• Sirius News and Updates for 12/9-12/13

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 12/9/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Team News:

     Look for information regarding the 27th Annual Team Sirius Feastival! Please turn in forms to Ms. Schmitt as soon as possible.

    Ms. Williams is in need of A LOT of clear, 2-Liter bottles.  We need about 100 for our ecobottle project.  Thanks!

     American History: This week in American History Students will be creating presentations on the Progressive Era. Students will learn the process from choosing a topic to creating subtopics and forming a presentation from start to finish. We will work on the project in class and will be due this Thursday before class. Students may be working on some portions of the project for Homework this week.

     

    ELA: We've completed our first reading unit and have begun our first writing unit, The Literary Essay.  Students will be developing their thinking and writing stamina through analyzing novels and short stories.  Ultimately, students will complete a comparison essay of two novels. 

    Reading Log #6 was assigned last Friday and is due this upcoming Friday, December 13, 2019. Reading Log #7 will be  due Thursday, December 19, 2019.

    Math:  Before we officially begin unit 3, Unit Rates and Percentages, we are doing a little pre-testing and playing with plotting points on a Cartesian plane. We advance this practice to all four quadrants by using negative numbers.

    I am meeting with students to go over Unit 2 Tests, which will be returned to you at conferences next week. Please ask your child to open up his school email and to show you the mail from me that has the return of the recent online computation test.

    I'm excited to begin this new trimester. Our team of students have come so far already. We have all the practices in place to tackle the content with depth and quality. 

    Science:  The kids get their Matter and Energy Tests back today.  They are bringing them home today to get signed.  Anyone who scored below proficiency (3) may retake a different version of the test.  In order to re-test, the following steps must be completed:

    1. Get parent signature and commit to re-test.

    2. Correct incorrect questions on a separate sheet of notebook paper and schedule a time to go over it with Ms. Williams.

    3. Schedule a retake date and time.

    In other news, we are going to begin building Eco-Bottles soon.  You will get more information in coming weeks.  In the meantime, we are going to need lots and lots of clear 2-Liter soda botttles.  (I would love to have 80 by Winter Break!)  Maybe you can volunteer to bring drinks to holiday get togethers?  When you send them in, please rinse them, remove the label, and send in the the cap too.  Thanks!

     

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  • Sirius News and Updates 12/2-12/6

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 12/2/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Team News:

     

     

    1. We hope everyone had a restful and pleasant holdiay this past week.  If we haven't said it before, we are very thankful we are lucky enough to work with the students and families of Team Sirius. 

     

    2.  Look for information regarding the 27th Annual Team Sirius Feastival!  Flyers will be sent home within the week. 

     American History: This week in American History Students will be creating action figure boxes and memes that represent the knowledge they learned about the big business leaders of the early 1900s. Students will learn about corporations and illegal business practices such as monopolies that lead to millionaires such as Rockefeller and Carnegie. Action figure boxes will be due Friday before class. We will work on them over the next two days in class. Anything not completed will be homework. We will also have a check-up this Friday 12/6 over Industrialization and immigration.

     

    ELA: We've completed our first reading unit and are now moving on to our first writing unit, The Literary Essay.  Students will be developing their thinking and writing stamina through analyzing novels and short stories.  Ultimately, students will complete a comparison essay of two novels. 

    Before Thanksgiving, I returned the final assignment for our reading unit.  I offered revisions  to students who scored below 75%.  Instructions were provided and revisions are due Friday, December 6. 

    We will resume reading logs this week, so keep an eye out for that as well. 

    Math:  Before we officially begin unit 3, Unit Rates and Percentages, we are doing a little pre-testing and playing with plotting points on a Cartesian plane. We advance this practice to all four quadrants by using negative numbers.

    I am meeting with students to go over Unit 2 Tests, which will be returned to you at conferences next week. Please ask your child to open up his school email and to show you the mail from me that has the return of the recent online computation test.

    I'm excited to begin this new trimester. Our team of students have come so far already. We have all the practices in place to tackle the content with depth and quality. 

    Science:  All grades are updated in the Portal.  This week, we are starting our Matter and Energy Learning Goal.  This is a very engaging topic as the kids take what they learned about matter and energy in elementary school and apply it to Ecosystems.  We will go outside in class tomorrow to calculate the mass of a tree and begin thinking about where all that "stuff" came from.  Also, if you have a chance,  tell your child how much they weighed when they were born or when you first met them.  We will also be talking about our own matter and where it came from.  By the end of the week, the kids should have a pretty good idea of what matter and energy mean.

