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Sept. 28, 2012

Geography Test on Ohio from page 11 in Ohio History Book

from:Stevens, John

to:Social Studies 5-6

Students will be tested on the information about Ohio on page 11 of their Ohio history book. If it is printed on the page, they should know it, e.g. names of rivers, cities, plains, lakes, etc.

Sept. 24, 2012

Read and study Chapter 3 in your Ohio History book this weekend.

from:Stevens, John

to:Social Studies 5-6

   

Sept. 22, 2012

Week 4 Review

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:All Students

Please read the attached information.  Please note: snapshot request.

 

Sept. 22, 2012

Months of the Year Poem

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:Language Arts 1-2

Please memorize ...

Thirty days has September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one
Except February alone,
Which has twenty-eight days clear,
But twenty-nine each Leap Year.

Sept. 22, 2012

"Push that Button" Creative Writing Re-write

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:Language Arts 1-2

All students are to re-write their creative story "Push that Button" incorporating the suggestions I gave them.  Most students will need help.

Sept. 22, 2012

Spelling Quiz 3

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:Language Arts 1-2

The spelling pre-test will be Monday.  It will include the days of the week and the months of the year.  The actual quiz will be Friday.  The optional bonus words are: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative, adjective, preposition, conjunction, interjection.

Sept. 21, 2012

6,7,8 grades : One-page proposal for the 2013 Schilling Science and Invention Fair

from:Stevens, John

to:All Students

Students will need to e-mail their Science Fair proposal to jstevens@schillingschool.org by Friday Sept. 21st. The proposal may be single or double spaced but it must have details about the Science Project, how it will be performed, the items involve, the procedure, the time table for the first attempt, the time tables for multiple adjustments and corrections and the ultimate completion date. A good first deadline for the completion of the first trials/experiments would be just before the Thanksgiving Break. www.sciencebuddies.org is a good site for those who are completely lost for an idea. This is a graded assignment.

Here are some rules/tips ( from my former writing class ) to use to produce your proposal paper;


- Your work should be written in Times New Roman, 12 point font, single or double spaced with standard margins and page numbers unless otherwise noted.
- Periodically save your work by pressing the CTRL key and the “S” key simultaneously.
- The top of the first page of your paper should look like this;


Your Name                   Name of the Report                      Date the paper is due

- You should also save your Word document as reportbyJimmyNeutron.docx. That way, the person who has to grade them knows whose report it is, without even opening it. So will you.
- You should always read your paper aloud and listen for errors in grammar and composition.
- Make sure your writing flows and that you are not just making a two-page list, e.g. “First he said this. Then he said this. Third, he said this. Fourth, he said that. In the end, he said this last.” That is not writing, it is just listing the facts of the story.
- Make sure that you double-check your notes! Many reports have lost points because the character’s names were constantly misspelled or simple facts were noted incorrectly. There is a huge difference between lightning and lightning bugs.
- You should always read your paper to an adult and ask them for suggestions and then make any necessary changes. Let them read your final paper too. NOTE: All changes, writing and typing or anything else regarding the final paper is ultimately the student’s responsibility!
- Watch out for too many pronouns in one sentence. “He went to talk to him but he didn’t want to speak to him.”
- Proper nouns get capitalized. Use Dr. Sandra Schilling, not dr. sandra schilling. Main St. not main st. Uncle Joe, not uncle joe.
- Watch out for homophones. “They went their in the car” should be “They went there in the car.”  This is where an adult set of eyes will be helpful to you.
Lastly, and this is very important, don’t procrastinate writing or turning in your paper. Give yourself a false deadline of the class day before it is due. (e-mail it on Wednesday, not Friday) That way, your teacher can catch any mistakes and suggest improvements in a reply e-mail. You can then make the changes and resubmit it on the due date for a much better grade.
This is a good website for tips and rules on writing papers. See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Sept. 21, 2012

Small papers with info for the class Periodic Table of Elements due Friday, Sept 21st

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 7-8

Students have been assigned individual elements -10 per student - to make small, booklet- type sheets to be attached to a poster that will replicate the periodic table of elements, but with more details for each small booklet about each elements. Students should have details about what is required of them in their notebooks.

