Andrea Johnson, case manager of Kenwood Academy shared that, "Our next open house is November 11th 9th-12th 1:00 p.m.-4:00p.m. I would advise parents to attend that to get an overall tour of the school. I can provide a description of the LRE settings at Kenwood for parents/staff. At that point any staff or parent who would like to visit a specific setting to help with IEP planning, we can make arrangements." There you have it. Make plans to be there and let Mr. Florell or Mrs. Gamboa, case manager know so we can assist you in any way.
8th Grade Constant of Proportionality is due 10/19/17: 3 Problems check Google Classroom.
7th Ratio and Proportion Problems; due Wednesday. Equivalent fractions, proportions, and Unit Rates due Wednesday.
6th Grade turn in all Homework on Friday 10/20/17.
8th ELA Reading Logs due 10/20/17: paragraph summary, fill out the sheet.
8th Grade Pride of Baghdad Elements of Plot Informative Essay; Rough draft of Introduction.
8th Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian: Rough Draft of Introduction due Friday 10/10/17.
7th Grade This One Summer Elements of Plot Informative Essay Rough Draft Intro paragraph
8th Grade Math will be working on Scientific Notation. Due Friday: students must take standard notation and change it to Scientific Notation, than match the notation with the picture. This is all done in Meters (m); so actualize a meter as the width of a doorway, 40 inches, but use common sense with the original notation.
6th Grad will be working into actualizing word problems and finding in our words to know what is expected of the problem and what operation we will use to convert. Also, we will look more into the progress check we had for using fractions on a number line.
7th grade will continue to find proportions and solve by cross multiplication.
From ELA we will begin 6th grade to write a narrative and poetry from a list.
7th grade will continue to Given access to graphic organizers and sentence starters, as well as access to assistive technology, student will produce an argumentative, persuasive, or explanatory writing piece that includes the following: an introductory paragraph containing an attention grabber, a topic statement, and a thesis statement; two body paragraphs containing a topic sentence, text evidence, and an explanation of how the text evidence supports her thesis statement; and a conclusion that contains a restatement of her thesis as well as a concluding statement, in 4 out of 5 attempts.
Also, focus on declarative sentences. Don't forget to read 30 minutes a day and keep a Reading Log.
8th Grade: Given sentence starters students will write a summary of the reading selection including characters, setting, major event and ending, and retell the passage to an adult 8/10 opportunities.
We will also begin writing about a persuasive essay about whether it is right to use Native Americans as mascots.
The Affy Tapple sale continues this week!
Many parents have told us they need additional order forms - you can download them from the Ray website here or pick up a hard copy in the main office. Keep up the good work selling individual items or cases! We will be distributing orders after school on the north playground from 3:45-4:15on 10/24, 10/25, 10/26 and 10/27. If these dates and/or times are not convenient for you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-730-5883and we can work out alternate arrangements for pick up.
Orders are due this Friday, October 13. Please Please add your student’s name and homeroom number/teacher name to your order forms, attach a check, and turn them into your student’s teacher or the main office.
Thanks for supporting Ray School!
I hope that your son nor daughter has received my invitation to google classroom. I will now be posting resources, announcements, and assignments on google classroom. Now google documents and assignments can be found here. If you notice it is a site where students can leave questions, concerns, and feedback about their academic expectations.
I still will be sending home important papers regarding school events and IEP meetings.
Currently, the 8th graders have a take home exam about exponents. 6th and 8th grade ELA classes have study guides for Pride of Baghdad and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. Both study guides are due Wednesday October 4th which happens to be my birthday. Wish me a happy birthday on Facebook. I will be accepting cash and gifts.
Attendance is so important. Ray is making a push to exceed 96%. Keep leading the way 8th grade. Parents we are relying on you to get our elementary school boys and girls to school on time. Let's get them prepared for high school and life in the working world!
In social news, Ms. Thole is engaged to be married! Let's all congratulate her on her future nuptuals.
