IThe Holiday Season is in the air. The Kindergarten Classes are working hard to make sure that each student has the fundamentals down before going into the second semester. We have planned many activities for this month to celebrate the season and to provide opportunities for the boys and girls to let their empathy for others blossom. May the season bring joy to each of you during the Winter Break with your children.
Here we are in December! First Grade has been working on adding and subtracting double-digit numbers, and learning how to talk about our math thinking. The kids are learning how to share with each other how they solved any particular problem. We are also learning a great deal about other students in many parts of the world! Our scholars are excited and ready for the break! We hope you have a very “Happy Holidays and a bright New Year!”
After learning about changes in the environment, it’s time for the scholars to learn about their roles in our community. From learning about important jobs and community workers, scholars will realize that all people have vital contributions to making our environment a better place to live in. Also, our scholars will be learning useful strategies to enhance their subtraction and addition skills. This week is another learning adventure for our smart and amazing scholars! Way to go Lions!
In third grade ELA, we are starting our new reading unit on animals and their habitats. We are excited to learn more about different types of creatures in the coming quarter. We are also practicing our writing skills by learning how to write compare-and-contrast essays. For 3rd grade math, we are currently finishing up Module 10 where they are doing multi-digit subtraction and addition as well as continuing on mastering estimation.
Fourth Grade has been working hard to take on the challenge of Interim Benchmark #2! We did our very best! Now we are looking forward to a well-deserved Winter Break! Next year is full of fun and exciting learning, and we can't wait to get started fresh in the New Year! Happy Holidays!
We hope you enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving. We are grateful to have our scholars back and working to finish the second quarter with gusto!
Next week, we are asking students to complete the second Interim Benchmark assessments, so it will be a busy week for them. We ask that your child is well-rested, so he/she can demonstrate on these assessments all they have accomplished in their studies so far this year.
We hope you have a wonderful Winter Break and thank you so much for your support from home.
Your 5th Grade MASSA Team
6th-grade scientists should all have completed their Science Research Project experiment. They are now analyzing and preparing to communicate the data they have collected. We are nearing the end of our "Properties of Matter" unit and will be moving on to "Classifying Life"
Students in middle school math put out a strong effort on their recent interim assessments. We hope they have a safe, fun holiday season and a happy new year!
MS Social Studies
In Social Studies each grade is exploring the following:
6th: Ancient African Civilizations of Kush and Egypt
7th & 8th: Midterm Mock Election & Midterm Election Results
Students are always working hard to cite evidence, find themes, and defend their opinions through well-structured paragraphs. Keep up the good work kids! Remember to stay up-to-date on your assignments!
It is almost winter break, and as Interventionists, we have seen a lot of focus and growth of the scholars in their My Path and core classes using the strategies and skills practiced in intervention. As we come to the end of the 2nd quarter, we want to thank the teachers for supporting our scholars by keeping and maintaining high expectations. We are excited to see the growth of the students for the upcoming intervention plans. We wish you all a safe and Happy Holidays. 🎁
The students are making a lot of art related to the coming season
Students are learning how to send professional emails and send kind notes to classmates and teachers. They are also, creating holiday greeting cards with Python to create moving sprites and music
For the beginning of 2023, the Mandarin classes will focus on the Spring Festival. We will learn the stories behind the Zodiac animals.
Kinder to Second Grade:
From Kindergarten through the Second year they are finding new skills that test their prowess with Hula Hoops. As a result, they gain knowledge of range and motion.
Third to Fifth Grade:
Third to fifth grades are getting introduced to a set of new games that will develop skills in later years. These types of games are competitive and challenging that test your dexterity, strength, and skills. New games that were introduced are Hockey and Volleyball.
Sixth to Eight Grade:
Sixth to Eighth grade, they are getting to know a series of new games that drive them to work as a whole. These types of games are competitive where teamwork is essential.
"Our K-2 musicians are continuing to rehearse their repertoire of songs, such as "Los Pollitos" and "Herman the Worm", as well as improving their rhythm and dance skills. Students in Guitar/Piano are also getting ready to make recordings of the songs we've been rehearsing. Shout out to all our young scholars for their hard work and dedication in preparation for our performances."
English Language Development
ELD fall news. First and second graders have been writing, writing, writing! They learned about transition words to use in their writing. Working so hard, little lions! Fourth-Eighth grades have been using class novel studies to enhance learning, this is a great way to approach and understand story themes. All higher grades learned about metaphors and similes. Fourth and fifth graders are learning how to easily write a summary of a given text. Middle school has been identifying a variety of figurative language. I am amazed at the growth I am seeing in MASSA scholars!