Weekly Update


Life Threatening Peanut and Tree Nut allergy- Children will not be allowed snacks within the classroom that are not on the approved food list (to be provided on Back to School Night, and also emailed out)

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please email me at aoflaherty@oasisacademyfallon.us

If your child is going to be absent from school please notify the front office by 9 a.m. The number is 423-5437. Please remember that if anyone comes to check your children out of school who is not on the emergency card they will not be released to them. You can update that list by going to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

Flocabulary Codes (login through Google; it's so much easier):

7th Grade Class XPFJ5G

8th Grade Class DJMWN7

First Quarter IXL Grades:

  • B.1, B.2, C.1, E.2, O.1, O.2--Please work on these in place of 20 minutes of reading every night if you want an improved grade!

Second Quarter IXL Grades:

  • C.12, A.1, A.2, A.3, A.6, A.7, A.8, O.3, F.1, F.2

This year students will be keeping a checkbook. They will add money to their register as they earn it (detailed responses, helpful actions, overall positivity, etc.). They will withdraw money if they behave in a way that warrants it (wasting time in class, talkative when not appropriate, not having homework done, etc.). They will also pay "rent" for their space every month. Every 3 weeks or so we will have a class auction and I students will get to bid on items to buy with their funds. If you are able, please send items for class auction. This can be anything, but popular items are candy (see approved candy on list), crazy socks, little games, and anything fun from the Dollar Tree or Walmart cheap bins. Also, small gift cards ($5 value) are popular. As I collect items I will hold auctions. I picked up a few things this weekend to get us started! Thank you in advance for any donations you are able to make. This is a fun way to keep kids on budget and teach them about saving/spending.

IXL--Students will be completing IXL objectives in Language Arts each week. All scores may be improved ALL quarter each quarter. However, students MUST tell me when they went in and got a better score or I won't know to change it in Infinite Campus. Once the each quarter ends, students will no longer be allowed to improve their grades for the objectives entered into that quarter. For example, we did B.1 2 weeks ago. Students may improve their score until the end of this quarter, but not after.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful holiday.

This week in class:

  • 7th Grade Reading: We will continue to read The Outsiders and identify narrative elements within the text. Students will also read nonfiction passages on Flocabulary and answer response questions. It's important that students take the time to read and annotate the passages before choosing answers. We are at a point where students must be able to defend their answer choice by pointing out textual evidence.
  • Writing: We are moving into writing narratives and we are all so excited! Students will learn about various aspects of good creative story telling and work on writing their first one. It will be a personal narrative and will be assisted by me via conferencing.
  • 8th Grade Reading: Students will continue reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This is a complicated text, but the kids have a great attitude and are doing so well with it. The story is engaging, and reading language written in the 19th century is a valuable skill. Students will also answer nonfiction questions after reading passages on Flocabulary. As usual, they are expected to be able to prove and defend their choices by pointing to text evidence.
  • Projects: This week we are starting our last science unit on Earth's history. Students will learn about the different eons, eras, periods, and epochs of our earth and how scientists study them to determine relative age of things.

Homework this week:

  • 7th Grade--IXL A.6, A.7, A.8 (these will count for the 20 minutes of reading, and students can put it on their reading logs)
  • 8th Grade--Monday is Flocabulary Read and Respond; read for 20 minutes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Many students are not bringing reading logs filled out and signed on Mondays. This is resulting in a 0 grade, which is affecting overall grades. Grades are updated weekly on Infinite Campus.

Last day of school before holiday break is Thursday, December 21. On that day we will stuff stockings and watch a movie!

This week in class:

  • 7th Grade Reading: Continue with The Outsiders--making predictions, connecting to text, identifying narrative elements
  • Writing--Students will work on writing stamina with various journal topics; students will diagram sentences containing prepositional phrases. Also, IXL objectives F.1 and F.2 are assigned.
  • 8th Grade Reading--We will dissect the first paragraph of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, looking for evidence of duality. Also, students will work on reading stamina and complete a Flocabulary assignment.
  • Projects--We will finish our global warming project using Google SketchUp tomorrow afternoon. This has been frustrating at time for the students, but they are learning to work through stress and do the best they can.

Homework this week:

  • 7th Grade--Work on ALL IXL objectives; read for 20/fill out logs
  • 8th Grade--Monday complete Read and Respond in Flocabulary; read for 20/fill out logs


Monday, December 11, 2017

Many students are not bringing reading logs filled out and signed on Mondays. This is resulting in a 0 grade, which is affecting overall grades. Grades are updated weekly on Infinite Campus.

