Welcome EAGLE School of Madison

Aug. 28, 2012

Welcome to 3/4 Science

from:Van Boldrik, Maggie

to:Junior 3/4 A Science

Hi everyone!  During our first weeks in school, we'll be getting oriented to the class procedures and heading outdoors as soon as possible.  Our first unit, Biodiversity and Interdependence, is the study of how living things interact with and depend on each other within their environment.  This is a fun and challenging unit as your students will learn to make accurate observations (write down/draw what you ACTUALLY see, not what you THINK you see) in a team setting.  Last year as Intermediates, they learned to make independent observations, but as 3/4's they will find that it's not so easy to agree on what you observe, making this a more demanding and, honestly, sometimes frustrating experience as they learn to cultivate team skills.  We'll also have fun collecting and identifying plants in our plant presses. 

Many of you know that my philosophy is that children should spend as much time outdoors exploring the natural world as possible.  This fall, we'll be spending time in the fields and woods that surround our school.  It's  a terrific learning laboratory to investigate how many different species can and do live together in a small space, and, just as importantly, how they depend on each other to survive.

And for your own child's 'survival', please remember that they should wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walks in the woods and fields.  We will be spending a fair amount of class time outdoors, so you should assume that any time they have science, they should have proper clothing and especially closed-toed shoes. Putting sunblock on in the morning is a VERY good idea.  We'll put on mosquito repellant should the need arise (and assuming you have filled out the Mosquito Repellant Permission Slip). Sloppy weather isn't necessarily a deterrent, unless it is extremely wet, snowy or stormy.   Dirt & mud are inevitable.

If you are an adventurous sort of parent and have some free time, you are certainly encouraged to join our expeditions and help with herding!  If students are comfortable with her, my dog, Darcy, frequently accompanies us, but she is lacking in her herding skills owing to her greater interest in the local fauna.   I would welcome a parent to help focus the students on their meter-square environment and work as teams - and even better if you have some knowledge of plants.  Just contact me if you are interested.

Keep an eye out for new information on my website MaggiesScienceConnection.weebly.com You may wish to bookmark this in addition to Thinkwave.

Aug. 28, 2012

Welcome to 3/4 Science

from:Van Boldrik, Maggie

to:Junior 3/4 B Science

Hi everyone!  During our first weeks in school, we'll be getting oriented to the class procedures and heading outdoors as soon as possible.  Our first unit, Biodiversity and Interdependence, is the study of how living things interact with and depend on each other within their environment.  This is a fun and challenging unit as your students will learn to make accurate observations (write down/draw what you ACTUALLY see, not what you THINK you see) in a team setting.  Last year as Intermediates, they learned to make independent observations, but as 3/4's they will find that it's not so easy to agree on what you observe, making this a more demanding and, honestly, sometimes frustrating experience as they learn to cultivate team skills.  We'll also have fun collecting and identifying plants in our plant presses.

Many of you know that my philosophy is that children should spend as much time outdoors exploring the natural world as possible.  This fall, we'll be spending time in the fields and woods that surround our school.  It's  a terrific learning laboratory to investigate how many different species can and do live together in a small space, and, just as importantly, how they depend on each other to survive.

And for your own child's 'survival', please remember that they should wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walks in the woods and fields.  We will be spending a fair amount of class time outdoors, so you should assume that any time they have science, they should have proper clothing and especially closed-toed shoes. Putting sunblock on in the morning is a VERY good idea.  We'll put on mosquito repellant should the need arise (and assuming you have filled out the Mosquito Repellant Permission Slip). Sloppy weather isn't necessarily a deterrent, unless it is extremely wet, snowy or stormy.   Dirt & mud are inevitable.

If you are an adventurous sort of parent and have some free time, you are certainly encouraged to join our expeditions and help with herding!  If students are comfortable with her, my dog, Darcy, frequently accompanies us, but she is lacking in her herding skills owing to her greater interest in the local fauna.   I would welcome a parent to help focus the students on their meter-square environment and work as teams - and even better if you have some knowledge of plants.  Just contact me if you are interested.

Keep an eye out for new information on my website MaggiesScienceConnection.weebly.com You may wish to bookmark this in addition to Thinkwave.

Aug. 28, 2012

Badgerlink

from:Lacock, Janice

to:All Students

Statewide resource which provides a number of appropriate databases - very comprehensive.

