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March Update and Survey

Posted by Mr. O on March 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |
Here we are, only 15 weeks left in the school year!  It seems like it has gone by so fast!  As we continue our push toward June we wanted to share some important information with you.
  1. Please take 2 minutes and complete this form for us.  It is in relation to the Habits of Mind that we focus on as a team.
  2. ELA:  We are slowly beginning our prep for the state test, which is the week of April 13.  We are also beginning to transition to the mix of projects and writing in ELA.  Continue to be on the lookout for information from your child on these tasks.
  3. Math:  Thursday will be our Chapter 9, 10, and 12 test and then we will transition to a review of all of our topics this year as we prepare for the state test.  This test will begin the week of April 20.
  4. Science:  We have completed our meteorology and exploring the Earth’s surface units. We are currently going on an adventure into the interior of the Earth and will investigate how our continents have moved over time. Additionally, we will study earthquakes, rocks and minerals during this hands-on unit.
  5. Social Studies:  We are currently visiting China and will make a brief stop in the Indus River Valley with a focus on geography, government and religious beliefs.  After our spring recess, we will spend time in Greece, Rome and the Middle Ages.  It will be a busy end to the year as we will have many interdisciplinary projects that go with each of these units.
  6. 5 Week Grades:  Over the course of this week and next, your child will have received their 5 week grade printout.  Again, these are the same scores you can see when you access the portal.  We give the students a “hard-copy” as a way to reinforce the fact that all of the grades average together and create their overall average.
As always, we thank you for your support.  If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Winter Greetings!

Posted by Mr. O on December 12, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Parents,

As the holidays approach and break looms, we wanted to take a few minutes to update you on some of the exciting things happening on The Green Team!
  • Please visit our site and check out your child’s PREZI!  We’ve inserted the link for you but if you are looking to share with others in the family it can be found under STUDENT WORK, PREZI, 2014-2015.  As a collaborative effort between our science and ELA classes, as well as among all 3 homerooms, students created amazing presentations!
  • Yesterday the team partook in the HOUR OF CODE.  Each student created their own account that they can use if they chose.  During class the students took the tutorial and then spent an hour exploring CODE and using it to make games work.
  • 5 weeks have officially passed and students’ grades can be accessed online.  Although 5 weeks are posted as such, you can always track your child’s progress online as we continue to post their grades as we score them.
We wish you a happy, safe holiday season.  Thank you for your support this year and as we enter 2015 we look forward to even greater things to come.
Don’t forget…pencils and paper make great stocking stuffers!

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December Green Team Challenge!

Posted by Mr. O on December 1, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Green Team Challenge for December 2014… How many can you do? Let us know! Alumni join in also!! You don’t need to do them on the set days!!!

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2nd Quarter and the Holidays are upon us!

Posted by Mr. O on November 18, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Families,

It is hard to believe that we are already into the second quarter and the holidays are right in front of us!  The year is going by so quickly!  Yesterday’s first snowfall will only add to the pace of our days.

As you know, report cards were posted on the Portal last week.  For many of you, this may be your first online report card.  It is our hope that you are accessing the Parent Portal on a regular basis; we are also asking the students to access it with regularity as well.  As the year progresses we will continue to maintain these expectations with your child as we slowly continue to guide them to the independence they will need in 7th grade.

One of the expectations that we have with the students is to keep a thorough agenda.  Please utilize this tool to engage your child in conversation about their day.  It should never be blank and when there is no homework it should be labeled as such.  You will find your child has a mix of homework every night; there will be nightly math homework and week long assignments-such as Scholastic News, in addition to ELA, Science, and SS homework on a near nightly basis.  As we work on instilling the necessary foundations of solid academic success we look to you as our partner.

Grades are only one part of the way we gauge success at school, yet it is the most recognizable.  As you continue to monitor your child’s progress, please never hesitate to reach out to us for clarity or with any questions you may have.  As we shared earlier this year and we share continually with the students, we are available most days before school, during all lunch periods and study halls, and a handful of days after school.

As a team, we have put a lot of emphasis on Habits of Mind. To date, all students have been taught how to be persistent, how to manage their impulsivity, and how to strive for accuracy. When supporting your child in doing homework, studying or even cleaning their rooms, please remind him or her to focus on these Habits. These are life skills that should continuously be practiced both at home and at school.

