Hello, dear families of my students! At this link, you will see our current parent letter. You will find it underneath the photo below. For old newsletters, just scroll down! :-) Note: Progress Reports will be shared about your child’s progress every three weeks. Some weeks are crazy for scheduled events, so the report is shared as soon as possible.





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April 4, 2011 for Week 4-1
Dear Important Persons at home,
Welcome to 4th quarter! I am so excited about our last ¼ of the year! Look at that! I used a fraction in my letter 6th grade!
D-STEP TESTING: We will be testing this Wednesday and Thursday. Students are encouraged to bring healthy snacks to eat between testing sessions. Please encourage your child to eat a healthy breakfast each morning, as always! They need their rest as well. ;) This test is important and students need to try and do their best! We are excited for our students to show what they know to the rest of the world! J


Our standards study this week and last week:
8th – Geometry: Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.
7th- Data Analysis: Use random sampling to infer about a population.
6th- Numbers: Divide fractions.

Thank you for supporting us here Hermosa Middle School. You are important to us.
Sparkling in education,
Mrs. Tammy Jo Schlechter J




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March 1, 2011 for Week 3-7
Dear Important Persons at home,
Wow! We had an excellent turnout for conferences last week during week 3-6! If you were unable to attend, I did send out a progress report with all students this week. We are nearing the end of the 3rd quarter and some of my students need to get some points earned for their math grade!
READ ACROSS AMERICA: this special week is taking place. We are emphasizing reading this week and it has created kind of a crazy schedule for us. On top of last Thursday’s snow event, we are experiencing a “catch-up” phase this week. Encourage your child to read every night this week! Webs of practice hopefully becomes chains of habit. J
DACS TESTING: We started our quarterly DACS testing last week. Half of my students have finished testing, but we are currently trying to finish this assessment too. If students did not show growth, we will visit this assessment again during the week of March 15th.
Standards this week and last week:
8th - Function 3 exploring slope y=mx+b
7th- Geometry 5 exploring different types of angles, their names, and their relationships… ask your student about supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles
6th-Geometry 3 trying to get to problems that involve drawing polygons on a coordinate plane Jand be able to find an unknown side length… We were revisiting multiplication of fractions last week, so we did not get to this G3.

Thank you for supporting us here Hermosa Middle School. You are important to us.
Sparkling in education,
Mrs. Tammy Jo Schlechter J





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“To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.” -Ken S. Keyes, Jr., author
February 14, 2011 for Week 3-4 and Week 3-5
Dear Important Persons at home,
Our 8th grade class underwent NAEP testing last Wednesday. The proctors seemed pleased with the visiting our school and complimented our students and staff.
Some dates to share: February 23rd science projects are due for Mrs. Smith, February 28 through March 3 will be READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK, March 15th is Math Night at Hermosa School from 5:30 to 7:00… I am looking to award a prize to classes that have 100% attendance at the Math Night Event. ;) See more later for details…
NEW PROCEDURE: Math Tab Projects will still need to be signed, but I am encouraging family members to write a comment to their child’s math journal. Please include the date. If students do not seem to be having the math discussions at home, I will be asking them to visit with me during break times to talk about the math. Our school district and our state standards expect them to be able to communicate what they are learning and share their thinking about how they are finding solutions to problems.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held soon. I am visiting with the team about possible dates. Mr. Craig Black has offered to come, if it works with his schedule, to visit with 8th grade parents about high school planning for our youth.
Progress reports came out last week… they were done in a hurry. I apologize for that. However, I wanted students to know how the first couple weeks of the quarter looked for grades. I did not have all grades in due to my absences for teacher training, but I am currently working on getting grades uploaded for all to see at Infinite Campus! J
Standards this week and last week:
8th - Function 3 exploring slope y=mx+b
7th- Geometry 5 exploring different types of angles, their names, and their relationships… ask your student about supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles
6th-Geometry 3 trying to get to problems that involve drawing polygons on a coordinate plane Jand be able to find an unknown side length…
Sparkling in education,
Mrs. Tammy Jo Schlechter J


