It seems we're finally in the swing of things around here.  I am loving being able to share our great faith with the students and I'm hoping they are loving being in our classroom.  We all finally have textbooks and are starting to get into the meat of our curriculum.  

This month, sixth grade will be looking at the Bible and why it is important to study the Old Testament.  We'll do some Bible searching so we can re-familiarize ourselves with the books of the Bible.  We will be concentrating on the organization of the Old Testament and then delving into our creation story.

Seventh grade will be discussing being a friend of Jesus and what that means.  We'll be looking at scripture as the Word of God and tradition as the Revelation of God through our beliefs that have been handed down from the time of the Apostles.  We'll also review the books of the New Testament.

Our salvation history will be the topic with eighth grade.  We'll discuss our own family's genealogy and then look at the genealogy of our faith.  We'll begin delving into the beginning of our Church and some of the models used to describe the Church.

My prayer for your family is that you can find a few moments, as our summer weather winds down, to spend some time together out in the warmth and sunshine, celebrating the gifts that God has bestowed on all of us.

In Christ,

Mrs. Ducote

Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.   1 Cor. 16:13

Welcome to middle school Religion!  It was so great to see so many of you at Open House and it's been wonderful being back in the classroom and spending time with your children the last couple of days.  Students should have come home with an information sheet on Friday.  We will be using interactive notebooks in Religion this year.  There are sections for our weekly scripture verses (tested on Fridays), vocabulary from our chapters in the text, our saint of the week, D.R.T. review questions, and S.O.A.P., which we'll be using to reflect on the Sunday gospels.  They decorated their notebooks over the weekend and I was pleased to see the creativity and effort they put forth.  

If you came by during Open House, you may have noticed that our Religion classroom looks more like a living room/dining room/study den.  I am so appreciative of many cherished friends who contributed to our furniture in the classroom.  One friend donated the sofa, another gave us the rocking chair, and yet another gifted us with the dining table and chairs.  My hope is that the students will experiment with their seating choices and eventually decide on the best place for them to be most productive in class.  At this point, we're making sure that everyone has a chance to sit in each seat so they can make a wise choice of spot (and seating partner).  They also know that I can move them at any time, if I feel their choice has not been the best for them.  

We are still waiting on our textbooks to arrive so you won't see those for a bit.  But we will continue on without them, adding important information and notes into our interactive notebooks so they can be used later as study guides and resources.  

Please email me with any questions or concerns.  I've told the kids we are all on a learning curve, finding our new normal in Religion class.  So we're in this boat together.  Please pray for me as I'll be praying for you and your family.

In Christ, 

Mrs. Ducote

Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.  1 Cor. 16:13

 

It's hard to believe that it is already May.  Fourth and fifth grades are taking keyboarding assessments and Diocesan Technology assessments this week.  Then we will look at what people in the past thought we'd have in the ways of technology with what has really come to pass.  It should be a fun way to wrap up our year.

As most of you have probably already heard, I will be returning to the classroom next year as the middle school Religion teacher.  I am very excited to make the move but will definitely miss being able to get to know all the little ones in the building.  Rest assured, your students will continue learning about technology as their classroom teachers will be covering the standards.  I'll be coaching the teachers on which standards to cover and ways to incorporate them into the lessons they're already teaching.  

I pray that you and your family have a fun, relaxing, and safe summer vacation.  We'll see you again in August!

Blessings.

Mrs. Ducote

 

It's hard to believe that April has arrived.  This school year seems to be zooming right by.  The younger kids are still utilizing the skills they've learned throughout the year in Google Drive.  They will continue reviewing those apps and how to navigate on their chromebooks.  Fourth and fifth grades will continue reviewing for the Diocesan Technology Assessment.  You might ask your student what they've reviewed for the test.  We're hoping to test by the end of this month so those students who have not met the keyboarding standard will have a chance to meet it before the end of the school year.

Advanced Technology Students are wrapping up their video games unit and will be moving on to robots.  It's always a fun unit!  And yearbook students are working on laying out the pages of the yearbook.  Can't wait to see their finished product!

We're on the home stretch of this year.  Hope everyone is enjoying the extra sunshine every evening even if it has been unseasonably cool.

Blessings.

Mrs. Ducote

 

Kindergarten students will continue working on typing in a URL and navigating various websites.  They will also learn more about Google Docs this month.  First and second grade students will be exploring Google Slides.  This might be my favorite unit of the year.  The kids get so excited when they see their first "presentation" on their screens.  Third through fifth grades will be concentrating on keyboarding skills and fourth and fifth grades will be reviewing for the Diocesan Technology Assessment.  There is a typing test as well as a test on content.  I have confidence they will all do well.