Sept. 21, 2012

Practise typing and learning a computer keyboard

from:Stevens, John

to:Computer Science

Students should go to www.powertyping.com , choose qwerty and practise for 20 minutes every evening that they can for the rest of the school year. As they get better, challenge them with a higher WPM count.

For the immediate future, students should start memorizing where the keys are on a keyboard as they will eventually be filling in a blank keyboard page for a grade. They will do this numerous times until the teacher is satisfied that they know which keys are which, without looking. The blank keyboard test will be graded. Blank practise pages can be found by googling "blank keyboard worksheet"

 

Sept. 21, 2012

Homework reminder for this weekend

from:Fatica, Atsuko

to:Pre-Algebra

Practice 2.5 odds and Practice 2.6 evens. Remember to use algebra rather than mental math.

Have a nice weekend!

Sept. 20, 2012

Homework reminder

from:Fatica, Atsuko

to:Pre-Algebra

Although practice 2.4 is due Friday, you will receive 2 stickers if you bring it tomorrow.

Sept. 20, 2012

Homework reminder

from:Fatica, Atsuko

to:Pre-Algebra

To ones who did not turn in homework 2.4 - even, the homework is due tomorrow.

 

Sept. 19, 2012

First Paper on Historically Important African American or Woman due Wed. Sept. 19th

from:Stevens, John

to:Social Studies 7-8

Students will use the information they have been collecting all week and produce a one-page, single-spaced paper on the person they have chosen. All papers should be e-mailed to jstevens@schilling school on or before the evening of September 18th. Students should also have a hard copy of the final version to read aloud in front of the class, if called upon to do so.

Below are notes from my 2011-2012 reading class.

Here are some rules/tips for producing your next paper
- Your work should be written in Times New Roman, 12 point font, single  spaced with standard margins and page numbers unless otherwise noted.
- Periodically save your work by pressing the CTRL key and the “S” key simultaneously.
- The top of the first page of your paper should look like this;
Your Name                   Name of the Report                                    Date the paper is due

- You should also save your Word document as reportbyJimmyNeutron.docx. That way, the person who has to grade them knows whose report it is, without even opening it. So will you.
- You should always read your paper aloud and listen for errors in grammar and composition.
- Make sure your writing flows and that you are not just making a two-page list, e.g. “First he said this. Then he said this. Third, he said this. Fourth, he said that. In the end, he said this last.” That is not writing, it is just listing the facts of the story.
- Make sure that you double-check your notes! Many reports have lost points because the character’s names were constantly misspelled or simple facts were noted incorrectly. There is a huge difference between lightning and lightning bugs.
- You should always read your paper to an adult and ask them for suggestions and then make any necessary changes. Let them read your final paper too. NOTE: All changes, writing and typing or anything else regarding the final paper is ultimately the student’s responsibility!
- Watch out for too many pronouns in one sentence. “He went to talk to him but he didn’t want to speak to him.”
- Proper nouns get capitalized. Use Dr. Sandra Schilling, not dr. sandra schilling. Main St. not main st. Uncle Joe, not uncle joe.
- Watch out for homophones. “They went their in the car” should be “They went there in the car.”  This is where an adult set of eyes will be helpful to you.
Lastly, and this is very important, don’t procrastinate writing or turning in your paper. Give yourself a false deadline of the class day before it is due. (e-mail it on Wednesday, not Friday) That way, your teacher can catch any mistakes and suggest improvements in a reply e-mail. You can then make the changes and resubmit it on the due date for a much better grade.
This is a good website for tips and rules on writing papers. See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Sept. 19, 2012

Students will read Chapter 22 and take notes and plan to discuss on Wed. Sept. 19th

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 7-8

Students should read Chapter 22 and take notes. They can also be quizzed by using the test questions at the end of the chapter.

