Thurs 5/16


1)Thank you for the lovely plant for Teacher Appreciation and all the other expressions of appreciation.

2) May procession tomorrow–Come join us for Mass at 9:00. Students are to wear Sunday best type clothes. Please follow non-uniform code–no spaghetti straps unless covered with a sweater, dresses should come to the top of the knee.  Girls may wear the sandals that coordinate with their dresses but should bring appropriate shoes for recess time.  Our male students : button down shirt ( short or long sleeve), tie, dress or uniform long pants, dress shoes if possible– if not- Sperry’s or solid tennis shoes in neutral color. Students may bring tennis shoes to change into for outside break.

3) Please be sure you have paid the fee in support of the graduation reception. This will be done for your students next year! 🙂

If your child has lower test scores, please encourage ACTIVE studying, not “looking it over”. This can dramatically increase performance. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of completing all homework thoughtfully…not rushing through it just to get it done. Thank you. Mrs. Taylor

Study Tips

Here are some of my favorite study tips–start early:

  • Turn the objectives or What you will learn into “Can I….” questions to check for understanding.
  • Always use Previewing Technique for reading assignments and any worksheets!
  • Preview workbook pages before reading the section and “take notes” by filling in the science workbook pages.
  • Use the 2/3,1/3 method for definitions (modeled in class)
  • Use index cards to create vocab study cards. Use them to make a written quiz for yourself; First put word side up and write the definitions. Then put definitions side up and retest the opposite way.


Gr 6 Sci 5/31 Forces shaping Earth

Gr 6 & 7 Vocab/sp Less 23 Spelling Test Monday 5/20

Gr 7 Sci 5/31 Body systems and Wellness

Gr 8 Sci  Projects due for presentation on May 21 therefore they should be completed and practiced by 5/20

Opening night PowerPoint

Please help ensure your student is checking the webpage and doing all work–especially when absent. It is their responsibility to make-up missed work and to follow up and ask for work.

Thank you in advance for viewing this slide program if you have not seen it–it explains my partnership with parents and the expectations for teacher, parent, and student. There are notes in the notes section that reflect the talk that evening.

VOCAB / SPELLING/ GR 6, 7 , & 8
Vocabulary Less 23 for Gr 6, 7 No vocab Gr 8 Extra words are paragraph and bibliography

SCI 6  Read pp 256-260 in text and answer the following on looseleaf paper with a correct heading: 1) What is the definition of a mineral? Be sure to skip 2 lines so you can add material I will give you!    2) What are 7 properties of minerals we can use to identify them?   Due Tues.     If you ar e out with Safety patrol, see me for notes ( a zerox of the answers for Sect 1 workbook!)  and Tues HW is Read pp 265-268 and do wkbk pp 99-100 . Due Thurs 5/16

Gr 7 SCI   Be sure to have notes from class today by tomorrow and start studying the 11 body systems, the 4 types of tissue, the 3 types of muscles  Link for the notes : Sorry they are reversed and last page is first.

Gr 7 SCI   Be sure to have notes from class today by tomorrow and start studying the 11 body systems, the 4 types of tissue, the 3 types of muscles  Link for the notes : Sorry they are reversed and last page is first.

Gr 8 Science:  
Work on project PowerPoint as needed. Everything needs to be ready to practice on Monday!!! Make corrections to journal as indicated.

Please refer to instruction sheet for tips on creating an effective powerpoint.

Friday 5/10 update: Journals have been reviewed and recommendations made. Make changes as indicated. Construction and testing is complete for most groups. Start or work on your PowerPoint. Follow the instructions given for the project and incorporate the 10 Tips given for successful PowerPoint presentations.

Friday 5/3 update: We checked in to see that groups had written plans, pictures have been started. Send them to members, download, save and also insert into your document. Put a caption. You can start putting your powerpoint together at home. break up the job so each member does something. Pick your style and color format. Develop transition slides (Hint: think of the engineering processes : state the problem or task, initial ideas and plan, evaluation, redesign, final test and results) Ensure your group has a google doc set up for journal and share with me by Thursday (5/2) and make sure it is up to date.   Secure permission from me for one per group to use  cell phone for picture taking and be sure to document each step of your process. Pictures are required!!! If you have drawn plans, scan them into your document–btw every one should have a plan/diagram drawn prior to construction phase!!  Bring $5 cash for Mrs. T for supplies. Thanks!