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Hitch Happenings November 2018 Issue
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Hitch Happenings
November 2018 Issue

Hello Hitch Community,

As we approach Nov. 1st, we will soon wrap up the first quarter of the school year.  We are off to a great start, and I can tell that students and teachers are working diligently.  

Our Parent-Teacher Conferences will run on Nov. 14th from 11am-6pm.  Please contact your child’s teacher to sign up for a time that is convenient for you.  Conferences are a great opportunity to hear about your child’s progress and see how the school and home partnership can coordinate to support student learning.  If you need any assistance for conferences, please feel free to stop by my office. I have an open door policy and am happy to assist families, along with our teaching and support staff.

In closing, I want to thank all of our families that supported my Hitch International Baccalaureate (IB) petition.  Hitch has submitted our application for the program to CPS, and I look forward to sharing the results with you in the coming weeks.

With that, I will sign off.  Until next time, go Huskies!

 

-Principal Stich

 

 

Dear Hitch Families,

 

We are approved and ready to roll with our Out of School Time (OST) activities in and around school for the 18-19 school year!  Please see the OST activities scheduled below.

 

Some reminders…

Permission slips will be distributed before an activity begins.  Your child must have a signed permission slip on file in order to participate.  If two activities meet on the same day(s), your child may only participate in one of the activities. Allowing students to participate in multiple activities occurring at the same time creates an attendance issue.

Also, please explain to your child that signing up for a class means they are making a commitment to attend each and every class.  

If your child is enrolled in an after school activity and must miss a class; we are requesting you to write a note to the teacher explaining your child’s absence.  If your child misses a class they are considered truant. Missing too many classes may result in your child being dropped from an activity. It is important to let us know if your child does not want to participate so we can enroll a child who may be on a waiting list. Withdrawal from an activity requires a letter from the parent explaining the reason for dropping the activity.  While we try to stick to our schedule below, sometimes class times/dates may change or the class may be cancelled. There are 3 more fun filled sessions planned.

 

Out of School Activities   Session 1 (Revised 10/26/18)

Activity Name

Begin Time

End Time

Grade Levels

M

T

W

Th

F

Start Date

End Date

Teacher/Staff

Chess Club 6th-8th

7:00 AM

8:00 AM

6-8

M

       

11/05/2018

12/17/2018

Bushey

Chess Club 3rd-5th

7:00 AM

8:00 AM

3-5

       

F

11/09/2018

12/14/2018

Bushey

Chess Tourney Away (Sat)

9:00 AM

4:00 PM

3-8

         

12/01/2018

12/15/2018

Bushey

Online Math Games 4th

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

4

M

       

11/05/2018

12/10/2018

Widlock

Online Math Games 5th

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

5

   

W

   

11/07/2018

12/19/2018

Widlock

Online Math Games 8th

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

8

   

W

   

11/07/2018

12/19/2018

Martin

Arts & Crafts 1st

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

1

     

Th

 

11/01/2018

12/6/2018

Hodges

Arts & Crafts 2nd

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

2

   

 

Th

 

11/01/2018

12/6/2018

Mendez

Math Club Kinder Coed

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

K

 

T

     

11/06/2018

12/11/2018

Peter

Crazy Eight's Math Club (Y)

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

1

     

Th

 

11/01/2018

1/10/2018

Yee

Crazy Eight's Math Club (B)

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

1

     

Th

 

11/01/2018

1/10/2018

Bhatt

Peer Tutoring Pi Club

7:20 AM

7:50 AM

7

   

W

   

11/07/2018

12/19/2018

Trychta

Peer Tutoring Pi Club

7:20 AM

7:50 AM

4

   

W

   

11/07/2018

12/19/2018

Park

Resource Cafe 3rd- 5th

3:00 PM

3:45 PM

3-5

 

T

 

Th

 

11/06/2018

12/13/2018

White

High School Readiness 6-8

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

6-8

       

F

11/09/2018

12/14/2018

Mekeel

I Love Books (Book Fair)

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

6-8

M

T

W

Th

F

10/29/2018

11/9/2018

Crawford

Science Club 4th

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

4

 

T

     

11/06/2018

12/11/2018

Schmidt

Student Council

3:00 PM

3:45 PM

6-8

   

W

   

11/07/2018

12/19/2018

Crawford

Typing Club 3rd

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

3

     

Th

 

11/01/2018

12/6/2018

Narvaez

Unum Drum Circle

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

6-8

   

W

   

11/07/2018

12/19/2018

Kinzie

Yearbook Club

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

6-8

 

T

     

11/06/2018

12/18/2018

Trinh

Fall Kickball Club 4th

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

4

     

Th

 

11/01/2018

11/29/2018

Peter

Fall Kickball Club 4th

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

4

     

Th

 

11/01/2018

11/29/2018

Kanefield

Who Picked This Book?

