Final tests term 3

Posted on May 27, 2015

Final tests in Social Studies take place next week!

Grade 6:  Wednesday, June 3

Grade 7:  Thursday, June 4

Grade 8:  Thursday, June 4

Term 3 final exam dates

Posted on May 26, 2015

G5: 6/2, Tue, writing.   6/4, Thur, basic knowledge.   6/5, Fri, reading & grammar.

G6: 6/2, Tue, reading & grammar.   6/4, Thur, basic knowledge.   6/5, Fri, writing.

G7: 6/2, Tue, writing.   6/4, basic knowledge.   6/5, Fri, reading & grammar.

3rd Grade Academic Performance: Biography

Posted on May 15, 2015


Your children have been working very hard on finishing up their biographies for the academic performance, which is on Wednesday, May 20th. Please have your child use this weekend to complete their biography. It is important that they finish every part before Monday. We will spend Monday and Tuesday working on the timelines and the artwork of their famous person. If your child has lost their biography packet, you can download a copy of it below this message:

Biography – Final Copy


Thank you and have a great weekend!

ELA Classroom Week in Review: May 11 – May 15

Posted on May 15, 2015

2nd Grade

Story of the week: Soil

Spelling/Phonics: Diphthongs ou, ow, oi, oy

Vocabulary: grains, seeps, materials, substances, particles, texture

Literary Skills: Fact and Opinion

Conventions: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

3rd Grade

Story of the week: Happy Birthday Mr. Kang

Spelling/ Phonics: Schwa

Vocabulary:  bows, chilly, foolish, foreign, narrow, perches, recipe

Literary Skills: Cause and Effect; Inferring

Conventions: Abbreviations

Writing: Biography Project/Cursive



Math Academic Performance

Posted on May 13, 2015

Hi Dear parents,

Recently we are preparing for the Academic Performance and we will do many kinds of different projects for different graders.

For 5th grade, we are making a fish tank.(Volume)

We will finish them during class time.

For 6th grade, we are making a paper ball.(sphere)

There is no dead line and specific size requirement for the ball. As I told them in the classroom before, it could be as easy as just 12 pieces and also could be as hard as 60 pieces. It is all about students’ choice. Some students already finished their yesterday and some students still have a lot pieces to be finished.If you find your student is too stressful, please feel free to stop him/her and email me to let me know about it. The project is more about understanding the connection between the surface area and volume of a sphere rather than just making a perfect ball.

Besides: students will not be scored by the size of the ball.

For 7th and 8th grade, we are making video tapes.

The video tapes are almost done, good job 7th and 8th graders!

ELA Classroom Week in Review: May 4 – May 8

Posted on May 8, 2015

 2nd Grade

Story of the week: Life Cycle of a Pumpkin

Spelling/Phonics: Vowel patterns oo, u.

Vocabulary: bumpy, root, vine, fruit, smooth, harvest, soil

Literary Skills: Sequence

Conventions: Adjectives for number size and shape

3rd Grade

Story of the week: Story of the Statue of Liberty

Spelling/ Phonics: Vowel sounds in moon and foot

Vocabulary:  crown, liberty, models, symbol, tablet, torch, unforgettable, unveiled

Literary Skills: Fact and Opinion

Conventions: Capital Letters

Writing: Biography Project/Cursive



3rd Grade Academic Performance: Biography Guidelines

Posted on May 7, 2015

Hello Parents,

This week, your child has been working very hard on their biographies. Here are some of the guidelines for what I am looking for when they are writing their early life, middle life, later life, accomplishments, character traits, timeline, interesting facts, and inspiration of their famous person.

Early Life (Due May 5th)

  1. Birthplace and birthdate.
  2. Where they grew up (if it is different from their place of birth)
  3. Family (parents, brother and sisters)
  4. Write about the type of childhood they had (poor, rich, etc.).
  5. Any other important information.

Middle Life (Due May 8th)

  1. Include where they went to middle school and high school.
  2. Include the activities that they were involved in during those years (sports, plays, concerts, etc.).
  3. Include when they began doing something that they are known for.

Later Life (Due May 11th)

  1. Describe the work that the person you chose did.
  2. Write down what the person that you chose is currently doing. If the person is no longer living describe some the things that they did before they died.
  3. Write down the lasting effects that this person has made on the lives of others.

Accomplishments (Due May 12th)

  1. If your person invented something, or started a company, or become rich, write those down.
  2. Write down a list of awards, recognitions or milestones that happen in this person’s life.

Character Traits (Due May 12th)

  1. Write down some words that you would use to describe your person. Were they motivated, generous, funny, courageous, or mean.
  2. Write the words on the left side of the chart and then write down why you chose those character traits on the right side of the chart.

Timeline (Due May 12th)

  1. Begin the timeline with the person’s birthdate and birthplace.
  2. Use all seven rows on the timeline. Include the important events that happened in that persons life.
  3. If the person is no longer living, end the timeline with the date of their death.

Interesting Facts (Due May 12th)

  1. What makes this person different from other people?
  2. Write down four interesting facts about your person. (left handed, straight A student, etc.)

Inspiration (Due May 12th)

Write an  essay about your person by answering these questions:

  1. Why did you choose this person?
  2. What impressed you the most about this person?
  3. What ways would you like to be like him or her? Why?
  4. If you were able to meet this person, what would you like to ask them?

The due dates are given, but I would encourage your child to try to finish all of these parts over the weekend. If you have any questions or concerns about the biography. Please email me at anytime.



Mr. Alabi

Minnesota industry graphic novella — about lumber and sawmills, and flour too!

Posted on May 3, 2015

Grade 6 students have been studying the flour and lumber industries in Minnesota.  They may enjoy viewing these 4 graphic novellas.  Each is based on historical facts!  

Academic Performance on May 21, 2015

Posted on May 3, 2015

Welcome parents!

At Academic Performance, Thursday, May 21, 2015, your son/daughter’s academic achievements will be on display.  Included will be Social Studies work.  While live performance includes English Language Arts, Chinese Language Arts and Science presentations, check the wall decorations.

Grade 6 students are working on Lumber Letters.  Each student is writing a letter from a lumber industry worker or business owner to his family.  You can view your student’s work!

Grade 7 students are learning about Reconstruction era and the political cartoons so popular at that time (1860s and 1870s.)  They will be producing their own political cartoons, showing what they learned and what they think about African Americans’ rights at that time.  You can view your student’s work!

Grade 6 Academic Performance takes place Thursday, May 21 from 1:20 – 3:15 pm.

Grade 7 Academic Performance takes place Thursday, May 21 from 9:15 – 11:10 am.