November 25th 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for The Four Freedoms and for my wonderful class! 
Share the story of the determination and the bravery of Grimke Sisters at your holiday dinner. My wondering; I wonder if any of your friends and family know who the Grimke Sisters are.

St. Jude- Check out the homepage for a persuasive essay that a former student wrote that might help you get a few more pledges for the St. Jude's Fundraiser. See what you think? Were you persuaded? Why? Why not? Do some of your own research if you like.

Middle school applications are due on December 1st. ;) Only seven more months at PS10!
$7 for Holiday T-Shirt- I'm missing from Miah, Jada, Pablo, Asher, Caitlyn, Lia M., Lia N., Emily, Toni, Zoe ( not sure which one)

Math- Mania Sheets: do the easy one first, have your parent check it, and then do the second one and have your parent check again. Optional- Work on the review pages in the blue binder.

Read- research your historic figure and collect facts in either your notebook or docs. Remember to collect the websites you’re using on a separate doc/sheet. Refer to the homepage if necessary.

Read and complete the two reading packets : "The Transcontinental Railroad" and "Sojourner Truth"

TRIP ON MONDAY- Bring lunch and your permission slip. Put your NAMES on the permission slips, because sometimes I cannot read your parents' signatures. I cannot allow you to go without a signed permission slip, so please let your parents know. All chaperones are welcome, but the cost is $15, unless you are a member.
We will leave school at about 8:45, immediately after our Green Dreamer visits.

Green Dreamers- YES, it's time! Are you ready the inspire the future Green Dreamers of the world? so
Be ready to share your green dreamer letter with your adopted class. Send it to me also via docs so I can print it out for our Green Dreamer bulletin board that we are planning. You will have from 8:25-8:40. Please try and take a bathroom break before you come up at 8:20.

Green Dreamers-
If possible, take a pic of yourself with your memory object. You can show the class your picture and invite them to take "The Pledge".
Green Dreamers- -Asher volunteered to connect with Brad Landers to discuss a Plas-Tax survey. Good Luck Asher and Thanks!
Here's a LOL Cat from Mr. Mag's class to get you thinking about fun ways to spread the word about green issues. 

Hey, which recycling bin do hairballs go in? LOL by MagCat

Revision of Four Freedoms Essay- if necessary (you know who you are). I want to send these off to Nellie and Steven next week, so please get them to me asap.

November 24th 2015

Math- Choose 3 challenging choice pages in your blue binder to complete.
SS- Be prepared for Fishbowl after reading "Awesome Fighting"
W- Read Mary Todd Lincoln on the Home Page. Write what you like and dislike about each paragraph.
Research- Continue researching your historical figure.
Trip- MOMA trip on Monday $7 Parents $15 
Read- Research

Remember to bring in your sharpened pencils. 

*Important Notices:

Donations needed include:
Bread, Cereal, Oatmeal— Canned and Fresh Ham— Dried and Canned Beans
Fresh and Canned Fruit— Fresh and Canned Vegetables— Frozen Turkey and Chicken
Homemade Baked Goods— Pancake Mix, Syrup— Parmalat Milk— Pasta and Pasta Sauce
Peanut Butter and Jelly— Potatoes, Onions, Onions, Sweet Potatoes
Rice and Other Grains— Store Bought Baked Goods— Stuffing Mix


A Musical Extravaganza Directed by Ms. Diana Yourke
Wednesday, December 16th at 10:00 AM                       Thursday, December 17th at 10:00 AM & 6:30PM
                                                       At K280 in the auditorium
                                       Located at 50 19th STREET AT 10TH AVENUE

Tickets are $5.00 for adults            $3.00 for children (for the evening performance only)
Tickets go on sale beginning Thursday December 3rd in the lobby
Arrival:  8:15AM-9:00AM                       and                    Dismissal: 2:30PM-3:00

We are going to be raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Please make a list of friends and family members who you think might be willing to make a small donation.

November 20th, 2015
Give the revised middle school application pages to your parents.
Return the money and the yellow slips for the holiday t-shirts on Monday.
Bring in your SIMS permission slip. NO one will be allowed to go without a permission slip. I will not call your parents. Bring lunch. Tuesday. We are having lunch with Mr. Mag's class at SIMS!
Party on Monday. Parents- Please email Emily's mom the dish you want to bring.
SS/W- Start collecting lots of facts about the Civil War individual that you will be studying. Explore different websites. Keep track of the websites you are using on a separate Google Docs page. Write in complete phrases or sentences. Use your notebook or your docs.
Dig. Dig. Dig. If you can't find any good websites, send me a text. Great FISHBOWL today!
GreenDreamers- Prepare the introduction speech that you'll be sharing with your adopted class. Here's the letter that will have gone out to all the teachers.
Hi everybody,

The fifth grade is taking part in various social action activities.  This year I joined up with Jane and her Green Dreamers.  Our combined classes meet once a week where we read articles, watch videos and have discussions related to topics like sustainability and green living.  We also would love to have our students carry out some small action every week.  This is where we hope you will come in.

We have partnered up our students and have assigned each pair or trio a class in the school.  It is our hope that they could come in once a week to talk to your class for no more than 5 minutes about some particular action or idea.  We will work with the students so that it is appropriate across the grades.  The key is we do not want to be a bother to you, the teachers.  We will accept whatever time or day that works best for you.  Maybe after lunch for five minutes or in the morning, or any other time.  Our partners are very flexible.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot them our way.  Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Read- for research
Holiday Homework- Is "holiday homework" an oxymoron? Hmmm. Pick out your favorite oxymoron here. You received 2 handouts that must be completed by November 30. Write on the document. Answer in complete sentences. We will FISHBOWL them on the 30. Complete them anytime you like before the 30th.

  • Great Depression
  • Jumbo shrimp
  • Cruel to be kind
  • Clearly confused
  • Act naturally
  • Painfully beautiful
  • Deafening silence
  • Pretty ugly
  • Pretty fierce
  • Pretty cruel
  • Definitely maybe
  • Living dead
  • Walking dead
  • Only choice
  • Amazingly awful
  • Alone together
  • Virtual reality
  • Random order
  • Original copy
  • Happy sad

  • Read more at http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-oxymorons.html#lLfmCShLlvTgSDrv.99

    Jane and James (5th grade)

    November 19th, 2015
    No extra homework. Just review what's due from last night. 
    I hope all enjoyed the trip ;)
    Thank you to Nikki and Theresa for helping us out!!
    Middle School News Alert- There was a mistake on the middle school applications. The computer posted grades from the first marking period instead of the last. Tell your parents that it has been remedied and NOT TO WORRY. You will receive a revised application tomorrow. Mr. Feldberg will be sending out a text with more details.

    November 18th, 2015
    M- Research on the internet videos about multiplying decimals. Did you find a strategy that you think makes sense; a strategy that you would like to share with the class. Study the model we developed today. Want more practice? Use the graph paper I gave you to figure this problem out. 3.5 x 5.5. In other words, what is three and one half of five and one half? Estimate. Use a calculator to show your work.
    Math- This NOT Extra Credit- Loose leaf- 
    A. 15.6+0.09  B. 14.6-0.303   C. 7X2.3 D. $10.00/11  E. $100/15  F.$1000/15 
    G. $10000/15
    SS/ Reread "Whose Side Are You On". Write a two page diary entry, or letter, from the point of view of any character in the piece. Make references to your prior knowledge. Is your piece authentic? Share it with a parent.
    SS- Notes on the new document will be due on Friday.
    SS- Excellent work on war interviews! I am so very proud of your work around this. 
    See trip notes. COME PREPARED! Parents welcome. 
    Read ;)
    November 17th, 2015
    Math- Play the game that we played today in math with a parent. Find a way to make it more challenging.
    Math-Choose 3 or more "review" pages to complete. Some of you already did them! Nice!
    Math- Extra Credit- Loose leaf- A. 14.6+0.9 B. 14.6-0.03 C. 7.6X2.3 D. $10.00/12 E. $50/15  F.$50/14
    SS- Read "Which Side Are You On" and write "noticings and wanderings". Be prepared for FISHBOWL!
    SS- Excellent work on war interviews! I am so very proud of your work around this. 
    Read- Building your reading fluency.
    Trip on Thursday- Rain or shine - Dress appropriately. Remember to bring your lunch, $3.00, your permission slip, and a METRO CARD with at least one swipe for the train. We  can only ride the train if everyone comes prepared. Also, IF WE HAVE TIME, we MAY visit a little store that has nice treats. You may bring some extra money. This is optional. 

