• Sirius News and Updates 12/10-12/14

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 12/10/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Team News: 

    1. Last week, a blue sheet of detailed information on "The Sirius Winter Feastival" was sent home with your child.  This "Feastival" is our team celebration of our successes thus far.  We ask that all families contribute to this event - we're looking for contributions to be small, but special. We'd like all yellow sign- up sheets turned in by December 13, if possible. 

     

    2. Steger's Heart and Sole (Girls on the Run, Grades 6-8) season will begin in February.  We are currently looking for parent volunteers to help coach our team.  If you are interested, please contact Head Coach and Site Liaison, Bridget Finocchiaro at finocchiaro.bridget@wgmail.org and visit the GOTR site for more information. 

     

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    Here is what is going on in our classes this week:

    American History: This week in American History, we will be learning about Industrialization and the big bussiness methods that lead to monopolies and large income gaps. Students have a worksheet due Wednesday 11/28 that we started in-class on Monday. Tuesday of next week we will have a quiz over industrializationand immigration. Study guides will be handed out tommorow.

    E.L.A.:   Expect all narratives later this week. The students are loving their books for our reading unit!  I am overjoyed that every day kids come up to me, eyes sparkling, proud to tell me they finished their book.  I am enjoying our discussions as well. The daily expectation is for all students to read a combined time 30-40 minutes each day, at home and at school. 

    Math: We have added even more ways to see and use ratios with our section on percents. This section is requiring students to use older skills of simplifying fractions. We will have our end of unit test in the middle of next week. We will have our December computation test on Friday of next week. This week and next are important times for students to really practice a lot of math ... using Khan Academy, using the summaries in Open Up Resources, using help from you, and/or attending help sessions. We want to work our best now, perform outstanding on our tests, and rest and play over the break!

     

    MATH SUPPORT SESSIONS: Tuesday and Thursday 7:15-7:35; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Lunches and Recesses; Any day after school when available.

    Science: We will finish our fourth menu in Ecology this week: Photosynthesis and Cell Respiration.  The kids should be able to tell you the chemical formulas for photosynthesis and cell respiration.  This week, they need to begin applying their new knowledge to our study of Matter and Energy.  Homework for this menu is due tomorrow, Tuesday, December 11th.  We will begin designing our ecobottles the week before break. We still need a lot of clear 2-liter bottles.  Keep us in mind at your holiday gatherings.  

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  • Sirius News and Updates 12/3-12/7

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 12/3/2018 3:00:00 PM

     Team News: 

    1. Be on the lookout for information on the 20-something Annual Sirius Feastival!  This is when we celebrate a successful first half of the school year.  We ask that all families contribute to our celebration to make it great success. 

    2. Steger's Heart and Sole (Girls on the Run, Grades 6-8) season will begin in February.  We are currently looking for parent volunteers to help coach our team.  If you are interested, please contact Head Coach and Site Liaison, Bridget Finocchiaro at finocchiaro.bridget@wgmail.org and visit the GOTR site for more information. 

     

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    Here is what is going on in our classes this week:

    American History: This week in American History, we will be learning about Industrialization and the big bussiness methods that lead to monopolies and large income gaps. Students have a worksheet due Wednesday 11/28 that we started in-class on Monday. Tuesday of next week we will have a quiz over industrializationand immigration. Study guides will be handed out tommorow.

    E.L.A.: All students submitted their narratives last week.  Expect them to be fully graded by next week. Last Friday, we had a successful kick-off to our new reading unit and enjoyed hot chocolate while reading our new novels.  At the end of our day, by a show of hands, an overwhelming number of the students were excited about their books and felt they made a good book choice.  I look forward to working with them in this unit and helping them move through many novels.  

    Math: The ratio work we continue this week gets more challenging with more complex problems. Beginning tomorrow we will throw percentages (which are very special ratios) into the mix. 

    I am encouraging families to take a look at the types of problems we are doing by looking at completed homework. Some students are making their work quite meaningful by providing organized evidence that is labeled in a way that makes it easy for the reader to understand.

