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May 9, 2019

These last few weeks have been a whirlwind!

There were concerns regarding the last progress report.  Please keep in mind the students and staff were busy preparing and completing the PSSAs, so there weren't many grades to be included.  We are working very hard to make up for missed time.

All periods are now back to the original reading book.  We will all be finishing up with the same stories, grammar and reading lessons.

There is a spelling test tomorrow on U4W5 list words.

There is a grammar test scheduled for next Tuesday.  The lesson is on irregular verb tenses.  Students have at least 6 worksheets in their red reading folders they can use to study from.

There is going to be a reading test next week also.  The story is Paul Bunyan.  We have started the vocabulary words this week and have talked about generalizations in the past and again.  All students have been asked to locate sentences from the story that show this is a tall tale.

In addition to academics, there are a lot of …

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Mrs. Herring
Ashland, PA, United States
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I will be teaching your child ELA (reading, grammar, spelling). I will try to follow the homework helpline assignments as best I can. As always, there may be some unforseeable events. Please keep in mind we need to have an open line of communication for you the student/parent to have a great year. Looking forward to a great school year!!
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Week of April 22, 2019

Students are preparing for the math PSSAs.  Please watch for additional math resources to come home.

Spelling:  All periods have abc order due Tuesday, 10 sentences due Wednesday, test Friday.  Periods 1 & 2 is Seeker of Knowledge, and period 3 is found in workbook page 109.

Parents, please send in picture money or pictures.  This was to be turned in already.  Thank you!

Field trip lunch slips...I am missing from 4 students.  Please turn them in.

Parents, if you would like to go on the field trip and have been approved by PTO, I need to know.  Only 3 parents replied.  Thanks!

Have a great week!
Mrs. Herring

Thursday April 11, 2019

We have been practicing and preparing very hard for the upcoming PSSAs.

Period 1 needs to finish the PSSA packet for homework, due Friday April 12.
Period 3 needs to complete pages 21 & 23 in their Singular and Plural Pronouns packet.  We were doing group work, and some students had a difficult time working with others.  Groups were cut short and now homework.

March 29, 2019

Parents and supporters:
We had a hallway meeting yesterday to reinforce a few things.  Student responsibility.  Students are not getting homework done, classwork done or tests.  Students are not showing responsibility, and it is affecting their grades.  Please talk to your child about being responsible:  writing down assignments, completing them in a timely manner in class, using time wisely, and completing homework.  There have been messes in the bathrooms:  toilet paper strewn, soap smeared on mirrors and personal matter.  Please review bathroom etiquette with your child.

Recess is not a place for hard balls or Frisbees. These must be Nerf and may not be played with everyday.  It will vary.

Field trip and lunch papers for field trip have been sent home today.  Please fill out the forms and return them.  If you want to be a chaperone, please notify me ASAP.

Dress code:  just because shorts are allowed doesn't mean shorts should be worn.  We do go outside for recess.  We don't…

March 14, 2019 Write a Newspaper Article

In periods 1 & 2, students are writing a newspaper article.  I suggested last evening that students think of/research an animal that returns to the same place every year (migrating).  Today in class, 6 students were able to use Chromebooks to gather information, other students were looking through newspapers to see what was included in a newspaper, and others were starting their assignment.  
At the bottom of the vocabulary worksheet, the specifics for the assignment are there.  In case your child loses the paper, here are the specifics again.  Write a newspaper article about an animal that returns to the same place every year.  Remember to include a title.  (I am not requiring vocabulary words.)  
This assignment is due Monday, March 18th.  Students should have a nice neat final copy.  Spelling and punctuation should be correct.  Newspaper articles contain factual information.  If you would like to include a picture, that is optional.

March 7, 2019

Good morning!  An important paper is coming home in Friday folders regarding a presentation in grades 3-12.  Please be sure to review it, look at the attached link, and follow through with permission to attend or not.  Only return the form if you DO NOT want your child to participate.  Students are expected to be in school if they are not participating.

Spelling for next week for periods 1 & 2...students are correct in saying pretests have stopped.  Students will receive their list for the next 5 tests.  The test for U4W1 will be on Friday March 15.  Please study with your student to help prepare for the upcoming test.  Students can study ahead as well.

Grammar will be discussing helping and main verbs for periods 1 & 2.  Verbs are not new.  Students have been exposed to verbs forever, but we are introducing more complex words.  Helping verbs are the 1st word in the verb phrase and it helps the main verb.  Main verbs are the 2nd word in the verb phrase.

Have a great week!

Week of February 19th

Periods 1 & 2 will have a grammar test on Thursday.  All periods will have a reading test on Friday.  Study vocabulary and main idea/supporting details.

Homework tonight for period 1 is to fill out the figurative worksheet.  There are 5 areas.  Each area needs to be defined and example given.  Idiom, simile, and metaphor also get a picture drawn.

Homework tonight for period 3 is to start working on there short research paper on an animal that has adaptations that makes the animal unique.  A worksheet was given to each student with specific directions.  This is due Monday.

Period 1 homework is due the next day we are in school.

Tomorrow is Day 1, art.  Please dress warm!

Have a great week!
Mrs. Herring