Welcome back to school! I can't believe how fast summer went by, and it's almost Labor Day Weekend!I hope you all had a relaxing summer, and are getting back into the school routine.We have gotten busy in classes, and below you can find out a bit of what we are doing now, and what is coming next.
Course 1 Math - Students are getting back into the Saxon routine!We are doing our best to learn how we each like to "do" Math class, and we are working through the review lessons that Saxon gives us.I am impressed by how hard they all work, and never waste a minute to get things done!We will most likely get our first 10 lessons done by the end of next week, and I am tentatively planning their first test to be Monday, September 11th.
7th/8th Reading - Students got their books this week, and many of them are deep into reading it and getting far ahead of what I've assigned.I love how they are avid readers, and can't wait to see what is going to happen.We are starting the year with Lord of the Flies by Sir William Golding.They are excited to see how these boys will survive or get rescued from their island!We are doing fluency reading every day, doing vocabulary work for some of the difficult or unfamiliar works from the book, and review literary devices such as personification.Students have a reading calendar, so they know which chapters are assigned for a week, when I will expect review packets to be done, and when quizzes will be coming.The calendar is open to change, but it gives them an idea, and allows them to prioritize and manage their time and assignments.
6th Guidance - We start class this week, and will begin with a fun game that allows the students to talk about their strengths and weaknesses as a student in a fun way, and will get us thinking about goals for improvement now that we are middle school students.From there we will move into a few lessons where we learn about different learning styles and multiple intelligences, and they students will get a chance to take some surveys to see if they can identify their own personal learning style, and how to best use this knowledge to help them reach their academic and personal goals for the year.
** Look for information soon about Student Council Elections
** Debate Team information will be coming out later this fall, and the season will begin after Christmas Break
I am really looking forward to the 2017-18 school year.If the first 5 days are any indication, it is going to be a great year!