7:20 AM

7:50 AM

4

     

Th

 

11/01/2018

12/13/2018

Park

Who Picked This Book?

7:20 AM

7:50 AM

4

     

Th

 

11/01/2018

12/13/2018

Schmidt

Set Design

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

6-8

     

Th

 

11/01/2018

12/13/2018

Trinh

Skills and Drills Girls 6th-8th

7:00 AM

8:00 AM

   

T

     

11/13/2018

12/18/2018

Bushey

Knitting 6th -8th

7:15 AM

7:45 AM

6 -8

   

W

   

11/07/2018

12/19/2018

Alvarez

÷ and Conquer (6th)

7:20 AM

7:50 AM

6

     

Th

 

11/01/2018

12/13/2018

Trychta

Science Resource Center

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

6-8

 

T

     

11/06/2018

12/18/2018

Kim

Guitar Club

7:15 AM

8:00 AM

       

Th

 

11/01/2018

12/13/2018

Cholod

Travel Choral Club

3:00 PM

4:30 PM

6-8

 

T

     

12/07/2018

12/14/2018

Cholod

*Times/dates subject to change                                               Email Kathy Swieca with questions at: kmswieca@cps.edu

 

GO HUSKIES!

 

Ms. Kieres





PTA
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Hitch PTA website link                       Hitch PTA Facebook link


Ms. Elyse Knapcik  
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November 2018

     

1

2

No classes

Teacher Work Day

5

3-4pm

GOCPS Help Session

6

2nd/3rd Graders SS GRIN Flex Block

7

No FLex Block w/ Mrs. Mekeel today

8

2nd/3rd Graders SS GRIN Flex Block

9

12

Veteran’s Day

No classes

13

2nd/3rd Graders SS GRIN Flex Block

14

Parent/Teacher Conferences

No classes

15

2nd/3rd Graders SS GRIN Flex Block

16


 

19

3-4pm

GOCPS Help Session

20

2nd/3rd Graders SS GRIN Flex Block

21

No classes

22

Thanksgiving Break

No classes

23

No classes

26

3-4pm

GOPS Help Session

27

2nd/3rd Graders SS GRIN Flex Block

28

No FLex Block w/ Mrs. Mekeel today

29

2nd/3rd Graders SS GRIN Flex Block

309:30 pk-4 Ondas Ensemble Concert

10:30 5-8 Ondas Ensemble Concert

 

Happy November!  


Thank you to all the 7th and 8th grade students and families who attended the High School Fair in October!  It was a great turnout! The High School Application window continues to be open until December 14th. If you need any help, consider stopping by during an after school Help Session on Mondays from 3-4pm.

 

The “Don’t Be a Monster” assembly was back for another year helping to remind students about cyber-bullying prevention.  Students learned facts about cyber-bullying, what they can do to intervene when they see someone in a tough situation, and how to be an “Upstander”.  Ask your children what they learned!

 

Please view my webpage on Hitchschool.org for important 8th grade updates and school counseling information.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Mekeel

Specials

Teachers:  Bushey, Cholod, Currie, Fitzgerald, Trinh

 

November 2018

 

Happy November

   

1

7:15-8:00 Guitar Club

Book Fair

End of Quarter 1

2

No classes

Teacher Work Day

5

6

PTA @ 6:30pm

7

8

7:15-8:00 Guitar club

LSC @ 6pm

9

12

Veteran’s Day

No classes

13

Square 1 Art Custom Catalogs Arrives

14

Parent/Teacher

Conferences

No classes

15

7:15-8:00 Guitar Club

16

19

20

21

No classes

22

Thanksgiving Break

No classes

23

No classes

26

Square 1 Art Orders

Due TODAY!

