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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Second Grade Smarties

Let’s get ready to celebrate the Holiday season with these fun and festive daily clothing themes:

Monday, December 15th – Wear your favorite holiday/winter accessory (hat, headband, jewelry, tie, etc…)

Tuesday, December 16th – Keep your toes warm and cozy when you wear a pair of holiday/winter socks.

Wednesday, December 17th – OSU Day!  It is time to start cheering on the Buckeyes as they head to the Sugar Bowl.  Wear your OSU gear or some scarlet and gray.

Thursday, December 18th – Do you have a holiday/winter sweater, sweatshirt, or T-Shirt? Wearing it to Heritage will help to spread some holiday cheer.

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Miss. Luce Loves Learning

The Pickerington Food Pantry has gotten a request for over 300 food baskets for Christmas this year and this month a few of our Leadership Teams will be assembling food baskets to give to the pantry. If you can donate any of the items below please send them in with your child before December 12th .

Ham (up to 10 lbs.)

Pineapple (1 Can)

Au Gratin Potato Box (2)

Sweet Potatoes (1 Large Can)

Green Beans (3 Cans)

Corn Bread Mix (2 Boxes)

Cream of Mushroom Soup (2 Cans)

French Fried Onions (1 Large Package)

Cookies (1 or 2 Dozen, NO REFRIGERATION required please, must be good through 12/25)


Your partnership will make Christmas a more festive time for the over 600 individual clients it helps to serve.

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We have been working really hard in math lately, and have been practicing our multiplication facts every day. I have noticed that several students are really making great progress, and that some of the students need a little more practice. I can not stress enough the importance of studying multiplication facts each night. This will pay off in huge ways as the math gets harder. This can be done in many ways; the typical flash cards, online games, iPad or iPhone apps, or practice quizzes.

Another way that the kids can practice is by doing ST math at home. ST math is a great tool that we use at school each day. The students can log in and play the games they have already mastered at school, or they can use the fluency practice area to practice basic facts. This tool will help to encourage mathematical thinking and will help the students to practice their multiplication facts. Students can access the game from the Heritage Webpage, click on homework, and log in using their picture password.

The practice should take about 10 minutes each night. By spending the extra time on this, and putting their first things first, the students will see improvement in their math skills!

This morning I attended a Professional Development meeting all about PARCC. If you haven’t heard of PARCC you soon will. PARCC is the new assessment tool that will be given to students in Ohio. It will be given over several days in February, and then again in March/April. This assessment will be given in both Reading/Language Arts and Math. As I sat in my meeting I started to get a bit anxious. This assessment is tough, it is rigorous, it will challenge all of my students. I thought to myself, “What if they can’t do it?”

Then I realized who I was thinking about. This group of kids has yet to balk at anything that I have thrown at them. They beg for challenges and face them head on. Do we stumble? Yes, of course. But we pick ourselves up again and move forward. Why should I think PARCC would be any different? Each time the kids and I face a new task, we Begin with the End in Mind. What is it that we need to do? What is our Goal? How can we get there? So that is exactly what we will do here.

We will be looking at sample test items and practicing them as a class. I will develop questions and tasks that model what the kids will see on PARCC. We will work through them together and point out what needs to be done. These will come home so that you can review them with your child and see what they will be required to do.  We will struggle at first. We will get better and we will continue to push ourselves. That is who we are… that is what we do.

We talked in class today about the word Persevere, and what that means. We will continue to persevere as we tackle tasks that are more challenging and more rigorous. These kids will be successful, because we are starting out knowing what our goal is. We have our End in Mind.

If you want to help with this task, and want to see first hand what the tests will look like, please visit http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/ for more information.

Thanks for all that you do at home to support our learning here at school!

Mrs. B