Wednesday, April 27, 2011

An evening to remember...

Hi parents,

We are currently planning an evening to celebrate projects that have truly set the bar for DLC. Please check your email and be looking out for the flyer that will be sent home with the students (end of this week) and via email. MAKE SURE YOU RSVP!!!

Miss Bailin

It is like a ZOO in here...

4/26 had an always fun event....lizard catching. We are thinking of making it the past time of the DLC. While the kids were working, a cute lizard made its way into our world. Miss Leland started to capture the little creature, so that we could put it back into its habitat (the kids wanted to keep it as a class pet, but that wasn't happening). While she was trying to capture our little friend, it detached its tail and a fun spash of blood emerged and the tail kept wagging while detached from the body. :) Once was captured it in a jar, our little friend was released in the garden. We wish it well. There's never a dull moment in the DLC.

Pic 1 - The detached tail.
Pic 2 - The cute stomach and feet of our non-furry friend.
Pic 3 & 4 - a closeup look of our little buddy.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Due Dates that Parents Should be Mindful of.....

Hello all,

As a reminder, all AIMS week and Monday and Tuesday of next week are work days in class. The students are continuing their projects that they previously started during class time, but no new content is being delivered and no direct instruction is being done this week.

The kids have been working on their documentaries for a few weeks now (and have had almost 20 hours of work time IN-CLASS, so if you are hearing whining, you can be assured that you child has not been using their class time appropriately). The due date is Friday the 22nd.

Ask your child if they have been reading All Quiet on the Western Front. It is to be read by Wednesday the 20th. Many students received copies and have been reading it when they are done with AIMS, but some students do not have a book because we cycle them through. If you student needs more time to read, then NOW is a good time to pick them up their own copy.

Their animated stories..."One day Miss Bailin and Miss Leland went for a drive...." are due on Wednesday the 20th. These are based on the work we have been doing with 8th grade on their EGG projects. You may ask your students about it. :) The 8th graders are making a MythBusters-esque inspired project and we are making a little narrative (YAY for narrative writing) into an animated story about Miss Bailin and Miss Leland's adventured in the golf cart. :) You can also ask your child about that....especially if your child is in BLOCK I>

Your final showcase is due in May and the kids have been working on it since we got back from break. This piece has no guidelines, but will serve as their technological prize piece. There are no check points for this and they are not to share their ideas with classmates. I am not even to know. They are graded on the digitally narrated product rubric that we have used all second quarter.

Progress grades and deficiency reports will be done and going home/emailed on Tuesday the 19th, so any missing work will be entered as a zero over the weekend. The students will not have extensions to turn in missing products. Also remember that their products are worth 80% of their grade in 4th quarter, so they can't afford to blow any of them off. GAME TIME!

As a side note, our curriculum does not slow down after AIMS. Some people, none of us, have this delusion, I mean idea, that after AIMS we stop teaching. We are still in school and learning until the last day. True story. I hope everyone is aware of this, as we are a specialized program and maintain our high standards. We have a lot of fun, but special requests for modifying projects and due dates and not doing as many intense simulations during the day will not be granted. We are going to have fun :), but learning will be taking place every day.

Monday, April 11, 2011



It is AIMS week. Please make sure your child is well-rested, eating HEALTHY, VITAMIN ENRICHED meals/snacks (breakfast is a must during testing), and staying hydrated. Their only HW is continuous projects that we are working on all week. All DLC7 classes are work periods, so that the kids don't feel overwhelmed and we are giving variety in the day. There will be no direct instruction this week. The kids have been provided a novel that we are reading in the DLC for when they are done with their AIMS test.

:)Miss Bailin

Monday, April 4, 2011

What are the kids working on?

1. Complete your "Survivor" themed vote for
a. Make sure it HAS THE SAME THEME/MOOD as the show
b. Make sure your narration is CLEAR (no stutters, ums, pauses, correctly pronounced
words, etc.)
c. Make sure you have MULTIPLE CONCRETE DETAILS that explain your choice!!!!!
*Save it on that thing I know nothing about as Your Number/First Name/SurvivorWWI
**This will be compiled into a massive show vote tomorrow by Luke H., so having the
correct title to keep it in order is imperative

2. Work on your WWI Documentary (please see instructions in pvOnline and refer to the
topic you signed up for on the :)DLC7 Google Doc. It is due 4/20

3. The final showcase is due May 14th

4. We will start reading AQOTWF soon

5. AIMS is next week!!!!