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Kindergarten

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Kindergarten Teacher Contact Information:

Amber Kirkpatrick
amberkirkpactrick@apcs.us
Homeroom: K-1
All subjects taught to K-1 except History.
Science to K-1 & K-2.

Lashanda Hawkins
lashandahawkins@apcs.us
Homeroom: K-2
All subjects taught to K-2 except Science.
History to K-1 & K-2.

Math: 

From counting up to 10 and down to 1, math is getting a bit more intense. We are beginning to learn plus 1 math facts, minus 1 facts, adding 0 and also reviewing  doubles math facts. We are also counting by 2’s and by 10’s, along with counting pennies and dimes.  As we continue practicing lowercase letters in handwriting, uppercase letters are joining our routine! 

English:  

Now that we know letter sounds and blends, we are launching into 3-4 word phrases!

Science:  

In science, we will continue to do hands on learning activities about the five senses! So far, your scholar has been able to taste different textures, smell different scents, and see through different lenses. They will have a “Touch Quilt” project coming soon.  

History:  

Your scholar made  new discoveries in social studies learning about  Christopher Columbus, and the Pilgrims and Indians. Each day we  learned  a new piece of information about Columbus and his voyages leading up to our Thanksgiving feast. This year, we exposed the students to a more traditional way of life for the Indians .The students learned how Squanto helped the Pilgrims when they came  over to the New World. The students were able to plant fish in soil, feel animal hides, observe the animals’ tracks. They also practiced with a kid friendly, wooden bow and arrow to learn how Indians hunted. They watched a demonstration on how deer meat is cooked and  were allowed to taste the deer. They LOVED eating the deer meat!  Lastly, they had a lesson on corn  and the different foods like corn muffins and popcorn that can be made. This was a very sentimental moment for  the students. Lastly, the Native Americans from the Tunica Tribe shared storytelling, music, dancing and crafts . What an AMAZING day it was. Pictures will be Posted on the APCS Website soon!

Literature:

Soon your scholar will be reading storybooks just as the ones we are reading in literature! As we move through November, we will continue to study classic stories and nursery rhymes in literature.

Handwriting:  

Please continue to encourage your child to write his/her name and number on all of their work and write  neatly.

 Thank you for all of your time and help to ensure that your scholar is achieving all he/she can! You all are doing an awesome job!

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First Grade

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First Grade Teacher Contact Information:

Sophie Woods
sophiewoods@apcs.us
Homeroom: 1A
All subjects taught to 1A except Science.
History to 1A & 1B.

Dani Marsh
danimarsh@apcs.us
Homeroom: 1B
All subjects taught to 1B except History.
Science to 1A & 1B.

Math: 

We will be getting out our rulers as we practice measuring line segments to the nearest inch, counting dimes, nickels, and pennies, ordering 2-digit numbers, and even making Venn diagrams! For a little extra practice, empty out your coin purses and let your children explore coins and counting money at home! They love pretending to shop!

 

English:

The first graders are making tremendous progress with editing sentences, word usage, and plurals!  We will be  putting all these skills to use as we dive deeper into writing over the next few weeks!

Science:

We are diving down deep to the center of the Earth!  Students will learn about each of the Earth’s four layers, rocks and minerals, and even volcanos!  

 

History:  

This month in History we will be learning about the Early Explorers and Settlers.  We have been reading about The Conquistadors and Christopher Columbus. We will continue learning about Queen Elizabeth and the lost colony, the English travel to Virginia, John Smith and the Powhatan, Enslaved People in the colonies, The Pilgrims arrive in Plymouth, and The Puritans. We will even learn about the first Thanksgiving.

Literature: 

This month we will be reading “Tom Thumb”, “Cinderella” and similar stories from around the world.  In the upcoming weeks we will also use our literature time to learn about Veteran's Day, early settlers and the first Thanksgiving, as well as what it means to show determination each day!

 

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Second Grade

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Second Grade Teacher Contact Information:

Sherry Couvillion
sherrycouvillion@apcs.us
Homeroom: 2A
All subjects taught to 2A except for Science.
History to 2A & 2B.

