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Remind Stream

Ways To Keep the Education Edge

posted Mar 24, 2017, 3:47 PM by Jamie Jay Summers   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 3:49 PM ]

Dear Parents,

As spring break is upon us I want to reach out to you on some ways to combat the Spring Break slump. With state testing so near after, your students keeping their learning momentum is important.

1. Read. Please have your child read every day. Even if it is just picking up a book or magazine to read to their sibling. If they are as obsessed with technology as my nieces and nephews are, encourage them to jump onto Scholastic News, ReadWorks, or NewsELA to engage in shorter articles and text. 

2. IXL: Your students have been using this all year. They can work on new skills OR go back and practice old ones to keep their skills sharp.

3. Prodigy

This is a new technology that a few students were able to get linked into on Friday.  It's a real-time education tool that masquerades as a game the students are deeply engaged in. 

If your child has played prodigy before, awesome! They can link themselves to my classroom with the code: 5D6F1A 

If YOU wish to be linked to their account follow these directions:
  • Go to www.ProdigyGame.com and click 'Get Your Free Account.'
  • Once you're logged in, select 'Link your child's account to see their progress.'
  • Select 'Add Students' and then set the toggle to 'Existing accounts.'
  • Enter your child's username and password (ask them for this!)
  • Select 'link student accounts'.

If they haven't, they can set up a new account using these steps:
  • Go to Website Links (to the right) and click on the Prodigy link.
  • Click 'New Student'
  • Enter class code: 5D6F1A 
  • Enter First name, Last inital
  • Create a password, I suggest using your IXL password!
  • Click "4" for 4th grade
  • Make sure to write down your login information!
Once a student has created their account then you as a parent can link to them.

Altogether have a FANTASTIC break and enjoy the (hopefully) warm weather and time together as a family.

-Mrs. Jay Summers

Untitled Post

posted Jan 20, 2017, 1:55 PM by Jamie Jay Summers

Winter Party

posted Dec 13, 2016, 11:11 AM by Jamie Jay Summers   [ updated Dec 13, 2016, 11:12 AM ]

Some amazing parents have planned a winter party for us! It will be this Friday, December 16th at 2:30 till the end of the day. They've come up with some activities and some snacks for the kiddos during this hour. 

I'd like to invite all parents who wish to come to join us to do so, even if it's just for a few minutes. You will be able to pick up your child afterwards and take them home.

These ladies have made a sign-up for all items needed. Please take a moment to look and see if there is anything you could donate for this event. 

Please send any donations to school on Friday Morning. 

Another huge thank you to 
Kim Gonzalez
Tracy Williams
Jamie Martinez
Kimberly Louie 

For planning all of this!

Mrs. Jay

Crisis! PBL

posted Nov 7, 2016, 3:22 PM by Jamie Jay Summers

Dear Parents,

We are kicking off our second Project Based Learning unit of this year! Working either alone or in a small group (no more than three people) students will be answering this driving question:

How can we as Crisis managers help a Colorado City recover from a disaster?

Using their imaginations students will pretend that a city in Colorado has been destroyed by one of four natural disasters: earthquakes, floods, landslides, or volcanoes. They have chosen cities based on where their natural disaster could occur. During the week we will learn key Science and Social Studies topics, and then students will apply it to their unique disaster.  Below is a tentative sketch of how this PBL will roll out.

  • November 7th-11th: Geography and Resources of Colorado. Students will research the various regions of Colorado, and what resources each region has if a disaster should strike. They will then locate their specific city in a region, and describe what resources they have already and what will need to be important to help the city recover.

  • November 14th-18th: Weathering and Erosion: Students will participate in various Weather and Erosion labs to help see how the natural word is shaped by these forces. At the end of the week they will describe how weather and erosion has impacted their city, and any special needs their city will have with regards to weathering and erosion. Students will also choose a demonstration they would like to do for the science fair around Weathering and Erosion.

  • November 18th: Field trip to Dinosaur Ridge to learn about geologic time.

  • November 28th-December 2nd: Immigration to Colorado: Students will research their city in depth, and write about how their individual city received the people that now live there (eg, miners, trappers, farmers). They’ll report on the history of their city and create a timeline. They will then describe what their city is like now, and how different areas of the city were impacted by the natural disaster they are studying.

  • December 1st: (tentative) Students will explore our own Westminster City history by visited the Westminster History Center right outside our school grounds.

  • December 5th-9th: Science Fair Prep: Students will work in class to get ready for the Science Fair using topics related to Weathering and Erosion.

  • December 9th: Science Fair!

  • December 12th-14th: Rebuilding: Using all of the information gathered students will make a plan for how the city will rebuild from their natural disaster. They will finish their website, powerpoint, or physical display that shows the information they learned throughout the unit.

  • December 14th: Students will present their PBL. The time for this is still to be determined. We are looking for individuals in emergency services who might be interested in coming to view their projects. IF you know of anyone, we would love to see them!

The work for this PBL will be ongoing. At times the students may need to bring in extra resources, especially when they get to the science fair portion of this PBL.

If any of the topics above are near and dear to your heart, we would love to have your expertise in the classroom! Several students have already brought in their rock collections to share with the classroom. If you would like to get involved, please contact me via email or Remind. I would love to have you!