    November 16th, 2015
    SS- Trip to Four Freedoms on Thursday- I need a chaperone- Free to parents- More info tomorrow about trip. Do I have your FF essay? Jada? Pablo? Jason? Diana? Lia N.
    M- Loose leaf- A. 1.46+.09    B. 1.46-.03   C. 4.6X2.3    D. $9.00/12
    Fishbowl/W Write a one page reaction to your experience today in your SS notebook
    Fishbowl- prepare notes for your fishbowl talk tomorrow. If you were out today, tomorrow you will be in. You may need notes to "talk off of", so prepare them.
    Read- Build your reading fluency!
    Reread- the next two pages in "John Brown" to prepare for Fishbowl. 
    Extra Credit- $21/15   $21/14   $21/13 loose leaf
    We will share our War Interviews tomorrow! 

    November 12th, 2015

    Friday is Pajama Day in honor of Ms. Macrina.
    Excellent behavior on the trip! You made PS 10 proud!
    SS- Tomorrow in class you will be presenting your Veteran's Day interviews. Thank you for all the hard work both you and your parents did to make this happen. Tomorrow you will also get a chance to write a point of view entry using your interview notes. To get prepared, I have posted on the home page a site with authentic Civil War Journal entries. For your reading homework please read them over.
    M- $1.00/13 $2.00/13  $3.00/13.....etc....up to $10.00/13 (Loose leaf please)
    Book Fair visit tomorrow. Come prepared.

    November 10th, 2015

    Remember there is a trip on Thursday !!!!!! We will leave by 8:30. Bring Your Lunch! We did not order any bagged lunch. Bring your lunch in your backpack. Bring your water bottle. No gum. No eating in the theater, of course.
    SS/GD- Please do not send me your Green Dreamer notes yet. Just keep adding to your document. If you notice something on your day off related to the environment, them make a journal entry.
    SS- Use these questions for your Veteran's Day interview. Remember, this could be a sensitive subject for some people. Enjoy learning from primary sources!
    Math- Complete the fraction to decimal sheet. Call your partner if you need help. Use the patterns to help you. Check your work on a calculator, if you're not sure.
    Read- Enjoy!
    Questions for the Veteran Project :
    1.) Did the war benefit you in any way? Please explain?
    2.) Are you still affected by the war? Were you affected for better or for worse? 
    3.) Are you still in contact with your war companions? How has your relationship changed over the years? What were the circumstances surrounding your encounter?
    4.) Were you a POW (prisoner of war)? How were you affected by it? Do you know anyone who has gone MIA (missing in action)?
    5.) What branch of the military were you a part of? What was your highest ranking in the military? Where were you stationed? 
    6.) Were you drafted or did you volunteer to join the army?
    7.) Do you know anyone who has been affected mentally or physically during the war?
    8.) How long did you serve? How long were you in combat? How long were you affected by the war?
    9.) How did your family react to your return home? Was the life at home any different from the one you left?
    10.) Are you able to find forgiveness for the "enemy"?
    11.) How did your worldview change after the war?
    12.) Were you ever scarred of the aftermath of the war affecting you?
    13.) When and where did you fight in a war?
    14.) Can you recall a moment where you felt like you were about to die? Were their a moment where you felt you'd rather die then continue fighting? 
    15.) How did you feel when you were drafted to go to a war? 
    16.) Did you acquire any new habits during the war that you still follow today?
    18.) How were you transported to the battlefield?
    19.) What did you do to survive during war? What did you eat? How did you wash yourself? Where did you find water to drink?
    Reread- "John Brown"- Add to your "noticings and wonderings".

    November 9th, 2015
    SS-Start a google doc page with your Green Dreamer notes. Add a journal entry about today.
    SS- Read and take notes on "John Brown". Are you notes organized?
    Math- On the N/D Division sheet fill in the next row and the next column.
    Read- Enjoy! Check your fluency with a parent.
    ??? Did you send in your 88 reactions?
    Please review your questions for the veteran. Be ready to discuss tomorrow.

    November 6th, 2015
    Learn this song! Love Song to the Earth (be ready to sing on Monday with Mr. Mag's class). Working on moves? Be ready to present them ;) 

    Word Study: Today we free wrote about our experience at M.S 88. The following list contains words that were commonly misspelled in our writing pieces. Please review and study these words, as there will be an upcoming mini spelling test. 

    I find social studies to be a very interesting topic.  Interesting 

    Due to a stomach virus, I won’t be attending tomorrow's wedding ceremony. Won't

    Their school is nice.  Their

    Which school will you choose?  Which

    Conducting research is much easier when technology is involved.  Technology 

    There were many activities that looked like fun.   Activities

    Some people might like one middle school better than the other.  Than

    I saw several posters related to the environment.   Environment

    I especially liked seeing my former students.   Especially

    Do not celebrate until you’ve earned it.   Celebrate

    Each middle school is different.   Different

    If you study, you will probably get 100% on the next spelling test.  Probably

    Obviously, it is difficult to read text that contains misspelled words.  Obviously 

    It is really a problem when you misspell simple words.   Really

    A pianist is someone who plays the piano well.   Piano

    There are a lot of interesting books to read at the library.  Library

    The principal at M.S 88 was very informative.  Principal

    On rainy days, you can watch movies at the school’s auditorium.   Auditorium

    There were intricate designs on the wallpaper.  Designs

    You’re going to be late for lunch release.  Release

    I enjoy interactive projects.  Interactive

    I get my recipes from the cookbook.  Recipes

    You have to take an assessment everyday.  Assessment

    Our classroom is a community.  Community

    “It will definitely rain today,” said the weatherman.  Definitely.

    The beginning of the story caught my attention.  Beginning

    Paintbrushes, markers, and paint are materials you need for art class. Materials

    Choose your answer wisely.   Choose  

    I want to learn more about dinosaurs.  Learn

    His mother made an appeal for the return of the ring.

    Against all expectations, we became good friend. Expectation(s)

    You can type your essay on the computer.  Computer 

    Where did you grow up?  Where

    The train station is close to the library.  Close

    The crocodile is a protected species.  Crocodile 

    Here are some strategies to help you learn the spelling:
    Look at the word
    Say the word
    Spell the word
    Cover the word
    Write the word
    Check the word

    *Reminder: Send your typed letter about M.S 88 to me on google docs.

    Math- There are 3 separate, equal-size boxes and inside each box there are 2 separate small boxes, and inside each of the small boxes there are 4 even smaller boxes. How many boxes are there altogether? Draw a picture!

    Reading- Check this out!
    Q level- you should be reading 105-140 words per minute (wpm)
    R level- 105-145 wpm
    S level- 110-145 wpm
    T level- 115-150 wpm
    U level- 115-150 wpm
    V level- 125- 160 wpm

    Social Studies:
    Junior Reporters 
    Assignment: Develop (10-20) questions for our Veteran's Day Project. 
    Start thinking about the person who you would like to interview. It can be a veteran/somebody who served in the military, someone who knows a veteran, someone who was affected by a war, someone who knows someone affected by a war, someone who knew someone affected by a war, etc....

