder may stain clothing. If your child is participating, please have them wear old shoes and bottoms that are ok if they get stained and bring a change of clothing for after the event.