5th Grade Newsletter 

       

Week of May 8th    

Math:

This week is a big week! With Math and Reading STAAR Retake and Science STAAR this week, Math STAAR retake is on Monday.

Language Arts:     

Science: This week Wednesday is the Science STAAR test.  Please eat a good breakfast, and wear comfy clothes.  Students are allowed to bring a snack, but sticky snacks are not allowed.  Also, pack a good book to read after you are done testing so you can wait quietly for others to finish!  This is our time to shine 5th grade scientists!  Let’s rock the STAAR!

 

Social Studies: 

Electives:

Art-

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-  Students will learn how to create and format documents using Google Forms.

General Notes-

Week of May 1st    

Math:

Students will be reviewing concepts we have learned this year in preparation for our STAAR Re-test in May.

Language Arts:     

Students will continue practicing the strategies and skills we have learned this year as we continue to prepare for the STAAR retake next week.

Science:

Students will spend the week reviewing all of 5th grade science TEKS in preparation for the STAAR test!  Tutorials are held Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30.  All students are invited--students must follow rules of good behavior!  We still have a few seats available so “be there...or be square!” Let’s rock the STAAR!  

 

Social Studies: 

Electives:

Art-

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-  Students will learn how to create and format documents using Google Forms.

General Notes-

Week of April 24th    

Math:

Students will be reviewing concepts we have learned this year in preparation for our STAAR Re-test in May.

Language Arts:     

Students will continue practicing the strategies and skills we have learned this year as we continue to stay ready for the STAAR re-test in May.

Science:

Students are working hard to review for STAAR test!  Students will be reviewing fossil fuels, renewable and non renewable forms of energy, light, etc.

Don’t forget!  We have STAAR tutoring every day after school Monday through Thursday and it is FREE!  Last week, Mr. Henry blew up a gummy bear!  I’m not kidding!  So be there, or be square!  You don’t want to miss out on any exciting activities!  Let’s rock the STAAR!  We can do it Kodiak Bears!

 

Social Studies: 

Electives:

Art- Students have been working on creating a parabola-or rather, MANY parabolas.  Math plus Art equals FUN!

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-

General Notes-

Week of April 17th    

Math:

Students will be reviewing concepts we have learned this year in preparation for our STAAR Re-test in May.

Language Arts:     

Students will continue practicing the strategies and skills we have learned this year as we continue to stay ready for the STAAR re-test in May.

Science:

Fifth grade scientists will be kicking into high gear reviewing for the STAAR test.  First, we will be going over all the stuff we learned at the beginning of the year.  What does it “matter,” you might ask!  It matters a lot because we are reviewing all the things in the unit on Matter.  That includes density, mass, volume, magnetism, buoyancy, temperature, ….as you can see, we have a lot to review!  

Some students want to be a “shooting STAR” on the STAAR, and they will be attending review sessions held after school!  BE there...or be square!  Don’t miss out!  

 

Social Studies: 

Electives:

Art-

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-

General Notes- No School on Monday, April 17th (student holiday).

It’s time to sign up outside of Room 408 (Mrs. Miller’s) for the 2nd Annual BIS Chess tournament.  ALL are welcome!

Week of April 10th    

Math:

Students will be reviewing concepts we have learned this year in preparation for our STAAR Re-test in May.

Language Arts:     

Students will continue practicing the strategies and skills we have learned this year as we continue to stay ready for the STAAR re-test in May.

Science:

Students are learning the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis.  The word “meta-morph-osis” means “big change!”  If you have ever seen a caterpillar turn into a beautiful butterfly, you will know what I mean by “big change!”  How can a fuzzy caterpillar turn into a gorgeous butterfly?  By going through complete metamorphosis.  What about humans?  We go through incomplete metamorphosis!  We are also studying learned and inherited traits...sure hope that getting an “A” on the next test is a learned behavior!  LOL!   Bet it is!  Soon, we will kick into high gear reviewing for the STAAR test!  

 

Social Studies:  This week we will cover The Great Depression. We will cover The Dust Bowl, The Stock Market Crash, and the New Deal efforts to help.

Electives:  Save the Date for Fine Arts Night at BIS!!  April 11, Tuesday, 5pm-6:30 pm in the BIS courtyard!  The Band will play, The Choir will sing, and Art will have something fun for adults/kids to participate in.  Our Master Gardeners will be here to talk about our BEAUTIFUL garden that we have been installing since November 2016.

Bring your blanket or lawn chair! 

Art- 5th graders are working on a still life of various glass vases and containers.  After that, they will be using watercolor to add some extra zip!

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-

General Notes-Fine Arts night will be April 12th from 5:00-6:30. No school Friday, April 14th (Holiday).  UIL students that placed in their event will be honored at the April 18th school board meeting at 5:30. The meeting will be held at Cedar Creek HS.


Week of April 2nd    

Math:

Students will be reviewing concepts we have learned this year in preparation for our STAAR Re-test in May.

Language Arts:     

Students will continue practicing the strategies and skills we have learned this year as we continue to stay ready for the STAAR re-test in May.

Science:

 

Social Studies: This week we will finish WW1, review Monday and Tuesday and test Wednesday. After the test we will go into the roaring 20s and the Great Depression.

Electives:  Save the Date for Fine Arts Night at BIS!!  April 11, Tuesday, 5pm-6:30 pm in the BIS courtyard!  The Band will play, The Choir will sing, and Art will have something fun for adults/kids to participate in.  Our Master Gardeners will be here to talk about our BEAUTIFUL garden that we have been installing since November 2016.

Bring your blanket or lawn chair! 

 

Art-

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-

General Notes-


Week of March 27th    

Math:

Language Arts:     

Science:

 

Social Studies 

Electives:  Save the Date for Fine Arts Night at BIS!!  April 11, Tuesday, 5pm-6:30 pm in the BIS courtyard!  The Band will play, The Choir will sing, and Art will have something fun for adults/kids to participate in.  Our Master Gardeners will be here to talk about our BEAUTIFUL garden that we have been installing since November 2016.

Bring your blanket or lawn chair! 

Art-

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-

General Notes-


Week of March 27th    

Language Arts:     

Science:

Electives:  Save the Date for Fine Arts Night at BIS!!  April 11, Tuesday, 5pm-6:30 pm in the BIS courtyard!  The Band will play, The Choir will sing, and Art will have something fun for adults/kids to participate in.  Our Master Gardeners will be here to talk about our BEAUTIFUL garden that we have been installing since November 2016.

Bring your blanket or lawn chair! 

Art- 

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-  

 

General Notes-

Week of March 27th    

Language Arts:     

This week is a big week! With Math and Reading STAAR this week, we will be reviewing and showcasing how much we learned this year with our reading STAAR on Wednesday!

Science:

Our fifth grade scientists will be studying all about animals in the environment.  Students have to understand predator and prey.  They also have to know herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore.  Students have to know how to read a food chain and a food web.  Students have to know that plants can make their own food through a process called photosynthesis.  And guess where it all starts?  The Sun!  Our marvelous sun, center of our solar system, is the energy source that drives all of these systems!  

Tuesday and Wednesday, fifth graders take the Math and Reading STAAR tests!  Eat a healthy breakfast and bring your lucky pencil to school!  Testing will result in us having a short week for science!  

 

Social Studies: This week we will begin by discussing women’s suffrage. Tuesday and Wednesday students will take the STAAR test (Good luck 5th graders!!). We will finish the week by discussing World War I.  

Electives:  Save the Date for Fine Arts Night at BIS!!  April 11, Tuesday, 5pm-6:30 pm in the BIS courtyard!  The Band will play, The Choir will sing, and Art will have something fun for adults/kids to participate in.  Our Master Gardeners will be here to talk about our BEAUTIFUL garden that we have been installing since November 2016.

Bring your blanket or lawn chair! 

Art- students are finishing their ½ realistic, ½ fantasy portraits this week--adding color and backgrounds.  This artwork will be displayed in the 5th grade hallway by the Art room.

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-  We will learn how to remain safe online using a course called digital passport.

 

General Notes- STAAR testing will take place next Tuesday, March 28th and Wednesday, March 29th. Our campus will be closed on these 2 days. Please encourage your child to focus and do the best they can.


Week of March 20th    

Math:

Students will be reviewing concepts we have learned this year in preparation for our STAAR at the end of March.

Language Arts:     

Students will be reviewing skills and strategies in preparation for the STAAR test next week!  

Science: Welcome back from spring break!  Our fifth grade scientists this week will be getting all tangled up in food chains and food webs!  We will be covering lots of vocabulary words:  producer, consumer, decomposer, predator, prey, habitat, ecosystem, environment. Did you know that the sun is the source of energy for all systems on Earth?  So...enjoy the sunshine this week!   

 

Social Studies:  This week will discuss events of the early 20th century. We will begin with European immigration and then move into the Progressive era.

Electives:  Save the Date for Fine Arts Night at BIS!!  April 11, Tuesday, 6pm-7:30 pm in the BIS courtyard!  The Band will play, The Choir will sing, and Art will have something fun for adults/kids to participate in.  Our Master Gardeners will be here to talk about our BEAUTIFUL garden that we have been installing since November 2016.

Bring your blanket or lawn chair! 

