The students who did not attain at least 300 on the first round of HSA Science will be taking round 2 next week. We decided to extend testing over two days instead of just one for the benefit of the students. This will allow them time to complete the test without rushing. A letter was sent home at the beginning of the quarter with an attachment of your child's score report. The letter included suggestions to prepare for round 2. A couple of the ways students can prepare is to do the following:
1. IXL-Science Level F: T.1, T.2, T.3, T.4, T.5 and Level E: T.1, U.1, U.2, U.3
2. HSA Practice Test
In addition to the above suggestions, students can log into Discovery Ed and search for various virtual labs and/or videos by topics listed on our "Student Learning-Standards Based Learning" link.
Math SBA Prep
The SBA Math will be May 8-10. To review concepts the students have learned, they have been assigned an extra page of homework each night (this includes Fridays). Each day they practice skills in one of the five strands. We go over the answers the next school day and discuss questions and strategies. If you notice your child struggles with one or more concepts, your child can do additional practice on IXL. You can search by concept or topic as well as by standard. I encourage all students to show their thinking. This is one way they can check their work when they finish testing for the day. There are math practice tests available on the same site as the Science HSA practice tests.
Our school book fair is coming up! It will be held April 30-May 8 in our school library. It will open by 7:30 am daily for students and families to shop. Students will also be able to shop during recess. Our class plans to visit the book fair on May 1st. Although students may bring money to purchase books on their own time during the school day, I recommend not sending your child with too much money to prevent lost or theft. Families are welcome to check out the book fair after school as well until 3:30pm.
Now that it's fourth quarter, students are expected to read a minimum of 123 correct words per minute. I will upload a chart for your reference to gauge your child's current fluency progress. It will be located in the student learning section. Students are occasionally given fluency practice as homework, but can do more practice on a daily basis by reading their book out loud at home. Parents can model fluent reading by reading aloud to your child.
I'm hoping to do a student auction before the end of the year (tentatively May 29th) to give students a chance to spend some of their superbucks they have been working hard to earn and keep. I need your help. I'm looking for donations for items fourth grade students would be happy to bid for. Some ideas are school supplies (mechanical pencils, erasers, notebooks, colored pens, etc), craft kits, Jamba juice gift cards, movie tickets, small toys, etc. I'm trying to stay away from food items unless it's a coupon to get something (like those McDonald's coupon books or 7-11 coupon books). If you are unable to purchase the items yourself but would like to contribute a monetary donation, I can pick up items they might like. If anyone has connections to companies willing to donate items or gift cards, that works too. Ask your child for ideas they might be interested in bidding for. Please send in any donations by May 18th. Smaller donations may be combined together as a gift pack.
Student Learning for Q4
I apologize for the delay, but the topics we are covering this quarter will be updated soon. It's been quite a busy month. You can check out the remaining Math Parent Letters in the "Student Learning" section.
Work for Q4
The quarter is whizzing by. Blink and before you know it, it'll be summer. Please encourage your child to continue to demonstrate Kuleana (responsibility) by turning in work on time, paying attention to deadlines, prioritizing their assignments. Any work on your child's incomplete sheet must be completed, and signed off by me on the right column by Thursday, May 17th. Overall, the students have shown growth by keeping late assignments to a minimum. There are multiple assignments that were recently given with different due dates. You can help your child keep track of what needs to be done by having them write it in their planners. I updated our class calendar to reflect the long term assignments that will be due in the coming weeks. Encourage your child to avoid procrastination. If your child cannot explain to you what needs to be done, direct him/her to ask me or the appropriate teacher (Mrs. Sylvester for Health).