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It’s Parent/Teacher Conference Time

We had a great turn out on Monday night for conferences.  It you were not able to make it, there is still time.  Conferences will also be held on Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30.  Conferences are not scheduled in middle school.  Teachers are lined up in their pod areas and parents wait in line to talk to their child’s teacher.  It is helpful for parents to come with a schedule, so they know which teachers they should talk to.

All students are reading the book, Freak the Mighty.  Students should either be on page 99 or  complete the book by this Thursday.  Students should also bring a Thinkmark to literature groups.

Last week we finished Unit 1 testing, so this Friday’s test will be over Unit 2, Week 1.

It looks like our warm summer temperatures are gone for the year.  Happy Fall everyone!

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Picture Day is August 31!

Smile!  It’s picture time!  Students will need to bring their packets with them to school on Thursday, August 31, if they plan to purchase pictures.  Parent can also fill out the information online if it is more convenient for them.

Students did a great job with their literature groups.  Literature groups will meet on Thursdays.  Students reading, Al Capone Does My Shirts, read to page 98.  Students reading, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, should stop at Part II.  All students should complete their Right/Wrong and bring it to literature group.

Testing on Friday, September 1, will be over Unit 1, Week 3.  Then, it’s Labor Day Weekend!  Enjoy having an extra day on your weekend!

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What a great first week!

The students did a great job adjusting to their first week of middle school!  Lockers were opened, they found their classes and the learning has begun!  This week we will start our regular schedule as we begin Unit 1, Week 2 in the reading curriculum.  Testing will be on Friday, unless noted otherwise.  Each week the students will tests in spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.  Students are encouraged to study for the spelling and vocabulary tests on either Wonders or my Quia website.  Both links are found on the right had side of this page.

Tomorrow is an exciting day.  Students will be able to view the Solar Eclipse.  We have talked a lot about the importance of safety as we view this amazing event.  Let’s hope for clear skies!

Students will be receive their literature books tomorrow.  Literature groups will meet each Thursday.  Please remind your child to read the assignment and come to literature group prepared.

Picture day will be August 31.  The students will be receiving their packets soon.

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

We had a great turn out for Open House!  If you weren’t able to make it, don’t worry.  You can pick up your schedule Monday morning before school in the gym. All sixth graders will get a new copy of their schedule at that time.

Sixth graders will gather in the gym before school each morning.  You should enter the gym on the west end of the building and go in through the north door.  There will be teachers there to answer questions and guide you if you need assistance.

Remember, school will be dismissed at 1:38 p.m. the first two days of school.  The regular schedule for school will begin on Wednesday.

I am looking forward to seeing you all on Monday morning!  I just know it will be great year!

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It’s Almost August!

August is right around the corner, and you all know what that means.  The 2017 – 2018 school year is almost here.  I hope your summer was filled with everything you love most!  If not, you still have a couple of weeks left to make some summer memories.  Go to the pool, ride your bike, read a great book, or just relax.  See you all at our open house, August 9, from 4 pm to 6pm!


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It’s Research Time!

Students are off to a great start with their research!  Our topic is Man-Made Wonders of the World.  Mrs. Westphalen and I are team teaching research.  We started on Oct. 19, the first day back after break.  This week we finished up with note taking.  On Monday students will learn how to make a cover page for their research project.  Tuesday the lesson will be on writing an introduction.  Wednesday we will practice turning questions into topic sentences and working on the body of the paper.  Thursday we will write our conclusions, and Friday students will finish up the typing of their research papers.

The following week, Nov.7 – 11 we will practice giving the oral presentations to the class.  Students will sign up for oral presentations and there will be 8 presentations a day for 4 days.  Students need to have a visual for their classmates to see as they give their presentation.  His could be a model, a poster, or a power point presentation.  If it is a power point, students should have between 3 and 6 slides.

Hopefully, this will be a great learning opportunity for students.  Maybe they will even get some ideas for their next travel destination.  I know every year I do!

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September News

It’s hard to believe, but we have already completed half of the first quarter.  Mid-quarter grades will be sent to parents through email this Thursday or Friday.  If the grades are not what you had hoped for, you still have time to turn things around and improve them before the end of the quarter.  The last day of the quarter will be October 14.

