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In math we have now covered all the numbers to 10.  We will be introducing the numbers 11-20 this month.  The teens can be very confusing, so practicing them with your child is helpful.

We are learning about shapes this month.  We are talking about 2D and 3D shapes and learning the differences between them.

We are continuing to practice counting to 100 as well as counting backwards from 20.

This month we will be focusing on the letters S, M, R and T.

Understanding that each letter makes it’s own sound is one of the keys to learning to read.  We are practicing the sound of the letters as well as the beginning sounds of words.

Sight words are another critical part of reading.  These are words that students recognize by sight without having to sound them out.  So far we have learned: I, A, to, my, like, see, it and the.  Our sight words this month are: if, in, and, is, an, as, at, on.

Kinder Teachers: Mrs. Fryhover, Mrs. Bianco, Ms. Harris



1st GRADE:

This month in reading we are working on being able to tell the difference between a long vowel and a short vowel sound. Math we are working on fact families. For example 4+6=10 6+4=10 10-4=6 10-6=4. Science we are working on classifying objects as a solid, liquid, or a gas.

1st Grade Teachers: Mrs. Wilcox, Mrs. Johnston, Mrs. McKane



2nd GRADE:

This month in reading, students will learn how to answer and ask who, what, where, when, why and how in an expository text.

In math students are learning subtraction with regrouping/decomposing/borrowing.

In science students are learning the three stage of matter: solid, liquid and gas.

In social studies we are learning about the Revolutionary War.

Second Grade field trip information will be sent out this month. We are going to Goldfield Ghost Town  January 20th.

In November second grade will be doing our Stone Soup series. More information will come later.

2nd Grade Teachers: Ms. Borin, Mrs. Fragner, Mr. Soderborg


3rd GRADE:

Third grade students have been continually working on modeling multiplication and division to solve word problems, solving for unknown numbers in an equation using fact families, applying properties of multiplication and division to equations, and are now working toward  multiplying by multiples of 10. We encourage families to be practicing together at home to help 3rd graders memorize multiplication facts. In reading, students have been learning about context clues. We will continue to work on finding the meaning of unknown words in both in literature and informational text as well as identify figurative language and non-fiction text features. Students are working to develop informational essays by creating a topic sentence, using supporting details, and forming a conclusion. Each class has identified the steps of the scientific method and are working to design and execute experiments. Please look for information about parent teacher conference times and dates on the third grade Gopher Gazette.

3rd Grade Teachers: Mrs. Cluff, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Wilkins



4th GRADE:


Math:  We’re currently delving into the world of fractions, where we’ll stay for quite a while.  Students are currently working on rewriting a fraction as a  decimal and vice versa.  They’ll also learn to add and subtract fractions with like denominators, identify equivalent fractions and multiply a fraction by a whole number.  As we turn our world into parts smaller than one, we’ll also continue working on the basic skills of +, -, x and with whole numbers, to make sure our students don’t lose the skills they worked so hard to gain.   

Language Arts: ​​In 4th grade English Language Arts we are
working on responding to expository text and other forms of literature. One way
we are doing this is by reading informational text and then writing about it.
We are also doing a literature study on the book A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine
L'Engle. Students are also learning about text structures and how they
attribute to a readers understanding of an expository text. 

Social Studies

Our fourth grade has been learning about the Age of Exploration.  We are learning about the Spanish invasion of North America.  Students are learning about the search for gold, silver and jewels.  The Spanish wanting to spread their religion and gain access to more land in the southwest United States.  We will be learning about a prominent figure from our area during this time, Father Kino.  We will be learning how Father Kino became friends with the Native American people and learned their cultures while spreading his religious beliefs.


I am so excited for this upcoming unit in science.  We are just starting our electricity unit.  Students will be learning how electricity is a current that runs along a pathway.  They will be learning about circuit boards and the components that must be in place for the circuit board to run in a complete loop.  

4th Grade Teachers: Mrs. Chavez, Mr. Moore, Mrs. Rodriguez



5th GRADE:

Math: In math we have been working on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals to the thousandths place using drawings and models and explaining our reasoning in real world situations. We will finish out our quarter with adding and subtracting fractions. Students are finding that their toolkits are extremely helpful with helping them organize information. We could really use donations of dry erase markers and glue sticks as we are doing a lot of work with our toolkits and Interactive Notebooks. Please remember to have your child sign up for Tuesday Math tutoring to practice their skills.

Language Arts

In English Language Arts, we have had a lot of fun with
figurative language. We have looked at this very creative style of language
across different genres, from metaphors in poetry to everyday language, such as
idioms. Students got a chance to be very creative in making up their figurative
Students have been focused on writing an informational article
that reflects one of the text structures we have been learning about. In the
upcoming weeks, students will continue to focus on informational writing and
citing evidence from texts.

Social Studies

Welcome November! We are starting a fun unit on Democracy and the election process. Students already held a mock election through Pinal County and we are anxiously awaiting student results. In the meantime, students will make their own voting cards as we learn about the election process. We will end November with a journey through the Colonial days and follow the colonists footsteps that led to the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence. We are actively working in our Interactive Notebooks; students are encouraged to bring in their own roll of tape, liquid glue or glue sticks.


We have wrapped up our big unit on Body Systems! Students should now be able to name about 20 different bones in our skeletal system. They can also explain the three functions of our skeletal systems. Students did an awesome job creating their Muscle Models and showing how our contracted muscles pulls our bones to help us move. Finally, students have learned some interesting facts about sending and receiving messages as part of our nervous system!

