Summer Reading for Middle School

This information came home in report card folders, but here it is online also:

HCPS Summer Reading Directions

Here is a template that can be used

Here is Mrs. McGee’s Template – File > Copy > Before you can edit

Further Clarification from Pocahontas Middle School English Teachers

Thank you for a phenomenal 5th Grade Celebration and a super school year!

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June 10 – 14, 2019

As this is my last blog post or the year, I want to say how much I have enjoyed this class of students and parents. Thank you for being so supportive of your children, their teachers, and our school. It makes ALL the difference. I hope you will keep in touch.

Friday, June 14 is a Half Day for students. Report cards are sent home with students on this day also. Please be on the lookout for these report card envelopes and other important documents enclosed.

5th Grade Crossover – The Crossover Celebration for 5th graders is this Wednesday at 1:00 in the Multi-purpose room. Bring your camera and your Kleenex. Students should dress in nice clothes as follows:

BOYS

  • Collared Shirt
  • Nice pants or shorts – Pants without cargo pockets look more formal.
  • NO ATHLETIC SHORTS

GIRLS

  • Dress or skirt – fingertip length or longer, no spaghetti straps
  • Sandals are okay, not high heels.

 

** All clothes MUST follow the HCPS Dress Code! **

5th Grade Celebration – This is scheduled for Thursday. Students should wear the Rainbow tie dye t-shirts that came home Monday afternoon.

Library Books – Please assist your children in looking around their bedrooms and homes for any remaining school or classroom library books that should be returned ASAP.

4 Question School Survey

Summer Reading –

Here is the link for the Henrico County Schools Summer Reading Requirements for rising 6th graders:

https://henricoschools.us/wp-content/uploads/SummerReading6-8.pdf

Here are some other links with reading suggestions:

Barnes & Noble “Unstoppable Kids” Book Recommendations

Page Turning Classics for 9 – 12 Year Olds

How to Help Kids Tackle Required Summer Reading

Have a great summer! Best wishes to you all, and I hope you’ll come back to visit!

Andrea McGee

Dates to Note

Monday, June 10 – Bean Marketplace

Tuesday, June 11 – Student Holiday

Wednesday, June 12 – 1:00 5th Grade Crossover (Parents invited)

Thursday, June 13 – 5th Grade Celebration

Friday, June 14 – Final ½ day (Report Cards distributed)

Thur, Aug 22 – Hawk Hill Camp 9:00 – noon at Pocahontas Middle School

HCPS Back-to-School Kickoff

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

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June 3 – 7, 2019

5th Grade Crossover – This is a special event for 5th graders and their families. We don’t call it a “graduation,” but it does celebrate the transition from one stage to another. Parents are invited, and the dress for students is nice. A paper detailing the appropriate attire for students was sent home with students previously. Here is a summary:

BOYS

  • Collared Shirt
  • Nice pants or shorts – Pants without cargo pockets look more formal.
  • NO ATHLETIC SHORTS

GIRLS

  • Dress or skirt – fingertip length or longer, no spaghetti straps
  • Sandals are okay, not high heels.

 

** All clothes MUST follow the HCPS Dress Code! **

Novel Studies – Students should be reading the final 1/3 of their novels this week. I will collect student copies of the books next Monday.

Library Books – All school library books should be returned this week. I am also requesting that all books from my classroom library be returned by the end of this week. Thank you for assisting your child in looking around his/her room and home for these.

Summer Reading – A representative from the Henrico County Public Libraries is coming to talk with students on Tuesday about their summer reading program.

Here is the link for the Henrico County Schools Summer Reading Requirements for rising 6th graders:

https://henricoschools.us/wp-content/uploads/SummerReading6-8.pdf

Here are some other links with reading suggestions:

Brightly’s Ultimate Summer Reading List for Kids Age 9 – 12

Page Turning Classics for 9 – 12 Year Olds

Field Day – Field Day is this Thursday. Students are either on either the blue or the yellow team and should wear a shirt of the designated color.

Additional Field Day Reminders for students:

  • Wear sneakers
  • Apply sunscreen in the morning
  • Bring a hat and/or sunglasses if desired
  • Bring a bagged lunch
  • Bring a towel to sit on at lunch.