Sept. 19, 2012

Metric Conversion worksheets due on the 19th

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 5-6

I'll hand out the practise sheets in class but if the students lose them, they are attached.

Sept. 19, 2012

One-page paper on the Geology of Ohio due by e-mail on the evening of September 18th

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 5-6

Students will e-mail their one-page, double spaced paper to me at jstevens@schillingschool.org by or before the evening of September 18th. All of the rules and writing tips are listed below. Students work may be longer than one page or single-spaced if they like. Students may not plagurize any work whatsoever. All credits must be listed on a second page titled Reference page. All details will be dicussed in class on Friday, Sept 14. and examples will be shown to help students understand the assignment better.

Here are some rules/tips for producing your next paper
- Your work should be written in Times New Roman, 12 point font, single or double spaced with standard margins and page numbers unless otherwise noted.
- Periodically save your work by pressing the CTRL key and the “S” key simultaneously.
- The top of the first page of your paper should look like this;
Your Name                      Name of the Report                        Date the paper is due

- You should also save your Word document as GeologyreportbyJimmyNeutron.docx. That way, the person who has to grade them knows whose report it is, without even opening it. So will you.
- You should always read your paper aloud and listen for errors in grammar and composition.
- Make sure your writing flows and that you are not just making a one page list, e.g. “First he said this. Then he said this. Third, he said this. Fourth, he said that. In the end, he said this last.” That is not writing, it is just listing the facts of the story.
- Make sure that you double-check your notes! Many reports have lost points because the people's and places names were constantly misspelled or simple facts were noted incorrectly. There is a huge difference between lightning and lightning bugs.
- You should always read your paper to an adult and ask them for suggestions and then make any necessary changes. Let them read your final paper too. NOTE: All changes, writing and typing or anything else regarding the final paper is ultimately the student’s responsibility!
- Watch out for too many pronouns in one sentence. “He went to talk to him but he didn’t want to speak to him.”
- Proper nouns get capitalized. Use Dr. Sandra Schilling, not dr. sandra schilling. Main St. not main st. Uncle Joe, not uncle joe.
- Watch out for homophones. “They went their in the car” should be “They went there in the car.”  This is where an adult set of eyes will be helpful to you.
Lastly, and this is very important, don’t procrastinate writing or turning in your paper. Give yourself a false deadline of the class day before it is due. (for example...e-mail it on Wednesday, not Friday) That way, your teacher can catch any mistakes and suggest improvements in a reply e-mail. You can then make the changes and resubmit it on the due date for a much better grade.
This is a good website for tips and rules on writing papers. See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Sept. 18, 2012

Language Arts Statements

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:Language Arts 1-2

Students need to begin memorizing the first five statements (see attached).

Sept. 17, 2012

PowerPoint for the 2013 Schilling Science and Invention Fair

from:Administrator

to:All Students

Please see the attached PowerPoint. It has tips and pictures for how students should present their Science Projects. It is what was shown to them for the all-school assembly last Friday.

Sept. 16, 2012

Homework for this weekend

from:Fatica, Atsuko

to:Pre-Algebra

Practice 2.3, do all. Enjoy rest of weekend.

Sept. 15, 2012

Week 3

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:All Students

Dear Parents,
 

Your children are so amazing!  It is a joy to be their teacher.  I have seen many examples of kindness and thoughtfulness this week. 
 

Reminders
1. Your child needs to be ready for math class to begin at 8:45.  Please try to arrive at school at 8:35 at the latest.
2. Please read & sign the “Homework Assignment Plan” daily (MWF).  I had two students today who did not do their math homework. 

We have adjusted our morning schedule.  Since Yasmeen is now in 3rd/4th grade math our morning meeting is after math class.  This impacts my plan to invite parents at the beginning of the day on the first Fridays of each month.  I would like to change it to the end of the day.  We would like to invite you to join us at 3:00 on Friday, Oct. 5 for songs and perhaps poetry. 