    In other news, we are going to begin building Eco-Bottles soon.  You will get more information in coming weeks.  In the meantime, we are going to need lots and lots of clear 2-Liter soda botttles.  (I would love to have 80 by Winter Break!)  Maybe you can volunteer to bring drinks to Thanksgiving dinner?  When you send them in, please rinse them, remove the label, and send in the the cap too.  Thanks!

     

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  • Sirius News and Updates 11/4-11/8

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 11/4/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Team News:

     

     

    1. Fall Conferences willl be held on Monday, November 11 and Wednesday November 13 from 3:00-7:00 PM. Please scheduel a time with your child's homeroom teacher as soon as possible. 

    2. Just a reminder that school will not be in attendance next Friday, November 15, 2019.  Enjoy your long weekend.

     American History: This week in American History Students will be asked to pretend they are an immigrant and create a story of their experience as they take a virtual tour through Ellis Island. The storybooks they are creating are due this Friday before class. They will have three class periods to work on them in school. 

    On Thursday students will be creating an avatar of their character and learning about what life was like in the city during the industrial revolution.

     

    ELA: This week, we're continuing our work with setting in our Deep Study of Character unit. Some of the topics we'll study are mood/atmosphere, precise author language regarding setting, using flashbacks, and how settings evolve over time. 

    Math:  Before we officially begin unit 3, Unit Rates and Percentages, we are doing a little pre-testing and playing with plotting points on a Cartesian plane. We advance this practice to all four quadrants by using negative numbers.

    I am meeting with students to go over Unit 2 Tests, which will be returned to you at conferences next week. Please ask your child to open up his school email and to show you the mail from me that has the return of the recent online computation test.

    I'm excited to begin this new trimester. Our team of students have come so far already. We have all the practices in place to tackle the content with depth and quality. 

    Science:  All grades are updated in the Portal.  This week, we are starting our Matter and Energy Learning Goal.  This is a very engaging topic as the kids take what they learned about matter and energy in elementary school and apply it to Ecosystems.  We will go outside in class tomorrow to calculate the mass of a tree and begin thinking about where all that "stuff" came from.  Also, if you have a chance,  tell your child how much they weighed when they were born or when you first met them.  We will also be talking about our own matter and where it came from.  By the end of the week, the kids should have a pretty good idea of what matter and energy mean.

    In other news, we are going to begin building Eco-Bottles soon.  You will get more information in coming weeks.  In the meantime, we are going to need lots and lots of clear 2-Liter soda botttles.  (I would love to have 80 by Winter Break!)  Maybe you can volunteer to bring drinks to Thanksgiving dinner?  When you send them in, please rinse them, remove the label, and send in the the cap too.  Thanks!

     

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  • Sirius News and Updates 10/28-10/31

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 10/28/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Team News:

     

     

    1. Fall Conferences willl be held on Monday, November 11 and Wednesday November 13 from 3:00-7:00 PM. Please be on the lookout for Conference sign-ups from your child's homeroom teacher. 

    2. Fall Conferences also means we are nearing the end of First Trimester.  Now is a great time to check portals for any missing work.  Please note, the trimester officially ends on October 31 and we cannot take work past that date. 

    3. Just a reminder that school will not be in attendance this Friday, November 1, 2019.  Enjoy your long weekend.

     American History: This week in American History we are transitioning from the west in the late 1800s/ early 1900s to the East. Our new unit will focus on Immigration and the experience immigrants had coming to this new nation. Students will be asked to pretend they are an immigrant and create a story of their experience as they take a virtual tour through Ellis Island. 

    A reminder that on Wednesday we have a check-up on westward expansion. Each night students have been studying 2 questions for homework on their study guide.

    ELA: We're starting the second part of our Deep Study of Character Unit.  This is a focus on setting and it's affect on character development.  Some of the topics we'll study are mood/atmosphere, precise author language regarding setting, using flashbacks, and how settings evolve over time. 

