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Week 36 (5/30-6/2)

posted Jun 1, 2017, 7:35 AM by Christen Topolinski   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 6:57 PM by Cortney Kittridge ]

This week in ELA and Science...

Miss Kittridge's and Mrs. Stiles' classes finished up the final plantings, mulching, and brick work in the garden. We designed garden stakes that will be painted on Monday to label all of the plants we research and planted in the space. We are looking forward to wrapping this beautiful project up! We also read informational articles on Diversity in Hockey, Animals with Prosthetic Limbs, The History of Telescopes, and Drones in Medicine. After reading an article of choice, students completed their final writing assessment for the year. They wrote an informational essay on one of the topics listed above. I am so impressed with all of our growth as writers this year!


 Boles/Topolinski's classes are working on an interactive digital energy unit.  Students each complete and videotaped a Scientific investigation.  They are now reading and watching videos to research way to help solve the world's non-renewable energy deficit.  We will revisit the final quiz next Tuesday (this will be open notes, each student has a hyperlinked google document that they are working on to collect all of their evidence and notes.)


This week in Math and Social Studies...

We finished our Data About Us study by learning about box and whisker plots and histograms. We have a test over this unit on Tuesday.

We climbed Mount Everest and learned about how to protect and use our world's special places. Please ask your child about their climbing experience! We have a test over Mount Everest and the mapping lab for Monsoon Asia on Monday. 

Upcoming Events and Reminders...


-Donations for the legacy gift of benches and a bird bath will continue to be accepted until the last day of school

-Splash Bash all day June 7th

-Half Days on June 8th and 9th (Last Day of School)

Week 35 (5/22-5/26)

posted May 25, 2017, 6:39 AM by Christen Topolinski   [ updated May 26, 2017, 1:46 PM by Cortney Kittridge ]

This week in ELA and Science...

We read an interesting article about Fidget Spinners this week. After pulling out facts to support and negate whether or not they help kids focus, we wrote an argument paragraph. We had varying opinions on the topic but all worked hard to back our claims with evidence. 


We also took our spring NWEA tests in reading and language. We are excited to say this is the last standardized test we have for the year! Whoot whoo!


This week in Math and Social Studies...

In math, we continued analyzing different distributions of data and identified measures of center (mean, median, mode, and IQR). We discussed how data is used in the real world and why different landmarks are better representations of overall data than others.

In SS, we began our study of Asia by doing a mapping lab. We also introduced our Mount Everest unit which will begin next week. Please remind your students to dress in comfortable clothing and shoes, as we will be outside all week for this experiential learning opportunity. Have them check the weather so they come prepared! We are excited to start our climb!

Upcoming Events and Reminders...


-NO School on Monday, May 29th

-Extended Music Practice for the orchestra concert on May 30th

-Mount Everest climb May 30th-June 2nd

-Splash Bash all day June 7th

-Half Days on June 8th and 9th (Last Day of School)

Week 34 (5/15-5/19)

posted May 19, 2017, 6:12 AM by Christen Topolinski   [ updated May 22, 2017, 12:17 PM by Cortney Kittridge ]




This week in ELA and Science...

We were busy outside all week! We laid bricks, hauled 3 cubic yards of compost, planted a variety of native flowers and pollinator plants, edged the garden, and mulched around the space. While the weather ranged from 90 degrees on Tuesday to 55 degrees on Thursday, we enjoyed working on this service learning project.


If you would like to view the video students created to share at the Groundswell Showcase Wednesday evening, please click the link below. We are so proud of all the hard work students have put into this awesome project!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3YUQUs30zlxSGVZRDRVaFlPT0k



This week in Math and Social Studies...



Upcoming Events and Reminders...

-NWEA MAP testing during the week of May 22nd

-EMS visit for students and teachers on May 24th following regular band, choir, or orchestra time

-GEMINI Technology Open House Night, Thursday, May 25th from 4-6 PM.  Knapp Corner Panera fundraiser to follow the open house.

-NO School on Monday, May 29th

-Extended Music Practice for the orchestra concert on May 30th

-Splash Bash all day June 7th

-Half Days on June 8th and 9th (Last Day of School)


Week 33 (5/8-5/12)

posted May 12, 2017, 11:57 AM by Jessa Boles   [ updated May 12, 2017, 12:07 PM ]

This week in ELA and Science...

