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Welcome Fourth Grade Parents Who We Are Mrs. Laurie Colucci Mrs. Deb D’Angelo Mrs. Ida Fiorella Mrs. Vanessa Majchrowicz Miss Amanda Reuter Miss Michelle Pancoe We want the students to Goals for Fourth Grade enjoy learning! We want the students to acquire the skills to be lifelong learners. We want the students to do their best while maintaining a stress- free environment. Switching Classes Groups include students of mixed abilities and interests Groups will change periodically All groups will go to each class daily We are working with the students on the skills necessary to be successful in this learning environment Reading—Mrs. Majchrowicz Flexible Reading Groups based upon reading level and interest Homework will be given throughout the year. Students are expected to do their personal best on each and every assignment. Writing—Mrs. D’Angelo Units of Study Personal Narrative Descriptive Writing Persuasive Writing Letter Writing Research Report Other ELA Spelling and Vocabulary Differentiated spelling tests and new words introduced on Thursday Homework during the rest of the week Cursive Practice during September and October— primarily in school Homework and classwork in cursive by November 1st Math—Miss Pancoe and Miss Reuter Chapters: Computation Place Value Geometry Fractions Decimals Measurement Probability and Graphs Math—Miss Pancoe and Miss Reuter Family Letters—Standards, Vocab, Review Activities Students will be tested on application Students will know which standards they are learning Technology as a resource MATH FACTS, MATH FACTS, MATH FACTS!!! Science—Mrs. Colucci Units: Life Sciences Plants Plant and Animal Interdependence Animal Adaptations Life Cycles Inherited Traits Science—Mrs. Colucci Units: Weather The Water Cycle Weathering Units: Physical Sciences Transfer of Energy Matter Chemistry Electricity Simple Machines History—Mrs. Fiorella American History from the Perspective of New York State I was certain that we could get to China from here! NY State Map Native Americans Explorers Challenges of Industrial Revolution and Immigration American Revolution Colonial Life History--Government Bill Law Is it fair? History--Learning Goals + Lesson 12 Understand 2 geographic features that influenced the Revolutionary War -- Lesson 13 Understand why the British wanted New York City as their headquarters + Lesson 14 Understand the result of the Battle for New York City + Lesson 15 Understand the British strategy for taking over the colony of NY Lesson 16 Understand reasons why colonists would choose to be patriots or loyalists History--Exit Tickets Lesson 8 Which item should also be included in the 3 main points of The Declaration of Independence? 1. It tells how a fair government should act. 2. It lists ways that the British government was unfair. 3. ____________________________________ a. It declares loyalty to England. b. It apologizes for the Boston Tea Party. c. It announces independence of the colonies from England. History--Unit Tests Study Guide 1 WEEK Unit Test Technology Students will continue practicing typing Students will have opportunities to use word processing software and presentation software Students will use the Internet for research Technology--CyberSMART Staying safe on the Internet Critical evaluation of ads and promotions Determining which websites are appropriate for research Using manners in instant messaging and e- mails Respecting privacy and intellectual property in Cyberspace Communication Homeroom Teacher Subject Area Teacher •Dismissal Changes •Homework questions •Birthday Treats •Asking for a book •Lunch concerns recommendation •General questions •Volunteering to be a •Curriculum Extension guest presenter questions •Clarifying a question on a test •Concerns about specific incidents during the day E-mails don’t always get through the filters—if you don’t get a response, please call or send a note. Believe It or Not…. Please check with us if you have any concerns about something your child says happened in school! State Tests English Language Arts: Week of May 2 Math: Week of May 9 Science--Written: June 6 Science--Performance: Week of May 31 Make Ups following each test State Tests—Scoring Changes Based on the 2009 NYS tests, more than 75% of students statewide scored proficient in math and ELA. The State determined that not all students who scored proficient at the 3rd through 8th grade levels were successful in high school and college coursework. State Tests—Scoring Changes The minimum scores to receive a proficient rating were raised. Students need to answer approximately 85% of the questions correct to get a 3 or a 4. These changes were implemented retroactive to the 2010 tests. State Tests—Scoring Changes In 2010, between 50 and 60% of students statewide scored proficient in ELA and math. While our percentages are higher than the statewide averages, we still experienced the decrease in students scoring 3s and 4s. State Tests—Implications More students qualify for Academic Intervention Services. AIS in English Language Arts will be provided during the day. For students who only require AIS in math, that AIS will be provided during the day. Students who require AIS in both will be invited to before or after school groups for AIS in math. State Tests—Changes in Format ELA: Part 1—43 multiple choice questions based on reading passages Part 2—8 multiple choice and 3 short answer questions based on a passage read aloud and on knowledge of writing mechanics Part 3—4 short answer and 1 extended essay based on 2 reading passages State Tests—Changes in Format Math: Part 1—45 multiple choice questions Part 2—8 short answer questions and 4 multi-part or extended response questions Their Personal Best We expect students to do their personal best on all classwork and homework assignments: Include first and last name and homeroom Read everything carefully, follow all directions, and complete all tasks Work neatly with correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling Check work over and turn it in on time Homework Agenda will come home each and every night Agenda needs to be signed every night Homework will be appropriate, meaningful, and will not be given just for the sake of giving homework Homework should not take more than 45 minutes a night Work will not be provided when students go on vacation--students can keep a journal or read Homework Missing Homeworks will be noted in the front of the agenda and need to be initialed Free Homework Passes may be used in place of any homework assignment unless specified otherwise A Free Homework Pass counts for ONE page of a spelling assignment Assessing Student Learning We are assessing learning and understanding, not memorization We need to determine which skills and ideas have been mastered and which still need to be reinforced Assessments are used to guide further instruction Assessing Student Learning Study sheets will be provided for science and social studies that give an overview of the material in the unit Students will be expected to demonstrate understanding, not recite facts Assessments will consist of a variety of types of questions for students to demonstrate their knowledge Party Money and Parties We are collecting a voluntary donation of $15 per child (send in with child—checks made out to Dodge Elementary) The food and activities at the parties will be based on the amount of money we are able to collect—fourth graders eat a lot! Because of allergies and other health concerns, it is safer for our students to avoid food donations This donation means you will NOT be asked to supply food or paper products throughout the year Party Money and Parties All parents are welcome to attend Please do not bring siblings We will be providing a list of party times and dates There will also be a fourth grade picnic in June Birthdays You are welcome to send in a birthday treat We invite students with July and August birthdays to celebrate half-birthdays Birthday on a weekend or holiday? Let us know when you would like to celebrate it. Be aware that not everyone will be able to eat every treat, due to allergies. Parents whose children cannot eat all treats may want to provide alternate treats Plan on 23 students per room Birthdays Reminder of school policies: Students may bring them in or parents may drop them off in the office Students will not be able to deliver to other classrooms, so you don’t need to send extras Field Trips and Programs Fort Niagara Storyteller Moira Keenan Surly Sal Tifft Nature Preserve Several visits to the Planetarium Random Reminders Because of our schedule, we do not have snacktime Our lockers are small—locker shelves make keeping supplies next MUCH more difficult If you sent in a locker shelf, please take it home Other People to Know CE Teachers— Art: Mr. Knab P.E.: Ms. Courtney and Mr. Venditti Music and Chorus: Mrs. Accurso Ideas: Miss Slawiak Instrumental: Mrs. Gengo and Miss Pohlman Health and Safety Students should stay home when they are sick. Students cannot return to school until they have been fever-free (without fever- suppressing medication) for 24 hours. Health and Safety Students need to get home safely. Students will be sent home on the bus unless we receive a note that morning stating otherwise. The ONLY exceptions are students who attend Just for Kids or are picked up every single day. For Intramurals, AIS groups, clubs etc., your child MUST have a note each day. Agendas Thank you to the PTA for coordinating the collection of the money for the agendas. Agendas are $5. There are PTA volunteers in the hallway to collect money. You may also send in money with your child. Please put it in an envelope. Checks may be made out to Dodge PTA. Technology Resources for You WITS Team Website http://www.williamsvillek12.org/ webpages/dodge4 Coming Up Next… Instrumental Music Welcome to the Dodge Elementary Music Department Betsy Gengo, Band Director Maureen Pohlman, Orch. Director Concert Dates Winter Concert – Thursday Jan. 27th 7pm Band, Orchestra & Chorus Spring Concert – Thursday May 26th 7pm Band, Orchestra & Chorus In-School Performances Are the Same Day Concert Dress White Shirt on top Black (dark) pants or skirts (skorts) on bottom. Boys are welcome to wear ties Everyone should try to wear dark shoes. Jeans, sweats and T-shirts are not preferred. Concert Dress required at In-School Performances. Lessons & Rehearsals Every Band & Orchestra Student receives one small-group 30min. lesson every week. Lessons are on the same day every week but never at the same time. Starting in November, the entire band and orchestra will meet for a weekly rehearsal during the school day to prepare our concert music. Some students will have to bring their instruments 2 times a week. Instrument Rentals Please rent instruments and buy lesson books as soon as possible. Label instruments and books. Luggage tags work very well ! Orchestra Books Essential Elements 2000 Band Books Accent on Achievement Bk. 1 Essential Elements 2000 Bk. 1 Positive Practice Pointers ―You only have to practice on the days that you eat!‖ – Shinichi Suzuki Make practicing a part of the daily schedule! Children need to run through the same routine countless times to develop the muscle memory needed to play in longer rehearsals and practice sessions. Practice at the same time every day! Stick to your schedule – make practicing a part of the daily homework routine! Practice in the same place every day – free of any distraction. Practice with someone else. Have your child practice / play for you. Thank you! Without your support and encouragement, we couldn’t do our job! Please call us at the first sign of frustration or a lack of interest. An extra private lesson may solve the problem and reinforce the positive feelings about playing! It can be hard to be a beginner again – but success is always measured effort!!! Thank You for Coming!
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