Announcements

Have a Happy and Safe Summer.Don't forget to read and practice some math! Check back for some fun summer websites/games.
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Area and perimeter story problems outside on the awesome sunny day!
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TEAMWORK
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GREAT JOB
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CHEESE- taking some time out to have fun ;)
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We only had 3 students with missing work
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Our last recog. assembly- GREAT JOB!
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Career Focus Lunch 
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Presenting the i movie resume'
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THANK YOU to everyone who came to the parent meeting. It looks like we have everything we need for the graduation.
Picnic sign up will be emailed soon.
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 This week's Technology Tip of the Week is M-STEP technology enhanced items. When students take the M-STEP there are many technology enhanced items such as highlighters, sticky notes, line guide and much more. Students can learn how to use these feature on the Spring 2015 Preview on the M-STEP Online Tools Training site. The state strongly suggests students practice the technology enhanced items prior to taking the test.


Click here to learn more about the M-STEP technology enhanced items. http://www.macomb.k12.mi.us/utica/info/techtips.html

After viewing the video, click on this link to the practice M-STEP website, then go to Spring 2015 Preview. Use Google Chrome to access this site:https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/ott1

Dear Parents,                     March 2015 

We have been reviewing and going over technology, math, language and social studies for the new M-Step Test we will be taking in April, after spring break. This test will involve class activities taught by the teacher, performance written tasks, and computer sections utilizing technology. It is very imperative that your child is here during the testing window so that they don't miss a class activity that is taught. Please make a point in having your child attend school for their complete test.

With that being said, I am giving you a few websites that you may go through with your child at home if you would like to practice with them, or to see the expectations. It will be a pretty difficult test for most, just because it is our first year with a new format. As far as curriculum, the students should not have any worries, as we have covered everything, it is just a matter of taking their time.

http://www.wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi *must open in google chrome

http://aware.22itrig.org practice problems and navigation tips

http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-22709---,00.html



Celebrating our "Irish" sides
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Cheers to some awesome books.....
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THANK YOU to my awesome class for this!! ;) 
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Valentine Breakfast- THANK YOU volunteers
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MMMMMM Pancakes.....
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YUM
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SMILE
Having fun at a rare outdoor recess this winter!

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Lessons from the Geese (great read)

http://teambuildersplus.com/articles/team-building-lessons-we-can-learn-from-geese

All 4 of or NWEA testing is done, now we can get back to a regular schedule!!
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GREAT job with math stations!
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WOW- Awesome job with grades and behavior Q2!
We earned a surprise pizza party! 
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This month we are learning Habit #3
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We will have a Valentines Day Breakfast on 2/11th. A note is coming home this week for donations and more information.
Reminder no school the week of Feb 16th for mid winter break.

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WOW- I was sooooo impressed with the level of focus and determination every group put in with their Holiday Lessons. Each group took a holiday book, developed a common core lesson/activity to teach and presented to 9 different classes. Students focused on fluency and presentation skills, as well as 100% engagement of the students!!
It was awesome to see all the smiles and have FUN while learning! 
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TEAMWORK
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100% engagement
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WOW- what awesome readers
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Great pacing and classroom management
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They LOVED seeing the characters come to life!!
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Working together
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Writing as an extension activity
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So many smiles
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GREAT JOB
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Fun experiment to try at home and a science review
http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/alka-seltzer-rocket-science-experiment/
Here are some more- the homemade ice cream is really fun
http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/category/states-of-matter


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MEAP UPDATE

November 13, 2014

 

LANSING – Michigan’s public schools can begin moving forward in their planning for the online statewide student assessment in the Spring of 2015. The Michigan Department of Education announced today its updated assessment system, called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP).
More info read this:
Student-Assessments-Developed-for-2015.pdf

What are we doing?? This year students in grades 3-6th are taking online assessments after completing a reading unit from our McGraw Hill Reading Series. We are wrapping up ours this week. Students are learning how to scroll, read online and also type their answers. We will be ready for May 2015!
 Want more info about common core?
http://achievethecore.org/dashboard/409/search/3/1/0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12

This is Michigan's second year with common core math, which is new. Here are a few additional links that may help.

https://www.engageny.org/parent-guides-to-the-common-core-standards


http://www.cgcs.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=292&ViewID=7b97f7ed-8e5e-4120-848f-a8b4987d588f&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=522&PageID=244


http://achievethecore.org/dashboard/409/search/3/1/0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12

In 7th and 8th grade they will build upon the math concepts taught this year.


Great motivation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLYECIjmnQs

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND!!

http://www.theleaderinme.org/for/parents/parents-guide/
http://www.theleaderinme.org/the-7-habits-for-kids
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYDCJR_ApEQ
http://7habitssample.weebly.com/

We had a video chat with TAYLOR SWIFT.   She talked to us about the importance of reading and writing. Some students are also entering a writing/essay contest to win tickets to an upcoming concert. Next week we will have a video conference with USHER. It was awesome to hear her thoughts and love of reading!

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Taylor talked about how she started to journal at age 13 and this led to her love of poetry and song writing.
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Students got started on their essay for the contest after the video conference
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All essays are due at the end of November

The last week of October was red ribbon week week- say no to drugs. Students participated in Sock it to drugs, wearing silly socks and hats off to drugs- wear a fun hat.
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hats off to drugs........sock it to drugs- say no
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Building and collecting Data on our marshmallow launches with potential and kinetic energy!
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Notes and reminders that went home:




BE PROACTIVE- our focus for October 

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NOV is begin with the end in mind:



ALL ABOUT ROOM 22 Curr night packet 
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We are learning about potential and kinetic energy in science. Students are applying what they learned to successfully build an online roller coaster.
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It is awesome when it was completed
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Science is FUN!
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We are working on text evidence in reading
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Providing evidence for our answers/discussions
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 Here is the school calendar for 2014-15 school year:
UCS-Calendar-2014-15.pdf


First Day 2014
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This is going to be an AWESOME year!

TEAMWORK

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6th grade is great!

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It was so awesome to have these  students for 3rd, 4th and 6th grade. Keep smiling and believing in yourself and you will do amazing things in life!! I am so proud of everything you all accomplished!!

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"BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD"
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http://www.macomb.k12.mi.us/utica/burr/pages/sense-of-urgency/sense-of-urgency.html
*also powerschool link on this page*