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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Language of Math-April 10, 2012

Dear Sexton Mountain Families:

At 8:30am Friday morning, students in Ms. Hunt’s class were hard at work identifying equivalent fractions.  Using manipulatives they thought critically and solved the problems.  Thinking back to second grade, I don’t think I was asked to do such complex work and I’m certain that my attitude toward solving problems wasn’t nearly as positive as this group of second grade students.  I am certainly proud of our hard working students!  Those who arrived on time were fully engaged in the learning.

As stated in earlier newsletters, being late for school hurts a child’s learning.  Children can copy notes or make up assignments but they can never get back what’s most important:  the discussions, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive.  Thanks for your hard work in helping students be in class by 8:30 a.m. each day.

One of the things I notice about the learning that is happening in the classroom each day is the rich vocabulary development and discussion taking place.  In Ms. Hunt’s room for instance, students needed to know words like equvalent and fraction.  In Mrs. Hiatt’s class I noticed that kids knew words like trapezoid and equilateral triangle and were able to describe each and give examples. All fifth graders were using terms to compare algebraic relationships. 

Teachers are teaching and students are learning here at Sexton Mountain.  Thank you for sharing your children with us!


Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
A.k.a.  Mrs. C.-B.

Silent Auction
Between now and April 20, we will have a silent auction to raise money for next year’s 5th Grade Biztown trip.  We have two beautiful adirondack chairs made at Biztown by our students that will go to the highest bidder on April 20.   The bidding sheet is in the office above the lunch moneybox.

Wish List--These are little things or jobs that will make a difference to our kids. Feel free to send them in.
·       Volunteers to review our Student Handbook and offer suggestions for improvement for next year

Classroom Placement Info
As we plan for the 2012-2013 school year, we are asking for parent input regarding the learning environment that fits your child.  If you desire, please write a letter commenting on the following points:
*Your child's learning style. 
*The type of teaching which best suits you child. Please do not list specific teacher names as teaching assignments have not been determined. 
*The type of classroom situation/environment you prefer. 
*Any special concerns that need to be considered.
Please drop letters by the office or send letter to by April 28.  No letters will be accepted after April 28. 

Upcoming Workshops for Families
·       Positive Behavior Support-Teach, Reinforce, Reteach-April 12 at 8:45am
·       Make and Take Math Games-Strategies for Keeping Skills Strong During the Summer -April 12 at 6:30pm
·       Reading Assessments Revealed-April 19 at 9:30am
·       GoogleDocs for Families Presented by Pam LeLand-May 22 at 8:45am

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