Mark your calendars:
Monday, February 4 - Mid-term 3rd Quarter Progress Reports sent home
Wednesday, February 13 - Student-led conferences 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 - Student-led conferences 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 15 - NO SCHOOL
Monday, February 18 - Presidents Day, NO SCHOOL
Friday, February 22 - Multi-cultural day
Friday, March 1 - 2018/2019 Yearbook money due!
Thursday, March 7 - End of 3rd Quarter, Report Cards sent home
Friday, March 8 - Start of 4th Quarter, 11:30 dismissal
Friday, March 22 - 11:30 dismissal
Wednesday, May 10 - Mid-term 4th Quarter Progress Reports sent home
Friday, May 12 - 11:30 dismissal
Monday, April 15 - Monday, April 22 - Spring Break, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, April 23 - School resumes
Monday, May 13 - 5th Grade field trip, Challenger Learning Center in Normal, IL
Tuesday, May 14 - 8th Grade Graduation
What's Happening in the Classroom during Quarter 3:
Students will multiply and problem solve with decimals.
Students will start with sharpening their skills in division and make the progression into dividing decimals.
Students will be able to use the order of operations to simplify expressions.
Students will continue with fractions in their morning math and begin finding greatest common factors to help perform all operations with both fractions and mixed numbers, as well as simplifying them.
Vocabulary and Spelling:
Students will do daily word work to help expand their vocabulary and spelling skills.
Students will be learning greek and latin roots to help them decode the meanings of new words.
Students will be given 3 lists over the course of this quarter and will be responsible for learning the meanings of the greek and latin root as well as identifying common vocabulary that contain these roots.
Students will also continue to receive 20 new spelling words each week.
Students will be responsible to complete word studies on these spelling lists on a weekly basis and will be tested at the end of the week.
Daily Language review:
Students will continue to work on daily written language exercises to help emphasize correct grammar, capitalization and punctuation.
This is part of the school's English and Language Arts Curriculum. Pleasant Hill has incorporated Daily 5 for the past several years. Students are given 5 choices to work throughout the day. These choices are: Word Work, Read to Someone, Read to Self, Listen to Reading, and Work on Writing.
Students will be making a shift from physical science to life science. They will be learning about the structure of living things.
Students will be able to identify and describe human body systems and the structure and functions of plants.
Students will create a 3-D cell model of either a plant or animal cell.
Students will also create a diorama of an ecosystem and be able to identify the biotic and abiotic relationships.
Students will continue learning about the development of our country. They are using Studies Weekly, which is a weekly publication that we will use to supplement our Social Studies Curriculum.
Students will explore the process of how our new nation began to govern itself and describe strategies for conflict resolution. They will also be able to identify the three branches of government.
Students will be able to identify and explain the three branches of government and how the system of checks and balances keeps any one branch from becoming too powerful.