"Hiawatha final copy newsletter April 2009"
Hiawatha Newsletter House Principal Mr. Aube ext. 3041 House Secretary Mrs. Whipple ext. 3041 School Counselor Mrs. Bartlett ext. 3054 School Nurses Mrs. Tynan ext. 3017 Mrs. Karam ext. 3015 From the Desk of Mr. Aube, House Principal Dust off the golf clubs and get ready to clean out the garage. The snow has melted and spring is finally here! While you and your child are doing a little “spring cleaning,” you may want to discuss how the school year is progressing. Listed below are a few parenting tips to consider while discussing the school year with your child. Keep realistic expectations. Know your child for who he/she is, not who you thought he/she was. Steer your conversations solution focused. Do not rely on punishment alone to change behavior. Help your child find the best way to achieve a goal. Communicate your expectations up front. Let your child know the consequences of their actions beforehand. Always try to keep your conversations positive and solution focused. It is important that your child feels that you are willing to listen and help them make good decisions in the years to come. These parent-child conversations often revolve around report card grades. Parents occasionally ask me, “What do report card grades really mean at FMS?” Essentially, grading is a method of professional judgment on the part of teachers. Grading involves the collection and evaluation of evidence on a student’s achievement or performance. The FMS report card provides you with a summary of your child’s academic achievement over a ten week period. The grading key below should clarify what the grades included on the report card mean. If you have specific questions about a grade, please contact your child’s teacher. FMS Grading Key A+ 97-100 B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79 A 93-96 B 83-86 C 73-76 D 65-69 A- 90-92 B- 80-82 C- 7 0-72 U Below 65 and/or did not meet requirements of the course INC Incomplete: Students needs to make up work within two weeks S Satisfactory: Students met the requirements of the course MED Medically Excused: Student is not required to make up work Hiawatha 6B : Camarata/Watson Team: Hiawatha 6A : Greetings from Hiawatha 6B! We are about to Fry/Clum Dolan/Winchester Team: embark on our last fun-filled quarter with your children. In LA, we are up to our elbows in punctuation... we are The Clum Dolan/Fry/Winchester team is looking analyzing, reading, and practicing punctuation as we learn forward to spring; we think it is how punctuation conveys meaning. Ms. Camarata's 10,000 finally here. It’s amazing that time is passing so quickly Page Reading Challenge is in full-swing. Who will reach and that summer vacation will be here in within two and a 10,000 pages by the end of the year? Keep reading to find half months. out! In SS, we have become Medieval Europe. We hope On March 18th, we traveled to NYSTI at Russell to avoid being conquered by our rival manor's knights so Sage College to attend a production of Yours, Anne and we may protect and preserve our own manors. remained for a residency in the afternoon. The children learned about Anne Frank and the power of a journal. Hiawatha 7A They also returned to FMS with a newly acquired Gouveia/Livingston/Collopy/Foster/Bradley Team: understanding of intolerance and injustice. We have scheduled the annual trip to New York We can't believe it's the 4th quarter already! Our City. On June 12th, we will travel with the 6th grade teams students have grown so much since from Tawasentha and Seneca to visit the American September! We have been extremely busy planning all of Museum of Natural History, eat at the ESPN Zone and our educational trips for the end of the year. We are going investigate Times Square. We firmly believe that learning to the Pine Bush and taking a trip to Fort William Henry in should be extended beyond the classroom walls. Lake George. We would love for you to join our team on Beginning this week, students on the team will these trips!! Enjoy the April break and we hope your child begin the logging of the 10,000 Page Challenge. Students comes back refreshed and ready to learn.! who read 10,000 pages in their free reading books during the school year will be awarded a certificate and a special award from the team teachers. Not surprisingly, several students on the team are within just one thousand pages on Hiawatha 8A this prestigious honor. Tuxbury/Long/Segal/Hanson/Crisafulli Team: In science, students have been delving deeper into the geological features and history of the Earth. We have Hello, again! It’s hard to believe that we’ve already studied the characteristics of minerals and origins of rocks. begun the fourth quarter of the school year, but here we We will be wrapping up the earth science unit in the are! In Mr. Tuxbury’s Language Arts class, your children coming weeks. In May, we will begin our final science unit have just finished reading Out of the Dust, a Newbery of the year, Astronomy. Award winning piece of historical fiction written by Karen In the fourth quarter, students will be working on Hesse. This week, they are presenting their end of unit probability through a variety of manipulatives and games projects. When we return from the break, they’ll be of chance. As the weather starts to warm, we will be working on a research project. In Mr. Segal’s Social spending more time outside. We will be reviewing some of Studies class, your