Art- The new rotation began this week!  Students that are currently are in Art are creating a crazy portrait called, “My Other Half”, ask your student about it!!

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-  

 

General Notes- STAAR testing will take place next Tuesday, March 28th and Wednesday, March 29th. Our campus will be closed on these 2 days. Please encourage your child to focus and do the best they can.


Week of March 6th    

Math

Students will be reviewing concepts we have learned this year in preparation for our STAAR at the end of March.

Language Arts:       

This week we will be reviewing the skills we have covered this year by conducting a study on Maya Angelou. We will be reading a biography about her as well as studying some of her works of poetry.

Science:  

 

Social Studies:  

Electives:

Art- Currently , we are reading the “Legend of the Bluebonnet”, then creating a bluebonnet piece of work….yet to be determined by class.

5th graders end their 9 week rotation on Friday, March 10.  Thus, Monday--returning from Spring Break begins our last 9 weeks of school.  Students rotate alphabetically, Art moves to Computer, Computer moves to Music and Music moves to Study Skills, Study Skills moves to Art.

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-  

 

General Notes-


Week of February 27th    

PRE-ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE PRE-ORDER DEADLINE TO 2/28!!

 

BIS 2016-2017 Yearbook is now on sale! Only a limited number will be printed, so place your order today to reserve your copy. Order online at jostensyearbooks.com or bring your money and order form to Mrs. Schneider NO LATER THAN FEB. 28TH.

 

The BIS yearbook will cover the highlights of 2016-2017 with hundreds of photos memories of academic accomplishments, club activities, special events and student and staff portraits. A yearbook is always special because it captures the life and times of the school, the class and the achievements of the students.

 

This may be your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook, so place your order now!

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Math

Students will be reviewing Frequency Tables, Bar Graphs, Scatter Plots, Dot plots, and Stem and Leaf plots to display and analyze data.  Common Assessment will be on Tuesday, February 28.

Students will be learning Income and Payroll Taxes and Sales and Property Taxes. Students will learn Gross Income, Net Income and how to calculate. Students will learn how to balance a simple budget.

Language Arts:

We have entered the fabulous world of review! This week we will be focusing on skills the students have already learned and making sure they are experts with each one!

Pre AP Projects are due March 1st!       

Science: Students are launching into a unit on Ecosystems!  

MATH and SCIENCE NIGHT is Tuesday night!  March 7, 2017 from 6-8PM.

Science Fair winners will be announced, BIS choir will perform, and we will have stations of activities ranging from science, technology, engineering, and math to explore!  Come one...come all!

 

Social Studies:  This week we will practice writing using a social studies topic, finish Reconstruction, and start the second industrial revolution.

Electives:

Art-

Band- Beginner Band Testing - Feb 27-28. Letters were sent out, the testing is according to your child's last name. Feb 27 A-M  Feb 28 N-Z, 

we can accommodate anyone if there is a conflict, contact Band Director.

Super Excited !

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-  We are learning how to create and format presentations using Google slides.

 

General Notes-


Week of February 20th    

PRE-ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE PRE-ORDER DEADLINE TO 2/28!!

 

BIS 2016-2017 Yearbook is now on sale! Only a limited number will be printed, so place your order today to reserve your copy. Order online at jostensyearbooks.com or bring your money and order form to Mrs. Schneider NO LATER THAN FEB. 28TH.

 

The BIS yearbook will cover the highlights of 2016-2017 with hundreds of photos memories of academic accomplishments, club activities, special events and student and staff portraits. A yearbook is always special because it captures the life and times of the school, the class and the achievements of the students.

 

This may be your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook, so place your order now!

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Math

Students will be using Dot Plots, Stem-and-Leaf Plots and Scatter Plots to display and analyze data.

Common Assessment will be on Tuesday February 28th.

Language Arts:       

Students will be continuing their practice with summary for non-fiction and fiction stories. There will be a Common Assessment on Friday, February 24th.

Science:  

This week on Friday, our fifth grade scientists will take  a major unit test.  The test will cover two units:  Sun, Earth and Moon, and also the unit on The Weather.  Students need to clearly understand the difference between “weather” and “climate.”  Also, students are expected to know ways in which the Earth, Moon, and sun are similar and different.  Did you know that the Earth and Moon both have volcanoes, but the volcanoes on the moon are extinct!  It’s true!  Some scientists think that the moon is a little piece of the Earth that cracked off a long time ago! No wonder moon rocks are so similar in composition to Earth rocks!  The teachers will be reviewing in class this week...so listen up!  That is the best way to rock the test!  

 

Social Studies:  This week we take a test on the Civil War. Tuesday we will review, Wednesday we will test, Thursday we will go over the test and Friday we will begin Reconstruction.

Electives:

Art-5th graders will be working on Tessellations, and learning about the illusionist artist, M.C. Escher .

Band- Beginner Band Testing - Feb 27-28. Letters were sent out, the testing is according to your childs last name. Feb 27 A-M  Feb 28 N-Z,

we can accomodate anyone if there is a conflict, contact Band Director.

Super Excited ! 

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science-  We are learning how to create spreadsheets and charts using Google Sheets.

 

General Notes- No School Monday the 20th.


Week of February 13th    

PRE-ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

 

BIS 2016-2017 Yearbook is now on sale! Only a limited number will be printed, so place your order today to reserve your copy. Order online at jostensyearbooks.com or bring your money and order form to Mrs. Schneider BEFORE FEB. 17TH.  

 

The BIS yearbook will cover the highlights of 2016-2017 with hundreds of photos memories of academic accomplishments, club activities, special events and student and staff portraits. A yearbook is always special because it captures the life and times of the school, the class and the achievements of the students.

 

This may be your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook, so place your order now!

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Math:

Students will be using analyzing data to interpret graphs.

***Common Assessment will be on Tuesday February 14th.***

Students will be representing data on Frequency Tables, Bar Graphs and Dot Plots.

Language Arts:

This week we will be refreshing our memories on how to write a summary for a Fiction piece, we will then learn how to write a summary for Non-Fiction pieces and what is to be included! By the end of the week, the students will understand the difference between the two and be able to showcase their understanding of summary.

Science:

Fifth grade scientists are dizzy from learning about how the Earth spins causing day and night...and the Earth revolves around the sun causing the seasons.  This week, students will be learning about the shadows cast from objects at different times of the day.  Did you know that the sun doesn’t really move across the sky,  it only appears to do so!  Being an Earthling can be so confusing!  Next, we move on to weather.  Students have to clearly understand the difference between the terms “weather” and “climate!”  I can’t wait for the Spring Equinox...can you?

Social Studies:  This week we will discuss the major battles of the Civil War and its conclusion. Test next Wednesday.

Electives:

Art- 

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- We still need career speakers for our career exploration unit! Please email knordeen@bisdtx.org if you are interested.

Computer Science- We are learning how edit and format a document using Google Docs.

 

General Notes:  


Week of February 6th    

PRE-ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

 

BIS 2016-2017 Yearbook is now on sale! Only a limited number will be printed, so place your order today to reserve your copy. Order online at jostensyearbooks.com or bring your money and order form to Mrs. Schneider BEFORE FEB. 17TH.  

 

The BIS yearbook will cover the highlights of 2016-2017 with hundreds of photos memories of academic accomplishments, club activities, special events and student and staff portraits. A yearbook is always special because it captures the life and times of the school, the class and the achievements of the students.

 

This may be your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook, so place your order now!

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Math:

Students will be graphing and using input/output tables to create graphs.

***Common Assessment will be on Wednesday February 15th.***

Language Arts:

As we prepare for the Mock STAAR next week we will be reviewing our content expertise and perfecting our test taking strategies!

Science:

Social Studies:      

Electives:

Art- students are working on creating special designs and cards for Valentine’s Day.  

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- We are looking for speakers to come share their interesting or exciting careers with our class to kick off our career exploration unit. If you are interested please contact knordeen@bisdtx.org!

Computer Science- We are learning how edit and format a document using Google Docs.

 

General Notes:  


Week of January 30th    

PRE-ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

 

BIS 2016-2017 Yearbook is now on sale! Only a limited number will be printed, so place your order today to reserve your copy. Order online at jostensyearbooks.com or bring your money and order form to Mrs. Schneider BEFORE FEB. 17TH.  

 

The BIS yearbook will cover the highlights of 2016-2017 with hundreds of photos memories of academic accomplishments, club activities, special events and student and staff portraits. A yearbook is always special because it captures the life and times of the school, the class and the achievements of the students.

 

This may be your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook, so place your order now!

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Math

Students will be graphing and using input/output tables to create graphs.

Language Arts:       

Students will be working on a mini-project putting their new knowledge of non-fiction text features to the test! This project will be done in class and will research an animal of their choice.

Science:

This week scientists will be launching into a new unit.  This week, fifth grade scientists will be learning to compare the Earth to the Moon!  It is very important to learn about the crucial role that the water cycle plays on the Earth.  The water cycle does so many things to sustain life on Earth!  Some scientists theorize that the moon is a piece of the Earth that broke off and then the moon became a satellite of the Earth!  What do you think?

The moon sure has a lot of similarities in rock structure to the rocks found on Earth!   Some people think that in the not-so-distant future ordinary people will take vacations to the moon!  Maybe some of our students will go to the moon one day!  

