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  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.