Advanced Technology students are finishing up their original video games, coded using Scratch.  We'll be playing each other's games soon.  Then we'll move onto robots.  Yearbook students have begun laying out pages.  We'll soon be knee-deep in images, clip art, fonts, templates, etc.  

Praying that your family is having a prayerful and peaceful Lenten season, thus far.

Mrs. Ducote

Our year is rolling right along.  Kindergarten students can now log into their Chromebooks, open up Google Chrome, and type in a URL...all by themselves.  They've been working so hard!  Second and third grades have been practicing for the upcoming music program so we will be reviewing what we've learned so far in Google Docs.  Third through fifth grades will be utilizing Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets as we "cover" the Winter Olympics.  Should be fun to watch at home and then be able to share in class what we watched.

Advanced Technology has been creating original video games on paper.  Now we'll move on to learning Scratch, where they will be able to create their games online for the rest of us to play.  Yearbook students have chosen a cover/theme and will begin laying out pages as soon as we're done with Catholic Schools Week.  It will be so exciting to see it come together.

I pray that your family has been healthy and happy.

Mrs. Ducote

Welcome back to school!  I pray that your family had a wonderful Christmas break.  We traveled south to our families in Texas where we were greeted by COLD weather.  That hardly ever happens!

Kindergarten and first grades will be working in Google Docs this month.  They will learn the basics of typing in a word processing program.  Second through fifth grades will be working in Google Slides.  Each student will have a chance to create an original slideshow to share with me and the class.

I am so excited to begin meeting with our yearbook class this semester!  We will hit the ground running by choosing a theme and cover design for the 2017-2018 yearbook.  Then we will divide into groups and begin tackling each component of the yearbook (staff pages, student pages, sports, etc.).  Along the way, the students will learn more about planning the layout of the yearbook and the ins and outs of our online program.

Our new semester of Advanced Technology will begin with a quick study of the history of video games.  From there, we will move on to some coding and some robotics.  I want this class to be fun and exciting so the students will have some say as to what we cover.  Should be a fun and educational semester!

I pray that your new year is blessed and you are staying warm.

Mrs. Ducote

 

Merry Christmas!  We've been busy in Technology this month.  Kindergarten students have been practicing navigating to a website and within the website.  They continue to learn the letter placement on the keyboard and how to use the touchpad on the chromebooks.  Second graders have been learning how to navigate Moby Max so that they will be prepared after Christmas to work independently at home when the teachers create an assignment.  

The remainder of the students have been coding.  That's right, our students are writing computer code!  This is my favorite unit of the year.  I love watching their wrinkled brows turn into bright eyes as they figure out a solution on the screen.  They are able to talk through the steps with classmates and have all been doing such a great job of helping "with their words but not their hands."  Please ask your student about their coding.  They are all very excited.  We are using code.org and they are welcome to visit the site at home.  They won't be able to access our class page but can still choose some of the available courses.  

I pray that your family has a peaceful and faith-filled Christmas break.  Please pray for me as I will be praying for you.

Mrs. Ducote

We will be spending the month of November reviewing the skills we've learned in Google Docs.  Younger students will be typing Thanksgiving words and inserting images and the older students will be utilizing Google Drawings and creating original Thanksgiving stories told from the turkey's point of view.  When we return from the Thanksgiving break, we will begin our intro into coding.  Can't wait!

Kindergarten students will begin typing in a URL this month.  They have done such a great job of getting themselves signed into the chromebooks and opening up Chrome.  Now we'll move on to navigating our way to various web sites.

Our Scholars Bowl team competed in their first meet last week.  While we didn't place in the top three, it was definitely a learning experience for them.  Now we'll regroup and begin preparing for our next meet.

My Advanced Technology class has been building Lego robots.  After learning quite a bit about troubleshooting, they were finally able to command our car to travel some distance across the floor.  They will continue working with the robot and coding its movements.

I pray that your family has a relaxing and fun Thanksgiving break.  I am thankful for each one of your kids.  They bring such joy to my life.

Mrs. Ducote

 

Our kindergarten students are continuing to learn how to log into the chromebooks and how to use the touchpad with their tiny fingers. They've also been able to do some letter recognition games at abcya.com.  I am expecting that they'll be ready to move on to other skills by the end of this month.

First through fifth grades will be working in Google Docs this month.  The lower grades will be introduced to Docs and/or reviewing what skills they've learned in the past.  The older students will be moving on to new (to them) features such as inserting tables into a document.  

We have settled into our new routine of having Technology class in the classrooms and the students have adjusted well.  I hope they are all coming home with exciting tales of what they've learned in class.  Their excitement feeds mine and I love seeing smiles on their faces and wonder in their eyes when they try something new or finally "get" something.  

Have a blessed October!

Mrs. Ducote

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