Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.

24 May 2020
Happy Memorial Day.  This week for assignments, some people are going to be happy.  We understand some people are just getting computers and access to the internet.  No problem.  We understand some people have been busy with others having to use the computer and you have not completed all of your assignments.  No problem.  This week, if you have not had time to complete assignments, now is your time.  If you have completed all assignments, relax and continue reading each night. 

This week I started and finished Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (I highly recommend), and have read the first 250 pages of, Wondersmith:  The Calling of Morrigan Crow (again I highly recommend so far).  I am hoping to read Hollowpox:  The Hunt for Morrigan Crow next and have it completed by next weekend.  By the way, they are quick reads and highly entertaining, especially for lovers of fantasy.

Have a safe week
Mr A

17 May 2020
This week I attached the link to the Library Breakout Activity in the Useful Links section.  I labeled the link as Library Breakout.  In the email home listing the assignment, I mentioned I will be on email and in Google Classroom on Monday from 930 - 1100 to answer questions to help you with the activity.  You must complete all 6 sections to complete the activity.  Estimated completion time is 1 hour.  PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS AND READ THE DIRECTIONS.  Good luck and stay safe.

Mr A


10 May 2020

Attached in the Files and Documents section, you will find a link to the work for the Week  11-15 May.  Please download and complete.  You can email me your answers to check also.

Mr A


3 May 2020

Attached in the Files and documents section, you will find a link to the work for the Week  4-8 May.  Please download and complete,  You can email me your answers to check also.

Mr A



26 April 2020

Attached in the Files and documents section, you will find a link to the work for the Week 27 April - 1 May.  Please download and complete,  You can email me your answers to check also.

Mr A
20 April 2020


Attached in the Files and Documents section, a you will find a link to the work for the week of 20 April.  Please download and complete.  Thank you,

Mr A

6 April 2020

Monday, the best day of the week!!  All of my students know this and agree with this statement (they just don't know and realize it yet).  We have finally reached that time of the year, Spring Break.  I know this is not how we hoped to celebrate this week, but I hope everyone does take time to relax and spend quality time with those around you.  Stay safe and keep in contact with me.  Next week we begin posting assignments for the students to work on.  More information will be provided later.  Have a safe week and will talk with you later.

Mr A


1 April 2020

 I hope each of you are doing okay through these trying times.  So far this is week three since we have been out of school and I hope you are in a routine now of completing an hour or two of schoolwork each day.  The more you do now on your own, the easier it will be for you when we return next year. 

When you go to my school class page you will notice two new files under "Files and Documents".  First there is one called "Digital Writing Journal 2020".  This has 40 writing journal responses to respond to.  You do not have to complete every one of them but keep your short writing skills up-to-date and complete one every other day.  Choose one that interests you, have fun answering it in a journal or notebook, and keep it as a reminder of your time learning and working at home.

The next file is "Reading Skills".  I have added 17 PowerPoints on skills we have learned throughout the year.  I have included everything from context clues and figurative language to identifying the main idea and theme.  Look at them periodically to review these skills as you read or complete activities on your own.

So far, I have attached links to many sites for you to explore on your own.  Study, read and learn on topics that interest you.  I am adding another site for math and science content.  The site has videos, games and other activities to make learning fun.  The site is:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/.

Not all sites are about school.   I have also added two sites to have fun with.  The first one is: https://www.jennasdoodles.com/?fbclid=IwAR36vm709T58EwQMo3b5JilaXPsZLhHefmkf6kcQrgcIRYw22oPtej3Vocg

This site has coloring pages for those who want to relax and color (stress relief). 

The other site is:  https://www.puzzles-to-print.com/word-searches-for-kids/

This site connects to word search puzzles, including shape puzzles, and includes  easy, medium and hard puzzles. 

Please take it easy and know that many people really do miss you.  If you want you can email me questions (andersal@pwcs.edu).  I do check it everyday and I will respond back.  Stay safe.  Until next time.