Hopefully, you are now aware of our testing schedule.  Students take their weekly tests on Friday.  These tests include spelling, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.  We also have a grammar quiz on Fridays. The only tests students are able to retake is the vocabulary test.  If students are not happy with their grade, they can write eight meaningful sentences to show me they understand the meaning of the words. This needs to be handed in on Friday.

We have a great group of readers in this class!  Students have been prepared and have seemed to enjoy our first couple of books!  Thursdays are the days the literature groups meet.  Students need to come to their literature group prepared.  This means they have read the required section of the book, they have their book with them, and they bring a prepared sheet to help them discuss the book with their peers.  If students are not prepared for literature groups, they can not get those points back.  They are allowed to turn in their sheet late to get points, but can not earn the discussion points.

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on September 20 and 22.  You do not need an appointment.  Teachers will be in the 6B pod area, so you can easily meet with all your child’s core teachers.  The academic connection teachers will be in the cafeteria in alphabetical order.  Hope to see you then!



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Welcome to Scott Middle School!

The 2016-2017 school year is about ready to begin!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer.  If you still have some things you want to accomplish, you still have a little time.  School starts August 18.  Open house for sixth graders will be Wednesday, August 10.  I look forward to meeting you all then!

Open house gives students a chance to get their schedules, meet their teachers, and start learning to find their way around the building.  Students also will get their locker numbers and locks. It’s an exciting night for all!

Enjoy your last few days of summer!  See you all soon!

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On to Second Quarter!

Can you believe first quarter of the 2015-16 school year is already gone? What a great quarter it was!  Students completed the quarter by raising money and then purchasing groceries for the Food Bank of Lincoln.  This is the thirteenth year for this community service project, and it was a huge success!  Students raised over $1,400 dollars.  One student even asked for money for her birthday party to give as a donation instead of receiving presents.  With this money, students were able to purchase 1,675 pounds of food!  Thank you to all who contributed!  You made life better for many people in the Lincoln community!

On October 26, we will start Unit 2, Week 5.  Testing day will be Friday, October 30.  That means the first week of November will be the Unit 2 test.  We will take our day 1 test on November 4 and the day 2 test on November 5.  Unit 3, Week 1 will begin on November 9.

Students were to hand in their rough drafts of their descriptive essay on October 19.  I have made comments and suggestions for improvements on each essay.  Students need to have the final copy done by November 2.

Literature groups continue to meet on Thursday.  I have been impressed with the students ability to be prepared and discuss their books.  I appreciate this remarkable group of students!

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Happy Fall!

Last week we finished Unit 1 in our reading series, so this week is a big testing week!  On Monday students will read a passage and write a constructed response.  The students have been working hard on this skill and know they need a topic sentence, at least four pieces of evidence from the text, and a concluding sentence.  Tuesday the students will have the unit 1 reading comprehension test.  Wednesday will be the second part of the unit 1 test.  It is made up of two parts, grammar and another constructed response.  Thursday we will complete the unit 1 testing by writing meaningful sentences with the unit vocabulary words.  Although they have had 40 words, the students will only be given 12 words.  From those 12 words, the students will need to choose 10 to write meaningful sentences.

Literature Groups will also meet on Thursday.  The AM group needs to complete Timothy of the Cay.  The PM students are either reading The Cay or Al Capone Does My ShirtsThe Cay needs to read pages 39 – 92 and Al Capone Does My Shirts needs to read from pages 43 – 108.  All students need to bring their completed Thinkmark to literature group.

We will begin unit 2 on Thursday, so the unit 2, week 1 test will be Wednesday, September 30.  Weekly testing will continue o Wednesday until Fall Break.  After Fall Break, testing will go back to Friday.

Students are collecting money in their second period class to buy groceries for the Food Bank.  If you want more details on this community service project, you can read last weeks note.  Our class has collected $47 so far.  Thank you for your generous donations!  You have until October 2 to contribute to this worthwhile cause!

I now have daily assignments listed on my Quia calendar page.  If you are interested to know what is coming up, be sure to check out this page.  Just click on the left side of this page on Mrs. Wittstruck’s Quia Website and then click on the calendar.  Hopefully, you will find this information helpful!

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