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Last full week of school 6/12-6/16/2017

posted Jun 16, 2017, 12:39 PM by June Montepeluso

Hello Room 12 Families,
It has been a whirlwind year and we are about to embark on our last week of school next week! I have a few items for you that are reminders:

1.) The Roman Feast AND the Douglas kickball game are on Monday. Thanks to all our volunteers of time and food for these two events!

2.) Tuesday is our movie day, brought to the class by the elected Consuls, Matthew and Colin. We'd like to watch Star Wars Episode 3 and Catching Fire. Both are rated PG-13. Please email me under separate cover by Monday morning if you do NOT want your child to watch these movies and we will make an alternate plan.

3.) The Jr. High trip (also known as "Step-Up Day") is on Wednesday, June 21st. Permission slips went home last week - please get them in. There is no cost but we need permission to take your child off-property.

4.) SEND OFF! Send-off starts at 10:00 am. Students should be wearing nicer clothing - polo/khaki shorts or pants for boys, dresses or nice pants/shorts and shirt for girls. Nothing too strappy or revealing, please. With luck, we will have good weather and be outside. If you would like, you may take your student home following the ceremony. Please make sure kids are into school on time that day - we need to set up and sign yearbooks prior to the ceremony.

5.) The small stuff... Friday folders came home on Tuesday this week, and had the human growth and development unit test and Roman government quiz in them. They, along with binders, can stay home for the rest of the year. Human growth and development was a fantastic unit, with so many questions by the students. They will continue to have more, and I hope this has opened dialogue at home. This website is a fabulous resource for you as you continue the journey together:  http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/grow/

6.) Here is the RJ Grey recommended summer reading list. 



I wanted to thank you all so very much for all of the help, support, food, items for projects and even more support this year. Thank you for entrusting your children to me - we all learned a lot and saw tremendous growth. It has been an exciting ride. Do not forget that I am a continued resource for you and your child as you journey away from Gates.

Enjoy the summer,
Mrs. Montepeluso

Week of May 29 - June 2 2017

posted Jun 4, 2017, 7:19 PM by June Montepeluso

Hello Room 12 Families,
I hope you all enjoyed the glorious weather this weekend (well... until Sunday evening, that is!) I'm sure this time of year is quite busy for many of you; it has been pretty busy this week as well. Students wrapped up our math curriculum with a cumulative test this week. From here on out, we will be working on project-based math starting with an icosahedron project. Students were asked to bring in 20 pictures on cardstock or pasted onto index cards (minimum of 3" x 3" in size) for Monday. We worked on learning about Rome's system of government this week as well, and plan on having class elections as well as a quiz over the next 2 weeks to wrap up social studies. In reading, we continue to read Gathering Blue and  Catching Fire, and have dialogue about dystopian societies. In addition, we've completed the end-of-the-year DRA reading assessments. In writing, students are building graphic organizers on a topic of choice. This writing will be completed over the next week and a half, and will be the final graded writing assignment. In Human Growth and Development, we are almost done with our learning about the reproductive systems of males and females - there is a quiz on that this Friday, with the unit test the following week. Of course, we are also continuing to work on the 6th grade plays which go on stage for you on Wednesday, June 14th at 6:30 pm! And, students had a wonderful last Activity Day.
I hope you had a lovely weekend!
Mrs. M.

Friday Folder items:
Math Unit 6 Test
Math Cumulative (Units 1-7) Test
World History Atlas (Roman Republic)
A Day in the Life of A Roman... writing prompt

Week of 5/22 - 5/26/2017

posted May 26, 2017, 2:48 PM by June Montepeluso

Hello Room 12 Families,
Happy long weekend! We are now in the "home stretch" of your child's last year at Gates Elementary! We can fit the number of days left onto one calendar in our classroom. All remaining tests and quizzes have been placed on the calendar. Students are DONE with our math curriculum this year. They have a cumulative test (2 days) on all units 1-7 on Wednesday 5/31 and Thursday 6/1 next week. They will be looking at how they did on the geometry test on Tuesday and will take it HOME ON TUESDAY (unusually) so they can use it as a study tool. We continue to read both Gathering Blue and Catching Fire in class and students are reading their own dystopian novel as well. We begin Roman government next week as we have just completed Via II! Students have also been in single gender classes for male/female anatomy beginning today. We have had interesting discussions - perhaps you can ask what we've been learning to open communication between you and your child! In addition, we are working on argument writing and, of course, our plays!
Enjoy your weekend,
Mrs. Montepeluso

Friday folder "stuff" :-)
Hurricane project rubric
Daily Geography Week 12
Stadium of Life and Death/Who Were the Gladiators? Selection tests and Q&A
Nutrition/Sleep/Acne quiz
Vocabulary test Unit 8

Week of 5/15-5/19/2017

posted May 22, 2017, 11:26 AM by June Montepeluso

Hi Room 12 Families,
Just a quick note to let you know about what came home in Friday folders:
2 math entry tickets
Daily Geography Week 11.
Mrs. M.

