• Friday, May 15

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 5/14/2020 4:30:00 PM

    Dear Sirius Families,

     

    We did it!  We made it to the last week of school!  As we’re closing out the school year, we have some important information to share:

     

    1. Student Pick-Up/Drop-Off will be the week of May 25, 2020.  An email was sent to families regarding the procedures for pick-up/drop-off.  Please request entry into the building using this link.
      1. Here is a list of items to be dropped off and picked up.  
    2. The last Sirius Talk Show will be held tomorrow at 1pm.  We will be announcing the final week’s activities. The Talk Show Topics form is on the Team Classroom site, too.  Over 50 kids came to the first Talk Show, we are hoping to have even more tomorrow.  Please try to be there! 

     

    When: May 15, 2020 01:00 PM

            

    Link:  https://clever-com-in-wgsd.zoom.us/j/97880990785

     

    Password: 7ZXp6Jfor our students.  

     

    1. Finally, after the final assignments are completed, the teacher comments are written, and the computers are logged off, we can all enjoy a sigh of relief.  We can look back and know that we have gone through a remarkable change these past couple months. The families and teachers can feel proud that we’ve accomplished something we never could have imagined.  We know that we have learned new things about ourselves-personally, professionally, and otherwise.  It seems like each day was a learning opportunity for everyone involved in this endeavor.  The teachers are already in discussions about how we will be adjusting and growing in the traditional classroom and in the online classroom, should we be returning to this format.  Moving forward, none of us know what the future will hold, but what we do know is that we now have new knowledge and experience on which to grow.  Just like we’ll be doing, we encourage all families to reflect upon this time; use this experience to prepare for future learning.  Should we return to the online classroom next year, we want these students to be ready to learn, ready to advocate, and ready to handle anything seventh grade throws their way.



    This group has grown so much over the school year.  It’s been a sheer joy leading the students of Team Sirius throughout our many adventures.  They are a resilient bunch and we couldn’t be prouder of them!

     

    The Team Sirius Teachers,

    LAAuer@ssdmo.org

    finocchiaro.bridget@wgmail.org 

    pingel.nicholas@wgmail.org

    schmitt.jacqueline@wgmail.org

    williams.kelly@wgmail.org

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  • Sirius News and Updates for 4/10/2020

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 4/10/2020

    April 10, 2020

     

    Dear Sirius Families, 

     

    As we end our second full week of distance learning, we can’t thank you enough for your flexibility and honesty as we work through our new normal.   We are feeling positive about the routines that are being established with student learning and the engagement we’re seeing from the team as a whole.  If you haven’t had a chance to give us feedback yet or if things have changed and you want to do it again, please fill out this form:

     

    https://forms.gle/RpPxTpZLPw5SVuWbA

     

    Most of you signed up to receive Google Classroom updates either daily or weekly.  These notices are a good tool, however it can also be overwhelming. Please know that these are snapshots, not report cards.  If you are seeing lots of missing assignments, they may be doing the work but forgetting to press “turn in” or “mark as done.”

     

    Finally, know that we are here for you and ready to help in any way we are able. We realize that every home situation is unique, therefore our expectations of what our students are able to do is wide open.  Our goal is to provide daily opportunities for creating structure, learning content, developing perseverance, and making connections. We know that you will make decisions on how to use our Classrooms to best serve your family.

      

    Take care of yourselves and enjoy this additional time with your families.

     

    Stay healthy!

     

    The Team Sirius Teachers,

    LAAuer@ssdmo.org

    finocchiaro.bridget@wgmail.org 

    pingel.nicholas@wgmail.org

    schmitt.jacqueline@wgmail.org

    williams.kelly@wgmail.org

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  • Sirius News and Updates for 04/03-04/09

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 4/3/2020 1:00:00 PM

    April 3, 2020

     

    Hello Sirius Families!

     

    Well, we’ve made it through the first week of remote learning.  We are so grateful for all the grace and forgiveness you’ve shown us as we navigate this new style of teaching and learning.  Moving forward, here are some reminders and upcoming information:

     

    • Google Classroom Daily Check-in continues to be the way your child should access the daily work.  Start on Sirius, then go through each class.

     

    • Catch Up Day:  We want to make sure that we are not giving too much work or too little work.  We will begin adding catch up time to some classes or optional assignments. These details will be in each Classroom during the week.

