Dunham Elementary School Newsletter
Spring, 2010 Mrs. Zelina M. Pames, Principal
Volume 3, Issue 1 Mr. Michael Acino, Liaison
A Message from the Principal
“Your way got you here…
The Dunham way will take you further!”
To our parents and guardians, Since the first day of school,
students and staff have been
The third grading period is now working very hard to prepare for
over. It is time to focus on the these tests. It is very important
Ohio Achievement Assessment your child is at school, on time,
Upcoming Events Tests and moving on to the on both the testing dates.
seventh grade. Please do not schedule medical
and dental appointments during
Schedule requests for Milkovich testing. Any child coming to
3/26 Report Cards Middle School were included school tardy will not be
with each student’s progress permitted to enter the classroom
3/29- Spring Break
reports. Students were asked during tests, and will have to
4/5 to choose between band, make the test up.
beginning band and choir for
4/6 School Resumes next year. Many of our As a parent, please discuss these
students did not return these assessment tests openly and in a
4/12- Kindergarten forms before the deadline and positive way. Encourage your
4/16 Registration – HS will be assigned to a class. child to do his/her best. Remind
them that test scores do not
4/20 Ohio Achievement It is imperative that deadlines determine a person’s worth. On
are adhered to, especially at the actual days of testing, make
Testing - Reading
this time. There are changes sure your child is rested and eats
4/22 Ohio Achievement in store for your child as a good breakfast. Please see
Assessment he/she prepares for the middle that your child arrives at school
Testing - Math school and without your on time and is relaxed.
cooperation, the outcome
could affect your child’s Throughout this issue, you will
educational future. Our find other important information
students must turn in projects to help you and your child
INSTRUCTIONAL FEES ARE on time and complete all through the final months of
NOW DUE IN THE AMOUNT
OF $30.00. PAYMENT
MUST BE MADE IN CASH OR
MONEY ORDER. NO As you know, the Ohio Take time to appreciate the
PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE Achievement Assessments will signs of spring surrounding us!
ACCEPTED! be given in April. Sixth grade Mrs. Pames
students will be taking the
reading section of the test on
Tuesday, April 20 and math on
Thursday, April 22.
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School Newsletter School Newsletter
“Do Your Best on the Ohio Reading Achievement Assessment”
Before you read, skim across the title, pictures, and any sub-headings. Before
you begin to read each selection, look at the title and the picture. Think what the
selection is probably about, and make a prediction in your head. Decide if the
selection is most likely fiction or non-fiction. Is there a word bank? If so, READ
THE WORD BANK!
Read carefully, thinking about what is important. Begin reading the passage carefully. At the end of
each paragraph, ask yourself what was important in the paragraph. Summarize it in your head. If you
aren’t sure, just re-read the paragraph and try again.
When you are finished reading the selection, read it again! If you read it twice, it will make more
sense, and help you understand what the author is telling you.
Go on to the questions, and read each one all the way through. Read each question completely.
Think about what the question is asking you to do. (RTD2!) Underline or circle the parts of the question
that tell you what to do. There is often more than one thing you have to do, so make sure you have
marked each thing you must do to answer the question fully.
Go back to the ext and find your answer(s). When you go back to the text to find the answer or
support, first find some key words in the question that you can skim the selection for. Remember, once
you locate the key words in the text, you may need to read above and below the key words to find the
Use QIA (Question in Answer) to begin with words from the question. That will help you make sure
your response is on topic! Complete your answer by writing a full response to all parts of the question.
When you are finished writing your answer, re-read what you wrote! Does my answer respond to the
actual question being asked? Does my answer make sense? Did I use the story to get the correct spelling
of big words? Is my answer complete? Did it answer all parts of the question?
When you are finished with a selection, make sure you have answered everything? When you are
finished with the test, check it over very carefully to make sure that you answered every question! If
there is a question you can’t figure out, give it your very best and write something down. Don’t leave
(Taken from The Nettling Newsletter)
FROM OUR CLASSROOMS. . . In Mrs. Mahnic’s classes, students are working on
researching a biography portfolio. Students are
Currently in the Language Arts classrooms of Mrs. learning to conduct research, create outlines, and
Braaten and Mrs. Coleman, students have been edit their rough drafts, including a cover page and
exploring Informational Text by thoroughly bibliography.
examining major events throughout the Civil Rights
Movement from 1955-1965. Those events range
from the Death of Emmett Till to the Voting Rights Students in Mrs. Poole’s classes are creating water
Campaign which led to the infamous March to Selma filtration systems, playing recycled checkers and
referred to often as Bloody Sunday. We have learning about the three R’s (recycle, reuse,
focused on skills and strategies involving main idea, reduce).
cause and effect, and text structure to name a few.