 

Badgerlink

Aug. 27, 2012

From Angela

from:Abbott, Angela

to:All Students

welcome back

Aug. 27, 2012

it's Election time....

from:Abbott, Angela

to:All Students

In preparation for the 2012 Presidential elections season I want you to start monitoring the news. We will talk about the sources and the focus in class. Meanwhile the National Republican Party are holding their Convention in Tampa, Miami. It begins tomorrow, try and catch some of the prime time speakers (9pm). More to follow in class :)

Aug. 27, 2012

Welcome back! -¡Bienvenidos de regreso!

from:Avalos-Cano, Yazmin

to:All Students

Welcome back Spanish EAGLE students! I will see you in class. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Yazmín

Aug. 27, 2012

Welcome to Intermediate Science

from:Van Boldrik, Maggie

to:Intermediate Science

Hi everyone!  During our first weeks in school, we'll be getting oriented to the class procedures and heading outdoors as soon as possible.  Our first unit, Ecology, is the study of how living things interact with each other and their environment.  My philosophy is that children should spend as much time outdoors exploring the natural world as possible.  Eagle School is surrounded by natural beauty and is a terrific learning laboratory to find out what a habitat is, how organism's needs are met by their habitat, and how they depend on the biotic and abiotic components of their environment for survival. 

And for your own child's 'survival', please remember that they should wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walks in the woods and fields.  We will be spending a fair amount of class time outdoors, so you should assume that any time they have science, they should have proper clothing and especially closed-toed shoes. Putting sunblock on in the morning is a VERY good idea.  We'll put on mosquito repellant should the need arise (and assuming you have filled out the Mosquito Repellant Permission Slip). Sloppy weather isn't necessarily a deterrent, unless it is extremely wet, snowy or stormy.   Dirt & mud are inevitable.

If you are an adventurous sort of parent and have some free time, you are certainly welcome to join our expeditions and help with herding!  If students are comfortable with her, my dog, Darcy, frequently accompanies us, but she is lacking in her herding skills owing to her greater interest in the local fauna.  Just contact me if you are interested.

Keep an eye out for new information on my website MaggiesScienceConnection.weebly.com You may wish to bookmark this in addition to Thinkwave. 

Aug. 27, 2012

New Books in EAGLE's library

from:Bunn, Ellen

to:All Students

 

Wecome fans and newcomers to the newly-written prequel to The Boxcar Children series available for check-out in the EAGLE School library.

 

"Before they were the Boxcar Children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden lived with their parents at Fair Meadow Farm.

Although times are hard, the Aldens are happy—“the best family of all,” Mama likes to say. One day, a blizzard hits the countryside, and a car is stranded on the road near their farm. The family in the car needs shelter, and when the Aldens take them in, the strangers soon become friends. But things never stay the same at Fair Meadow Farm, and the spring and summer bring events that will forever change the lives of the Alden children."

Newbery Award–winning author Patricia MacLachlan pays loving tribute to the classic novel by Gertrude Chandler Warner in this story of the Alden children’s origins and the challenges they faced before their boxcar adventures."

Quoted from http://www.boxcarchildren.com/content.cfm/boxcar-children-prequel

 

Aug. 27, 2012

Welcome to Junior 3/4B Class

from:Hoffman, Jean

to:Junior 3/4 B LA/SS/D

Dear Students---This year is a busy and exciting one. I look forward to working with all of you. I will be learning more about Thinkwave and will be using it to post assignments and communicate with you. Please check your account often and particularly whenever you are unsure of an assignment. You will also be using your assignment notebook to list your assignments. Hopefully, there will be few misunderstandings about your homework assignments.

Jean Hoffman

Aug. 27, 2012

Welcome to the gym!

from:Price, Chuck

to:7/8 Y P.E.

7/8 Y Physical Education           Teacher-Chuck Price
  
    Our class will mainly focus on the mainstream, traditional sports enjoyed in Wisconsin. I hope the students gain enough knowledge of the intricacies of the rules and fluency in playing each sport that they will feel comfortable playing these sports in their neighborhood and in their upcoming high school careers.
    We will focus on one sport for two weeks. After a brief warm-up, the students will spend approximately ten minutes practicing an element of the given sport (eg. how to bump in volleyball, how to perform a bounce pass in basketball). The remainder of each period will be devoted to playing the game and getting a good workout.
     Students need to have appropriate shoes and attire. A good attitude and an ability to accommodate a variety of skill levels are also required.
We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the eight period of the day.

Aug. 24, 2012

Welcome To Upper Primary Class

from:Hoffman, Jean

to:UP LA/SS/D

Dear Parents,

     The following are the major activities for the week. Please understand that this list does not cover everything we do in class. Also, this list is not written in stone, but  it is to let you know  about the general concepts and activities we are working on each week.

