Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Math 6

We have begun chapter 2 "Decimals". The children will be working with decimals through hundred thousandths place. Please review your child's notes with them nightly. Practice all the places from tenths through hundred thousandths with your child. Thanks for all that you do to help make S.A. a success!

Math 5

We have started chapter 2 "Multiplication". Each morning before we begin a new lesson, I will be giving the children a timed multiplication drill. At this time I am working on getting their speed and accuracy up. Yesterday and for the remaining days of this week, we will be completing 36 basic fact problems in one minute. We will progress to 50, 60, 70, and so on. Periodically I will be sending timed pages home for you to practice with your child. Occasionally I will be taking a grade on this practice but I will let the children know when their work will be graded. Please practice speed drills at home with your child. At your child can practice basic fact multiplying with many games. They really enjoy this site in class when we have time to practice. As always, thanks for your help.

Monday, September 28, 2009

October 7th is Picture Day!

Don't forget to send in your form about the color of the background and the pose you would like for your child's picture. This will be the only time pictures will be taken at Southampton Academy. Class group pictures will also be taken on this day.

One Inch Binders Needed

Please send in a one inch binder with your child by Monday, October 5th. We will be keeping our writing assignments in this binder. Children will receive a new writing topic on Mondays and the completed one page assignment must be turned in by Thursday of the assigned week.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Practice Test Success!

Congratulations to 4 of my fifth grade students who received an A on their practice math test today. I also need to congratulate 11 of my sixth graders who also received an A on their practice test. During the actual test time tomorrow these math students will get to sit out in the hall and play with their electronics! What a great job they did today!!!
Last night's Spaghetti Dinner was a big success! The PTO did a wonderful job. The children really enjoyed the ice cream sundaes!

Back-to-School Night for Lower School will be on Monday, October 5th. I hope everyone can make it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Friday, September 25th our first Interim Reports will be sent home. Please review the white sheets and return the envelope and blue sheet signed.


October 7th is picture day at Southampton Academy. Please remember to pick your background color and which pose you would like. Return your forms to your child's homeroom teacher. Remember SMILE!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Chapter 1 Math Test

All of Mrs. Vinson's Math classes will be having a math test on chapter 1 on Friday, Sept. 25th. We will have a practice test on Thursday, Sept. 24th. If you get a 92 or better you will have the option of not taking the test on Friday. During math class you can bring in your electronics as a reward for doing so well on the practice test. There will be no homework this week in any math class. Look over your chapter 1 notes as a review for the test.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Order of Operations Challenge

Today Math 6A challeneged Math 6B to a timed order of operations drill. Mrs. Vinson used her projection screen to display the problem. The children had to see how many they could get right in 2 minutes. 6A did 22 problems correctly with no errors! 6B didn't quite get to 22 but are going to practice to rechallege 6A on another day. Congratulations 6A!

Math 5 students were busy working on adding and subtracting decimals. They are really excited about how good at it they have become. Math 5 students also went into the computer lab today to work on their written math assignment. Students have to research three mathematicians from a list and write a brief paragraph about the people. Most students were able to find out some facts and print their pictures. Remember this assignment is due by October 5th.

Math Writing Assignment

All math classes will be assigned a writing project today. I will be giving the students a list of mathematicians and they will need to pick three and write a short paragraph about them. They will also need to include a small picture of that person. Typed papers will be due on October 5th. Fifth grade students will be able to start the research in computer classes today.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Today my Math 6 classes learned about variables. The children really enjoyed learning how to replace the variable and solve problems. We are also getting quite good at solving problems using the order of operations. As a class they can solve 15 problems in 2 minutes. We are trying to practice and improve our record. Here's a web site to practice at home:

In Math 5 today we learned how to subtract decimals. We realized the same rules for adding apply to subtracting. The children remembered the most important thing was to line up their decimals and add a 0 in the missing places.

In grammar class this week we are learning about nouns. We have talked about what a noun is, whether or not it is singular or plural and tomorrow we will discuss proper and common nouns. Ask your child about proper and common nouns at dinner tomorrow and see if they can explain it to you.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Upcoming School Events

Wednesday, September 16
~Spirit Week Wacky Tacky Day
~JV Football Away Kenston Forest School

Thursday, September 17
~Spirit Week Camoflage Day
~JJV/JV/Varsity Volleyball Game Home

Friday, September 18
~Spirit Week Blue & White Day
~1st 9 Weeks Interim Ends
~Homecoming Game 6:00

Saturday, September 19
~"Jerky, Jeans & Jammin"

Wednesday, September 23
~Back to School Night w/ Spaghetti Dinner 6:00

Help With Multiplication

While at home if your child needs something to do please have them visit This site has many games using basic multiplication facts that will help your child increase their speed and accuracy when multiplying. These review games will help them when we get into more complicated multiplication problems.
Today in Math 5 we learned how to add decimals. The children caught on really quickly and noticed that if they don't line up their decimal points and fill in the empty spaces with zero(s) it is really easy to get confused. The children enjoyed showing Mrs. Vinson what they could do for a candy treat!

Be sure to ask you child about their sundae. Sundaes should include a bowl, spoon, and two scoops of ice cream by Friday. Our BIG sundae event will by on October 16th. Please encourage your child to keep reading and to meet their weekly goal.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fifth graders are still in the process of finishing their reading assessments. Word study assessing has completed but will not begin this week.

The Interim Period ends on Friday, Sept. 18th. Interims will be sent home next week. Please return the blue slip signed and the yellow envelope, you can keep the reports.

The Homecoming Football Game is this Friday at 6:00 p.m.(please note time change). Don't forget Back to School Night on Sept. 23. A spaghetti dinner will be served with ice cream for dessert, and then there will be a video presentation. Please be sure to get your reservations in for dinner. Parents will not be visiting the classroom in Lower School on this night.

Math 5 & 6 Chapter Tests

Our practice chapter test for chapter one will be on September 24th. Our final test on chapter one will be on September 25th. Please remember to look over your notes. If you score a 92 or better on the practice test, you will not have to take the final test on Friday - you will have electronics time!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fifth graders are busy "building" their AR ice cream sundae. Each week that a student meets their goal, they will get another piece to their sundae. Several students already have their bowl, spoon and a scoop of ice cream. On October 16th we will end the 9 weeks by having an ice cream sundae treat. Please check with your child to see how their sundae's are progressing!
In Math 5 this week we are working on rounding whole numbers and decimal numbers. The practice test for chapter 1 will be on Thursday, Sept. 24th. If you get a 92 or better on the practice test you can elect to not take the test on Friday, September 25th and have Electronics Day. I tutor fifth grade students on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 3:30.

In Grammar we have finished Unit 1. We will begin Unit 2 shortly "Nouns". We will also begin Word Study. Your child used word study in the third grade. I am in the process of testing the students so I will know what group to put them in. New words will be introduced on Wednesdays and spelling tests will be the following Tuesdays.

In Math 6 we are working on the order of operations. Most of us can accurately solve these problems if we remember "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally". We will continue working in chapter 1 for the next few weeks. Our Math 6 chapter test will be on Friday, Sept. 25th. If you get a 92 or better on the practice test on Sept. 24th, you can elect to not take the test on Friday and have an Electronics Day.I tutor sixth grade students on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 3:30.

We are off to a great start. The interim period ends on Friday, Sept. 18th. Reports will be sent home early the following week.