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“Sometimes on the way to a dream, you get lost and find another one.”
A Recap of Week 2-3 (Parent Letters can now be accessed at tjschlechter.wikispaces.com) 11-22-10
Dear Important Persons at home,
Happy Thanksgiving! Progress reports may be out by this Wednesday. If they do not get completed, they will come out next Monday! J
(8th graders are STILL really studying and working up presentations for Ch. 4 “The Revolution Begins” in S.S. Essay questions and power points are our projects of choice. We are always looking for connections between what we read and we hear read aloud in reading class. We are really focusing on nonfiction type ideas with our social studies projects. We struggle with pulling out the main ideas, cause and effect, and sequence in the lessons we read for social studies. Hopefully, the power point and question projects help with these skills.)
Math Recap:
8th: we worked on 8.S.2.1 Find the sample space and compute probability tor two simultaneous independent events. 8.A.2.1 Describe linear relationships. We added to our discussions about probability and talked about y= mx + b because of Jefferson Lab moments. Some of our ladies had an excellent discussion about slope. Q: Does a straight line have a slope? J
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7th: 7.S.2.1 Given a sample space, find the probability of a specific outcome. 7.G.1.2 Identify and describe elements of geometric figures. 7.G.2.1 Learn about how shapes can be transformed. Probability was not the only idea discussed this week. We looked at different types of angles. Ask your student about acute, obtuse, reflexive, and straight. Then, there is complementary and supplementary… and exterior and interior. Q: How are all these words related? A: They all describe types of _. J We also talked about transformations, and it we’re not about super heroes here! J
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6th: 6.S.1.1 Find the mean, mode, and range of an ordered set of positive data. 7.S.1.2 Be able to understand a stem-and-leaf plot. We had a “mean” discussion this week and it turned into something like a tree. Ask your student about what I mean about mean and a stem-and-leaf plot! J
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Sparkling in education,
Mrs. Tammy Jo Schlechter J
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November 10, 2010
A Recap of Week 2-1 (Parent Letters can now be accessed at tjschlechter.wikispaces.com)
Dear Important Persons at home,
Do you know that I have the best students in the whole world? Your child is important to me. JHere is last week’s news!
A new math activity has been introduced! You can access “Jefferson Lab” on your home computer. Go to www.tjschlechter.wikispaces.com. On the left hand side, click on “math.” Scroll down to the link that is called “Jefferson Lab.” Your student can practice at this site to improve their math skills anytime!
Math Recap:
8th: we worked on 8.N.2.1 Read, write and compute within any subset of rational numbers. Specifically, we worked with combining positive and negative fractions. We also launched our Jefferson Lab math project that will continue to work on every Wednesday. Ask your student to describe what we do at this site. (Parent may respond here. J)

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7th: 7.S.2.1 Given a sample space, find the probability of a specific outcome. Students and Frau Schlechter started a discussion about probability, while comparing our “Snapshot Lab” to our text on page 398+. Ask your student about the difference between independent and dependent events. J (Parent may respond here. J)

We also launched our Jefferson Lab math project that will continue to work on every Wednesday. Ask your student to describe what we do at this site. (Parent may respond here. J)

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6th: 6.S.1.1 Find the mean, mode, and range of an ordered set of positive data. We were still discussing our “Grab Bag Lab.” We also launched our Jefferson Lab math project that will continue to work on every Wednesday. Ask your student to describe what we do at this site. (Parent may respond here. J)

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Sparkling in education,
Mrs. Tammy Jo Schlechter J
8th Reading and Social Studies Recap:
8.E.1.1 Identify economic support for America during conflicts. 8.U.S.1.1 Students are able to related events and outcomes of the American Revolution to sources of conflict, roles of key individuals and battles, and political documents. __


sources of conflict
key individuals
battles
political documents







8.U.S.2.1 Students are able to explain the impact of the American Revolution on American philosophies. For example, how did the colonists act before the Revolution? How did the 13 colonies operate in contract to one independent nation?
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8.R.1.1 Students can apply contextual knowledge of word origins to extend vocabulary. Vocabulary Puzzle number eleven involved creating the sentences on the back. The majority of our students struggled with this assignment.
8.R. 2.1. Students can analyze text using comprehension strategies. And 8.R.2.2 Students can read fluently to comprehend grade-level text. Independent reading choices
8.R.3.1 Students can examine the author’s use of literary elements in fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. And 8.R.3.2 Students can examine the effects of the author’s use of literary devices. Independent reading choices
8.R.5.1 Students can evaluate information and author’s purpose about a topic gathered from informational text.
Social studies is our informational text this week. Rapid City Journal has become an option for reading as well.



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October 28, 2010
A Recap of Week 1-10 (Parent Letters can now be accessed at tjschlechter.wikispaces.com)
Dear Important Persons at home,
2nd Quarter is knocking on the door! Wow! ¼ of the year is completed! Time flies at Hermosa Middle School!
REMINDER: Your student has homework due every week in all their core middle subjects! Weekend homework for Mrs. Schlechter involves having the student review their Math Tab sometime between Thursday night and Sunday night with an important person in their family. The important person at home then signs this tablet and their student keeps his A+ for studying their math and communicating with their family about what we are learning in math. The Math Tab is expected to be with the student as they board their “Monday morning flight in Frau Schlechter’s” classroom.
Math Recap:
8th: we worked on 8.N.2.1 Read, write and compute within any subset of rational numbers. Specifically, we worked with multiplying positive and negative fractions. Then we backed up to combining integers. Last week, we finished our “Snapshot” lab with some successful predictions. But 8th grade, we did not discuss experimental probability versus theoretical probability. Talk with a 7th grade colleague and see if you know what these terms mean. J
7th: 7.N.2.1 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers and positive fractions. Students were taught how to model a multiplication fraction problem on graph paper. Some of us saw where our two colors collided yielded the product of our problem. Others struggled with seeing fractions and the product… just as Mrs. Schlechter once did. 7.S.2.1. Given a sample space, find the probability of a specific outcome. Our lab called “Snapshot” involved figuring out how many cubes of each color were inside our snapshot box. Predictions and tweeking have been taking place. We had one group predict accurately, with another group close behind. This lab has led us to design a survey that asks students in our school about their preference for being smart or being rich. J We are also discussing experimental probability and theoretical probability. Talk with your student what they are discovering.
6th: 6.S.1.1 Find the mean, mode, and range of an ordered set of positive data. My Red Jalapenos participated in a math lab entitled “Grab Bag.” They worked with their trio to discover more about central tendencies by working with Cuisenaire Rods. Ask your student about how they worked with their very own handful. J They also are finding the median, which is not required in 6th grade. However, I think my students love to be ahead of the game.