As we venture into a very hectic time of the year for all, please continue to check our website (jpgreenteam.blog.fairport.org) and our calendars.  Here you can find valuable resources for all of our classes!  We thank you for your help so far this year, look forward to our continual partnership, and wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Mrs. Dambra, Mrs. King, and Mr. Olinski

 

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September is here!

Posted by Mr. O on September 4, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Families,

Welcome to the GREEN TEAM, TEAM AWESOME!  It’s only been a few short days and we are off to a great start!  It was great meeting those of you that we had the opportunity to.  Speaking of opportunities to meet and share information…Monday, September 15th @ 6:30 is our Parent Open House.  Please plan on attending.  We will start our evening in the Band Room-Room 401.
Throughout the year we will be communicating and sharing information with you.  To start our year off right, please take 10 minutes and complete these 3 links. (If you have not already done so.)
1.  Parent/Child information form (This helps us get to know you and your child!)
2.  Donut Day Signup (Once a month we have a GREEN TEAM donut morning.  If you can send in 1 dozen some time throughout the year please sign up.)
3.  GREEN TEAM t-shirt order form (We have GREEN TEAM t-shirts that many students like to wear.  They are $7.)
The GREEN TEAM prides itself on working together and keeping all 3 homerooms intermixed as often as possible. Your child will have many great experiences this year and we look forward to getting started.
One site we do want to draw your attention to is the GREEN TEAM WEBSITE.  We have all of our classes and information in one location for you and the students.  They will be here often!
Thanks for taking the time to complete our forms.  We look forward to seeing all of you on the 15th!
Mr. O, Mrs. Dambra, and Mrs. King
The GREEN TEAM

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Welcome to the Green Team!!!

Posted by Mr. O on August 18, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Hello and welcome to the Green Team!  This is our team website and where you should go for all pertinent information regarding everythingGREEN! Your core teachers for the year are Mr. Olinski, Mrs. King, andMrs. Dambra. We hope that you are having a wonderful summer and are confident you will find JP an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.
This year will be structured a bit differently than elementary school. You will have a block of ELA, reading and writing combined, taught to you by your homeroom teacher. Then throughout the course of your day you will rotate to Mr. Olinski for math, Mrs. King for science, and Mrs. Dambra for social studies.

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A Day in the Life…

Posted by Mr. O on May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Parents,

Your child is about to embark one of their final tasks for us, and it will be unlike any that they have attempted before.  We are asking them to chronicle “A Day in the Life” of them.  They are the director, editor, producer, and actor all in one.

They will be using a variety of technology to create this task.  Cameras, both still and video, voice recorders, music, and a variety of software will be accessible to them.  We have asked the class to use whatever hardware they have, however, we too will provide them with what they will need if they do not have something of their own.

They will be taking pictures of their day-both past and present, recording their events, and then creating a movie or slideshow of a snapshot of their life.  Soon, on our website you can view the slideshow that we created and shared with them.  In it you are able to catch a glimpse of all of the details we are looking for them to aspire to find.

If you have any questions along the way, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We will be working on this for about 2 weeks and then we will see what we can create!

Thank you for a great year.  We hope summer treats you all well and 7th grade is another great adventure for you and your child.

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January update

Posted by Mr. O on January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Parents,

As you may know, Monday the 27th marks the end of the second quarter.  It is hard to believe that in less than 2 weeks your child will be closer to becoming a 7th grader than they are starting as a 6th grader.

As we continue to prepare your child for 7th grade we will remind them less than usual about their opportunities for corrections and bringing their materials to class.  Next year they will be traveling all throughout the building and will be unable to “run to their locker.”

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December update

Posted by Mr. O on December 5, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Families,

It is hard to believe but we are already into December and the holidays!  It is a busy time of the year and we know how hectic it can really get for you and the students!
Here at school we are nearing our 15th week of the year; time is really flying by fast! Soon 5 week grades will be upon us and then students will spend the final 5 weeks of the quarter with a bunch of interruptions because of the holidays.

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November update

Posted by Mr. O on November 5, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Parents,

It’s hard to believe but 10 weeks has already gone by!  Today marks
the end of the quarter and we have wrapped up our grades. Students
received paper copies of all their grades in our classes today,
therefore there will be no surprises when report cards are posted
online. We stressed with the students the importance of studying,
doing their schoolwork, making corrections when possible, and being an
advocate for themselves when they need help. When you are looking over
these sheets tonight with them please reinforce our message.

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