to: Language Arts 1-2

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

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.

to: Science 7-8

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

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.

to: Pre-Algebra

Practice 2.2 evens are the homework for tonight.


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; and then select Run Now! in the green box.

Also, see attached PowerPoint from class lecture on Monday.

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.

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.

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.




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.

to: Science 5-6

Don't forget to bring your edible racecar on Friday for the big race!

to: Pre-Algebra

Practice 1.8 evens is due Monday. Also, there will be a chapter test on Monday.

Have a nice weekend!

to: French -Intermed.

to: Pre-Algebra

Practice 1.6, if you have not finished in the class today (See also reminder on your grade book). 

to: Pre-Algebra

Homework: Practice 1.5, odd numbers. Due tomorrow, 9/5.

Please see attached for syllabus

to: Science 7-8

Please see attached for syllabus...

Please see attached for syllabus

Please see attached syllabus

to: All Students

Dear Parents,

My largest goal for this first week was to establish a classroom environment founded on respect.  I spent considerable time discussing treating others the way you want to be treated and concrete examples of respect (for yourself, for others, and for our school).  The children received this wonderfully.  I believe this was time well spent creating an optimal learning environment. 

My primary academic goal was to assess the children by subject to determine their needs.  Next week we’ll begin having daily homework.  The children will be bringing their binders home and must bring them back to school each day.  The homework will be specified on the first page in the binder.  Please initial, but do not remove, this page.  I will also list homework on Thinkwave (although, please be patient another week or two on that). 

Some of the children have work to finish at home (due Wednesday).  Om & Kalista have spelling words to finish studying.  Brodie and Henry have a math.  Several of the students would greatly benefit from reviewing math facts (addition, subtraction, 1-12) at home.  You may be surprised what they have forgotten over the summer.   Others who have mastered ± need to review multiplication and division facts 1-12.  Please take the time to interact with your child and see where you can help.

1. At 10:00 the children are allowed to have a “quick grab” snack.  Please pack this snack somewhere easily accessible.  Please choose a snack that can be eaten easily and quickly. Do not pack a morning snack that requires utensils or is located downstairs in the refrigerator.
2. It would be great if you choose to purchase a yellow Schilling t-shirt for your child. ($15 from Mrs. Mink)  While this is not required, it is vastly helpful for field trips.

Here is a summary of what we learned this week:
• Math: reading a data sheet & making inferences
2nd or 3rd grade level assessment testing
learned and/or reviewed several 3rd/4th core math skills
• Science: became familiar with the composition of atoms, elements, & compounds
learned “The Atoms Family” song, to read the Periodic Table, introduced metalloids,     atomic numbers, names of some major elements
• Language Arts:  the children wrote ideas & hopes they have for the school year ahead,
studied the 8 parts of speech, began individualized spelling lists, each child has 5 words which they studied today (via my prescribed method)
• Social Studies:  Why are governments necessary?  What defines our government?  (i.e. U.S.
Constitution).  We recited, watched, & sang “The Preamble” (School House Rock)  and are studying ~12 vocabulary words from it.
• Character – respect, class song

I look forward to partnering with each of you in the process of optimally educating each of your children.  Please do not hesitate to share questions or concerns!

to: Science 7-8

Students will read Chapter 19 in the science books and take notes on each section. They should prepare to answer questions and discuss the properties of atoms, the history of atomic theory and the periodic table.

to: Pre-Algebra

There is no homework for this weekend (I forgot to hand it out to you). Enjoy a 3 day weekend!!!



to: Pre-Algebra

Pre Algebra students who had not turned Practice 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 are due tomorrow (1.1 was due today). To ones who already turned in, grades are posted. Homework reminder is also posted individually in the comment.

Tomorrow, we will review some of the problems on the homework, then we are going to look at 1.4. There may be mid-chapter test and quiz 1.4.

Mrs. Fatica

to: Pre-Algebra


Practice 1.1 - All odd numbered problems - due tomorrow, 8/30

Practice 1.2 - All circled problems - due on Friday, 8/31

You will receive  a bonus point on extra problems which are not assigned. If you have any questions, email me or bring them to me tomorrow.

Mrs. Fatica


to: Science 5-6

Build an Edible Racecar

Your challenge is to build a racecar and except for the axles, it is to be made entirely out of edible objects. You can use whatever you like but the car must be able to roll down a cardboard ramp and it must not drip or leak (too much) on the cardboard ramp.
As for the aforementioned axles, you may use toothpicks, or cut up metal coat hangers or the round type of chopsticks or anything you like that is solid enough to take the load of being raced several times.
There are three prizes to be awarded and Mr. Stevens will be the official judge.
One prize will be for the racecar that travels the longest distance.
One prize will be for the racecar that is the best designed e.g. most creative.
One prize will be for the most delicious racecar.
Remember, all cars must roll on their own and be made to survive several races.
Race day is September 7th during our science class. Have fun engineering your racecar!

to: French -Intermed.

Bonjour Parents,

I hope that everyone is doing well, and excited to start another school year!

French classes will be structured the same as last year. We will work very hard our two days in class together on speaking and listening comprehension, and the homework will be focused on reading, on writing, and on listening comprehension.

Homework will be assigned every Tuesday and Thursday. It is important for students to turn in homework on time. NO late work will be accepted this year! All assignments will be listed on Thinkwave, but I strongly advise students to use a planner/ agenda as well. I will NOT accept the excuse that a student was unable to complete his or her homework because he or she did not have access to Thinkwave.

Supplies needed for both French classes include one spiral notebook, and one blank CD. Please have all supplies by September 4th!

Please, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have; I am always happy to meet face to face or discuss any problems over the phone. Please contact me at to set up any conferences.
I look forward to a great year!


Best regards,

Morgan K. Wood