Spring News

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, April 2 - Report Cards sent home
Friday, April 4 - Math MAP testing
April 14-18 - Spring Break
Thursday, April 24 - Early Dismissal

Snow Day Make-up Information:

The Board of Trustees approved the administrations' recommendation for inclement weather make-up days.

We had a total of four inclement weather days (January 29 and February 12 -14). We already made-up one day (February 17). The bill passed by the SC legislature and signed by the Governor requires that all scheduled make-up days be used before any days can be forgiven. June 6 is the only remaining make-up day. Therefore, we will make-up a second day on June 6. The remaining two inclement weather days were forgiven and will not be made-up.
Extending the school year by one day, requires that the half day schedule shift one day as well. June 3 will now be a full school day. June 4, 5, and 6 will be half days.

Science & Social Studies

In Science, we recently started our magnet investigation. We learned that Earth is just a giant magnet with a north and south pole. Each day, students engage in hands on magnet labs discovering their "magic". They even made up their own magnet tricks. Yesterday, we measured the force of magnetic attraction using a balance, washers, and spacers.

In Social Studies Chapter 12, we already learned that President James Monroe issued the Monroe Doctrine warning all European countries against colonizing in the western hemisphere. A few years later, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which led to the relocation of thousands of Native Americans to land in Oklahoma. Next, we will learn about the Industrial Revolution and how it changed our new country.

ELA & Math

In ELA, we are continuing to learn about and write different types of poetry. We have already written concrete poems and cinquains. Students are especially enjoying the creativity of writing poems.

In math, we are in the middle of chapter 9, our last fractions chapter. Students have done very well converting mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa. In chapter 9, we learn how to add, subtract, and multiply mixed numbers and then reduce our answers to reflect simplest form.

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