Here is a summary of our week:

Math: The children are demonstrating more consistency with basic math skills.  I have begun to integrate some critical thinking & reasoning exercises.  We will begin to move more quickly as they progress.
Science: “Simple Machines” – we used a wedge today to test our hypothesis about a carrot.  We talked about some famous inventors and what others must have thought of their ideas before they materialized.  Students need to submit at least 2 ideas of what they might invent (on paper) by Wed. for the Invention Fair.
Language Arts:  worked on proper/common nouns, adjectives, definition of a sentence, and the eight parts of speech via song. Spelling pre-test was today (20-25 words).  Students have 5 spelling words for the quiz Wednesday.  Some of them opted to take home extra credit words. Please have your child read/recite the poem for you daily. Challenge them to recite it from memory.
Social Studies: We talked about the Constitutional Convention & the three branches of government.  We reviewed the names, locations, and abbreviations for the states on our northern & eastern borders.  We discussed the words & origin of our National Anthem.
Character: more on respect.  Many children need to work on respecting others by not speaking when someone else is speaking. We are talking about this a lot. Several children “lost their quarters” this week.

Please do not hesitate to share questions or concerns!

Sincerely,

Lorie Ramsey
llramsey@schillingschool.org

Sept. 15, 2012

Spelling Quiz 2

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:Language Arts 1-2

Spelling quiz Wed. Optional bonus words are: excellent, excitement, experience, familiar, fascinate, favorite, February, finally, foreign

Sept. 14, 2012

The Powerpoint Presentation from last week for parents in 6-12 to view

from:Stevens, John

to:All Students

Please see attached to give you some insight as to how the science fair projects should look. We'll work on the science portion of it in class.

Sept. 14, 2012

Chapter 19 Chemistry Test

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 7-8

Study Chapter 19 and take notes for upcoming test  on the Atom and the Periodic Table and atomic bonding.

Sept. 13, 2012

No homework for tonight

from:Fatica, Atsuko

to:Pre-Algebra

There is no homework for tonight, although I found some of you still have problems of working on using distributive property and simplyfying expressions. We are going to practice more tomorrow.

Have a good evening.

Sept. 12, 2012

Homework for tonight

from:Fatica, Atsuko

to:Pre-Algebra

Practice 2.2 evens are the homework for tonight.

 

Sept. 11, 2012

Help for Chemistry Test on Friday

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 7-8

Here is a good activity for your student to practise to prepare for the Science test on CH 19 this Friday.

Go to;
http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/build-an-atom and then select Run Now! in the green box.

Also, see attached PowerPoint from class lecture on Monday.

Sept. 11, 2012

Homework reminder

from:Fatica, Atsuko

to:Pre-Algebra

Homework for tonight (if you did not finish it in the class):

Practice 1.8 - odds

Practice 2.1 - odds

We will review "distributive property" tomorrow before we move to next section.

Sept. 10, 2012

Test on Observation and Inferences on Monday, Sept 10th

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 5-6

Students should practise making Observations and Inferences around their house and neighborhood in preparation for the test on Monday. Students should also make sure they know the difference between qualitative and quantitative observations.

Sept. 10, 2012

No homework for tonight

from:Fatica, Atsuko

to:Pre-Algebra

There is no homework for tonight.

Good job on your chapter 1 test!!!!!!

 

Strategy for math assessments:

1. Read problems carefully.

2. Show your work, not just answers. (By showing your work, you inclease a chance to receive a partial point, specially in an advanced lebel class. So let's plactice now)

3. Do not rush. Don't worry if your classmates finish a test in 5 minutes. Work on your own pace.

 

 

 

Sept. 07, 2012

Start looking at Ohio History websites this weekend

from:Stevens, John

to:Social Studies 5-6

All 5-6 Social Studies students should start to look at their saved Ohio history websites and  begin to read about all of the many facets of Ohio e.g. the present day peoples, the original natives, the geology, the city builders, the Presidents, the famous Americans from Ohio, the Ice Age, the mound building societies, Native Americans and as much information as can be viewed over the weekend. More discussions will continue next week as we work towards our producing our first papers.

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