27

28

29

7:15-8:00 Guitar Club

30

9:30 pk-4 Ondas Ensemble

10:30 5-8 Ondas Ensemble Concerts

    
Physical Education
Mr. Patrick Fitzgerald
Ms. Valerie Bushey

Hitch School Physical Education Program

“The CPS Physical Education department strives to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence for academic success and lifelong health. Physical education is recognized as a Chicago Public Schools core curricular class that is the foundation for health and academic achievement.”   

Office of Student Health and Wellness



Thank you to the many families that assure their students are ready to participate fully in Physical Education.  As the weather changes, students should bring or wear gym shoes on their PE days.  Weather permitting, we will hold our classes outdoors. Please dress appropriate for the weather.

Mrs. Amy Cholod 

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” PLATO   

Happy November!  2018 is rapidly flying by!  Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. On Friday Nov. 30 all Hitch students will get to see an in school concert by the Ondas Ensemble.  This chamber music ensemble is dedicated to promote new and historic works by composers with ties to the Americas. In this program, members of the Ondas Ensemble explore connections between music from Europe and the Americas.  European Settlers Audience members will have opportunities to participate and explore rhythms and compositional techniques.


The benefit of music education in the lives of children is immeasurable, and in today’s fast paced world, children need music more than ever. Music education prepares students for the challenges they will face as they grow, and provides them with a blueprint towards success.


Music provides children with the ability to think critically and creatively, while discovering that with discipline and persistence, they can achieve extraordinary results. Exciting new research suggests that the study of music actively contributes to brain development, and increases intelligence skills.


In addition to the development of academic skills, music prepares children to be sensitive young people who are compassionate about the world around them. It enhances their development, provides meaningful social interaction, and a positive outlet for their energy and emotions. The universality of music allows children to connect to the world around them, and grow into compassionate young people.


 
Please save the date December 21, 9:30 am and 1:30 pm for the annual Hitch Holiday Show which is Elflandia. A short musical about a land of big dreams and curly toes.
 

 

   
Ms. Barbara Trinh 

Hello Families! In October, the students at Hitch Elementary have been customizing artwork for the Square 1 Art Fundraiser. Hitch has partnered with Square 1 Art to showcase the students’ artwork while raising much needed funds for the school. You can celebrate your child’s artistic achievements by ordering keepsakes with their art. Custom Catalogs with your child’s art will arrive on November 12th. The school earns profit from every order. The Square 1 Art order deadline is November 26th. The school will receiving the products on December 17th. The holiday season is coming!  Please consider ordering your child’s artwork; it would be a great gift for the whole family.


 

Together, we can help support the school, build your child’s self-esteem, and perhaps give these wonderful keepsakes as gifts!

 
Mr. Eric Currie  Computer Science

Happy November! With it being such a short month, students can utilize downtime by going to the Resource Center website (hitchrc.weebly.com).  From here, students can access Typing Club, typing games and coding resources. Reading is cool too!



Bilingual

Mrs. Carolyn McNicholas
 

Hello families! I hope you have had a wonderful beginning of your school year. We have been learning and having a lot of fun in 008 so far this year.

Some upcoming important dates are as follows:
Teacher Work Day- No School 11/2
Veteran’s Day- No School 11/12
Parent- Teacher Conferences- 11/14
Thanksgiving- No School 11/21-11/23.


During Parent-Teacher Conference Day, we will have our next BAC meeting. During that meeting, I would like to try and come up with a cultural event that we can host in the spring at Hitch. We have so many unique cultures and I want to make sure that everyone can learn about each one of them. The meeting will be at 11 am on 11/14. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns-
cmmcnicholas@cps.edu.

Hola familias! Ojala que las primeras meses del año han sido espectacular. Hemos aprendido mucho en 008. Unas fechas importantes son: Dia de maestras- no escuela 11/2, Dia de veteranos- no escuela 11/12, Conferencias entre padres y maestras- 11/14, Dia de accion de gracias- no escuela 11/21-11/23. Durante el día de conferencias, vamos a tener nuestra próxima reunión del BAC. Durante la reunión, quiero tratar de crear un evento cultural que podemos tener aquí, en Hitch, durante la primavera. Tenemos tantas culturas diferentes y quiero que todos pueden aprender sobre cada una. La reunión sea el 14 de noviembre a las 11. Como siempre, si tienes cualquier pregunta o duda, me puedes avisar- cmmcnicholas@cps.edu.