We had time to enjoy our Book Bowl selections this week in ELA. Book Bowl titles are brand new this year and were purchased through a Forest Hills Foundation grant in conjunction with Northern Trails and Central Woodlands. Students have selected titles to read and will represent their homerooms during our Book Bowl Challenges the last week of school. Keep reading, sixth graders! 


We completed our tri-fold poster which will be presented at the Groundswell Showcase next Wednesday during science. Students wrote a variety of pieces to be featured there including how this project has impacted them, their feelings on project-based learning, plans for the future at Knapp Forest, and why we wanted to participate in this work. In addition, a few sixth-grade students created a video which we will present as well. We are so proud of all the hard work our kids have put into this project! We turned the soil and hauled bricks back to our work site this week. Next week we are excited to plant our various flowers and mulch the garden.


Summer will be here before we know it!  Our district media center specialists have been working hard to prepare a book list for 5 and 6th-grade students.  Please see the following video that previews 5 of the books on the list.


Other resources include the district's media center website, the Loud In the Library website students may download books to read over the summer.


The summer reading book list for students entering 5th -12th grades.


KDL resources for a summer reading party and a reading log that can be turned in for prizes at your local KDL branch.



This week in Math and Social Studies...

We completed our Variables and Patterns Unit by reviewing equations, tables, graphs, and inequalities. We then had our unit test on Thursday. We will be starting our final math unit titled "Data About Us" on Monday.

In SS, we finished our US and Canada mapping lab by investigating the major physical features and political boundaries of our country and our neighbors to the north! We tested over this information on Wednesday. We are now preparing for Cultural Fair which is next week Friday, May 19th! We will be practicing our presentations and getting ready to share all of our knowledge with other Knapp Forest students, teachers, and families. We hope that you will join us for our parent/family Cultural Fair open house from 1:45-3:15 pm next Friday!

 
Upcoming Events and Reminders...


-Cultural Fair Friday, May 19th

-NWEA MAP testing during the week of May 22nd

-EMS visit for students and teachers on May 24th following regular band, choir, or orchestra time

-NO School on Monday, May 29th

-Extended Music Practice for the orchestra concert on May 30th

-Splash Bash all day June 7th

-Half Days on June 8th and 9th (Last Day of School)

Week 32 (5/1-5/5)

posted May 4, 2017, 7:21 AM by Christen Topolinski   [ updated May 12, 2017, 9:53 AM by Cortney Kittridge ]


This week in ELA and Science...

We had time to enjoy our Book Bowl selections this week in ELA. Book Bowl titles are brand new this year and were purchased through a Forest Hills Foundation grant in conjunction with Northern Trails and Central Woodlands. Students have selected titles to read and will represent their homerooms during our Book Bowl Challenges the last week of school. Keep reading, sixth graders! 


We completed our tri-fold poster which will be presented at the Groundswell Showcase next Wednesday during science. Students wrote a variety of pieces to be featured there including how this project has impacted them, their feelings on project based learning, plans for the future at Knapp Forest, and why we wanted to participate in this work. In addition, a few sixth grade students created a video which we will present as well. We are so proud of all the hard work our kids have put into this project! We turned the soil and hauled bricks back to our work site this week. Next week we are excited to plant our various flowers and mulch the garden.


Summer will be here before we know it!  Our district media center specialists have been working hard to 

prepare a book list for 5 and 6th-grade students.  Please see the following video that previews 5 of the books 

on the list.


Other resources include the district's media center website, the Loud In the Library website students may download books to read over the summer.


The summer reading book list for students entering 5th -12th grades.


KDL resources for a summer reading party and a reading log that can be turned in for prizes at your local KDL branch.




This week in Math and Social Studies...

We took the MSTEP this week, so we spent any additional time reviewing equations, tables, and graphs, along with preparing for Cultural Fair (which is 2 weeks away!). Check in with your child to see how their Cultural Fair project is coming along!

Upcoming Events and Reminders...


-EMS visit for students and teachers on May 24th following regular band, choir, or orchestra time

-NWEA MAP testing during the week of May 22nd

-NO School on Monday, May 29th

-Extended Music Practice for the orchestra concert on May 30th

-Splash Bash all day June 7th

-Half Days on June 8th and 9th (Last Day of School)


Update Week 31 (4-24/4-28)

posted Apr 25, 2017, 1:05 PM by Christen Topolinski   [ updated May 3, 2017, 11:50 AM ]

County Wide Enhancement Millage:
On Tuesday, May 2, residents will go to the polls to decide on a community-wide school enhancement millage. If approved, each of the 20 public school districts within Kent ISD would receive an additional $211 per student for operations for 10 years starting with the 2017-18 school year. An enhancement millage is the ONLY option for school districts to request operational funding from the public beyond the funding schools receive from the state. To learn more about this proposal, click here for an informational video, or visit the FHPS website: www.fhps.net. Remember to vote May 2!

