Update Week of March 17, 2014

Parents,

Below are the summaries of the topics we covered in English, Math, Science, Social Science and Strategy Instruction.

Please also consult the Assignment Calendar tab above for specific dues dates and upcoming Middle School events. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email, fischers@ismanila.org.

ENGLISH

Students in Ms. Hawkinson’s and Ms. Monroe’s English classes brainstormed life events/milestones to create their own Life Maps in session one.  In session two students continued to work on their Life Maps.  They also reflected on their strengths and areas of growth in English class in preparation for Student Led Conferences.  In session three students prepped for SLCs by role playing.  Student’s “parents” asked them questions about progress, strengths and areas where they need to continue to develop.

Students in all English classes should be choosing a hero and start reading a book about that hero from the library at a challenging reading level.  Books can be found in the ISM library, the bookstore or online.

MATH

Students in Mr. Cargile’s Math classes took the pre assessment covering combining like terms, distribution and one and two step equations during the first session.  In the second session students reviewed and reflected on their pre assessments.  Mr. Cargile postponed the actual assessment till next week and spent the class third session reviewing the unit with students.

SCIENCE

Students took the performance task Rocket Mania assessment during the first session in Mr. Patterson’s classes. They prepared for Student Led Conferences during the second and third sessions.

Students in Ms. Cook’s classes worked on convection and completed their lava lamps.

Students in Mr. Pasamba’s classes need to read and study the recycling factory handout for the performance task on density.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students in Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s classes spent the three sessions this week working on their World Trade performance tasks, “The Impact of World Trade,” or preparing for Student Led Conferences.

That’s it for the week!

~Mr. Fischer

 

Update Week of March 10, 2014

Parents,

Below are the summaries of the topics we covered in English, Math, Science, Social Science and Strategy Instruction.

Please also consult the Assignment Calendar tab above for specific dues dates and upcoming Middle School events.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email, fischers@ismanila.org.

ENGLISH

Last week students worked with their groups to create a scene based on their Literature Circle selection.  This week they continued to prepare and rehearse their pieces for Literature Theater performance in front of the class.  Students performed their pieces during the second class session.  During the third class session, students took the Reading portion of the MAP.

MATH

Students have been focusing on practicing and mastering Combining Like Terms, Distribution and One-Step Equations.  Students spent the second session reflecting on their own progress over the school year in Math class to prepare for student led conferences on Thursday, March 20.  Students will be taking a pre-assessment and assessment on Combining Like Terms, Distribution and One-Step and Two-Step Equations beginning next week.

SCIENCE

Students in Mr. Patterson’s Science classes completed their investigations of Newton’s Third Law (“For every action, there’s an opposite reaction.”).  Students will complete an assessment in the first session next week covering Newton’s Three Laws.

Students in Ms. Cook’s Science classes continued to investigate density and worked on their Recycling Factory.  They were introduced to Convection, Conduction and Radiation in the last session.

Mr. Pasamba’s Science classes need to answer the sheet on achievement for the student led conferences on Thursday, March 20.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Last week, students participated in a mock stock market.  Students assumed the roles of countries selling hard commodities (e.g. oil, coal) or soft commodities (sugar, cocoa), banks or as the Account Exchange.  Students completed a third day of trading during the first class session.  During the second session students began to reflect on this simulation and how it connects to international relations and stability.  In the third sessions students began to reflect on their progress since the beginning of the school year in preparation for the student led conferences, Thursday, March 20.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email, fischers@ismanila.org.

Have a great weekend!

~Steve Fischer