Student Council Pajama Drive is continuing through December 13. Please send in brand new, tags on, pajamas for children of all ages and sizes. We will deliver them to a local organization just in time for the holidays!

Last day of school before holiday break is Thursday, December 21. On that day we will stuff stockings and watch a movie!

This week in class:

  • 7th Grade Reading--We will read nonfiction passages/current events on Monday, and continue with The Outsiders Tuesday-Thursday. We will work on identifying narrative elements, making predictions, and analyzing text evidence.
  • Writing--Students have finished their argumentative papers and tomorrow we will do some less formal writing. On Wednesday students will write an unassisted argumentative paper to demonstrate what they can do without any conferencing! The key is the use the rubric, develop a plan, and pull relevant quotes to back up thinking!
  • 8th Grade Reading--We will start The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde this week. This is a wonderful novella! It's set in the Victorian Age, so students will spend Tuesday learning what they can about that time period. This will help them work through the language that Robert Louis Stevenson uses in this book.
  • Projects--Students will partner up and design a 3D self sustaining, resilient society using the program Sketchup. They will use a rubric to complete this. Projects will be due on Tuesday.

Homework this week:

  • 7th Grade--Work on all IXL objectives (C12, A1,A2, A3); read for 20 when all scores are where you want them.
  • 8th Grade--Flocabulary Read and Respond for "Week in Rap" video on Monday; Tues.-Thurs. read for 20 minutes/fill out logs.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Student Council Pajama Drive is continuing through December 13. Please send in brand new, tags on, pajamas for children of all ages and sizes. We will deliver them to a local organization just in time for the holidays!

Last day of school before holiday break is Thursday, December 21. On that day we will stuff stockings and watch a movie!

This week in class:

  • 7th Grade Reading--We will continue reading The Outsiders, building our knowledge of narrative elements, making predictions, and analyzing text evidence.
  • Writing--Argumentative essays are due this week. Students are doing a really nice job on these and I plan to hang them up on our bulletin board next to the class. Make sure you check them out!
  • 8th Grade Reading--Students will finish their final LOTF project this week, and then we will delve into The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I can't wait to see how far these kids take this novella!
  • Projects--Students are currently working on predicting what conditions would be like if the world had undergone severe, devastating global warming. They will end up collaborating and building a resilient self sustaining community that can survive in dire conditions.

Homework this week:

  • 7th Grade: Work on IXL (objectives listed above); read and fill out reading log; reading logs due every Monday morning!
  • 8th Grade: On Monday complete Read and Respond for Flocabulary; read and fill out reading log. Reading logs due every Monday morning!


Monday, November 27, 2017

Student Council Pajama Drive is continuing through December 13. Please send in brand new, tags on, pajamas for children of all ages and sizes. We will deliver them to a local organization just in time for the holidays!

This week in class:

  • 7th Grade Reading--I am so excited! We will be starting our second class novel, The Outsiders, this week! Students will begin my researching the author, S.E. Hinton, completing some anticipatory questions, and talking about social classes. I love this book and look forward to sharing it with students every year.
  • Writing--Students will continue working on argumentative essays on their chosen topic. Outlines/plans are due Tuesday, and rough drafts will be completed by Thursday.
  • 8th Grade Reading--Students will be put into groups to work on their final project for Lord of the Flies. They will work on the project most of the time this week in class.
  • Projects--Students will "launch" (literally) into a new project this week. They have been in a hypersleep in space and are returning to a planet Earth that has been destroyed by global warming. They will learn about all the potential consequences of extreme global warming, then create a sustainable community built specifically to endure the effect of global warming. Should be fun!

Homework:

  • 7th--Read for 20/fill out log
  • 8th--Flocabulary Quiz Tuesday, read for 20/fill out log other nights

Monday, November 13, 2015

We will have a class auction on Thursday, November 16. If you're able, we can always use more fun items. Everything sent in has been a huge hit and has sold for hundreds of "dollars." I greatly appreciate your contributions.

I know this is the last week before a vacation, but PLEASE encourage students to remain engaged and focused in class. We have many large assignments due this week that require a lot of detailed and elaborate thinking.