Things to come: Mr. Florell will be supporting a project for our students to find their heritage through Ancestry.com. Please wish it well as he negotiates for a less expensive cost to have our 8th grade students find where their DNA will take them too! We are calling it Project Identity. Our identity is shaped by many external things, but we can find empowerment in where our ancestors are from. Please contribute on DonorsChoose. There will be periods where they will match contributions. Wouldn't it be great to support our 8th graders in an empowering study into their pasts.
Last, this week's song of the week has been declared by Ms. Sheridan as May I have this dance by Francis and the Lights featuring Chicago's own Chance the Rapper.May I Have This Dance feat. Chance the Rapper - YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhtoDhlffsE Let's see if Chance will support Project Identity.
Thanks for reading because reading is fundamental!
Friends, Romans, Countrymen lend me your ears! I come to bury Ceasar not to praise him! Well week 4 is not a celebration of Julius, but it is a celebration of sorts!
Our 6th graders are becoming more accustomed to Math Daily Practice. We have mastered mean, median, mode, and range. Now we are focusing on histograms, multiplication charts, and proportions. There is something to be said about being reminded of area and finding out a value using two different units.
The 7th grader in our group is is becoming more astute to unit rate's. This scholar will be embarking on a project where she will analyze how supermarkets use unit rates to give the consumer an idea of cost per unit. Language Arts and Writing is about to focus on the elements of Plot for the graphic novel One Summer. We will discuss exposition and rising action in great detail., and develop topic sentences and evidence to support.
The 8th graders are working hard in two books The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian and Pride of Baghdad. We are doing study guides for the books and are faced with answering essential questions of "What is freedom if you don't stay alive?" and Should Junior leave the rez?" and "How is rascism an external factor with the rez and Reardon high school?
Math: well it is all about rational numbers, powers, and scientific notation. Lots of Khan Academy and reading charts. Cheers! Talk at you next week, Week 5-Progress Reports. Parents get involved, because before you know it, your son or daughter will be hard to talk to.
Sincerely, Mr. Florell
Last week went swiftly. Can you believe we have 35 weeks to Summer break? Here is a list of things Mr. Florell's teaching in ELA and Math.
6th grade Math is focusing on Mean, Median, and Mode. The daily practice can't be ignored. Parents will soon seen what a Do Now looks like next week. Use Khan Academy to do a tutorial about Mean, Median, and Mode.
English Language Arts features the book Pride of Baghdad. What does Liberation mean to Noor? Is it freedom when it is given or does it have to be earned? That is the essential question. Continue to think of characters and exposition. Ask is this a central character? What is the rising action?
Also, folks are studying The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. What is internal expectation, external expectation? Who are the main characters? After the Mr. P incident what should Junior think to do? What is the rising action? What will happen next.
7th and 8th grade will work on writing complete sentences. Use Reading Strategies to predict, infer, and think as the character is thinking. I>E> Use a claim and evidence to back it up.
Math for the 7th grade involves Ratios and LCM for simplification. Use Khan to tutor in these subjects...15 minutes a day makes Middle Schooler a stronger High Schooler.
8th grade what is a rational number? What is a repeating decimal, terminating decimal, and do you really need to be able to be a fraction to be Rational? Follow up with Khan and his tutorial. Parents follow up with the Daily Math Practice. See you next Wednesday!
Open House Thursday 9/14 at Ray! Come visit and be a part of a town hall meeting with principal thole.
I, Mr. Florell am looking forward to visiting with you at Open House. I am working with students that are diverse learners from 6th to 8th grade this 2017-2018 year. For our 8th grade students and their families it is very important to stress that their promotion lies upon making the goals that have been developed with the IEP team. It is also imperative to have grades with a C and higher. If you don't know your child's grading scale, I would be happy to discuss it with you.
Also, it is imperative to send any documents back to me in a swift manner. For the 8th grade students, I will be meeting with you about your external and internal expectations for after high school. If you want to look into a prospective high school and have me with family meet with the staff and visit a school, I would be happy to oblige pending on the timing of the visit.
All of our students will have either EL, Math, or both. Our weight for grades will be found on the Gradebook. I encourage each student and family to check their grades in the Parent Portal which can be found on the CPS website CPS.edu.
This will be a great year to be a Ray Warrior!
Ray School Grading Scale:
Assessments (exit tickets, quizzes, Unit Tests): 40%