 

Social Studies: This week we will be discussing life during the Civil War in between taking the Mock STAAR.          

Electives:

Art- 5th graders are working on weaving.  Yarn donations are desperately needed!

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science-

 

General Notes- We will have a closed campus on Feb 7th and 9th for STAAR mock testing. The testing will last from 8:30 to 1:00. Please make appointments in the afternoons if at all possible.

Report cards will go out on February 2nd.

Valentine’s dance February 10th from 5-7pm. There will be a $1 entry fee.

If you haven’t ordered a yearbook, please do so before your time is up.


Week of January 23th    

Math

Students will be learning how to convert measurements using both the standard and metric systems. Common Assessment will be on Friday, January 27.

Language Arts:       

This week students will be reviewing the components of summary for the genre of fiction and students will learn how to write a summary for non-fiction genres.

Science:  

This week, fifth grade scientists are studying the process by which oil and coal are formed under the surface of the Earth.  We will be drawing pictures, like a comic strip, to tell the story.  Yikes!  We have a test coming up on Friday!  Watching You Tubes about oil and coal formation is a good way to add to your understanding.  In class, raise your hand and ask questions when you don’t understand!  That’s what the students do who earn the high grades!  And remember, even Einstein asked questions!

 

Social Studies:

This week we will discuss westward expansion. We will discuss Texas Independence, The Mexican American War, the Oregon trail, and California and its gold rush.

Electives:

Art-  5th grade students will be finishing their abstract, geometric, designs, then outlining them with silver/gold/or black.  Some of these designs will be submitted to the “Salinas Art Contest” by February 12, 2017.  The theme for the Salinas art contest this year is, “Color of Texas”.

After that assignment is complete, we will work on pixelated designs on graph paper .

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science-

 

General Notes- Our 5th grade UIL team finished 1st in the UIL Academic Contest held January 20th. Congrats to all the students and coaches.

We will have a cyberbullying presentation on Wednesday for 5th grade beginning at 9:00 am.


General Notes-scheduled for 3:00 pm. Week of January 16th    

Math

Students will be solving problems involving volume of shapes.

Language Arts:       

Science:

Did you know that a leaf can turn into coal?  Well, it is true!  But the process takes millions of years!  Coal is a “fossil fuel.”  And fossil fuels are both valuable and limited!  Coal, oil,and natural gas (C.O.N.) are fossil fuels.  Students have to learn about the resources of our precious earth.  Fifth grade scientists have to classify resources as renewable or nonrenewable.  Our changing Earth is an exciting and action packed unit with lots of new vocabulary words.  

 

Social Studies:  We will be taking a test on Wednesday so Tuesday will be review and Thursday will go over the test. On Friday we will introduce Western expansion.

Electives:

Art-  UIL Picture Memory will take place at BMS at 9:15 am for the competition,(please have your child there by 8:30 am--in the cafeteria). T-shirts are $5 each, students should bring $$ for the snack bar (or bring their own food)...students may leave after their event or stay until 3pm for the awards presentation.

 5th grade students are working on an abstract piece of art, in colored pencil.  After learning about 2 different artists, students are recreating their work in these artists’ styles.

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science- We will continue our unit over digital citizenship and netiquette.  

 

General Notes- No School on Monday.  UIL competition will get underway this week. All of the oral events will be held at Bastrop Intermediate School on Tuesday, January 17 from 4:30 to 8:00. On Saturday, January 21 events will be held at Bastrop Middle School. The event will begin at 8:00 am and awards are scheduled for 3:00 pm.


Week of January 16th    

Math

Students will be solving problems involving volume of shapes.

Language Arts:       

Science:

Did you know that a leaf can turn into coal?  Well, it is true!  But the process takes millions of years!  Coal is a “fossil fuel.”  And fossil fuels are both valuable and limited!  Coal, oil,and natural gas (C.O.N.) are fossil fuels.  Students have to learn about the resources of our precious earth.  Fifth grade scientists have to classify resources as renewable or nonrenewable.  Our changing Earth is an exciting and action packed unit with lots of new vocabulary words.  

 

Social Studies:  We will be taking a test on Wednesday so Tuesday will be review and Thursday will go over the test. On Friday we will introduce Western expansion.

Electives:

Art-  UIL Picture Memory will take place at BMS at 9:15 am for the competition,(please have your child there by 8:30 am--in the cafeteria). T-shirts are $5 each, students should bring $$ for the snack bar (or bring their own food)...students may leave after their event or stay until 3pm for the awards presentation.

 5th grade students are working on an abstract piece of art, in colored pencil.  After learning about 2 different artists, students are recreating their work in these artists’ styles.

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science- We will continue our unit over digital citizenship and netiquette.  

 

General Notes- No School on Monday.  UIL competition will get underway this week. All of the oral events will be held at Bastrop Intermediate School on Tuesday, January 17 from 4:30 to 8:00. On Saturday, January 21 events will be held at Bastrop Middle School. The event will begin at 8:00 am and awards are scheduled for 3:00 pm.


Week of January 9th    

Math

Students will be solving problems involving perimeter and area of shapes.

Language Arts:       

Science:

We are off to a “rocky” start this week!  Fifth grade scientists have to know how sedimentary rock is formed.  Our science students are learning about fossil formations and how they tell a story of the prehistoric earth.  Students must know how landforms, such as sand dunes, glacier valleys, and canyons are formed.  As we get into topics like Weathering, Erosion and Deposition, we will be rockin’ and rollin’!  Test is on Friday!

Social Studies: This week we will discuss the causes and long term effects of the War of 1812. After that we will cover the Indian Removal act and the Trail of Tears. There will be a test next Wednesday January 18th.

Electives:

Art- Mrs. Philpot is BACK!!  Looking forward to meeting all of my kiddos for this new 9 week rotation.  Abstract art is in the near future for this week!

Band-  band kids do not rotate electives.

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science-move to music

 

General Notes- We would like to welcome Brooke Bush to Bastrop Intermediate School. Mrs. Bush will be serving as our new music and choir teacher. After school choir practice will begin as soon as Mrs. Bush can set her schedule.

It is truly an exciting week with the 5th and 6th grade science fair underway. The judging will take place Monday-Wednesday.

UIL competition will get underway next week. All of the oral events will be held at Bastrop Intermediate School on Tuesday, January 17 from 4:30 to 8:00. On Saturday, January 21 events will be held at Bastrop Middle School. The event will begin at 8:00 am and awards are scheduled for 3:00 pm.

Week of January 4th    

Math

Students will be classifying 2-D shapes including polygons, triangles and quadrilaterals.

Language Arts:       

This week we are focusing on Author’s Purpose and why an author wrote a certain piece of literature.

Science:

This week we are “ROCK’ing” and Rolling!  Yes, you guessed it...we are studying rocks!  Our fifth grade scientists have to learn all about sedimentary rocks.  How do scientists learn about the prehistoric earth when the dinosaurs lived during a time when cameras had not been invented?  Easy.  Sedimentary rocks take a picture of prehistoric earth.  We call these fossils.  A fossil is as good as a photograph!  We are studying the weathering, erosion and deposition cycle.  The next test is January 13, 2017.  No worries.  I bet we “ROCK” the test!

Social Studies:

This week we will start by reviewing important information from the first semester and then move on to Washington’s administration, the creation of political parties, the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Electives:

Art- This week students will be switching electives : if students were in art, they move to computer, if in computer they move to music, if in music, they switch to study skills.  Students will stay in this rotation for 9 weeks.

Band-  band kids do not rotate electives.

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science-move to music

 

General Notes- Garden club will begin meeting next Thursday at 4:05 pm--See Mrs. Philpot or Mr. Henry for more information.

UIL art memory will resume meeting on Tuesdays NEXT week.

We The  UIL district event will take place on Sat.,Jan. 21 at Bastrop Middle School.


Week of December 12th    

Math

Students will be dividing fractions and whole numbers.

***Common Assessment on Tuesday, December 13.***

Students will also be going over the Benchmark Assessment.

Language Arts:       

Science  This week our scientists will be launching into an exciting unit about “Our Changing Earth!”  Did you know that a metamorphic rock doesn’t stay a metamorphic rock?  Well, metamorphic rocks are always breaking up and turning into sedimentary rocks, or they get melted and turn into igneous rocks...that’s why we call it the Rock Cycle!  Because every kind of rock is always changing into every other kind of rock!  Our Earth is always changing!  Students will also be going over the tests we took recently so we can learn from our mistakes.  And of course, we are going to be using physics to figure out how a reindeer can fly!  Happy Holidays!

Social Studies:

Electives:

Art- Students will be creating holiday art.  Gift ideas for the ART Room:  yarn, sharpies, pencils, Hobby Lobby gift card, or anything related to art.

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-

 

General Notes- 


Week of December 5th    

Math

Students will be dividing fractions and whole numbers.  

***Common Assessment on Wednesday, December 14.***

Language Arts:       

Science

This week, fifth grade scientists are taking a test in Energy:  Part 2.  This is the second part of the energy unit and students are asked to understand how energy changes from one form to another.  An example:  A lamp is plugged into the wall outlet.  The electrical energy changes into light and heat energy when the lamp is turned on!  Also, students are asked to know the difference between reflection and refraction!  Soon, we will be starting our unit on Our Changing Earth!  Thursday is Reading Benchmark Day!  Can you believe it is December already?  Soon students will need to know why the Earth has changing seasons!  Answer:  Because we all love holidays!  Ho! Ho! Ho!

