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M.A.P. assessments

We are tackling the last of our MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessments for the year! This week students will participate in the assessments for reading and for math. We are so excited to see the growth the students will show!


We went to the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA!

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We had an AMAZING time at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA! We got “slide certified”, but even better are coming back with some fantastic and creative ideas to share with York Academy! We will see you bright and early on Monday morning!

🙂 Mrs. A & Ms. C


Second clue!

Some of you guessed it, we’re in Atlanta, GA. But, what in the world are we doing here? Keep guessing…

🙂 Mrs. A & Ms. C


Where in the world are Mrs. Alvarnaz and Ms. Chevalier?

Mrs. Alvarnaz and Ms. Chevalier are leaving for a VERY exciting trip this afternoon! We will be out of the classroom from Wednesday afternoon through Friday this week. We will be posting pictures and/or videos on this blog daily once we leave so students can guess where we might be! If you want to make a guess, just post a comment under our posts that have a clue. Our first clue will be posted tonight! We’ll let you know if you’re right or not, and we’ll see you Monday :-).


End of novel projects

We have reached the end of Esperanza Rising! With that come the end-of-novel projects. Students were introduced to each of their three options during class today. They will have the opportunity to work on their projects in-class all of next week (5/16-5/20). If they need more time after that, they will have to be responsible for working at home or during study hall or homeroom at the beginning and end of the day. The project is not due until 5/27, so that gives them a total of two weeks to get it done. Students were given a rubric relating to the project they chose, so they are aware of exactly how they are graded. Below is a link to the document students were given to help them choose a project. It gives a brief overview of each project and its expectations. I’m looking forward to seeing the effort and creativity the students put into these assignments!

Check it out! ERprojects

Story Sandwich


Reader’s Theater





Caitlin’s Smiles — 6th Grade Service Project

Sixth grade has been working on their service project this week! We are raising awareness and donations for the Caitlin’s Smiles foundation. This foundation, named after a young girl who battled pediatric cancer with smiles and a positive attitude, aims to create smiles and laughs for children fighting severe illness. Caitlin’s Smiles provides “Bags of Smiles”, craft kits, toys, coping kits, and care kits.

To find out more about this organization, visit

Our sixth graders have been creating cards to go in the “Bags of Smiles”, posters to let others know about this foundation, and collection boxes for donations. We are hoping to collect 300 cans of Play-Doh to donate to Caitlin’s Smiles to go into the “Bags of Smiles”. At the end of our drive, we will be sending all the cards and Play-Doh to the foundation.

Please consider donating new cans of Play-Doh to Caitlin’s Smiles through our sixth graders to help support a great cause! We will be collecting them through 5/27.


Due date reminders

consequenceThe most common excuses I am hearing from students about why they are not keeping up with the due dates are these: “Oh, I didn’t have time,” and “I was busy.” We have talked at length about how they need to make working on these things a priority, but unfortunately natural consequences might have to occur. In this case, a natural consequence is that they are furiously trying to get the majority of this packet done on Sunday night, which will be stressful. These due dates were intended to help them work progressively, so this wouldn’t happen. But as they were told today, whether or not they decide to follow through with the due dates is ultimately their choice. Due dates for the following week are below:

5/11: Word work #13 and Los Duraznos reader response questions due

5/13: Word work #14 and Las Uvas reader response questions due

5/16: ENTIRE Esperanza Rising guided reading packet due (completed)

Hang on tight — due dates are coming!

Believe it or not, the end of the year is right around the corner! Due dates come along with that, so get ready! We will be working on finishing up Esperanza Rising (ER), a final novel project, and narratives. The following are the due dates that will be occurring throughout the month of May:

May 2: ER Las Ciruelas word work and reader response questions due

May 4: ER Las Papas work work and reader response questions due

May 6: ER Los Aguacates work work and reader response questions due

May 9: ER Los Esparragos word work and reader response questions due

May 11: ER Los Duraznos word work and reader response questions due

May 13: ER Las Uvas work work and reader response questions due

May 16: Entire Esperanza Rising packet (EVERYTHING completed), due

May 27: Esperanza Rising novel project due

May 30: Final narrative due

Students WILL be getting time to work on these things during class. However, it is up to them whether or not they use their time wisely. Regardless, they will probably need to be working on these assignments at home as well and they will need to take the initiative and responsibility to do that. Please encourage them as you see them working on these things (But do not do it for them!). The students are very capable and I’m sure that in the end all of their hard work will turn out wonderfully!frog

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