     

    • Work Load: If you are finding that the work for one class is taking longer than 30 minutes, please just stop, and come back to it another time. Please send a note to the teacher (from parent or student) to let us know.

     

    • Survey: We want to know how things are going at home so we can best accommodate and support your students.  Please try to fill out the form below with your student before next Wednesday. We promise it is short and easy!

     

    https://forms.gle/BgubAvFXSdJLsou59



    Please know that we are here for you and ready to help in any way we are able.  Take care of yourselves and enjoy this additional time with your families.

     

    Stay healthy!

     

    The Team Sirius Teachers,

    LAAuer@ssdmo.org

    finocchiaro.bridget@wgmail.org 

    pingel.nicholas@wgmail.org

    schmitt.jacqueline@wgmail.org

    williams.kelly@wgmail.org

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  • Sirius News and Updates for 03/27-04/02

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 3/26/2020 4:30:00 PM

    March 26, 2020

     

    Hello Families!

     

    Welcome to the First Day of School-Remote School! Words cannot describe how much we miss the faces of our students on Team Sirius. Even though school will look very different, know that we are here and ready to support learning. This is new to everybody and as we navigate through this challenging time, we must all be patient, diligent, and kind.  

     

    As we move forward, we will communicate all assignments through Google Classroom.  Each day, students must open their individual Google Classrooms to receive lessons and assignments.  As an additional support for parents, we will post a Daily Learning Overview in the Team Sirius Classroom site.  This can be used as a day-at-a-glance list for your child’s learning. Once you have accepted the invitation to join your child’s Google Classroom account, you will be able to receive regular summaries of the assigned work as well. 

     

    Expect that your child will be receiving information via various multimedia formats.  We are awaiting district notification pertaining to our use of Zoom to hold class meetings and discussions.  

     

    We’ve created a slideshow for At-Home Resources, which is attached as a pdf and available on our Team Sirius Classroom site for future reference.  Within the slide show, you will find a Sample Schedule to help you with organizing your child’s day. Expect an email from us each Friday with updates.

     

    Finally, the PE teachers have requested that all students join the PE Google Classroom sites using the code below: 

    Steger: hajchz3



    Stay safe and inside! Please reach out via email if you have any questions or concerns.  We are here to support you all!

     

    The Team Sirius Teachers,

    finocchiaro.bridget@wgmail.org 

    pingel.nicholas@wgmail.org

    schmitt.jacqueline@wgmail.org

    williams.kelly@wgmail.org

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  • Sirius News and Updates 03/02-03/06

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 3/2/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Team News:

    1. Spring Conferences will be held March 11, 2020.  Since we conduct JumpStart and Fall Conferences earlier in the year, spring appointments are by teacher and parent request.  If you do not receive an invitation and would like to meet with the team, please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher.

    2.  Spring Break begins on March 13, 2020.  School will resume on March 23, 2020.

    3.  Cold and Flu Season has "WIPED" us out of Clorox Wipes.  We have also "BLOWN" through our tissue supplies.  Any class donations would be greatly appreciated.  

     

    American HistoryThis week in American History we will conclude our unit with test on WW1 This Wednesday. Study guides were handed out last Monday and the answer key can be found on google classroom beginning today.

    Thursday we will turn our focus to the 1920s as we will begin working on our 1920's museum project. Information will come home on Thursday or Friday. Thank you for those who have donated there recycling items, we could still use some more, thanks!!

    ELA:  This week, students are presenting to the classroom.  We're also working on nonfiction reading strategies, MAP practice strategies, and testing strategies. 

    Reading log #10 is due Thursday, March 5, 2020.  The accompanying work is posted on Google Classroom.  Students may also get a hard copy from me if internet accessibility is a concern. Reading log #11 will be assigned March 5 and due March 12, 2020.

    MATH: Our Shopping Project concludes our mini unit on Decimal Computation. It is due tomorrow. Students have a scoring guide to go with the project. If possible, please take a look at your child's work and help your child to evaluate their work using the scoring guide.

    Graded Feb.19 and Feb 26 computation tests were returned to students via email. So you may ask your child to open email account to show you the results.

    Tomorrow, March 3, we begin our unit on EXPRESSIONS AND EQUATIONS (algebra basics). 

    Homework expectation continues to be nightly practice. Help sessions are Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7:15-7:35. I also have help sessions for 20 minutes after school on most days, and I meet with students upon request most lunches and recesses.