Diverse Learners
 

Mrs. April Dahlin
Primary

 

November 2018                                                   Image result for fall clipart border

     

1

Book Fair

End of Quarter 1

Reading Log/Menu  Due New Spelling Words

Grammar Assessment

2

No classes

Teacher Work Day

5

Reading Menu 1

6

7

8

PICTURE RETAKE DAY

Reading Menu 2 /Reading Due Log

New Spelling/ Sight Word Choice

9

12

Veteran’s Day

No classes

13

Sight Word Parent Letter Due

14

Parent/Teacher

Conferences

No classes

15

Reading Menu 1 /Reading Due Log

New Sight Words

16

19

Sight Words Games at Education.com


 

20

Sight Words Games at Education.com

21

Thanksgiving Break No classes

22

Thanksgiving Break

No classes

23

Thanksgiving Break

No classes

26


 

27

28

29

Reading Menu 3 /Reading Due Log

New Spelling/ Sight Word Choice

30

9:30 pk-4 Ondas Ensemble



 

Ms. Eileen Stobart
Primary

Happy Fall! Can you believe we have completed the first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year?  Parent-Teacher Conferences are on November 14th. Your child will be receiving an IEP progress report along with his/her report card at conferences. The purpose of the IEP progress report is to provide you with a mechanism to monitor your child’s progress towards his/her annual goals.  I will be happy to meet with you during conferences to review and discuss your child’s progress. I am looking forward to working with you to ensure that your child has a meaningful and productive school year.

 

Upcoming Parent Meeting:

Proactive Parenting Approach for Positive Results

November 29, 2018

CPS Garfield Blvd.

Chicago, Il 60612

Register at Starnet Region V

About This Workshop

Learn about proactive parenting techniques that will help you fulfill children's emotional needs that foster good behavior and minimize power struggles. Recognize that all behaviors are trying to tell us something. Children misbehave for a reason. As we become better equipped, we can address these behaviors in a more strategic, positive way and see more positive results!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Eileen Stobart

estobart@cps.edu

 

Ms. Lily Kanefield
Intermediate

Happy November!

It was so fun seeing everyone dressed up for Hitch-O-Ween I hope everyone had a wonderful time!

This quarter sure has flown by and what a wonderful start to the year it has been! I am so impressed with all the hard work each and every student has been putting in this quarter.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you at conferences on November 14th and having the opportunity to discuss your child’s growth and goals for the rest of the year!

Your child will be receiving an IEP progress report along with his/her report card at conferences. The purpose of the IEP progress report is to provide you with an update on your child’s progress towards his/her annual goals. I will be in the intermediate grade classrooms during conferences so please come by to ask me any questions you have or share any concerns!

Please refer to your child’s homeroom calendar for upcoming dates and information, and as always please contact me with any questions or concerns!
Happy thanksgiving! So thankful for our wonderful Hitch community!

Lily Kanefield

Lgkanefield@cps.edu

Mr. Dan White
Intermediate
 

In language arts, students are actively learning how to make connections to a story, find the main idea and supporting details, draw inferences with text evidence, writing about characters, and discussing the theme of a story.  Furthermore, they are learning how to progress in the writing process by growing ideas into personal narratives, revising, editing, and publishing these pieces. In math, students have learned to add, subtract, multiply, and divide large numbers, estimate and round these numbers, while all within a real world application.

 

Please visit my webpage, accessible through Hitchschool.org.  Here you will find nightly homework assignments, copies of our class syllabus, and copies of any other announcements that I send home with your child.  Finally, please note that the calendar below contain the dates of our long term assignments which students should be working and studying for on a nightly basis.  Short nightly homework in literacy and math will also continue to be assigned when I feel students are ready to work more independently on the material they are currently learning, and will be posted on my webpage.  Please contact me at dwhite6@cps.edu if there are any questions or concerns.     

 

November

 
 

 

1

End of Q1

Number Fluency Quiz

2

No Classes

5

6

PTA-6:30                                

7

8

Unit 3 Vocabulary Test

Number Fluency Quiz

9


 

12

         No                    School

13

14

No Classes- Conference

15

Number Fluency Quiz

16


 

19

20

21

No School

22

No School

23

No School

26

27


 

28

29

Unit 4 Vocabulary Test

Number Fluency Quiz

30

Book Project Due

9:30 pk-4 Ondas Ensemble Concert

10:30 5-8 Ondas Ensemble Concert


Ms. Lauren Furlong
Upper

Happy Fall!! I can’t believe that the 1st Quarter is over already! Remember that Parent-Teacher Conferences are November 14.  I will be happy to discuss your child’s progress so far for the first quarter. Students should still continue to be reading independently every night!