    Important Notices:  Please complete and return The P.S 10 Cell Phone Policy Student Contract and please return the report card in the original envelope that was given to you, and I will send home a copy. Thanks in advance!

    November 5th, 2015

    Math- Complete pages 16, 17, 19
    SS- Continue "noticing" chart for the new packet.
    Read- Continue cause and effect work
    Extra Credit- research some of the people, places, or events you read about in the handout. (Loose leaf)
    Reminder- Four Freedom's Essays are overdue. Please send in.

    November 4th, 2015
    Math- Division work on board and the challenge question
    Math- Pages 13 and 14
    SS- Continue digging in the handout for "noticings and wonderings". Can you find the cause or the effect of the events.
    Read- Continue your cause and effect work
    Extra Credit- research some of the people, places, or events you read about in the handout. (Loose leaf)

    November 2, 2015
    Math- Dividing decimals? Think money. Use the patterns from today’s models to figure out the answers to these problems.  3.00/2   3.00/3    3.00/4   3.00/5   3.00/6   3.00/7     3.00/8   3.00/9    3.00/10   Work in your notebook.
    SS- Write a short journal entry about our 2nd meeting with Mr. Mag’s class.
    SS- Read the text of “The War Begins”. This text might be difficult for you. If it is, read it with a parent. It’s always helpful to have a dictionary handy when you are researching. Collect facts that interest you. Then chart the cause of the fact, OR the effect of the fact. Use the fact that we shared today from the text to guide you.  This document is 6 pages long. Do 3 pages each night.  Good luck.
    Read- Chart cause and effect every time you read. Remember to log your reading.
    Writing- Four Freedom’s Essays are due via Google Docs by Wednesday AM.
    Writing- Write a letter to your gourd in response to the letter your gourd wrote you.
    ELECTION DAY tomorrow. NO school.
    The BOOK FAIR is on! 

    October 29th 2015

    SS- Our study of the “Four Freedoms” is almost complete! Your presentations today were excellent. You used your notes, important facts from our discussions, from articles and from videos that were presented. Some of you are really starting to make connections! You started your writing piece today and will continue working on it tonight and tomorrow. Remember to focus on the research rubric I provided you with.
    Your piece is due on Tuesday, preferable typed. Please send it via Google Docs. Good Writing!
    Math- Keeping skills sharp. 678/12    985/23   548/60    129/6
    Math- If you had a dollar and had to share it with 3 friends, how much would each friend get?
    Math- If you had a dollar and had to share it with 6 friends, how much would each friend get?
    Math- If you had a dollar and had to share it with 9 friends, how much would each friend get?
    Use pennies if you need to!
    Read- Read and collect a few examples of cause and effect. Keep your notes organized!
    Spelling Bee tomorrow!

    October 28th, 2015
    Math- Page 8 and 9
    Reading- Collect examples of cause and effect as you read
    SS-L- Ten questions for the librarian (LL)
    Writing- Explore the Civil War site on the home page. Explore other sites. Find one you think would be good to add to this page.
    Spelling- positive adjectives spelling bee

    October 27th, 2015
    Reading- Read this article. Think of the read aloud that you listened to today as you read this article. 
    Read in your choice book.
    Writing- Extra Credit- research Michel- Ralph Trouillot- Silencing the Past is the name of his book- research his quotes
    Math- repeat yesterday's lesson using the first hundred words of this article. Nouns are Blue. Adjectives are Pink. Verbs are yellow. Adverbs are orange. Articles are black. Number words are Green. Prepositions are purple. 
    SS- Think about the "Trickle Down System", like ripples in the water, when you think about cause and effect.

    Sarah Moore Grimke and Angelina Emily Grimké were the only white people of either gender who were born in the upper-class South, but rejected that luxurious lifestyle to fight against slavery. They also were among the very first to see the close connection between abolitionism and women’s rights.

    Sarah was born on November 26, 1792, and Angelina was born on February 20, 1805. The sisters grew up in a wealthy slave-holding South Carolina family.  They had all the privileges of Charleston society – the heart of ante-bellum Dixie -- but grew to strongly disapprove of slavery.  Their large family so strongly disagreed with them that the Sarah, the older, did not tell anyone when she secretly taught slave children to read, something that violated state law.

    In 1821, Sarah moved to Philadelphia and became a Quaker, and Angelina followed the same path a few years later, moving to Philadelphia in 1829. Angelina joined the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society and wrote letters to newspapers protesting slavery from a woman’s point of view. This attracted the attention of abolitionists, who enlisted the Grimkes in the cause because they knew the cruelties of slavery firsthand.

    The sisters were attacked most strongly when they began to make public speeches to audiences consisting of both genders, a practice that was considered shocking.  In 1836, after Sarah was reprimanded for speaking at a Quaker meeting about abolition, the sisters moved to New York to work for its Anti-Slavery Society.

    New York was even less fertile ground for abolitionists than Quaker-based Philadelphia, however, and the sisters continued to be criticized for their “unnatural” behavior in public speaking.  They also began to write.  Angelina’s Appeal to the Christian Women of the South (1836) was truly a courageous work.  She not only discussed how slavery hurt blacks, but also how it damaged white women and the institution of the family.  Southern society condoned male sexuality outside of marriage, with the result that “the faces of many black children bore silent testimony to their white fathers.”  Postmasters seized and destroyed many of the copies, and hostility towards the Grimke sisters was so great that they never again would be able to visit their South Carolina home.

    Despite this uproar, they continued.  Sarah addressed another audience withEpistle to the Clergymen of the South (1836), and Angelina followed withAppeal to the Women of the Nominally Free States (1837).  They toured Massachusetts in the summer of 1837, attracting hundreds of listeners every day; in the town of Lowell, 1,500 people – both men and women – came to hear them speak against slavery.  Again, though, many people denounced them for having the audacity to speak to “promiscuous meetings of men and women together.”  Clergymen in Massachusetts formally condemned their behavior, pointing out that St. Paul said women should be silent.

    Undeterred, Angelina Grimke set another precedent in February of 1838, when she became the first woman to speak before a legislative committee; she presented an antislavery petition to Massachusetts lawmakers.  In the same year, Sarah published Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman (1838).  That work predated other feminist theorists by decades.

    In May of 1838, Angelina married fellow abolitionist Theodore Dwight Weld of Boston, and Sarah moved in with the couple. The next year, Sarah Grimke and Theodore Weld published a remarkable collection of newspaper stories that came directly from Southern papers.  American Slavery as It Is:  Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses (1839) used the actual words of white Southerners in describing escaped slaves, slave auctions, and other incidents that demonstrated how routinely gross inhumanity was accepted as a natural part of the plantation economy.  Again, the effect was shocking.

    Like the Grimkes, Weld was a member of a prominent family, but wealthy conservatives in both the North and South rejected such idealistic rebels, and the three suffered financially in the next decades.  Angelina was 33 at marriage, and her health also deteriorated with the birth of three children, Charles Stuart, Theodore, and Sarah.  The three farmed and operated schools in the 1840s and 1850s, moving several times within New Jersey and Massachusetts.  During this period, the sisters also experimented with the practical pantsuit-style clothing promoted by Amelia Bloomer, but – like other women’s rights leaders – they gave it up when their appearance distracted from their ideas.

    They finally retired to the Hyde Park section of Boston in 1864.  By then, the Civil War was in its last full year, and the sisters’ activism would switch to women’s rights.   When the U.S. Constitution was amended to give civil rights to former slaves after the war, the Grimke sisters were among those who tested the gender-neutral language of the Fifteenth Amendment that granted the vote.  They attempted to cast ballots in the 1870 election, but male Hyde Park officials rejected them and other women.

