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Update from our Head of School - April 25, 2023

Dear Students and Families,


Wow! The third quarter has wrapped up and summer is just around the corner! What fabulous weather we’ve been having and our students have even been outside for lunch and our RLL committee is busy planning the garden! On the academic side the State ELA tests are done for grades 3-5 and we are preparing for the State Math tests grades 3-5. MAP testing for grades K-5 opens on May 22! On the fun side of things we are preparing the school musical-SEUSSICAL! At the end of this email is a list of songs that students can practice for the musical according to their grade level. Please reach out if you have any questions!


Mrs. S.


Upcoming Dates

April 27 6-7pm Family Bowling Night-Cort Lanes

May 2-3 State Math Assessments for grades 3-5

May 8 Coffee with Kerryanne 10-11am

May 8 Coffee with Kerryanne 5:30-6:30pm

May 8 Truxton Academy Board of Trustees Meeting 7-?

May 12 Muffins with Most important people or Muffins with Moms TBA


Updates for the Classrooms:


Kindergarten

This week in Kindergarten we:

*Identified all the reasons why people who lived in the country traveled to town while reading 'The little Gray Pony'

*Discussed the necessity of heating objects before a blacksmith can shape them

*Learned about the importance on Earth Day and why people have a special responsibility to take care of the Earth

*Participated in a fun Earth Day activity with Mrs. Sturges where we fished out the garbage from the 'ocean' to protect our sea animals

*Practiced representing a teen number as a group of ten and some number of ones

*Practiced answering comprehension questions in a complete sentence


First Grade

Last week in first grade we:

-started our new unit in CKLA! Our new reader is called Fables!

-worked on writing in complete sentences

-learned the 'oo' sound

-learned more about place value and how to build numbers using tens and ones place

-learned a new game to help us practice reading and building numbers using tens and ones

-practiced adding 3 digits together

-learned about the arctic tundra, and the savannah habitats

-learned about food chains

-ask your students what happens if we lose one thing from a food chain

-learned new spelling words using our phonics rules

-talked about Earth day!

-watched the Lorax

-finished our Science/Writing projects! Students created their own animals and wrote about their habitats, shelter, food, water, and adaptations


Third Grade

Last week in first grade we:

-started our new unit in CKLA! Our new reader is called Fables!

-worked on writing in complete sentences

-learned the 'oo' sound

-learned more about place value and how to build numbers using tens and ones place

-learned a new game to help us practice reading and building numbers using tens and ones

-practiced adding 3 digits together

-learned about the arctic tundra, and the savannah habitats

-learned about food chains

-ask your students what happens if we lose one thing from a food chain

-learned new spelling words using our phonics rules

-talked about Earth day!

-watched the Lorax

-finished our Science/Writing projects! Students created their own animals and wrote about their habitats, shelter, food, water, and adaptations

Fourth Grade

4th grade will conduct their 7th weekly spelling test, and begin taking released 4th grade Math pretests, in preparation for the NYS 4th grade state exam in Math. We for the next two weeks will conduct two math classes intended to help with test taking strategies and to review and correct any misconceptions or misunderstandings as they relate to the 4th grade Math curriculum. We also will continue writing and soon receive a new book from our Book Club!!


Fifth Grade

In 5th grade we are working hard in math with multiplying and dividing fractions/decimals and working on practice state tests, in science we are working on atoms/states of matter and working on our first science lab in matter explaining how rootbeer floats change states of matter, We had book club with Ms. Pricilla and received our new monthly book called Mac Undercover, Kid Spy. In ELA we are reading stories called Things that go bump in the night that contain a video ending, along with James Town Reader story of The Monkey's Paw while practicing our ELA skills. 5th grade did great on the ELA state tests, they worked very hard, taking their time in completing. So proud of them!!!


PE/STEM

Last week in PE we had our yoga unit and welcomed in Ms. Alyssa from resilience wellness to help us learn more about what yoga is and how we can use it in our everyday life. We also celebrated earth day with a walk all around town to pick up trash around the community!

This week in PE we are learning and practicing our bowling skills for Family Bowling Night!


Art

Last week in art we had an open studio with free explorations of various mediums such as oil pastels, colored pencils, crayons, and markers.


This week, we are exploring natural dyes made from red cabbage, spinach, blueberries, turmeric, beets, coffee, and red raspberry tea. We worked in small groups to dip-test and used our senses through visual observations and smell to identify what each dye was made out of. One of our most interesting discoveries is how the dye from red cabbage, which produces a rich purple, can be changed through chemical reactions with baking soda (blue) and lemon (pink). We are using our new-found knowledge and will be embarking on a school-wide collaborative project to make edible art, so stay tuned to the May lunch menu!

SPANISH

In Spanish we have been talking about geometric shapes and learning how to subitize in Spanish!


RLL

In Rural Life Lab we have been waking up the garden and releasing trout! Each class will be taking a walking field lesson to release the trout that we hatched right here at school. They have been growing since November, and are ready for their native environment, like the clean stream right here in Truxton.

We're also starting to outline garden bed locations and loosen our soil. We still have some heavy lifting to do, so stay tuned for more information on a Garden Work Party here at school - because more hands make light work, and more voices keep us company as we do that work.

Songs for the Musical

Grades K-5:

Oh the Thinks you can Think!


Green Eggs and Ham


Oh the thinks you can think (finale)


Grade 2:

Horton sits on the egg/Dilemma


Grade 3:

Here on Who


Grade 4 and 5:

Monkey Around/Chasing the Whos


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" -Nelson Mandela

Kerryanne Schenck Head of School Truxton Academy Charter School pronouns: she, her, hers

Office: (607) 842-6252 Ext. 109 Cell: (607) 218-2268

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