• Sirius News and Updates for 05/20-05/24

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 5/19/2019 6:00:00 PM

    Team News:  The teachers of Team Sirius would like to thank the students and their families for a great school year!  We wish you a safe, happy, and relaxing summer break!  We'll miss you!

    *Note from Ms. Finocchiaro: We still have many library books to be returned before May 24.  Please do a careful sweep of your house and return all Steger Library books ASAP.  Thank you!

    Special Schedules for May 20-24

    20 MONDAY: Field Day

    • Field Day Attire- kids will get VERY WET, they can bring clothes to change into
    • Wear your Sirius Shirt!!
    • Lunch is provided (hotdogs, veggie burgers, chips, water)
    • No Instruments
    • Comp Test

    Schedule:

    7:55-8:27 Period 2

    8:30-9:08 Period 4

    9:11-9:49 Period 7

    9:52-10:30 Period 8

    10:30-10:47 Homeroom time

    10:50-2:20 FIELD DAY/Lunch

     

    21 TUESDAY:

    • Wear or bring shoes appropriate for kickball.  Everyone who isn’t injured plays!
    • Bring what you signed up for to share for breakfast.

    7:55-8:40 Team Breakfast and Sign Yearbooks*

    8:43-9:33 Specials

    10:28-11:24 Period 4

    10:29-11:19 Music

    11:21-12:09 Recess/Lunch

    12:48-1:44   Period 7

    1:35-2:15    Kickball playoffs

    2:20-2:30 Dismissal

     

    22 WEDNESDAY:

    • Wear or bring shoes appropriate for kickball if your team makes the finals.  Everyone who isn’t injured plays, and everybody cheers!

    7:55-8:40 Period 2

    8:43-9:33 Specials

    10:28-11:24 Period 8

    10:29-11:19 Music

    11:21-12:09 Recess/Lunch

    12:48-2:00   Kickball Finals

    2:00-2:20 Schwa

    2:20-2:30 Dismissal

     

    23 THURSDAY:

    7:55-8:40 Core Time- TBD

    8:43-9:33 Specials

    10:28-11:24 Core Time- TBD

    10:29-11:19 Music

    11:19-12:09     Lunch/Recess

    12:15-2:15 PTO party

    2:15-2:45 Dismissal

     

    24 FRIDAY: Field Trip

     

    • No Instrument
    • Lunch is optional (Limited snacks available at Rec Center, can purchase sack lunch from school, can bring a lunch, or wait until they get home)

     

    7:55-8:25 Specials

    8:30 Restroom and grab “skating” clothes

    8:40 Board buses for Webster Rec Center

    9:00 SKATE! (on ice … 9:15-10:45)

    10:45 Return Skates

    11:00 Board buses for return

    11:30 Back at Steger - ICE CREAM SANDWICHES in Homeroom

    11:45 Dismissal

     

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  • Sirius News and Updates for 05/13-05/17

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 5/13/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Team News: 

    The kids are bringing home information concerning the last weeks of school today.  We have a lot of fun activites planned, and it can get confusing during this busy time.  Let us know if your child will not be attending or if you have any questions.  Here is a link to the document, just in case it doesn't make it home.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gLs84nrtRxslrqnjM2JZoVF7EI2icQwn7Y9WqZ8fVrI/edit?usp=sharing

    Permission slips went out last week for our ice skating field trip on the last day of school. Returning these quickly helps us to prepare more easily. THANK YOU

    American History: This week in American History students will start learning about WWII and the main charaters we will be encountering during our learning activities. Students will create thier very own Funko pop figure that represents thier assigned charater/important figure during WWII. Our unit test on The Great Depression and the 1920's is this Wednesday. On Monday we went over the study guide and reviewed for the test.

     

    ELA: We've begun our final unit of the year- the Social Issues Book Clubs.  Students will be in small book groups and will choose a novel to read. Throughout the book clubs, we'll be discussing complex social relationships among the characters.  The expectation is that all students will complete their novel by May 17 and should be reading in the evening to reach this goal.  The accompanying packet is due on the 17th as well.  

    Math: So we are in our final days, and students are deep into their Data & Statistics Project. Each student has a sheet of directions for the project and a scoring guide. We will also have mini-quizzes in closs over the statistic topics: statistical questions, mean, meadian, mode, range, IQR, dot plots, histograms, and box plots.  