    They also continued their efforts on behalf of racial equality.  In 1868, Angelina and Sarah discovered that they had two nephews, Archibald Henry and Francis James, who were the sons of their brother Henry and a slave woman.  In accordance with their beliefs, the sisters welcomed the boys into their family.  One of them would marry Charlotte Forten, an outstanding Philadelphia black woman, and the sisters’ feminist legacy would continue through Charlotte Forten Grimke.

    Sarah was nearly 80 when she attempted to vote for the first time, and she died three years later, two days prior to Christmas of 1873.   Angelina Grimke Weld suffered a debilitating stroke and died on October 26, 1879.  Weld lived on until 1895, but he never was as radical as the women.

    In the process of fighting against slavery, the Grimké sisters discovered the prejudices that women face, and their cause joined abolitionism and the early women’s rights movement together.   They showed more courage than any white person in the South of their times, sacrificing both luxury and their family relationships to work for African-American freedom.
    A century later, the Grimke story had been largely forgotten:  biographical dictionaries, for example, published entries on Weld without mentioning that Sarah Grimke was his co-author.  Feminist historian Gerda Lerner revived interest in the sisters’ vital contribution to American history with a 1967 book, and it set the standard for modern women’s history. 1 

    October 26, 2015
    SS- Think about this statement from Many Rivers to Cross;
    The dehumanization of an entire race did not happen overnight.
    R/SS- Extra Credit- Who were the Grimke Sisters? 
    1.The author may interrupt the action in a text/video to take you back in time. Write two examples from the video when Henry Louis Gates did this.
    2. Try to recall 3 events that occurred in history from the video. What was the effect of each of these events? Make a Cause and Effect chart if that helps you organize your thoughts.

    W- Point of view is important in literacy. With our gourds we will explore how writers use it as they write. Bring in a small box for your gourd. 
    Math- page 11 Repeat the lesson we started today with the article of your choice. Please bring in the article, or a copy of the article if you can. Use a dictionary if you are not sure how the word is being used in the sentence.
    Parent Conferences are coming up. Give the flyers to your parents today.

    October 23, 2015
    Math- Complete your fraction squares if you did not finish them in class. They are beautiful!
    Look! Someone else had our idea! Mathematic masterpieces Think of a good title for our bulletin board. Should we make a key, like they did?
    Editing- Thanks Caitlyn! We loved your piece! 
    Read- Are you finished your book? Get an idea from your "Reading Life Memoir" or some else's!
    Writing- If you want credit for your extra credit work on your report card, please hand it in by Monday!
    EXTRA CREDIT- Look for beautiful percentage patterns. Take a pic to share on Monday;)
    SS/Civil War/War Study- Ask your parents if they know anyone who was affected by a war in any way. Would you be able to interview them, or someone who knew them?

    October 22, 2015
    Math- Make a beautiful fraction square with these percentages- 50% Blue, 20% Green, 16% Yellow, 8%Pink, 6%Red
    Writing- What Made Honoring Day Special for You? What were some of the emotions you felt and why did you feel that way?
    Dear Diana- Thanks! We loved your piece!
    SS- Researching the Four Freedoms- Pick the topic you found most interesting in your book. Explain why. Full page on looseleaf.
    Read- Enjoy and pay attention to commas. Find one sentence where the meaning of the sentence would change without that comma.

    October 21, 2015
    Math- Tomorrow we start Unit 2. Please take out all Unit 1 work and leave it at home. Bring back your binder.
    Writing- What Made Picture Day Special? How did you pose for your pictures? How did you feel about wearing the caps and gowns? What were some of the emotions you felt and why did you feel that way? Zoom in on the small moments!
    Editing- Dear Diana- Thank you for allowing us to use your beautiful writing piece for our editing practice!
    Read- Enjoy the zoom-ins and the explosions of the moment as you read! Chart your reading.

    Our honoring ceremony is tomorrow, periods 6 and 7. We will honor all the birthdays from August 1st until October 22nd. Come prepared with a one-page piece (on loose leaf) about yourself if you are being honored. The time of your piece should be "How I Want My Classmates to Remember Me". Whoever is being honored should pick 2 friends to "honor" them. These people must agree to write a one-page piece about their friend. You will give these documents to your friend at the ceremony after you read them aloud. You are all free to bring snacks, cupcakes, juice, (no soda please) fruit snacks, etc. Please avoid plastic and items that cannot be recycled. Each honoree can choose a song that we can play on Spotify during snack time. Parents are always welcome. You earned this party!!!
    SS- Researching from Video- reread the notes you took on the two videos we saw yesterday. Reread your Four Freedoms notes and pick one topic from your notes that you will research in your group tomorrow.
    EXTRA CREDIT- Research one of the topics you highlighted in your FOUR FREEDOM notes. Write a full page on loose leaf. 

    October 21st, 2015
    Picture Day Is Tomorrow! Read the flyer for details! No prepaid envelopes.
    Math- Tomorrow is the end of Unit 1 Test. Please review the pages in your notebook and your binder.
    Writing- What makes New Voices special? Why or why not is New Voices a good fit for me? Write at least one page on looseleaf, completely revised and edited.
    Dear Miah- Thanks for letting us use your beautiful memoir as an editing model ;)
    Our honoring ceremony is on Thursday, periods 6 and 7. We will honor all the birthdays from August 1st until October 22nd. Come prepared with a one page piece (looseleaf) about yourself if you are being honored. The theme of your piece should be "How I Want My Classmates to Remember Me". Whomever is being honored should pick 2 friends to "honor" them. These people must agree to write a one page piece about their friend. You will give these documents to your friend at the ceremony after you read them aloud. You are all free to bring snacks, cupcakes, juice, (no soda please) fruit snacks, etc. Please avoid plastic and items that cannot be recycled. Each honoree can choose a song that we can play on Spotify during snackt ime. Parents are always welcome. You earned this party!!!
    SS- Researching from Video- Reread the notes you took on the two videos we saw today. Sorry I cannot post them here. Grade yourself on notetaking. Give yourself some advice. Write it in your notebook if you think you won't remember.
    Read- Keep it up! Collect a "Gimmie the Ball" moment. Write a few lines from that moment in your notebook.
    Check out this awesome moment that Milo wrote:)

    by miloJEUSUS

    my teammate
    was streaking down the line with the ball at his feet
    an opposing player sticks his leg out
    he goes down
    the ref blows
    it’s within shooting distance
    game tied 3-3
    2 minutes left
    I step behind the ball
    I take my run up
    Ball. Up.Over. And in.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Game over!

    October 20th, 2015
    Extra Credit- Thank you to all the students who sent extra credit memoirs. I know I mentioned this, but in case you missed it, here goes. You need to know that the memoir you send must follow the rubric we have been discussing over the past month. If I conferred with you, or taught a lesson on a particular aspect of memoir writing, I want to see evidence of these strategies. I also want to see good editing, and please title your pieces on BOTH the google doc and the document itself. I am getting unnamed documents that have never been revised or edited. The whole point of this extra credit work, is to see if you are now able to write a revised and edited memoir WITHOUT my help. THANK YOU!

    October 19th, 2015
    Lia M., Caitlyn, Diana, - Use the notes I gave you today do a final revision on your Memoir.
    Math- Do page 58 in your notebook. Show all your work. Do not write on the Math page. Quiz tomorrow on PEMDAS.
    Reading- Read and collect 3 lines of dialogue.
    EXTRA CREDIT- Publish your piece about the quote you chose today. 1 Page loose leaf. My favorite is "Be yourself! You won't get another chance." There will more study on this over the next month.

