Monday, September 23, 2013


As you all know NECAP testing starts next week! We have been hard at work preparing for these national assessments through constructed response review and skill taking strategies while examining vocabulary and math content. Here are some snaps of our latest work sessions!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Book Projects!

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to give you a heads up that our first major project in sixth grade is due on the 30th of September. Our genre for the month is realistic fiction, students have chosen books and have been reading them independently for the last two weeks.

They have been sent home with a list of possible projects and have also been given the option to do an alternate one of their choosing as long as they approve it through me first. Students have been advised to begin projects this weekend and those who are still finishing books are making schedules with me to finish their books over the course of the next eight days.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Catching Up


What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been! We have been very busy establishing our routines and diving into some of our first major areas of study. These include reviewing math concepts from last year and applying them to more complex problem solving, root words in vocabulary, and an examination on Egyptian culture.

An ongoing theme in our classroom is tolerance, we are reading the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. The story follows a boy with a facial deformity as he navigates the social challenges of school. Students have been doing a fabulous job of analyzing and connecting portions of the story to their own experiences at school.

Next week it is my hope that students will begin publishing their own updates on this blog along with my more regular ones!

Have a great week!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Week One

Greetings families!

We had a great time last week getting to know one another and developing expectations for our classroom community. We began working on our hopes and dreams for this year and beyond. Students did a wonderful job using their expository writing skills in order to explain what they plan to get out of their education this year and how it will support their future. I feel so lucky to have such an exceptional group of thinkers this year and I look forward to a fantastic year!