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Published On: May 16, 2006 05:42 PM
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Student News: May 12, 2006

written by the Scholars of Room 208

This week we started to do NWEAs. NWEA stands for Northwest Evaluation Assessment. We take these tests on a computer. The first test we took was Math which had 52 questions. The next test we took was reading which had 42 questions. The other tests we didn't do yet are Science and Language Arts. Our computer teacher, Mrs. Oakes, says that if we slow down 5 minutes your score will most likely go up by at least 10 points. During our tests we can go to the bathroom, get a drink, or take a break. This helps our brains recharge. We hope these NWEAs will have improved scores since last fall.

Last week, Mr. Sprankle had a kidney stone. Therefore, we had a substitute for the whole week. He is now back in school and he did not even need to have surgery. It went away by itself and we are happy about that. When he was gone we missed him and we wished that he was here.

Every week, Mr. S does something called "SPAM of the Week". He does it so we become critical readers and realize the dangers of giving out your email address and other personal information online. SPAM is sometimes when someone tries to trick you into giving out your personal information, like: your full name, credit card number, and email address. You can also get SPAM that tries to trick you into clicking on a file that will give your computer a virus. That is what SPAM is.

The last few weeks, the fourths have been doing "Stars for Broadway". The songs we have learned are: "Green Eggs and Ham", "Give My Regards to Broadway", and "They're Playing My Song". Each fourth grade class has a class-number and ours is "Wizard of Oz". In it we sing, "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". While the fourths were doing "Stars for Broadway", the 3rd graders were learning songs for the concert on their precorders. First, we play "Mississippi Hot Dog", and then we play a medley with: "Merrily We Roll Along", "Hot Cross Buns", Au Clairde La Lune" and then we play "Merrily We Roll Along" again. After we play the medley we play "Lightly Row" then we play "Ode to Joy" and after that we sing "This is My Country". The last song is "Etude". And that is what we've done in Music lately.

Lastly, we are going back to USM to present for MLTI. MLTI stands for for Maine Learning Technology Initiative. This time the third graders are coming with us. We're going to present for kids in high school and adults. Some things we are going to do to prepare are seeing what groups are going to keep and what were going to not use [from the last presentation]. That's what we are going to do at MLTI.

Posted: Sun - May 14, 2006 at 05:18 PM