For family members who wish to join us for lunch. We will be eating on the grassy area between the school building and the parent drop off/pick up loop. I don’t recall our assigned time, but I’ll send it out later this week.

5th Grade Calendar of Events

End of Year Family Survey for Families (Just 4 questions):

Family Survey

Dates to Note

Mon, June 3 – Fri, June 7 – Marketplace Work Days

Thu, June 6 – Field Day

Monday, June 10 – Bean Marketplace

Tuesday, June 11 – Student Holiday

Wednesday, June 12 – 1:00 5th Grade Crossover (Parents invited)

Thursday, June 13 – 5th Grade Celebration

Friday, June 14 – Final ½ day (Report Cards distributed)

Thur, Aug 22 – Hawk Hill Camp 9:00 – noon at Pocahontas Middle School

This Week:

In whole group students will continue reading, listening to, and performing famous stories from Greek and Roman Mythology. In addition, they will work daily with their Marketplace business partners on creating products for their Marketplace business.

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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May 27 – 31

Monday is a Holiday – School is closed

Spring Carnival – The big event is this Friday, May 31st. Tickets and wristbands may still be purchased at the event.

5th Grade Crossover – This is a special event for 5th graders and their families. We don’t call it a “graduation,” but it does celebrate the transition from one stage to another. Parents are invited, and the dress for students is nice. A paper detailing the appropriate attire for students was sent home with students on Wednesday. Here is a summary:

BOYS

  • Collared Shirt
  • Nice pants or shorts – Pants without cargo pockets look more formal.
  • NO ATHLETIC SHORTS

GIRLS

  • Dress or skirt – fingertip length or longer, no spaghetti straps
  • Sandals are okay, not high heels.

 

** All clothes MUST follow the HCPS Dress Code! **

Marketplace Contracts Due Tuesday – The 5th Grade Teachers met with all 5th grade students last week to roll out the expectations for Bean Marketplace. Students will work in “businesses” of 1-4 students to (1) research and plan items to create for market, (2) work together on Marketplace work days to actually produce these items, and (3) work creatively and collaboratively to market the items. Students were given contracts on Wednesday and given time to select partners with whom to work. They should have been working with these students already to plan. Teachers will meet with students when we return to school on Tuesday to revise and approve contracts. Please check in with your child to see if he/she has communicated with group members and has a completed contract and prototype ready to be reviewed.

Novel Studies – Currently in reading, students have assigned pages to read in their novels. They will meet with their book groups this week to discuss their reading so far.

Poetry Recital – Students who have not yet presented their poems should be working on memorizing and reciting them. Rehearsing in front of a family member will be helpful. Recitals conclude this week.

12 Gift Books for Elementary School “Graduates”

5th Grade Calendar of Events

Dates to Note

Mon, May 27 – Memorial Day Holiday

Tues, May 28 – Bean Marketplace Contracts Due

Fri, May 31 – Crossover Program Cover Art Contest Entries Due

Fri, May 31 – 5:30 Spring Carnival

Thu, June 6 – Field Day

Monday, June 10 – Bean Marketplace

Tuesday, June 11 – Student Holiday

Wednesday, June 12 – 1:00 5th Grade Crossover (Parents invited)

Thursday, June 13 – 5th Grade Celebration

Friday, June 14 – Final ½ day (Report Cards distributed)

 

Thur, Aug 22 – Hawk Hill Camp 9:00 – noon at Pocahontas Middle School

 

In Academics This Week:

Reading

In whole group students will continue to enjoy reading and performing different famous stories from Greek and Roman Mythology.

Social Studies

On Tuesday students will complete a web scavenger hunt to learn more about the history and purpose of Memorial Day. Later we’ll review all the fifty states and capitals. Here is a link to the usual study site: States & Capitals Games

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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May 20 – 24, 2019

Cyber Bullying – The School Resource Officer spoke with all 5th graders Monday about Cyber-bullying. A flyer on this topic was sent home last Friday. Please ask your child about this topic and offer further support, clarification, or advice as needed.

