Ms. Gorham

  • Department: Student Services
  • Grade(s): 9th-12th
  • Swampscott High School

IDEA EXCHANGE

Attached is a Daily Item article about Swampscott’s first ever “Idea Exchange”. At the end of the afternoon, Board of Selectmen Chair Peter Spellios advised the large group, “Do not let apathy set in.”

Apathy is a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.

https://www.itemlive.com/2018/12/02/swampscott-holds-first-town-idea-exchange/

 

REFLECTION

 

Why do you think apathy sets into some neighborhoods?

 

Ted TALK:  The Antidote to Apathy – From Indifference to Making a Difference by Dave Meslen

 

http://www.cruxcatalyst.com/2012/08/29/antidote-to-apathy/

BRAINSTORM:  What are some creative, INEXPENSIVE, easy ways to get residents engaged?

 

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BONUS!  On the back of this sheet, write some creative ways students can get engaged.

Homework Expectations:


  • One sheet per night (either math or ELA)
  • Word Sort/Spelling City
  • Study math facts nightly.
  • Read 20 minutes/ 5 days a week.  Fill in log.

MORNING MUST DOS


  1. Bring your backpack to your desk.  Take out your home/school folder.  Pass in any homework, notes, etc…  Put your home/school folder in your desk.
  2. Hang up your backpack and coat.
  3. Read the “jobs” and morning message.  (Only 3 people at a time at morning message)
  4. Make sure you have 3 sharpened pencils.  Pencils need to be sharpened by 8:30.  (Only 3 people at the pencil sharpener at a time.)
  5. Work on your G.M.W.

 

Arrival/Dismissal


Children may enter the building at 8:10 when a teacher opens the door.  They should go directly to their classroom.

School begins at 8:15.

Children are dismissed at 2:15.

Absence/Tardiness


Please make every effort to arrive to school on time.  Children arriving after 8:17 will be marked tardy and may be required to go to the office to check in if attendance has already been taken.

If your child will be absent please call the school that morning to report their absence.  Upon returning to school please send in a note stating the reason for their absence.

Math


At the beginning of each topic, I will be sending home a home-school connection letter explaining what the students will be learning for that particular topic along with some activities you can do at home.  I will also be sending home a list of vocabulary words for the students to keep at home and study.

 

As we prepare for upcoming math MCAS, I will not be giving the students any topic tests until mid-May.  We are quickly covering the last few topics in math so at least the students will be exposed to all the math topics covered in MCAS, then after math MCAS, we will be reviewing each topic more thoroughly.  I do not expect students to have mastered time, perimeter, area, measurement, and graphing until later in May and June.   Please make sure students study math vocabulary nightly.

 

 Link to math book:

www.pearsonsuccess.net

The username is: mathfor3rd

password is: swampscott3

No capitals and no spaces

 

Check out these websites

 

www.xtra.math.com

www.coolmath.com

www.spellingcity.com

www.funbrain.com

www.khanacademy.org

www.abcya.com

 

Spelling Program-Words Their Way

 

I am excited to tell you about our spelling program which is a word study program.  Instead of memorizing 20 words a week for a spelling test, students will study the patterns and meanings of words and make generalizations about word patterns in the English language.  A more in depth explanation of the new spelling program was attached to the curriculum night hand out.  Also sent home in the packet that night was a list of words sorts activities your child will complete for homework.  Please have your child go on spellingcity.com to complete fun games to help students with their spelling.   Below are video links to Words Their Way word sort activities.  Hope they help give up a better understanding of Words Their Way and word sorts.

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD GOES ONTO SPELLINGCITY.COM NIGHTLY AND COMPLETES SOME OF THE ASSIGNED ACTIVITIES!!!  THIS WILL HELP PREPARE THEM FOR THE TEST OF FRIDAY.  IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO COMPLETE THEIR WORD SORTS NIGHTLY, LOOKING FOR PATTERNS IN THEIR SORT!

 

In third grade, students will be exposed to many different types of genres such as fiction, non-fiction, biographies, fairy tales, historical fiction, informational text, and many more.  Throughout the year I will be reading a Read Aloud chapter books, as well as picture books, to the students.  The students will be reading a lot of different books during independent reading time.The more they read, the more successful they will be!

Social Studies


This year in social studies your children will be learning about:

  • Massachusetts, Salem, Swampscott, and Marblehead
  • Colonial Times
  • Revolutionary War

Students will also be learning mapping skills throughout the year

 

Snack/Lunch


  • We will have a short snack break each morning.  Please send in a small, easy to eat snack and drink for your child.  If the snack requires a spoon please include that in their bag.
  • If your child brings a lunch from home please mark their lunchbag with their name.
  • If your child is buying a school lunch please make sure they make their selection at home before coming to school to expedite the morning lunch/attendance count.
  • If your child is bringing money each day please send the lunch money in an envelope or Ziploc bag marked with the student’s name3L,and their lunch selection (1,2,3) for that day.
  • It is recommended families purchase lunch tickets for their children if they regularly buy lunches.  More information about lunch tickets and monthly lunch menus can be found on the Food Services link here.

Note: Clarke School has NUT FREE classrooms.

Birthdays


We love celebrating birthdays with our classmate. If your child would like to bring in a treat to share, please make this a non-food item.

In the past we have celebrated with a donation of a game or book to the classroom in the child’s name. Students have also brought in pencils, erasers or stickers to distribute to their classmates.