Mr A


25 March 2020

I hope everyone is both enjoying their time away from school, but also using this time to continue studying areas that interest you.  Although school has been closed for the remainder of the academic year, you do not want to go 5 months without studying, reading, and reviewing your Math skills and end up behind next year.  I am working with my 6-year old granddaughter for a little over 1 hour per day, but we have found sites that are both fun and educational to keep her excited.  I hope you are doing this also. 

I have linked a few additional sites to use while you are home.

This site links to Junior Scholastic  and they have many different articles and activities for each day of the week.  Presently they only have the first 2-weeks are  listed, but promise more are coming soon.  This week there are articles and activities on K-Pop, Life on Planet Doom, Girl Hero of the American Revolution, Video Gaming, and Extreme Candy, along with many others.
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

This next site is linked to our library.  The site has links to different activities including Puzzles and Games, Reading, Science, Computer and Coding Skills and Art and Creativity.  It also has the link to the PWCS Home Learning Resources site.  Explore it, there are many exciting activities to explore.
https://ripponms.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=414739&pageId=41723380

I am going to speak for many of your teachers.  We really do miss all of you and do wish we could could continue working with you this year.  Hopefully we will see you when we are allowed back into school to clean out lockers and get our belongings from the classroom.  Until then, stay safe, have fun, READ (please), and if you need anything, email me to let me know how you are doing.

Mr A


24 March 2020

SOLs Covered as of 3/13. Q1 and Q2 calendar is located in the files, all skills highlighted have been taught.

Communication and Multimodal Literacies

6.1 The student will use effective oral communication skills in a variety of settings.

 

a)   Listen actively and speak using appropriate discussion rules with awareness of verbal and nonverbal cues.

b)   Participate as a facilitator and a contributor in a group.

c)   Participate in collaborative discussions with partners building on others’ ideas.

d)   Ask questions to clarify the speaker’s purpose and perspective.

e)   Summarize the main points a speaker makes.

f)   Summarize and evaluate group activities.

g)   Analyze the effectiveness of participant interactions.

h)   Evaluate own contributions to discussions.

i)   Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse teams.

k)   Work respectfully with others and show value for individual contributions.

6.2. The student will create multimodal presentations that effectively communicate ideas.

a)   Use effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to deliver multimodal presentations.

b)   Use language and vocabulary appropriate to audience, topic, and purpose.

c)   Give collaborative and individual formal and informal interactive presentations. 

d)   Paraphrase and summarize key ideas of a presentation.

 6.3 The student will determine the purpose of media messages and examine how they are constructed.

a)   Compare and contrast techniques used in a variety of media messages.

b)   Identify the characteristics and effectiveness of a variety of media messages.

c)   Interpret information presented in diverse media formats and explain how it contributes to the topic.

d)   Craft and publish audience-specific media messages.

READING 

6.4 The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.

a)   Identify word origins and derivations.

b)   Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.

c)   Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.

d)   Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.

e)   Use word-reference materials.

f)   Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

6.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, and poetry.

a)   Identify the elements of narrative structure, including setting, character, plot, conflict, and theme.

b)   Describe cause and effect relationships and their impact on plot.

c)   Explain how an author uses character development to drive conflict and resolution.

d)   Differentiate between first and third person point-of-view.

e)   Describe how word choice and imagery contribute to the meaning of a text.

f)   Draw conclusions and make inferences using the text for support.

g)   Identify the characteristics of a variety of genres.

h)   Identify and analyze the author’s use of figurative language.

i)   Compare/contrast details in literary and informational nonfiction texts.

j)   Identify transitional words and phrases that signal an author’s organizational pattern.

k)   Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

6.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.

a)   Skim materials using text features such as type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information.

b)   Identify main idea.

c)   Summarize supporting details.

d)   Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.

e)   Draw conclusions and make inferences based on explicit and implied information.       

f)   Identify the author’s organizational pattern(s).

g)   Identify transitional words and phrases that signal an author’s organizational pattern.

h)   Differentiate between fact and opinion.

i)   Identify cause and effect relationships.

j)   Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.

k)   Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

 Writing

6.7 The student will write in a variety of forms to include narrative, expository, persuasive, and reflective with an emphasis on narrative and reflective writing.