This week in class:

  • 7th Grade Reading--Students are completing final book projects on our novel, Freak the Mighty. These are group projects and they are due this Thursday. Students should be spending reading block time writing their paragraphs and building their 3D components.
  • Writing--Students will work all week on their argumentative essays. They each chose a topic with 2 sides and will construct a paper outlining the reasons for their thesis, as well as explain a counterargument to it.
  • 8th Grade Reading--I am hoping to finish Lord of the Flies this week. We have loved reading this. The kids are fascinated by it and have done an amazing job with their Habits of Discussion with it. Final project or test will be given after Thanksgiving break.
  • Projects--Students will work all week on their brochures on global warming. Students are expected to individually create a brochure outlining the causes, effects, and possible ways to help stop global warming. These are due this Thursday.

Homework:

  • 7th Grade--Flocabulary quiz on "Week in Rap" due Tuesday; reading log/read for 20 every other night
  • 8th Grade--Flocabulary quiz on "Week in Rap" due Tuesday; reading log/read for 20 every other night

IXL Objectives

O.3, C.12

Monday, November 6, 2017

Please sign up for a student progress meeting if you have not already done so. Use the link below:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c45aba622a6fb6-student

We will have a class auction on Thursday, November 16. If you're able, we can always use more fun items. Everything sent in has been a huge hit and has sold for hundreds of "dollars." I greatly appreciate your contributions.

This week in class:

  • 7th Grade Reading--Students will finish Freak the Mighty and work on final questions. The focus will be citing evidence to support analysis. We will work on a project for this book next week.
  • Writing--Students will write argumentative essays. Our focus will be writing thesis statements and developing it throughout the rest of the paper. Students will need to use evidence in each body paragraph to support their reasoning.
  • 8th Grade Reading--This week we will spend more time on Lord of the Flies. Students will have several quick writes on various aspects of the novel, and use Habits of Discussion to move through some of the more complex parts.
  • Projects--This week our focus will be on global warming and the impact of human activity. Students will spend time annotating information they read, looking at charts and graphs, and ultimately creating a brochure or infographic on this topic.

Homework this week:

  • 7th grade--Read for 20/fill out log
  • 8th grade--Week in Rap Read and Respond (due Tuesday); read for 20/fill out log the other evenings


Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween celebration will be Tuesday, October 31st. Students need to bring in one good sized pumpkin to decorate. They are also welcome to bring in treats off of our approved food list (see tab at the top if you need to reference it). No homemade treats, please!!! Also, don't forget to wear costumes!

Students should work on IXL scores when possible. It counts for the 20 minutes of reading and I will take an improved score until the end of the quarter.

Some students are not bringing their reading logs for me to check on Mondays. This results in a late grade, or a 0 if I don't see it the next day. Students should be filling these out every night and providing a quick summary of what they read.


Homework this week:

  • 7th--20 minutes reading/fill out reading log and finish all IXL objectives listed above. IXL can count as your 20 minutes of reading.
  • 8th--20 minutes reading/fill out reading log


Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween celebration will be Tuesday, October 31st. Students need to bring in one good sized pumpkin to decorate. They are also welcome to bring in treats off of our approved food list (see tab at the top if you need to reference it). No homemade treats, please!!!

Students should work on IXL scores when possible. It counts for the 20 minutes of reading and I will take an improved score until the end of the quarter.

Some students are not bringing their reading logs for me to check on Mondays. This results in a late grade, or a 0 if I don't see it the next day. Students should be filling these out every night and providing a quick summary of what they read.

7th Grade Reading: This week we will focus on citing evidence to support analysis of Freak the Mighty, complete poetry annotations, take a reading assessment, and read current events to determine main idea and author's purpose.

Writing: We will start our argumentative writing this week. Students will develop strong thesis statements together and work on a pro or con side of an issue. Next week, students will choose a topic and write their own argumentative paper, starting with an outline, and continuing into rough and final drafts.

8th Grade Reading: This week we will focus on citing evidence to support analysis of Lord of the Flies, complete character analyses on several of the characters, take a reading assessment, and read current events to determine main idea and author's purpose.

Homework:

  • 7th Grade: Read for 20 and fill out reading log; also, catch up on all IXL
  • 8th grade: Read for 20 and fill out reading log; annotations for "For Bucky" due Wednesday (use the guide and go deep!!!)


Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween celebration will be Tuesday, October 31st. Students need to bring in one good sized pumpkin to decorate. They are also welcome to bring in treats off of our approved food list (see tab at the top if you need to reference it). No homemade treats, please!!!

Students should work on IXL scores when possible. It counts for the 20 minutes of reading and I will take an improved score until the end of the quarter.