Soon students will be going a step further in their In language arts, students are working diligently on
research while working on our Civil Rights Projects. grammar. Our focus in reading is on informational
This will include a technology piece in which text. Students are also creating summary drawings.
students will have the opportunity to create a Look for them in the hallway!
power point presentation on their topic of choice.
Our sixth grade band is progressing nicely as they prepare for their spring concert. The date of that
performance is Monday, May 10th at the high school auditorium at 7:00 p.m. They will repeat that
performance at Dunham Tuesday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. in the multi-purpose room.
Our band members are working on four completely new pieces of concert band music which are
more challenging than the pieces they performed at the Christmas concert this past December. The titles of
these compositions are: “Storm Clouds”, “Liturgical Fanfare”, “Intensity” and “Super Hit Mega-Mix”. This last
title is a medley where the band plays non-stop starting with “Are You Ready for This?” going to “They Hey
Song” and finishing with “YMCA”. The composers of these four pieces have written exciting music which brings
out the best of bands like ours.
Finally, ten of our band members will be performing by the annual Ohio Music Education Association Solo and
Ensemble Contest on Saturday, April 17th. The location of that event is Memorial Junior High School in South
Euclid. Each participant performs a piece of music by themselves in front of another band director who serves
as the judge of adjudicator. After the performance, the adjudicator gives the soloist a piece of paper with
their constructive comments on it stating how well they played and what they can do to improve their playing.
Sort of a scaled down version of American Idol without Simon Cowell!
We hope to see you at our upcoming concerts!
Mr. Puin, Band Director
FROM OUR GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT… Math (cont.)
Congratulations to Dunham Mediators! The
following students are helping encourage “The All math classes are currently working on graphs and data.
Dunham Way”: Rhiane Exum, Kylah Harris, Students should be able to collect data and make a graph that is
Vincent White, Tashae Williams, Korey Kline, appropriate for that data. Pictographs, bar graphs, histograms,
Jahnae Strozier, Latricia Edwards, Diamond line graphs, stem-and-leaf plots, and circle graphs are all graphs
Howard. These students help solve problems that students should be familiar with and comfortable creating.
peacefully through talking and listening. The If your child needs more help with graphing, have them go to
students have been trained in mediation and meet Study Island or refer to Chapter 5 in our math books.
monthly to discuss concerns and how to solve It’s almost that time again! Ohio Achievement Assessments
problems within the school. They have made a are right around the corner. With spring break upon us, we do
commitment to improving students’ relationships not have a lot of time left. Please be sure that your child is
and teaching peaceful problem solving. I am seeking out help from his/her teacher prior to the test date.
proud to introduce the 2009-2010 mediators. We are more than willing to provide extra help. During the
Mrs. Gingerich test, unfortunately, we are not allowed to provide assistance of
any kind. We will be testing for math on April 22nd.
Testing can be a stressful time for students, but there are
ways to minimize unnecessary stress. Please make sure that
FROM OUR MATH CLASSES… your child is well rested during the week of the test. This may
mean going to bed early to start the day off right. Testing
As the year has progressed, our math classes begins promptly each day, so it is very, very important that your
have, too. Students in sixth grade have been child arrives to school on time.
learning a lot of real-life math this school year. To help your child prepare for the test, have your child get on
Recently, students have focused on learning how a computer (the public library has them readily available if you
to calculate tax, tip and discounts, as well as do not have one with internet access). Visit the Ohio
being able to find what the percent discount or Department of Education website at
percent increase is when given the original price http://www.ode.state.oh.us and on the right side of the
and current price. Next time you are out to screen, there is a tab called “testing” and it has a drop down
dinner, ask your child to tell you how much the menu that you scroll down to practice tests. Your child will
tip should be. receive immediate feedback when practicing tests on this site.
We are about to begin the fourth and final quarter. We will
continue working until the end of the school year to prepare for
seventh grade. We do not stop learning after the OAA’s.
Parents, continue to check your child’s planner daily as most
math classes have homework everyday. We have learned a lot
thus far and still have a lot to learn before the year is over.
Feel free to e-mail, call, or schedule a conference with your
child’s math teacher.