    Editing and Mechanics- In Class 5-403 we will be italicizing all book titles, newspapers, and magazines (but not the articles from the magazines). 
    Here's more info if you are interested,
    Generally, we italicize the titles of things that can stand by themselves. Thus we differentiate between the titles of novels and journals, say, and the titles of poems, short stories, articles, and episodes (for television shows). The titles of these shorter pieces would be surrounded with double quotation marks.
    In writing the titles of newspapers, do not italicize the word the, even when it is part of the title (the New York Times), and do not italicize the name of the city in which the newspaper is published unless that name is part of the title: the Hartford Courant, but the London Times.

    Other titles that we would italicize include the following:
                     Journals and Magazines: Time, U.S. News and World Report, Crazyhorse, Georgia Review
                     Plays: Waiting for Godot, Long Day's Journey Into Night
                     Long Musical Pieces: Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite (but "Waltz of the Flowers"), Schubert's Winterreise (but "Ave Maria"). For musical pieces named by type, number and key — Mozart's Divertimento in D major, Barber's Cello Sonata Op. 6 — we use neither italics nor quotation marks.
                     Cinema: Slingblade, Shine, The Invisible Man
                     Television and Radio Programs: Dateline, Seinfeld, Fresh Air, Car Talk
                     Artworks: the Venus de Milo, Whistler's The Artist's Mother
                     Famous Speeches: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Washington's Second Inaugural Address (when that is the actual title of the speech)
                     Long Poems (that are extensive enough to appear in a book by themselves): Longfellow's Evangeline, Milton's Paradise Lost, Whitman's Leaves of Grass
                     Pamphlets: New Developments in AIDS Research
    We do not italicize the titles of long sacred works: the Bible, the Koran. Nor do we italicize the titles of books of the Bible: Genesis, Revelation, 1 Corinthians.
    When an exclamation mark or question mark is part of a title, make sure that that mark is italicized along with the title,
                     My favorite book is Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
                     I love Dr. Suess's Oh, the Places You'll Go!
    (Do not add an additional period to end such sentences.) If the end mark is not part of the title, but is added to indicate a question or exclamation, do not italicize that mark.
    Did you enjoy Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain?

    SS/Current Events- Collect math information from the article and the video. Write it in your notebook. What makes this solution unique from other sustainable energy solutions? Poetry in Motion: Power Plant Will Use Ocean Tides to Power 155K Homes

    October 15, 2015

    Lunch release starts tomorrow. Go over the rules with your parents.
    W-All typed memoirs are due tomorrow. No excuses please.
    W- All EXTRA credit memoirs are due Monday- typed and edited
    Read- Find at least one zoom in worth sharing. Copy it into your writer's notebook.
    Math- Complete pages 56 and 57, if you did not already complete it.
    SS- Complete your buddy letters!! (looseleaf, of course)

    October 14, 2015

    Lunch release- I'm missing permission slips from several children. You need both the contract AND the permission slip.
    Gym- I'm missing 10 gym permission slips.
    WW/SS- Write a journal entry in your notebook from the point of view of Eleanor Roosevelt. This link may help. Her Star Still Shines  Minimum- 1 page
    M- Complete page 51. You must show your work to get credit.
    Read- Collect at least 5 sentences as you read that have interesting adverbs that end in ly. Copy the entire sentence in your notebook.
    Reading- Have your parents sign your reading login tonight. Are you on target?
    Congratulations to those children who are self monitoring their behavior! Hopefully we can plan our honoring ceremony soon.

    October 13, 2015

    Please wear PINK to promote awareness for Breast Cancer Week
    W- Use the revision notes that I shared today to revise your piece. I will want to compare your drafts, so feel free to send me a new draft any time you work on it. It I conferred with you today revise your piece using the suggestions we agreed upon.
    M- Learn these words that we mentioned today- dividend, divisor, quotient, product
    M- Pages 45 and 46
    R- READ- Our reading goal for the year should be somewhere between 25 and 40.
    WS- Use five of the adverbs we played with today in sentences
    EXTRA CREDIT- WS- Write an adverb story using at least 5 of the adverbs from the chart

    October 8, 2015

    Writing- The REVISION work you did today was excellent. You used the tools that you have. Now start typing your piece. Send your piece via Google Docs. Use your id # the way you learned in computer. Tomorrow we will work on some small group revisions. Gook luck tonight. Feel free to have your parents help you with the typing. Use your rubrics and your models! Do your best!
    Writing- Do you remember your favorite line from Amber and Essy? Share it with your parents or a friend.
    FUN- Practice singing our new song ;) Practice the moves we learned today. Try to create moves for the  lines that don't have them.
    Math- page 41
    Reading- Reread your work over and over. Share it with friends and family.

    October 7, 2015

    Writing- Continue writing your FUTURE reading life. Again, borrow a bit of time from your reading to get this part of your Reading Life Memoir just the way you want it. Rereading is the secret of good writing, so do a lot of it. Focus in on the strategies we have been practicing in class.
    FUN- Practice singing our new song ;) Share new ideas for the Green Dreamers tomorrow!

    Dedication ceremony for FDR Four Freedoms 

    Watch this video and write down your favorite lines. Listen from 0-7:00 to hear the voice of FDR. Now listen to the speech given by former President Bill Clinton from 14:30 to 22:42. Copy down the last line in the speech.
    Math- How do you say this number? 3,586,983
    Math- 964x21, 239x46, 345x21, 909x90 Do on looseleaf. Use any method you choose. Check your work with a calculator.
    SS- Here is the reading passage that Karen shared today- Joy Hakim Eleanor Roosevelt Please reread it. Here's the video if you want to watch it. Eleanor Roosevelt-Her Star Still Shines Thank you Karen!!!! We all learned so much.
    EXTRA CREDIT- What's the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Looseleaf or typed
    Writing- Extra Credit- Write a memoir on the topic of your choice. This will be due on Monday. 

    October 6, 2015

    Memory work- Can you remember the quote of the day?
    Green Dreamers- Listen to this song. Love Song to the Earth

    Practice singing it. EXTRA CREDIT- make up moves for the song that the class can do. Get creative!
    Math- Explain to a parent the steps we went through in class to figure out "The Grass Is Greener". It was easier than it looked. Right?
    Math- Complete pages 38 and 39.
    Writing- Continue writing your present reading life. Again, borrow a bit of time from your reading to get this part of your Reading Life Memoir just the way you want it. Rereading is the secret of good writing, so do a lot of it. Focus in on the strategies we have been practicing in class.Wasn't Oliver's piece special? And Vera's book!  We are surrounded by inspiration!
    SS- Tomorrow we have a special presentation by Karen about Eleanor Roosevelt! Be prepared with a question or two. You may want to Google her to better prepare yourself.
    SS- Reread this article about Ken Thompson. Be ready to discuss further.