a)   Engage in writing as a recursive process.

b)   Choose audience and purpose. 

c)   Use a variety of prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.

d)   Organize writing to fit mode or topic.

e)   Write narratives to include characters, plot, setting, and point of view.

f)   Establish a central idea incorporating evidence and maintaining an organized structure.

g)   Compose a thesis statement for expository and persuasive writing.

h)   Write multiparagraph compositions with elaboration and unity.

i)   Use transition words and phrases.

j)   Select vocabulary and information to enhance the central idea, tone, and voice.

k)   Expand and embed ideas by using modifiers, standard coordination, and subordination in complete sentences.

l)   Revise writing for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and information.

6.8 The student will self- and peer-edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, and Standard English.

a)   Use subject-verb agreement with intervening phrases and clauses.

b)   Use pronoun-antecedent agreement to include indefinite pronouns.

c)   Maintain consistent verb tense across paragraphs.

d)   Eliminate double negatives.

e)   Use quotation marks with dialogue.

f)   Choose adverbs to describe verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.

g)   Use correct spelling for frequently used words.

h)   Use subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.

 Research

6.9 The student will find, evaluate, and select appropriate resources to create a research product.

a)   Formulate and revise questions about a research topic.

b)   Collect and organize information from multiple sources.

c)   Evaluate and analyze the validity and credibility of sources.

d)   Cite primary and secondary sources.

e)   Avoid plagiarism by using own words and follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information.

f)   Demonstrate ethical use of the Internet.

 Passage Annotation Method:

 -  Highlight Title/Make Prediction from title

-  Highlight Paragraph Numbers

-  Highlight First Sentences

-  Read passage/Takes notes on each paragraph

-  Highlight key words in the question (1. WHAT are you asked to do/find 2. WHERE are you looking for it.)

-  Slash and trash two answers

-  Write paragraph number where you found the answer

-  Brain Break



23 March 2020

Attached you will find links to numerous web sites that provide resources for you to continue working with.  I will send some more tomorrow also.  Most of these links contain resources for all subject areas.

I have attached a document that was sent home with the students on Friday listing numerous resources they have access to.  For those trying to get on thru Clever, the students know their logins and passwords.

The web site listed below was given to us today and the links and resources are now free for students and teachers.  The site list links to subject areas you are interested in, and the books on some of the sites can be listened to on the computer.  Again, there are access to all subject areas

https://schoolchoiceweek.com/37-free-online-resources-for-schools-shifting-online-during-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR20VvnJ7rWq0TWju8UsUjc1fXeUjDwjkFnF_UG84AJLoqVwGQpYvcWkMoc#section3

Another site that we were given access to today has access to Khan Academy and other areas that are free for the students.

https://www.cato.org/blog/free-online-learning-resources-when-coronavirus-closes-schools

The next site is the Texas State reading assessment.  We have noticed how close the Texas test is to the Virginia test and there are many released tests available.  On this site are resources and links to other Language Arts resources, free to use.

https://tea.texas.gov/student-assessment/testing/staar/staar-reading-resources

Finally, a link to the Virginia SOL released tests.  

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/released_tests/

While we are out, please continue to read each day.  I am currently reading Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard.  I chose this novel because I wanted to read a long book, 992 pages, and Science Fiction is not a genre I usually read, so why not.  It will be completed before we return.

While we are out, please be safe, spend time with your families, and think and assist others who are in need. 

If I get other resources, I will email you this same way.  Until the next time, take care.

Mr Anderson


HOMEWORK

ALL CLASSES HAVE HOMEWORK EVERY NIGHT.  STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO READ 20-30 MINUTES PER NIGHT.  The only way to become a stronger reader is to read every day.

Personal Information

       Welcome to Rippon Middle School.  I am Mr. Anderson and I teach Language Arts.  I retired from the Army in 1999 and have been teaching since then.  This is my 6th year at Rippon and I look forward to working with your child.

       My wife Cindy and I have two daughters, ages 29 and 25, and one five year old granddaughter.  We currently reside in Fredericksburg and I battle the 95 traffic every day.