State Testing Starts Next Week

Students in third through eighth grade are given a battery of assessments as part of the state testing conducted each year. These tests help to determine how well students are progressing towards grade level expectations and whether they have met the standards associated with their enrolled grade level.

Our class will begin testing starting on Monday, April 24th. We will start with the English/Language Arts (ELA) assessment. On this test, students are given a passage to read and then a series of multiple choice questions on that passage asking them to identify things like main ideas, the point of view and the author’s purpose.

To learn more about the state tests, check out our webpage to find out:

  • Which tests 4th grade takes;
  • What is assessed on the tests;
  • See our schedule of upcoming exams;
  • Learn how to help your student prepare;
  • and more!

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

DJ and Randy make the first contribution to the “Selfies with Staff” album!

You know how the saying goes–“A picture is worth a thousand words”. So, while I love wordsmithing posts for our class website, what is better than photos!? I think of them as little windows into your child’s day here at school. Well, guess what? Now, in addition to the photos I post here on our class page, we now have a class Shutterfly website where everyone can contribute, view, download and print photos!

Our Shutterfly account is completely free; you only pay for prints, if you choose to print any. Have you joined us for a field trip? Add your photos! Did you come into class and participate in an event or activity? Post your pics! Help with the Jog-a-thon and have pictures to share? Put them here! We love the idea of sharing the photos everyone has taken so even if I missed getting a snapshot of something fun or exciting happening, someone else usually has captured it. Now, we can all see and enjoy those moments. Continue reading A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Coming Soon: A Trip to the State Capitol!

Clear Lake 4th and 5th grade classes are gearing up for our upcoming field trip April 19th to our State Capitol in Salem! We will be leaving school around 9:10 and returning around 2:30. Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch from home or get a free one from school. Our 4th and 5th graders will be touring the Senate, House, Governor’s office, and even the “Gold Man” on top (weather permitting).

From the winter music play to our social studies, our students have learned a lot about our government and we’re ready to see it in action! We ask that our students wear nice clothing and comfortable shoes for this field trip. Music and books are encouraged for the long bus ride. Music devices must have headphones and not be able to connect to the internet. The same school cell phone rules apply–turned off and remain in your student’s backpack.

I would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the three parents who have volunteered to chaperone. It should be a fun, exciting and learning-filled day.

Stay tuned for more information after Spring Break!

Want to see more about what we’ll be doing? Check out the capitol virtual tour!

Ozobots Make Their Debut in Room 13

Earlier this year, Mrs. Cox was awarded a grant through the Bethel Education Foundation for the purchase of a classroom set of Ozobots–small, smart robots that can follow lines or roam around independently, detect colors (which are programmed to give the robot directions on what to do or where to go) or can be programmed. Last week, our long awaited robots arrived!

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Rocket Math Launches Students to Success!

Knowing basic math facts is essential in doing well in higher level math. Everything from decimals to fractions to algebra to trigonometry require automaticity in basic facts–addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Automaticity refers to knowing something so well that it becomes automatic, like driving a car. We don’t think about activating the wipers, using our turn signal or applying the brakes as we drive, we just do it. This is automaticity. And we need it in math, too.

In fourth grade, students are expected to already have achieved mastery–and automaticity–in addition, subtraction and multiplication (1-12’s). Unfortunately, many students haven’t reached a mastery level and, therefore, are not automatic. This inhibits their ability to quickly and correctly answer other, more difficult questions in math. Students get “stuck” on trying to figure out the multiplication involved that they lose the rhythm and steps required to answer the problem. So, what do we do? We practice and we practice and we practice some more! Continue reading Rocket Math Launches Students to Success!

Valentine Box Contest Winners!

Room 13 celebrated Valentine’s Day today with our Valentine Box Contest. The students’ boxes this year showed such resourcefulness and creativity! Of particular interest was Aliyah and Alanna’s boxes that, when placed side by side, read “Best Friends” much like those nostalgic charms you may have shared with your childhood BFF. These lovely ladies shared the 1st place win in the “Cutest” category, as did Korynn and Mikayla who tied for first place in our “Overall Favorite” category.

Congratulations to all of our winners:

Cutest: Aliyah and Alanna
Sports Theme: Christian
Sweetest: Kayla
Most Original: Korynn
Overall Favorite: Korynn and Mikayla (A tie!)

Mrs. Cox Wins BEF Grants!

Each year, the Bethel Education Foundation (BEF) gives thousands of dollars to teachers and staff for projects and supplies in the form of grants with the mission of enhancing and investing in educational excellence in the Bethel School District. This year was no different. BEF gave out 40 grants (out of 86 submissions) across the district, totaling $35,493! Room 13 was fortunate to be among the selected recipients with not one, but two winning grant submissions! Continue reading Mrs. Cox Wins BEF Grants!

4th Grade CL Students Participate in National Test

4th grade students at Clear Lake will take a test called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, on February 2, 2017. This assessment tracks what students in the United States know and can do in key subject areas. 6,000 to 20,000 students per tested grade across the US participate in the NAEP measurement in any given year, but not all 4th grade students will be tested. In fact, not even all 4th grade Bethel students will take it. The NAEP organization uses a “sampling procedure to ensure that those selected to participate in NAEP will be representative of the geographical, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of schools and students across the nation”.
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2017 Valentine Box Contest

It’s time for Room 13’s Valentine Box Contest to begin! Each student will need to bring a homemade Valentine mailbox (or envelope!) to school on or before Friday, February 10th.

Start with a shoebox or other enclosed container, then use your imagination to create an original Valentine box. You might use wrapping paper, construction paper, wallpaper scraps, fabric, craft foam, a paper bag or anything else you can find to cover the box. Decorate with stickers, magazine pictures, felt, glitter, paint pens, pom-poms, lace, doilies, flowers — let your imagination run free with it! Boxes can be as simple or extravagant as you want. Continue reading 2017 Valentine Box Contest

Box Tops Collection Competition: Feb. 6-10th

Clear Lake is holding a Box Tops collection competition February 6th through 10th. The class with the most Box Tops will earn a popcorn party. Room 13 has done an exceptional job this year participating in fundraising events, and I suspect we will be in the top groups competing for the party. Thank you so much, Room 13 families!

To help families compile their stash of Box Tops, I’m posting a downloadable Box Top Collection Sheet. Completing the sheet is easy–just tape a Box Top in a square. You could probably even convince your child to do it; my own children love doing this! Sheets do not have to be completely filled for the Box Tops to count. Only have 1 or 2? No problem! Just tape them down and send them in! Don’t want to tape them down? Just send them in. We’ll take them, no matter how they get here!

The competition ends February 10th, so don’t delay! Send in those Box Tops today!