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Online Resources

Math Buddy Problem of the Day – Click on the red G6 for sixth grade, blue G7 for seventh grade, or crimson G8 for 8th grade to access your grade level’s problem for each day.

Daily Dose of Brain Teasers – On this site you can get your daily dose of challenge!  Visit here for multiple links to brain teasers.

Toothpick Squares

How Many Triangles?

Cool Math4Kids

Khan Academy – You can get extra practice with what you are learning in class on this site.  Get help from an adult if you need assistance with setting up your student account.

 

Important Dates & Announcements

Red Ribbon Week October 23rd – October 27th

Your FUTURE is Key, So Stay DRUG FREE

Tuesday – “Are you REaDy?” - Wear as much RED as you can!

Wednesday – “From Head to Toe, I’m Drug Free” – Wear your most unusual hat and colorful socks.

Thursday – “Drugs and I Don’t Mix” - Wear mixed match colors/designs (plaids, polka dots, stripes, etc.).

Friday – “Team Up Against Drugs” – Come dressed in your favorite sport team jersey or dressed as your favorite Super Hero!

Trimester Exams – October 26th & October 27th

Flight 5K and Fall Festival – October 28th - Click here for more information!

Community Gatherings- October 30th at 9:50am for Middle School

Parent Conference Night- November 6th @ 4:30 pm

 
 
 

Testing Tips

Follow the following test taking tips from Teacher Vision (www.teachervision.com) to help in relieving anxiety before assessments.  Here are their top ten tips to success!

1. Have a Positive Attitude

Approach the big test as you'd approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough, but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success.

 

2. Make a Plan

The week before the test, ask your teacher what the test is going to cover. Is it from the textbook only? Class notes? Can you use your calculator? If you've been absent, talk to friends about material you may have missed. Make a list of the most important topics to be covered and use that as a guide when you study. Circle items that you know will require extra time. Be sure to plan extra time to study the most challenging topics.

3. The Night Before

Cramming doesn't work. If you've followed a study plan, the night before the test you should do a quick review and get to bed early. Remember, your brain and body need sleep to function well, so don't stay up late!

4. The Morning of the Test

Did you know that you think better when you have a full stomach? So don't skip breakfast the morning of the test. Get to school early and do a ten-minute power study right before the test, so your brain is turned on and tuned up.

5. Test Time

Before the test begins, make sure you have everything you'll need - scratch paper, extra pencils, your calculator (if you're allowed to use it). Understand how the test is scored: Do you lose points for incorrect answers? Or is it better to make guesses when you're not sure of the answer? Read the instructions! You want to make sure you are marking answers correctly.

6. Manage Your Time

Scan through the test quickly before starting. Answering the easy questions first can be a time saver and a confidence builder. Plus, it saves more time in the end for you to focus on the hard stuff.

7. I'm Stuck!

Those tricky problems can knock you off balance. Don't get worried or frustrated. Reread the question to make sure you understand it, and then try to solve it the best way you know how. If you're still stuck, circle it and move on. You can come back to it later. What if you have no idea about the answer? Review your options and make the best guess you can, but only if you don't lose points for wrong answers.

 8. Multiple-Choice Questions

The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn't be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.

9. Neatness Counts

If your 4s look like 9s, it could be a problem. Be sure that your writing is legible and that you erase your mistakes. For machine-scored tests, fill in the spaces carefully.

10. I'm Done!

Not so fast - when you complete the last item on the test, remember that you're not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure that you didn't make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place or skipping a question). Spend the last remaining minutes going over the hardest problems before you turn in your test.

Articles

After reading the articles, answer the questions that follow to practice answering text dependent questions, respondingin writing, and making inferences. 

Titanic Survivor’s Lockett Found on Ocean Floor (1520L)

Meet the Teenage Girl Who Wants to be a Boy Scout (1180L)

Women of NASA to be Immortalized – in Lego Form ( 1070L)

 

 

Teaching & Learning in Action

 

Did You Know?

It takes a photon around 40,000 years to cover the distance from the core of the sun to its surface; but it takes only 8 minutes to make its way from there to Earth.

Photons travel a distance before being absorbed for a short while and then are released by an atom. The atom scatters it in a new random path or direction. From the core to the sun’s surface (696,000 kilometers) where it escapes into space, a photon will require to make a huge number of jumps. The calculation is not easy but the approximation is that a photon takes between many thousands and many millions of years to drunkenly stray to the surface of the Sun. It is amazing when we realize that the light that reaches us today is energy produced maybe millions of years ago!