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January 15, 2016

posted Jan 15, 2016, 8:39 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us   [ updated Jan 15, 2016, 9:10 AM ]
Dear Parents,

This weekend is a Family Appreciation Weekend, which means that no homework will be assigned.  We utilize these weekends as an opportunity for students to take a break from school work and have time to reconnect and relax with their families.  We hope you will enjoy the weekend and can cheer on the Patriots.

School will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  In order to pay tribute to Dr. King’s legacy, we are incorporating a cultural/educational component to the national holiday.   On Tuesday, the students will attend an all-school assembly to watch a performance of ZuZu Acrobats -- a cultural phenomenon which incorporates elements of traditional African dance and music.  This enrichment opportunity, along with Fowler School academic initiatives, gives us the opportunity to recognize the African culture, thus moving us closer to our goal of a culturally proficient school community.

Last night, the Fowler staff welcomed students and families at the annual McTeacher's Night fundraiser.  Fowler offers this event as a way to reinforce our positive relationship with students and families and to raise money to support our students.  Kudos to the Fowler staff for working at McDonald's to the delight of the students. We apologize for any McFlurries that were made incorrectly.

  

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Library Update January 2016



4th Grade


Students continue to become adept, independent library users each week when they visit during their STAR block.


5th Grade


In December, Mark Malcolm invited Marika McCoola, author of the New York Times Best Seller, Baba Yaga’s Assistant, to meet our 5th grade students and deliver a presentation about the process of making a graphic novel.  We learned about how closely the author and the illustrator work together when creating a graphic novel.  For example, the use of background colors on the panels, as well as the text color and shape, help readers infer voice and mood. The number of panels on a page can determine the pace and cadence for the reader. Mrs. Hayward visited all of the 5th grade classrooms prior to her visit and read a picture book version of the legend of Baba Yaga (Russian folklore) and “book talked” Marika's  novel.


Presently the 6th and 7th grade library students are working with the genre of poetry and creating original poems applying the ideas and characteristics of synethesia.  This project is in conjunction with Mr. Perham and Mr Kozik and will culminate in the Fine Arts Night at Fowler on March 17More on that later……


6th Grade


Students finished giving their Book Talks as the first term ended and we moved into a mini research project on topics from their science curriculum.  They practiced using a search tool called Web Path Express to locate and print articles from websites. Using their research results, we shifted our focus to the topic of Source Citations and the reasons why they are important to research.  Finally, before the holiday break I chose a read-aloud to build interest in a Social Studies topic Africa.  The book, The Lion Who Stole My Arm by Nicola Davies, is the story of young Pedru who is mauled by a lion and learns that in the end, he has the strength to turn his back on revenge.  The author is a zoologist and this novel is a perfect blend of adventure and wildlife conservation set in the African bush.


7th Grade


While students learned about food and world food consumption in Spanish class, we used Internet sources to research nutrition.  With partners, students made a choice of which subtopic they wanted to study and practiced taking 2-column notes on their readings.  Further work was done to identify the specific components of their bibliographic citations.


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Tickets Still Available to Red Sox Game

Approximately 20 seats are still available to Fowler/Green Meadow Night at the Red Sox on Friday, June 17th at 7pm.  All seats are $36 and are located in bleachers.  Tickets are being sold on first-come, first-serve basis, so return your form ASAP to get the remaining seats before they are GONE!

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Testing Schedule:

We have created a schedule for the spring testing, which will include PARCC for all students. Students in fifth grade will also participate in MCAS.
We are sending the schedule out well in advance, so families can plan accordingly and help us to achieve excellent attendance for testing. This year there is only one testing window, which is a change from the two testing windows in past years. 
 
May 9     Practice Test

May 10   PARCC ELA Unit 1

May 11   PARCC ELA Unit 2

May 12   PARCC ELA Unit 3

May 16   PARCC Math Unit 1

May 17   PARCC Math Unit 2

May 18   PARCC Math Unit 3

May 19   PARCC Math Unit 4 (Grade 4 and 5 only)

May 20   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

May 23   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)
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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela
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