Parent Forum at Marticville Middle School

Please plan to join us for a parent forum at Marticville Middle School on Thurs., Nov 14th (6 PM – 7 PM.) Janie Swinehart, Assistant District Attorney, will be in attendance and the topic of discussion will be Breaking Down Digital Barriers. In accordance with best practices, the purpose of this forum is to help to create a positive school culture that supports safe and responsible technology use…addressing the real challenges of internet safety for parents, teachers, and students. 

Please email chris.smith@pennmanor.net if you plan to attend.

Look forward to seeing you Thursday!

**Marticville Middle School has also extended this invitation to sixth grade parents which is why it is posted on our blog.**

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Conferences

Conferences begin today and will continue into tomorrow. Please make sure that you arrive promptly. Each conference is 15 minutes, and our schedule is packed. We want to make sure that there is ample amount of time to discuss your child’s progress without impacting other teachers’ conference schedules. This is a fun time of year! We look forward to speaking with you.

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Pumpkin Investigation Success

Our annual Pumpkin Investigation was a success! Thank you for all the donations of pumpkins, food, and drink as well as to those who were able to come in and spend time with the sixth graders. It was a great afternoon of learning and fun!

A group hard at work!
Focused effort.
Time to cut into the pumpkin.
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Thanksgiving Donations

Every year Penn Manor School District assists families in need with Thanksgiving meals.  We would like to make this process more uniform across the district.  We
will be collecting the food listed below between November 4th and Friday,
November 15th.  If you have a child in one of these grades, please consider
donating to help our community. Parents may send donations in with their child or bring them along to their parent conference.

Kindergarten-boxed mashed potatoes
1st grade-boxed stuffing
2nd grade-canned corn
3rd grade-canned green beans
4th grade-canned sweet potatoes
5th grade-canned cranberry sauce
6th grade-canned gravy (NO GLASS)
7th and 8th grades-cornbread or muffin mix-water based
9th through 12th grades-anything on the list above

If your family is able and willing to provide more than is listed above
and would like to make a monetary donation, please send the amount
you choose by check to your child’s school secretary by November 15. 
Make your check payable to Penn Manor Family Fund and on the
memo line write “Holiday Food Basket.”
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PTO Meeting tonight

Please join us tonight at 6:30 PM in the Letort library for our October PTO meeting. If you are interested in supporting our Book Fair, please plan on attending the first planning meeting at 6:00 PM.

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Pumpkin Investigation

It is time to plan for our yearly pumpkin investigation. If you are able to donate your time and/or an item for the investigation, please use the link below.

Pumpkin Investigation Sign Up

The investigation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

If you have any further questions, please contact Mrs. Johnson or Mrs. Mitchell.

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PTO Skating Party

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • The Castle Roller Skating Rink (1400 Elm Ave., Lanc.)
  • For all Letort students and their families
  • This is not a drop-off event – a parent/guardian needs to be present with the student
  • Cost – PTO is sponsoring this event, so the only cost is for skates ($3.50 for quads, $5.00 for in-line)
  • All skill levels welcome!
  • Questions? Email Heather Myer at johemyer@pa.net
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Important Papers

The Midterm Progress Report and the Parent-Teacher conference form were both sent home today. Please review your student’s academic progress on Sapphire before signing and returning the progress report which is due Tuesday. Parent-Teacher conferences are in November. To help us schedule them, please complete the form. It is due Oct. 9. Please return both promptly. Thank you!

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First Sixth Grade Scoop of the Year

Reading

During our first reading unit, we reviewed the elements of a story: setting, characters, conflict, and plot.  We then discussed plot structure (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution).  Students also learned about the various types of conflict, both internal and external.  We then spent time learning about characterization and the methods for how an author presents a character’s traits, both directly and indirectly.  This week we started reading our first trade book, Ghost by Jason Reynolds.  We will be using this text to further our understanding of story elements, plot structure, conflict, and characterization.

Math

The first chapter in math focused on ratios and rates.  We reviewed how to find the greatest common factor and least common multiple of a set of numbers using an organized list.  We then looked at how prime factorization can be used to find GCF and LCM of larger numbers.  We also learned how to represent a ratio in various forms as well as how to calculate a unit rate.  Additionally, students learned how to create, analyze, and graph ratio tables.  We ended the unit looking at the various ways to determine if ratios are equivalent and how to solve word problems involving ratios and rates. 

Chapter 2 focused on fractions, decimals, and percents.  Students learned how to convert from one form to another, as well as how to compare and order.  They also learned how to calculate percent of a number as well as how to find a reasonable estimate.  We ended the chapter learning how to solve percent problems using proportions. 

Next week we will begin Chapter 3, which focuses on decimals. 

Your child will receive math homework most nights.  Please take time to briefly look over each assignment to make sure your child has completed it to the best of his/her ability. 

Just a reminder that there are online math materials that correspond with the math curriculum.  Your child was made aware of these resources and shown how to access them using their username and password. For your convenience, on our Blog homepage under ‘parent resources’, we have included links to these resources.  We encourage you and your child to take advantage of these online supports.

Additionally, the math text contains numerous step-by-step examples related to each lesson concept and should serve as an excellent resource for you and your child when completing daily homework assignments as well as when preparing for end-of-chapter assessments.  An electronic version of the math text can also be accessed through our Blog homepage

If you notice your child struggling to grasp any particular concept, encourage them to seek help.  The concepts in our math curriculum build on previously taught concepts so it’s important that your child understand what was taught in math class each day in order to be able to grasp what will be taught in future lessons.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s math teacher.

Science

Our first unit in science focuses on meteorology.  Students have learned about the types of information/data that are included in a weather forecast as well as how forecasts benefit people.  They also were briefly introduced to the numerous instruments meteorologists use to collect weather data. 

We are now learning about the various types of weather data needed to make a weather forecast. First, we talked about relative humidity.  The students had an opportunity to use a sling psychrometer to collect wet-bulb and dry-bulb readings, and then used this data to calculate the percent of relative humidity.  Currently, we are learning about air pressure and how air pressure can have an impact on the current and future weather conditions.  Ask your child to explain to you the difference between a High pressure system and a Low pressure system and what kind of weather you can expect with each.  There will be a science quiz next week.  Please encourage your child to review their study guide in preparation for this assessment.

Social Studies

During our first unit, students will learn about the Civil War.  They have learned about slavery, the Underground Railroad, and about some of the causes of the war.  We also learned a fun song about the Compromise of 1850.  Ask your child to sing it to you.  Beware, after hearing it, you will be singing it the rest of the day!  Mr. Rohm will be visiting to teach the students about Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln, Lee’s surrender at Appomattox courthouse, as well as for a few other lessons. 

Writing/English

In Mrs. Mitchell’s class, students wrote a short story about a picture from Chris Van Allsburg book, The Mysteries of Harris Burrdick.  Students completed a story map, similar to the one used in reading, as a graphic organizer, write a rough draft, revised it, and are in the process of publishing a final draft.  During the revising process, students focused on adding vivid verbs and the five senses to their writing.  We also are working through the first grammar unit which focuses on sentence structure.  We have also been working on Daily Language Review to practice grammar skills. 

In Mrs. Johnson’s class, we are working through unit 1 in the grammar text, which focuses on sentence structure.  Students learned about the four different types of sentences.  We then discussed how to locate the complete and simple subject and predicate in a sentence.   We have also been working on Daily Language Review to practice grammar skills.

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Chorus Rehearsal Monday

Chorus rehearsal is Monday at 8 a.m. in the music room. Please make sure that you return your permission form as soon as possible.

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