Monthly Archives: November 2013

Short Week, Lots to Do…

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thanksgiving 1This is going to be a very short week, but there are a lot of things to accomplish. We soon will be on the countdown to Christmas Break and the end of another grading period. All of the grades I have right now have been added to RDS. Remember, final grades are calculated on how many 3 or 3+’s there are. There will be several more grades with proficiency scores added before the grading period ends. If there are any questions please let me know.

The ELA Acuity Predictive B will be given December 4 – 10. In preparationacuity for this assessment, there will be daily review and practice the rest of this week and next week. The goal for this second Predictive assessment is to show some form of growth or improvement; therefore, hopefully the review and practice will help.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Announcements Nov 25

DECEMBER LUNCH MENU:

December 2013 Lunch Menu Middle and Jr High Menu

AGENDA:

  • Free Read – New Exit Ticket for this week with the summary on Wednesday
  • Acuity Diagnostic Practice Test
  • Begin reading Up the Slide & A Glow In the Dark

REMINDERS:

  1. Vocabulary Quiz has been moved to next week.
  2. Block 1 & 2 – Achieve 3000 will be due next Monday, 5 articles
  3. Keep thinking of what resources can be made for HUSKIES: Behind the Books

 

HUSKIES Behind the Books smallThanksgiving is a time for being thankful for what we have. I am very thankful for all of my students and 8th grade ELA team members for being so willing to take part in the HUSKIES: Behind the Books service learning project. The donations have already started coming in and it seems that a lot of other people are willing to help with this project too. Next week will be the start of ordering books, making resources, collecting donations, and just giving of ourselves to help others. Thank you everyone, students, parents, teachers, for all that you do each day to make education great!

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Read Carefully, Important Information…

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The last few days everyone has been working frantically on the donation letters for the HUSKIES: Behind the Books project. This is getting more exciting by the day! The donations have already started to come in daily. This is going to be a very BIG project. There is going to be an article in the newspaper tomorrow making the general public aware of this amazing service-learning project. Hopefully, this article will spark even more donations.

One of the resources the students will be making for this project is literary craft suppliesterms bookmarks. I gave information about this on a previous post but have only had a few supplies brought in. We are in need of anything you might have at home (or want to purchase), such as; glue, glitter, construction paper, tissue paper, stickers, markers, anything that would make decorating the bookmarks fun.

important infoHere is some VERY important information from Mr. Roemke, our technology expert:

From Riaa.com (the guys that police this stuff)

When It Comes to Copying Music, What’s Okay … And What’s Not:

Technology has made digital copying easier than ever. But just because netbookadvances in technology make it possible to copy music doesn’t mean it’s legal to do so. Here are tips on how to enjoy the music while respecting rights of others in the digital world. Stick with these, and you’ll be doing right by the people who created the music.

Internet Copying

  • It’s okay to download music from sites authorized by the owners of the      copyrighted music, whether or not such sites charge a fee.
  • Visit our list of Legal Music Sites or Music United for a list of a number  legal and safe sites where permission is granted and content is available  for downloading.
  • It’s  never okay to download unauthorized music from pirate sites (web or FTP) or peer-to-peer systems. Examples of peer-to-peer systems making  unauthorized music available for download include: Ares, BitTorrent, Gnutella, Limewire, and Morpheus.
  • It’s  never okay to make unauthorized copies of music available to others (that is, uploading music) on peer-to-peer systems.

Copying CDs

  • It’s okay to copy music onto an analog cassette, but not for commercial      purposes.
  • It’s also okay to copy music onto special Audio CD-R’s, mini-discs, and digital tapes (because royalties have been paid on them) – but, again, not for commercial purposes.
  • Beyond that, there’s no legal “right” to copy the copyrighted music on      a CD onto a CD-R. However, burning a copy of CD onto a CD-R, or      transferring a copy onto your computer hard drive or your portable music player, won’t usually raise concerns so long as:
    • The copy is made from an authorized original CD that you legitimately own
    • The copy is just for your personal use. It’s not a personal use – in fact, it’s illegal – to give away the copy or lend it to others for copying.
  • The owners of copyrighted music have the right to use protection technology to allow or prevent copying.
  • Remember, it’s never okay to sell or make commercial use of a copy that you make.

Are there occasionally exceptions to these rules? Sure. A “garage” or unsigned band might want you to download its own music; but, bands that own their own music are free to make it available legally by licensing it. And, remember that there are lots of authorized sites where music can be downloaded for free. Better to be safe than sorry – don’t assume that downloading or burning is legal just because technology makes it possible.

Enjoy the music. By doing the right thing, you’ll be doing your part to make sure that the music keeps coming.

***I will check several netbooks next week for excessive/illegal music.  Please delete all music that you or your parents have not purchased.

partyBlocks 1 & 2 are working diligently on Achieve 3000. The class that reaches 75% of the students having 6 articles or more and then with the most points will win a fabulous prize from Achieve 3000. The deadline is Friday, November 22, so time is running out. Both blocks are doing a fantastic job and should qualify. Now all it will take is the most points. Also, this will help win lexile levels are recalulated at the end of this month. Great job everyone!!