    Math:  This trimester is rounding out just perfectly. We have our big Unit Test 2 tomorrow, October 29. Students have a study guide of practice problems, a typed list of our learning targets, and access to the online Open Up Resources. We've been working with all of these tools for quite some time. I provided one more class sheet today with examples of three models we've learned, and I provided a homework sheet with more example problems if needed.

    Wednesday, we'll chill out with some centers to question and rehearse for our computation review which will be on Thursday, Halloween. 

    Science:  We are finishing up out Interactions in Ecosystems goal this week with an assessment on Thursday.  The biggest thing the kids need to do to prepare is make sure they have the vocabulary down.  Here is a link to a Quizlet to play to help:  https://quizlet.com/_7dydl3

    I will also grade their logs on Friday to finish up the trimester.  They are welcome to bring it home this week to make sure it is complete and organized. 

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  • Sirius News and Updates 10/14-10/18

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 10/14/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Team News: 

    1. To view Camp Wyman Photos click

    https://link.shutterfly.com/T49gN84sx0 

     

     American History: This week in American History we will be learning how to properly take notes and using them to create comic books. Students will create comics using storyboard.com and will reflect their knowledge of how the U.S. Government responded to Native Americans in the west. Comics will be completed in-class and due this Friday should they need to finish up at home.

    ELA:   We began our first Reading Workshop unit, A Deep Study of Character.  In this unit, students read self-selected novels while paying close attention to character development, the impact of setting on character development, and theme.  During our study, students will develop their thinking through small group work, book conferences, and notebook pages. 

    Math: On Friday, we wrap up our Geometry work with a Unit Test. Students should have a list of targets in their notebooks which states what students are expected to know. Tomorrow, students will receive a study guide that lists our goals and has many practice problems. Wednesday's class time will be devoted to student work on these problems. 

    Extensions! As we review, there are students who are already today confident about our targets. If your child is feeling this way, please encourage your child to a) use the sample answers on Wednesday as a guide to improve the quality of their own work and b) definitely work through the extension ideas that will be the last page of the study guide.

    Science: We are exploring interactions between the biotic and abiotic factors in ecosystems.  This unit has a significant amount of new vocabulary to learn that we will use over the next several months, so it is important to learn it well.  The kids have a list of words in their logs, and we are discovering new definitions daily.  In class this week, the kids will do vocab work, participate in a whole group simulation, and spend some time outdoors looking for interactions on our beautiful campus ecosystems (prarie, pollinator garden, lawn, and creek).  They have a homework assignment due on Friday.

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  • Sirius News and Updates 9/30-10/4

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 9/29/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Camp Wyman Edition! 

     

    1. All bug spray and sunscreen should be placed inside a gallon sized plastic baggie and clearly labeled with your child's name and homeroom teacher's name.  

    2.  Medications should be in the original packaging, clearly labeled, and in a plastic baggie as well.  Please only send the medication needed for the time we are way. 

    3. Please watch the weather and pack appropriately.  Rain and cooler temperatures are likely on our third day. 

    Packing List: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OR4xiTECPhJISs20C5waJE2P7py8nxCnPqAClS3_tgo/edit?usp=sharing 

    On Tuesday:  

    1. We ask that all Sirius students arrive between 7:50-8:15 that morning so that the other students have already been dropped off and the driveway is cleared for our needs as we prepare to leave.  
    2. Please pack a sack lunch in a disposable bag.  Students should carry this in their string bag/small backpack.
    3. A REUSABLE water bottle is a MUST!  Please make sure your child's name is clearly labeled on the bottle. This should also be filled and carried in their string bag.  When the students arrive at Wyman, they will promptly go  to their first activity.
    4. Students will check-in in the cafeteria, then go to the auditorium to wait until 8:30 when the buses will leave for Wyman. 

     

    On Friday:

    1. The buses will leave Wyman at 11AM and will arrive at Steger about 11:30AM.
    2. We will send a Remind Text out when we leave the camp grounds so that parents can gauge our arrival back at school.
      1. If you have not yet signed up for Remind, please do so https://www.remind.com/join/teamsirius
    3. Upon our arrival at Steger, students should accompany their families home for the remainder of the day.  
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  • Sirius News and Updates for 09/23-09/27

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 9/23/2019 3:30:00 PM

    Team News: 

    1. We are 1 week away from Camp Wyman!  

    • Send in Bug Spray and Sunscreen to your homeroom teacher any day this week.  Be sure to label it with your child's name and put it in a labelled baggie.
    • Bring your medicine, in its original container, to the nurse on Friday.
    • Start watching the weather to get a better idea of what to pack.
    • Don't forget a string bag and water bottle!
    • If you have any questions, email Ms. Williams.