Jessica Blood
jessicablood@apcs.us
Homeroom: 2B
All subjects taught to 2B except for History.
Science to 2A & 2B.

Math:

We will begin practicing multiplication facts during the second week of November.  Please continue to practice facts daily.  Flashcards are a great tool when mastering facts!

Handwriting:  

The students are learning to write the letters b, v, and m in cursive. They are also gonna learning tricky connections after the letter o and after the letter w.

Science:

Students will be finishing up their unit of Exploring Land and Water by exploring further with sandstone formations, sand dunes, and beaches.  We will also realize how weathering and erosion has an effect on these features.

Spelling:

A spelling letter was sent home recently.  We hope this clears up and answers a lot of recent questions/concerns. Keep in mind, it is very important for students to pay attention and participate in class.  Also, spelling lists are never sent home to study.  Any missed words throughout the lessons will be written in the planner and are encouraged to study, focusing on the sounds/rules used in those words.

English:

The students are continuing to learn about contractions and abbreviations. All students have a study guide in the English section of their binder of the contractions they need to know. Please study with your child every night because these contractions are on their test. The abbreviations they are learning are Dr., Mrs., Mr., St., and Rd.

Reading:

Mrs. Rachelle’s reading group will soon be moving up to Reading Mastery 3 by the end of November. This is such a huge accomplishment for these students and we are so proud of them!

History: 

The students just finished the lesson on South America. They are beginning to learn about United States Symbols along with the location of the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River. The students will also be voyaging in the making of the constitution. We have a lot to learn but it will be fun.

Third Grade

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Third Grade Teacher Contact Information:

Sarah Ducote
sarahducote@apcs.us
Homeroom: 3A
All subjects taught to 3A except Science.
History/Geography to 3A & 3B.

Dana Dauzat
danadauzat@apcs.us
Homeroom: 3B
All subjects taught to 3B except History/Geography.
Science to 3A & 3B.

Math:

The students are busy modeling multiplication by drawing equal groups, arrays, area models, and diagrams.  Now that they've mastered that, we are moving on to solving real life multiplication word problems. Keep studying with flash cards for the 0-10 multiplication facts!  And Kudos to the students who are finishing all 100 mixed problems in 5 minutes!  

 

English:

Students are becoming familiar with using the 4-Square Method of writing. They are catching on well and doing an awesome job thus far. In our Language program, the students are learning about adjectives and adverbs. Sentence Formulas are a creative way to expand their sentences and usage. Keep up the great work third grade!! 

Literature:

Third graders are enjoying many adventures with Travis, Arliss, and Old Yeller! The students are loving "Old Yeller" and wondering what will be the next adventure of these characters as we continue on to each chapter.  Students have memorized "You're a Grand Old Flag" using hand movements. Mrs. Dana and Mrs. Sarah are very proud of them all!

Science:

We have wrapped up Traits and Heredity. Our focus will now be on Habitats and Change. The students watched short video clips of the habitats that we will be reading and learning about. That sparked an array of questions that we look forward to answering as this Science unit proceeds. Science vocabulary and notes should be read over nightly. Please check your child's planner for assignments and test dates. 

History:

We've already covered the Earliest Americans across the United States.  Now, we're moving on to the Earliest Americans in our great state, Louisiana.  We'll start by learning about the many mounds discussing when they were built.  What did they eat?  We'll learn that too as we discuss what the archeologists discovered by studying the artifacts found there.  Later, we'll move on to other Native Americans across Louisiana. 

Please remember....repetitions lead to mastery, so read over your Science and History notes every night.  It truly makes a difference!

Field Trips:

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Fourth Grade

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Fourth Grade Teacher Contact Information:

Brandi Chatelain
brandichatelain@apcs.us
Homeroom: 4A
All subjects taught to 4A except History.
Science to 4A & 4B.

Karley Maricle
karleymaricle@apcs.us
Homeroom: 4B
All subjects taught to 4B except Science.
History to 4A & 4B.

