Friday, 27 September 2013 08:06

Updates from Mrs. Rodine

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Updates from Mrs. Rodine


8th Reading - We have finished Lord of the Flies.  In class we will be watching the 1963 art house movie, as well as preparing an outline and drafts for our final assessment, an essay about the changes the characters go through during the course of the novel, and how this reflects the main theme of the novel.  Students have done an excellent job analyzing the book, learning about the various literary devices Golding incorporates, and they continue to work on improving their fluency and vocabulary skills.  Our next novel will be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.   If you’d like a copy to read along with your student, please let me know. 


6th Reading - we continue to learn all the different tools that our Journeys series has to offer.  They are doing great!!   We are still getting used to the assessment/quiz format, but I am feeling very good about where the entire class is, and how they are improving.   Some of the skills and strategies we have covered so far in our first 4 lessons include:  character analysis, using text evidence to support conclusions, literary devices such as metaphors, similes, hyperbole, alliteration and figurative language, as well as mood, tone and author’s voice.  Starting with lesson 4, students will do daily fluency practice, and all lessons have a vocabulary component that helps them build skills, and incorporates all new vocabulary into our anchor text for the lesson.  Please remind your student to review the weekly vocabulary for each assessment. 


5th Guidance - now that we have set goals for this month, trimester or school year, we have moved our focus to good study skills.   We started with a learning modality inventory that helped us to identify the ways we learn the best.  Some students may be more visual learners, others auditory or kinesthetic learners.   Knowing this has helped us identify strategies that can help us at school and at home to study more effectively.   From there we have started to look at individual skills to help us be better students.  This week we started working on time management.   We will also focus on organization, note taking and test taking strategies over the next few weeks.


6th Guidance - We continue to work on good social skills, moving now from how to work in a group, and disagree and resolve conflicts in a respectful way to more serious issues such as bullying.   This week we started with identifying types of bullying.  Next we will work on strategies for dealing with bullying situations, as a bystander or as a target.   Please talk with your student about our Guidance lessons, and ask them about their relationships at school.  Teaching the students these strategies is the most effective way to curb bullying situation in any school, but our teachers also need to be aware of any situations happening at school that we may not be able to see or hear.   We appreciate you partnering with us to make St. Joseph School the best environment for all our students.


House Council - House Council Elections will be this afternoon!!   Students are very excited to give their speeches to the middle school.   I am so pleased with the leadership and enthusiasm that has been shown by this group of student volunteers.  Whatever the outcome, we are very blessed to have concerned and dedicated students who want to be part of the House Council, and to do what they can to help improve and maintain the quality of our school.  Results of the election will be announced at the end of the school day.   The first House Council meeting will be held Wednesday, October 9th from 3:15-4:00 in Mr. Rusch’s room.   Please meet your student at the front of the building promptly at 4:00.  Students who do not have a ride at 4:00 will be referred to B&A.  Right now there are 2 meetings a month scheduled on our school calendar.  One of the things we will address in the first meeting is the schedule for the year.  Thank you for all your support. 

I look forward to seeing all of you at conferences in a few weeks.  Once you have scheduled online, please feel free to email me ahead of time any questions or concerns you have about your child.  With our new conferences format, time is of the essence.   I would like to address your specific needs if at all possible.  


God Bless,

Mrs. Rodine

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