Representative Smith and Her Office Staff
Today, we learned about how a bill becomes a law in our legislature & each took on roles as either special interest groups or Congressmen. Here are our discussions on whether or not Representative Smith should vote for or against a smoking ban (thinking about personal interests and the common good).
Today, students participated in a "Naval Review Board Hearing" where a ship captain's rights were put on trial. Should they continue to have nearly unlimited power? Should they be allowed to whip their crew? Should they be allowed to say whatever they want, no matter how it makes others feel? Listen to the videos to find out!
Spoiler alert! The Naval Review Board's decision is below!
I just wanted to let you know about a few activities/events that are upcoming in our classroom. This will give you an opportunity to ask your child about what they learned or if they had any fun while doing them!
Hope all is well with everyone - talk soon!
Paul A. Solarz
5th Grade Teacher
Westgate Elementary School
500 S Dwyer
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Just a reminder that your child will be participating in the yearly Erin's Law presentation on Tuesday, January 24th.
Ask your child about our culminating activity that demonstrated how America won the Revolutionary War! We focused on about eight aspects of the war, including things that affected the British side. Hopefully, students were able to express those factors in their video on their ePortfolios!
Below their video, they have been asked to explain any mistakes that they may have made in their video in writing.
I was recently invited to attend the Varkey Teacher Ambassadors Programme (March 16-17) and the Global Education & Skills Forum (March 18-19) in Dubai, due to my association with the Top 50 Global Teacher Prize Finalists. This is an incredible opportunity to work with educators from around the world on key issues in education (and they have even offered to pay for all my expenses)! Therefore, I will be missing the following four days of school:
Prior to this opportunity, I already had a district meeting scheduled on March 21st in the morning that I will also need to attend, but I will return to class that afternoon to be with the kids.
All that being said, the school is trying to get a consistent substitute to cover the four days that I will be in Dubai. The additional half day has already been picked up by one of my favorite substitutes, Mrs. Noble. If you have any questions for me, just drop me an email! :)
Additional Information on the events:
Registration for the SIT Conference opens today and AHSD25 is hosting the conference this year!
What is the SIT Conference?
"The Students Involved with Technology Conference is an annual conference for 3rd through 12th grade students, occurring at several sites throughout Illinois. It originated in Bloomington-Normal and has since expanded. So what makes the SIT Conference stand out? It is completely presented by 3rd-12th grade students. While adult volunteers from local schools and the community help the day run smoothly, all presentations are prepared and presented by the students!"
South Middle School is hosting, and it would be great if lots and lots of our students could attend! Traditionally, registration fills up before the end of December, as it is a very popular event. This is a fabulous day for students interested in technology! Students from our class (Mr. Solarz's) have presented each of the past two years and I would love it if we could have representation again this year! If students attend, they can get rid of one week of spelling or one Time for Kids worksheet. If they choose to present, they can get rid of two weeks of spelling or two Time for Kids worksheets. I will work with all students choosing to present during Homework Club to help them with their presentations!
The cost for this event has traditionally been $25 per student (and if parents choose to attend they are also $25 each). I will be there that day, so parent attendance is optional (but pick-up and drop-off are required). I hope you;ll consider attending!
Here's a link that explains this conference a little bit more and attached is the flyer for more about the conference. 2017-Flyer_South-MS-in-Arlington-Heights.pdf
I decided to take a few minutes tonight and gather some resources for parents to use with their child at home to help improve math fact fluency (the speed in which we can answer single digit multiplication and division problems).
Here are two websites which give ideas for math fact games and suggestions for ways in which parents can teach their children their math facts.
Below is a bit of advice for the order in which experts believe we should teach children their facts, and I've also included PDF's of all the worksheets for each fact family (the 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, and 9's).
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