    MATH SUPPORT SESSIONS: Tuesday and Thursday 7:15-7:35; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Lunches and Recesses; Any day after school when available.

    Science: We are starting our fourth menu in Ecology this week: Photosynthesis and Cell Respiration.  This is a very exciting topic for kids as they work through their misconceptions about plants.  We get to do several simulations, experiments, observations, and friendly debates.  Homework for this menu will be due late next week (probably Thursday).  We are still going to design and build terrariums to help us pull all of our learning together.  To accomplish this, we are going to need A LOT of clear 2-Liter bottles to upcycle.  Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Keep 'em coming!

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  • Sirius News and Updates 11/26-11/30

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 11/26/2018 3:00:00 PM

      Team News: 

    1. We enjoyed meeting with families during Fall Conferences.  As second trimester progresses, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teachers should questions arise.

     

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    Here is what is going on in our classes this week:

    American History: This week in American History, we will be learning about Industrialization and the big bussiness methods that lead to monopolies and large income gaps. Students have a worksheet due Wednesday 11/28 that we started in-class on Monday. Tuesday of next week we will have a quiz over industrializationand immigration. Study guides will be handed out tommorow.

    E.L.A.: The final due date for the narrative is today, Monday, November 26.  Our reading unit, A Deep Study of Character, begins on Tuesday.  We will dive deep into character development through traits, interactions with setting, and theme.  Students will read multiple novels during this unit, examining how different authors approach these concepts.  We will take a break from Reading Logs during this unit, however we will still be monitoring reading rates, stamina, and comprehension.

    Math: Our starting ratio in class today was 5:16. That's 5 days in school compared to 16 total days. So it took a bit of shifting gears for all to get into the groove, but students did well in math class today. We are applying unit rates with more complex numbers and situations. We will be using them to solve more complex problems. THE PORTAL WAS UPDATED WITH THREE GRADES SO PLEASE CHECK IT WITH YOUR CHILD. 

    At home, students should continue their nightly practice. This trimester, I am encouraging students to read the lesson summary online before they do the practice problems. It is a great way to pick up missed concepts and also to advance to other strategies and to develop vocabulary.

    MATH SUPPORT SESSIONS: Tuesday and Thursday 7:15-7:35; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Lunches and Recesses; Any day after school when available.

    Science: We are starting our fourth menu in Ecology this week: Photosynthesis and Cell Respiration.  This is a very exciting topic for kids as they work through their misconceptions about plants.  We get to do several simulations, experiments, observations, and friendly debates.  Homework for this menu will be due late next week (probably Thursday).  We are still going to design and build terrariums to help us pull all of our learning together.  To accomplish this, we are going to need A LOT of clear 2-Liter bottles to upcycle.  Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Keep 'em coming!

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  • Sirius News and Updates 10/29-11/2

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 10/29/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Team News: 

    1. First trimester officially ends on November 2, 2018.  All missing and revised work must be turned in on that day for it to be considered in the trimester grade.  Now would be a good time to sit with your child and review the portal.  If questions should arise, a good place to start would be to go through graded and returned work.  

    2. Fall Conferences are Monday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 14. Be on the lookout for an email asking you to sign up for your conference time.  

    3.  Due to Halloween on Wednesday, there will not be Homework Club.

    4.  For Halloween, we don't do parties like the kids did in elementary.  We do, however, invite the kids to wear their costumes to school if they want.  Just make sure they are not too gory, don't include weapons, and adhere to our dress code. Masks can be worn on top of the head, but not covering the face. 

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    Here is what is going on in our classes this week:

    American History: This week in American History, we will be shifting our focus from the Western portion of the United States to the East. We will start by learning about immigration and Ellis Island on Wednesday. Students will be pretending they are immigrants and participating in a online simulation. 