Social Studies: This week we will review the Bill of Rights and go over the important concepts in the Preamble of the Constitution. On Friday weather permitted we will have a Social Studies mini field day with educational field activities.

Electives:

Art- 5th graders are taking mosaics home and beginning a weaving assignment.  Yarn donations are appreciated~!

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Study Skills-

Computer Science- Students are learning how to format documents using Google Docs.

 

General Notes- Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-8pm is the Winter concert and  student art show and sale !! Be there at the PAC.


Week of November 28th    

Math

Students will be multiplying fractions by whole numbers.

Language Arts:  

 

Social Studies: This week we will review the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution and take a test over them on Tuesday. For the rest of the week we will study the Bill of Rights.        

Science

The students will launch into mechanical and sound energy upon arriving back after the Thanksgiving holiday break!  Sound is a fabulous unit!  Students must learn that sound travels differently through different mediums, but all sound is caused by vibrations.  Did you know that if your mom is standing on the moon and she yells at you, you can’t hear her?  That’s right!  There is no air to carry the sound waves (vibrations)!  Wow!  Maybe you won’t have to clean your room!  Mechanical energy is the energy of moving parts like gears, cranks, and levers.  Next time you sharpen a pencil, remember that you are experiencing mechanical energy!

Electives:

Art- this week, students will help get the word out about our garden that is going in this weekend !  You and your students/s can come donate a few hours of your time for a great cause !! Just show up 9am -3pm (work any amount of time you like-- food and drinks last provided!

 Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-

 

General Notes- Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-8pm is the Winter concert and  student art show and sale !! Be there at the PAC.


Week of November 14th    

Math

Students will be solving multi-step word problems that involve adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and mixed numbers with renaming.

*Students will have a Common Assessment on Wednesday, November 16.

*Students will have a Benchmark Assessment on Thursday, November 17.

Social Studies 

This week we will discuss the Constitutional Convention and the importance of the Constitution it produced.

Science

“I see the light!  I see the light!  Thank goodness!  We see the light!”  Thanks to light we can read this newsletter!  This week we are studying about the properties of light.  Vocabulary words include:  reflection, refraction, and light ray!  Look out!  There is a test ahead on “Electricity” Unit 3.  On Wednesday we will give the Electricity test so that we can go over it on Friday.  The Math Benchmark is on Thursday.  These tests will allow our students to “shine” as they demonstrate all that they  know about light and electricity!

English Language Arts:

As we wrap up the week before thanksgiving, we will be looking deeper into poetry and the use of sensory language.

Pre-AP Students will be introduced to a project that is due December 9th.

Electives:

Art- Srudents

are studying and replicating Henri Matisse’s paper cuts.  Art memory meets on Tuesdays in the Art room 4:05-5:00.

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science-  

 

General Notes- Winter concert and art show/sale on Dec. 8, 6-8 pm at the Performing Arts center.


Week of November 7th    

Math

Students will be adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. Students will also be adding and subtracting mixed numbers with renaming.  

Social Studies 

This week we will have a mock election and use it to explain the Electoral College. We will then go into The Articles of Confederation and how their failures led to the Constitutional Convention.

Science

This week, our scientists are exploring electrical energy!  “Quite shocking,” you might say!  Yes, it is!  We are so wired up for this unit!  Students explore making a series circuit and a parallel circuit.  Did you know that Edison had 1,000 unsuccessful attempts before the light bulb he was inventing actually worked?  This is a true fact!  Hopefully, we can get our light bulbs to light sooner than that!

Electives:

Art- Students are learning to create simple and complex parabolas this week!  A great combination of Math and ART!  Last week, students worked on the “Colors of Texas” theme for the  2016-17 Salinas Contest.  

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science-  

 

General Notes- Save the Date for Saturday, Dec. 3rd !! This will be a workday for anyone interested in our Garden Club.  See or ask Mrs. Philpot or Mr. Henry about this date.

Come check out our choir sing the national anthem for the Austin Spurs home opener at the Cedar Park Center on Nov. 13th at 3 pm.


Week of October 31th    

Math

Students will be finding equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, and creating improper fractions from mixed numbers.  Students will be adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Social Studies 

This week we will discuss important battles in the Revolutionary War, how the colonist won their independence. We will review Thursday and have a test on Friday.

Science

Fifth grade scientists are going to be very “energetic” this week as we launch our unit on different forms of energy!  Students will be learning about electrical, sound, heat, mechanical, light energy in this exciting unit of study!  

Electives:

Art- 

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science-  

 


Week of October 27th

Math

Social Studies 

This week we will learn what caused tension between Britain and the American colonies and how, why and the importance of Declaring Independence.  Test next Friday.

Science

Electives:

Art- 

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science-  

 

General Notes-

Week of October 24th

Math

Students will be solving multi-step word problems that involve adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.  

Language Arts

This week we will begin to analyze elements of fiction such as foreshadowing and point of view.

Social Studies 

We are just finishing lessons over the French and Indian War and learning about the taxes that England imposed on the 13 Colonies.  Boston Tea Party - here we come.

Science

Our unit on Forces is moving right along...actually rolling right along!  Students are using ramps and toy cars. Imagine a race car at the starting gate (potential energy) and zooming around the track (kinetic energy)!   Did you know that work = force X distance!  We are using spring scales and learning about gravity, inertia, and motion.  Our test on this unit is Thursday!  See you at the races!

Electives:

Art- 5th grade is working on landscapes (their choice: fall theme, halloween theme, celebration theme…).  Sugar skulls from last week are currently on display by the art room in the 5th grade hallway.  Deadline for PTA Reflections contest is the end of this week!    

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science-  This week we are learning about digital citizenship and staying safe online.   

General Notes-


Week of October 17th

Math

Students will be multiplying and dividing decimals. Common Assessment is on Friday, October 21.

Language Arts

Social Studies 

Science

Scientists in fifth grade are starting a unit on “Forces!”  Look out!  There will be toy cars, marbles and ramps all over the place!  Everything will be sliding, falling, and rolling!  Unless of course, friction slows it down and stops it!  Don’t forget about gravity and inertia.  You know what Newton said, “An object put into motion will remain in motion unless something acts against it!”  If you said, “unless some force(s) act against it” then you are smart!  I don’t want to “force” you to do anything, but I think you will have a lot of fun and you will learn a lot in science   this week

 Electives:

5th grade switch electives this week!! Electives rotate in alpha order .. Art-computer-music-study skills .  Each rotation is approx . 9 weeks.

Art-   The “evening scapes” we created last week  are finished and displayed outside the library st BIS.

Band-  

P.E.

Choir - We have our first performance October 18th at 5:30pm in the cafeteria for literacy night.  All choir students are required to be here for the performance.

Computer Science-  students will be learning how to format a document in Google Docs.

 

General Notes- Fundrariser items will be delivered to BIS on Monday the 17th. The items will be available for pickup at 2:00 pm.

October 18 will be Literacy Night. The choir will begin the program at 5:30 followed by a Title One meeting and then the fun begins. Southside Market will be serving sausage wraps, chips and a drink for $5.

October 20 will be our family dinner night at Chick-Fil-A. We look forward to a great turnout.


Week of October 10th

Math

Students will be multiplying decimals.

Language Arts

Social Studies 

This week we will discuss slavery in the colonies and end the week with a project which will test the students knowledge of the 13 colonies.

Science

Next week, students are taking a unit test over the culmination of the unit on Properties of Matter.  The test is on Wednesday.  After Wednesday, teachers are launching into the unit on “Forces.”  Student scientists will be dropping and rolling all sorts of objects to watch gravity, friction and inertia take over!

 

Electives

Art-   This week, continue creating a landscape with a watercolor background, and black construction paper to create a spooky, fall mood. If you have YARN to spare, please send a skein with your child.

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science-  students will be learning how to format a document in Google Docs.

 

General Notes-Literacy Night is Tuesday October 18th from 5:30-8:30.  Join us for a wonderful performance from our choir and then participate in various literacy activities from a Book Walk to A Pirate’s Log.  BBQ will be available for $5 a plate and we will have face painting and temporary tattoos.  


Week of October 2nd

Math

Students will round decimals and solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of decimals.

***Third Common Assessment on October 7.

Language Arts

Social Studies 

This week we will take a closer look at the 13 Colonies. We will look at daily life in the colonies, trans-Atlantic trade and slavery.  

Science

Our scientists are going to be all “mixed up” this week--we are studying mixtures and solutions!  It is a big challenge to mix all these mixtures together, but we have to figure out what scientific tools we could use to separate the mixtures!  Did you know we can take salt out of water!  Just put the cup of saltwater in the sun and let evaporation solve the puzzle!  Soon the water will evaporate and the salt will be at the bottom of the cup!  Hey, I just told you an answer to a one of our top secret test questions!  Oops!  Now you know the “solution!”

