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Week of May 8

The weeks are moving way too fast! I am still expecting the students to work until the end! Here's what's happening in classes:
Religion: Working on finishing Chapter 23, Jeremiah and Ezekial and some other little surprises are being completed.
7Y - Math - We are working on graphing linear equastions.
7X - Math - We are working on graphing inequalities and systems of linear equations.
6X - Math - Testing over Chapter 8 and introducing ratios and rates.
Reading - We have begun a new novel, A View From Saturday, discussing the author's choice of narration, character development and what's going on with plot!

Week of May 1

Happy Feast of St. Joseph! ...and welcome to May, the fastest month in the school year! Here's what's going on:
Religion: We are finishing Chapter 22, discussing how to remain holy in whatever we are doing! The next chapter takes a look at the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekial!
Math - 7Y - We are finishing chapter 8 on Geometry Test Thursday
Math - 7X - Working on graphing inequalities
Math - 6X - Geometry patterns and a quiz on Tuesday. Finish Chapter 8 and Quiz over 8.9-8.11. Test will follow next week.
Reading - We will finish Bud, Not Buddy and take our Vocab Workshop test Unit 13 on Tuesday. We will quicken the pace of the last two Units to try to finish the book. I will give them some time in class to work on the unit exercises...but they still have to be studying hard!

Week of April 24

HAPPY EASTER!
I hope you had a very blessed Easter. I know I did! 
Here's what's happening this week:
Religion 6X - We prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet on Monday and we are finishing Chapter 21. Chapter 22 will discuss the prophet Isaiah and talk about how we can be holy in any occupation. 
Math - 7Y -  Finishing Chapter 8 - Geometry! We will play with translations, reflections, and rotations using the Gealgebra website.
Math - 7X - We are working with slopes, calculating and plotting. By the end of the week, we should be working with inequalities.
Math - 6X - Identifying triangles, quadrilaterals and polygons and experiencing geometric patterns this week.
Reading - Reading more of Bud, Not Buddy, making predictions based on info author has revealed about each of our characters and beginning work on Unit 13 Vocab Workshop. 

HOLY WEEK - April 10

I pray this holiest of weeks is one that brings you closest to our Lord! Please know that you and your families remain in my prayers!
Here's what is happening:
Religion: We are working on Welcoming cards for those in our parishes who are entering the Catholic Church!
Math - 7Y - We are identifying quadrilaterals and the angles within. Quiz on Thursday.
Math - 7X - We back-tracked a little to revisit combining terms and systems of equations.  Hopefully, we are moving on to Ch 12, linear equations.
Math - 6X - After our work with constructing congruent segments and angles, we begin to look at classifying pairs of lines.
Reading - We continue reading Bud, Not Buddy, discussing the author's point of wisdom vs. knowledge. We will introduce Unit 13 in our Vocab Workshop!

Week of April 3

This week:
Religion: We are finishing Psalms, doing our weekly Scripture read and finishing our discussion on the Prophets.
Math - 7y - We are working on classifying polygons.
Math - 7X - We will be revisiting equations and then moving into graphing lines in Chapter 12.
Math - 6X - We will be constructing congruent segments and angles.
Reading - We continue with our novel, Bud, Not Buddy, Readworks, and intro to Unit 13 in our Vocab Workshop.

Week of March 27t's

Here's our week:
Religion: We are still with our Prophets of the Old Testament and working on our Psalms project.
Math - 7Y - Entered our Geometry Unit!
Math - 7X - Finishing our Inequalities Chapter. Test on Wednesday! Make sure notes are all caught up!
Math - 6X - Finishing our chapter on Data Collection. Chapter 6 test on Wednesday! Make sure notes are all caught up! Bring protractors and compasses for our Geometry chapter!
Reading - We are reading Bud, Not Buddy. It's an historical fiction and we are beginning Chapter 8. A lot is happening in this, the longest chapter in the book. We will be breaking it down to analyze why the author chose to write it this way and look at a piece of dialog that is fun with a purpose! Just what that purpose is remains to be discussed!

Week of March 20

A very blessed day to you on this, the Solemnity of St. Joseph!
Religion: We continue our journey through Lent with Week 4 passages from Scripture that the children are reading Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We also continue moving through our Salvation History as we take a look at the holy prophets. 
Math - 7Y - Chapter 6 test on Wedenesday!
Math - 7X - Solving multi-step Inequalities in Chapter 11.
Math - 6X - Looking at how we collect and display data using graphs.
Reading - We begin Unit 12 in Vocab Workshop and listening to the story, the Bronze Bow and also reading Bud, Not Buddy.