    E.L.A.: Students are continuing their work with the Personal Narrative.  By Wednesday, I'd like all students to choose a final topic for their narrative.  We've done a lot of prep work and "test-driving" of topics, so please ask your child to share their ideas.  Topics should be personal, about one episode in their life, a couple hours long, and preferably focusing on a problem or challenge the student faced. Next week, the students will receive a final deadline and calendar to carry them through the remaining workshop.  Reading Log #7 will be assigned and due on October 31, 2018. Next week, we're taking a break from the reading log, but NOT reading!

    Math: As students began applying the use of double number line diagrams to find equivalent ratios and unit rates, it was obvious that there was struggle and learning. We will also be plotting these rates on the Cartesian plane. This past Friday, we reviewed order of operations and practiced together.

    At home, students should be practicing many problems for our next computation quiz, which is this Wednesday, October 31. Please ask your child what his/her score was on the September computation quiz. (It's in the SIS portal, also.)

    MATH SUPPORT SESSIONS: Tuesday and Thursday 7:15-7:35; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Lunches and Recesses; Any day after school when available.

    Science: We are starting our third menu in Ecology this week: Cycling of Matter and Flow of Energy.  We are going to design and build terrariums to help us understand this learning goal.  To accomplish this, we are going to need A LOT of 2-Liter bottles to upcycle.  If you have a few to donate, I would really appreciate it.

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  • Sirius News and Updates Oct. 22-26, 2018

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 10/22/2018 3:00:00 PM

     Team News: 

    1. First trimester officially ends on November 2, 2018.  All missing and revised work must be turned in on that day for it to be considered in the trimester grade.  Now would be a good time to sit with your child and review the portal.  If questions should arise, a good place to start would be to go through graded and returned work.  

    2. Fall Conferences are Monday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 14. Be on the lookout for an email asking you to sign up for your conference time.  

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    Here is what is going on in our classes this week:

    American History: This week in American History, we will be learning about Native Americans and how they fought back against the U.S. Government. We will be focusing on the Sand Creek Massacre, Custer's last stand, and Wounded Knee. This last topic will wrap up our mini unit on the West. Students will have a quiz over the west next Tuesday 10/30 . Study guides will be handed out tommorow in-class.

    E.L.A.: Students are continuing their work with the Personal Narrative.  This week, they'll continue flash drafting some of their ideas, choose a final topic to finish to publication, and look at writing strong leads. Reading log #6 is due October 24, 2018. #7 will be assigned and due on October 31, 2018.

    Math: Students did a great job creating and using double number line diagrams to find equivalent ratios and to make more sense of these numbers. Today, students are applying the use of the diagrams and beginning to find unit rates. Unit rates for costs, speed, and more will be our focus through the week. Students should also be preparing for our next computation quiz, which will be October 31.

    Finally, I encourage you to ask your child about papers that are returned. (Several were returned today.) Also, please ask them to show you the work they do on homework some times: It is very helpful for them to talk about their thoughts and questions. It is probably helpful for you to see their progress.

    Science: The kids participated in a simulation last week that modeled competition and mutualism in ecosystems. Then they worked in groups to create a simulation for one of the other relationships we are studying.  I was impressed with their team work, creativity, perseverence, and engagement.  They have 2 more days to work on menu items.  We will review on Wednesday and assess on Thursday.  To prepare, they have a stdy guide in their log and all menu items are available on Goggle classroom. On Friday, Ms. Reif is coming in to do a guidance lesson.  Have a great week!

     

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  • Sirius News and Updates

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 10/15/2018 3:00:00 PM

     Team News: 

    1. First trimester officially ends on November 2, 2018.  All missing and revised work must be turned in on that day for it to be considered in the trimester grade.  Now would be a good time to sit with your child and review the portal.  If questions should arise, a good place to start would be to go through graded and returned work.  

    2. Fall Conferences are Monday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 14. Be on the lookout for an email asking you to sign up for your conference time.  