This week in ELA and Science..

Students will NOT need to turn in a reading log the week of May 1st-5th, due to M-STEP.


In ELA this week we continued to work on inferencing. We read paired-text articles about Elephants in Africa and the role of technology in ending poaching. We worked on strategies we might use when we are trying to make connections between our personal experiences, prior knowledge, and the text in front of us. We also looked at some of the ELA M-Step sample items so we know what to expect next week when we begin M-Step testing.


In science, we have been busy on our Groundswell projects this week. In teams, students have worked on a specific aspect of our project. Below you will see a link to a Signup Genius from our Grounds Team. They are looking for tools we may borrow until our project is implemented. 


SignUp Genius Link:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f44adae2fa1f58-tools


The information below comes from our Community Outreach Team:

Dear Knapp Forest Parents and Teachers,

In case you haven't heard the 6th grade students at Knapp Forest elementary are working on an environmentally friendly plan for the space that the portable was removed. We split into a few groups to take different responsibilities on making up a plan to implant in the space of the portable. 

Our group is the school outreach and involvement team. We would like to ask for volunteers to help us construct the benches, bird houses and the concrete stepping stones for the pollinator garden. If so we will be making 6 benches. Grades 1-6 will each be painting one of the 6 benches. There will also be 3 bird houses. Kindergarten will be painting the 3 bird houses. Lastly you will be creating a stepping stone out of our circle mold provided. you will be mixing the concrete mix and putting it into the mold. The 6th graders will be signing the stone before they leave this school for middle school at the high school, Eastern.

 If you would like to help please send an email to our teacher Cortney Kittridge, at ckittridge@fhps.net, or fill out the google form linked below. 

The deadline will be May 1 ,2017. If you have any questions please email our teacher.


Check out the video for more information: 

Thanks for all your support,

6th Grade Students
Forest Hills Public Schools 


This week in Math and Social Studies...

This week in math we continued our work with analyzing equations, tables, and graphs! We also prepared for MSTEP by reviewing previous concepts and practicing using the online tools.

In SS, we had a debate about the condition of the Great Lakes. All teams researched, prepared opening and closing statements, formed claims supported with evidence and presented the information in a formal debate setting. Please ask your child about this experience! 

Upcoming Events and Reminders...


EMS Course Selection Sheets for 7th grade are DUE to the Knapp Forest office by Monday, May 1st. Thank you!

Next week May 2nd through 5th, we will be taking the M-STEP on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be available to finish or make-up assessments.  Please help your child be well-rested and present.  For further information see the attached letter from Mr. Haid click here.

Tuesday, May 2nd students will have the opportunity to try wakeboarding.  Please see the attached note that went home in April if they are interested in going to this event.   GONE BOARDING NOTE



Update Week 30 (4-17/4-21)

posted Apr 18, 2017, 7:07 AM by Christen Topolinski   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 12:21 PM by Cortney Kittridge ]

Please VOTE on May 2nd.  Click Here to visit the website for further information about the enhancement millage.


What every taxpayer should know about this enhancement millage

  • Voters in each of the 20 Kent ISD public school districts will be asked to consider an enhancement millage proposal of 0.9 mill for 10 years.
  • A majority of voters within Kent ISD would need to approve the proposal for it to pass.
  • An enhancement millage is the only option for school districts to request operational funding from the public beyond funding provided by the State.
  • Since 2008-09, State funding has not kept up with inflation, causing districts to reduce or eliminate programs, classroom materials, and staff.
  • If approved, each of the 20 public school districts within Kent ISD would receive an additional $211 per student for operations starting with the 2017-18 school year.
  • If approved, Forest Hills Public Schools would receive approximately $2.1 million annually for the next 10 years.


This week in ELA and Science...

We used a paired-text passage to practice inferencing, summarizing, and narrative writing. We read two texts about Child Labor Laws, one set in modern day Pakistan and the other from the 1900's in the United States. We talked about the similarities and differences amongst the way the stories were written, the time periods, and the lives of the children involved. We then wrote an imaginative passage about what it might be like if the two main characters, Grace and Iqbal, were to meet and exchange dialogue. 