     

     American History: This week in American History we will start learning about the second wave of westward expansion. Students will be analyzing the effects the railroad had on our country. These effects will both be positive and negative as the students discover how they impacted Native Americans and the environment.

    ELA:   We'll have a quiz on Tuesday, September 24 on the Elements of Fiction terms. Students have a paper study guide and there's also a Quizlet posted on Google Classroom.  Both would be helpful tools for studying.  We're pushing hard to finish our novel before camp.  This week, we'll discuss inferring and drawing conclusions, and  analyze the entire plot as a whole. 

    Student received their fifth reading log on Wednesday, September 18.  It will be due the following Wednesday, September 25. The reading log has two parts-the personal reading goal and the work on the back. Both must be completed for full credit. 

    Math: On Friday, we wrap up our Geometry work with a Unit Test. Students should have a list of targets in their notebooks which states what students are expected to know. Tomorrow, students will receive a study guide that lists our goals and has many practice problems. Wednesday's class time will be devoted to student work on these problems. 

    Extensions! As we review, there are students who are already today confident about our targets. If your child is feeling this way, please encourage your child to a) use the sample answers on Wednesday as a guide to improve the quality of their own work and b) definitely work through the extension ideas that will be the last page of the study guide.

    Science: We went outside to practice making qualitative and quantitative observations in our amazing Pollinator Garden.  We will use our observations to come up with Experimental Questions about Limiting Factors.  We will spend the rest of the week learning how to analyze data.  I plan of giving the assessment for this Learning Goal on Thursday or Friday.

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  • Sirius News and Updates for 09/16-09/20

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 9/16/2019 3:30:00 PM

    Team News: 

    1. We are 2 weeks away from Camp Wyman!  Please make sure forms and money are turned in to the office as soon as possible.  

    2. If you haven't sent in a family photo yet, please do so as soon as possible.  We've started the display and would love to have everyone represented.

     

    American History: This week in American History we will wrap up our unit on Reconstruction with our first test this Wednesday.  We will then shift our focus to the second wave of westward expansion. Tuesday we will preview the new unit by understanding the difficulties families had traveling the various trails to the west. This will lead to discussions of technology and the building of the transcontinental railroad later in the week.

    ELA:  We're more than half way finished with our novel.  This week, our lessons will focus on summarizing, drawing conclusions, and inferring from the text.  We'll have a quiz on Monday, September 23 on the Elements of Fiction terms. 

    Student received their fourth reading log on Wednesday, September 11.  It will be due the following Wednesday, September 18. The reading log has two parts-the personal reading goal and the work on the back. Both must be completed for full credit. 

    Math: On Friday, we wrap up our Geometry work with a Unit Test. Students should have a list of targets in their notebooks which states what students are expected to know. Tomorrow, students will receive a study guide that lists our goals and has many practice problems. Wednesday's class time will be devoted to student work on these problems. 

    Extensions! As we review, there are students who are already today confident about our targets. If your child is feeling this way, please encourage your child to a) use the sample answers on Wednesday as a guide to improve the quality of their own work and b) definitely work through the extension ideas that will be the last page of the study guide.

    Science: This is going to be a full and productive week in Science.  We did a question and answer session in class today about Camp Wyman.  Tomorrow and Wednesday, the kids will continue to work on graphing data.  This is a really difficult skill that is taking us a while to get the hang of.  On Thursday and Friday, we will practice a note-taking technique called Sketchnoting.  Finally, on next Monday, we will collect some data outside in our beautiful Pollinator Garden.  We have a homework assignment due on Thursday.  Whew!  That's a lot!  I returned Introduction to Science Assessments to the kids on Friday.  Grades will be updated in the Portal by tomorrow.

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  • Sirius News and Updates 09/09-09/13

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 9/9/2019 3:30:00 PM

    Team News: 

    1. Please joing us for Curriculum Night this evening at 6pm.  Starting at 7pm, we'll be holding a Camp Wyman information session.