SOL Testing Continues this week –The Science SOL is this Wednesday. Students have done well on the Reading and Math SOLs, and they’re going to knock this one out of the park. A limited number of students will be taking SOL retakes next week.

Spring Carnival – A new event for Short Pump Elementary is coming in less than two weeks. The PTA is requesting some parent volunteers to help the event be a success. Discounted price pre-orders for tickets and wristbands will be accepted until this Friday, May 24th.

Novel Studies – Students were interested in reading the next novels in the series (City of Ember, Lightning Thief, and Hatchet). I’ve secured copies for them. The expectations will be much less intensive, involving mostly reading. Rather than requiring students to answer questions for each chapter, they will meet in discussion groups to respond to more open-ended questions.

Poetry Recital – Students have selected and received a copy of the poem they chose. They should be working on memorizing and reciting them. Rehearsing in front of a family member will be helpful. On Tuesday they will sign up for a presentation date. Recitals will begin this Thursday and continue into next week.

Friendships in Middle Grade Literature

14 Kid Approved Books for Advanced 5th and 6th Grade Readers

5th Grade Calendar of Events

Dates to Note

Fri, May 17 – Graded Paper Folders Were Sent Home

Mon, May 20 – Return signed Graded Paper Folders to school

Wed, May 22 – Science SOL

Thur, May 23 – 80’s Theme Spirit Day

Thur, May 23 – Basketball Tournament and Dance Team Performance at Glen Allen High School

Mon, May 27 – Memorial Day Holiday

Fri, May 31 – 5:30 Spring Carnival

Thu, June 6 – Field Day

 

Last Week of School:

Monday, June 10 – Bean Marketplace

Tuesday, June 11 – Student Holiday

Wednesday, June 12 – 1:00 5th Grade Crossover (Parents invited)

Thursday, June 13 – 5th Grade Celebration

Friday, June 14 – Final ½ day (Report Cards distributed)

 

Thur, Aug 22 – Hawk Hill Camp 9:00 – noon at Pocahontas Middle School

 

In Academics This Week:

Reading

In whole group students are participating in Science review during the first part of the week and reading some stories from Greek Mythology during the second part of the week.

Social Studies

Later in the week, we’ll review all the fifty states and capitals. Here is a link to the usual study site: States & Capitals Games

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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May 13 – 17

Thank You! – For all the kind, thoughtful, and generous treats and gestures during Teacher Appreciation Week. This class makes coming to work each day a joy, and all of the special tokens of appreciation make it all that much nicer. Thank you!

SOL Testing Continue this week – I’m very proud of my students’ success on the Reading SOL this past week. Students will take the Math SOL this Thursday and Friday. The Science SOL is next Wednesday.

Novel Studies – We were so busy last week preparing for the Reading SOL, that we didn’t review our novel questions. Therefore, groups will review novel questions this Monday and take their final novel quizzes on Tuesday. Then, we’ll move on to…more reading.

Poetry Recital – Students will be required to memorize and recite a poem of their choosing of 50 words or more. This assignment will be introduced on Monday, and students have a selection of poem anthologies in the classroom to browse through. They should select and get their poems approved by Thursday. Recitals will begin next week after the Science SOL.

Friendships in Middle Grade Literature

5th Grade Calendar of Events

Dates to Note

Tues, May 14 – Possessives Quiz

Wed, May 15 – The West Geography Quiz

Thur, May 16 – Math SOL part 1

Thur, May 16 – 5:30-7:30 Family Coding Night

Fri, May 17 – Math SOL part 2

Fri, May 17 – Graded Paper Folders Come Home

Mon, May 20 – Return signed Graded Paper Folders to school

Wed, May 22 – Science SOL

Thur, May 23 – 80’s Theme Spirit Day

Thur, May 23 – Basketball Tournament and Dance Team Performance at Glen Allen High School

Mon, May 27 – Memorial Day Holiday

Fri, May 31 – 5:30 Spring Carnival

Thu, June 6 – Field Day

 

Last Week of School:

Monday, June 10 – Bean Marketplace

Tuesday, June 11 – Student Holiday

Wednesday, June 12 – 1:00 5th Grade Crossover (Parents invited)

Thursday, June 13 – 5th Grade Celebration

Friday, June 14 – Final ½ day (Report Cards distributed)

 

Thur, Aug 22 – Hawk Hill Camp 9:00 – noon at Pocahontas Middle School

 

In Academics This Week:

Reading

In whole group students will practice their reading comprehension with Math word problems for a few days, and then we will move on to a study of Tall Tales.