Mrs. Jay Summers.

4th Grade Science Standards Addressed:

Earth's Systems

Describe the effects of weathering or erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation (NGSS: 4-ESS2-1) (DOK 2, UN)

Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation (NGSS: 4-ESS2-1) (SC.05.532.01.03 & SC.05.532.02.03) (DOK 3, UN)

Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features (NGSS: 4-ESS2-2) (DOK 3, AN)

Use maps to describe different features on Earth (NGSS: 4-ESS2-2) (DOK 2, UN)

Earth's Place in the Universe

Describe patterns in rock formation and fossils (NGSS: 4-ESS1-1) (DOK 2, UN)

Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time (NGSS: 4-ESS1-1) (SC.04.422.01.03 & SC.04.422.02.03) (DOK 2, UN)

4th Grade Social Studies Standards Addressed:


Give examples of the kinds of goods and services produced in Colorado in different historical periods and their connection to economic incentives. (CAS: 4.3.1.b) (SS.04.431.02.03) (DOK 2, UN)


Answer questions about Colorado regions using maps and other geographic tools. (CAS: 4.2.1.a) (SS.04.421.01.03) (DOK 1, RE)

Describe similarities and differences between the physical geography of Colorado and its neighboring states. (CAS: 4.2.1.e) (SS.04.421.05.03) (DOK 1, RE)

Illustrate, using geographic tools, how places in Colorado have changed and developed over time due to human activity. (CAS: 4.2.1.d) (SS.04.421.04.03) (DOK 2, UN)

Create and investigate geographic questions about Colorado in relation to other places. (CAS: 4.2.1.c) (SS.04.421.03.03) (DOK 2, UN)

Describe how the physical environment provides opportunities for and places constraints on human activities. (CAS: 4.2.2.a) (SS.04.422.01.03) (DOK 2, UN)

Explain how physical environments influenced and limited immigration into the state. (CAS: 4.2.2.b) (SS.04.422.02.03) (DOK 2, UN)


Understand the purpose of a timeline (DOK 2, UN)

Know the parts of a timeline (DOK 2, RE)

Explain the cause-and-effect relationships in the interactions among people and cultures that have lived in or migrated to Colorado. (CAS: 4.1.1.c) (SS.04.411.03.03) (DOK 2, UN)

Sci Con

posted Oct 20, 2016, 12:58 PM by Jamie Jay Summers

I received a question today about SciCon I wanted to answer for everyone.  In place of our traditional Science Fair we will be doing a Science Convention, where students are able to show several science concepts beyond just the traditional science board.

In my class we are going to be tying Sci Con into our next PBL unit. As such every student will be participating in a class demonstration of the concepts we'll be covering. This demonstration will not be judged, but it will be graded as a part of our PBL unit of study.

If students wish to complete a science fair 'project'  which will be judged and have a possibility of moving on to the district competition, they may do so.  They will need to fill out and submit the proposal form that is in the attached packet to me by November 1st. The project and display will be done at home and brought to school on the 9th to be judged. 

Student Council Elections

posted Sep 30, 2016, 6:44 AM by Jamie Jay Summers

9-27 Planners

posted Sep 27, 2016, 4:29 PM by Jamie Jay Summers

I am so sorry planners did not get written in! Having the middle school students come in and our building turned a little more chaotic then I expected it to be.

- Read 20 Minutes
- Book Talk due by Oct 10-14
- Bring ALL materials for PBL as assigned by group.
- Come tomorrow prepared for the field trip! (good shoes especially!) 

Every child has different materials as assigned by their group. If they brought in quite a bit of stuff today they SHOULD NOT need to bring in additional materials. I asked the students to spread out who is bringing what. Help them know that a small tube of cardboard is probably better then something made out of wood as we do not have the resources in the classroom to do anything with wood. 

This project has turned out to be a little more of a challenge then anyone was expecting it to be! Please remind your kiddos to just be patient and take a deep breath, we will get it figured out! If necessary I will modify the assignment so that we can find success.   This is a learning process for all of us, and we are making some good progress.

Empower Parent and Student PDFs

posted Sep 13, 2016, 11:31 AM by Jamie Jay Summers

Drive Folder

9-8 Thursday Foulders

posted Sep 8, 2016, 1:02 PM by Jamie Jay Summers

Many important things came home in Thursday Folders today!  Please double check them tonight and have them returned tomorrow.

Things to be Returned:
1. Field Trip Permission Form: This form needs to be returned ASAP. Without it they will be unable to attend the field trip.
2. PBL Service Dog Visit Opt-Out Form: This only needs to be returned if you do NOT wish your child to participate in the presentation with the service dog tomorrow. 
3. Signed Parent Signature Sheet: Your child receives classroom economy money with your signature! With the strange week last week we're not quite in a routine yet, so please help them remember to do this so they can receive their bonus!

Important Information Included:
1. PBL Parent Information Letter: Please talk this information over with your child so they're ready for our first PBL kicking off tomorrow!

Remind Sign Up

posted Aug 8, 2016, 6:41 AM by Jamie Jay Summers

Please be sure to sign up for Remind! You can do this by visiting rmd.at/mrsjaysu or by texting @mrsjaysu to 81010.

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