After crunching some data from 1st semester, we found that the Platinum Team hit a speed bump during 2nd quarter. As a team, our averages and letter grades experienced a drop off. For example, if you averaged every students' percentage grade from the four core classes, we went from 85% to 79% as a team. Missing assignments and poor test grades were the main culprits for that dip.
We have proposed to our students a 3rd quarter goal. If our team average can rebound to 86% (one percent better than 1st quarter), we will arrange a team bowling field trip before Spring Break. We believe this is an attainable and realistic goal. Our favorite part is that no student is singled out. We succeed or fail AS A TEAM.
As always, we appreciate all of your support at home. Feel free to contact Mrs. Rathjen or Mr. Ratliff with any concerns or questions.
Mrs. Rathjen and Mr. Ratiff have set a 2nd semester goal to eat lunch with all of our students before the end of the year. Our aim is to get to know our students on a more personal level. They all have unique interests and activities outside of school. We want to know all about it! Once again, being the "half team" affords us the opportunity to accomplish our goal of building a better community.
The Plan: We will invite TWO students to lunch each Thursday for the next several weeks. Those two students will be asked to invite two friends each from the team to also join us.
Lunch: Students have the option of ordering sandwiches from Jimmy John's. We will provide them with menus to order from and the money will be due the day before our lunch. They are also welcome to just bring their usual school lunch.
Thank you all for your support this year. We are looking forward to having a strong second semester!
If the kids had never liked a book in their life, The Outsiders might have finally been the first book they loved. To celebrate that, we will be having our annual "Soc vs. greaser Day" on Tuesday, December 20th. We encourage the students to dress up as their favorite character (I'll add some guidelines below). We also offer extra credit for participation.
Team 7 Platinum Parents and Students,
We are getting down to the last big push of 1st semester. We will be taking unit tests in both ELA (The Outsiders) and Social Studies (World War I). There is an Outsiders project upcoming in ELA as well. I will post some important links and attachments below that will be helpful study tools.
As we get near the end of the semester, grades become a hot topic around here. Just a reminder for ELA and Social Studies: There are NO extra credit opportunities with the exception of a question or two on the tests. I will accept late work for half credit as long as we are still working on the unit. Stay updated on grades! They're available on SIS.
Also, Science AND Math will be taking quizzes at the end of this week. Check in with Mrs. Rathjen's Weebly sites on the sidebar. BE PREPARED!
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
quizlet.com/173075490/world-war-one-flash-cards/ - WWI Quizlet
Conferences for 6th, 7th & 8th grades will be held on the evenings of Tuesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 3, 2016.
One 30 minute conference has been allowed for each student. Emails were sent to parents of 6th-8th grade students inviting you to sign up using the website SignUpGenius.com. If you did not receive an email just follow the steps below to sign up.
1) Go to www.signupgenius.com
2) In the top right corner click on “Find A Sign Up”
3) In the Search by Email box type email@example.com, fill in the
random text box, then click search
4) The seven team schedules will show up
5) Select the correct team and sign up
Students spent the half day participating in a series of activities and games geared towards building our community. It was chaotic. It was loud. It was fun.
This week, our students researched the changes in society and the law during the Progressive Era. Instead of learning from me, they learned from each other by creating presentations. They used a gallery walk format to present the information to their peers. Awesome Job!
ATTENTION TEAM 7 PLATINUM STUDENTS AND PARENTS:
On Friday, October 14th, our team will be hosting a variety of activities geared towards problem-solving and working together. The goal of this day is to make our small team feel more like a tight-knit learning community. This is a day that is difficult to conduct for a "regular" team, but perfect for our half team.
With that being said, dress appropriately! As long as it does not rain, we plan on being outside for much of the day. That message will be communicated in the classroom as well. Grab a jacket just to be on the safe side!