    Thompson is a born overachiever. He’s tall and commanding, with a quick smile and hand on the shoulder. He has the prosecutor’s tendency to be cautious with his language, which can at times make him seem stiff. In law school, one professor chided him for wearing a sport jacket to class, and it’s hard to spot him without his suit jacket buttoned.
    This fall, I caught up with Thompson on his Sunday-morning church circuit in East New York, where he often goes to introduce himself to constituents. While riding with his security detail, he said he still struggled to believe his own success.
    “Look, I’m not going to toot my own horn,” he told me, “but for me to sit here and talk with you as Brooklyn DA based on where I come from — I’d take you right to the building I started out in, and you’d see those kids running around. That was me.”
    Thompson was raised in the projects. His childhood home was an apartment in the Robert Wagner Houses, a collection of 22 buildings in East Harlem, and, much like the Pink Houses, it was plagued by gangs, drug dealers, and routine chaos. Thompson was raised by a single mother, Clara, who became one of the first female NYPD officers to walk a beat. “She would leave with her uniform on; she would come back with her uniform on,” Thompson recalled. “That made an impression on me.” As a child, Thompson developed a familial respect for the NYPD, and the job allowed Clara eventually to move her family out of Wagner.
    Thompson was a bookish kid and a good student. He attended NYU Law School, followed by stints at the Treasury Department in Washington and in the Eastern District as a federal prosecutor. In 1999, he was tapped to give the opening statements in the case against a handful of NYPD officers who abused a Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.
    To practice, Thompson, who was still a junior attorney, spent hours rehearsing in front of the mirror in the men’s bathroom at work. He also received coaching from his pastor, the Reverend A. R. Bernard, whom Thompson considers one of his closest confidants. Watching Thompson learn how to speak to jurors, Bernard recognized his potential. “I began to see in him something more than just legal counsel,” he told me. “Somewhere along the line, he had a political future.”
    Bernard’s church, Christian Cultural Center in Canarsie, is regarded as the largest in the city, claiming some 37,000 congregants. Thompson and his wife, Lu-Shawn, have been attending Bernard’s services for more than 15 years. Before Bernard started preaching out of a storefront in Greenpoint, he worked as a banker, and his sermons are often infused with practical tips on how to improve life and generate wealth — part spirituality, part business plan. Congregants bring pads of paper to Sunday prayers and take notes as Bernard outlines points on a white board.
    “You have to see it,” Thompson told me, directing his security detail to the church. “Denzel Washington comes here. Curtis Martin of the Jets, Jason Kidd, when they were playing.” Inside, one of Thompson’s detectives showed me the facility’s two sanctuaries (equipped with TV cameras to broadcast sermons), its café, its massive fish tank, ATMs, and the gift shop. Outside Bernard’s office, in another corner of the building, Thompson peered into a private dining room. “I had lunch with Mayor Bloomberg right there,” he said. As we milled about, the DA discreetly pointed out Star Jones and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul waiting to see Bernard.
    Thompson credits Bernard for his political life. “He strengthened me and has given me faith to do the work I’m doing, in protecting everyone,” he said. Soon after making the opening argument in the Louima case, Thompson wanted to run for office, but Bernard told him to wait. “I told him, ‘Look, you need to build up your practice, build yourself up financially, so when you do decide to run for office, you don’t have to owe anyone anything,’ ” Bernard said. “He listened, and when we both thought the time was right, he did it.
    “Ken sees this as a calling. He sees this as a divine summons to have a platform to engage in what is very close to his heart.” Following Bernard’s plan, Thompson started work in the private sector, eventually opening his own firm with two partners, landing multimillion-dollar settlements with companies like Walmart, Six Flags, and Macy’s; Thompson’s firm sued the latter for unfairly targeting minorities for shoplifting.
    Thompson’s most famous client was Nafissatou Diallo, the Sofitel housemaid who claimed she was sexually assaulted by IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a criminal charge the Manhattan DA’s office ultimately dropped. Thompson became a point of controversy after he allowed Diallo to appear on national television and later held a press conference in which he accused prosecutors of not taking his client seriously.
    When Thompson ran for DA, the Times’s editorial board accused him of drawing too much attention to himself and his cases in the media. “We were not reassured by his publicity-oriented approach to representing Nafissatou Diallo,” the editorial board wrote in its tepid endorsement of him.
    Fortunately for Thompson, Times readers aren’t the core of his base. Instead, his votes came from East New York, Bed-Stuy, Flatbush, and other neighborhoods populated predominantly by minorities. Thompson supporters represent a power shift in Brooklyn politics that has helped propel the careers of a generation of local black politicians, including the city’s public advocate Tish James, New York state senator John Sampson, Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams, and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.
    For decades, Brooklyn was dominated by what operatives once called the three I’s: Irish, Italian, and Israel. But as those white and working-class voters died, left the city, or became Bloomberg Republicans, their space within the Democratic machine has been filled with black voters from Central Brooklyn, and old political clubs have been replaced by power churches. “The church was key,” Thompson said.

    October 5th 2015
    Math- Page 33 and 44
    • Extra Credit- Challenge your parent or a friend to a game of 3- In -A- Row! If you want credit for this, I need to see the work from the game.

    Continue writing your early reading life. Borrow a bit of time from your reading to get this part of your Reading Life Memoir just the way you want it. Rereading is the secret of good writing, so do a lot of it. Focus in on the strategies we have been practicing in class.
    Use your handouts to inspire you or one of your favorite memoirs. There's one memoir in the packet to guide you. Add lots of DIALOGUE and INTERNAL THOUGHT, zoom in on SETTINGS. ENJOY going back to those precious days as you write this part of your piece.

    • Writing- Extra Credit- Write a memoir on the topic of your choice. This will be due on Thursday. Final draft will be due on Friday.

    Word Study- Find 5 LY adverbs that you seldom use in your everyday speech.

    Our Future Reading Lives Might Include- By Class 5-403 2016
    1.Book clubs with friends after school
    2.Making lists of books in different genres
    3.Talking about books with my sister
    4. Turning a story into a book
    5.Reading about   informative medical books
    6.Perspective switching books
    7.Books or articles that influence politics
    8.Historical epidemics
    9.Inspiring younger siblings to read
    10.Reading drama books with plays and monologues
    11.Reading about artists and their work
    12.Trying to increase my stamina
    13.Reading about the history of particular sports of the Olympics
    14.Reading more books by my favorite Authors
    15.More science + chemistry related books and animal related books
    16.Writing more in my journal
    17.Reading the odyssey
    18.Joining my mom’s book club
    19.Volunteer at the Brooklyn Public Library
    20.Starting a book review website like rotten tomatoes
    21.Go to bed earlier so I can read more
    22.Some of Ms. Cypher’s favorites like “Mr. Poppers Penguins.”
    23.Books that will remind me of my past
    24.Book that make me curious
    25.Learning languages with different books
    26.Reading books online
    27.Asking mom or dad for recommendations
    28.Making a book club with my family
    29.Try to read “Goodnight Moon” and find out why I love/loved it so much
    31.Reading comics from different countries, like Japanese comics 
    32.Reading at least 20 books over the year
    33.Read the books before watching the movie
    34. Visiting the library more often
    35. Visiting a variety of libraries around the city
    36. Reading multiple books at the same time 

    October 1, 2015

    Let your parents know that we would love to see them tomorrow.
    EXCELLENT work today except for the EXPLOSION of chatter at the end of the day. Save that chatter for the school yard.
    Math- Make up 3 number sentences, one for each of these numbers- 78, 4, 65 Follow the same procedure we did today in the FIGURE ME OUT LESSON. Try to incorporate 4 different operations in each equation. Show all your work clearly in your notebook.
    Writing- Use the notes you took last night while interviewing your parents, to write a piece (about your parent) similar to the one you wrote today about yourself. Use your writing packet to inspire you. Write it on loose leaf. Go back to the source (your parent) if you need to.
    Art- Complete the drawing that you will paste on the Cherry Tree drawing. Use your glue stick to paste it on in the morning.
    Reading- Enjoy your reading. Continue looking for sentences. Refer to the words besides said handout. Read a portion of your book aloud. Are you reading it the way the reader wants you to read it?
    Party- The honoring party has been postponed until future notice. We need to be exiting the classroom by 2:40 sharp. That means you will need to focus on getting your things together starting at 2:30. Chatting should be kept to a minimum. The homework will be posted at this time for you to read, and copy if you need to.