Some students are not bringing their reading logs for me to check on Mondays. This results in a late grade, or a 0 if I don't see it the next day. Students should be filling these out every night and providing a quick summary of what they read.

7th Grade Reading: We will continue with Freak the Mighty and work on answering ALL questions with text evidence. Today was our current events/"Week in Rap" day in Flocabulary. Students are working on identifying main idea and author's purpose.

Writing: This week we will write collaboratively about the Las Vegas shooting and develop group informative essays. On Wednesday students will write an essay independently--no assistance and no conferencing. This will allow me to see how students are developing as independent writers and what strategies we need to focus on in small groups moving forward.

8th Grade Reading: Students will continue read Lord of the Flies and pulling evidence to support their theories. We will focus on character development as the kids in the novel are starting to change and develop different notions about life and survival.

Projects: We will learn about weather patterns and the atmosphere as part of our unit on Earth's systems. Later this week students will be put into groups for our 2nd project.

Homework this week:

  • 7th grade--work on IXL scores; read for 20 minutes/fill out log
  • 8th grade--read for 20 minutes/fill out reading log

I am planning to hold our 2nd class auction this Thursday at about 2:00! I have items for this one, but could use more for the future. Thank you so very much to those of you who have generously donated to our supply of auction items.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Students should work on IXL scores when possible. It counts for the 20 minutes of reading and I will take an improved score until the end of the quarter.

Some students are not bringing their reading logs for me to check on Mondays. This results in a late grade, or a 0 if I don't see it the next day. Students should be filling these out every night and providing a quick summary of what they read.

7th Grade Reading: Students will work on reading and responding to questions from this week's "Week in Rap." Students are having a tough time with these, so it's important that they read carefully and go back into the text for the answer. We will read Freak the Mighty on Tuesday and Thursday. Students are working to pull evidence from the novel to support their thinking. I require this for almost all responses, so we are working to make sure it happens every time.

Writing: Final drafts of informative essays are due this Thursday. These are done only at school and with frequent conferencing. I am enjoying watching the progress that each student is making as they work through the writing process. It can be tough!

8th Grade Reading: This week students will finish writing their Intravista poem (a poem within a poem....you should ask you kiddo(s) about it!). Also, we will read The Lord of the Flies 3 days this week and work through comprehension questions. Students should remember that a complete reading response always has textual evidence!

Projects: We are beginning a new unit on Earth's Systems this week. Today we started with the rock cycle. Students completed a fun "rock" sorting activity with cookies. We will continue this week with more rock cycle, and then head into the relative age of rocks (this can be tricky), and end the week with the water cycle.

Homework this week:

  • 7th Grade: Monday do Read and Respond in Flocabulary; read for 20 or IXL Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
  • 8th Grade: Monday Read and Respond in Flocabulary; read for 20 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Students may work on IXL scores in lieu of reading this week. I know many want to improve scores. Simply fill out the reading log saying you work on IXL and which objective. Don't forget to let me know if you improve your score!

7th Grade Reading--This week will be a combination of reading informative texts through Flocabulary, analyzing poetry, and reading our class novel, Freak the Mighty. We are LOVING this novel and are having a great time with it. I am watching everyone improve in Habits of Discussion and Format Matters when it comes to responding to our reading.

Writing--I am hoping we can finish informative writing essays this week; it may be going into next week, though. For students who are working quickly, editing, revising, and improving more and more is required. I will continue to conference individually with all students.

8th Grade Reading--Together we will read informational text with Flocabulary, students will write and Intravista poem (they struggled a little last week with this, but I KNOW they can do it!), and we will read through at least chapter 2 of Lord of the Flies. This is a wonderful novel, and I'm enjoying the students' responses to some very difficult concepts. The vocabulary is very sophisticated, as well. The kids are doing GREAT with it all!

Projects--This week students will complete their 3D model and written component on their gravity projects. Students will take a vocabulary test on Thursday, as well as participate in a gallery walk to view all projects. Remember that peer evaluations will be given for this and every other project. Students will be scored by their peers and it is a major grade. It's vital that all students collaborate and participate in projects.

We had a class auction last week and it was so much fun! Thank you to the families who sent in items. I saved quite a few for next time. We had to cut it short, so I think I will have another very soon (this week or next).

Students brought book orders home. Please consider ordering online through the Scholastic website. Use the class code that can be found by clicking the tab up above.