Mr. Anthony Scriven
Upper

Happy November! I am excited for the learning that will be happening this month. Students will be working on an assortment of topics during reading and writing workshop. Students will also continue learning mathematical material in our new Math in Focus curriculum. Parents please continue to motivate students to work on Khan Academy and Independent Reading. Both independent pieces are effective and impactful for individual student learning needs.  Please feel free to contact me at ascriven@cps.edu

Primary Department
 
Mrs. Amy Clavio 
Mrs. Martha Hodges
 
  
Ms. Elaine Pua
Ms. Bridget Peters
Mrs. Erica Alvarez

November Homework

Please read with your child for 10-15 minutes every night.

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

Write sight words: at, can, see, I (3 times each).  Pick 2 words and write a sentence.

 

Practice counting/writing numbers as high as you can go.

 

Family Projects Due

2

 

No School

 

School

Improvement

Day

3

4

 

5

Draw a picture of  animals that start with s, t, and p.

 

Write your  birthday 3 times.

 

6

Write 3 words that rhyme with –at.  Draw a picture to match the words.

 

 

7

 

Yellow Communication Folders sent home.

8

Draw 3 things you like to eat and write the words.

 

Write your phone number 3 times.

9

 

 

10

11

12

 

Veteran’s Day

 

No School

13

Draw 2 things that start with the letter “d” and write the word.

 

Count 1 to 30. Count backwards from 10 to1.

14

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences

 

No School

15

Draw and write 3 of your favorite toys.

 

Sort your laundry by color.

16

 

17

18

19

Draw and write what you are Thankful for.

20

 

Read with your family!

21

 

Thanksgiving Break

 

No School

22

 

Thanksgiving Break

 

No School

23

 

Thanksgiving Break

 

No School

24

 

 

25

26

Write sight words: is, like, and my 3 times.

 

Count backwards from 20.

27

Write 3 words from the –an family and draw a picture.

 

Look for numbers around your house.

28

 

Yellow Communication Folders sent home.

29

Count how many times you see the word “the” in a book.

 

Count how many shoes you have and write the number.

30

 

Show and Tell

 

9:30 Ondas Ensemble Concert

 

 


Mrs. Donnalyn Yee
Ms. Lauren Ma

 

November


 
   

1

Spelling test.

Sight word test.

2

No School - Teacher Institute Day


 

5

Review spelling words. Study sight words, RAZ HW

6

Spelling choice. Math. Study sight words.

RAZ HW.

7

Yellow Folders

Spelling choice.

Math. Study sight words.

RAZ HW

8

Study for spelling test. Math. Sight word test.

9

Spelling Test.

Study sight words.

12

No School - Veteran’s Day!

13

Yellow Folders

Review Spelling words. RAZ HW. Study sight words.

14

Parent-

Teacher Conferences

15

Spelling choice. Math. RAZ HW. Study sight words.


 

16

Spelling choice. Math. RAZ HW. Study sight words.

19

Study for spelling test. Math. RAZ HW. Sight word test.

20

Spelling test. RAZ HW. Study sight words.

21

No School - Thanksgiving Break

22

No School - Thanksgiving Break

23

No School - Thanksgiving Break

26

Review spelling words. Study sight words, RAZ HW

27

Spelling choice. Math. Study sight words.

RAZ HW.

28

Yellow Folders

Spelling choice.

Math. Study sight words.

29

Study for spelling test. Math. Sight word test.

30

Spelling Test

Study sight words.

9:30 Ondas Ensemble Concert

 

Happy November Families! The first graders have made many great gains in this past quarter. We are continuing to build stamina for independent reading, while developing good habits. In writing, we have been learning about how to make our stories come alive through characters’ feelings, thoughts, and actions. We are excited to learn new ways that we can write narratives!

As Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up, please let us know if there is another time you need to meet outside of the given times. We hope to see you at conferences!


 

Mrs. Deborah Davis
Mrs. Jennifer Epstein

As we approach the end of the the 1st quarter, students have made great progress! Continue to read with your child at home and ask questions about their reading, have them show you where they can find the answer or supporting evidence in the text.  If your need some of the question stems we passed out at the beginning of the year, please let us know and we will be happy to give you another one.
 

