Newsie On Strike Musical

For this year’s Exhibition, Room 15 kids have opted to produce a musical based on the 1899 New York City newsboy strike (similar to but not the same as Disney’s “Newsies”). Because Exhibition is meant to involve all students in a significant collaborative project, all Room 15 kids will be expected to participate in the musical. Some students will be acting, others will be working on set design and prop construction, as stage hands, or in other support roles.

Tryouts for speaking roles will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 6th. Interested students, regardless of the role they’re pursuing, need to memorize this tryout script. Students will be able to identify desired roles when trying out.

All students, regardless of duties, will be challenged to develop a costume—and they’ll need parent help to do it.  Though Exhibition isn’t until late April, now is the time to get started. We’d like to see costumes completed by Spring Break. These pictures show what newsie “street kids” looked like. Note that a few students will be cast in minor adult roles. They’ll need to develop a costume based on the stylish folks in the picture at right.

Exhibition is quite possibly the most significant focal point of our entire school year. In addition to the musical itself, students will be documenting what they learn and why it’s important. Staging a quality musical is an exceptionally complicated challenge. It’ll only come off if all our students put forth their absolute best effort and families lend their maximum support. However, school musicals are also tremendously rewarding, the kind of thing that students remember and take pride in forever. Thank you in advance for your support!

This Week’s Super Sentences

Kids have completed their Super Sentence test, which appear below. This week’s structure is compound predicate. That means the sentence must have a single subject (the person or thing the sentence is about) who performs two or more actions. Click on the comments to see the kids’ work.

CPETV #17: The Coast Trip!

Finally, after all this time, we finally have a new episode! This one covers our Oregon Coast Outdoor Ed Excursion from June 2018. The Coast Trip is always hectic and the kids are busy from start to finish, but our hosts, Daisy and Jocelyn, managed to write their host script on the bus as we traveled and then squeezed in the host segments whenever we had a spare ten minutes–which wasn’t often. Pretty impressive. Enjoy!

Room 15 Update

Congrats to Adrian G. and Maryfer C., Room 15 Students-of-the-Month for September. Both have been coming to school every day with a positive attitude, a great smile, and a solid work ethic. Great job!

Our fall trip to Crater Lake is scheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 16th. National Park rangers will be hiking us to the fire lookout on the top of Watchman Peak and leading us in some science-related activities down below. The weather is expected to be favorable. We need chaperones for this trip. If you’re interested, please let me know.

Goal-setting conferences are scheduled for Oct. 17th-19th. If you haven’t yet scheduled a session, please click on the “Fall Conferences” tab above.

The Sams Valley Mini-Marathon is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 2nd. This 5K run is always an exciting and rewarding event. Nearly eight hundred 4th and 5th graders will be running down the dirt roads of Sams Valley! It’s one of the oldest running events in the state, and one of the largest in the region. If you’ve never witnessed The Mini, please make an effort to come out, either with us on the bus (we leave CPE around 8:45 a.m.) or on your own (but arrive early; parking is difficult to come by). The mascot dance-off and awards ceremony takes place around 10:30. Thanks to the extreme generosity of West Orthodontics in Medford, there is no fee for the event again this year.

Book Your Conference Time Here!

Fall parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17th through Friday, Oct. 19th. Fall conferences are modeled after a “goal setting” strategy. We’ll be discussing where you’re child is at academically, behaviorally, and socially and discuss strategies for encouraging improvement. I look forward to visiting with you about your child. To schedule a time, click on the “Fall Conferences” tab and follow the instructions. Thanks!

Letters from Nepal

We just received new letters from our friend in Nepal, Riva Malla. Riva wrote back specifically to Taylor, Zoie, Emily, and Emilee (click on your name to read it), because they each wrote a letter to or sent a drawing to Riva last February. Understand, though, that Riva is really writing to the whole class. She also sent her latest report card, which shows she ranks fifth overall in her 7th grade class (which from what I can tell would be like 6th here). If anyone would like to write back to Riva on behalf of our class, please feel free. You can email it to me either in an email or as a PDF, but I need it by August 1st. Thanks!