Our groundswell team was so impressed by our 6th grade proposals they had a hard time selecting just one design to implement. Students reorganized into specialized teams working under team captains in one area of our final design. We will be planning and budgeting this week with the hopes of getting our hands dirty and fixing up the space the week of May 8th. We can't wait to share our designs and plans with all of you!


This week in Math and Social Studies...

In math, we have continued analyzing equations, tables, and graphs by identifying independent and dependent variables, slope, and y-intercept. They are investigating relationships between variables and writing equations in the form y=mx and y=mx+b. 

In SS, we have begun to prepare for our Great Lakes debate. Students are taking a position on whether or not the condition of the Great Lakes has improved or is still concerning. We have been gathering evidence and discussing the structure of a debate. We will be defending our positions in the formal debate next week!

Upcoming Events and Reminders...


April 25th at 6:00 PM there will be a 7th-grade orientation meeting for parents at Eastern Middle School. 


April 27th at 5:30 PM teachers will be holding a reproductive health meeting with parents.  During this time we will preview materials and content that will be taught.  This meeting will be held at Orchard View this year.

May 1st - 5th we will be taking M-STEP.  Please see the attached letter from Mr. Haid click here.

Update Week 29 (4-10/4-14)

posted Apr 14, 2017, 1:12 PM by Christen Topolinski   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 1:52 PM by Cortney Kittridge ]

This week in ELA and Science...

This week in ELA we read a paired-text passage about the creation of Earth Day. We identified the main idea and supporting details and examined these texts and lifted evidence to support an argument. We learned great facts about the importance of recycling and statistics about the energy conserved when plastic and glass bottles are recycled. This information helped us add support to our presentations for our Groundswell plans. 


This week in science we continued our work on the Groundswell projects. The portable has been removed and we are excited to get phase one of this project rolling. We are presenting our final proposals for phase one of the project on Monday. We are hoping to begin prepping the space on Friday as part of our Earth Day Celebration!


This week in Math and Social Studies...



Upcoming Events and Reminders...

- Third quarter report cards went home with students today! Check their backpacks for an update on their current progress toward end of the year goals.

-April 21st we will be celebrating Earth Day!
Please make sure each 6th grader has closed toe shoes as we will be working with wood chips and dirt. 

M-STEP Letter from Mr. Haid click here.

April 27th at 5:30 PM teachers will be holding a reproductive health meeting with parents.  During this time
we will preview materials and content that will be taught.  This meeting will be held at 
Orchard View this year.

NEWSFLASH--YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST

posted Apr 11, 2017, 11:41 AM by Christen Topolinski   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 12:19 PM ]

Attention 6th Grade Students!


It’s time to design our Knapp Forest Elementary 2016-2017 Yearbook cover and we need your help!


If you would like to enter a design in the contest for this year’s yearbook cover, below are the requirements:


  1. The graphic must be drawn on white computer paper (8.5x11”) in black permanent marker.

  2. No color… black and white drawings only.

  3. The graphic should represent our school, Knapp Forest Elementary, in some way (Hawks, FISH philosophy, Our building, School supplies, Specials, etc.)

  4. The name of our school, Knapp Forest Elementary, should be printed somewhere on the graphic as well as the year, 2016-2017.

  5. Your graphic should be signed with your name in small print somewhere on or within the design.


All designs are due to Miss Kittridge by Monday, April 17th. Winners will be announced Wednesday, April 19th.


Thanks in advance for your well-thought designs and hard work!


Update Week 28 (3-27/3-30)

posted Mar 29, 2017, 5:51 AM by Christen Topolinski   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 5:53 AM by Jessa Boles ]

This week in ELA and Science...



This week in Math and Social Studies...

We ended our math unit with our Decimal Ops test this week! Students demonstrated their ability to multiply, divide, add, and subtract decimal values, as well as calculate tips, tax, and discounts. 

In SS, we continued studying the human and physical characteristics of Canada to investigate how where you live influences how you live. Students discussed the population, languages, climates, buildings, and economic activities found in the different regions in Canada. We will be completing this chapter after break with a blogging experience, where students will take on the perspective of someone living in Canada and describe what their life is like!

Upcoming Events and Reminders...

Have a wonderful Spring Break!  
We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, April 10th.

M-STEP Letter from Mr. Haid click here.

April 27th at 5:30 PM teachers will be holding a reproductive health meeting with parents.  During this time
we will preview materials and content that will be taught.  This meeting will be held at 
Orchard View this year.

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