Friday, February 27, 2009

Have a good weekend!

Hey this is finally Will on the blog. I wanted to tell everybody to have a good weekend and have fun. We had a spelling test and a science test but they were easy if you studied for them. We learned a lot today at Everybody Counts and it was a lot of fun.  We put a lot more summaries on the blog. 

Everyone Under the Sun

We'll see if Will can get with the program today. I just enjoy harassing him. I mean, it's not like the "new" jobs have been up since Monday or anything.

Today we have Everybody Counts, which this year is about dyslexia and ADD/ADHD. This is an important thing to learn about, and I think the kids will get a lot out of it. Thank you to the parent volunteers coming in to work with the kids today. You're brave souls, but the kids have been warned to be on their best behavior.

And don't forget it's report card day! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Today's homework consists only of a Science quiz on Friday, and in Spelling we have a test on Friday and a meaning exercise due tomorrow.

Thanks a lot, WILL, for not doing the blog AGAIN TODAY. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

It's Like I Dreamed I Did It, Then Woke Up and Had to Do It All Over Again

Today's homework is a DOL, Math Study Link 7.1 (my math class only), 3x each ABC order, a Caesar's English quiz tomorrow, and they were to read Social Studies pages 352-355. 

We've been gearing up for ISTEP next week. The kids just love the writing portions. (Dripping sarcasm.)

Gotta run; sorry for the short post.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Overwhelming Sense of Pride

Very sorry about the delay in posting today's homework. I'd said that I was going to be posting the homework daily, or at least that someone from class would be, but I didn't get it assigned today. 

Anyway, no Math homework today, but my homeroom did have a DOL, they should have their spelling definitions written out on their spelling lists, and then there's a Caesar's English test on Wednesday and a Science quiz on Friday.

The kids recited their poems today, and they did a pretty bang-up job. I was so proud of them today. You can ask them why. Let's just say I'm pretty amazed by these kids as a whole group. I could not have been more happy than I was today.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Science of Grading

Hey, folks. This last six weeks, we've learned a lot about the stars and the heavens, and we're not quite done yet. I plan to hit this pretty hard in the next couple weeks, and as you know, we have a quiz over some of the people we learned about earlier in the term. 

While here at school, however, I found out that--while considerable amounts of time were spent talking about astronomy, I took very few grades in it. I only have four, and I like to have ten at the very least to give a grade for the whole six weeks. Because of this, I'm going to just put those grades on the next six weeks, and your child will have an "NG" in the grade blank for Science this six weeks. 

Also, I've decided to put the DOLs into the Writing grade this six weeks instead of the Reading grade. After consulting with a few colleagues, I've decided that Writing would be the best place for this grade from now on.

If you have any questions, just give me a call. Thanks.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Weeks On End

Hey, everybody. Just a quick heads-up. Next week we'll mostly be doing some review for ISTEP, and choosing a research topic. 

We'll have spelling next week, and a Caesar's English quiz and a Science quiz, but we'll be reviewing them each day--much more than I normally give the kids in class. 

No homework over the weekend, but make sure and check out the kids' work on the sister website here. We've had some fun with this one.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Learning About Learning

Real quick, I wanted to make sure everyone got the newsletter the other day, but we need parents to volunteer for Everybody Counts on February 27th. I think Laura said that they only need one more now, but I wanted to make sure we get another one for 5-1. For fifth grade, they learn mostly about dyslexia and ADD/ADHD. 

If you can make a training at 7pm at Woodbrook, and if you can be there from 9:20 until 10:50 am on Friday, February 27th, then it would be great if you could volunteer for this day. Please send Mrs. Rhoad an e-mail at if you think this might be a cool thing for you to be a part of. 

Hope everybody is having a great weekend. See you all soon.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Stars and Revolutions

Thanks to everyone who came out for Colonial Days yesterday. I would list all your names here, as well as those who helped out beforehand, but I know how faulty my memory is, and I would be guaranteed to offend someone. Needless to say, it was a really cool day, and I really appreciate everyone's help in making the day possible. 

Next week, it's back to business while we can. The week after that is another four-day week, and so we need to use up every ounce of time we have possible. The kids kind of balked at the amount of homework from Thursday, but the truth is that's what they need to get used to (more like about two or three times that much) in middle school. I'm trying to gear them up for reality, but I'm hoping it won't be too painful for everyone.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Hey, I will be here tomorrow! Whether or not we'll all be here on time, we'll see...


We were visited by Buckeye and Hollowbones today, and it was a really neat time. The kids all played some cool games, listened to the stories, and did a great job with it. 

Tomorrow there is a geography quiz on a few countries in Europe, so make sure you're ready, guys. 

I also won't be "here" tomorrow, but I'll be in a meeting all day, FYI.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Temporary Overflow

Well, I came in this morning to an overflowing sink containing one happy turtle. Needless to say, we need a new turtle tank (luckily one is on its way). Hey, it just goes with the flow of our madhouse week. A big thanks to Mrs. Kalili for making short work of what could have been a big mess. Luckily it was taken care of before the kids arrived, otherwise I'm convinced a few of them would have taken advantage of the puddled floor and used it as a slip and slide.

Look for a big Carter Current to come home today. I copied and pasted some of it from here, but there's quite a bit of new material on there too, so don't toss it too quickly.