Over these next two weeks we have the opportunity to celebrate student success as they preform at their music concerts: Choir, Strings and Band and showcase their artistic talents at the Art Show. We are so fortunate to have such an amazing Music and Arts program at ISM. Please come out and celebrate student learning.
MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing will take place for grade 5 starting next week. Students take three different MAP tests that measure academic growth across the school year in the areas of Reading, Language and Mathematics. (Students are tested twice a year) Grade 5 students take MAP testing in classrooms using their ChromeBooks. MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive. The test becomes more difficult the more questions the student answers correctly. When a student incorrectly answers a question, the following test question is adjusted accordingly and is at an easier level. In this way, your child will take a test specifically created for his or her learning level.
MAP results provide just one small piece of assessment data in the process of acquiring information and making judgments about student progress toward intended learning. At ISM, we believe sound assessment involves creating a multitude of ways to measure and communicate student learning over time – a photo album versus a single snapshot. There is no formal preparation required for MAP testing, however it is important to remind students to get a good nights sleep, and eat a healthy meal before taking the test. Please remind students that they do not need to worry and that the focus is to "Do Their Best!" Teachers use this data to guide instruction throughout the year to support student learning and growth.
For more information on MAP testing, please consult the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) website at www.nwea.org. In addition, parents can access the MAP Parent Toolkit at http://www.nwea.org/support/article/930/parent-toolkit.
September 26 - 7:30 am - Mr. Nelson, Mr. Eric, Ms. McElhinney & Ms. Elwell Homebases will take the Language MAP
September26 - 10:15 am -Ms. Navar, Ms. Melwani, Ms. Dolman & Mr. Maclean Homebases will take the Language MAP
September 29- 7:30 am - Mr. Nelson, Mr. Eric, Ms. McElhinney & Ms. Elwell Homebases will take the Reading MAP
September 29 - 10:15 am - Ms. Navar, Ms. Melwani, Ms. Dolman & Mr. Maclean Homebases will take the Reading MAP
October 3 - 7:30 am - Ms. Navar, Ms. Melwani, Ms. Dolman & Mr. Maclean Homebases will take the Math MAP
October 3 -10:15 am - Mr. Nelson, Mr. Eric, Ms. McElhinney & Ms. Elwell Homebases will take the Math MAP
Our Grade 5 Classroom Without Walls program is focused on team building and service. Students will have many opportunities to work together during these two days and develop their collaboration and teamwork skills through a variety of games and activities.
On October 6th students begin their CWW experience with an Amazing Race activity from 7:30 - 10:30 am that is organized by Amanda Pekin. We are in need of parents to help sign up to run the various stations around the campus. It is a lot of fun and not a lot of work. If you haven't had a chance to sign up yet please sign up here. There will be a brief introduction meeting on September 20 from 9:10 - 9:30 am in the LT. If you can't make it, don't worry, just email Amanda, myself, or the PCA Liaisons.
On October 7th we will be welcoming Grade 4 and Grade 5 Papaya Academy students to work with our students. Papaya Academy is a school that aims to help children and families that live in the Patayas area. It is a school dedicated to providing a quality education to impoverished children in this community. We divide the 60 visiting students into smaller groups and each advisory group welcomes 3 to 4 Papaya students. Prior to their arrival Grade 5 students prepare welcome posters, learn some Tagalog words, and help collect donations. The purpose of them visiting is so that our students get to know these students and engage in team building games, activities and shared picnic lunch (if you haven't signed up yet - you can do so here). Through these activities students learn the importance of giving back to their community by helping others. We welcome these Papaya Students back for a second visit during our February CWW.
Papaya Academy is currently in need of Rice so that they can provide food for their students. We have therefore requested that each student in the Grade 5 make a donation of Rice in order to help this school. The school also has a wishlist consisting of: dishwashing soap, powdered laundry detergent, bath soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and cooking oil. We will also be doing a Tie-Dye Activity on this day, so we have also asked some students to donate a white cotton t-shirt so that our Papaya Students will be able to do this activity. (Each grade 5 student needs to bring in a White cotton T-shirt for themselves for this activity.)
In some advisories this week students brainstormed other ways that they would like to help collect donations. We will be placing making announcements to all Middle School students in the daily announcements and during assembly time. Some students will also be making posters and others are working on some fundraising activities to buy them items from the wish list. If you have any donations of these items that you and your family would like to contribute please just drop them into any of the classrooms in the Grade 5 hallway. We will be putting these in boxes and sending them to Papaya Academy. This is a great opportunity to talk to you your child about giving back and helping others who are less fortunate. If you have any questions please feel free to email me.
On Friday, September 2nd, students had the opportunity to wear their House Shirts and participate in games during our Grade Level Assembly. Students played a game called Yoshi in which they had to work together to defend their areas and tag people from the opposing team. Two of our Grade 5 students ended this assembly about the importance of acting like a team and what it means to be humble when you win and to loose gracefully.
Here are some pictures from that day:
I saw this last night and wanted to share! It's a great example for our students in 5th grade of how we can support each other in all that we do!
Today in Advisory, the Grade 5 students had the opportunity to work with their Grade 7 advisory partners. First they introduced themselves using an advisory greeting and then they worked in small groups to complete the "Planner Challenge". Students were provided with questions and worked together find the answers by using their Student Planners. Students learned about the ISM mission statement, what to do if you loose your ID, and even the hours of the Kantina. Be sure to ask your child about today's Planner Scavenger Hunt. Here are some pictures of Grade 7 and Grade 5 working collaboratively.
On Friday 19th August, our wonderful Middle School Counselor Ms. V. led all of the grade 5 students in an ever-growing teambuilding activity. It's amazing how much fun you can have with just a paper cup when you're collaborating with your friends!
On Monday, students in Grade 5 were present tutorial guidelines and explained their importance. At ISM we believe that students need flexible time to address their learning needs in a responsible and self-directed way. Tutorials provides students with an opportunity to meet with their teachers and ask questions, complete homework, and enhance their learning. Tutorials takes place on Mondays and Thursday from 2:25 pm to 3:00pm.
Here are the overarching guidelines that students were presented:
Expectations for Grade 5 Students:
During our Friday assembly each grade level introduced themselves to the MS students in a creative here. Here is the Pokemon Grade 5 Team!
The Middle School office also surprised us with a great musical number called the 12 Days of School.