NOTICES & REMINDERS
How to Afford College: training for parents and students
The City of Aurora’s America’s Promise Effective Education team is hosting their 5th Annual Affording College & Career Training Workshop, which is free. Middle and High School students are invited to attend with their parents on the evening of Oct 24th.Attending students can enter a drawing for a $300 scholarship. Spanish translation is available. Details on flyer at left.
Registration for the Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) 5th & 6th Grade Passport Program is available.
CSCUSA's 5th grade Passport Program provides THREE (3) FREE DAYS of skiing or snowboarding at 22 of Colorado's premier mountains. Ski 66 days, or just a few.There is also a 6th Grade Passport Program that provides FOUR (4) days of skiing or snowboarding at each resort for $105 if registered before Wednesday, November 30th.Every registered passholder receives a free, one day junior ski or snowboard rental as well as a 10% Off Season Rental Coupon from sponsor Christy Sports. In addition, students that have never skied or snowboarded before may qualify for the First Class Program, which provides the chance to receive one full-day beginner, level one group lesson and an equipment rental package free.Registration can be completed any time by visiting coloradoski.com/passport.
Please make sure ALL your contact information is correct with the district. Quest uses that information to contact you about important events like parent-teacher conferences, and the district uses it to contact you about emergencies and snow days. APS now has an online address change tool: admissions.aurorak12.org. If you don’t have access to a computer, please visit Centralized Admissions at 1085 Peoria Street, Aurora, 80011, 7:30 a.m.--4:00 p.m.
APS IT will be doing maintenance on the following Saturdays, so students' google accounts and Google Classroom may not be available to them: Oct 21, Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 17, Apr 14, May 12
General Schedule of work due for January/February
Tuesdays...Spelling (5 words due)
....Book club reading and packet work
Fridays ......Reading Homework due
(assigned previous Friday)
Week of 8/14
Monday 8/15......Paragraph How I Learn Best DUE
Tuesday 8/16.....Spelling (5 words due)
Thursday 8/17...Spelling test
Homework 1 (Identity) DUE
Friday 8/19.........Homework 1 (Identity) DUE
Independent book needed for free
Week of 8/8
Monday 8/8 SUMMER READING RESPONSES DUE.
Thursday 8/11...Homework 1 (Identity) assigned
QUEST 2016 REQUIRED SUMMER READING
This summer, Quest students entering grades 4-8 will be required to read one or two books depending on their grade level. Students will need to read the books and complete the assignments below prior to starting school. Upon their return to school in August, students will be asked to discuss and write about these books in class.
Why? As a gifted and talented teachers, we believe that to cultivate life long readers, it is important to expose students to many reading opportunities and experiences with varied texts. These reading assignments will give us a baseline of what students can do independently when they begin the school year. In order to continue to excel in reading and writing, students need to consistently engage with texts while exercising critical thinking skills.
Incoming 6th graders are required to read TWO books: a mystery and an adventure, and complete an assignment for each. You may, of course, read all the selections.
Choose one of these mysteries:
The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
Sixteen tenants in the Sunset Towers apartment building are named as heirs in the will of the millionaire, Samuel W. Westing, as well as being a possible murderer of the dead man. The will is structured as a puzzle, with the heirs divided into eight pairs and challenged to find the solution, each pair is given $10,000 cash and a different set of clues. The pair that solves the mystery will inherit Westing's entire $200 million fortune and control of his paper products company.Past and present secrets about the heirs begin to emerge:one tenant steals, one sets off bombs, and one isn't even supposed to be there in the first place. What could possibly go wrong?
Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.
2. 6th grade assignment due the first day of school for the adventure you read:
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract." A tesseract is a wrinkle in time and so begins the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
Watership Down, by Richard Adams
Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government breeds child geniuses and trains them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Ender is drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training, and his skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and a quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.