Week 22

This week in ELA!

  • Mrs. Ray will be gone Monday.
  • This week, we will be working on identifying topics and theme from an adaptation of The Book Thief, by Markus  Zusak . The activities will culminate with creating theme posters.
  • Friday is a library visit. Students can renew or check out books.
  • IR TEST IS DUE NEXT THURSDAY. Please click over to the IR tab for details. I’m encouraging students to complete it online this time, but that is not a requirement.

Week 21

Thank you for your kindness!I’m glad to be back after missing most of last week due to unexpected health issues with my husband. I’m happy to say he is doing well. Thanks to all those who caught wind of what was happening and prayed or sent well wishes. We deeply appreciate it!


This week we begin preparing for several things:

  1. A Common Formative Assessment (given to all sixth graders) on fiction will be this Friday.
  2. We will study plot (briefly), topic, theme, and text evidence this week.
  3. We will learn background information about WWII to prepare for this quarter’s extended text, called “The War That Saved My Live,” which is set in England during that time.  To do this, we will perform a reader’s theater on an adapted version of “The Book Thief” by Scholastic. We will also briefly learn about Anne Frank and Irena Sendler.
    1.  Click here to see our resources for Anne Frank.
    2. Click here to see our resource video for Irena Sendler (2nd video on page).
  4. Students will work on lessons in CANVAS and follow along Wednesday on Nearpod.

How is your child’s fiction IR book coming along? It will be due before you know it. See the IR page on this website for details.

Week 20

This Week
  • We will review Checkpoint Tests on Monday.
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday (substitute teacher both days), students will practice nonfiction standards while reading and responding (on Canvas) to two nonfiction articles about life in outer space.
  • Report cards go home in Wednesday Folders. Please sign and return by Friday. (Students who have missing library books will not get their report card until books have been turned in. School policy.)
  • On Thursday and Friday, students will write an imagined narrative about life in space using facts learned from the two nonfiction articles.
  • By Friday, students should be 1/3 through their fiction books (for their IR Test that is due Feb. 1st.) See more info here.

Full Steam Ahead!

Students will be using Canvas for lessons this week. This is part of their laptop training and is preparing them for our move to station rotations beginning next week. During station rotations, students will be engaged in hands-on activities, reading, Canvas activities, teacher-guided lessons, and more. They will use a checklist to keep track of weekly station activities and have the freedom to choose and work at their own pace.

IR Tests – Fiction Books Should be Started

To keep pace with the suggested timeline for completing this quarter’s first IR Test, students should be 1/3 through their chosen fiction book by Friday. Please encourage your child to read every evening.

We visited the library Friday to check out books. Some students did not check out books. They will need to visit the library between 7:30 – and 7:45 a.m. to select their book. If they have overdue or missing books, or library fines, they will not be able to check out a book. If this is the case, please take your child to the public library or make other arrangements for him or her to obtain a fiction book.

More About the Online IR Test

For the remainder of the year, students will be encouraged to complete their IR Tests on Canvas. They have been given many options, including turning in portions (or all) of it by paper, inputting directly into Canvas, or uploading files if they know how (or wish to learn how).

Why is this important? Student testing is almost exclusively online nowadays–including Checkpoints and state-mandated TCAPS. Students need to be comfortable and familiar with working in an online environment.



Happy New Year!

Happy 2018 to all our students and families. Welcome back to school! This week, we begin Semester 2 (Quarter 3). Here is what you can expect:

Two IR Tests will be due this quarter, beginning with fiction and followed by nonfiction. See the IR tab on this website for due dates and other useful info.

IR Tests will be online on CANVAS, and we encourage all students to complete their tests there if possible. Log-in information for students will be provided in class. Paper tests may be turned in if using the Internet at home is not possible. Parents can log in to Canvas as well: Click Here For an Account

This week, we will have training in Digital Citizenship across all three blocks. This is a requirement for students to use the computers.

Students will also have a CANVAS training in class since it will be used daily in our learning. Assignments and quizzes will be in this online platform, and grades will be published from CANVAS to PowerSchool.

Next week, we will be carefully reviewing the 2nd quarter checkpoint assessment results question by question to help students gain a better understanding of what is expected.

Happy Holidays!

This week on Coyote 2, it’s a 1.5 school days of fun and celebration!

Monday – We will watch a special movie, then spend the afternoon in the gym playing fun games!

Tuesday – Thank you to all the parents who signed up to bring food and/or serve breakfast for our celebration meal in the morning! We appreciate you! We will follow the ITIS Early Dismissal Policy for 1/2 days of school.

Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Busy Week

We will be working hard this week, anticipating a fun Monday and half-day Tuesday next week! Here’s what it looks like:

  • Monday:  Writing Assignment, student checkpoint conferencing
  • Tuesday – Friday: Reading JFK, working on comprehension worksheets and projects with partners, and checkpoint conferencing
  • Next Monday: Celebration! School games and fun!
  • Next Tuesday (half day): Coyote Hallway Breakfast – have you signed up to bring something yet? Read below or click here for more info.

It takes the whole village to make a fun breakfast party for our 80 students, so we’re using SignUp.com (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Winter Breakfast event.

If each family could please sign up to either volunteer or bring food for our Winter Breakfast for Students on Coyote 2, then we’ll be sure to end our semester with a memorable event!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/login/entry/6069913734138640106
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Week of Dec. 4th

News You Can Use

  • Band concert, Tuesday at 6:30
  • Checkpoint testing is Tuesday for ELA
  • Vocabulary Test is Wednesday (3 words to spell too)
  • Friday is the deadline for IR Tests (nonfiction)

This Week in ELA

  • We are continuing our study of “The President Has Been Shot!”  Even though we do discuss the history in the book quite a bit, our approach is always from an ELA perspective.
  • We ask questions such as these: “Why did the author put this information in this location in the book?” and “Is this statement more of an opinion of the author or is it supported by reason and/or facts?”
  • Students should be thinking of useful posters they could create relevant to the topics in the book for a culminating activity. The audience is the public. We have discussed social justice and respect for the President as two possible themes.
  • Just a reminder that we visit the library every Friday (unless an event is planned in there that conflicts with our schedule).