**: Students finished the rock and minerals unit. they did a great job with their rock collection and identification. We started the Astronomy unit. Students have learned about rotation, revolution of Earth, origin of calendars, eclipses, moon phases, moon structure, and tides. Next topics will be: science of rockets, solar system and space exploration. This include a couple of movies and several projects including designing space colonies.**

__5/6 Science__**Students have been busy multiplying decimals. Out next topic will be dividing whole numbers including long division with one,two, and three digits. Students will also divide decimals. Students continue to use Math Math IXL to continue to build fluency and additional practice in the topics covered in class.**

__Math 5__**Students finished working with exponents and were introduced to scientific notation**

__Math 6__**.**Students started the next unit: number Theory. Students will be completing prime factorization using factors or factor trees, writing equivalent fractions, finding greatest common factor, least common multiples and working with mixed numbers and improper fractions. Students will continue using Math IXL with the difference this year that they will get homework to complete using Math IXL.

**Science 7/8**We finished Cell Transport, division and reproduction. Students started the next unit on Genetics. So far, we have studied Medelian or classical genetics, solving problems using Punnett Squares. At this moment we are working with non-Medelian genetics which includes: incomplete dominance, co- dominance, multiple alleles, and sex linked traits. We will continue with human genetics, learning how to interpret pedigrees, and Molecular genetics. Students will complete a forensic application lab using simulated blood types.

**Pre-Algebra**-Students finished solving inequalities and are currently working on solving equations with decimals. Students have also been working with measurements of central tendency that includes: median, mode, mean, range, and outliers. Next topic: Factors, Fractions, and exponents. Students continue to use Math IXL regularly to re-enforce and enrich what they are learning in class.

**Algebra I**- Students have been busy solving inequalities by adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, as well as graphing inequalities. Students will learn about sets and sbusets and compound inequalities. Next topic: functions. Students are using Math IXL on a regular basis.

**Math IXL**- All students received access with a username and password to Math IXL. Math is a website that is used to re-enforce concepts being taught and to enrich the Math program. With unlimited questions, engaging item types, and real-world scenarios, IXL helps learners experience math. We will be using Math IXL frequently in class. The advantage of Math IXL used in conjunction with the class is that your students receive immediate feedback and an insight on their own growth.As a teacher, I use Math IXL to support the Math curriculum this year. Your child has access to this online program at home. With thousands of skills that match what we’re learning, as well as insights into student progress, IXL is a great resource to help your child excel. The year goal for 2018- 2019 was 100,000 problems. Students completed 105,000 for 2018-2019. Students have completed 35,000 problems so far.