Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

October Newsletter Campbell

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Fall is finally here…& we are all ready to FALL in love with learning (& a good book) this month! [even if it does still feel like summer temperatures…]

Here is what is going on in Miss Campbell’s classes…

8th grade math-We just finished up our first 20 lessons & are gearing up for the next set. A majority of the first trimester is review (or review & add on one small new concept) so that we can build upon that knowledge in the upcoming trimesters. I am thrilled with the participation, enthusiasm, and background that these students have for math & I cannot wait for that to continue throughout the year! What a great bunch of kids!

6th grade language- The students had some technology integration this month, as we worked with autobiographical writing on the Chrome books (very exciting) and made them in stories on the iPads. We will finish writing these stories on Scribble Press this week & move onto grammar and usage after we are done. We will focus mainly on parts of speech for the remainder of the trimester and move into sentence structure and diagramming sentences after conferences break.  This class of 6th graders are SO creative—they really WOWed me with their autobiographical incidents, which they made come alive in their writing! Additionally, we have one week of spelling left for the trimester. Our last test will be on Friday, October 3rd. Please continue to study with your student every week! (We will NOT be having spelling the following weeks because of Iowa Assessments & a short week due to conferences.)

7th grade language- This month, we have been working on research, research, and more research…and we are finally able to start writing our research papers! The students have been very diligent about using the Chrome books, iPads, library resources, and external resources from home to create a nice foundation for their research papers. These papers will be due October 14th, and the students have picked some very interesting topics. This unit will take us to the end of the trimester, but we will start after conferences break with poetry, then move onto grammar and usage. Additionally, we have one week of spelling left in the trimester (we will not have spelling the week of 10/6 due to Iowa Assessments, or the week of 10/13 due to a short week!) The last test will be Friday, October 3rd. Please continue to student these words with your students every week!

8th grade language- This month, we have been working on research, research, and more research…and we are finally able to start writing our research papers! The students have been very diligent about using the Chrome books, iPads, library resources, and external resources from home to create a nice foundation for their research papers. These papers will be due October 14th, and the students have picked some very interesting topics. This unit will take us to the end of the trimester, but we will start after conferences break with poetry, then move onto grammar and usage. Additionally, we have one week of spelling left in the trimester (we will not have spelling the week of 10/6 due to Iowa Assessments, or the week of 10/13 due to a short week!) The last test will be Friday, October 3rd. Please continue to student these words with your students every week!

7th grade religion- The students have spent a majority of this month exploring how God is relevant in our world today. We have looked at Scripture, outside resources, and continued to observe his presence through prayer every day. October is known as “the month of the Holy Rosary” in the Catholic Church, so we will take some time this month to dive into the prayers of the rosary and look in depth at all of the Mysteries presented in the rosary as well. Additionally, the Respect for Life Committee at St. Joe’s parish is holding their 4th annual Respect Life Essay Contest. We will introduce the contest on October 1st, and all essays will be due October 15th. The topic this year is: “In 1973 our US Supreme Court made abortion legal in the United States. Do you agree or disagree with this ruling? Why or why not?” We will introduce the topic at school, but most of the writing will be done at home. We encourage you to engage in a discussion based on this topic with your child. Students are still leading daily prayer, and this will continue for the remainder of the trimester.

7-8th grade reading- Wow—what a great group of readers, explorers, and discussion leaders I get to work with in this class! They are always interested in diving into the text & we truly do have a lot of fun with reading. We finished reading “The Giver” a few weeks ago, which led to some great discussion about our society & if there is such thing as a “utopia.” We have now moved onto reading “The Maze Runner,” a 2009 thriller, set in a futuristic society. With this book, we are really focusing on textual evidence and looking “in between the lines” to find the author’s purpose and writing craft. They enjoy the book immensely (as do I!!), and this novel will take us into the 2nd trimester. Please continue to check in with your student about reading (they should have homework every night) and encourage them to share their thoughts & feelings on the novel! 

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