 

 

announcements 13ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Announcements Nov 19

Announcements Nov 20

Announcements Nov 21

 

 

AGENDA:

Blocks 1 & 2

  • Finish HUSKIES: Behind the Books donation letterslibrary 3
  • Achieve 3000 Blitz
  • Library Day

Block 3

  • Finish HUSKIES: Behind the Books donation letters
  • Free Read
  • Library Day
  • Introduction, explanation, & making of flyers for “Lunch for Literacy” to support the HUSKIES: Behind the Books

REMINDERS:

  1. Craft Supplies – PLEASE!
  2. Encourage donations
  3. Netbooks must be CHARGED and READY for class each day.

It is NOT Thanksgiving break and/or Christmas vacation yet. We all need to stay focused, work hard, complete assignments, and follow the rules. That goes for all of your classes. Thanks for your cooperation.

 

 

Calling All Donations…

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huskey with glassesThe project, HUSKIES: Behind the Books, has officially been launched. The family letters have gone home, the business and personal donation letters are being finished and mailed, and the first donation came in today. Also, the 8th grade ELA teachers met with a reporter from the newspaper and the story should be in either tomorrow or Wednesday’s paper. This will be the first of many media features concerning this service-learning project. Tomorrow the students will begin learning about the resources they will be creating.

After the resources are completed, the students will be making decorativeglitter bookmarks. It would be great if everyone could bring in any extra decorating supplies, such as; markers, specialty scissors, glitter, glue, construction paper, tissue paper, etc. These supplies will be needed around November 25, 2013 (next week). The supplies do not have to be new, just bring in anything that might be at home. These bookmarks will be really special.

book donationsIf anyone is willing to donate either the books or money toward the project goal, it can be brought in to me. Anything that can be collected is greatlythanks you appreciated!  Thank you for all that you do…

 

huskie

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL ENROLLMENT:

Mrs. Schriber, the counselor, is scheduling appointments for each student to complete their high school enrollment. If you are going to attend North High School you need to call (435-0975) and make an appointment as soon as possible.

 

 

announcements 14ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Announcements Nov 18

 

 

 

 

AGENDA:

  • Vocabulary Unit 4 (111-128)
  • Blocks 1 & 2 – Achieve 3000
  • HUSKIES: Behind the Books Donation Letters

REMINDERS: All of these are IMPORTANT today!

  1. HUSKIES: Behind the Books Donation Letters – send to me as soon as possible,  leeann.kassenbrock@evsc.k12.in.us
  2. Vocabulary Unit 4 (93-110) will be collected tomorrow
  3. Netbooks charged and ready
  4. Bookmark decoration supplies – before November 25
  5. Donations, if possible
  6. Quiet and ready to work – there is a lot to accomplish

Even though the holidays are right around the corner, there is a million things to do. Make sure and stay focused and complete all of the work ontry your best time. Everyone is depending on each other, especially to make this project a success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Project Begins…

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Today all 8th grade students began writing their donation letters to pawsindividuals and businesses hoping to collect enough books and money to fund HUSKIES: Behind the Books in a BIG way! Letters will be going home tomorrow to all families explaining this service-learning project and donor letters will be mailed in the next few days. Here is the letter in its entirety;

huscky santaHUSKIES: Behind the Books

8th Grade ELA Team, North Junior High School

15325 Highway 41 North

Evansville, Indiana 47725

leeann.kassenbrock@evsc.k12.in.us

November 14, 2013

Dear Families of 8th Grade Students:

Engaging students in literacy is one of the most important factors in creating tomorrow’s workforce. We, the students and 8th grade ELA teachers at North Junior High School (Arlene Allen, Natalie Jones, Leeann Kassenbrock, Katelyn Buttram, Tracy Fuquay, and Russell Luecke), are striving to be prepared for the world ahead. Part of this is to understand the importance of community.

The purpose of education is to develop students into competent and functional individuals in society. Classroom activities and projects that are based on the school’s curriculum equip the students with knowledge and experience that are geared toward this ultimate goal of education. Community responsibility is at the core of education. Student-learning based projects directly support that belief through projects that deepen and contextualize course learning outcomes to benefit community organizations, or in this case, the North District feeder schools and their students and teachers.  Additionally, service-learning supports and provides resources for hands-on individual and student group volunteering throughout the Husky community.

Through service-learning projects, students can learn that the world around them have needs that must be met. Service-learning projects allow students to give of themselves for the good of others, thus the creation of the HUSKIES: Behind the Books Project, Christmas 2013 Edition. This year will be the launch of this project which will endeavor to emphasize the importance of literacy to all students. All 8th grade students, approximately 425, at North Junior High School are eager to participate in this service-learning project and have the chance to deepen their knowledge, skills and personal interests, while strengthening community awareness, civic engagement, and district loyalty.

