Week of May 6 – 10

Well, this is my last newsletter for the year. If I haven’t told you yet, I apologize. I will be leaving to go to the USA for the birth of my first child on May 17th. We will then return back to Manila near the end of July to get ready for next school year. The substitute taking my place will continue to update the homework calendar, but not the blog newsletter or materials (due to password protections).  It has been a pleasure to work with your son or daughter this year. Time seemed to just fly by this year! Have a great break!

English / Social Studies

These two classes will continue to be essentially the same class until the end of the year. This week the Choiceboard projects were due on May 9th. This marks the end of part 1 of 3 in the AFC unit. Next is the persuasive essay which will be a five paragraph essay based on a proposed solution from the students for their issues. This essay writing will be supported in both English and Social Studies classes next week, with the final draft being due on May 20/21 (depending on block). The final part of the unit will be a speech that will be written to encourage others to make a change in their world to support the issue that was researched. This speech will be due May 23/24 (depending on block). The speech will then be given to the class by your child on May 28/29 (depending on block). The next day will be the overall AFC unit conference on May 30th. All of the dates can be found on the homework calendar for future reference. Posted below is the graphic organizer for the persuasive essay.



We are learning all about probability for the next couple weeks of school. The math calculations are fairly straight forward and mainly involves multiplication. The harder parts are the concepts and reasoning on how to get the numbers to multiply. This is a more abstract skill and students will need a lot of practice to do well on the unit. Below are the full set of class notes to help students review and so that you might learn how to help them too! There will be a final basic skills test for the semester May 22-24 (depending on block). The final probability assessment will be May 28-30 (depending on block).



This week ended the observations of the Eco-columns. They will now take their data and analyze it for the performance task. The students will also make a video as part of the task. The video will catalog the different changes they observed over time. They will be making these video journals all of next week in science class. The final video will be due the beginning of that following week. Not only will they have the video journals, but they will have a science quiz on the concepts they learned while studying the Eco-columns. The quiz will be May 15-17 (depending on block). Please see the homework calendar for exact dates for your child.


Week of April 29 – May 3


This week began with a test on Pythagoras Theorem. The test was very hard for many students and teachers may give an opportunity to make corrections for half credit. Encourage your child to take them up on that offer if presented. We have now began with probability and will work on probability and statistics to end the year. After the test students were given the Problem Solving #7 to work on. This will be due next week on Wednesday or Thursday depending on teacher and block. Check the homework calendar for details. These last five weeks of school will go very quickly and keeping track of due dates is very important.

Social Studies / English

These two classes are essentially the same this week and next. Students will be given both classes to work on their research projects until May 9th. Even though both periods will be given to helping support completion of the project, it will be important that students continue to work on the projects at home. These projects can be very time consuming and I am tell students that they will still need to dedicate at least one hour to the project each evening until the due date of May 9th. After the project is due, they move into writing a five paragraph persuasive essay. This again will be time consuming and they will be given class time in both Social Studies and English to complete. I have posted the graphic organizer for the essay below for reference. They will not begin this essay until the end of next week.



In Science class, students spend the first 20 minutes recording observations about their Eco-column into a data table and then writing a journal about what they are seeing and why they think it is happening.  They will then later take this data and analyze it to draw conclusions about what they observed. Furthermore, they have been taking a photo each day, which will be put into a video presentation. This will be the final performance task in Science for the year. In two weeks they will have a quiz on the information that they are learning during class on ecology. Students should review the PowerPoints and videos here to help study for the quiz.