children are wrapping up study of the the mathematical concepts we've learned throughout the latter half of the twentieth century—Civil Rights through year by using some of our outdoor resources including the Present Day. Soon, they will begin reviewing for the NYS organic garden. We will also be reviewing for the end-of- Social Studies state exam. Ms. Long’s Science class is year trimester test taking place in early June. finishing their Evolution unit. FMS Science Night will take We are very happy to welcome Miss Renee Butts place on June 11th from 6 until 8 pm. Student attendance is as Mrs. Clum Dolan’s student teacher. She is here from St. mandatory, and you are invited to check out their exhibits. Rose and she is doing a terrific job with the students on our In Math, Mr. Hanson announces that the state test was a team. She will be here through May 2nd. We also were great success! In Math 8, your children are beginning a lucky to have Miss Erica Koutelis as a student teacher study of linear functions, and in Algebra, students are during the months of January and February. They have plugging away, heading toward the Regent’s Exam on June brought lots of energy and enthusiasm to our team. 19th. As always, we encourage parents to keep checking As a reminder, permission slips and money for our the assignment books. We are so happy to be teaching May 15th field trip to New Jersey were due by Tuesday, your children...they are wonderful. April 7th. If your child hasn’t brought those in, yet, please send them in as soon as possible. Thank you, and let’s look forward to a strong, fun end of the school year! COUNSELOR’S CORNER: Summer Resources Counselors are often asked about different summer options depending upon your child’s needs and interests. We’d like to share a list of resources that may help you find a good fit for your child. Some offer scholar- ships, please ask. FMS Butterfly Garden Volunteering Opportunities: http://www.guilderlandschools.org/farnsworth/ farnsMShome.htm Guilderland Art Department’s listing of area summer art opportunities: http:// www.guilderlandschools.org/highschool/Art/08_summer_arts.htm Heldeberg Workshop: (1 and 2 week outdoor courses in science and nature, high adventure, theatre and art, to name a few): heldebergworkshop.org S.T.A.R., Summer Theatre at the ‘Rep, Theatre Arts Summer Camp: http://www.capitalrep.org/ special/e3.html Summer Enrichment Options, Deb Escobar, FMS Enrichment Teacher: www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/fmsenrichment Town of Guilderland Summer Recreational Program: www.townofguilderland.org/Pages/ GuilderlandNY_News/02355C4E-000F8513 - 16k - If you have any questions about summer school at FMS, please call your child’s school counselor: (456- 6010) (Anna Bartlett/Hiawatha (x3054), Danielle Gabriele/Mohawk (x3037), Maureen Pokal/Seneca (x3038), and Maceo Dubose/Tawasentha (x3036). News from the Foreign Language Department: Spanish 6 students enjoyed International Week and Francais 7 - The students did a great job in the are presently learning "What hurts?" with body parts "Taches and Professions" unit and are now working on vocabulary. the "Travel" vocabulary. This includes big numbers and geography as well as travel words. Thanks so Spanish 7 classes have recently finished a unit on much for your continued support at home. Happy weather and the environment, and now we are "taking Spring! Merci beaucoup! Madame Baugh, Madame off" with our Travel unit! We're learning about "el Broderick and Madame Coons mundo hispanohablante" with countries and capitals, as well as new travel vocabulary and big numbers. En Francais 8 - We are working in French 8 on the la clase de Español 8, students are wrapping up an ex- Health and Wellness Unit. This includes some addi- tensive Health unit, including La Rutina Diaria (Daily tional body parts vocabulary as well as injuries and Routines) and reflexive verbs. Next we'll be "settling illnesses. After the spring break we will be starting in" to the House and Home unit, expanding upon our our Daily Routine unit. We are also continuing our prior knowledge of vocabulary, and using prepositions proficiency preparation. Please mark your calendar (i.e. that the Proficiency Exam will be given on Monday, over, under, next to, etc.). After the April break stu- June 22, 2009 at 9 am. Thanks so much for your con- dents will gear up for the end-of-year NYS Profi- tinued support at home. We encourage you to contact ciency Exam with continued practice in listening, us with any questions or concerns. Happy Spring! reading, writing and speaking Spanish! Merci, Madame Baugh, Madame Broderick, and Ma- dame Coons. Francais 6 - The students did a great job in the school unit and are now working on the "Parties du Corps" vocabulary. We thank you for your support at home. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Happy Spring! Merci, Madame Baugh, Madame Broderick and Madame Coons Important Dates To Remember: April: 4/10 - 4/17 - Recess 4/20 - FMS PTA Meeting—Library 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. 4/22 - Earth Day 4/23 - National Jr. Honor Induction Ceremony Café 3:30 -9:00 p.m. Ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. 4/27- 5/1 - Science Performance Assessment Grade 8 May: 5/5 - NYS Science Written Assessment Grade 8 5/13 - All 6th graders are dismissed at 11:15 a.m. 5/13 - 8th Grade Visitation to the High School - Dismissal at 12:55 p.m.