We have kicked off another great year here at St. Peter! It has been fun to get to teach the “old” students again, and I have been pleased to see how well the 6th graders are adjusting to middle school life.
The 6th grade students are finishing up reviewing reading strategies. We have discussed the importance of metacognition and prior knowledge, and have practiced visualization and making inferences. The next three days we will be taking a short break from reading strategies in order to take NWEA tests and do Career Cruising. Next week we will continue with reading strategies, learning about making predictions, questioning and evaluating information. I have consulted with students about their AR goals. These goals can be found on Powerschool; they are listed under the homework assignments, but are called “NOT A GRADE.” Please keep in mind that the AR goals are set with the expectation that students will be reading each day. The first quarter ends on October 12, which will be here before we know it! :)
The 7th grade technology students are learning about the components of a computer. We will also be taking a short break this week to do NWEA tests and Career Cruising before finishing our unit on computer basics. We will have our first major test of the year over computer components the third week of September.
The 8th grade Spanish students just completed the first preliminary unit over greetings. The students practiced pronunciation by learning to read a short story “Mimi y Paco.” We are continuing to practice praying the “Hail Mary” in Spanish as well. After taking a short break for NWEA testing and Career Cruising, we will be starting preliminary unit 2, which focuses on making introductions.
6C News: The 6th grade class will be taking our fall field trip on Tuesday, September 25 to Exploration Place. An informational letter, as well as a permission slip and driver request form, will be coming home this week.
Agenda: Please look over agendas regularly; I will be checking them each week, and require that students write in them each day and get a parent signature at least once a week.
It was nice to see the parents who attended the PTO meeting. Thank you, especially, to our awesome 6th grade room mothers!
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your prayers and support!