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Class Archive 2011 - 2012

 

Projects

Here is where the completed class projects for the year are...

 

 

Taverns Project 2012

The Tavern Project is over!

Final totals now included.

Find out which Tavern is the 2012 Champion!!

 

 

 

The Eye Of Music

It's here!

The new sound of 2012.

Follow the links and enjoy the jazzy sounds of 2012...

 

Eye of Music Information Page

 

 

 

Writing Workshop Projects 2012

Here are the final drafts of these works!!

They're not perfect, but they're what the students did!

Enjoy!

Here are the 'Writing Workshop' - lesson plans for those who want to explore the sequence of lessons we've been doing.

 

 

 

Egg Drop 2012

I've had to take this video down - it's clogging up my website's ability to upload new files.
If you want to see the video and you haven't yet, give your child a flash drive, and I'll give you a copy - there is a version kept on the class flash drive at school for this very purpose!
Sorry for the inconvenience!

 

 

 

Future City 2011 Music Project

Go to the page and click on the links to hear all ten futuristic anthems!

I hope you like them!!

 

 

Future City Project

Follow the links to see the student's artwork for this project.

Enjoy...

 

 

Student Blogs Homepage

Here are all the student blogs on one convenient page for you. Read, enjoy, admire, then start your own and join the blogosphere - as long as your parents say it's OK, of course!

Catch the blog-fever - it's all the rage...

 

 

 

 

Teacher's Plans Archive

Forgotten what we've been doing?

Here are all the lesson plans from our year together up to and including March.

Catch up on the thrills you missed, or hold me accountable for all my outlandish claims!!

 

 

 

Class of 2011 - 2012 Group Room

Here is a private group room set up at Snapfish.com for us to be able to share photos in a password protected environment for the student's work.

Each member of our class community will receive an invite to join the group.

The password will be included in the email that Jean will send.

We can all post our photos to the room, once we have joined.

I hope you find this useful. I'm not sure that this hyperlink will send you to the correct spot, but I'm hoping for the best!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Class Information and Events

This is a chronological list of the events of the year...

 

Introduction Information

 


        Your introduction and welcome to fifth grade.


  • Specialist Timetables


    A list of all the classes the students take part in outside the usual classroom setting.

 

 

  • Parent Guide To Homework


    Homework help for those who want it.
    I think that grade five homework, like that of grade six and beyond, can be an area of stress for many students and their families. Here is a page to help you understand my homework expectations.

 

 

Here's a provisional list of items students will need for Grade 5.

 

 

Back-to-School Ice Cream Social

6:30-8:00 PM, Cafetorium

Friday, September 23rd

What better way to wrap up our first completely full week of school?

 

 

Curriculum Night

Thursday, October 13th

Room 411

6:30pm - 7:15pm

Parents of Ms. Moll's students: I'll be available to you from 6:00pm to 6:30pm in room 411.

Ms. Moll will be available for you in room 406 from 6:00pm to 6:30pm to talk about the Math program.

 

 

DARE class

The DARE class, led by the wonderful Officer O'Keefe, will be starting on Thursday, October 27th. The textbook for the course will be coming home for parent perusal at the start of the class.

The class will be from 12:30 to 1:15pm each Thursday for seven weeks.

 

 

'Fall' Fashion Show

At 11:00am on the day of the event Mr. Simon informed me that the event needed to be cancelled due to various ways that he thought the event conflicted with school policy. He also spent ten minutes of our thirty-minute long  lunch break explaining why the fourth grade 'Hat Fashion Show' was fine, but our Fashion Show was not.

From my point of view, I just wish that the event, if it was to be cancelled, could have been cancelled with adequate notice: it's been advertised for a week. Two hours before the event with all the students costumes in school and the students thrilled and looking forward to the event all week?

Is that fair?

Mr. Simon assured us that he would make sure that the policy was applied equally vigorously to all the other classes holding special events at this time.

The students accepted the decision with great equanimity!

Brought back by popular demand. Students have decided that on Friday, October 28th at 1:30pm - 2:00pm, the students of Mr. Allen and Ms. Moll will have a 'Fall' Fashion Show!

If students choose to, they can bring their costumes to school that day. At 1:20pm, the students will change into their costumes for the fashion show. At 2:15pm, the students will be back in their street clothes. Their costumes will be back in a bag.

