Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. As we come back this week, we are jumping right back into our studies. Thank you all for the Christmas wishes, one of the things I am most proud of is the community and traditions at SJF. I love our Christmas prayer service and I think it's a great way to come together as a community to celebrate and prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth.
Current Events: 6th graders have been presenting current events every Friday this year. The way the assignment works is that five students volunteer each Monday to present on Friday. The google doc they submit must have their proper heading, the title of the article, date of the article (must be within 2 wks), author of article, and where the article came from. (Newspaper name, magazine, website. . . ) Students are then to write a paragraph explaining the event and how it relates to us, why is it important? Does it affect us? Does it affect the world? Our city? Our country? In PowerSchool, the current events assignment has a due date that is several weeks away. This is so that each student has a chance to present. If your student signs up to present on Friday, and they do not have it completed, it will be put in as missing in PowerSchool. Students should have it turned in for half credit the next day. If they do not complete the assignment, it will be a zero.
Current Event Comments: Students who do not present on Friday, take notes during their classmates presentations. Their assignment is to write a thoughtful reflection. This is submitted via Google Classroom, it must have a full proper heading, students should state who they are reflecting on, a brief summary of the topic presented and then what they thought of the topic. I am looking for my students to write thoughtful reflections on a topic that they found interesting. Many of the reflections that are being turned in are just a recap of a presentation and nothing more. I am trying to get the students to expand on their writing and their thoughts. Reflections are due the Monday after the presentations.
* Please make sure that your student has the supplies needed for class, this includes pens, highlights, paper, test folders and notebooks.