    September 30, 2015
    Math- Page 27 and 28
    Reading- Ask your parent about their reading life. Make an outline for them like the one you made for me.
    Extra Credit- Repeat your reading homework with a second adult or older sibling
    SS- Write a one page piece off of today's lesson/discussion about DA Ken Thompson. Thanks to all those who participated in the extra credit challenge.
    Next Wednesday is our honoring ceremony. Prepare accordingly. Let me know if you will be donating snacks.
    Extra Credit- Question of the Day? Can you remember the quote of the day? How does your memory hold onto so many thoughts?

    September 29, 2015
    Math- Page 21 and 23
    Math- Discuss the Spelling/Math Bee with your parents. Evaluate the rules we set up in class. Can you revise the rules to make it more fun and/or challenging!
    Reading- Enjoy your reading tonight. Pay special attention to the "words besides said". Write 5 sentences that help us to zoom in on the characters because of this precise vocabulary.
    SS- Write a page about either of the videos we watched today in class. Discuss the theme, and especially, how it relates to one of the Four Freedoms
    Extra Credit- Find facts about Brooklyn DA to share.

    September 28, 2015
    Math- page 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
    Math- Make up a number story for this equation- 5x[(11-3)-(13-9)]
    Reading- Enjoy! Always log your work. How many books do you plan on reading over the next 10 months? How did you feel about your reading conference with Ms. Markin? Be ready to discuss. Continue to add to your book list. Sign up at the site we learned about today from Oliver.
    Writing- Review (read) the two packets that I gave you last week. Jot down notes on the packet. We will discuss tomorrow.
    Writing- Write a letter to your reading buddy introducing yourself- 2 pages on looseleaf. Make your buddy excited to get to know you. Use lots of details.
    Spelling Bee- We'll try again for tomorrow. Circle the words that are difficult for you.
    SS- Discuss the words you learned today in SS with a parent- ie. plaintiff, defendant, jury

    September 22, 2015

    Page 1.- Do problem #4.  Experiment using the parenthesis in different places. Show your work in your math notebook.
    Page 2- Complete the whole page. Use your notebook if you need more space.
    Extra Credit Page 3.- Create another word problem similar to #4. Get creative. Illustrate it and add some color so we can post it . Write clearly, so others can learn from your work.

    Reading- Enjoy your reading. Please log in. Make a list of at least 5 books you hope to read this year. Choose a variety of genres. Explore some websites that might give you ideas. Share those websites with the class on Friday.

    Social Studies/Writing- What a fabulous conversation we had about drones today. I know that I learned quite a bit. Tonight you will write one page about this conversation. Focus in on what's important to you. Always include details that will engage the reader.

    Spelling Bee on Friday- Use the words from your new spelling list.

    Reading Buddies on Friday!

    Middle School Info Mtg on Friday Sept. 25th at 8:30AM at PS10
    October 8th at 5:45PM at PS 10


    1. ms cyphers what about fridays homework

      1. There was a delay due to a faulty in BlogSpot uploading the Homework. It Should be up now.

    2. what is the homework for October 9,2012?

    3. it still has not come up

    4. does anybody know the homework for Tuesday October, 9, 2012. Ms.C said she will post it for the people who have internet access.

    5. What is the homework for October 9, 2012?

    6. SS- Be ready to discuss the new debate topic in JS... What is JS?

    7. what does js mean?

    8. is the js for tonights homerwork?

    9. is there a winner for the FDR contest?

    10. hello how is everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    11. do we need to find info on the event we picked from the time line and bring it to school friday?

    12. hello how is

      1. Js means junior scholastic

      2. wat da wats r u sayin' heyyyyy is this jack

    13. Do we type the gourd story that we picked, and the letter to Clinton

      1. does anybody know if we have to type that ?

    14. People is there school tommorow?

      1. he deana i was wondering if you were okay you know why. so no i do not think we are having any school through out the whole week because of the sandy.BTW the mayor is delivering a speech ight now about having school through out the whole week , my sugestion is to watch the news right now to really see why we arnt having any school\, its really heart breaking to be honest aim here sitting on my bed but a lot of people dont even have that any more. its really sad. ok bye now. i will see you when ever in this world we will have school. BYE! SEE YA!

      2. the speech is finished and we officialy do not have any school the whole week. hope you r k.

    15. Do we have to write about a list of people of the civil war we want to learn about or slaves that we want to learn about?

    16. Hi everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    17. people remmember that we got to read lee the fox

    18. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    19. hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiippppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    20. I can't wait until monday and tuesday!!!!

      1. deana why can't you wait?

      2. Who is this?

      3. deana i wrote that

      4. oh sowy which means sorry,people don't copy me

    21. try to find handwriting online !

    22. Can we use the "personal response" part in our essays?

    23. Replies
      1. hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      2. Hi deana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    24. ms cyphers what about december 3rd's homework

    25. my computer will not let me chose a place for the trip!!

      1. My mom said that's bogas!

    26. Can the 1 of the 25 vocabulary words be a name?

      1. I think that it could be names

    27. I thought the math would be hard, but it turned to be okay! ;)

    28. IIFY? Is it Friday yet?

    29. what is up my homies (kinda)

    30. When she says to write the 2 page historical fiction essay does she mean like what we did with the other essays?

    31. What do you mean by the reading selections. what does that mean. does it mean that we are going to be choosing our f books tomorrow

    32. Mrs.Cyphers, Q10 on the poachers text can possibly have two answers. Can we please go over it in class? I thought that it was choice #4

    33. Mrs Cyphers, you did not give me the freedom from fear text. I cannot do my homework without it. I will complete this assignment tomorrow.

    34. The flavor I want for my medicine is orange.

    35. Ms. Cyphers, you wrote the math HW twice.

    36. My medicine flavor would be pomegranate! : )

    37. We have eyes, and we're looking at stuff all the time, all day long. And I just think that whatever our eyes touch should be beautiful, tasteful, appealing, and important.-Eric Carl

    38. Now I like Eric Carl's books even more.

    39. Mrs.Cyphers, I am getting a little frustrated because you are not giving us the things that we need for homework. For example: You did not give me the book Freedom from fear on the homework for 1/17/13 and now, I cannot complete that assignment. Please Mrs. Cyphers, give me the stuff that I need for H.W. Plus I was with Mrs.Kansco the entire time.

      - Best Regards.

    40. Ms. Cyphers you said in the math tasha go 10 to 14 guestions correct. not tasha got 10 to 14 guestions correct

    41. I'm sorry to be the breaker of bad news Mrs. Cyphers but I am having trouble with my Pecos Bill essay. Do you mind if I do this work with Mr. Paul sometime on the weekend. If you can allow that then that will be great.

    42. My little cousin is a physosipher. He said this;
      You cant touch music, but music can touch you.
      - regular show

    43. Ms.C,did you hand out the Demeter and Phersephone papers?

      1. Ms.Cyphers did hand out the Demeter and Phersephone papers

    44. Mrs. Cyphers,I couldn't come to school on Monday because I was sick. So sorry to be the breaker of even more bad news but I can't do some of the homework either.

    45. are u better anthony?

    46. ms.c can u put the homework up!!

    47. i got a letter of recommendation!

    48. omg i spelled my last name wrong

    49. Stop bragging Jack!

    50. Yes, Ms.C, it does sound like fun.

    51. jack peasle who cares if u got a letter

      1. True just because you got a letter of recumendation that doesn't mean you have to brag.

      2. Deana and TeresinaFebruary 1, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        Really Jack you shouldn't brag you just did the first thing that Ms.Cyphers said not to do.

    52. ms.c are u going to school tormorow

    53. ms.c are u going to school tomorow?