Week of March 12

Now that Iowas are finished, we will be back on schedule with our classes. Here's how it should go:
Religion: We are in Week 3 of Lent. Your child should be reading Scripture on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. During class we are studying King David and his life as King. The children will be working closely with Mrs. Mascolino during art class to hand-print one of the Psalms!
Math - 7Y - We are finishing up Chapter 6, working on percentages, decimals and fractions.
Math - 7X - We are finishing Chapter 8 (Geometry) and moving into Chapter 11, solving inequalities.
Math - 6X - We are finishing our unit on Integers and will move into Chapter 6, Data Collection and Graphs.
Reading - The students will have a test over the novel, Number the Stars and we are listening to The Bronze Bow. The students will be taking the test for Unit 11 in the Vocab Workshop. Please encourage your child to study this unit each night.

Week of March 6

This is the week of testing using the IOWAS! Please remember to have your child get a good night's rest and a breakfast!
 
Religion: We are in the season of Lent and your children will be reading selected Scripture each week. Please know that you could be a part of this exercise. Read the passages with them. Talk about them. They have to write a summary of what they read. After all three readings are finished, they must write a little reflection.
Math -7Y - We are working on calculating percent of a number.
Math - 7X - We are finishing up Chapter 8, finding volume and surface area of 3D objects.
Math - 6X - We are working with dividing integers. We will be finishing up this chapter soon, so expect a test by the end of the week...nothing labor-intense since the IOWAS are going on!
Reading - We are reading Number the Stars and begin Unit 11 for Vocab Workshop!

Week of February 27

This week with Mrs. Voto:
Religion: This week we begin the season of Lent and Lent is a time for us to renew and improve our relationship with God. What better way than to take a look at what we are doing on a daily basis. The students are working on a project that requires them to take a daily suggestion from one of three acts: PRAY, FAST, and GIVE and then to DO IT!!! I will be journeying with them on this one. We will be journaling as we go. 
Math - 7Y - We are working on the relationship between decimals, percents and fractions and estimating percents. By the end of the week, we will be calculating the percent of a number.
Math - 7X - We have moved into calculating surface area of prisms, cylinders and then pyramids and cones. We will contemplate the differences in formulas for these as well.
Math - 6X - We are adding and subtracting integers and then move into multiplying and dividing them as well. By the end of the week, we are mixing it all together to see if we can keep it straight! Should be exciting!
Reading - We will test on Vocab Workshop Unit 10 on Friday. Please put that on your calender so the children will study a section of words each night. We have begun our novel, Number the Stars. The students are working on vocab specifically unique to this novel as well as journaling about the story and the themes that are touched upon in this book. I have one more grade from their Genius Notebooks to add. 

Week of February 21

Hope everyone enjoyed the four-day weekend! As we begin this week, I'd like to welcome our 5th grade visitors who are checking out theSt. Andrew campus! Good to see familiar faces!
Religion: We are finishing Unit 3 with a chapter review! We will be taking a look at some Jewish traditions. Please ask your child about the "Mezuzah" and "Simchat Torah"!
Math - 7Y - Introducing Chapter 6 with Percents!
Math - 7X - We are working on finding volume of 3D figures, taking a look a the relationship of objects with a similar base and height.
Math - 6X - We are working on graphing objects on a coordinate graph and then what happens to those objects when we move then certain ways. Later in the week we will be adding and subtracting integers.
Reading - We will be working on Unit 10 in our Vocab Workshop workbook and beginning our new novel study, Number the Stars!

Week of February 13

We have a four-day week ahead of us. Here's what's going on:
Religion -  We are discussing the mercy of our Heavenly Father and have invited Fr. Chris to come into the classroom to discuss the beauty and necessity of the Sacrament of Reconciliation!
Math - 7Y - We are finishing up our chapter on proportions. This week we are working with what makes a figure similar to another and then move into scale drawings. They will spend some time mapping out our classroom!
Math - 7X - We are working on figuring the volume of three dimensional figures! We will spend Monday creating ORTHOGONAL VIEWS of boxes and cylinders! (Orthogonal views are flat drawings of a three dimensional object.)
Math - 6X - We are working on graphing shapes on coordinate graphs and then seeing what happens to their coordinates when moving them different ways.
Reading - All 6th graders will have their Vocab Workshop Unit 9 test on Thursday.  We finished My Side of the Mountain and will be moving into a new novel. In the meantime, the students are working on their Genius Project...reading and taking notes.

Week of February 6

What a wonderful Catholic Schools' Week we had!!! Thank you to everyone who took part in making it such a great week for our school community! Here's what this week holds:
Religion: We are looking at the Beatitudes in Chapter 13.
Math - 7Y - We are finishing Chapter 4 and looking at a test for the end of the week!
Math - 7X - We are working on perimeter and area. We will be exploring circles and how pi works! We will also hit volume of 3D figures.
Math - 6X - We have jumped to Chapter 11, discussing and exploring Integers!
Reading - We are finishing our novel, My Side of the Mountain this week and we will begin Unit 9 for the Vocab Workshop!