Social Studies

Students will continue their study of the West region. The geography quiz is scheduled for this Wed, May 15.

Here is a link to the usual study site: States & Capitals Games

English

Students have a quiz on Possessives and Apostrophes this Tuesday, May 14.

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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May 6 – 10, 2019

Field Trip Gratitude– Thank you to Mr. Birindelli and Mrs. Wu for chaperoning on our field trip to the James River last week.

SOL Testing Begins this week – Students will take the Reading SOL this Thursday and Friday. The schedule for the remaining SOLs is below. I believe the students have the skills to do well, and I’m looking forward to their seeing successful results from their hard work.

Novel Studies – Students are reading in one of four different novels presently. Please ensure that your children are keeping up with the reading and comprehension questions by asking to see them on a regular basis. As usual, novel questions are due on Monday, and students have their weekly quizzes on Monday.

The books behind the Daytime Emmy nominated kids’ series

5th Grade Calendar of Events

Dates to Note

Thur, May 9 – Reading SOL part 1

Fri, May 10 – Reading SOL part 2

Tues, May 14 – Possessives Quiz

Wed, May 15 – The West Geography Quiz

Thur, May 16 – Math SOL part 1

Fri, May 17 – Math SOL part 2

Wed, May 22 – Science SOL

Mon, May 27 – Memorial Day Holiday

Thu, June 6 – Field Day

 

Last Week of School:

Monday, June 10 – Bean Marketplace

Tuesday, June 11 – Student Holiday

Wednesday, June 12 – 1:00 5th Grade Crossover (Parents invited)

Thursday, June 13 – 5th Grade Celebration

Friday, June 14 – Final ½ day (Report Cards distributed)

 

Thur, Aug 22 – Hawk Hill Camp 9:00 – noon at Pocahontas Middle School

 

In Academics This Week:

Reading

This week students will review non-standard texts, TEI questions, word analysis skills, fact/opinion, and fictional elements in preparation for the Reading SOL this Thursday and Friday. Please help your child be successful by ensuring that they get to bed on time the night before a test and have a brain boosting breakfast.

Social Studies

Next week students will continue their study of the West region. The geography quiz is scheduled for Wed, May 15. This is a change.

Here is a link to the usual study site: States & Capitals Games

English

Later this week we’ll review Possessives and Apostrophes again. Students will have a quiz on this next Tuesday, May 14.

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Mid Week Update

Hi Parents,

FIELD TRIP TOMORROW:

I’m excited about the great weather forecast for our field trip tomorrow. Here are some important reminders.

Send several snacks and a lunch including a drink. (Since the lunches will remain on the bus for a while, packing a cold pack would be a good idea)

Students should wear sneakers.

I recommend students bring a towel to sit on while they eat.

Students may bring non-electronic forms of entertainment for the bus ride, such as puzzle books, books, travel games, drawing materials, etc.

 

PICTURES:
Pictures were sent home on Monday. If you wish to keep these, please send in money in the envelope provided for the sheets you wish to keep. Return those you are not purchasing by Monday please.

 

5th GRADE CELEBRATION PACKET:

Tomorrow students will bring home a yellow packet of information about the 5th Grade Celebration being planned for the next to last day of school (Thursday, June 13). A dedicated committee of parents has already been planning this day for months. Please look through this packet of information carefully, as several items are being requested and need your attention. Thank you.

 

TESTING:
SOL testing begins a week from tomorrow with the Reading SOL, and I ask that you help your child maintain quality routines and work habits. The way students perform daily is usually how they perform on a test, so let’s help them succeed on a daily basis.

 

Thank you for all the support, love, structure, routines, and expectations you provide for your children at home.