The whole magnificent, but deeply pointless, event will be over.

Students who don't want to participate can, just like me, join the audience for the event.

No pressure!

 

 

Field Trip to Science Museum

When: Monday, November 7th

9:00am - 2:00pm

Who: Mr. Allen's and Ms. Moll's classes

Why: To culminate our study of space.

How: By big yellow bus

Permission slips coming home Tuesday, November 1st.

Cost:$10:00 per student.

I'm looking for four chaperones for this field trip.

Email me if you can come. First come- first served!

Cost for Chaperone is $3:00

We're going to see a special presentation in the Planetarium about Exoplanets!

 

 

 

Explorers Homework project cancelled!

I've decided to cancel the project.

I'd rather have the students thinking about and working on our play idea.

Special note:

Students can stay late to work on the show on the following afternoons next week:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday of next week.

Each day the students can stay until 4:00pm.

Pick up at the usual place. Bring an extra snack!

 

 

 

Kevin's Boat

Check out the new song from ONE WAY.

It's great!!!

 

 

 

Parent Conferences

I'm going to be offering Parent Conferences starting on Monday, December 5th through Wednesday, December 14th. If you follow the link  you will be able to see final confirmed times as well as information about what to expect at the conference.

See you at the conference!

Specialist Class Special Note:

Ms. Moll and I will be making time for our Specialist Class parents to confer in January.

It's not possible to meet with all the parents from both classes at this time. Ms. Moll has provided me with  information about my class and their math performances. She has also filled in the math section of the report card (I have completed the Science section for both classes).

 

 

 

The Briefcase and the Kidnapper

What's in it and who did it?

Follow the link above for a teaser about the event...

When:

Thursday, December 22nd

6:00pm and 7:00pm

Where:

Room 411.

Why:

Whatever

When you arrive to see the show, please wait at the parent's room on the second floor until 'the usher' comes to collect you.

Please note: students need to arrive at school at 5:30pm at the Cafetorium entrance, where they will be met by Mr. Allen.

 

Please email me at mike@michaeljallen.org with information about which show you're planning on coming to, along with how many people will be in your party.

It's first come first served for reservations.

I will be seating people in the order that they made reservations. Follow the links here to see confirmed reservations...

When all parents and families are in, I will be allowing graduate students to fill up the room.

 

The Briefcase and the Kidnapper

Well done students!!

What an amazing pair of shows last night!!

Thanks, everyone, for coming to the shows and suffering through the sultry, tropical climes!

Thanks, especially, to the parents for the gift and the UNICEF donation!

What a great community!

As for me, I'm on the plane to England today, and I'm not back until January 2nd.

The website will be snoozing until January 7th.

Have a relaxing and rewarding vacation, and I'll see you in 2012 with new and exciting projects.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to one and all!

 

 

Mr. Simon announces retirement

In a shocking and surprising moment at the end of our staff meeting today, Mr. Simon announced that this would be his last year as Principal of the Brooks.

My program and the programs of my friends and like-minded colleagues have been conducted under the shelter and care of Mr. Simon for many years, both at this school and at the Hervey School before that.

Mr. Simon's support and protection have been instrumental and vital in our work and approach surviving in the Brooks school.

He will be sorely missed by me and others who value tolerant and hands-off leadership styles.

 

 

 

UNICEF Thank You letter

Two years of real progress

Thanks for your generous donations, dear parents, both to me, and to UNICEF.

You're all amazing!

 

Graded homework project note - All about My Telly

I've just finished grading the homework.

It's now obvious to me that my initial homework presentation for this project was not as clear as I thought it was. Only three students really understood what I was asking for in Job 1, for which there were five grading categories. I was trying to get the students to push beyond the very basic paragraph structure they typically produce.

It didn't work.

When you get the homework back on Tuesday, please assume that the low grades are my responsibility not the students.

I'll revisit this goal and try again the week after next!

Cheers!

 

 

Shelter Project Supplies

Since publishing this on Sunday, Derek and Luc's families have provided the groups with enough hacksaws, duct tape and string to complete the project. Thanks guys!!

We are still trying to recoup the $200 spent on tarps and piping!

Thanks for all your help!

 

 

International Women's Day

Follow the link to fascinating portraits of 100 important woman on this centenary of International Women's day...