   

Electives

Art- 5th graders’ texture monsters were completed and are currently displayed outside the library area.  This week, we are creating a landscape by first using a crayon and watercolor resist background.  Over the next4 days, we will create a silhouette out of black to glue upon the background.

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science-  Monday we will review our learning objectives from the previous week.  Tuesday we will explore a new spreadsheets lesson where we will insert a graph into our work product.  Wed and Thursday we will cover our next two keyboarding lessons (7 & 8).  Friday will be a finish anything not already finished and turn it in for points day.

 

General Notes-

BIS Literacy Night -October 18th-Join us at 5:30 in the cafeteria for a performance from the BIS choir and our annual Title 1 meeting. Then parents and students are invited to participate in activities that promote literacy. BBQ will be available for $5 a plate.


Week of September 26th

Math

Students will be reading, writing, comparing and ordering decimals to the thousandths place.

Language Arts

Students will begin to create their interactive notebook. We will also be continuing practicing with your spelling words and perfecting our active reading skills.

Social Studies

This week we will focus on the thirteen colonies and the three regions where they were located. We will discuss the geographic properties of the regions and how the English colonist adapted to these regions. We will also have a library day to discuss primary versus secondary sources.     

Science

Classes this week will be electrifying….as students use electrical circuits to test item so that they can classify “conductors” and “insulators!”  We are still working on properties of matter.  What does it matter, you might ask?  Scientists like us have to classify matter!  Our kitchen is a good place to look for conductors and insulators!  Have a scavenger hunt with your child and be on the lookout for things that conduct heat and insulate heat!  

   

Electives

Art- Personal Totem Poles and “Believe in Your Selfie” pieces will be going home this week!  Mazes are being laminated and will be displayed in different areas around school so that others can try to solve the 5th graders’ most recent artwork.

Band-  On our way!! Ask your child to perform the Fantastic “5” 

P.E.

Choir - Choir will be performing at Lit. Night in October 18th and the Star Spangled Banner at the Austin Spurs opening night game on November 13.

Computer Science-We will continue working through our keyboarding lessons.  This week we will explore keyboarding lesson number 6 on Tuesday and take a snapshot keyboarding test on Thursday.  We will also start formatting spreadsheets using Google sheets.  We will have our first spreadsheets lesson on Monday and our second on Wednesday.  

 

General Notes-


Week of September 19th

Math

Students will be solving multi-step problems involving the four operations using equations and algebraic relationships.

***Second Common Assessment on September 23.

Language Arts

This week students will continue to practice making inferences using different types of texts. They will also continue to work with other metacognition strategies and continue to become active readers.

Science

Social Studies

  This week we will discuss the English colonies. We will learn about Jamestown and Plymouth and have a Quiz on Friday.        

         

Electives

Art-  Students will be learning a bit of Egyptian pyramid history as well as creating mazes this week.  PTA’s Reflections Contest theme for 2016 is “What is Your Story”?  Students can write about their story or create artwork representing their story.  Due date for contest is October 31.

P.E.

Choir 

Computer Science-We will cover the next two keyboarding lessons (4 & 5).  We will also look at a block of instruction about digital citizenship.  Lastly, we will finish a Google Doc formatting lesson.

 

General Notes-BIS will have family dinner night September 22nd at Schlotzsky’s from 6 to 9 pm. Let the cashier know you are from BIS when you check out.


Week of September 12th

Math

Students will be identifying prime and composite numbers. Students will simplify numerical expressions using order of operations and properties of numbers.

Language Arts

        We will continue to work with our Metacognition Strategies and practice reading while we are thinking! This week we will introduce how to make an inference and also continue to practice with our questioning strategies and how to make connections to the text while we read. Each class will continue to work with their Words Their Way Spelling lists.

Science

Social Studies

Our test has been moved to Monday. After the test we will begin European exploration of the Americas. We will begin with Columbus and continue with other Spanish and Portuguese explorers and end with the Columbian exchange.    

         

Electives

Art- students’ prehistoric art pieces are now on display in the 5th grade hallway by the nurse’s office and front office.  This week we began the PTA reflections contest, the theme is “What is your story?”.  Any student can create a piece of art, literature, video, or dance for the contest.  Due date is October 31.

P.E.Parents make sure your child is staying hydrated with the heat and humidity. We will continue to do outside activities as much as possible.

Choir Ukulele and Choir will start this week after school.  Ukulele on Mondays from 4-5pm and Choir on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm.  Please pick up your children in the front of the school on each of those days.

Computer Science-We will review graded work from the previous week, Learn how to use the computers snipping tool, master the next two keyboarding lessons, and explore a new Google Doc lesson where we will learn to insert images into documents.

 

General Notes-Fundraiser money and order forms are due Wednesday, September 14.

Week of September 5th

Math

 Students will be solving problems using all operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing).  

***First Common Assessment on September 7. Students will be identifying prime and composite numbers.

Language Arts

This week we will continue practicing and learning new metacognitive strategies to help us become more active readers! We will also begin our spelling program using Words Their Way. Tests will take place every other week.

Science

This week we begin our journey of exploring matter! Identifying the physical properties of matter will be our topic for the first nine weeks.  Students will start off with the three states of matter, solids, liquids and gasses.  There will be a quiz on Friday 9/9 covering the states of matter.  Enjoy your holiday on Monday!

Social Studies

This week we will finish our discussion on maps and geography and begin to discuss Native Americans. We will finish the week with a test on friday over what Social Studies is, maps, and Native Americans.

Test on Friday the 9th!          

Electives

Art- We began the first 9 weeks of Art with the students learning their classmates’ names and the personality of others in their classes.  In the past 2 weeks have also been working on cell-phone templates to  create a collage for their ‘selfie’. “Believe in Your Selfie!” is now on display in the 5th grade hallway by the art room.

P.E.

Choir- Ukulele and Choir will continue this week after school.  Ukulele on Mondays from 4-5pm and Choir on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm.  Please pick up your children in the front of the school on each of those days.

Band- 

Computer Science--We will focus on keyboarding skills for one day and the other three days, we will work with two separate lessons developing our word processing skills.

 

General Notes

Don’t forget that Monday September 5th is Labor Day and it is a student holiday.

Picture Day will be September 8th. No need to bring money. Proofs will arrive in a couple of weeks.


Week of August 29th

Math

Students will be adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers. First Common Assessment is September 7.

Language Arts

Students will enter the second week of school by diving into Metacognition strategies and really thinking while they are reading. We will also review the strategy of making connections while we read and refresh our summer brains with all of the other strategies we know to use while reading!

Pre-AP project is due Friday, September 2nd. Email Ms. Brayton with any questions! (abrayton@bisdtx.org)

Science

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Electives

Computer Science--We will begin formatting drills with word processing using Google Documents and establish our keyboarding words per minute baseline.  

General Notes

We have had some internet feed problems at the school and AT&T is working on the issue and we look forward to having the problem resolved soon.

We are doing a book drive for Denham Junior High in Louisana. Their school was flooded. As a district and campus we are looking to collect age appropriate books and school supplies. Books and supplies can be dropped off at school or at Lost Pines Toyota. Thank you in advance for your help.

BIS Public Calendar

BISD 2015-16 Calendar

 

STAAR Vocabulary review links: Math, Reading, Science

        

 Table of Contents

     

Week of January 11-15

Week of January 5-8

December 14- December 18

December 7- December 11

November 30 - December 4

Week of November 16 - November 20

November 9 - November 13

November 2 - November 6

October 26 - October 30

Week of October 19-October 23

October 12- October 16

Week of October 5 - October 9

September 28- October 2

Week of September 21-25

September 14- September 18

Week of September 7 - September 11

Week of August 31-Sept. 4

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Week of (May 9-May13)

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Social Studies

This week we will be STAAR re-testing and testing through Wednesday. Good luck 5th graders! Thursday we will continue our study of the Civil War by studying the generals and maps of the war.

Electives

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Week of (May 2-May 6)

Math

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Science

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Social Studies

This week we will continue or study of the Civil War. We will discuss daily life of soldiers, important battles, and generals. We will also discuss the Emancipation Proclamation and the changing goals of the war.  

Electives

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Math

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Language Arts

Students will be taking a major test on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Test taking strategies must be shown in order to prove answers.  We will also begin learning how to properly complete a  research project, which will be ongoing until the end of the school year.

Science

Scientists are studying all about organisms in the environment. Food Chains, Food Webs….we are all tangled up!  One animal gets gobbled up by another animal!  We have to learn all of this “juicy” information for the STAAR test!  The STAAR tests is coming up.  All of the teachers are tutoring so be there or be square!  We have to ace that test!

Social Studies

This week we will begin discussing the Civil War. We will emphasise the growing tensions over slavery, the reasons the South seceded and the beginning of the war.

Electives

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Math

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Science

This week, our Super Scientists are exploring how animals live and interact within food chains, communities, and habitats!  Students will be learning about how animals adapt to better survive in their environment!  We are also reviewing for the upcoming STAAR test!  Every Saturday our fantastic school, Bastrop Intermediate hosts science STAAR review sessions from 9-12!  Don’t miss out on all the fun!  Come to Science STAAR Camp and ace the test!  

Social Studies/Writing

This week we will be working on creating an imaginative story. We will add some strategies such as Ba Da Bing to add detail and color coding to help revise and checklist to help edit. By the end of this week or next we will have a well polished and published piece of writing.  