    Science:  The kids will take their final science assessment of the year tomorrow, Tuesday the 14th.  We reviewed in class today by making a foldable study guide.  This quiz is vocabulary heavy.  Please take some time tonight to help them study.  For our last weeks together, we are looking at external processes, with a focus on soil and water.  I would appreciate donations of small clean glass jars with lids (think Starbucks Frappaccino bottles) for the kids to use.  They also need to bring in a small container or baggy of soil from their yard to test.

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  • Sirius News and Updates for 05/06-05/10

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 5/6/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Team News: 

    We are in the home stretch!  The kids did a great job staying focused on the MAP test and the NWEA today.  We all appreciated a low-key afternoon to sit back and read good books.

    Be on the lookout for information concerning the last weeks of school.  We have a lot of fun activites planned, and it can get confusing during this busy time.  Let us know if your child will not be attending or if you have any questions.

     

     

    American History: This week in American History students will start learning about WWII and the main charaters we will be encountering during our learning activities. Students will create thier very own Funko pop figure that represents thier assigned charater/important figure during WWII. Our unit test on The Great Depression and the 1920's is this Wednesday. On Monday we went over the study guide and reviewed for the test.

     

    ELA: We've begun our final unit of the year- the Social Issues Book Clubs.  Students will be in small book groups and will choose a novel to read. Throughout the book clubs, we'll be discussing complex social relationships among the characters.  The expectation is that all students will complete their novel by May 17 and should be reading in the evening to reach this goal.  The accompanying packet is due on the 17th as well.  

    Math: Without skipping a beat, we started with concepts in Unit 7. It is such a natural progression from Expressions and Equations to Rational Numbers. Students applied their ideas about positive and negative numbers today to various problems. The rest of the week we will move into more complex problems. We will also develop and understanding of absolute value.  

    Science:  The kids are busy preparing for thier last assessment in science class, Plate Tectonics and Internal Processes.  They can take their test as soon as they complete the required menu items (as soon as Wednesday).  Everyone should complete it by next Monday.  For our last weeks together, we are looking at external processes, with a focus on soil and water.  I would appreciate donations of small clean glass jars with lids (think Starbucks Frappaccino bottles) for the kids to use.  They can also bring in a small baggy of soil from their yard to test.

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  • Sirius News and Updates for 04/29-05/03

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 4/29/2019 3:30:00 PM

    Team News: 

    MAP News:  Team Sirius will test on April 23 (ELA) and April 30 (Math)

    For testing, students will need:

    1. A working mouse

    2. Headphones or Earbuds

    3. Pencil

    School will provide:

    1. Scratch Paper

    2. Calculators

    **According to DESE, smart phones, smart watches, mp3s, or any other device that connects to the internet are prohibited in the testing environment. **

    American History: This week in American History students will start learning about WWII and the main charaters we will be encountering during our learning activities. Students will create thier very own Funko pop figure that represents thier assigned charater/important figure during WWII. Our unit test on The Great Depression and the 1920's is this Wednesday. On Monday we went over the study guide and reviewed for the test.

     

    ELA: Due to a misunderstanding in the testing window, Students did not take the SRI last week, as originally planned.  We have postponed it until early May, after MAP.

    This week, we're wrapping up our nonfiction reading unit. Students have two articles w/ questions and a study guide sheet to complete by Thursday, May 2.  We're also beginning our final unit of the year- the Social Issues Reading workshop.  Students will be in small book groups and will choose a novel to read. Throughout the book clubs, we'll be discussing complex social relationships among the characters.

    Math: Without skipping a beat, we started with concepts in Unit 7. It is such a natural progression from Expressions and Equations to Rational Numbers. Students applied their ideas about positive and negative numbers today to various problems. The rest of the week we will move into more complex problems. We will also develop and understanding of absolute value.  

    Science:  We took our assessment on Rock Strat and Fossil Record today.  I am going to try to have them graded and on the Portal by Wednesday.  Grades have been updated to include the EcoBottle presentations and the 2 Natural Selection scores.  Our next Menu begins tomorrow:  Internal Processes and Plate Tectonics.  We will spend about two and a half weeks on it and assess the second week of May.  That will leave us just over a week for external processes.

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  • April 22-26

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 4/22/2019 3:30:00 PM

    Team News: 

    MAP News:  Team Sirius will test on April 23 (ELA) and April 30 (Math)

    For testing, students will need:

    1. A working mouse

    2. Headphones or Earbuds

    3. Pencil

    School will provide:

    1. Scratch Paper

    2. Calculators

    **According to DESE, smart phones, smart watches, mp3s, or any other device that connects to the internet are prohibited in the testing environment. **

    American History: This week in American History students will be learning about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and analyzing the New Deal. We have a very short quiz tommrow, study guides were handed out last Tuesday. We will wrap up our unit this Friday and start WWII Monday 4/29, the students are very excited!

