Friday, November 6, 2015

Shares from the week of 11.2.15

Our staff blog has returned!  I have asked our staff to either be guest bloggers or provide me with some highlights that I can share.  Here are the first two highlights of the 2015-2016 school year.

6th Grade Science (from Mrs. Iwanski)
Students showcased their knowledge on their second science test of the year with a significant increase in scores from the first tests. Students pointed to more focused attention in class, better notetaking, and studying harder (even though it is open notebook). Proud of my students for stepping up to reach higher levels of achievement.
Our team continued to function at a high level despite several absences and subs in our hallway. It was life as usual in 6th grade even with several days of guest teachers filling in in various rooms
We are excited to welcome Grandpa Bulen and his fossil collection next week Friday. Students will have the opportunity to see and touch an enormous collection that we are lucky enough to have him share with us for the second year in a row!
Sarah Kasprowicz, along with other staff, is serving Merton proudly this week at the State Gifted and Talented conference.

Math 7/8 (from Mrs. Senese)
This week students worked in groups to create a review video highlighting important facts about a section of the chapter. Students came up with great ideas and made their videos funny, educational, and helpful! I am so happy with the final products and the students were able to share their creativity with me in Math!
A fellow teacher has been instrumental in my year so far. I am new to my school and she has provided me with guidance and materials. So this isn't really a highlight from the week but more like a highlight of the year :) Without her help, who knows what my year would have been like thus far.
We have parent teachers conferences coming up next week!

Look for more updates in the weeks to come!