May 1-5, 2023

Dear Families,
Happy May Day! This will be a chilly week so please be sure that your student is dressed for cooler temps during morning drop-off and in the classroom. I recommend the students wear the navy blue STM long-sleeve V-neck sweater during the school day - uniform policy is that the students don't wear hoodies and sweatshirts unless they're outside. Also, on the topic of uniform policy, the fresh haircuts look neat and clean!
MAPS Growth testing week: today in Rm. 9 we had some issues with signing in to our first test, quickly remedied by Mrs. Stocker, but we have a three week testing window, so no one needs to overly fret. Today was the Reading test, which, if unfinished, can be completed anytime this week or next, and Tuesday is Math followed by Language on Wednesday. All anyone needs is a good breakfast and a snack for after testing. 
Snacks: So far, so good, on snacks. I appreciate that the students aren't aiming for Doritos at 10am, and everyone is keeping the room clear of food drops and bag litter, which is helpful!
Schedule this week: If your student has a May birthday, the dress down for May birthdays is Wednesday. Friday is the STM Band field trip and an 11:30am Dismissal.
Interims: Please sign and return the light blue interim that was sent home stapled to green sheet last week. Thank you!
Academic Updates:
7th Grade is reading Part Three of Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus. There are vocabulary words for each part and reading questions to complete as we read in class and/or read independently The part three questions are due on Thursday. 
6th Grade is working this week on their choice reading for Greek and Roman myths, solidifying their knowledge of the 12 Labors of Hercules, and will do a quick overview of the Trojan War. There are SO many great books on these myths and I hope that studying the myths has been interesting! There will be a few Google Classroom quizzes on the myth worksheets on Thursday. 
6th Grade wrote great creative writing "Trickster Tales" which we read to our Prayer Partners on Friday, much to everyone's excitement. We are now on a Sentences unit, Chapter 6, in Voyages, which will be challenging so we'll take our time, using miniquizzes from checked homework as formative assessments. We're also working hard to incorporate Word Study on Wednesdays and Fridays. 
In Religion, the Unit 4 open book test was due today in class; however, I had to leave early and did not collect it, so I will collect it on Tuesday. Our Christ Our Life chapter this week will be  Elijah and Amos Speak for the Lord.
Have a great week!  
Mrs. Jodie Morgan