Week of 5/8-5/12/2017

posted May 15, 2017, 5:10 AM by June Montepeluso

Hello Room 12 Families,
Well our MCAS testing is finally over for the year. I was really proud of the perseverance I saw in the classroom during testing - these tests were longer this year than ever! We also managed to create Bullas and Standards this week for our birthing ceremony on Monday. This will officially give each child their Roman name. In addition, we read Gathering Blue and Catching Fire this week, worked on argument writing, began a new math lesson, and discussed nutrition and acne! In Friday folders came home a yearbook order informational sheet as well as an art field trip permission slip. It was a busy week. 
I hope off of our moms had a wonderful Mother's Day!
Mrs. M.

Graded Assignments in Friday folders:
Weather final
Rome History atlas (19a/b) work
(2) Geometry entry tickets
Pompeii selection test and Q&A
Rome's origins and geography quiz

Week of 5/1-5/5/2017

posted May 7, 2017, 6:15 AM by June Montepeluso   [ updated May 7, 2017, 6:17 AM ]

Hello Room 12 Families,
I hope you are all enjoying the fine weather this morning. There sure has been a lot of rain, lately! This past week saw our students working on creating bullas and standards for their Roman Gens as we will have a "birth ceremony" this upcoming week. They also worked collaboratively on learning about the origins of Rome. This coming Friday is their first Rome quiz. Study guides went home about 2 weeks ago. In addition, we have be working on MCAS practice for math as this week, Tuesday and Wednesday, is the 6th grade math MCAS assessment. After, we will continue working on geometry. The final unit and cumulative tests in math are on the calendar as we speed towards the end of the year. Our 3 major science units were completed on Friday with writing, assessments and project presentations. Monday we begin our health unit, Human Growth and Development, with a discussion around nutrition. In reading, we are working on a dystopian fiction unit. As a class we are reading Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue while students have had to also chose an independent dystopian read. Students will be working in fluid discussion groups as well as being partnered with a student (or two) for interactive journalling around questions I present. In addition, the students voted Catching Fire as our class read aloud. In a week or so, we will break for the final DRA assessment. In addition, we began argument writing this week.

Please note that, with Jr. High forms having been due this past Friday (thank you!) I have also had discussions with each student regarding math placement for 7th grade. If you have any follow up questions, please contact me. I have done my best to watch your child since September in order to make these recommendations; however, as always, since you know your child best, my decision is not final. You may always obtain an override form from the Jr. High and place your child in whatever math level you see fit.

Below please find a list of graded assessments that came in Friday folders. Any reflections (for low scores only) are due on Wednesday.

June Montepeluso

  • MCAS practice packets 2014, 2015, 2016 (3 packets total)
  • Vocabulary Unit 7 Assessment
  • Daily Geography week 10

Week of 4/24-28/2017

posted May 1, 2017, 4:53 AM by June Montepeluso

Hello Room 12 Parents,
Sorry for the late blog. I think the MCAS fried my brain as much as it did the students! However, I am glad our ELA testing for the year is over. In addition to two long days of assessments, students started their Rome unit this week and have also done two read-throughs of our 6th grade play. On Friday, we began a new class book Gathering Blue. As we begin our dystopian fiction genre study, students are also being asked to read another book as an independent read in this genre. I will be providing books to chose from if a student has not found their own dystopian novel by Monday.

As a reminder, this upcoming week we complete our science units. Human Growth and development start the following week. Also Jr. High class request forms are due on Friday, May 5th. I will be having conversations this upcoming week with all students about their math placement, so please discuss this with your own child. Also, math MCAS will take place on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10.

Assessed work that came home in Friday folders:
Flying Frog MCAS practice - open response and multiple choice
Greece Unit Test essay
Alice in Wonderland MCAS practice - open response with MCAS rubric and also graded as narrative writing
Chapter 11.1 Rome geography questions and answers (copy - original in student binder)

Hope you had a fantastic weekend!
Mrs. M.