    We will have our 1920's and Great Depression asessment next Wednesday 5/1. Study guides will be handed out tommrow and due Monday 3/23. Thanks for your continued support!

    ELA: Due to a misunderstanding in the testing window, Students did not take the SRI last week, as originally planned.  We have postponed it until early May, after MAP.

    Students are expected to complete their nonfiction texts this week.  For some, that may mean bringing them home one evening.  The major skills we've practiced with this unit is finding the central idea and summarizing information in a complex text.  

    Math: Without skipping a beat, we started with concepts in Unit 7. It is such a natural progression from Expressions and Equations to Rational Numbers. Students applied their ideas about positive and negative numbers today to various problems. The rest of the week we will move into more complex problems. We will also develop and understanding of absolute value.  

    Science:  We took our assessment on Rock Strat and Fossil Record today.  I am going to try to have them graded and on the Portal by Wednesday.  Grades have been updated to include the EcoBottle presentations and the 2 Natural Selection scores.  Our next Menu begins tomorrow:  Internal Processes and Plate Tectonics.  We will spend about two and a half weeks on it and assess the second week of May.  That will leave us just over a week for external processes.

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  • Sirius news and updates for 4/15- 4/19

    Posted by Nicholas Pingel on 4/15/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Team News: 

    MAP News:  Team Sirius will test on April 23 (ELA) and April 30 (Math)

    For testing, students will need:

    1. A working mouse

    2. Headphones or Earbuds

    3. Pencil

    School will provide:

    1. Scratch Paper

    2. Calculators

    **According to DESE, smart phones, smart watches, mp3s, or any other device that connects to the internet are prohibited in the testing environment. **

     

    2. Any student who wishes to conduct a session for the Student Led Passion Day must submit their proposal and sign up by Friday, April 19.  The link is available on our Team Sirius Google Classroom site.

    American History: This week in American History students will be working on a menu that will teach them all about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. We started the menu last Thursday and it consist of three activities. The first is a creation of evil villians that represent 5 causes of the great depression followed by a webquest and dustbowl graphic novel. The menu allows students to be creative and will have them analyzing photos and listening to video clips from individuals who lived through the time period.  The Menu is due this Thursday before class. Thursday we will do a simulation on the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.

    Next Tuesday we will have a short quiz over the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. Study guides will be handed out tommrow in-class.

    ELA:  Nonfiction book groups are underway.  This week, we're practicing how to conduct a book group discussion and summarizing information.

    On Thursday, April 18, students will take the SRI, Scholastic Reading Inventory, for the third and final time.  The SRI is a fiction reading assessment focusing on comprehension, vocabulary, and inference. 

    Math: Without skipping a beat, we started with concepts in Unit 7. It is such a natural progression from Expressions and Equations to Rational Numbers. Students applied their ideas about positive and negative numbers today to various problems. The rest of the week we will move into more complex problems. We will also develop and understanding of absolute value.  

    Science:  

    The kids did an absolutely incredible job at the Honeysuckle Hack!  If you get a chance, please stop by the Pollinator Garden and look at the creek.  We couldn't even see the creek before we started.

    We have officially finished Ecology.  For the next 7 (gasp) weeks, we are working on Earth Processes, starting with Fossil Record and Rock Strata.  We will have homework due early next week.

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  • Sirius News and Updates for 04/08-04/12

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

    Team News: 

    MAP News:  Team Sirius will test on April 23 (ELA) and April 30 (Math)

    For testing, students will need:

    1. A working mouse

    2. Headphones or Earbuds

    3. Pencil

    School will provide:

    1. Scratch Paper

    2. Calculators

    **According to DESE, smart phones, smart watches, mp3s, or any other device that connects to the internet is prohibited in the testing environment. **

    American History: Students 1920's museum choice projects are due this Wednesday before class. Wednesday students will be touring the museum and learning from each others various topics about the 1920's. All students wil recieve museum gallery walk worksheets to guide them and their learning surrounding the various topics. We wil wrap up the week and or unit by watching a Charlie Chaplin Classic "The Kid."

    ELA Nonfiction book groups are underway.  This week we're practicing how to generate thoughtful questions and writing a central idea. 