Electives

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Math

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Language Arts

Students will continue to work on test taking strategies.

Science

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Social Studies

This week will discuss Manifest Destiny. We will learn of the expansion of the United States from sea to shining sea. Some of the things we will cover include Texas Independence, Mexican American War, Oregon Trail, and the Gold Rush.

Electives

Art Club will begin meeting again this Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 4:00-4:45pm

PE continues to work on it’s sports unit each day!

General Notes:  EAFK ceremony is Thursday morning. The traits being honored this Thursday are Faith and Justice.

Week of March 28-April 1

Math

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Language Arts

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Science

Fifth grade scientists are learning about ecosystems, habitats and niche.  Tuesday and Wednesday we will take STAAR tests.  

Social Studies/Writing

We will start the week of with a common assessment. Tuesday and Wednesday we will take STAAR. We will end the week with some group writing activities.

Electives

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Math

Students will be reviewing concepts we have learned this year in preparation for our STAAR next week.

***Please check with your child to see if their school supplies need to be replenished.  

Language Arts

Students will be reviewing concepts we have studied from the beginning of the year up to the present.  We are excited about showing our knowledge on the Reading STAAR test next week.

Science

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This week we will review what we have learned from chapter 7 before spring break. We will then take a look at European immigration to the United States, the expansion of slavery, and the fight against its spread. At the end of the week we will review again in preparation for a test on Monday.

Test Monday the 28th.

 

Electives

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Week of (March 7th-11th)

Math

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Language Arts

Science

Our students will be finishing the unit on “Earth, Moon, and Sun.”  We are taking our unit test over Sun,Earth and Moon.  Students also took a Mock Science STAAR test to help us all see how much we have learned so far this year!  This week we will be going over those tests and helping students to make corrections.  Then, it is off to enjoy spring break!

Social Studies/Writing

This week we will be writing a brown bag play. Students will be given four random objects in a brown paper bag. They will then write a play connecting all of the random objects,

Electives

Art Club is cancelled until further notice.  Mrs. Philpot is unable to drive until her foot heals from surgery, thus she depends on others for a ride--this complicates any extracurricular after school activities.  

Eighteen pieces of 5/6th art were chosen for the Salinas Youth Art Contest. Results will be in after Spring Break, as of 3/21/16 results have not been posted.

Music/Choir will present its musical, “Hats!” and Band will perform at the BIS cafe at 5:30pm

PE continues to work on it’s sports unit each day!

General Notes

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Week of (February 22-26)

Math

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Language Arts

Students will be making connections across genres.

Science

Students took the Mock Science STAAR test this week.  

Social Studies

This week we will continue our work on biographies. Students will select their subject, conduct research, complete an essay map and write a biography.  

Electives

Art Club is cancelled until after Spring Break.  Eighteen pieces of 5/6th art were chosen for the Salinas Youth Art Contest. Results will be in after Spring Break.

Music/Choir will present it’s musical, “Hats!” and Band will perform at the BIS cafe at 5:30pm

PE continues to work on it’s sports unit each day!

General Notes

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Week of (February 8-12)

Math

Students will be using Frequency Tables and Scatter Plots to display and analyze data.  

Language Arts

Students will be increasing their inferring skills and reviewing poetry.

Science

Students are learning about the sun, the Earth and the moon!  We are comparing how they are alike and different!

Social Studies

This week we will finish up with the Constitution. The rest of the week will be devoted to studying for the test on Friday. Students will be given a review on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday will be review days and Friday will be test day. The test will cover chapter 6 of the textbook.  

 

Electives

NO ART club meetings on Tuesdays, until after spring break.  Mrs. Philpot will be out for foot surgery. Any supply donations accepted!!

Salinas Art Contest--deadline for entries is Mar.1, the theme this year is, “Fiesta”.

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir:  Save the date for the musical production of “Hats”, March 23, 2016, in the BIS cafeteria

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Week of (February 1-5)

Math

Students will be using analyzing data to interpret graphs.

Language Arts

Students will be reviewing author’s purpose for informational text.

Science

Scientists are learning about the Sun, the Earth and the moon!  How are they alike and different?  

Social Studies

This week we will continue our exploration of the US constitution. We will discuss it parts, passage, and the Bill of Rights. We will also prepare for our common assessment which has been moved to Friday February 5th.    

Electives

ART club meets on  Tuesdays, 4-4:45. Any supply donations accepted!!

Salinas Art Contest--deadline for entries is Mar.1, the theme this year is, “Fiesta”.

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir:  Save the date for the musical production of “Hats”, March 23, 2016, in the BIS cafeteria.

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Week of January 25- January 29

Math

Students will be graphing and using input/output tables to create graphs.

Language Arts

Students will be summarizing main ideas in informational texts.

Science

Our fifth grade scientists are learning about renewable versus non renewable resources of the Earth.  Students are also waiting to hear the results of the judging of science fair projects to see who will advance to the Austin Regional Science Fair!  There are so many fabulous projects that I can’t imagine how our esteemed judges will ever be able to choose. We need to send a great team of young scientists with their projects to represent Bastrop Intermediate School!  Good luck, scientists!

Social Studies/Writing

This week we will continue with expository. We will take the expository paragraph they wrote last week and expand it into an expository essay.

Electives

ART club will resume meeting on Tuesdays, 4-4:45.

All 5th graders are creating a landscape in hopes of a few works being chosen to compete in the Salinas Art Contest--deadline for entries is Mar.1, the theme this year is, “Fiesta”.

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir: Choir  and Ukulele will begin meeting soon.  Save the date for the musical production of ‘Hats”, March 23, 2016, in the BIS cafeteria.

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Math

Students will be solving problems involving perimeter, area, and volume of shapes.  Common Assessment will be on Friday, January 22.

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Science

Our super fifth grade scientists are studying all about renewable and non-renewable resources. All of these things come from the “third rock from the sun” ...our Earth!   We also have to learn about what the word “conservation” means.  As we are studying all about how to be good stewards of the Earth...we are  waiting with excited anticipation to find out who is going to advance to the Austin Regional Science Fair!  Stay tuned for the big announcement!

Social Studies

This week we will focus on the creation of the U.S. Constitution. We will study what the Constitution says, what it means and how our system of government works. The next Social Studies test will be on Tuesday February 9th.

 

Electives

UIL Art Memory will meet Tues. and Thurs. this week from 4-5pm in the ART room.  Competition will be 7:45 am, in Elgin.  Students must have permission form completed in order to ride the bus which will begin loading at 6am on January 23, 2016.

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir: Choir  and Ukulele will begin meeting soon.  Save the date for the musical production of ‘Hats”, March 23, 2016, in the BIS cafeteria.

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Math

Students will be identifying the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.  Students will also find the area and perimeter of these shapes.

 

Language Arts

Students will be reviewing text features and engaging in text structures to learn better ways of understanding a text.

Science

Students are finishing their study of “Our Changing Earth!”  Students will spend part of this week reviewing for ---THE TEST ON FRIDAY!  Yes, you heard me!  We have another chance to proudly say, “If you know it, you have to show it!”  

We are going to get resourceful next week!  We will begin our studies of the resources of the Earth!

Social Studies/Writing

This week we will be working on expository text. We will by examining what it is and its purpose. By the end of the week we will write an expository paragraph.  

Electives

Art Club will meet NOT meet again until  Tuesday, January 26,  from 4-5pm

UIL Art Memory will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 pm.

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir: Monday, January 11, at 4pm Dr. Tedeschi will begin a new Ukulele class.

Tuesday, January, 12, at 4pm, Choir practice/try-outs for those that want to join, please see Dr. Tedeschi for a form.

General Notes

Awards ceremony will be Jan. 14: 5th grade at 8:45, 6th grade at 9:55.

UIL competition will be held January 23 at Elgin Middle School.

Week of January 5-8

Science This week our 5th grade scientists will be investigating “Our Changing Earth!”  Students will be doing labs to understand which changes to the Earth are constructive and which changes are destructive.  Students will be learning about the W.E.D. cycle--don’t worry, no one will get married!  W-Weathering, E-Erosion, and D-Deposition...now you know that  W.E.D. is a cycle!  Yes, the Earth is constantly changing!

 Also, Science Fair is coming up so put your goggles on and come up with a great science fair project!  Projects will be on display during our Math/Science Night on February 23, 2016.  But science fair projects should be turned into the teachers by January 15, 2016 if you want the chance to advance to the Austin Regional Competition!  Good luck, scientists!  Hope to see you at the science fair!

 

Social Studies This week we will be discussing the end of the American Revolution and the creation of a new nation. We will discuss the Articles of Confederation and it’s failures which led to the Constitutional Convention and the creation of current constitution. We will also be learning a new testing strategy.  

 

Language Arts

Students will be reviewing text features, discovering why authors use specific text features, and how it enhances their understanding of the text.

Math 

Students will be learning how to convert measurements using both the standard and metric systems.

Electives:

5th graders rotate to a new elective upon return on Tuesday, Jan., 5.  Art will move to Music, Music moves to Computer and Computer moves to Art.

