Tuesday, March 12, 2019

GMAS Information & Testing Dates

SCCPSS has updated some information about the GMAS assessments.  Please click HERE to see the changes and testing dates.   The testing dates have also been added to our classroom calendar

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Week of March 11, 2019

It's finally here...the last week of school before spring break!  Please note the following changes in schedule for the week:

-  Tuesday is a St. Patrick's Day dance during your explorations!  It will cost $1 to attend.  There will also be fun St. Patrick's Day items for sale at the dance.  All proceeds will go towards Relay for Life.
- The 6th grade camping field-trip will take place this Wednesday through Friday.  Please be sure to refer to the notes sent to you by Ms. Corinna for important information about the trip.
-  Friday is a dress down day for $1.00.  All proceeds will go towards Relay for Life.

Monday's lessons will include studying the amendments to the US Constitution and a review of important places in the United States.  I will be on the 6th grade camping trip Wednesday through Friday.  For those of you not attending the trip, I will prepare a work packet for you to complete each day.  It will include both language arts and social studies work, as well as a daily www. quill.org and www.newsela.org assignments. A task-list will be stapled to the top of your packet to help you keep track of your assigned works. These are to be completed each day by dismissal and placed in my inbox so they can be checked.

4th and 5th graders will have a quiz on the following vocabulary words Monday, March 25th.

All students (except those 6th graders going on the trip) will have a quiz on the following words Friday, March 15th.

star group
long e in 1st syllable- eastern, feature, freedom, meaning, reason
long e in 2nd syllable-compete, defeat, fifteen, extreme, repeat

arrow group
al- personal, fatal, mental, formal, general
ity-personality, fatality, mentality, formality, generality

swirl group
kn- knitting, knockout, knapsack, kneel, knuckle 
gn-gnome, gnat, gnaw, gnarl, gnash

Finally, our classroom pet chinchilla, Georgia, needs a home for spring break!  Please email me at trent.kissinger@sccpss.com if you would be willing to watch her.  I will provide everything you need to keep her happy and well-fed.

Have a great weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, March 1, 2019

The Week of March 4, 2019

It’s the first week of March!  This month holds a lot of excitement: St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Break, and our 6th grade camping trip!  
This week our lessons will focus on reconstruction after the Civil War, American politics in the second half of the 20th century, and continued research of Australia.  Math lessons will involve working with perimeter.  In addition, our novel studies will include discussion about figurative language.  
Monday is vocabulary quiz day based upon the words your received last Monday.  Reminder: 6th graders will have a map quiz instead, and will need to identify lists places on a map of Australia.
Because it is a short week (no school on Friday!!!), our weekly word study quiz will take place Thursday, March 7.  This will be a “non-sorting” review-of-previous-word list since you have one less day to prepare.
Swirl group:  wound, crowd, awesome, trauma, avoid, decoy, barge, scorn, assure, burn
Star group:  moisture, voyager, season, increase, toothache, raccoon, soldier, suppose, brightly, describe
Arrow group:  athlete, humanity, column, muscular, altercation, decomposition, abduction, illustration, abomination, custodian
Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent