Happy New Year!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends!

As we get back in the swing of things, our two main units for this month are: 1) Biography Research, and 2) Medieval African Kingdoms.

January 6-10:

Due Thursday, January 9: I am Malala Summative Assessment (on Google Classroom)

Due Friday, January 10: African Kingdoms Map (in class)

On Thursday and Friday, we will be in the library, where Ms. Tini will help both classes with starting their biography research and using the OSLIS database for information.







December Due Dates!

Before Winter Break, students will have the following reading schedule and assignments to turn in over the three-week period:

Week of December 2-6: I am Malala Chapters 11-19

Week of December 9-13: I am Malala Chapters 20-28

Week of December 16-20: I am Malala Chapters 29-36 (plus Epilogue)

  • Tuesday, December 10: Midterm for Quarter 2 (ALL late work and regrades due!)
  • Wednesday, December 11: Muslim Contributions/Crusades Packet
  • Friday, December 13: December Current Event (Google Classroom, at home)
  • Friday, December 20: I am Malala book completely read, with whole packet done (in class/at home)
  • Friday, December 20: Muslim Empire Timebook Pages (Google Classroom, in class/at home)

See you at parent conferences!

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at parent conferences! Please bring your child with you, if possible. Thank you! 🙂

Dates: Monday, November 25

             Tuesday, November 26

Times: 8:45 a.m.-Noon, 3:15-5:00 p.m., 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Where: Jackson Cafeteria (open arena style for all teachers)

Week of November 11-15

Our art installation for “The Lottery” is almost complete, and should definitely be done before conferences! 🙂

Thank you to the parent volunteers for helping the artistic process go smoothly!

Here are a few photos from the students working on their boards, and photos of the complete art installation will be coming next week!

See you at the Bernstein Bash this Friday, November 15th!

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Upcoming Due Dates!

  • Wednesday, November 13: “The Lady or the Tiger” Pink Packet (in class/at home)

  • Thursday, November 14: Artist Statement/Reflection for “The Lottery” (in class, Google Classroom)

  • Friday, November 15: November Current Event (at home, Google Classroom)

Week of November 4-8

Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped this past week with our creations for “The Lottery!”

I will email everyone when the art installation is complete! 🙂

Upcoming Due Dates!

  • Japan Timebook Pages Due Wednesday, November 6 (in class, summative)

  • “The Lottery” Creation Due Friday, November 8 (in class, summative)

  • Middle East Map Due Friday, November 8 (in class, formative)

Language Arts: Students will complete their creations for a summative grade, then read and answer questions for “The Lady or the Tiger” (due Tuesday, November 12).

Social Studies: Students will finish their Japan Timebook Pages for a summative grade, then work on the geography of the Middle East for our next Social Studies unit.


Week of October 28-November 1

Upcoming Due Dates! (No School on Friday, November 1st for Teacher Planning Day)

  • Influences on Japan/Samurai packets due Monday, October 28 (in class)

  • ALL late work and regrades due Thursday,      October 31 by 4 p.m. (end of Quarter 1)

  • Japan Timebook Pages (for Quarter 2) due Tuesday, November 5 (Google Classroom, in class)

  • “The Lottery” Art Creation (for Quarter 2) due Friday, November 8 (in class)

Language Arts: Students are starting to plan and design their creations for “The Lottery” this week! Thank you to volunteers who are coming in this week and next week!

Social Studies: Students will begin work on their Japan Timebook pages, which are a summative grade for Quarter 2.

Volunteers Still Needed!

Our classes still need volunteers to help us with our Bernstein project for “The Lottery.” You would be helping me manage all of the materials, and assisting small groups of students as they design and paint their creations.

Please see the link below to see the schedule! This is for the weeks of October 28 and November 4, during 3rd period (11:14 a.m.-12:08 p.m.) or 5th period (1:52-2:47 p.m.).

If you can volunteer, please email me at kparrott@pps.net.

Thank you in advance! –Kirsten 🙂

Volunteer Schedule


Week of October 21-25

Upcoming Due Dates:

  • Japan Culture Stations Packet Due Monday, October 21 (pink packet, in class)

  • “The Lottery” Packet (including summative short answer on Google Classroom) Due Friday, October 25 (in class/at home)

  • Japanese Influences/Samurai Packet Due Monday, October 28 (in class)

  • ALL LATE WORK and REGRADES DUE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 by 4 PM (last day of Quarter 1)

Language Arts: This week students will be examining irony, symbolism, and theme of “The Lottery,” and will write a summative short answer demonstrating their deeper thinking of the story.

Social Studies: Students will understand the influences of other countries on Japan during the middle ages, and the history of samurai in Japan.












Week of October 14-18

Upcoming Due Dates:

  • Monday, October 14: Current Event Due (bright orange sheet, at home, on Google Classroom)

  • Wednesday, October 16: Japan Map (in class)

  • Friday, October 18: Reading Log #2 Due (purple packet, at home, on Google Classroom)

Language Arts: This week, students will examine “The Lottery” more closely for its vocabulary and different themes. Students will also complete their reading logs and responses at home with their choice books.

Social Studies: Students will start the Medieval Japan unit by first looking the Japan’s geography and completing the Japan Map. They will also work in stations to understand different aspects of Japanese culture during the Middle Ages.