Thank you for a great year! June 11-20, 2018

I am so incredibly proud of every single student who accomplished their Constitutional Debate last Friday! :)  The planning, research, writing, critical thinking, and public speaking offered challenges for everyone. It was inspiring to see so many students flourish as they completed this achievement!  This week, we’ll be wrapping up our learning with student-created skits on Westward Expansion, as well as completing the last section of The Glory Field, and concluding the week with a Latin Roots final exam. I am so grateful to have gotten to know every single student this year! We have learned a lot together and I do hope to hear from them as they continue on their journey after middle school. 

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May 29-June 1

This week, students will continue reading The Glory Field.  Students should be practicing their Debate speeches at home. The goal is that they do not simply read aloud, but work towards effective public speaking with engaging tone, persuasive word choice, effective eye contact, body language, and purposeful hand motions. Please help them out by watching, evaluating, and giving feedback, using the rubric provided on p. 26 of the orange Debate packet. Students are encouraged to dress in their nicest clothes for Debate Day, June 8, but absolutely no one should feel the need to purchase anything for this purpose.  If your student feels that they don't have something relatively professional to wear, please let me know, and I'd be happy to help. Remember, you are invited to attend Debates to watch your student perform!  :) 

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May 21-25, 2018

This week, students will continue reading The Glory Field.  Each student will also find out whether they will debate the pro or con side of their Constitutional Debate topic, and will revise the essay to become a concise, engaging, persuasive speech. We will practice many tips and tricks for effective public speaking, and students should begin practicing their speeches at home. Additionally, we will investigate and evaluate the presidency of Andrew Jackson. 

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May 14-18, 2018

This week, students will demonstrate their reading, writing, and listening skills on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Students should be leaving their chromebooks and chargers at school each day, as well as getting good sleep!  This link has resources and practice assessments if you’re interested in looking at how students will be tested. http://wa.portal.airast.org/students-and-families/

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May 7-11, 2018

This week, students will write their Con Essay for Debates and have a Latin Roots Unit Test Friday. The Smarter Balanced Assessment for ELA is coming up in one week, and this link has resources and practice assessments if you’re interested in looking at how students will be tested.  http://wa.portal.airast.org/students-and-families/

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April 30-May 4, 2018

This week, students will continue to read their current book, either The Glory Field or Twelve Years a Slave. They will also continue their research for the con side of their debate.  Additionally, students will learn their final set of Latin roots this week.  The Smarter Balanced Assessment is coming up later this month for ELA, and this link has resources and practice assessments if you’re interested in looking at how students will be tested.
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April 23-27, 2018

This week, students will continue to read their current book, either The Glory Field or Twelve Years a Slave. They will also begin their research today for the con side of their debate.  As we did with the pro side, they will have two weeks to research, and one week to write the essay. I’m so proud of my classes—they have been working so hard!  Students will also get a new set of Latin roots this week.  If your student plans to attend work with you on Thursday, there is a career-related assignment for them to bring with them. My classes are invited to attend the school musical, Shrek, together on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at the CHS Theater.  Mrs. Hamlin is planning to attend with us as well, so it should be a fun evening! :)

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