 

 

Middle School Open Houses

Upcoming Middle School Open Houses

Thurs, March 8, Andrews Middle School 6pm-8pm
Will include...
- Night of Excellence and Open House
- Student led tours & classroom visits
- Overview of School Programs

Thurs, March 15, McGlynn Middle School 6pm-8pm
Will include...
- Tour of building & workshop for students
- Q&A with teachers & principal
- Overview of school programs

Note: Families with students in special education are encouraged to attend. They are currently planning sessions for families with students in special education. In past years, the McGlynn staff held a question & answer forum from 8pm-8:30pm on the same evening as the above open house. For the Andrews, they are making plans for an additional night in March. More info to follow...

 

 

 

DARE Graduation Ceremony

Friday, March 9th

Cafetorium: 9:15 - 10:00am (approx)

Parents and families welcome to attend.

Students should dress in their finery!

 

 

 

Tufts Chemistry Outreach Demonstration

Awesta Yaqubi is a sophomore studying Chemistry at Tufts University. As part of an outreach
program to get children interested in chemistry and science in general Tufts chem students over the past several years have visited many schools in the Medford area and done some fun science demonstrations to classrooms full of students. These demonstrations range from the creation of foam and slime, to colorful acid-base reactions, a “firefly” demonstration involving luminescence and much more.

Awesta and friend will be visiting our class to make the demos for Ms. Moll's class and mine on Thursday, March 15th.

 

Middle School Open Houses

Upcoming Middle School Open Houses


Thurs, March 15, McGlynn Middle School 6pm-8pm
Will include...
- Tour of building & workshop for students
- Q&A with teachers & principal
- Overview of school programs

Note: Families with students in special education are encouraged to attend. They are currently planning sessions for families with students in special education. In past years, the McGlynn staff held a question & answer forum from 8pm-8:30pm on the same evening as the above open house. For the Andrews, they are making plans for an additional night in March. More info to follow...

 

 

 

 

Shelter Project is on!!

It's not a perfect day for it, but we're going to go for it anyway! The final activity in this epic project is going to happen tomorrow, Friday, March 16th.

We're going to leave at 9:00am. We will carry our shelters to the park, camp there for a while, eat snack and play, then return to school shortly after lunchtime to dismantle our shelters.

Shelter Project Instructions:
On the day, students should not wear Colonial costumes - come dressed to be
outside for most of the morning!
Students should bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks, games, cuddly toys and even a thin blanket, if they want, preferably in a back-pack.

Wish us all luck!!

 

 

 

Fifth Grade Students vs Teachers Basketball Game

Friday, March 16.


Prepare to be crushed, children!!!

Ha, ha, ha (cough).

Ms. Moll and I have been practicing our moves, and they're sure to leave you dazzled and destroyed!

 

 

Language Arts MCAS Dates

Wednesday, March 21st

Thursday, March 22nd

There are TWO test sessions to be completed, one each day.

We will aim for 9:00am starts. On the first day we have to do all the preliminary guff which means we won't start till roughly 9:30am. The tests are untimed - they are intended to take one hour, but they usually take between two and four hours for the majority of students!

Eat well, sleep early, relax and dominate the tests!

Don't worry - we'll be more than ready!

 

After School Music for My Students

I'm going to be staying after school on Wednesday to begin rehearsal for the April 28th Concert.

This week, any groups who want to play in the concert are invited to stay, if they want.

Bring an extra snack - we will work from 2:00pm until 4:00pm!

Pick up for parents will be at 4:00pm at the usual dismissal location.

Let's Rock!!!!

 

 

Old Sturbridge Village

Field trip to Sturbridge Village!

When: Thursday, April 12th.

How: By 'Big Yellow Bus'.

Who: Our class and Ms. Moll's class.

Why: Culmination of Social Studies learning.

How much: $7 (Chaperones also $7)

Departure: 8:45am (It's a bit of a long bus ride!)

Arrival: 10:00am. Self guided tour of village in groups of five.

Depart: 1:00pm. Meet for lunch at  12:30pm.

Arrive back at school: 2:15pm

Confirmed chaperones: Jean, Monica, Marie, Bill

Thanks for bravely volunteering. We now have our full allocation of chaperones!

Fifth Grade Carwash

Dates confirmed for the annual spectacular Fifth grade fund-raiser event.

