Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Announcements 2-2-12

Spotlight on Team Discovery

The Discovery community has been busy learning interesting and disgusting facts about the human body. The students are working as groups--made up of a 4th, a 5th, and a 6th grade student. The 4th graders are responsible for the muscular and skeletal systems, the 5th graders are responsible for the digestive and excretory systems, and the 6th graders are responsible for the circulatory and respiratory systems. At the end of the unit, every group will have a presentation for the rest of the community.

In addition to this community-wide project, our 6th grade mathematicians have been learning proportional reasoning. One group built a giant, according to her hand size compared to the average student's hand size; four other groups drew the classroom and its contents to scale to redesign Ms. Provost's room (The students voted on them and the winning design will be the new class layout. Luckily, no one moved Ms. Provost's desk into the hall); and three students worked on writing and solving word problems based on proportional reasoning.

We'll have more to share in the near future!

The Discovery Community

A Kindergarten student working hard on "Fundations"

Valentine's Day Express

It's that time again! The choices this year are a silver & purple necklace, a silver and red necklace or a flower for $1.25 each. You can find a slip at the front desk. Please return the slips with payment to Mrs. Biggie. Delivery will be Tuesday February 14th!

Brainstorm Adventure Brain Fit Tip of the Day:

Purple berries and apples are linked to decreased rates of age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s

Use your brain for logic:

How many boxes, at 9 x 6 x 3 inches, would fit in a closet that is 6 ft x 4ft x 2.5 ft? (the answer will be posted tomorrow)

WordMasters Word of the Day

from the 7th grade list:

Function: noun: a song or hymn of mourning; especially : one intended for funeral or memorial
Etymology: Middle English dirige "service performed when someone dies," from Latin
dirige "direct," first word in a prayer for the dead, from earlier dirigere "to direct"
My aunt was a flood of tears before the dirge was done.

Hot Lunch Entree for Thursday February 2nd

Taco Bar w/ The Works 
Seasoned Taco Meat, Shredded Cheese, Lettuce, Onions, Salsa, & Soft Flour Tortilla 
Spanish Rice 
Creamy Coleslaw 
Low-Fat Dessert 
Fresh Fruit 
Farm Fresh Milk