Week of April 9th

Field Trips
  • Last Wednesday, we sent home the first of several field trip permission slips that will be coming your way. Please be sure to send them back in a timely fashion so that your child can participate.
  • Please check the calendar of events (to the right) for dates.
This Week in ELA
  • We will continue practicing standards in preparation for the TCAPs.
  • We will write an argumentative essay.
  • We will continue reading “I Beat the Odds,” by Michael Oher.
  • Centers (stations) will continue this week as well, allowing students to focus on vocabulary, grammar, book clubs (for their group IR), and more.


This Week in ELA

AprilWelcome to April!

Students will continue working as teams in centers (stations) this week. Here is a snippet of their checklist to give you a feel for what they do in centers:




  • 4th graders visit Indian Trail Tuesday and Wednesday (causing an altered schedule in class)
  • Next week is a full week, but the week after isn’t!
  • Writing TCAP is April 18th. Students should be well rested and ready to give their personal best.

Week of March 26th

News & Notes

For Quarter 4, only a fiction IR Test is required, and it will be done in Book Clubs with teammates during class time. In addition, weekly homework is a possibility. When homework is assigned, it is to keep everyone on the team accountable for a share of the work.

If you heard a rumor that we were going to take a field trip to see A Wrinkle in Time at the movie theater this week, it was true. Sadly, we were unable to get school busses to take us so we will not be going. If we can arrange another time to take the trip and manage to get busses, we will let you know.

If you need specific information about IR Tests or Quarter 4, tab over to those pages.

This Week in ELA

  • Monday:  Station Rotations begin
  • Tuesday: Spring CBM testing
  • Wednesday – Friday: Students will continue working in their stations, which include grammar study, writing, in-depth analysis and discussion of 6th grade ELA standards, vocabulary study, Canvas modules based on this quarter’s extended text (“I Beat The Odds,” by Michael Oher), and book club (IR Test group work).
  • Spring Pictures are Wednesday


Quarter 4 – Can You Believe It!

What to expect in the first few weeks of quarter 4:
  • TCap practice tests happen the first week back.
  • Easy CBMs will be given one more time this year to record your child’s reading progress.
  • Computer usage is being scaled back school wide per the administrators’ directive. In the classroom, this means we will begin a station rotation model of learning. CANVAS learning on the computer will happen at one of six stations. The other stations will focus on grammar, writing, in-depth analysis and discussion of 6th grade ELA standards, vocabulary study, and book club.
  • IR Tests will occur in a book-club format for the last quarter. More info to come!
  • We finish “The War That Saved My Life” and begin a new novel, “I Beat the Odds.”

Middle School is just around the bend! How can we best prepare your child? Here are some tips:


Week 29

Spring Break begins Friday after school! 

In the meantime, we’ve got a week full of work in ELA.

  • Monday we will review Checkpoint Tests. Students will do test corrections on paper while the teacher conferences individually with each child.
  • Students will complete Canvas modules Tuesday – Friday.
  • Early Finishers will use Stop Animation tools, a green screen, and cameras to create mini-projects about books they love.

What can we look forward to the first week after Spring Break?

  • The completion of “The War That Saved My Life”
  • TCAP practice tests (Tuesday & Wednesday)
  • Report cards for Quarter 3 (go home March 21st)

Week 28

Somehow my post for week 27 never got published.
So this week’s post will also recap last week.

Last week in ELA, students were to do the following:

  • Read through chapter 14 in TWTSML
  • Complete Canvas modules that are due (through WTSML CHPT 12)
  • SeeSaw writing responses due: “Weekends” and “Evacuees”
  • On Digital Learning Day (Feb. 22nd), an international day in celebration of learning through technology, students were given a creative online activity. They were to choose a poem from https://americanliterature.com/poetry-for-students, then create a Google slideshow using lines or stanzas from a poem and matching it with images located through a Google search. If time allowed, they were to record the poem with their own voices.

This Week in ELA

  • We will read chapters 15-18 in our novel study of “The War That Saved My Life.”
  • Students will respond to brief Canvas assignments for each chapter.
  • Students will take a quiz on chapters 11-15 of the novel.
  • ELA Checkpoints testing occurs Wednesday. Students are to bring a book to read or something to work on if they finish early. The entire class period is given for completion of the test.
  • NON-FICTION IR TESTS ARE DUE FRIDAY. Tests can be completed online through Canvas or turned in on paper.  Late IR Tests WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. ALL ARE DUE MARCH 2. 

This Week at ITIS, it’s ITIS Coin Wars/Spirit Week

  • Monday – Pennies and Mismatch Day
  • Tuesday – Nickles and Crazy Hat Day
  • Wednesday – Dimes and Star Wars Apparel Day
  • Thursday – Quarters and Twins Day
  • Friday – Dollars and School Spirit Day

A Word About Grades

Grades have been downloaded from Canvas to PowerSchool today. Overall, students are doing very well! Still, there are several low grades. In most cases, students received a low grade or a zero because they did not complete or submit an online assignment. It is made very clear to them in class when the deadlines are for the assignments. Even after the assignments are due, they are available for one week afterward for students to submit late work.

What I keep witnessing in class with some students is a lack of responsibility and accountability for classwork. For example, some students just sit there doing nothing, even with my encouragement and prompting. It is hard to imagine how some students have reached such states of apathy about their school work at such a young age. I appreciate your support as you encourage your child to stay on task and do his or her very best each day. FYI: Students who have been absent for several days due to illness are given extra time to make up assignments.

Week 26

This week in ELA:

  • We are continuing our reading of “The War That Saved My Life”
  • IR Tests have been graded in Canvas. At the students’ request, each IR Test question became it’s own “quiz” in Canvas, allowing them to answer one question per sitting.  As a result, Canvas won’t show a cummulative grade for the IR Test. This week, I will be combining the grades for questions 1-4, adding the bonus (if completed), and subtracting points for those who turned in late assignments, and then I will add a final grade into the gradebook of PowerSchool. Students who submitted paper IR Tests also have their grades in Canvas (as that is where the rubric for grading is located).
  • Guidance Counselor Cindy Osborne will be leading class Tuesday.
  • Students should be busy reading a NONFICTION IR book by now. The deadline for the nonfiction IR Test is March 2nd.
  • This week, we will visit the library on Friday. Students are always welcome to go between 7:30 and 7:50 each morning.
  • Daily Canvas work is continuing. Students must complete daily assignments in class; if they don’t, they must complete them during team time. Unless a student has been absent, no extensions are given on daily class work.
  • Picture make-ups are Feb. 21st
  • ELA Checkpoints are Feb. 28th

Remember to browse this website for other information. Don’t forget to see your child’s work in SeeSaw!

Have a great week!

Week 25

This Week in ELA

  • Students should begin their nonfiction book for the next IR test, which is due March 2. More information is available here. Test questions will be on Canvas and on paper, and turning in the test can be done electronically through Canvas, on paper, or as a combination of both.  Paper questions will be sent home in students’ Wednesday folders.
  • Students have been given until Tuesday by 5 PM to finish incomplete classwork that we’ve been doing on Canvas. After that, incomplete work becomes a zero. Some students have not put forth their best effort and have a lot of unfinished assignments. They have been given class time every day for weeks to work on these, and the nice thing about Canvas is they can access their work from home too.  You can see their progress by logging on to their Canvas account with them using their sign-in.
  • Midterm report cards go home in this week’s Wednesday folder. Please sign and return both the report and the back of the Wednesday folder.
  • This Friday is our class library visit.
  • We are off to a great start with our novel study for this quarter. Learn more by clicking here.
  • Students will have a substitute teacher Wednesday.