     

    Science: We are spending this week with an introduction to our new unit:  Evolution by Means of Natural Selection.  To better understand how environments influence structures and behaviors, we are participating in March Mammal Madness.  Ask your kid to show you the web site.  We would love for you to fill out a bracket and play along at home.

    Hopefully, you received the email outlining Human Growth and Development that begins Friday.  If you have any questions, please reach out.

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  • Sirius News and Updates 02/03-02/07

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 2/3/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Team News:

    1. The end of the 2nd trimester is drawing near.  Now is a great time to sit down with your child and review the portal.  All missing work and revisions must be submitted by February 13, 2020.  

    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 and would like more information, please visit the GOTR site or contact Head Coach and Site Liaison, Bridget Finocchiaro at finocchiaro.bridget@wgmail.org.  You may register by clicking here. All coaches must register by February 9, 2020.  

    Registration for Girls on the Run’s middle school program, Heart and Sole, starts on Friday, January 17, 2020, and runs through February 19, 2020, at 12:00 P.M.  Practices begin on February 25, 2020, and will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:00PM. The 10-week season ends the week of May 14th.  All registrations must be completed through the website and spots on the team are awarded through a lottery.  The GOTR program also offers need-based scholarships to any girl who applies.

    3. You should have received 3 papers from your students in the past couple of days:

    • Hixson registration forms 
    • Math placement test information
    • Yearbook order forms

    American HistoryThis week in American History students will be learning about the numerous technological advancements made during the period of WW1. Students will analyze how these advancements affected the war and try to figure out how these together can finally end the stalemate and get the allied forces out of the trenches and across no man's land. Trench warfare station activity work from last week is due tomorrow 2/4 before class.

    ELA:  We've begun our work with NonFiction text.  In this unit, we'll dive into various nonfiction reading strategies, some note taking methods, vocabulary work, and group discussions.  

     MATH: Our class work has been very challenging as we develop number sense about fractions and operations with fractions. We have pushed through some of the most challenging division work, and today moved into the simple steps of calculating for fractions division.

    If you would like to get summaries of our lessons or the family math materials, you could check my helpful sites: CLICK HERE to access my links library.

    Math homework continues to be nightly. Help sessions are Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7:15-7:35. I also have help sessions for 20 minutes after school on most days, and I meet with students upon request most lunches and recesses.

     

    Science:  The kids are doing a great job of designing and building their EcoBottles.  I hope to be finished building at the end of class on Monday.  There will be a written assessment in which the kids will decide whether or not their group successfully built a self-sustaining closed ecosystem and support their claim with evidence and scientific reasoning.

     If you are interested in helping with this project, these are the materials we will be using.

    1. Empty, Clear 2 Liter Bottles

    2. Containers of soil from your yard

    3. Packets of seeds

    4. Tubes of clear silicone sealant

    5. Clear Flex Tape

    6. Gift cards for PetCo (for water plants)

    7. Gift cards for Home Depot (for sealants and tools)

    8. Distilled Water

    All of these materials will be "community supplies" and used by the whole team.

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  • Sirius News and Updates 01/27-01/31

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 1/28/2020 3:30:00 PM

    Team News:

     

    1. 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 and would like more information, please visit the GOTR site or contact Head Coach and Site Liaison, Bridget Finocchiaro at finocchiaro.bridget@wgmail.org.  You may register by clicking here. All coaches must register by February 9, 2020.  

    Registration for Girls on the Run’s middle school program, Heart and Sole, starts on Friday, January 17, 2020, and runs through February 19, 2020, at 12:00 P.M.  Practices begin on February 25, 2020, and will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:00PM. The 10-week season ends the week of May 14th.  All registrations must be completed through the website and spots on the team are awarded through a lottery.  The GOTR program also offers need-based scholarships to any girl who applies.

    2. You should have received 3 papers from your students in the past couple of days:

    • Hixson registration forms 
    • Math placement test information
    • Yearbook order forms

    American HistoryThis week in American History students will be learning about trench warfare and the harsh conditions that soldiers had to endure during there time overseas. This Friday we will have a quiz over the causes of WW1 and why the U.S. entered the war. A study guide was handed out in class on Monday.

    ELA:  We've begun our work with NonFiction text.  In this unit, we'll dive into various nonfiction reading strategies, some note taking methods, vocabulary work, and group discussions.  Students were given reading goals today and a list of expectations throughout this unit.  