Art Club will meet on Tuesdays from 4-5pm

UIL Art Memory will meet Thursdays from 4-5 pm

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir: Monday, January 11, at 4pm Dr. Tedeschi will begin a new Ukulele class.

Tuesday, January, 12, at 4pm, Choir practice/try-outs for those that want to join, please see Dr. Tedeschi for a form.

December 14- December 18

Language Arts

Students will be evaluating various persuasive techniques.  Friday students will be released at 12:50 after class parties.  Students are allowed to bring various “goodies”.

Electives

Art Club will meet Tuesday, from 4-5pm to help decorate the stage for EAFK.

Art Memory team will meet from 4-5pm in the art room.

Choir and Ukulele continue to meet at usual time.

Sports Club continues to meet at usual time on Mon., Wed., evenings.

Computer continues to work on 21st century skills.

December 7- December 11

Math

Students will be continuing working with operations involving fractions.  Students will be taking practice STAAR tests on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Language Arts

Students will be reviewing various test taking strategies on Monday.  Tuesday through Thursday students will be taking a practice STAAR test in Math, Reading, and Science.  Friday, students will be comparing a book to the dramatic adaptation of the story.

Science

Students will be taking mid-year benchmark tests which are designed to replicate the STAAR testing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  During the days that we meet when testing is not taking place, the fifth grade teachers will be going over the Electricity Unit test that we took last week.  We will be asking students to begin thinking about our upcoming science fair.  Last of all, we are launching into our unit on “Our Changing Earth!”  More to news to come, so stay posted!

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November 30 - December 4

Math

Students will be multiplying and dividing fractions and whole numbers.  Common Assessment planned for Friday, December 4.  

****Students will be taking a practice STAAR test on Tuesday, December 8***

Language Arts

Students will be evaluating various fiction stories with a focus on theme.

Science

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Social Studies/Writing

This week we will finish persuasive writing by writing a persuasive letter to the administration advocating for change students would like to see in the school. We will also be revisiting the writing Academic Target. We are going to examine scores and how to improve them.  

Electives

5th grade changes electives this week.  ART will go to MUSIC, MUSIC will go to COMPUTER, and COMPUTER will go to ART.

ART Club meets on Tuesdays from 4-4:45.  ART Memory meets on Thursdays from 4-5pm. 

MUSIC- The Concert Choir and  Ukulele group will perform at the PAC on Monday, December 7, 2015

P.E.-The Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  PE is continuing its sports unit.

COMPUTER- Students are working on Google Apps for Education.

General Notes

December 8,9, and 10 will be shutdown testing days for our campus. Please don’t plan to eat with your student on these days. Our lunch schedules will be very different.

Looking ahead: December 17 will be our 2nd Early Act First Knight ceremony. December 18 will be a short day. We will have our Christmas social for the students that qualify and classroom Christmas parties. Details will be posted in the near future.

Week of November 16 - November 20

Math

Students will continue to work with subtracting mixed numbers with renaming and solving expressions with fractions and mixed numbers.  

The common assessment was not given last week and will be administered this week.

Language Arts

Students will be focusing on understanding paired passage strategies.

Science

This week in Science students are delving further into forms of energy by studying about electricity and sound.  Our scientists will be “shocked” at how much they learn this week!  Test is coming up the week after we arrive back from Thanksgiving!  tba

Social Studies

This week we will finish the build up to the Revolution. We will discuss reasons for and against separation with England and the final break with the Declaration of Independence. We will review on Wednesday, test Thursday (19th) and review the test Friday.  

Electives

ART Club meets on Tuesdays from 4-4:45. Students will be bringing artwork home this week.  Students need to bring their own pencils and erasers for art.

MUSIC- The Concert Choir and  Ukulele group will perform at the PAC on Monday, December 7, 2015

P.E.-The Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  PE is continuing its sports unit.

COMPUTER- Students are working on Google Apps for Education.

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November 9 - November 13

Math

Students will be adding and subtracting mixed numbers with renaming.  Students will also be using order of operations to solve problems with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions.

*Students will have a Common Assessment on Friday, November 13.

Language Arts

Students will be focusing on test taking strategies.

Science

This week scientists will be studying all the different forms of energy.  Students use the acronym:  MELTS.  M is mechanical, E is electrical, L is light, T is thermal, and S is sound.  Have an “energetic” week!  tba

Social Studies/Writing

This week we will be learning persuasive writing. Students will learn and practice the skills to write persuasively and be ready to apply those skills for the next major writing piece. We will have a Social Studies test Thursday November 19th.

Electives

ART Club meets on Tuesdays from 4-4:45.   

MUSIC- The Concert Choir and  Ukelele group will perform at the PAC on Monday, December 7, 2015

P.E.-The Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  PE is continuing its sports unit.

COMPUTER- Students are working on Google Apps for Education

General Notes

Upcoming events: November 17 Schlotsky’s fundraiser from 4-close. We hope that you can stop by.

November 19 EAFK ceremonies.

November 2 - November 6

Math

Students will be finding equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, and creating improper fractions from mixed numbers.  Students will be adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Language Arts

Students will continue summarizing biographies and learning elements of a biography.  Students will compare and contrast biographies to autobiographies.  We will have a quiz on biographies on Wednesday and a Common Assessment on Friday.  

Science

This week we are taking a test about Forces.  After Tuesday, we are studying all about different forms of energy!  So get energized folks!  This could be a shocking unit when we get to electricity!  tba

Social Studies

This week we will be studying the road to the Revolution. We will discuss and analyze the cause for tension between the British and her colonies.  

Electives

ART Club meets on Tuesdays from 4-4:45 

MUSIC- The Concert Choir performed on Literacy NIght at BIS ---it was an INCREDIBLE performance! great job!

P.E.-The Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  PE is continuing its sports unit.

General Notes

Upcoming fundraiser will be held at Schlotsky’s November 17th from 4-close. We would love to have everyone stop by.

October 26 - October 30

Math

Students will solve order of operations including decimals (all operations).  

Common Assessment is on Wednesday, October 28.

Language Arts

Students will begin studying the literary language and devices used in biographies and autobiographies.

Science

Scientists this week are studying Forces!  We are watching toy cars shoot down ramps and designing experiments that allow us to study forces like gravity and friction.  It is very important to collect valid and reliable data so we are measuring, measuring, measuring….using the metric system, of course!  Next week Tuesday we have a major exam.  May the force be with you!

Social Studies/Writing

This week we will be taking an Academic Target in writing. It will not be for a grade rather a tool to assess where the students are in their writing. However we will begin the week by writing a spooky story!

Electives

ART Club meets on Tuesdays from 4-4:45 

MUSIC- The Concert Choir performed on Literacy NIght at BIS ---it was an INCREDIBLE performance! great job!

P.E.-The Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  PE is continuing its sports unit.

General Notes

 Tuesday we will be having vision and hearing screening for 5th graders and new 6th graders.

Wednesday will be picture retakes.

Thursday will be the first 9 weeks awards.

Friday will be our first social for students not receiving referrals leading to out of class placements.

All week is Red Ribbon Week:

        Monday--crazy socks

        Tuesday--superhero day

        Wednesday--twin day

        Thursday--boot and crazy hat day

        Friday--sport jersey or costume; all costumes must be in dress code, no blood, no weapons, no         gore, no face paints, or mask. Let’s make it a fun day.

Week of October 19-October 23

Math

Students will be multiplying and dividing decimals.  

Language Arts

Students will be reviewing Point of View, Foreshadowing, and Theme this week.

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Social Studies

This week we will be covering slavery and the French and Indian War. We will discuss the origins of slavery in the colonies, how it took root, and how African-Americans impacted the culture. We will also discuss the causes and effects of the French and Indian war and how it put the colonies on the path to confrontation with England.

Electives

ART Club meets on Tuesdays from 4-4:45 and has about 30 members at this time.  Mrs. Philpot has started a waiting list in the event that some students may not be able to continue being in Art Club, thus opening up spots for others some time in the future. Classes will learn about the origin of and how to create mazes this week.

MUSIC- The Concert Choir will perform at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 21 at BIS.

P.E.-The Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  PE is continuing its sports unit.

General Notes

Literacy night will be Oct. 21st from 5:00-7:00.

5:00--Title 1 meeting in cafeteria

5:30--Choir kicks off literacy night

Southside market will be serving chopped beef sandwiches with chips and a drink for $5.

We have book fair open to the students all week. Parents are welcome to come check out the book fair.

We also have our clubs and academic UIL practices in full swing. Please encourage your child to get involved.

October 12- October 16

Math

Students will be solving multi-step word problems that involve adding and subtracting decimals.  Students will also simplify expressions with decimals (adding and subtracting only).

*****Math Academic Target will be given on October 15

Language Arts

Students will be learning about foreshadowing most of the week.  They will also be learning to identify various points of view (first person, second person, third person limited, and third person omniscient) in literature.

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Social Studies/Writing

This week we will focus on grammar and punctuation and how it relates to their writing. We will learn comma punctuation, combining sentences and dialog. At the end of the week we will put it all together and write a piece using the rules we learned at the beginning of the week.  

Electives

5th graders will rotate to a new elective this week.  Art will go to Music, Music will go to Computer and Computer will go to Art. Students’ PE time remains the same.

