# Lights..Camera..Action!

TCS middle schoolers have been on the stage this week and they are truly shining!

Many of you were able to come enjoy their National Parks Presentations on Thursday. I think we can all agree they hit that way out of the park (no pun intended). Not only were their final presentations and models impressive; but their determination, creativity, and problem solving skills while building their parks were absolutely amazing. Well done!

Also, the Halloween Carnival is planned, designed, and managed completely by middle school students. They have been busy planning their booths, making rules, sorting prizes, and getting everything ready for the big day! Fifth graders are excited about getting to decorate the backyard and awarding prizes to the elementary students for their costumes. All students have worked through the details and developed specific plans for their groups. I know they will pull this off without a hitch!

Happy Halloween!

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science:

Well, we did it! I am so proud of your sons and daughters! Their final models and presentations went better than I could have imagined. Thank you for your support and celebrating their accomplishments!

Next week, we will move into Social Studies and begin our unit about the Medieval time period. We will begin by talking about the Fall of Rome and what led to the Medieval times, contemplating what it would be like to live during that time, considering it is also known as the “Dark Ages.”

What’s up in Math?

We have started Unit 3, and I have to say they are rocking it! It is some review and building on concept learning at the end of Unit 2, so they are confident and knowledgeable about the new lessons. We have been able to get through two lessons each day this week! On Thursday, we played games outside using multiplication of fractions. They were able to mentally multiply unit fractions and non-unit fractions! As a former high school teacher, I would always hear that students were afraid of fractions. I am hopeful that through this curriculum and discovery based lessons, they will develop conceptual understanding and number sense around fractions instead of fear. So far, I think it’s working.

What’s happening in ELA:

Happy Fall, parents!  I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather that the month of October has brought us. Your fifth grade ELA students are currently wrapping up their writing units. They have completed 17 writing sessions on Narrative Craft. Their enthusiasm for writing has ranged from, “I’m not a good writer!” to “I can write 24/7!” We have worked on balancing out and improving those two expectations. Here is how you can help your students: ask to see their writings, read their stories out loud so that they can find grammatical and spelling errors, encourage them to revisit their writing so they can edit and revise.

After they have completed their writing units next week, your ELA students will dive into another novel study. I am excited to have them read a new novel while sharpening their writing and grammar skills by producing another book report at the end of their reading unit. Remember to encourage your students to read each evening.

Finally, your fifth grade ELA students have delved back into their vocabulary workbooks and are currently working on unit three. Please help your students to learn to use all the words in context and to be able to spell at least eight of their new vocabulary words while practicing some of the words they have learned previously.

Important Dates:

October 29th: Halloween Carnival  11:30 Dismissal

November 3rd: Picture Day

November 8th & 9th: Parent Teacher Conferences (11:30 dismissal)