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    Here is what is going on in our classes this week:

    American History: This week in American History, students will be learning about the U.S. government's response when it came to new settlers moving west. We will learn about the homestead act, Dawes act, Native American reservations, boarding schools, and assimilation.Students will research this information while working on a project menu in-class that is due next Monday 10/22.

    Students will have all class periods this week to work on thier rap and comic. Students may have homework depending on how much they have completed by the end of the week. If you have any questions please ask your student to show you thier direction page.

    E.L.A.: Students will continue compiling their idea banks and begin some initial writing instruction and drafting for the Personal Narrative.  Reading Log #5 is due Wednesday, October 17.  The next one will be assigned the same day and due October 24

    Math: Today we played with an applet that showed equivalent ratios through the mixing of colors. Equivalent ratios behave just like equivalent fractions so we could build on something known. Looking at ratios as part-to-part OR part-to-whole caused students to rethink what they've learned about fractions before. 

    Two reminders: I'd like students to show their families the math links that are available to all; and please remember that students should dress for our Ratio Dodgeball Activity.

    Math Help Sessions: Tues. & Thurs. 7:15. Lunch, recess, and afternoon upon request.

    Science: The kids will be working on their interdependence in Ecosystems menu this week.  They will research several types of relationships and make predictions about relationships that would be present in other ecosystems.  We will do a whole group simulation on Tuesday.  Homework is due Thursday.

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  • Sirius News and Updates

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 10/8/2018 3:00:00 PM

     

     Team News: 

    Our trip to Camp Wyman was both exciting and exhausting!  Throughout our week, the students of Team Sirius met numerous challenges-physically, socially, and emotionally- and worked through them with critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.  The support they provided to one another was simply inspiring. As we return to our academics, we hope everyone was able to rest this weekend and comes back to school with a new mindset and a stronger sense of community. 

    ***Please note***

    As previously mentioned, students began their new schedules today.  

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    Here is what is going on in our classes this week:

    American History: This week in American History, we will be learning about the Transcontinental Railroad and its effects on the nation. Through various resources and activities we will evaluate who benefitted from the second wave of westward expansion and how it impacted the Native Americans and thier resources out West.

    E.L.A.: This week, the students will begin a new writing workshop on the Personal Narrative.  In this first week, students will conduct a cold write, used to drive instruction, then begin compiling an idea bank for use with a final piece to be completed in the next few weeks. A reading log will be assigned October 10, 2018 and due October 17

    Math: Today was our transition day from Unit 1 to Unit 2, and from Camp to School. We had reflection time about the learning and other positive elements of our class time. We shared ideas about our next step in becoming an even stronger class of learners. Tonight for homework, students were not given any assignment; however, all are encouraged to work on revisions tonight. (Revisions on Unit 1 test which was returned before Camp.)

    Tomorrow ... RATIOS!!!!

    Science: We are beginning our 2nd menu of Ecology: Relationships in Ecosystems.  The kids will make observations in our pollinator garden, engage in a simulation, learn new vocabulary, and design a closed ecosystem.  Homework will be available in my room or on the Portal and is due Friday.

     

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  • Sirius News and Updates 9/24-9/28

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 9/24/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Camp Wyman is almost here!

    1. Please send all medications to school this Friday so that our nurse can get them inventoried.

    2. You can begin sending in sunscreen and bug spray now.  Please put both in a large ziplock bag with your child's name on it.

    3. It is probably a good idea to start looking at the weather for next week and checking the packing list.

     

    ***Please note***

    As previously mentioned, schedule changes for some students will be going through this week.  The changes will be updated on SIS as of Wednesday, September 26, but due to camp, the students will not begin their new schedules until we return on October 8.

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    Here is what is going on in our classes this week:

    American History: This week in American History, We will be wrapping up our Unit on Civil War Reconstrustion by taking our Unit Test on Tuesday. When we finish up the test we will start our brand new unit on Westward expansion. The transcontinental railroad will be the First topic of our new unit. Transformers are due this Thursday Most students have finished creating them in-class.

