This coming week is an exciting one! We will preparing work at the beginning of this week so that students are prepared to show you everything they have been working on since the school year began. You can expect to see something for each subject: expedition, math, science, and reading! Students and parents who are new to Promontory may have never experienced conferences that are led by the student (not me!). This really helps them take ownership of their learning, the skills they have learned to help them succeed, and areas in which they are still working. And for those of you who hear "nothing" when you ask what your student did all day at school-finally, your questions will be answered!
Our winter break is quickly approaching, which also means that intensives are as well! When you come for conferences, you and your student will receive a paper for them to list their top three choices. We've discussed this in our classroom this week, but students MUST talk about their choices with you as some of our intensives do cost money. These papers must be returned to me by the Monday after conferences, the 20th, as this is when us teachers will be sorting them into their intensives.
Another conversation we have had this week, but that I also want to fill you in on, is that students who have late work will be saved for last when we draw names for intensives. Students who have shown responsibility by staying on top of their assignments and homework will be rewarded by getting sorted first, thus having a better chance of getting into their first choice. When intensives roll around in December, students who have any missing work will have to go to study hall instead of intensives to work on those assignments. Intensives are so much fun, so please help me encourage our students to get caught up and stay on top of their work for the next month!
This week we will continue to work on our two larger projects for our expedition. Students have been working in pairs on earthquake preparedness guides. Mrs. Hilton spoke to the city of Perry to see if it would be possible to send these out in their newsletter and this week, the mayor approved it! We are still in the editing and fixing stages, but I let you all know ahead of time when these will be sent out. Students have also been working on essays over their choice of earthquake topic. We are still in the early stages of these, but students will be sharing what they've completed so far at conferences!
Important November/December Upcoming Dates:
November 15th (Wed.): SLC's 2-7pm
November 16th (Th.): EARLY OUT- SLC's 2-7pm
November 17th (Fri.): NO SCHOOL- SLC's 7:30am-12pm
November 20th (Mon.): Student intensive choice sheet due
November 22nd-24th: NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving break
December 18th-20th: Intensives
December 21st (Th.): NO SCHOOL- Winter break begins!
I cannot believe how quickly winter is approaching! We've had such a great few months of school! I remind the students often, but I want parents to know as well that I feel so lucky to work in such a great school with a great community! All of the students in our crew are so special to me and I love getting to come to school everyday to teach them! I appreciate them and you for all that you do for our school and crew!
Enjoy your Sunday and I will see you all this week at conferences! Please email me if you have any questions!