    Math: Our Unit 6 Test is scheduled for this Friday, April 12. Look for a study guide to come home on Wednesday. In class on Wednesday and Thursday, we will cover the last two goals for the unit:

    • create tables and graphs that show the relationship between two amounts in a ratio.
    • write equations with variables that shows the relationship between two amounts in the ratio

    For support, I suggest your child read through the summaries in Open Up Resources, Unit 6. OR you might want to show them the Open Up Resources Family Link. https://im.openupresources.org/6/families/6.html 

    Science:  

    The kids did an absolutely incredible job at the Honeysuckle Hack!  If you get a chance, please stop by the Pollinator Garden and look at the creek.  We couldn't even see the creek before we started.

    We have officially finished Ecology.  For the next 7 (gasp) weeks, we are working on Earth Processes, starting with Fossil Record and Rock Strata.  We will have homework due early next week.

     

     

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  • Sirius News and Updates for 04/01-04/05

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 4/1/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Team News: 

    MAP News:  Team Sirius will test on April 23 (ELA) and April 30 (Math)

    For testing, students will need:

    1. A working mouse

    2. Headphones or Earbuds

    3. Pencil

    School will provide:

    1. Scratch Paper

    2. Calculators

    **According to DESE, smart phones, smart watches, mp3s, or any other device that connects to the internet is prohibited in the testing environment. **

    American History: Students 1920's museum choice projects are due this Wednesday before class. Wednesday students will be touring the museum and learning from each others various topics about the 1920's. All students wil recieve museum gallery walk worksheets to guide them and their learning surrounding the various topics. We wil wrap up the week and or unit by watching a Charlie Chaplin Classic "The Kid."

    ELAThis week, students will take a pre-assessment for our upcoming nonfiction unit.  Later on in the week, we'll be preparing for our nonfiction reading unit.  Students will be divided into book groups; each group will read a nonfiction book.  Each book studied in this unit comes from experiences of the Holocaust.  We'll be focusing on summarizing information and finding the central idea.

    A reading log is due Wednesday, April 3.  We'll be taking a break from Reading Logs while we're in our Nonfiction unit.   

    Math: Today, April 1, we worked through lessons and practices on Khan Academy. Our topic on Khan is called Variables and Expressions, which is part of our current unit. 

    We will be using Khan Academy quite a bit this week in class and for homework. Tomorrow, students will be pulled for small group instruction based on last week's quiz, (which is in the portal now).

    Another advantage to using Khan a bit more now, is the practice with working online, which is the current format for the upcoming MAP test.

    For support, I suggest your child read through the summaries in Open Up Resources, Unit 6. OR you might want to show them the Open Up Resources Family Link. https://im.openupresources.org/6/families/6.html 

    Science:  

    Tomorrow, April 2nd, is Steger's 4th Annual Honeysuckle Hack!  During Science  class, the kids will go outside and help Master Naturalist volunteers pull, cut, and drag this invasive plant to clear it from our campus.  The district will mulch it for us to spread around new growth.  This is a great culminating event for our extensive study of ecosystems and human impact.  The kids are encouraged to wear appropriate clothes and shoes for working outdoors.  They will not need to bring tools, but if they have gardening gloves, that would be helpful.  Thanks for your support of this incredible event!We will continue learning about Natural Selection this week as we do lots of simulations.  Homework was made available today.  It is also in the menu and in the portal.  It is due on Thursday.  We will take our checkpoint on Tuesday, April 2nd.

    EcoBottle presentations are going well.  We just have a few left.  Grades will be updated this week.

    We will finish up Natural Selection this week.  The checkpoint will be Friday.  We are doing a study guide on Wednesday to help them be prepared.

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  • Sirius News and Updates for 03/25-03/29

    Posted by Kelly Williams on 3/25/2019 3:00:00 PM

    We can't believe that we are already in the last week of March!  The year is flying by! 

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    American History: Thank you for all of the recycling you donated for our 1920's projects! If you still have some around the house have your student bring it in!

    This week students will be working in groups on their 1920's projects. Each group was assigned a main topic and then divided that topic into subtopics among the group members. Students will be graded on the portions of the project they are assigned. If you would like to look through the details of the project, please ask your student to show you the project directions that were given out before spring break. Projects are due next Tuesday, April 2. Students may have homework throughout the week depending on where they are on the project.

