Sirius News and Updates 1/13-1.17

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

Team News:


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  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.