8th Reading and Social Studies Recap: 8.E.1.1 Identify economic support for America during conflicts. 8.U.S.1.1 Students are able to related events and outcomes of the American Revolution to sources of conflict, roles of key individuals and battles, and political documents.


sources of conflict
key individuals
battles
political documents






8.U.S.2.1 Students are able to explain the impact of the American Revolution on American philosophies. For example, how did the colonists act before the Revolution? How did the 13 colonies operate in contract to one independent nation?
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8.R.1.1 Students can apply contextual knowledge of word origins to extend vocabulary. Vocabulary Puzzle number ten had a fun hinkpink: totspot.
8.R. 2.1. Students can analyze text using comprehension strategies. And 8.R.2.2 Students can read fluently to comprehend grade-level text. Independent reading choices
8.R.3.1 Students can examine the author’s use of literary elements in fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. And 8.R.3.2 Students can examine the effects of the author’s use of literary devices. In reading, we searched for examples of personification and idioms in the books we choose to read. We also wrapped our character study of Mrs. Teubbes in our story “White Mice.” The author used a play on words to create a misunderstanding in the story. Ask your student about America in “White Mice.”
8.R.5.1 Students can evaluate information and author’s purpose about a topic gathered from informational text.
In social studies, we travelled even farther back into time to just before the Revolutionary War. Chapter 4 is helping us learn more about the First Continental Congress, , ,_,_,,_, and even Abigail Adams, who tried to influence her husband to remember the rights of in the .

Sparkling in education,
Mrs. Tammy Jo Schlechter J
Not covered in depth:
8.R.4.1 Students can compare/contrast literature from different time periods and cultures dealing with similar themes and conflicts.
8.R.5.2 Students can recognize expository, persuasive, and procedural text.
8.R.5.3 Students can combine new information with existing knowledge to enhance understanding.




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October 18, 2010
A Recap of Week 1-8 (Parent Letters can now be accessed at tjschlechter.wikispaces.com
Dear Important Persons at home,
Thank you, thank you for those family members who visited with us during conferences! If for some reason, you were not able to make it in… feel free to come in and visit us. I will continue to send home progress reports about every three weeks. If you are interested in accessing your student’s grades on the internet, we can make that available. J
Your student should have brought home a letter from Mr. Franke about the workshop we held with our middle school students last Tuesday. It addressed social skills and what defines bullying and sexual harassment. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Franke or me. We want to make sure our students have a safe friendly environment at school. We are all responsible for positive behavior and for making it a better world for those around us. J
Math Recap:
8th: we worked on multiplying two mixed numbers plus our CBM skill questions. Check out the little bit we covered in our Math Tab. (When we were not in the Geo-Dome, at a workshop, lining up for a flyover for Red Ribbon Week, or DACS testing to improve our test scores before end of quarter!) ;)
7th: we worked on multiplying two mixed numbers, but we did not get to the point where we ordered the fractions, decimals, and percents. We will try again another day! Check out the little bit we covered in our Math Tab. (When we were not in the Geo-Dome, at a workshop, lining up for a flyover for Red Ribbon Week, or DACS testing to improve our test scores before end of quarter!) ;)
6th: we worked on defining what “range” means when looking at a set of data. Hopefully, next week we can apply this concept and create our own set of data where we can find the range ourselves. We will work on defining and applying mean and median next. Check out the little bit we covered in our Math Tab. (When we were not in the Geo-Dome, at a workshop, lining up for a flyover for Red Ribbon Week, or DACS testing to improve our test scores before end of quarter!) ;)
8th Reading and Social Studies: we took a wickedly hard test on a chapter that was about how America had to revise their ideas about government. Our forefathers basically had to trash the and wrote the ___, which leads us in how we govern ourselves.
Sparkling in education,

Mrs. Tammy Jo Schlechter :)
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Thank you for all you do! -Mrs. Schlechter J



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