Hard Boiled Eggs Needed for Science Lab

Dear Parents,

I’d like to do a mini-lab on layers of the earth in class next week — but I need your help: To pull the lab off, I need 8 dozen hard boiled eggs by Wednesday of next week.

If this is something that you think you can help with, here’s a link to a Signup Genius where you can volunteer to send in a dozen eggs.

Thanks in advance for your help with this! Your kids like working with their hands.

Looking forward,
Bill Ferriter

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students will be learning about ancient Rome. They will be investigating some famous Romans like Julius Caesar, Spartacus, Augustus, and Constantine. They will be performing an in-class production of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, which is bound to be entertaining. Then students will be analyzing some Roman forms of entertainment like gladiators, chariots racing, and relaxing at the baths. The students will use the SAS Curriculum Pathways website to examine the amazing construction engineering projects completed by the Romans. Finally, this week we will be studying the religion of Christianity and its basics beliefs, which began during this time period.

Also parents, I am in the process of renewing my National Board Teaching Certification this year, which means that I will need to video tape a couple of lessons in the coming weeks to complete my portfolio. Today the students brought home a Student Release Form, which is a form that allows them to be in the video taped lessons. Please ask your student for the form and complete the parent section on the back and then have it returned back to me. If you have any questions about this please don’t hesitate to ask. I greatly appreciate all of your assistance.

take care,

Dan Sudlow

LA Update

Update for Week 4.

Students will continue to work on their newscast Monday and Tuesday. Class time on Monday is dedicated to script writing and planning out their newscast (i.e. props and background). Tuesday will be a combination of practice time and recording time. We have reserved the green room, so students may choose to use that area for recording. We are encouraging the students to be creative, and we are excited to see what they come up with. The goal of this project is to deliver three of Mark Kurlansky’s claims with solid evidence, in a visually appealing newscast.

Also, on Wednesday we will start our new novel, Flush. Our focus will begin with more work on point of view and a mini-lesson on connotation and denotation.

Due to various reasons, we did not have many days of Spartan Time this past week. Therefore, we extended the test corrections for Mid-Unit 1 to Wednesday, February 20th. We are in the process of grading the End-of-Unit Assessment, and we will post those scores hopefully by midweek. We will also offer test corrections for that assessment.

For homework this week, students will finalize their newscast and start reading Flush. We will plan to have a short reading comprehension check on Friday for chapters 1 -3. There will not be test corrections for this.

Enjoy your weekend!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

[language arts]

Science Update

Dear Parents,

Here’s an update about what’s been happening in science class:

(1). We are finishing our study of energy with a quick study of the measurable parts of waves. We completed a short lab in class that resulted in a test grade called "Wave Demos." Students used large slinkies to model different types of waves for me and then had to correctly make adjustments to the waves based on my instructions. Students did relatively well on that assignment — so that should have a positive impact on averages.

(2). There will be a quiz next Wednesday or Thursday on the vocabulary connected to wave parts. There will be nine words on the test. They can all be found in this Quizlet. If you are not happy with your child’s average, this would be a good opportunity for them to raise their grades. The words on the test are not new to your kids — we’ve been using them for several weeks in class. That makes the "easy A" factor on this test pretty high.

(3). We will be moving on to a study of the Lithosphere next. That includes layers of the earth, plate tectonics, the rock cycle and soil. If all goes well, we will finish that unit before we track out again.

(4). Please make sure that your child has a pair of earbuds in their pencil pouches. We use videos all the time in class for lots of different purposes. It is WAY easier for your child to learn from a video if they have earbuds. I’ve purchased some headphones that kids can borrow if they don’t have earbuds — but I don’t have enough for every child and I’ve been running out lately because there aren’t very many kids who are bringing their own earbuds to class.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

LA Update

Happy Friday!

We wanted to let everyone know where we are going this upcoming week. We will continue working on Mark Kurlanky’s point of view supported by evidence. Our first major assessment will be Wednesday. This end-of-unit assessment will be a test grade and wrap up unit 1 for us. Our next project will be developing newsworthy newscasts based on topics from World Without Fish. Students will have an opportunity to work in groups to create a newscast sharing several main points the author conveys in his text.

We will also be working on corrections for the mid-unit 1 quiz during Spartan Time this week. All corrections for this quiz are due Friday, Feb. 15.

In regards to homework this week, Quizlet set 2 is due on Monday, FISHO questions will be graded and checked on Wednesday, and students will be expected to work on their newscast responsibilities.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

nmessier@wcpss.net

Here’s What’s Happening in Science

Dear Parents,

Here’s a couple of quick updates about what’s been happening in science:

We are continuing to work our way through our energy unit. Specifically, we finished discussing the way that light works and moved into a quick study of how sound works. Students have learned about the similarities and differences between sound and light, have learned about amplitude and frequency, and have learned how density changes the speed of sound.

Next, we will move into a quick study of wave parts. It’s probably the hardest part of our unit because it is full of all kinds of picky vocabulary words. That should take us about three or four class periods — at which point, our energy unit will be over.

From there, we move into a study of the Lithosphere — looking at Earth’s layers and the rock cycle and the reasons for earthquakes.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

Sound Quiz Tuesday

Dear Parents,

Just a heads up: There will be a short (15 question) quiz on sound and parts of the ear on Tuesday of next week.

The best way to study will be to use the notesheet titled "Notes – Sound Waves and Parts of the Ear" found in Google Classroom. The questions on the test will be taken largely from that document.

Students can also use the "Sound" and "Parts of the Ear" Quizlets posted in Google Classroom to study vocabulary.

If your child struggled on last week’s Light Quiz, I would recommend that you squeeze them to study for this test. A high grade will help to balance that low score out.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

Second Quarter Honors Assembly Monday

Dear Parents,

First, I hope this email finds you well and happy.

Second, be aware that the second quarter report cards are coming home today. They need to be signed and returned to school as verification that you have seen your child’s grades.

Third, we will be holding our second quarter honors assembly on Monday from 8:30-9:30 in the Auditorium.

If your child is receiving a special award (Teacher’s Choice or Kid of Character), you have been notified directly via email or letter.

We will also be giving out honor roll certificates, too. We do not notify parents directly about the honor roll status of their students. You can find out if your child is on the honor roll by looking at second quarter grades in PowerSchools or on the report cards coming out today.

There are two honor rolls: High Honor Roll recognition goes to students with As in every class for the second quarter. Honor Roll recognition goes to any student with all As or Bs — OR to any student who has enough As to balance out any Cs that they have earned. That works out to a 3.0 GPA.

I have helped kids figure out if they are on the Honor Roll in class today — so your student should also know if they are receiving a certificate.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

Sound Quiz Tuesday

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up: Your students will be taking a short sound quiz on Tuesday of next week. It will be fifteen multiple choice questions drawn directly from the notesheet assigned in class yesterday.

We should be finishing up that notesheet today. An answer key will be posted in Google Classroom after we have graded the notes in class.

Please remind your students to study their notesheet in preparation for that quiz.

Thank you,
Bill Ferriter