    54. ms.c hope u feel better

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    56. really that is dumb

    57. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

      1. B.T.W Ms.Cyphers thinks you are a creep for writing that, oh and if you have something to say come on Monday and say it to my face, what are you too scared to write your name, at least I am not afraid to.

      2. Exactly what I thought!

    58. The trip is cancelled! I thought we had no homework!

    59. I didn't bring my math book! Are the fantasy stories due tomorow, too?! I don't have some things I need for homework!

    60. =.(

      P.S. That's a sad-ie face.

      I wanted to add more to my story!I'm gonna be in so much trouble!

    61. I don't have anything I need for homework!


      X. O Crying face.

    62. I cant do a voice thing for my fantasy story

      Brianna Pinder

      1. I know it is really hard!!

    63. If you have a gmail, than just log in to your gmail account on the website. Then you don't have to type your name.

    64. Sorry the homework is not posted. There's a liittle problem. Just work on your persuasive essays please.
      Ms Cyphers

    65. I'm home from a hospital with my aunt and I'ts almost 10:00

    66. If you want Mrs. Cyphers to put scrabble as an hw type yeah.

    67. nah it don't think so. hey is thet voice memo dew by tomorrow. i cant . can i do it on monday ms. cyphers?

    68. No Brannia
      Jennifer lara

      1. thank you jenny I thought I couldn't be able to do it but I did mine voice memo in janice's ipod touch

      2. Your welcome

    69. can you invite a person from a different class to the peakberry party? because I want to invite someone from a different class

      1. Of course you can, I'm inviting a whole middle school there. So, invite. We want as many people as we can to go to the party

      2. Why would we want to that?

    70. the teacher still did nog correct number 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The broblem is un-doable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    71. Ok ,I did not spell not like nog!

    72. Yes you did Henry

    73. Sorry that was me Jenny

    74. Number 20 doesn't make sense, you make it sound like Jayla read 15 chapter books. Not 15 chapters, I don't get that problem. I won't be able to do it until it is revised.

    75. it does make sense. the answer is 10/15 because it is 10 weeks and she is reading 15 chapters . do you now get it zachary

    76. Its 150 chapters
      And Im sorry for being weird someti, es I just need some freinds

    77. Yah that is an amazing story though

    78. Whys no-one talking on our homework page

    79. noone is here jayla its bri bri. i do't understand question 7.i forgot how to subtract. can someone teach me how to do it? the problem is 40-3/4! PWEASE:(:(

      i really need help

      1. is any1 going to aqnwer me today?

      2. Reply
        Jayla JohnsonMarch 14, 2013 at 8:36 PM
        multiply 40 by 4 then put that number over the four and then you've got to simplify it simplify it simplify simplify it simplify it simplify ittttttttt!
        (GHETTO VOICE)
        PEACE OUT

    80. YOU CAN NOT DO NUMBER 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE TEACHER MADE A MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. what is the mistake henry?

    81. Brannia I know if you try you can do it
      Jennifer lara

    82. the 10 problems were easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

    83. SUPER EASY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I said doo-doo

    84. multiply 40 by 4 then put that number over the four and then you've got to simplify it simplify it simplify simplify it simplify it simplify ittttttttt!

    85. she forgot to put the the other ela home work the page in our book

      1. r u okay jayla:(?

    86. Hi Brannia it's me Jennifer

    87. i love that video of "my body of water" i watched it 5 times and shared it with my friends and family.

    88. My mom is going to the trip Ms.Cypher's. She looked in her calender and she has nothing on it. (From my moms kindle)

    89. brannia of she going then tell the teacher
      jennifer lara

    90. she didnt say what time we were leaving

    91. by jenny. i dont want to talk to u>:(

    92. did the teacher put the hnomework up on the website

    93. Thanks ms. Cyphers for posting the play on the "green dreamers" website today me and my cousin practiced every line.From his expression that he thought it was pretty good.

    94. did miss c put the homwork on the website?

    95. helloooooooooooo:(?

    96. do we have to do the whole packet?

    97. what packet are you talking about ?
      Jennifer lara

    98. I mean the spring break homework. Also, do we bring our bookbags?

    99. hello:( do we have to bring our homework?

    100. Did ms. cyphers post the homework? i just want to check the list of homework because i forgot. i was tutoring little first graders

    101. I am not going to finish this homework in time for Monday. My little cousins were at my house and I wasn't able to finish my homework at all.also I'm going to pay you on Monday i will pay you Ms.Cyphers.:)!

      1. just tell the teacher why you could not do the home work
        Jennifer lara

    102. hi its me jenny

    103. hearing music jenny

    104. i am definantly not going to finish all of the math. ms.cyphers thinks that i will be abel to but i can't. im never going to reach the goal to be having 4's all the time like Henry, Jack, Gabby and jake. i will never get this homework done in time:( !

    105. this is two much math work ms cyphers i will try to do 20 because i haven't had dinner yet and its already five thirty

    106. i was at after school and the homework wasn't up yet

    107. didyou post the homework ms.cyphers? or is that it?

    108. Brianna i am trying to call you but you wont answer me or your phone
      Jennifer Lara

    109. i know i did a mistake

    110. Jenny it is me brianna. That person who just wrote was not me. I'm so sorry. I was at church on friday.:(!

      1. what do you want to say Brianna
        Jennifer Lara

    111. Is that the math that is due tomorrow?:(

    112. I forgot my poem book at school. May I bring in my final piece on Friday or do I have to bring it in tomorrow?:(

    113. who is that?

    114. is any one there

    115. my cyphers where is the homework or is there no homework
      Jennifer Lara

    116. hi Brianna its me jenny and i am still trying to call you but you wont answer

    117. please try to call me when you come home
      Jennifer Lara

    118. my mother still woun't let me go on the yoga trip. tomorrow I will be going to Ms.Hendersons class

      1. Anthony PolnarevMay 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        What's up

        Anthony Polnarev

    119. Pooop, brianna i need u therer your my bestie

    120. hey peps I'm going on the trip tomorrow.

    121. i am so happy that i am at Janice house and we are studying the lines and songs for the play
      by Jennifer lara

    122. I studied my line's its just that I need someone to read me the blank parts to me. I hope as mother earth I should tell you guys the weather for tomorrow. I just hope that I really remember my lines of the play. My sis was kind of helping me.

    123. I cant find my math journal:(

    124. Ja find it yet?

    125. yep mantis has it. im calling her but she isn't answering

    126. cool. anyway, for homework, are we supposed to write 200 words or 200 characters?

    127. I miss you so much Mrs.Cyphers!!!!!!!! I want to say hi and come see your new 5th graders.

    128. D'squarious Green Jounier II IIIJanuary 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM


    129. D'squarious Green Jounier II IIIJanuary 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      I think I got my toe stuck to my face again.

    130. D'squarious Green Jounier II IIIJanuary 25, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      so how's your fluffy unicorn these days?

    131. he's doing pretty well exept I just realized that he may be my mom.

    132. D'squarious Green Jounier II IIIJanuary 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Well you know that's normal. Doesn't make a diff.

    133. True dat. Well, i'll text you back in probably like 3864.

    134. D'squarious Green Jounier II IIIJanuary 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      KK whateva yal say.

    135. DONO what my mama be callen me.January 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      whats up D'squar? Its been like 500 seconds!

    136. D'squarious Green Jounier II IIIJanuary 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      dont your mama be callen you John?

    137. Fine whatever it's JohnJanuary 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Most of the time.

    138. Mark, David, Owen, Oscar, Tennyson, Polly, and all those other namesJanuary 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      I'm also called Mark, David, Owen, Oscar, Tennyson, Polly, and all those other names.

    139. Yes! No ELA there is no Water on Fire
      By Isso the epic

    140. Really Isso!!!!! - Riselly 2014