Mark the calendars:

Wednesday April 25th (Rain date: 27th April)

 

 

WMOS Concert Event

Saturday, April 28th

Brooks School Music Room

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Come to the Fourth annual Music festival at the Brooks as part of the West Medford Open Studios community event!

Featured artists include Fifth grade sensation, Toejam, Fifth Grade wunderkinder, Smiley People, Eighth grade superstars, One Way, Berkelee College of Music student and Brooks Graduate, Gia Greene, The Happy Factory, featuring Mike Allen and Graham Allen, and special guest star, the amazing Al Peterson!!

Be there or be somewhere else!

 

 

 

After-School Science MCAS Support

I'm staying after school until 4:00pm on Tuesday, May 8th and Tuesday, May 15th (for both classes) to go over the Fourth Grade Science curricula. It'll be fun-ish. Interested students should consider staying!

Bring your questions and thoughts, as well as a little snack!

This week's focus: Electricity and Magnetism. Next week's focus: Properties of matter!

 

 

 

No more Bedbugs

The Pest control people have returned and found no evidence of Bedbugs in the class.

The one bed bug found two-weeks ago was an isolated 'hitch-hiker' bug.

The 'all clear' has been sounded officially today!!!

 

 

Walk/Ride Challenge

Syrah McGivern works for the city of Medford on various projects related to nutrition and physical activity, as well as the Medford Farmers Market.

Along with Green Medford and the Mass Safe Routes to School Program, Syrah McGivern is planning a pilot "Walk/Ride Challenge" for 4th & 5th graders in Medford, starting with the Brooks School. The overarching goal is to promote more physical activity in the student's lives by starting with this competition where they log the steps they walk during the month of May. At the end of the month, we will be holding an awards ceremony and presenting the class that walks the most with a Golden Sneaker award.

Syrah is providing us with everything- pedometers, detailed instructions for logging in to the website and a fun awards ceremony with prizes on May 25.

The first day of the challenge is this Friday, April 27. 

 

 

Royall House trip

Wednesday, May 30th

This short trip is an annual event mandated and organized by the administration.

It's free and every fifth grade in Medford visits. We travel by big yellow bus, so a permission slip has been sent home. If your child has lost the official form, a note will be fine.

Awesome history in our own back yard...

 

 

 

After-School Show Support

I'm staying after school until 4:00pm on:

Tuesday, May 29th, Wednesday, May 30th, to work on the show.

Interested students can stay, if they choose.

Pick-up from the usual location!

 

 

 

Moving-On Ceremony

Friday, June 8th

6:00pm - till late!!

Brooks Gymnasium.

A fantastic culminating celebration for the Fifth Grade students: A brilliant ceremony, dressing-up, singing a fabulous song, collecting 'Moving-On' certificates and yearbooks, chowing down on fantastic nosh, and all of this is followed by a giant disco-dance party, as well as cake, a gymnasium and lots of laughs without too many adults in the way!

What's not to love?

 

 

Junior Olympics

Monday, June 11th

From roughly 9:00am till 12:00pm-ish

Tufts Field

Parents are welcome at this wonderful annual event designed for prospective Middle School students to meet other students while engaging in good-spirited physical endeavor.

The aim is not so much to encourage competitive behavior as to support and promote collegiality and the expansion of social horizons for all students as the Middle School future approaches.

This is always a great and exciting event.

 

 

Survivor Island

Remember: America is watching...

Come and see our huge, sprawling, multi-media extravaganza...

Make your reservation NOW!

 

Thursday, June 14th

Room 411

6:00pm and 7:30pm

Mark it on your calendar!

Please email me at mike@michaeljallen.org with information about which show you're planning on coming to, along with how many people will be in your party.

It's 'first come - first served' for reservations.

I will be seating people in the order that they made reservations.

Follow the links here to see confirmed reservations...

When all parents and families are in, I will be allowing graduate students to fill up the room.

 

 

 

Field day

Friday, June 15th

Rain or shine...

Playstead Park (or Brooks School)

9:00am -2:00pm

Great fun for all!!

 

 

 

Party, Party...

Not one, but two end of school parties for you to celebrate the end of Elementary School:

Pool party with Family Van Winkle - Saturday, June 16th

Perfect!

Last Day Party with Family Southwick - Wednesday, June 20th (after the end of school.)

Be there!

Let's celebrate our time together!