We will be sending out Parent-Teacher Conference sign up times through sign-up genius, look out for the email. If you need to make special

arrangements to pick-up your child’s report card, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible. Students should accompany their parents to lead their conference.  We hope to see everyone on Nov. 14th!

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

-Nelson Mandela

 

Mrs. Davis & Mrs. Epstein

 

November


 
   

1

Reading Log

Due

Spelling Test

Reading Assessment

End of Q1

2

No School - Teacher Institute Day


 

5

6

7

Yellow Folders

8

9

Math Test

Reading Log Dues

Spelling Test

12

No School - Veteran’s Day!

13

Yellow                           Folders

14

Parent-Teacher Conferences

15

Social Studies

Quiz

16

Reading Log Due

 

Spelling Test

19

20

21

No School - Thanksgiving Break

22

No School - Thanksgiving Break

23

No School - Thanksgiving Break

26


 

27

28

Yellow Folders

29

Reading Quiz

30

Math Quiz

Spelling Test

Reading Log Due

9:30 Ondas Ensemble Concert

 

Intermediate Department

Ms. Katherine Bremner
Ms. Amanda Paso

Happy November!

 

We have been working incredibly hard in the classroom, and it sure is showing!  We are proud of our hard work during Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, and Math independent practice. We are all thankful to be a part of such a supportive learning environment.  This month we will be wrapping up our first unit in both reading and writing with the end of unit assessments! During math, we will continue to be working on multiplication and understanding various methods to solve for multiplication problems. Please have students continuing to work on mastering their facts at home.

 

Important Reminders:

- Please remember to sign your child’s Wednesday folder each week.  Any papers with failing grades need to be signed and returned. We file these and use them to guide the instruction and extra support we give to your child.  

 

- Please make sure you are sending your child to school dressed in weather-appropriate attire.

 

-We hope everyone had a blast at the Hitch-O-Ween, and look forward to meeting with you at Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 14th.  If you haven’t signed up for your time slot for conferences, please do so on Sign-Up Genius.

 

Ms. Bremner and Mrs. Paso

 

Happy Birthday To...

Valentina - November 14th

Mara - November 14th

Daliya - November 18th

Nannette - November 19th

James - November 24th


November


 
   

1

Reading Menu 8 Due

 

Word Work Quiz

 

End of Q1

2

No School - Teacher’s Institute Day


 

5

Grammar Handout Due

6

7

Yellow Folders

8

9

Reading Menu 9 Due

12

No School - Veteran’s Day!

13

Grammar Handout Due

14

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Yellow Folders

15

16

Reading Menu 10 Due

 

Word Work Quiz

19

Grammar Handout Due

20

21

No School - Thanksgiving Break

22

No School - Thanksgiving Break

23

No School - Thanksgiving Break

26

Reading Menu 1 Due

 

Grammar Handout Due

27

28

Yellow Folders

29

30

Reading Menu 2 Due

9:30 Ondas Ensemble Concert

 


Mrs. Jane Park
Mrs. Joanne Schmidt
http://www.hitchschool.org/4th-grade.html

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Mrs. Park -https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4baca82ba6f49-fall          

 

November 2018

*M/W-Multiplication
fluency Quiz

Don't forget to sign up on www.signupgenius.com to
secure your times for
Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Also view classdojo, Hitchschool website and/or emails for the link. Thanks.
 

1

Book Fair

End of Quarter 1

2

No classes

Teacher Work Day

5

Week 7 Social Studies
Test

6

PTA @ 6:30pm

Week

7

8

PICTURE RETAKE DAY

LSC @ 6pm

Wordly Wise

Lesson 4 Quiz

9

Week 8 Social Studies Test

12

Veteran’s Day

No classes

13

14

Parent/Teacher

Conferences
11-3 and 3:50-6

No classes

15

16

Week 9 Social Studies Test

19

20

Wordly Wise

Lesson 5 Quiz

21

No classes

22

Thanksgiving Break

No classes

23

No classes

26

SQUARE 1 ART
DUE TODAY!!

27

28

29

30

9:30 pk-4 Ondas Ensemble

Week 10 Social Studies Test


 
 

Hello Hitch Families!

    It has been a whirlwind of learning new things in and around the classroom.  Students have been really busy and working hard in their reading and writing programs.  The students are great and are having fun learning. As we learned about character traits, we enjoyed our time learning about each other through our reading and Second Step curriculum. We have just finished up the first unit of our reading and writing unit.  Students have worked very hard completing their first complete fictional story to present to the class. It was a lot of fun!

