Friday, October 31, 2014

Red Ribbon Recap

Don't get tied up in drugs!
We had a very successful Red Ribbon Week with participation from so many students and staff!  The highlights were neckties, crazy socks, hats, and flip-flops. It was a silly mix of accessories with an important message to live drug free and healthy. 
Sock it to drugs!
Put a cap on drugs!



Students proudly display their pledge cards - promising to lead a drug-free lifestyle. 
Thanks to everyone for participating.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"I Excel in Math"


October's Estimation Jar was filled with candy corn taffy. After estimates were made, students drew tally marks for the given data. Tally marks is a review skill for fifth graders, so I tried to make it a little fun with the estimation jar.  

 
Brian was the winner of 53 pieces of taffy. He is now a big fan of tally marks!
More Exciting Math News to Share
NMS has added IXL for our students. IXL is a math software program. Since IXL is web-based, your student can access the program from your home computer. Whether your child needs some extra practice, or just something fun and educational to work on, IXL can help them improve their math skills. I hope you will take advantage of this wonderful educational opportunity for your child.  
Home Login Information 
Go to   https://www.ixl.com/signin/norfolk
Students have a username and password. 
Becoming good at math takes a significant amount of practice. When practice is fun, students are more likely to spend the time mastering necessary math skills. 
Let's do some math! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Red Ribbon Week



Red Ribbon Week is October 27 through October 31.  Red Ribbon Week is a week to raise awareness about the importance of being drug free. In 1988 President Reagan proclaimed the last full week in October as National Red Ribbon Week. It is estimated that more than 80 million participate in Red Ribbon Events every year.
Norfolk Middle School students will participate in activities and projects to support the anti-drug message of our school. Teachers have linked Red Ribbon Week to the current year's Energy Bus theme, "Stay Positive and Overcome Challenges." 
It is a week of fun themes and serious messages. 
Please mark your calendar and encourage your child to participate.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We've got Chromebooks!

To say we are ecstatic is to put it mildly. Why? Because Google Classroom and Chromebooks are truly a winning combination. Paired together they are motivating students and making our classroom more efficient and collaborative. It's only been a couple of weeks, but we are having a great time. And this is just the beginning!

       What is a Chromebook?  
A Chromebook is a laptop that uses the Chrome OS (operating system).  All programs on the Chromebook actually live on the web so there is no installation of traditional computer programs. Please view the video. This short clip does a great job explaining these unique devices. 
Finally, today's post is giving a shout out to Mrs. Fehringer. This is our second year co-teaching and sharing students. Mrs. Fehringer brings so much creativity and technology into the classroom that I jot notes to keep up.  We certainly share a passion for teaching and we are working together to make this the best year for our students. 
Erin and Mrs. Fehringer


We've started second quarter with a new energy and the Chromebooks have definitely added excitement to the room!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Accelerated Reader

Today we celebrated AR readers. 
Truly, we have some bookworms in Room 100.
Students will be participating in the Accelerated Reader (AR™) program this year. Accelerated Reader helps all children become better readers. When children read books at an appropriate level, they experience success. You may click here to learn more about the AR program. If you have addtitional questions, you are welcome to contact me.   
Each month your child will have an AR goal. Please encourage reading at home.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Parents, Pumpkins, and Papers


Thank you, parents, for attending your child’s conference this week!  We enjoyed the opportunity to sit down with each of you to discuss your child’s progress and goals for the upcoming months.  If you have questions or input that you believe would be beneficial to your child's success, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Pieper, Mrs. Fehringer, or Mrs. Full.  We appreciate and value your involvement and support!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Scholastic Book Fair

The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is displayed in our library! At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents. 
It is happening this week! Mark your calendar for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during parent/teacher conferences.
 The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading.