Update Week of September 2

Parents,

I’m very glad so many of you made it to Open House last Wednesday.  It was a great pleasure to meet each of you.

Beginning Tuesday, September 10th all Learning Support students enrolled in Strategy Instruction will be required to sign up for mandatory tutorials for their core classes. Tutorials meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:35-3:00.  Tutorial time provides your child the opportunity to work one-on-one with his/her English, Math, Science, or Social Science teachers on any assignments, homework, projects or upcoming assessments.

Students will be given a “Tutorial Passport”, which they will take to their tutorial to have the teacher sign off that they were there and worked on something specific.  We are requiring that students write down at least one “to do” goal before going to tutorial.  They only have to go to one teacher per tutorial.  If they don’t need to meet with ay of their core teachers, we ask that they come to the Strategic Instruction class.

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

This week in Ms. Monroe’s and Ms. Hawkinson’s English classes students were introduced to two more Metacognitive Reading Strategies, Inferring and Predicting.  In the middle of week students were also introduced to the Asking Questions Metacognitive Reading Strategy and practiced its application in The Pearl reading.

The Pearl

In Ms. Hawkinson’s classes, students read chapter 3 of The Pearl using either or both reading strategies. For homework, students are to continue reading at least 20 minutes a night, every night, and filling out their reading journals.

In Ms. Monroe’s classes, students groups each acted out a chapter of The Pearl. For homework, students are to continue reading at least 20 minutes a night, every night, and filling out their reading journals.

MATH

Students work together on an Order of Operations Challenge Activity.

Students work together on an Order of Operations Challenge Activity.

Students went over Exponents and were introduced to Variable Expressions and Order of Operations in Mr. Cargile’s Math class.  For the later, the students were given the following challenge activity to work on in their groups:

Write an expression with four terms and three different operations in which you work from left to right to evaluate.

Write a second expression that you cannot evaluate from left to right.

Student groups take turns explaining to their peers and Mr. Cargile and Mr. Fischer each sequence to their math expressions.

Student groups take turns explaining to their peers and Mr. Cargile and Mr. Fischer each sequence to their math expressions.

Homework was to complete pages 19-20 (3-15, 34, 35, 42) Block E for Monday, September 9 and Block C for Tuesday, September 10.

Divisibility Rules Quiz was rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday!   Please see previous posts for extra study resources!

In Ms. Nageea’s Block F class students can find the homework in google drive.  It is due Friday, September 13.

SCIENCE

In Mr. Paterson’s Science classes, students started a DNA investigation, which will continue into next week.  Students were also introduced to the different parts of DNA and their respective terms.

Students take DNA samples from their cheeks using Gatorade.

Students take DNA samples from their cheeks using Gatorade.

In Cook’s Block C Science class, students discussed a DNA model, comparing and questioning its parts and their functions.  Students also made distinctions between an experiment and a procedure.  There will be a DNA quiz on Friday, September 13th.

Mr. Pasamba’s Block G Science class created models of DNA.  For homework, students are encouraged to read Mr. Pasamba’s blog on DNA notes.  There will be a DNA quiz on Thursday September 12th.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Students define, discuss and find examples of discrimination, prejudice, racism, and tolerance in Ms. Vogt's class.

Students define, discuss and find examples of discrimination, prejudice, racism, and tolerance in Ms. Vogt’s class.

Mr. Wislang and Ms. Vogt’s Social Science classes continued to explore the topic of Identity with the Reasons and Affects of Stereotypes-how the media, people (parents, peers and leaders), and laws and rules shape stereotyping.

Students watched a couple film clips that focus on stereotyping.  Here is one:

African Men Hollywood Stereotypes

Students also watched The Eye of the Storm, a classic documentary exploring the nature of prejudice in a 3rd grade class in the late 1960’s:

The Eye of the Storm

Students analyzed the reasons for stereotyping and their effects.  To prepare them for this documentary students were randomly put into groups.  Each group was assigned to define and provide examples, historical, news-of-the-day or personal, of the following words: discriminationprejudice, racism and tolerance.

For homework students were asked to read “What’s On Your Mind About Stereotyping?” on Ms. Vogt’s google drive for Monday, September 9.

Mr. Wislang’s classes are to complete “What are the effects of stereotyping on individuals and the world?” due Friday, September 13th by 3:00 PM.

Please consult the calendar tab for specific upcoming due dates and email me if you have any questions or concerns, fischers@ismanila.org.

~Steve Fischer

 

 

Welcome to the 2013/14 School Year at ISM!

Mr. FischerWelcome to the start of your child’s grade 7 school year!  My name is Steve Fischer.  I am your child’s Learning Support Specialist.  This is my first year at International School Manila.  Previously I taught students with a wide-range of learning support needs for over ten years in Chicago Public Schools.

I am very excited to be joining the Middle School Team and the larger community here at ISM and working with your child.

Seventh grade is an important year.  Students develop independent as well as collaborative skills in all their classes.  They begin to set academic goals for themselves and create action plans to reach them.  They also learn essential organization and self-reflection skills; both are key to their short and long-term academic successes.

As the grade 7 Learning Support Specialist, I am here to help your child meet these challenges.

Next Tuesday, September 3, we will have rescheduled our Middle School Back to School/ Open House Night from 5:00 till 7:00 .  I do hope you can attend.  I look forward to meeting with you then and sharing more information about our Learning Support program at ISM.

Also, please make sure that your child brings all necessary supplies to school everyday.

Feel free to contact me at any time should you have any questions or concerns.  I am available by email (Fischers@ismanila.org), or to meet in person.

Warmest regards,

Steve Fischer

Learning Support Specialist

International School Manila