 

The next unit will be involving non-fiction reading and writing.  We are still striving to read intensely as we progress through this new genre which will include research based reading and writing. Overview of Unit 2: This main focus of this unit is to be able to understand the underlying structures of texts to help them understand the overall text structures of non-fiction. This unit will address students’ abilities to determine the main idea of a text and summarize the text, including how key details support the main idea. In addition to work on determining main idea, this unit places a strong emphasis on supporting students’ abilities to make inferences and grow ideas, always grounding their ideas in text evidence. The unit will also work to support students in describing text structures of texts or parts of texts. If you are able to gather any texts on the same high interest topics (wolves, sharks, baseball, and so on), then students can not only compare and contrast the information learned from these texts but also integrate what they have learned in order to speak and write knowledgeably. The unit highlights the importance of text structures and channels students to focus in on texts of a particular structure for a bit, noting the ways that structure teaches readers.

 

In social studies, we are connecting “real world” events to our Social Studies Weekly magazine.  Most recently you saw our focus was on global warming. Students have learned about what is currently in the news about global warming, and why it is important to be aware of.    

   

In chapter 4, your child will study tables and line graphs. Some of the skills your child will practice are:

• making and interpreting tables and line graphs

• choosing an appropriate graph to display a given data set

 

Activity Reading and interpreting line graphs is an important math skill which allows your child to visualize trends and developments over time. Encourage your child to find some line graphs in newspapers.

• Ask your child to read the axes labels and graph titles, and then describe what each of these graphs represents. Help them to see that although the scenarios are different, line graphs are always used to show how data changes over time.

 

Estimada familia:
En este capítulo, su hijo estudiará las tablas y gráficas lineales.
Algunas de las habilidades que practicará su hijo son:
• hacer e interpretar tablas y gráficas lineales
• elegir una gráfica para representar un conjunto de datos
Determinado

 

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  

 

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact us through

email at jmschmidt@cps.edu or jypark@cps.edu

Classdojo  or writing in your child’s agenda notebook

 

Ms. Ann Bramlett
Ms. Debra Widlock

 

November 2018

     

1

Book Fair

End of Quarter 1

Number fluency quiz

2

No classes

Teacher Work Day

5

6

PTA @ 6:30pm

7

8

Unit 3 Spelling and Vocabulary Tests

Number fluency quiz

LSC @ 6pm

9


 

12

Veteran’s Day

No classes

13

14

Parent/Teacher

Conferences

No classes

15

Number fluency quiz

16


 

19

37% Khan Academy due

20

21

No classes

22

Number fluency quiz

 

Thanksgiving Break

No classes

23

No classes

26

27

28

29

Unit 4 Spelling and Vocabulary Tests

Number fluency quiz

30

9:30 pk-4 Ondas Ensemble Concert

10:30 5-8 Ondas Ensemble Concert

 

We have enjoyed getting to know you and your student during this first quarter.  We are so happy to have so many hard workers in the 5th grade.

Students are working hard in Reading Workshop. They have been a part of a book club to read and discuss novels at their reading level. They should continue reading for 30 minutes nightly and logging it as part of their homework.

 

In Writers’ Workshop, students are continuing to write narratives as well as learn new vocabulary in Wordly Wise. Students can use the Quizlet link that was given to practice their vocabulary.

 

Math students are working on a unit of fractions. We will be applying all the mathematical operations as we continue this unit. Students’ math notebooks are an important part of their studies. They are randomly collected for assessment. Students should continue their work in Khan Academy to help them in their mathematical progress. We will continue to have number fluency quizzes on Thursday.

 

Please continue to monitor your child’s progress on Parent Portal.

 

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! As always, if you have any concerns, please contact us through Class Dojo or email.

