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  • Partents Meetings for Parents of Incoming 6th Graders in 2017-2018

     There will be a meeting for all parents of incoming 6th Grade students for the 2017-18 school year at HMS in JMPAC.  
     This informative "Parents Only" session will give you all of the information about your child's transition to Hammarskjold Middle  School that you will need.  You will hear from Administrators as well as other staff members about the expectations at HMS as well  as a view into a student's day.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions.

     There will be 2 sessions:
    Monday, February 6th - Parents of students from Bowne-Munro, Central, Chittick & Frost

    Tuesday, February 7th - Parents of students from Irwin, Lawrence Brook, Memorial & Warnsdorfer

     Both meetings will begin at 7:00 PM and will last until about 9:00 PM. 

    Read Dr. Gaskell's Message sent on 1/12/2017

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After School Enrichment

Month At A Glance

JANUARY

KINDERGARTEN 
  • Writing New Year's Resolution
  • Reading and writing pattern books
  • Leaf Rubbings
  • Learning to use "I" and "We" messages to solve conflicts
  • Building larger shapes using different smaller shapes
  • Skip counting by tens
  • Learning how to use calculators
  • Playing new math games like: "Top It" and "Tricky Teen Tic Tac Toe"
  • Learning to use Number Grids to explain our thinking and help us solve "number stories"  
FIRST GRADE
  • First grade learned about resolutions.  We shared our personal resolutions with our classmates and completed a special project that is displayed in the first grade hallway.  Come down and check it out!
  • We are kicking off our plant unit in Science!  We are looking forward to learning about living things.
  • This month we will also learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As a way to celebrate his life and great achievements, we will begin charting random acts of kindness.  Classes will receive a special prize if we reach 100 acts of kindness by Valentine's Day. 
SECOND GRADE
  • Students will be mixing liquids with water to explore changes and make observations.
  • We are finishing up our Social Studies unit on The Past.
  • We are measuring and telling time in Math.  
THIRD GRADE
  • Publishing out informational texts with amazing text features and research
  • Starting our new science unit and learning about magnetism
  • Learning about the government and how important it is to our country  
FOURTH GRADE
  • Math - Students are introduced to the basic principles of multi-digit multiplication by focusing on extending multiplication skill and exploring the partial-products method.
  • Science - Motion and design: by using a sail and propeller we are testing the effects of motion using the standard vehicle.
  • Reading - Starting poetry.
  • Writing - Finishing persuasive essays. 
FIFTH GRADE
  • In math, students are beginning to work on Unit 4.  Students will extend their understanding of the base-ten place-value system to include decimals.  In addition, students will practice reading and writing decimals in words and numerals, they represent decimals on grids and on number lines, and they use place-value understanding to compare and order decimals.
  • In science, students are working on the trash power unit.  Students will continue to work in centers in order to have a variety of ways to collect information and have meaningful discussions about various topics.  Students will also be creating google slides to present their new ideas and information on trash power topics.
  • In health, students are continuing to work on activities that will help develop their social and emotional skills.  This includes making friends, managing emotions, and solving problems.  Students are role playing and acting out various situations which depict appropriate ways to deal with these issues.
  • Social Studies -- Students will be creating a colonial apprentice shop.  They will write about a day in a life of an apprentice in the 1700's, dress up for their shop, and create a shop sign to show their knowledge about what an apprenticeship's responsibilities and life was like.
  • Reading and Writing -- Students will be able to write literary essays, and learn to write well about their reading.  Students will read multiple short stories and learn to build character theories about them.
DECEMBER
 
KINDERGARTEN
Reading:  Learning "Tricky" word Strategies
  • Making Sight Word Trees
  • Learning to discuss stories using characters, setting, problem and solution
  • Reading and comparing different versions of The Gingerbread Man
Math:  Learning many new math games:
  • Monster Squeeze, Roll and Record and Spin a Number 
Social Studies:  Learning all about our families!
  • What makes our family special, how families are the same and how they are different 
Science/Writing:    We are learning to observe and notice things we have gathered in our backyards and school yards and to look at them like a scientist, using our senses.
  • Writing like a scientist to describe the things we noticed and observed
  • We are also becoming an expert in leaves, comparing them, drawing them, doing leaf rubbings, discovering how they make food for the trees, exploring the many different kinds of trees we have in our school yard.
 
FIRST GRADE
What's Happening - Come build a Gingerbread house in First Grade!  Join us on December 23rd at 9:45 a.m. for gingerbread fun!
  • During Reader's Workshop we are learning how to work with our reading partners to help us learn more about reading.  We are learning how to retell and summarize our stories after we read them.  Also, we  have become tricky word decoding experts!
  • We know how to hop on the number line in First Grade.  We are learning how to count forward and back on the number line.
  • In Social Studies, we're exploring all about communities and the world around us.  We are learning about states, countries, continents and the oceans.
  • During Writer's Workshop, we are continuing informational writing.  We are writing about all different topics.  We have learned how to write twin sentences, make diagrams and edit our writing!
  • The meteorologists in First Grade are wrapping up the first unit of Science.  We are learning about the different kinds of clouds.  Ask your child what kinds of clouds they see in the sky.  They will surprise you!
  
SECOND GRADE
  • We are observing Bits and Pieces in Science using our senses and comparing them to Solids and Liquids!
  • We are working hard on adding more details from research to our Informational books!
  • In Math, we are building on our addition strategies and learning subtraction strategies to build our fact fluency! 
 
THIRD GRADE
  • Day of Giving - Making cards with our buddy class to send to Sunrise Assisted Living
  • Learning about erosion and deposition
  • Writing letters to the Make a Wish Foundation
 
FOURTH GRADE
  • Math - Students explore fraction equivalence and compare and order fractions using different representations.  They then extend their understanding of fractions to decimals, comparing and ordering decimals using the same methods as for comparing fractions.
  • Science - Motion and Design, creating vehicles using a design challenge.
  • Social Studies - Chapter 2, students will find out about the Native Americans (Lenape) who were the first people to live in the land we now call New Jersey.  We will also read about the European people who came to this land in the 1600s.
  • Reading - Nonfiction text features
  • Writing - Biographies and personal Essays
 
FIFTH GRADE
  • In math, students are beginning to work on Unit 3.  This unit involves learning about fraction concepts.  Students will solve fair share number stories and explore strategies for adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.
  • In science, students are working on the trash power unit.  Students are beginning to work in centers to have a variety of ways to collect information and have meaningful discussions about various topics.
  • In health, students are continuing to work on activities that will help develop their social and emotional skills.  This includes making friends, managing emotions, and solving problems.  Students are role playing and acting out various situations which depict appropriate ways to deal with these issues.
  • Writing:  Students will write a letter to the principal stating whether or not chocolate milk should be banned from school lunches.  Students will research both sides of the issue and form their own opinions based on their evidence.  Students will include a claim, thesis and researched evidence.
  • Reading:  Students will start learning about Notice and Note nonfiction.  They will take a REALLY?! Stance on nonfiction texts, analyze why numbers and stats are important in reading, and answer the three big question good readers answer while reading nonfiction text.
  • Social Studies:  Students will continue to analyze what life was like in the New England, Southern, and Middle Colonies.  They will research the Pequot War, Triangular Trade, Religion and Government, the Middle Passage, and present their Good Morning New England talk show.
 
 
 
     
     

         

         
         
         

         

         



         

         

         

         

         


         

         

         


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