May 2017 Newspaper

May 2017 Newspaper

May Camping

Students Camping trip will be May 1 through May 5. Students neeCampd to bring a sack lunch that is completely disposable, water bottles, sunscreen, and bug spray. Students will leave school at 8:30 am SHARP.

May 1          Pre- K and Kindergarten. Day Camp. Leave school at 8:30 am and return at 3:30 pm.

May 2          1st and 2nd grade. Day Camp. Leave school at 8:30 am and return at 3:30 pm.

May 3           3rd, 4th, 5th grade. Day Camp. Leave school at 8:30 am. PARENTS NIGHT. Parents bring a dish to be passed and dinner will be served at 5:00 pm. Burgers will be provided. 5:45 pm Student program.

May 4- 5   6th, 7th, 8th grade. Over-night camping. Leave school at 8:30 am. Parents please see letter for items students need to bring.


Bring a dish and lawn chairs. Students will do a performance at 5:45 pm.



Standardized testing May 15- May 18thtesting-clipart-students-testing-clipart-1

May 15- 16:

  • 3rd and 4th Grade Standard Testing
  • 5th -8th Grade Student Exams


May 17-18:

  • 5th and 6th Grade Standard Testing
  • 3rd and 4th Grade Student Exams





Dates to rememberjanuary events

1-5- Day Camping

12-Teacher appreciation

15-May 18- Standardized Testing

22-Student appreciation week

29- Holiday- No school

30- Final Exams


Standardized Testing Tips

What is standardized testing? Standardized testing is way to measure student’s performances. These tests are also a way for school educators to make decisions regarding the instructional programs. School administrators may use the results of the tests to evaluate the school system, a school program or a student.

Standardized tests measure how much students have already learned about a school subject. Teachers and administrators may develop programs that suits student’s achievement levels in each subject area.

Parents should incorporate these strategies daily:

  • Assist your child with homework, ensuring your child completes all homework assignments.
  • Helping them develop good study habits, thinking skills and a positive attitude towards education.
  • Ensuring your child has good attendance at school.
  • Encourage your child to read daily to increase their vocabulary, magazines, books etc., this will also improve reading skills.
  • Educational games and program to engage your child’s learning.
  • Help your child follow directions carefully.

Parenting tips on the day of the test:

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.
  • Make sure your child is prepared: such as they have the proper tools for their tests, pencils, erasers etc.
  • Remain positive. If parents stay calm, your child will also stay calm.


Student Learning

Mrs. Abedi

3rd-5th Grade Reading and Writing Class

Students successfully prepared for and participated in a class debate. Each student was assigned the role of a person who was involved in the Titanic ship. Students had to persuade the group that they could not be held responsible for the sinking of the ship. This was a fun and interactive task that demonstrated a range of vocal chords.

Students have also been writing a range of stories from the spontaneous and challenging combinations of rolling a dice to writing about their dreams.

The class finished reading ‘Private Peaceful’ and sat an open book test on this. This was to focus upon student’s abilities to read and comprehend key information. Students will have the opportunity to watch the movie and make comparisons. The class is now reading ‘The Great Brain’.

6th-8th Grade Reading and Writing Class

As the travel writing unit comes to an end, students have been working to design a webpage for their travel company. The class participated in presentations of their webpages focusing upon language and tone to convey their passion as sales people. Students then began analyzing and writing advertisements to sell their homes as vacation homes. Students also used this activity as a stimulus to further enhance their speaking and listening skills.
Ms. Anu

6th Grade- Students will review their textbook so that are ready for their standardized testing and final exams.

7th-8th Grade-Students will be reviewing Algebra I and Algebra II and preparing for their standardized testing and final exams.

Mr. Gonzalez

In Science, students have been studying classical and modern genetics. We have seen how proteins determine what kind of organism a cell will be and what type of cell it will be (muscle, nerve, skin, or any of over 200 other types). We have seen how all of this is controlled by DNA in our chromosomes.

We have studied how traits are passed down through generations, and why every individual is unique. The class has also studied the exciting and sometimes frightening modern methods for changing genes artificially to cure genetic diseases and to create new organisms with desirable traits. We have looked at how creatures repair themselves, especially damage to their DNA, and how this process gradually fails causing us to age and die. Conversely, we have seen how loss of control of cell division can lead to cells that are immortal but cancerous. Students have completed many simulation activities to illustrate DNA transcription and translation, Karyotyping, the practice of genetic medicine including cloning, and other processes.

Ms. Renee

In Reading/Writing, students finished reading a short story script called “The Secret Ingredient”. Students had to read with expression and pause between groups of words for appropriate phrasing. We also finished reading a historical fiction called “Sailing Home” with critical thinking questions to make sure they understood the complex text. For writing, students are learning how to make self- correction and encourage to do so on every writing assignment. We will continue to go through the writing process and review grammar usage and mechanics.

Ms. Jaya

In Math, after successfully completing our lesson on fractions, we are now working on decimals. In this lesson, we will work on place-value, adding, subtracting, comparing and ordering decimals

Ms. Jessica

Math- 2nd grade

In math, we continue to practice 2-digit multiplication and long division with and without remainders.  We practice these concepts every day. If you would like to practice at home, please do so as this will help the students with the process. For the remainder of the year, we will review place value, counting identifying money, rounding, word problems, missing factors, number sentences, and mean, median, range will also be reviewed.

Language Arts 2nd– 4th grade

In language arts, we have been practicing cursive every day and the students will start writing their assignment’s in cursive. We are practicing speaking out loud during a presentation. Our grammar studies include complete/incomplete sentences, punctuation and correct word order. “If I could fly”, fill in the blank writing and “Summer” are our next writing assignments. We edit writing one by one for wrong assignments before students work on a final copy. The final copy is also checked for errors.

Science 2nd grade

We are finishing the unit on energy and its sources. Our next chapter will cover forces of motion. On a daily basis, the students read from the text and take notes. We cover vocab as well as higher level thinking questions. Most notes are written on the board form them to copy, other notes are discussed out loud and then recorded in their journals. Students have enjoyed the science material especially the experiments. Future experiments include: Measure a throw and create a simple machine. Our last unit will cover healthy eating and our bodies.

Ms. Laura

Earth Day was a wonderful way to focus on the 3R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We Enjoyed craft day creating a collage with an outline of one hand and the world to represent our ability to change our carbon footprint to protect the world we live in. Our class in enjoying concepts of reinforcing clock and time zone around the world. We will continue to focus on April showers brings May flowers to enjoy all the splendor around us. We will continue our process of learning synonyms and antonyms. Along with the (‘) apostrophe to show possession of each students’ items. Lastly, will continue with our learning of money and the different values of coins to establish great money managers for the future.

Mrs. Smith

In Social Studies, we embarked on a journey throughout Texas history. From early Texas dinosaurs, military leader, pirates, early settlers and explorers to Texas as we know it today, with its interesting people, places, politics, state symbols and geography. The students also learned about famous Texans that played a significant role in the fight for Texas to gain its independence, the obstacles they faced and eventually overcame. We’ve studied a great deal about our Lone Star State, once known as The Republic of Texas.

Ms. Nadia

The Students are still working on establishing their base in Arabic by learning more vocabulary and using it in small sentences’. And they are, almost, at the end (lesson twenty-six) of their Arabic curriculum في حديقة اللغة العربية, level pre. K (Rawda), which, we are planning to finish with the end of May (InshaAllah).

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