    E.L.A.: We are continuing (and hopefully finishing) our work with Boy.  We'll review summary writing, identifying character traits with textual evidence, and figurative language. Reading Log #4 is due Wednesday, September 26

    Math: Students have a study guide to work through tonight and to work through during class tomorrow. (I will post answers to the study sheet tomorrow.) I expect more students showing up for tomorrow's morning help session due to our Unit Test on Wednesday. So look for much studying tonight and tomorrow. (There are also advanced topics.)

    We will then take a quick review of computation.

    Science: The kids will finish their menu on Limiting Factors this week.  There will be a checkpoint on Thursday.  They can use the vocabulary list and guiding questions on the menu to make sure they are ready.  We will also go over the homework in class, which will also help them prepare as the checkpoint is very similar. No other homework this week.

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  • Sirius News 09/17-09/21

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 9/17/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Team News:

    • Camp is quickly approaching.  Please make sure you've turned in all forms for camp to the office.  Visit our Camp Wyman link for important information.
    • Please bring all medication, sunscreens, and insect repellents for camp in clearly marked plastic baggies by September 28, 2018.  Medications need be in original packaging with clear instructions for use.

    American History: This week in American History we will be learning about the KKK, scalawags, and carpetbaggers who resignated in the South after the Civil War. Last Thursday I handed out study guides and a study schedule that we created as a class. The test was moved from Thursday to Friday due to NWEA testing going on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

    ELA:  We are continuing our work with Boy  by Roald Dahl this week.  Students will continue with notetaking practice and skills such as summarizing/main idea, analyzing character traits and development, identifying snapshots and thoughtshots, and interpreting figurative language.  Reading Log #3 was assigned on September 12 and due September 19

    Math: Our study of surface area this week builds upon our most recent work with polygons. We will extend our learning further by measuring the volume of polyhedra. Look for homework to continue nightly.          Math Support Sessions Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7:15-7:35; most lunches and recesses; and by appointment after school. 

    Science: The kids will work in lab groups this week to continue to learn about limiting resources and carrying capacity.  They will demonstrate their learning on a checkpoint next week.  There will be a homework assignment due Friday.  

    Science:  simulation.  We may also try to make it back outside to continue to learn from our incredible campus. 

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  • Sirius News and Updates 09/10-09/14

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 9/10/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Team News:

    • Today was the last day to order the "Are You Sirius?" shirts.  If you forgot to order, contact Ms. Finocchiaro ASAP as she wil be placing the final order tomorrow.
    • Camp is quickly approaching.  Please make sure you've turned in all forms for camp to the office.  Visit our Camp Wyman link for important information.

    American History: This week in American History we will be evaluating if African Americans were really free after the passage of the 13th amendment. In-class we will be analyzing black codes, Jim Crow laws,and conducting a sharecropping simulation. Tuesday we will take a break from Reconstruction and watching a National Geographic documentary on September 11th. Expect a Study guide for the unit test to be passed out on Wednesday as we look to have our first unit test next Thursday 9/20.

    ELA:  We are continuing our work with Boy  by Roald Dahl this week.  Students will continue with notetaking practice and skills such as summarizing/main idea, analyzing character traits and development, identifying snapshots and thoughtshots, and interpreting figurative language.  Reading Log #2 was assigned on September 5 and due September 12

    Math: The mid-unit test will be tomorrow, September 11th. Today in class, students had one more chance to compare their practice test solutions to the posted answer key. Students also had a chance to ask questions about the "Reflection" study guide. Finally, they applied area formulas to real-life situational problems. I am now available for Math Support Sessions Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7:15-7:35; most lunches and recesses; and by appointment after school. No session this Thursday morning due to meeting.

    Science:  This week is going to be packed with new information.  The kids are going to discover the definition of ecosystems and then work their way through a simulation to better understand how a limited amount of resources help maintain a healthy ecosystem.  They will collect, graph, and analyze data from the simulation.  We may also try to make it back outside to continue to learn from our incredible campus. 

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