    2. If you haven't sent in a family photo yet, please do so as soon as possible.  We've started the display and would love to have everyone represented.

    3. It's time to order those infamous "Are You Sirius?" tee shirts!  We'd like to be able to place the order by mid-September so we have them for our Camp Wyman experience.  The cost is $10 per shirt.  All proceeds will support Webster-Rock Hill Ministries. Sirius Tee Order Form

     

     

    American History: This week in American History, students will be evaluating whether or not African Americans were truly free after the establishment of the thirteen and fourteenth amendments. We will study the difference between Black Codes and Jim Crow laws and conduct a sharecropping simulation. The simulation will teach students the similarities between sharecropping and slavery.

    We will also be viewing a film by National Geographic on September 11th highlighting the events that took place on that horrific day.

    Students will have their first check-up quiz tomorrow 9/10. Our first Unit test will be next Wednesday, 9/18. Study guides will be handed out this Wednesday. This particular unit is very short, expect it to not be much different than the check-up study guide students received for there quiz this week.

     

    ELA:  The students are making good progress in our novel. We're continuing our work with the Elements of Fiction, mostly Character Traits  and finding textual evidence to show support.

    A reading log was assigned on Wednesday, September 4.  It will be due this Wednesday, September 11. The reading log has two parts-the personal reading goal and the work on the back. Both must be completed for full credit. 

    Math:  Today students began a small group project to "represent three-dimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures." Although it's a quick project, it requires spatial reasoning, measuring skills, descriptive equation writing, area practice, and some newer vocabulary: net, polyhedron, surface area, and dimensions. Later in the week, students will have a quiz over this standard. 

    If you're interested, this family link has information on the unit concepts that we are currently studying. 

    Finally, I purchased some spiral grid notebooks through Amazon. If you would like to purchase one of these from me, you may send $4.00 with your child or send an email to me.

    Science: We begin our first Ecology Learning Goal (Resource Availability) this week with the added skill of organizing and analyzing data. The kids will practice graphing on their homework this week, which is due on Thursday.  We will be outside doing a simulation Wednesday.  Make sure they wear shoes and clothes for running and playing.

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  • Sirius News and Updates 09/03-09/06

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 9/3/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Team News: Welcome to week 4! 

     

    1. It was great to meet you these past couple weeks at JumpStart Conferences.  We're looking forward to a great year!

    2. If you haven't sent in a family photo yet, please do so as soon as possible.  We will be hanging them up soon and would love to have everyone represented.

    3. It's time to order those infamous "Are You Sirius?" tee shirts!  We'd like to be able to place the order by mid-September so we have them for our Camp Wyman experience.  The cost is $10 per shirt.  All proceeds will support Webster-Rock Hill Ministries. Sirius Tee Order Form

     

    American History: This week in American History, students will be taking part in n interactive escape the room activity.  This activity will teach students about the three reconstruction plans and the importance of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments.  The rest of the week, we will be comparing and contrasting black codes to Jim Crow laws and analyzing how these laws continued to oppress newly freed slaves in the South.  

    Students will have their first quiz next Tuesday.  Study guides will be handed out tomorrow in class. 

    ELA:  We're a few chapters in to our novel study, One Crazy Summer.  This week, we'll practice how to write thoughtful responses to our reading and have thoughtful discussions. Towards the end of the week, we'll break down the Elements of Fiction.

    Student received their second reading log on Wednesday, August 28.  It will be due tomorrow, September 4. The reading log has two parts-the personal reading goal and the work on the back. Both must be completed for full credit. 

    Math: Today's class was certainly exciting for me. Students put together the many details they have learned about parallelograms, and they came up with the formula for finding the area of triangles. 

    Math homework is now being posted in SIS. You can find a link to the portal on almost every page of the Steger School Website. And here it is again:  https://sis.webster.k12.mo.us/wg360x3/login 

    I encourage you to have your child open the student portal, because it is good for each child to have this practice (and let's face it, you have enough passwords).

    Finally, I purchased some spiral grid notebooks through Amazon. If you would like to purchase one of these from me, you may send $4.00 with your child or send an email to me.

    Science: The kids are working hard on their Introduction to Science Assessment.  Some kids need a little more time, so we will finish it up tomorrow. We will begin our first Ecology Learning Goal (Resource Availability) later this week. No science homework this week.

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