Here are a few facts concerning literacy:

  • Only one-third of all students entering high school are proficient in reading — only about 15 percent of African American students, and 17 percent of Hispanic students. (NAEP Reading_2009)
  • Two thirds of eighth graders do not read at the “proficient” level. (NAEP Reading_2009)
  • There is a significant economic reading gap for students: only 16 percent of students eligible for “free or reduced lunch” programs are proficient in reading, compared to 42 percent who are not eligible. (NAEP Reading_2009)
  • Boys lag behind girls in reading proficiency in all 50 states — in some states by as many as 10 percentage points. (Center for Education Policy)
  • Between 1971 and 2004, the NAEP scores of 12th-graders showed no improvement. Further(Alliance for Excellent Education)
  • Only 31 percent of college graduates have high level literacy skills. (2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy, cited by The New York Times)
  • 47% of students who took the ACTs in 2009 did not meet the ACT College Readiness for the Reading section of the ACT Benchmark. (the ACT)
  • A study conducted in 2005 revealed that 33% of non-college students and 29% of college students who participated in the study felt inadequately prepared for reading and understanding complicated materials. (Achieve, Inc.)
  • In a 2005 study, 70% of 300 surveyed college instructors felt that students were unprepared to understand college level reading and comprehending complex materials. (Achieve, Inc.)
  • The 2009 SAT results revealed that students who had four or more years of English and Language Arts study scored over 100 points more in Critical Reading, Writing and Mathematics sections than students who had one year or less training. (The CollegeBoard)
  • Reading frequency declines after age eight – and boys are more likely to be low frequency readers than girls. (2008 Kids & Family Reading Report)
  • Parents are key reading role models. High frequency reading parents are six times more likely to have high frequency reading kids. (2008 Kids & Family Reading Report)

The goal of HUSKIES: Behind the Books is to obtain new books for K – 6 grade students through donations, make and assemble learning packets for both student and teacher use, student recorded CD’s, bookmarks, videos, and many more resources. All resources will align with the Common Core standards for each grade level and will be generically designed for use with all books and genres.

Our students, teachers, and administrators are very excited about HUSKIES: Behind the Books. The students are looking so forward to reconnecting with, and maybe assisting, some of their favorite teachers that planted the seeds of books and reading in them at a young age. It is our goal to reinforce the love, respect, and knowledge for literacy that has already begun in the elementary classrooms, simultaneously, making literacy a practical and necessary part of our students’ lives.

The books and resources will be arriving in the North Junior High School feeder schools before Christmas. The elves have not decided quite how that is going to work yet, but more information will be provided in a timely manner. We truly appreciate the opportunity to share HUSKIES: Behind the Books with all of the feeder school students and teachers. We value your support of this project and appreciate any donation that can be made.

The following donations are needed to help fulfill the goals of the HUSKIES: Behind the Books service-learning project: new books (age kindergarten through 6th grade) or any monetary amount. The donations can be dropped off at North Junior High School or mailed to North Junior High School, 15325 Highway 41 North, Evansville, Indiana 47725, Attn: Leeann Kassenbrock.  Any donation will be greatly appreciated and will bring us closer to our goal. Please attach or enclose the section at the bottom of the page so we may properly thank you for your generosity. If you have any questions please contact any of the 8th grade ELA teachers.

Thank you again,

North Junior High School 8th grade English/language arts students

Teachers:

Leeann Kassenbrock (leeann.kassenbrock@evsc.k12.in.us)

Tracy Fuquay (tracy.fuquay@evsc.k12.in.us)

Natalie Jones (natalie.jones@evsc.k12.in.us)

Russell Luecke (russell.luecke@evsc.k12.in.us)

Arlene Allen (arlene.allen@evsc.k12.in.us)

Katelyn Buttram (katelyn.buttram@evsc.k12.in.us)

**We hope that everyone will be as excited as we, both students and teachers, are. We thank you in advance for your generosity. Thanks to you well over 1000 letters, like this, will be sent to prospective donors. There will be daily updates on how the service-learning project is going.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Announcements Nov 13

AGENDA:

  • Free Read – Exit Ticket and summary due this Friday
  • Finish Flowers for Algernon
  • HUSKIES: Behind the Books – Business Letters, Format, Research, Personal Message, Addresses of Donors. Study Guide STUDY GUIDE Unit 4 Business Letter

REMINDERS:

  • Stamps & Money – collection is going well, but we still need additional stamps & money
  • Names & Addresses – make sure and get 3 business or individual names and addresses for the donor letters.
  • Blocks 1 & 2 Achieve 3000

Once again, HUSKIES: Behind the Books is going to be a very big service-learning project and a wonderful way to put the students’ skills to practical use. Soon advertisements will be appearing everywhere; newspaper, radio, etc. The excitement begins…