Math: 

Students are doing an excellent job solving for missing variables. We are continuing to review all skills that have been taught, as well as moving on to new skills. Our next topic is to teach students how to multiply larger numbers. We are still having daily fact practice and a weekly fact assessment every Friday. Study those multiplication facts. Also, don’t forget to check over your Morning Work. Occasionally, Morning work will be picked up for a quiz grade. Always try your best and show all of your work. 

English:

Students are concluding our lessons on pronouns and adjectives. Our next topic will be to tackle verbs.  

Reading:

We are still reading Because of Winn Dixie in class. Students should be able to tell you all about what we are reading and about the discussions that we are having in class. Be sure to study vocabulary and questions nightly. We will have a test after every three chapters. Don’t forget to ask them what Opal and Winn Dixie are up to.  

History:

We are learning about the American Revolution. We will be learning key events leading up to the war, as well as the impact the end of the revolution had then and now. 

Science:

Students are learning all about structures and functions of living things. We will be learning about cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems of both plants and animals. Students will so be researching more about their favorite animal. 

Literature:

During the 2nd nine weeks, students are required to complete 2 book reports. Both book reports are due by Thursday, December 15thAlong with reading our chapter books, students are also working on learning more about character through our I Wills. 

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Fifth Grade

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Fifth Grade Teacher Contact Information:

Carly Barnette
carlybarnette@apcs.us
Homeroom: 5A
ELA & History taught to 5A & 5B.
Reading/Spelling taught to 5A.

Lindsay Scott
lindsayscott@apcs.us
Homeroom: 5B
Math & Science taught to 5A & 5B.
Reading/Spelling taught to 5B.

In 5th grade, we have been doing a lot of fun and exciting things! In celebration of Dia de los Muertos, students created crafts using marigolds and other items representative of the Day of the Dead. A big shoutout to Drusie Marcelle and Gabrielle Juneau for all of their help on our Fall Fun Day! Now, we are looking forward to the rest of the nine weeks and are so excited to share with you what we have in store for this month!

Math:

We will be moving on to some pre-algebra skills with numerical expressions and relating fractions to decimals. Please continue to sign any math tests that come home with a red stamp. Since our math skills build weekly, any D or F tests will continue to be sent home for the parent to review with their child throughout these 9 weeks.

Science:

Students have been working on their first at-home science project! It is our “Green” home project and will surely be a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to come together and be creative when creating their model. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Those projects are due Nov. 10th.

Reading:

This nine weeks, we are continuing on our journey with Lina and Doon as we read the next book in our series, “People of Sparks.” Students are tackling their chapters independently with daily comprehension questions. Parents are encouraged to ask their students about their current chapter and that chapter’s comprehension questions, especially, since students are allowed to complete the reading questions at home, if time in class does not allow for completion and review. These questions are taken up for a Reading grade, so it is imperative, students are taking these questions seriously and putting forth their BEST effort.

Please make sure your student is studying Sparks vocabulary nightly, and rereading chapters at home as needed. Students should be able to apply their Sparks vocabulary and use the terms correctly in a sentence, which will be a component of their Reading tests for this nine weeks. Fifth graders will also be diving more deeply into the elements of fiction as we discuss plot diagrams and the different types of characters you might find in a work of fiction.

ELA:

Coordinating, subordinating, and correlative conjunctions are making their big debut in fifth grade! We will continue working on our text-dependent analysis skills and bringing our writing skills to the next level as we venture into writing essays. Social Studies will be brought in for some cross-curricular fun as we enter the Age of Exploration, which will come bearing our first BIG essay about the effects of the Age of Exploration on Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans.

Social Studies:

We are wrapping up with the indigenous cultures of the Americas as we examine the various geographical regions of the U.S. and how the Native American tribes adapted to the unique environments of those regions. Upon completion our study of the indigenous cultures, we will set sail with the European explorers to learn about their motivations for exploration and how the resulting Age of Exploration forever changed the world.