ART Club began meeting last week and has about 30 members at this time.  Mrs. Philpot has started a waiting list in the event that some students may not be able to continue being in Art Club, thus opening up spots for others some time in the future.

MUSIC- The Concert Choir will perform at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 21 at BIS.

P.E.-The Sports Club will begin meeting this week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  PE is continuing its sports unit.

General Notes

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Big Kahuna fundraiser delivery will be Friday, October 16th. Items can be picked up between the hours of 12 and 5pm.

55 students qualified for the Big Kahuna party bus lunch. These students need to return their permission slips by Thursday, October 15th.

Week of October 5 - October 9

Math

Students will be comparing, ordering, and rounding decimal numbers.  Students will also solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of decimals.    

Language Arts

Students will be learning the elements of poetry, including figurative language in literature.  Our first Common Assessment, a major grade, will be on Friday, October 9th.  

Science

Our student-scientists this week are studying mixtures and solutions.  We are also learning how to read a triple beam balance and a graduated cylinder!  When we take our upcoming test we have to know all about separating mixtures.  Did you know that you can put salt into a cup of water, stir it up, and then get the salt back out?  It’s true!  We can PROVE it...using science, of course!  Science test next week!

Social Studies

In Social Studies this week we will be studying life in the thirteen colonies. We will discuss the three geographic regions of the thirteen colonies (New England, Middle, and Southern) and how the geography of the different regions affected the lives of the colonist.

Electives

Students will stay in the elective that they are currently in for another week.

ART-students have been working on “My Other Half” portraits.  Art is displayed on campus for 2-3 weeks before being taken down and returned to students. How wonderful our walls look around campus!

COMPUTERr- students are learning about cyber safety.

MUSIC- concert choir and ukelele classes have been formed and students practicing for upcoming concerts.

General Notes

We will hold student council election Oct. 8 for 6th grade and Oct. 9 for 5th grade.

Our new clubs are getting ready to kick off. We will have the following clubs:

Pokeman--Tuesday 4:00-4:45

Minecraft--Monday 4:00-5:00

Art--Tuesday 4:00-4:45

Running--Wednesday 4:00-5:00

Fellowship of Christian Athletes--Friday 7:30-8:00

Chess/Checkers--Thursday 4:00-4:30

Newspaper--Wednesday and Thursday 8:00-8:30

Book club--Friday 4:00-4:30

Yearbook--TBD

Sports--Monday and Wednesday 4:00-4:45

UIL tryouts are just around the corner also. More information to come.

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September 28- October 2

Math

Students will be reading, writing, comparing and ordering decimals to the thousandths place.

Language Arts

Students will be studying context clues and theme in literature using myths from various cultures.

Science

In 5th grade, Science sure does “MATTER!”  We are busy learning about all of the physical properties of Matter!  We are moving on to learn the difference between a physical change and a chemical change!  Coming up is our study of mixtures and solutions!  We promise that we won’t get all “mixed” up!  

Social Studies/Writing

This week in writing we will finish taking our personal narrative through the writing process. We will spend a few days on revising, a day on editing and a day completing our published pieces. By the end of the week we will have a beautifully polished final draft.

Electives

Music:  Ukulele class meets every Monday, 4-5pm.  Concert Choir meets every Tuesday. 4-5:30pm

Concert Choir students need to turn in their concert choir contacts and shirt order forms with $10 for the shirts which will be worn as their uniforms at performances.

Students must provide their own transportation home at the end of practice.

Art Club is starting Tuesday, October 6, 4:00-4:45 .  Students can sign up on sheets outside Mrs. Philpot’s art room until next Monday,October 5..  Art Club participants will be notified and their may be a waiting list for those that don’t get in the first time around.

6th grade students in my classes may be given 2nd consideration to someone who does not have Art for an elective.--of course their will be exceptions.

Students must have transportation provided for this after school activity.

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Week of September 21-25

Math

Students will be solving multi-step problems involving the four operations using equations and algebraic relationships.

***Second Common Assessment on September 25.

Language Arts

Students will be looking at character traits in stories, including learning about protagonists and antagonists.

Science

5th grade scientists are learning all about Matter!  What does it matter, you ask?  We define matter by properties like mass, density, and volume.  This week we are learning about properties such as magnetism.  Everyone is stuck on this topic like north to the south pole of a magnet!  Tune in next week to see what’s being “conducted” in class (hint, hint!)

Social Studies

This week we will be learning about the settlement of colonies by the French, Dutch, Spanish and English. Test Friday.

Electives

Fifth graders will rotate to a different elective this week. Students that have been attending art either before or after PE go to Music with Dr. Tedeschi.  Music students will move to Ms. Debutts’ for Computer, and students that had been in Computer will move to Art with Mrs.Philpot.  Announcements will also be made over the public announcement system.

General Notes

Beyond the Bell is an after school program that helps students with classwork. Register now at www.bisdtx.feepay.com.  Enrollment is limited so apply now!

 We are in the process of developing clubs for our campus. More info will come later.

Parents and guardians are always welcome on campus. Thank you for your support.

September 14- September 18

Math

Students will be identifying prime and composite numbers.  Students will simplify numerical expressions using order of operations and properties of numbers.  

Language Arts

Students will continue to learn Book Club skills and procedures with a focus on inferencing this week.

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Social Studies/Writing

In Social Studies we will finish up the Columbian Exchange and take a test on September 15th. We will then begin to draft our personal narratives.

Electives

Music- Dr. T is offering Ukulele classes that begin Monday, Sept. 14, 4-5pm in the Music room.  You must buy your own ukulele to participate.  Concert Choir begins Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4-5:30pm in the Music Room.

Art- Mrs. Philpot is happy to accept any donations of materials or supplies.  Call 512 321 6023 and ask for Mrs. Philpot or email her at lphilpot@bisdtx.org.  5th graders are currently working on portraits.

Computer- Ms. Debutts’ classes are learning appropriate and safe social etiquette for electronic media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc...

The date for moving to a new elective is Sept. 21.  Students will keep PE the same as always but rotate to a new elective...Art will go to Music, Music will go to Computer and Computer will go to Art.  Usually we rotate to a new elective every 3-4 weeks.  

General Notes

Big Kahuna fundraiser ends this weekend. All order forms and money will be due Monday September 14th.

We will begin holding Saturday school. Teachers will be in contact if your student is missing work that puts them in danger of failing.

Week of September 7 - September 11

Math

Students will be solving problems using all operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing).  

***First Common Assessment on September 11

Language Arts

Students will be making connections to text and inferencing.

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Social Studies

This week in Social Studies we will begin studying European Exploration. We will study the people who explored the new world and the new technology which enabled them to do so. We will also study the cultural exchange that followed.

We will have a test over lesson one on Tuesday the 15th.

Electives

Music- Dr. T is offering Ukulele classes that begin Monday, Sept. 14, 4-5pm in the Music room.  You must buy your own ukulele to participate.  Concert Choir begins Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4-5:30pm in the Music Room.

Art- Mrs. Philpot is happy to accept any donations of materials or supplies.  Call 512 321 6023 and ask for Mrs. Philpot or email her at lphilpot@bisdtx.org.  5th graders are currently working on portraits.

Computer- Ms. Debutts’ classes are learning appropriate and safe social etiquette for electronic media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc...

The date for moving to a new elective is Sept. 21.  Students will keep PE the same as always but rotate to a new elective...Art will go to Music, Music will go to Computer and Computer will go to Art.  Usually we rotate to a new elective every 3-4 weeks.  

General Notes

Student attendance for the week was 97.3%. Great job. Our goal for the year is to stay above 97%.

Picture day will be September 10th.

The Big Kahuna fundraiser is in full swing. Please help support BIS. The fundraiser will end September 14th, please help us to have all payments turned in by the end date.

Yellow folders will be sent out each Thursday to inform parents and guardians about student progress.

Week of August 31-Sept. 4

Math

Students will be adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers.  First Common Assessment is on September 11.

Language Arts

Students will be discovering their “reader’s voice” and making connections, both deep and shallow, in their reading.

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Social Studies/Writing

In Social Studies/Writing we will be introducing the writer’s workshop. We will create our writer’s notebooks, generate ideas for a personal narrative, begin to draft, and discuss the writer’s conference.

Electives

Students will begin going to both electives each day.  Students will go to PE EVERY DAY either before or after ART, MUSIC, or COMPUTER.  

MUSIC- Dr. T will offer Ukulele classes on Monday, Sept 14, 4-5pm for any 5th/6th  grade student and Faculty/Staff in the music room.  You must purchase a wooden ukulele to participate.

Concert Choir will begin meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4-5:30 pm in the music room.

ART does not require special materials, but we always appreciate when students bring their own markers, colored pencils, writing pencil/eraser, ruler and scissors in their backpack.  Mrs. Philpot will happily accept any supplies you would like to donate.

Computer Literacy is learning about internet safety, digital citizenship and an acronym to consider before posting anything on social media-- T.H.I.N.K. , (T-is it True? H-is it helpful? I-is it inspiring? N- is it necessary?  K-is it kind?).

General Notes

Attendance for the week was 98.7%. Thank you for getting your students to school.

The PTA fundraiser is in full swing. Please support our PTA with a purchase.

We are looking for mentors and volunteers to help support the needs of our campus.


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