 

Ambramlett@cps.edu

Dlwidlock@cps.edu

                            

Upper Department

Color coded according to teacher and assignment/assessment

Junior High HUSKIES Hitch Bits

Math      

English Language Arts

Science  

Social Studies

Diverse Learners

Trychta (207)

Crawford (208)

Kim     (102)          

Kinzie (112)

Furlong (204)

Martin (203)

Kolda (205)  

   

Scriven (204)

 

 

November

     

1

Book Fair

End of Quarter #1

WTW assessment

2

School Improvement Day

No Classes

5                                         

6                                          

7                                        

8

Wordly Wise                               

Unit 4 Test

9

WTW assessment

12

Veteran’s Day

No School

13

14

Quarter #1

Parent-Teacher
Conferences

15

Lab work

16

Junior Achievement
Career Day (6th-8th)

 

WTW assessment

19

Khan Academy:

37% Completion

20

21

Thanksgiving
Holiday

22

Thanksgiving
Holiday

23

Thanksgiving
Holiday

26

Math Notebook Check

27

28

29

Wordly Wise

Unit 5 Test
 

Lab work

30

10:30 5-8 Ondas
Ensemble Concert

Rapid Writing Due
 

WTW assessment/Rapid
Writing

Mrs. Christina Crawford
6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” John C. Maxwell

 

It is hard to believe the first quarter is over.  This is a good time to revisit your goals for the school year and see if you are on track to meet these goals.  Checking student/parent portal on a weekly basis can help.


Sixth grade is working on A Deep Study of Characters in Reading Workshop and continuing to write Personal Narratives: Crafting Powerful Life Stories in Writing Workshop.


Seventh Grade is starting Historical Fiction Book Clubs in Reading Workshop and continuing to write Realistic Fiction in Writing Workshop.
 

Students should read for pleasure 20 - 30 minutes an evening and record this in their Reading Logs.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at cacrawford@cps.edu  

Mrs. Cynthia Domine
Language Arts 7th & 8th

 

  

Ms. Mary Ellen Trychta
Mathematics 6th & 7th

It always seems impossible until it's done.

 

Nelson Mandela


Upcoming Due Dates:

November 1, 2018 - End of the First Quarter

November 14, 2018 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 19, 2018 - Khan Academy Grade Level Mission (37% Completion)

November 26, 2018 - Notebook Check Week

 

Currently, the sixth grade is continuing their work with integers. We are working on operations with integers and real life application problems. Seventh grade classes are finishing up their work with rational numbers and will be moving towards solving equations and inequalities.

 

Parents:

Please continue to monitor your child’s academic progress on Parent Portal. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at MVTrychta@cps.edu.

Mrs. Anne Wiet-Martin
Math 6th & 8th 

It is hard to believe that the first quarter is over and we are well into the second one!  6th grade is continuing their exploration of integers, integer operations and application of integers in real-life situations.  8th graders are learning about linear equations, their graphs and real-world applications of each. Algebra students are exploring graphs through time-distance models and making connections from equations to graphs.

Important Dates:

November 1, 2018- Last day of Quarter 1

November 14, 2018- Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 19, 2018- Khan Academy Due (37%- Mission Completion)


Parents, please continue to monitor your child’s progress through Parent Portal.  As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns at  amwiet-martin@cps.edu.

Mr. Raymond Kinzie
Social Studies 6th, 7th & 8th

Greetings! Social sciences classes are off to a great start in all grades. Sixth grade students are investigating the rise of civilizations around the world. We will explore the Indus Valley, Ancient China, and civilizations of the Americas. It is fascinating to compare and contrast cultural development around the world. Looking ahead: The Mediterranean! Seventh grade classes wrapped up their analysis of the World in 1500, featuring North American Indian societies, Wet African tribal conflicts, European Feudalism and the Age of Exploration. On the docket down range: Colonialism in the Americas. Eighth grade classes completed the Age of Jackson and are now exploring the impact of Manifest Destiny and the the movement west. Thank you to everyone who supported our Service Learning field trips to Feed My Starving Children. Our students greatly benefited from the collaborative experience and the opportunity to learn about helping others. Ray Kinzie (rwkinzie@cps.edu)

Mr. John Kim
Science 6th, 7th & 8th

Hello Everyone!

We are well underway in our school year. Progress reports have gone out and in a few weeks the first quarter will end!!! It’s coming fast.

The 6th grade has a service field trip on October 26th for Feed My Starving Children. It will be a great service learning experience. They have also started on the Amplify Science curriculum with great success. We are working on Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate something that is a great concern for our world today.

The 7th grade just completed a poster presentation on the analogy of the cell organelles. Not only were the analogies creative, but they also had some amazing presentations and artistry on their posters.

The 8th grade will start working on Genetic disorder and Biotechnology presentations. They will explore and research the root causes and the implications of genetic disorders as well as genetic engineering advances that exists today.

 

Thank you and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
                                                                                            

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