Homework:

  • 7th Read for 20 or IXL
  • 8th Flocabulary Read and Respond on Monday; read for 20 the rest of week


Monday, September 25, 2017

7th Grade Reading--Today we read about and discussed various current events that students will take a quiz on this week. Students will also read our class novel, make inferences about characters, point of view, and setting, and have discussions about other literary elements. Students will also continue to build reading stamina by reading enjoyable books independently.

Writing--Students are working on an informative essay, completing both their plan and rough drafts this week. I will be conferencing with each student as we work through the writing process.

8th Grade Reading--We will read chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies this week. We will discuss the setting, as well as introduce a few of the characters of the novel. Students will complete quick writes in their reading response notebooks as a way of keeping up with the story.

Projects--We will work on our gravity project all week. Students are expected to build a 3D model that explains the role of gravity in our solar system. They only need to focus on one concept (moon phases, moons and tides, earth/moon/sun relationship). Students are in groups of 3 and projects (model and written component) are due next Tuesday.

Homework this week:

  • 7th Read for 20 OR work on IXL B.1, B.2, C.1, C.2
  • 8th Read for 20 or work on poetry annotations for "Enchantment" (for Wednesday)

Class auction this week--thank you to those of you who have sent items in. It is so appreciated! I will auction some off this week, and then save some for the next. Ideally I would like to hold an auction about every 3 weeks.

Monday, September 18, 2017

7th Grade Reading--We will start our first class novel, Freak the Mighty, tomorrow. Students will begin by doing an author study on Rodman Philbrick and we will do some pre-reading activities to get us excited to read the book. Also, students will continue to build stamina by reading books of their choosing.

Writing--Students will start their first big writing assignment. They will write an informative essay on a topic they choose from our "Week in Rap" stories. This week's focus will be on learning about types of writing, the thesis statement, and the pre-writing stage. Students will be expected to complete a plan for each writing assignment, so this will be an ongoing lesson.

8th Grade Reading: We are starting The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, this week. Students will do an author study on Golding and we should be ready to delve into chapter 1 by Thursday. Students will also annotate a poem on Wednesday, build reading stamina every day, and take their weekly assessment on Thursday.

I will send book orders home this week. Please look for them and remember that we get free books for our classroom when books are ordered!

Homework this week:

  • 7th Grade: Read for 20/fill out log
  • 8th Grade: Complete Flocabulary quiz on Monday and read for 20/fill out log other nights

Monday, September 11, 2017

7th Grade Reading--This week students will work on building reading stamina, read informative paragraphs dealing with current events, and identify various forms of figurative language.

Writing--Students will finish their descriptive paragraphs for their mini me project; also, we will examine the 6 traits of writing and construct guides to use throughout the year. Students will also work on writing stamina with journal topics.

8th Grade Reading--This week we will read about current events ("Week in Rap"), build reading stamina through Read to Self, and respond to our reading in our reading response journals. Next week we plan to start our first class novel, The Lord of the Flies.

Homework this week:

  • 7th grade--20 minutes of reading/fill out log; poetry annotations on Wednesday night in place of reading log
  • 8th grade--20 minutes of reading/fill out log; poetry annotations on Wednesday night in place of reading log

Monday, September 5, 2017

Picture Day is Monday, September 11!

What a great first day of school we had! I am thrilled to be teaching this amazing group of kids, and I know we will have a fantastic year together. A few housekeeping items:

Please remember to send all paperwork back to school with your child if you haven't already done so.

Students brought home reading logs tonight, and should begin filling them out with 20 minutes of reading. Tomorrow students will get time to peruse my class library and find a book or 2 that interests them for their independent reading time.

I am going to be running a checkbook system in my class this year. I have done this for the past few years and love it. Students will receive a checkbook register and cover. They will receive "money" as a reward, and they will lose "money" when negative behaviors occur. Sometimes students receive individual rewards/deductions, and sometimes they receive them as a class. Every few weeks I will hold a class auction and students will bid on items they wish to buy. If you are able, please send items (candy, small gift cards, any Dollar Tree item, etc.) for our auction. I collect them all year and will auction off everything that comes in for this class. This is a fun way to keep students accountable and on track for success in the classroom.

Homework this week 7th and 8th grade:

  • Tuesday--Read for 20 minutes/fill out log
  • Wednesday--Read for 20 minutes/fill out log

I think this covers it all for now, but stay tuned! I will probably update a few times this week.

Oasis Academy Middle School Back to School Night (7th)

First Day of School is September 5, 2017!

Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, September 5. Please bring classroom supplies and get ready for an awesome year!