Spelling/Grammar

  • This week is the first spelling lesson. The students have been placed in an appropriate level of the Spellwell spelling series. Look for the week's spelling list in your child's orange take home folder. There are bonus words that are added to the list each week. These words relate to the social studies curriculum. The students get points for each bonus word they spell correctly, but these words are not counted as part of the test score. Spelling tests are on Fridays.
  • Our first part of speech will be a review of nouns--proper and common.

Reading/Writing

  • Chris Van Allsburg is our first author's study. Each student has a journal where they will be asked questions and write their reflections about his stories.
  • We will be starting a unit on fables. Most of the stories are part of the Junior Great Book Program.
  • Each student is starting a reflective writing journal that will be keep and added to throughout the year.
  • Look for a letter from your child. We are working on addresses and correct letter format. Letters will be mailed on Friday.

Social Studies

  • The first unit of the year is called Our Community. This  is an introduction to the study of communities. In this unit, the students learn a lot of terms that will be of use throughout the year.

    

Aug. 24, 2012

Welcome Back

from:Price, Chuck

to:All Students

It's going to be a swell year!

Aug. 24, 2012

Welcome Back

from:Price, Chuck

to:MS 6/7 A LA/SS/D

It's going to be a swell year!

Aug. 24, 2012

Welcome

from:Gallo, Matt

to:All Students

   Welcome to the 4/5 unit. Your teacher, Matt Gallo, will do his level best to make this a productive, interesting and worthwhile academic year. He expects all students to do their best, just as his students expect him to do his best. That is all we can ask.

   School started on Tuesday, Aug. 28, and there will be two homework assignments due the first week, including one on the first day. Pace yourselves, kids, and stay current by frequently checking this website.

Aug. 24, 2012

American Memory at the Library of Congress

from:Lacock, Janice

to:All Students

American Memory at the Library of Congress - maps, photos, documents, audio and video, documenting American history.

American Memory at the Library of Congress

Aug. 24, 2012

Welcome Back

from:Helstad, Steve

to:All Students

Welcome Back to another exciting year of learning and moving at Eagle School! Our first  class activity will be a week of Eagle Olympics. You will be running, jumping and moving in different ways so please remember to bring gym shoes to help you do your best! 

 

Steve

Aug. 24, 2012

Welcome to EAGLE Art

from:Beckett, Marcia

to:Nest - 5/6 Art

Welcome back to school!  I am so excited to start our art lessons. 

You can learn more about what we do in Art class (and see pictures) by visiting the EAGLE Artists Website.  As school gets underway, your artwork will be posted on the ARTSONIA art gallery.  You will receive information in your locker about your username and password.

During the first couple of art classes, we will dive right in to creative art making and will design our sketchbook covers.

On Art class days, it would be a good idea to not wear your best clothes.  We do wear smocks, but paint has a sneaky way of finding its way on to clothing.

Aug. 23, 2012

Music!

from:Harper, Darlene

to:All Students

Welcome back! Warm up those vocal 'chords'!

Aug. 23, 2012

Welcome Back!

from:McCulley, Denise

to:Junior 5/6 Science

I am so excited to meet my new crop of science students.  Enjoy your last weekend and get ready jump right into science next week. 

 

Aug. 23, 2012

Welcome Back!

from:McCulley, Denise

to:7/8 Science - Physics and Chemistry

I am so excited to see you all again.  Enjoy your last weekend and get ready jump right into science next week.

Aug. 23, 2012

Welcome Back!

from:McCulley, Denise

to:MS 6/7 Science

I am so excited to see you all again.  Enjoy your last weekend and get ready jump right into science next week.

Aug. 23, 2012

Wisconsin Veterans' Museum

from:Lacock, Janice

to:All Students

Link to the archives of the Wisconsin Veterans` Museum

Wisconsin Veterans' Museum

Aug. 23, 2012

Wisconsin Historical Images

from:Lacock, Janice

to:All Students

Wisconsin Historical Images - more than 10,000 historical images from the WHS collections, covering Wisconsin and American history.

Wisconsin Historical Images

July 17, 2012

Enjoy the Summer

from:McCulley, Denise

to:All Students

I hope all of you are having a great summer.  Remember to wear your sunscreen and sunglasses!  Science is part of nearly everything we do, so be prepared to come back in the fall with lots of science-related stories to tell. 

 

Mrs. McCulley

 

July 10, 2012

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from:McTesterton, Testy

to:Testing!

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