•       We are back in the swing of things and have hit the ground running. This week, students will have a social studies test on Thursday as well as their direct writing assessment on Wednesday. The direct writing assessment is a fifth grade writing test given throughout southern Idaho. Students will be given most of the day to write an essay and be given scores sometime before Christmas break. This test is meant to be informative for teachers and students to know how they're doing. This will not be a factor in final grades.

         This week, we will be starting division in math and continuing to study properties of matter in science. Monday folders were sent home today they included a flyer for the pajama drive put on by our student council, and a flyer for the book fair which will be held at Barnes and Noble. Also included in Monday folders was the last spelling test from the Friday before break as well as one of the math quizzes from the week before break. 
        Before break, students were given two math quizzes. On the first math quiz they were assessed for their multiplication. with a high score possibility of a 2.5 on operations and a 3 on place value.  On the second quiz, they were assessed for their ability to complete conversions. When looking at the quiz on conversions, I noticed there were many students still struggling. Today in class we reviewed conversions and students were given time to make corrections to their quizzes in an effort to raise their grade.

        Please don't forget that this week is the last week for Scholastic book orders for December. I will be submitting the book order sometime on Friday. Students will not be at school on Friday, so if you plan on ordering with a paper form and check that will need to come to school by Thursday. Online Scholastic book orders can be placed here: (https://www.scholastic.com/home/).The Axiom fitness form that studnets received from their PE class earlier this year is also due by Friday.