Week of 4/10-4/13/2017

posted Apr 13, 2017, 11:13 AM by June Montepeluso

Hello Room 12 Parents,
Finally, some glorious weather. Although, between the sun and break, it has been a fidgety week ;-) This week we wrapped up our Ancient Greece unit with a review game and unit test. After break, we embark on our Ancient Rome studies. In math we completed module 13 - area of quadrilaterals and triangles as well as compound figures made up of these shapes. After break, we will begin surface area and circles. In ELA we finished reading The Hunger Games. We still have about half of the class yet to read their narratives and will pick this up after break. Once the MCAS is complete, we will begin our routine back up with a class book, word study, vocabulary tests and argument writing. In addition, students will get play scripts on Monday.

I wish you all a restful break!

All the best,
Mrs. Montepeluso

Work in Friday folders (NOTE: NO Friday cards this week!)
  • Entry Ticket Module 13
  • Observing Mars (open response and multiple choice)
  • Titanic (open response and multiple choice)
  • Daily Geography Week 9
  • Greece Unit Test

Reminder: ELA MCAS dates: Wednesday 4/25 and Thursday 4/26

Week of 4/3-4/7/2017

posted Apr 10, 2017, 5:25 AM by June Montepeluso   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 5:40 AM ]

Hello Room 12 Families,
I hope this weekend found you outside enjoying the glorious weather! This past week, students wrapped up the Greece unit with a look at Greek achievements (there were so many!) We will be reviewing on Monday and Tuesday - the unit test is on Wednesday. In ELA we are slowing down our MCAS review in order to recharge before the actual testing. Students have been reading their own writing aloud to the class, and I continue (we are almost done!) with The Hunger Games. In math, we have started our final unit - Geometry. MCAS practice for math gears up after break. Several things came home in Friday folders as well, this week. 

Students will be asked to make selections this week for their roles in the sixth grade play. Please note that we will make every effort to give students their top choice, but it will not always be possible, and we are asking students to be flexible with what they get. Please SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, June 14th 6:30-8:30 for the play. It is imperative that you let me know ASAP if your child will not be here in the evening on this date. I will need to make sure they have a role that does NOT impact  the performance. They will be able to work with our class on the play until this time. Thanks for your consideration!

On another note, many students have been bringing in "fidget toys" to school - spinny things as well as putty. Unfortunately, they are being used as a distraction rather than what they were intended to do - help students keep focus in the classroom. The sixth grade is asking students to keep these out of the classroom unless there is an actual, documented, purpose for their use. We hope you can help us with this!
Enjoy the week!
June Montepeluso

Reminder: ELA MCAS dates: Wednesday 4/25 and Thursday 4/26

Work in Friday Folders:

  • Chapter 10 Section 2 Q&A (copy - original in student binder)
  • All Bottled Up MCAS practice (open response)
  • Green Glass Sea MCAS practice (multiple choice)
  • Green Glass Sea MCAS practice (open response)
  • Emily Geiger/Mammoths & Mastodons MCAS practice (multiple choice)
  • Mammoths & Mastodons MCAS practice (open response)
  • Alice in Wonderland MCAS practice (multiple choice)
  • History Atlas 17a/b
  • The Spartan Way selection test
  • Unit 7 Math Assessment (only scores less than a 2 get a reflection)
  • Weather quiz #1 (only scores less than a 2 get a reflection)

Week of 3/27-3/31/2017

posted Apr 2, 2017, 8:05 AM by June Montepeluso

Dear Room 12 Families,
We had another exciting week in room 12! We wrapped up teaching on Unit 7 (statistics) in math and will review and assess next week. In addition, students got their last take-home ELA review packet, due this upcoming Friday. We will definitely be prepared for testing, as we have been focusing on writing open responses, including some new types added to the testing, during our ELA time. In addition. students wrote a compare/contrast essay this week on the Minoans V. Myceneans, two early Greek groups of people. In social studies, we continue our Greek studies, as we explored the birth of Democracy this week. Students are also taking an in-depth look at two city-states: Athens and Sparta. In science, students continued their Weather and Atmosphere studies. As a reminder, the parent portal opened this week for report card viewing.

As always, please find the following assessed work in student Friday folders. Additionally, as noted last week, only some students' missing work is being tracked via a yellow Friday card.

Stay warm this weekend,

  • Report Cards are available via the Parent Portal on 3/31/2017
  • All Bottled Up MCAS practice (multiple choice)
  • Civilizations of Ancient Greece (copy - original in student binder)
  • Greece Chpt 9 Sec 2 Q&A (copy - original in student binder)
  • Narrative Writing “Evil Wins” (students are presenting these ongoing until after April break)
  • Computation #6
  • Reminder: ELA MCAS dates: Wednesday 4/25 and Thursday 4/26

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