    ELA: Students are in the process of reading a class novel, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  It is Woodson's story in verse growing up in both the North and the South during the Jim Crow era. 

    This week, students will take a pre-assessment for our upcoming nonfiction unit.  A reading log will be assigned this Wednesday, March 27, and due the following Wednesday, April 3. 

    Math: Today, March 25, we eased back into class with a class meeting. We shared ideas of appreciation and ideas for changes in these final nine weeks of school. 

    Next, students wrote expressions with numbers and variables as a quick review from 11 days ago. Tonight practice paper (PDF on portal if needed) has some basic review, and I challenged the students to make it more advanced by adding observations, conjectures, and questions.

    This week we will spend time learning, developing, and applying the Distributive Property. This concept is used and built upon throughout all future math courses. For support, I suggest your child read through the summaries in Open Up Resources, Unit 6. OR you might want to show them the Open Up Resources Family Link. https://im.openupresources.org/6/families/6.html

    AGAIN, a special thank you to all the students who put forth great effort to revise assignments that were listed in the portal. Many students attended math help sessions and worked extra with family members to increase learning and points. If you have not yet gone over the portal for individual assignments, please do this with your child. 

    Science:  We will continue learning about Natural Selection this week as we do lots of simulations.  Homework was made available today.  It is also in the menu and in the portal.  It is due on Thursday.  We will take our checkpoint on Tuesday, April 2nd.

    EcoBottle presentations are going well.  Groups signed up for days to present before break.  

    This Friday, March 29th, is Steger's 4th Annual Honeysuckle Hack!  During Science  class, the kids will go outside and help Master Naturalist volunteers pull, cut, and drag this invasive plant to clear it from our campus.  The district will mulch it for us to spread around new growth.  This is a great culminating event for our extensive study of ecosystems and human impact.  The kids are encouraged to wear appropriate clothes and shoes for working outdoors.  They will not need to bring tools, but if they have gardening gloves, that would be helpful.  Thanks for your support of this incredible event!

    March Mammal Madness is in full effect!  If you want to follow along on Twitter at #2019MMM.  (Note: this is not a made-for-kids feed.  I can't promise that all posts will be 6th grade appropriate.)

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  • Sirius News and Updates for 03/11-03/14

    Posted by Bridget Finocchiaro on 3/11/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Spring Conferences will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, and are by teacher request.  If you don't receive an invitation and you'd like to meet with the team, please reach out ot your child's homerom teacher.  

    Reminder that Spring Break can be a great time to replenish school supplies that may still be needed for the next few months. Check if your child needs a mouse or earbuds for school; and please check on your child's pencil supply, PLEASE. 

    We wish eveyrone a restful and pleasant spring break!   See you on March 25!  

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    American History: Tommrow we will have our WWI unit test. Students were given study guides last Monday. When we finish our test we will switch our focus to the Roaring Twenties. Students willl be working in groups on a museum project. Each group will be given a main topic and then will break down the topic into subtpics. Each group member will be responsible for their designated subtopic.  For each subtopic, students will be able to choose the artifact they wish to create to represent their topic.  More information will be coming home at the end of the week! 

    ELA: Students are in the process of reading a class novel, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  It is Woodson's story in verse growing up in both the North and the South during the Jim Crow era.  We are also reviewing the use of figurative language in literature and poetry.  There will be a quiz this Thursday, March 14, over the terms and their usage in poetry.

    A reading log is due on March 13, 2019.   

    Math: This Thursday, March14, we will have a computation test over addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. The main homework for the week is practice for this test. Although students are not being graded on speed, they are expected to be fluent and will need to complete the 28 problem test within the 45 minutes of class time.

    Today, March 11, students identified and represented equivalent and non-equivalent expressions. Tomorrow, we have the Hixson math placement test. Wednesday, we continue our look at equivenlent expressions as we begin exploring the Distributive Property.

    Finally, a special thank you to all the students who put forth great effort to revise assignments that were listed in the portal. Many students attended math help sessions and worked extra with family members to increase learning and points. If you have not yet gone over the portal for individual assignments, please do this with your child. 

    Science:  We started our unit on Natural Selection today by comparing the work of Charles Darwin to that of Jean Baptiste LaMarck.  We will move through this menu pretty quickly.  I hope to be finished with it by the Friday after Spring Break.

    March Mammal Madness begins tonight!  If you want to follow along on Twitter at #2019MMM.  (Note: this is not a made-for-kids feed.  I can't promise that all posts will be 6th grade appropriate.)

     

     

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