 

-Andrea McGee

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April 29 – May 3, 2019

Field Trip Reminders – Our field trip to the James River is this Thursday. We will ride the school bus and travel during school hours. Please provide a packed lunch on Thursday, or make arrangements ahead of time to purchase a bagged lunch from the cafeteria. Aside from the bus ride, students will be outside for the duration of this trip, so please have your children dress accordingly.

Novel Studies – Students are reading in one of four different novels presently. Please ensure that your children are keeping up with the reading and comprehension questions by asking to see them on a regular basis.

5th Grade Calendar of Events

Dates to Note

Thur, May 2 – Field Trip to James River (McGee & Gosney)

Thur, May 2 – All-County Chorus

Fri, May 3 – Powell & Bernheart to James River Field Trip

Thur, May 9 – Reading SOL part 1

Fri, May 10 – Reading SOL part 2

Tue, May 14 – Possessives Quiz

Wed, May 15 – The West Geography Quiz

Thur, May 16 – Math SOL part 1

Fri, May 17 – Math SOL part 2

Wed, May 22 – Science SOL

Mon, May 27 – Memorial Day Holiday

Thu, June 6 – Field Day

 

Last Week of School:

Monday, June 10 – Bean Marketplace

Tuesday, June 11 – Student Holiday

Wednesday, June 12 – 1:00 5th Grade Crossover (Parents invited)

Thursday, June 13 – 5th Grade Celebration

Friday, June 14 – Final ½ day (Report Cards distributed)

 

Thur, Aug 22 – Hawk Hill Camp 9:00 – noon at Pocahontas Middle School

 

In Academics This Week:

Reading

This week students will review nonfiction text structures, context clues, and non- standard texts in preparation for the Reading SOL next week.

Social Studies

This week students will begin their study of the West region. The geography quiz will be after the conclusion of our SOL tests, so it is scheduled for Wed, May 15.

Here is a link to the usual study site: States & Capitals Games

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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April 23 – 26, 2019

Monday, April 22 is a STUDENT HOLIDAY!

I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend. Next week is a short but very busy week.

Field Trip Permission Slips (James River Field Trip)- Please complete and return the TWO permission slips ASAP along with a check for $19 made out to SPES. Please send in exactly $19 if you’re sending in cash. The deadline is this Thursday, April 25. Thank you in advance for getting this in as early as possible.

Novel Studies – Students are reading in one of four different novels presently. Please ensure that your children are keeping up with the reading and comprehension questions by asking to see them on a regular basis.

Slam Dunk! 10 Sports Books for Teen Readers

5th Grade Calendar of Events

Dates to Note

Tue., April 23 – Q3 Report Cards Go Home

Tue, April 23 – Southwest Geography Quiz

Tue, April 23 – Wear GREEN for Earth Week

Tue, April 23 – Last chance to turn in Field Day Bagged Lunch Orders

Wed., April 24 – 5th Grade Math MAPS

Wed, April 24 – Wear BLUE for Earth Week

Thur, April 25 – Wear BROWN for Earth Week

Fri, April 26 – FIELD DAY

Thur, May 2 – Field Trip to James River (McGee & Gosney)

Thur, May 2 – All-County Chorus

Fri, May 3 – Powell & Bernheart to James River Field Trip

 

Last Week of School:

Monday, June 10 – Bean Marketplace

Tuesday, June 11 – Student Holiday

Wednesday, June 12 – 1:00 5th Grade Crossover (Parents invited)

Thursday, June 13 – 5th Grade Celebration

Friday, June 14 – Final ½ day (Report Cards distributed)

 

Thur, Aug 22 – Hawk Hill Camp 9:00 – noon at Pocahontas Middle School

 

In Academics This Week:

Reading

Students are taking the Math MAPS test on Wednesday, and Friday is Field Day. With the remaining time we’ll make a little more progress in our poetry and author’s word choice activities begun previously.

Social Studies

Students will continue their study of the Southwest region this week.  The Southwest Geography Quiz is on Tuesday, April 23, which will be the students’ first day back after this long weekend. Here is an additional helpful study site:

States & Capitals Games

English / Writing

Students will complete an editing assessment during the first part of the week.

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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