    Reading Log #9 was assigned on Friday, January 24 and is due on January 31. Students will need internet access for this assignment.  If it is unavailable, we can make arrangements to complete the work at school. 

     MATH: Our class work has been very challenging as we develop number sense about fractions and operations with fractions. We have pushed through some of the most challenging division work, and today moved into the simple steps of calculating for fractions division.

    If you would like to get summaries of our lessons or the family math materials, you could check my helpful sites: CLICK HERE to access my links library.

    Math homework continues to be nightly. Help sessions are Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7:15-7:35. I also have help sessions for 20 minutes after school on most days, and I meet with students upon request most lunches and recesses.

     

    Science:  The kids are doing a great job of designing and building their EcoBottles.  I hope to be finished building at the end of class on Monday.  There will be a written assessment in which the kids will decide whether or not their group successfully built a self-sustaining closed ecosystem and support their claim with evidence and scientific reasoning.

     If you are interested in helping with this project, these are the materials we will be using.

    1. Empty, Clear 2 Liter Bottles

    2. Containers of soil from your yard

    3. Packets of seeds

    4. Tubes of clear silicone sealant

    5. Clear Flex Tape

    6. Gift cards for PetCo (for water plants)

    7. Gift cards for Home Depot (for sealants and tools)

    8. Distilled Water

    All of these materials will be "community supplies" and used by the whole team.

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  • Sirius News and Updates 01/21-01/24

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 1/21/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Team News:

    1. We have enough 2-Liter Bottles!  Thanks to everyone who contributed!  If your family has more, I'm sure Atlas and Polaris would love some donations.  Also, thanks to everyone who braved the cold to bring in baggies of soil.  There is still time to bring it in (if the ground thaws enough).

     

    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 and would like more information, please visit the GOTR site or contact Head Coach and Site Liaison, Bridget Finocchiaro at finocchiaro.bridget@wgmail.org.  You may register by clicking here. All coaches must register by February 9, 2020.  

    Registration for Girls on the Run’s middle school program, Heart and Sole, starts on Friday, January 17, 2020, and runs through February 19, 2020, at 12:00 P.M.  Practices begin on February 25, 2020, and will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:00PM. The 10-week season ends the week of May 14th.  All registrations must be completed through the website and spots on the team are awarded through a lottery.  The GOTR program also offers need-based scholarships to any girl who applies

    American HistoryThis week in American History students will be learning about trench warfare and the harsh conditions that soldiers had to endure during there time overseas. This Friday we will have a quiz over the causes of WW1 and why the U.S. entered the war. A study guide was handed out in class on Monday.

    ELA: Due to last Friday's school cancellation and my absence today, the due date for the literary essay is tomorrow, Wednesday, January 22.  Later in the week, we'll initiate our work with nonfiction book groups.  In these groups, students will be assinged a nonfiction text and are expected to maintain the reading goal and participate in group conversations.

    Reading Log #8 was assigned on Friday, January 10 should have been turned in today upon our return from the long weekend.  Reading Log #9 will be assigned on January 24

     MATH: We had a great start back today. In all math classes, students were active and engaged. Students explored situations to help them develop generalizations about division. Although the steps to solving a division equation are simple, our unit on Dividing Fractions has a focus of developing number sense with rational numbers. If you would like to get summaries of our lessons or the family math materials, you could check my helpful sites: CLICK HERE to access my links library.

    Math homework continues to be nightly. Help sessions are Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7:15-7:35. I also have help sessions for 20 minutes after school on most days, and I meet with students upon request most lunches and recesses.

     

    Science: The kids got their Photosynthesis and Cell Respiration Assessments back today.  They filed them in their assessment folders, but they can bring them home if you want to see them.  The portal will be updated tonight.  Anyone wishing to revise may do so during Lunch/Recess in my room on Thursday. 

    We officially started planning our EcoBottles today.  The kids have a little bit of homework tonight on their Innovators Compass.  Directions are on the Portal.  If you are interested in helping with this project, these are the materials we will be using:

    1. Empty, Clear 2 Liter Bottles

    2. Containers of soil from your yard

    3. Packets of seeds

    4. Tubes of clear silicone sealant

    5. Clear Flex Tape

    6. Gift cards for PetCo (for water plants)

    7. Gift cards for Home Depot (for sealants)

    8. Distilled Water

    All of these materials will be "community supplies" and used by the whole team.

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  • Sirius News and Updates 1/13-1.17

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 1/13/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Team News:

    1. PLEASE SAVE CLEAR SODA BOTTLES ... 

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

     

    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 and would like more information, please visit the GOTR site or contact Head Coach and Site Liaison, Bridget Finocchiaro at finocchiaro.bridget@wgmail.org.  You may register by clicking here. All coaches must register by February 9, 2020.  

    Registration for Girls on the Run’s middle school program, Heart and Sole, starts on Friday, January 17, 2020, and runs through February 19, 2020, at 12:00 P.M.  Practices begin on February 25, 2020, and will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:00PM. The 10-week season ends the week of May 14th.  All registrations must be completed through the website and spots on the team are awarded through a lottery.  The GOTR program also offers need-based scholarships to any girl who applies

    American HistoryThis week in American History students will begin learning about the main causes of ww1. We will be evaluating 5 different causes in a station activity starting Wednesday. Students will then choose two causes they feel were the biggest cause and explain their thinking with evidence. On Tuesday and Thursday we will take a look at the Panama Canal and the impact it had on the world. Students may have homework depending on how much they finish in-class this week.

    ELA: Students will continue with the writing process for their Literary Essay.  Students will complete their essays this week.  The final, typed essay will be due on January 17.

    Reading Log #8 was assigned on Friday, January 10 and due the  Friday, January 17.  Reading Log #9 will be assigned on January 17

     

    MATH: We had a great start back today. In all math classes, students were active and engaged. Students explored situations to help them develop generalizations about division. Although the steps to solving a division equation are simple, our unit on Dividing Fractions has a focus of developing number sense with rational numbers. If you would like to get summaries of our lessons or the family math materials, you could check my helpful sites: CLICK HERE to access my links library.

    Math homework continues to be nightly. Help sessions are Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7:15-7:35. I also have help sessions for 20 minutes after school on most days, and I meet with students upon request most lunches and recesses.

     

    Science: The kids are taking their Photosynthesis and Cell Respiration Assessment today and the next time we have class (either Tuesday or Wednesday).  Then we will start working on planning our Ecobottles.  If you are interested in helping with this project, these are the materials we will be using:

    1. Empty, Clear 2 Liter Bottles

    2. Containers of soil from your yard

    3. Packets of seeds

    4. Tubes of clear silicone sealant

    5. Clear Flex Tape

    6. Gift cards for Pet Smart (for water plants)

    7. Gift cards for Home Depot (for sealants)

    All of these materials will be "community supplies" and used by the whole team.

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  • Sirius News and Updates

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 1/6/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Team News:

     

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

    The "Feastival" was a huge success!  Thanks to all our amazing families who helped make this celebration happen for our students.   

    PLEASE SAVE CLEAR SODA BOTTLES ... 

    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 create a newscast surrounding the events that lead to the end of the Spanish-American War. Information about the project will be handed out tomorrow during class. Students will be able to bring devices into class to help them record their videos. All devices must be turned into my lockbox in the morning if students plan to use the device during class. The due date for the project will be this Monday, January 13th.

    ELA: Students will continue with the writing process for their Literary Essay.  This week, we'll be working on our Introductions and Conclusions.  We'll also begin typing.  The final, typed essay will be due on January 17.

    Reading Log #8 will be assigned on Friday, January 10 and due the following Friday, January 17

     

    MATH: We had a great start back today. In all math classes, students were active and engaged. Students explored situations to help them develop generalizations about division. Although the steps to solving a division equation are simple, our unit on Dividing Fractions has a focus of developing number sense with rational numbers. If you would like to get summaries of our lessons or the family math materials, you could check my helpful sites: CLICK HERE to access my links library.

    Math homework continues to be nightly. Help sessions are Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7:15-7:35. I also have help sessions for 20 minutes after school on most days, and I meet with students upon request most lunches and recesses.

     

    Science:  We are finishing up Photosynthesis and Cell Respiration this week.  Our test is scheduled for Monday.  The kids are still struggling with remembering the reactants and products for each process.  They really need to study this week to get it down.

    The only homework is to bring in an empty 2-Liter Bottle by next Monday.  This, of course, is not required, and not for a grade, but we cannot do the project without them.  When you send them in, please rinse them, remove the label, and send in the the cap too.  Thanks!

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