• ~MRS. MILLER'S SCRATCHING POST~

    Panther Pride Trait of the Month for September:  Trustworthiness

    -Deserving of trust or confidence; dependable. Be honest. Don’t lie, cheat, or steal. Be reliable. Keep your promises and follow through on your commitments. Have the courage to do what is right, even when it seems difficult. Be a good friend and don’t betray a trust. Don’t give in to temptation. Be loyal when loyalty is appropriate.

    -from GoodCharacter.com

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    ixl: I carefully select these skills based on what we are studying in class.  Students should work on these skills as they are assigned each week. They are meant as extra practice to help achieve mastery BEFORE taking the weekly grammar test and the math chapter tests and Learning Checks.  Students need to achieve 80% or higher on each assigned skill to receive full credit (100%). Students achieving 100% on every skill will earn extra credit (105%). I will take an ixl participation grade for both language arts and math right before interims and again right before report cards.

     

    I post the upcoming skills each Friday which means we have not yet covered those skills in class.  Those interested can get an idea of what will be covered in class the next week.  The students will be given time in class to complete them, but I understand that students work at different speeds and may want to work on them at home as well.  Many skills are quickly learned with the ixl tutorial, but if your child is frustrated, please hold off on that skill until we have covered it in class. I do not want the students practicing skills incorrectly, and I need to assist the students as needed.  Thank you for your help.  :)

      

    **ixl is up and running.  I set up our class roster, and you can see which skills should be completed up to 80% because they are starred and highlighted.

    **ixl Participation Sheet is due Monday, September 17th. 

    This Week's Language Arts Skills:  D.1, D.2, M.2, M.3  (last week's: C.3, CC.8, CC.9)  (Quarter 1 Language Arts Skills due Monday, 9/17: F.1, F.2, F.3, CC.1, CC.2, CC.3, CC.4, CC.5, CC.10)

    This Week's Math Skills:  A.3, D.1, D.6, D.7  (last week's: D.11, D.12, D.16)  (Quarter 1 Math Skills due Monday, 9/17: A.1, A.2, A.8, A.12, B.1, B.2, C.1, C.2, D.3, D.9, D.13)

     

    This week in KidBiz:

     

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    AR GOAL: Read 20 minutes each night (or more!) to meet this quarter’s goal of 100,000 words with an average of 85% or higher.  Goal is due by 3:00 on Thursday, October 11th.  I can break down your child's AR books into smaller pieces to help reach the 100,000 word goal. A good rule of thumb for fourth grade is about a point a day. So, if the book is worth 3 points, your child should be able to read it in about three to four days, if reading on his/her recreational reading level.

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    DATES TO REMEMBER:   

    Monday, 9/17: ixl Participation Sheet is due completed; study Science "Properties of Matter" Vocab. Study Guide (practice is on Quizlet.com--Millerdebra); work on "Where do I live?" SS project (due Tuesday, 9/18; see "This Week in Class" for more info.); Recorder Boot Camp (2-3 p.m. in Music Room); Good News Club begins (2:05-3:40 in Media Center & Science Lab)--pick up in front car line at 3:40

    Tuesday, 9/18: "Where do I live?" SS project due completed; study Science "Properties of Matter" Vocab. Study Guide & have signed (practice is on Quizlet.com--Millerdebra); Panther Sound Audition (2-3 p.m. in Music Room); SAC Meeting (5:30 in Media Center); PO General Meeting (6:30 in Cafeteria)

    Wednesday, 9/19: Science "Properties of Matter" Vocab. Test; School Pictures (IN UNIFORM); Recorder Club (Panther Pipes) Audition (2-3 p.m. in Music Room)

    Thursday, 9/20: 

    Friday, 9/21: Grammar Test (complex sentences); 3's multiplication test; Daily Mental Math Test (practice problems taken from classwork); students should have read at least 50,000 AR words to be on pace to meet AR goal

    Book Fair is coming up next Monday Sept. 24 through Friday Sept 28th. There is a new payment option this year that allows students to go cash free! Parents can pay online using eWallet, which preauthorizes a certain amount to be spent at the book fair. Your credit card is only charged for what is actually purchased at the Book Fair. You can sign up online at our Book Fair site:  http://www.scholastic.com/bf/nhj

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    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    Monday, 9/24: Book Fair Opens

    Tuesday, 9/25: Miller's Class to Book Fair (9:10-9:40) 

    Wednessday, 9/26: Early Dismissal (12:05)

    Thursday, 9/27: Open House at 5:30 (Grades 1-5)

    Thursday, 10/25: Superintendent's Safe Halloween Event (Disrict East Office, 1614 E. Ft. King Street, Ocala from 5-7 p.m.)

     

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    BREAKING NEWS

    SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB INFORMATION

    Despite the fact that there is no district-wide Book Bowl competition, we will continue to have Sunshine Book Club meetings. The Sunshine Book Club is open to all interested students in grades 3-5 who have read the SSYRA book we will be discussing on the specified date. We will do an activity based on a different Sunshine State Book each week and answer trivia questions about the books. There will likely be spoilers for the books at our meetings!

    We meet selected Wednesdays from 2-3 pm. Pick up is at the front car line at 3:05. Below is the current schedule of Book Bowl meetings.

    Schedule of Meetings

    1. Sept 19- The Ark Plan
    2. Oct 3- The Doublecross: (and Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy)
    3. Oct 10-Spirit Week Showdown
    4. Oct 17- Lemons
    5. Nov 7- Ugly Cat and Pablo
    6. Nov 14- Dragons and Marshmallows
    7. Nov 28- I Love You, Michael Collins
    8. Dec 12- Lights, Camera, Cook!
    9. Jan 9- Podkin One-Ear
    10. Jan 16- Overboard!
    11. Jan 30- Wish
    12. Feb 6- The Great Treehouse War
    13. Feb 13- Home Sweet Motel
    14. Feb 20- A True Home
    15. March 6- The Sweetest Sound

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    Accelerated Reader:

    If your child read a book over the summer and did not do well, please have him/her review the book and I will allow retakes. However, I have cautioned the students that the second score will stand, and this is only for books read over the summer.  Thank you for your help with this.  :)

     

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    Wish List Items:

    For those of you who just HAVE to go that extra mile...  :)

    - individually wrapped hard candy for class incentives

    - small trinkets (non-food items) to be used for class incentives (ex.: shells, crafty things, bookmarks, etc.)

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    NEWS

    EXTENDED DAY HOMEWORK POLICIES:

    • Monday-Thursday 45 minutes
    • If they need to stay inside to continue working/studying, they may
    • They may go to the Media Center Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:00-3:00
    • They may go to the Computer Lab Monday-Thursday from 2:00-4:30

     

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    MEDIA CENTER

    • Open every Tuesday & Thursday from 2:15-3:00 for AR tests.  If you would like to bring your child into the media center, you must pick up your child in car line and then come to the front office to sign in.  
    • Sunshine State Book Bowl Club began September 19th; however, no district-wide Book Bowl this year
    • Volunteers are needed!! Please contact Natalia Jimenez if you are able to volunteer regularly in the library, OR if you have a spare moment on campus. Any and all help will be appreciated.

     

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    PANTHER PATCHES

    The uniform store is open Friday mornings at 7:15

     

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