Week 25 (February 25-March 1, 2013)

So much for my plans on this lovely snow day (c. 2013)

So much for my plans on this lovely snow day (c. 2013)

For your calendar:

  • Tuesday. Colorado State Capital field trip, 8:30-2:30. Still missing a few field trip permission slips and money. There’s more information about the trip field here.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • March 4-20. TCAP (testing) for 4th grade.
  • March 20 (regular school day for students) and 21 (no school for students). Parent/teacher conferences.
  • April (TBD). Sheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (last year, my band, Martyrs, played. I’m hoping for a repeat performance).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

iPads.  While not the only culprits, our fourth graders are contributing to the high incident of broken iPads at Legacy Academy. From our IT Director, Collin O’Malley:

The most common damage is to the glass of the iPad–replacing shattered glass…is roughly $200–something that can be prevented simply with awareness:

  • Please ensure that students are snapping or closing their cases whenever they are not using the iPads.
  • At no time should students be walking around with iPads open and glass exposed,
  • …there should also never be iPads left unattended.

Please take the time to talk to your students on how to properly care for their iPads. This is expensive and very advanced technology and it needs to be treated as such.

  • Also, please remind your students to charge their iPads every school night and bring them to school.
  • Classroom assignments can be found on your student’s iPad in iTunes U on your student’s iPad. Check their email account and blog often.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Reading. Some students are working outside the classroom one-on-one with an instructor, in small reading groups, and/or using a computerized reading program.  Other students are reading selections at home and commenting on what they’ve read. Most students do these tasks in addition to their weekly Open Court reading.
    • Testing.  Students take weekly quizzes on spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and daily language. Immediately after testing, daily language and spelling results can be emailed to you by your student. Reading comprehension and vocabulary test results can be found by Monday on Infinite Campus.
  • Vocabulary. The class will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words.
  • Daily Language Review (DLR).  Students use an annotation app to make editing marks on their daily practice sheets (ask them about the DocAs app). Students discuss and make corrections, save them in a “DLR” folder, and can email their completed sheets to you.
  • Math.  The routine is to pretest to see if what is being covered in the lesson has already been mastered by the student.  Next, unmastered or new concepts are (re)taught.  Finally, they test to determine if they have indeed mastered the concepts.  Testing informs me where learning gaps exist, e.g., lack of mastery with multiplication facts and how to divide. There is daily introduction and review of math concepts.  We use the iPad for quizzes and reinforcement, i.e., Moby Math. CSAP tests released from prior years will be used in class to familiarize your student with the type of questions they can anticipate on this year’s TCAP test.
  • Science.  With the exception of a science biography they will write in March, and occasional reading and video viewing on a science topic, all work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.

Its called reading

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