Students in Mrs. Scheel's second grade class are helping us realize our vision: For our community of learners to have the communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills necessary for success now and in the future.
Our children recently spent a week experimenting with force and motion in preparation for our science fair project. They used scooters to experiment with friction, and the slow-motion feature on their iPads allowed boys and girls to watch gravity at work. They wrapped up their work by creating their own magnet mazes, catapults, and other simple machines. Their final project was to hypothesize and test which surfaces would allow a toy car to travel thefarthest down a ramp. Be sure to check in with our second graders to learn the results of their "a-mazing" experiments!
How many of the 4 Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) can you find in these learning activities?
AR will end for the year on Monday, May 1st!
Check out Ms. Hamilton's 5th grade science students putting their communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills to use as they share what they're learning about kinetic and potential energy. Go, #AvocaDragons! You make us proud!
Important Dates to Remember:
April 14 - Schools Closed Good Friday
April 21 - Schools Closed Race Day
May 1 - Last Day to Meet AR Goals for the Year
May 4 - Star Wars Day - Dress like a Star Wars character!
May 8 - Library Books Due!
May 9 - Field Day
May 11 - AR Field Trip to BMS Dragway
May 18 - 6th Grade Graduation at 8:45AM
May 19 - Dragon's Choice AR Point Club Awards Grades K-5 - Dress like a celebrity today!
May 19 - 6th Graders go to Camp Explore
May 22 - Teacher Work Day
May 23 - Report Card Pick Up
Happy Summer Break!
If you would like to support Mrs. Phipps as she moves to the next level of competition, please send your letter of recommendation to Tracy Irvin at email@example.com or Christina Moody-Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also consider nominating Mrs. Phipps for WTFM's Teacher of the Month.
From our heart to yours, thank you for supporting our children as they learn and grow!
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Do you have children in 3rd through 6th grades? Are you wondering about TNReady assessments?
The Tennessee Department of Education has developed an updated Parent Guide to Being TNReady for the 2016-17 school year (download here) and a supplemental Guide on TNReady Supports for Students with Disabilities (download here).
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or the school's administrators.
Want to see your child succeed in school? Let him / her see that you value education. Please take 15-20 minutes each night to read with your child, and model reading by "powering down" and picking up a good book or magazine.
You can also turn everyday activities into opportunities to explore mathematics in a real-world context. (For example: Have your kindergartner count and sort silverware or socks after washing. Older students can figure out how much sales tax will be charged on items they want to purchase.)
It's also important to get your child to school on time every day. At Avoca, children should be in their seats ready to learn by the time the 8:10 bell rings. Learn more about the importance of regular attendance by watching the following video.
Welcome Back, Dragons!
...and now for a message from us to you...
Look how much we have read this year!!!
It’s official--We’ve joined the twittersphere! Follow us @BTCS_Avoca for updates, pictures, and more.
Looking for a great way to get your PK-6th grader to write? Please consider having your child(ren) nominate an Avoca teacher for the WTFM / Milligan College Teacher of the Month. They’ll even get experience “citing evidence” as they give reasons for recognizing their teacher(s). More information is available at http://wtfm.com/default.asp?pid=736418.