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White Plains Middle School PTA
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8th GRADE MOVING UP CEREMONY
Thursday, June 26 3:00 pm

 

See attached flyer for important information regarding the 8th Grade Moving up Ceremony.

 
 
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8th GRADE DANCE 
Friday, June 6 7:00-10:30 Highlands North Gym
 
Tickets for the 8th grade dinner dance were sold last week in the cafeteria. The attire for the dance is "Sunday Best", no gowns.  See attached rules.  Only Highlands students may attend the dance, no outside "dates".
 
 
 
 
 
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8TH GRADE PARENTS


We are in need of beverage and dessert donations to make this event successful.  Specifically, we are looking for 2-liter bottles of Coke, Diet Coke, Orange Soda and Sprite.  It would be wonderful if donations could be made by the case, but all donations including single bottles are greatly appreciated.    We are also looking to collect donations of cases of small water bottles as well as sport water bottles.  Desserts such as brownies, cookies, cupcakes or pastries are great desserts for easy handling at the dance.  Beverages may be dropped off at school any time up until May 30th, and desserts can be dropped off Thursday June 5th or Friday June 6th.

Please email Jerilyn Myers at rjam711@yahoo.com with your planned donation.  Thank you in advance.


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8th Grade Picnic
Tuesday, June 24 at FDR Park
 
Hamburgers, Veggie Burgers, Hot dogs and much more.  The cost is $5.00.  A day of fun in the sun for 8th graders!!
Please have your Permission notes in to Team Leaders by
TUESDAY, JUNE 10TH
This is a FIRM deadline. 

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SPORTS AWARD  NIGHT
Wednesday, June 11 6:30-8:30

The Sports Awards Night celebrating the WPMS student athletes from all three sports season will be held at the Highlands Auditorium Wednesday,June 11 from 6:30-8:30 pm.  From 6:00 to 6:30 representatives from the high school will be available with information about WPHS sports opportunities.

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8th GRADE AWARDS 

Monday, June 23rd 1:00 PM 

Awards are given in subject areas by teachers for outstanding achievement, improvement in a subject or recognition as a teacher deems noteworthy.  There are also awards given for community service recognition. Parents will receive notification if their child will receive an award. 

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WPMS PTA FUNDRAISER

Need to buy an end of the school year gift for the Class of 2014 graduates, teachers or any special occasion?
Buy a beautiful custom designed locket or bracelet that tells your life story!
15% of sales will be donated to the PTA.  See links below.
 
Thanks for your continued support of the PTA.
 
 
 
 
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POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN 2014-2015 HIGHLANDS PTA!
 
If anyone is interested in joining the PTA Committee next school for the Highlands Middle School,
please contact Kristen Larkin and Lori Hardy.  
Current available chair positions: 
Hospitality, PTA Webpage, Play Refreshments, and Outreach.  
 
Eastview PTA also has a couple spots open, so if you know any incoming 6th grade parents who may be interested have them contact Kristen Larkin (kristenrit22@a.com). Thank you!
 
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Upcoming Events
 
                                      6/6                               Highlands 8th Grade Dance
                                      6/11                             Highlands Spring Sports Awards
                                      6/23                             Highlands 8th Grade Awards
                                      6/25                             Highlands Moving Up
 
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FROM THE DISTRICT MATH DEPARTMENT

The White Plains Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that we will be piloting Glencoe Math for the second half of the school year.  Each student in grades 6-8, with the exception of Algebra*, has been provided a Glencoe Math textbook to support learning.  Students will also be provided a unique username and password in order to access Glencoe Math online resources.  We encourage you to use these resources and the guidelines below to support your child in his or her study of mathematics:

  • Know what concepts are important for your kids based on their grade level and spend time working on those concepts
  • Be aware of what concepts your child struggled with last year and support your child in those challenge areas moving forward
  • Help your child know and memorize basic math facts. Ask your child to “do the math” that pops up in daily life
  • Talk to your children about their math homework and ask them to teach you new concepts. Help them figure out ways to explain their thinking
  • Provide time every day for your child to work on math at home

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Gorman, the Coordinator for K-12 Mathematics at 914 422 2152 or email at greggorman@wpcsd.k12.ny.us.  *students in Algebra have had use of a textbook since the start of the school year.

 
 
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 COMMON CORE RESOURCES

 

NATIONAL PTA RESOURCES ON THE COMMON CORE

The National PTA has recently introduced a four part webinar series designed to educate parents on the Common Core State Standards and empower them to support the transition at school and at home.  To access the webinar click on this link: http://www.pta.org/advocacy/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3894.

You can also access other downloadable resources on the website, including an overview of the curriculum for each grade.

REGENTS ALGEBRA 1 EXAM (COMMON CORE)

Informational materials for the Regents Exam in Algebra I (Common Core), including the Educator Guide, 3 webcasts, and additional Sample Items have been posted on EngageNY at:
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics 

The materials and their individuals links are as follows:
 
Educator Guide to the Regents Examination in Algebra I (Common Core)
The Guide was designed to support educators by providing an overview of the new test design.  Information about how the assessment shifts informed test development and how the CCLS will be measured on the new Regents Exam in Algebra I (CC) is specified.
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-algebra-i-test-guide
 
Algebra I Webcasts

The three webcasts provide: (1) background on the Common Core State Standards along with teaching principles and tools that are crucial for implementing changes in instruction and a mathematics curriculum (2) information for teachers on the test design of the Regents Exam in Algebra I (Common Core) and how it measures the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and (3) background information on the sample questions for Algebra I (Common Core).
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-webcasts
 
Algebra I Sample Questions Fall 2013
Additional sample questions have been provided to help students, parents, and educators understand the instructional shifts under by the Common Core.
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-algebra-i-sample-items

 
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    FROM THE NURSE

There is concern from the school nurses that students are coming in to school sick or coming back too early from being sick.  Please see the attached letter from the nurse.

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Need help with homework???
Want more information about your favorite subject???
 
Click here for the Internet Resource Page for Students.
 
Use your school ID and password to get access.
 
 
Diane Cassidy and Lori Hardy
PTA Co-presidents


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