5th Grade Teachers: Mrs. Gowens, Mrs. Barrow, Mrs. Kusabi



6th-8th GRADE ~ MATH:

6thWe have been working hard at dividing fractions with bar/circle models.  Did you know that the “Keep, change, change” trick for dividing fractions actually is derived from logic?!?!  Ask your student to show you how to divide fractions with models!  We are moving into positive and negative integers now (exciting stuff!!)  We use MyPath as our math computer program and students can work on that at home too.    


We continue to move along through our standards, and have started to learn about slope and rate of change.  Soon we will begin working on some of our geometry standards which gives us lots of fun hand on activities!


8th: We have been working on systems of linear equations in Algebra I focusing on the methods of Graphing, Substitution and Elimination. In Pre-Algebra we have been focused on input/output charts and identifying slope and the y-intercept of a function. By this time your have secured your students seat for the annual Disneyland trip. Our next payment will be November 4, 2016 in the amount of $100.00. Please become familiar with My Path: Add me on facebook: MyPath MrGutierrez #GopherStrong

6th-8th Math Teachers: Mrs. Breidenbach, Mr. Navarro, Mr. Gutierrez





This quarter students will be working hard on making inferences from both informational text and literature, and supporting those inferences with textual evidence. They will also be hard at work revisiting figurative language, point of view, and author’s purpose. Students should be bringing a reading book to class everyday. They should also be studying their spelling words each night as we have a spelling test every Friday. As a reminder: students will have a Book Report Project each quarter. Please keep a lookout for the informational paperwork I will be sending home with your student for this project. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at

 This month we have been working hard on understanding figurative language and hidden meanings within poetry and drama. A large part of this has been identifying connotative and denotative meanings within a text.  We have read a lot of poetry, including poems by Robert Frost and Edgar Allan Poe. We performed our student monologues this month to help with understanding figurative language and to give students a concrete activity to experiment with their language skills. Our goal is to be able to pull figurative language from a text and understand its deeper meaning without assistance.


This quarter 8th grade will be reading literature Ebooks on Google Classroom, writing and typing to prepare for the AZMERIT writing test and comprehending the stories that we are reading using textual evidence, context clues, inferencing, and figurative language.  The class is still working on adding new words to their vocabulary and we have added daily grammar and parts of speech to our learning. Student need to read the literature book so that they may pass the quizzes given and expand their comprehension of stories.  Keep up the good work and HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

6th-8th Language Arts Teachers: Ms. Parvan, Mrs. Nuttall, Mrs. Dunbar




6th: Students have been working hard in World History this quarter.  We have been taking an in depth look at Mesopotamia including the civilizations of Sumer, Babylonia, Assyria, and Phoenicia.  Students have also analyzed Hammurabi’s Code as a guide to life in ancient Mesopotamia.  Students will finish their study of this area of the world by trying to solve the mystery, “Who created the alphabet?”  Students will follow-up their study of Mesopotamia by traveling to Egypt for an extensive look at their complex civilization.



6th-8th Social Studies Teachers: Mrs. Lewis & Mr. Probst



6th-8th GRADE ~ SCIENCE:


We are focusing on Social Studies this quarter.


Seventh grade is studying the galaxy and the relationships among common objects in space.


Eight grade is working on Intro to Chemistry for the rest of the quarter.

6th-8th Science Teachers: Mrs. Lewis & Mr. Ysaguirre






Dance: Ms. Ramirez

I am excited to report that the dance girls have been asked to represent Florence K8 at the FUSD board meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30pm.  Our girls have been hard at work preparing for this first performance of our class dance.  All girls must arrive at the District Office, located at 1000 S. Main Street in Florence, no later than 6:00pm.  Girls should be dressed in black leggings, and a white, button-up dress shirt (boys).  Please have your child wear their hair down and curled for this performance.  Also, it is optional for your child to wear “stage makeup” if this is allowed by parents.  I am thrilled to show-off their hard work and efforts at this upcoming performance, and I hope to see all of you in attendance.  

Music/Choir: Mr. Aguilar

P.E.: Ms. Chenoweth PE

PE:  Mrs. Perryman

Boys:  We will continue to work on our Personal
Fitness Program.
  We are covering the 5
areas of health related fitness (HRF).
The students have been introduced to the weight room and trying out the
  We will coincide our physical
activities with each of the HRF (muscular endurance, muscular strength,
cardiovascular, flexibility and body composition).
  As always it is extremely important that they
are dressed appropriately for all of our activities.

Girls:  We will continue working on fitness and
running the mile for time.
  In the weight
room we are discussing the difference between reps and sets and it affects our
  We will also be trying new
activities such as tennis.


Students will be introduced to the Health Related Fitness
We will be discussing the how’s
and why’s of fitness and how it helps our body.
Fitness centers will be used for introduction and practice. Our fitness
focus words are:
  Endurance, Pace,
Aerobic, and Flexibility. 

We are excited to have the weight room back in place; however, there are many things we could use to make it more complete.  If you have anything that you would want to donate please let us know.  We could use free weights, large conditioning ropes, stability balls, etc.

Title I Reading Room:

With Fall Break rapidly approaching, it’s a great time to:


Rediscover Your Public Library

Libraries are great resources for families with
young children; you can find books, entertainment, educational and cultural
enrichment, literacy tips, and other valuable information. Here are nine
reasons to visit your public library!

For families with young children, the public library is a great
place to find entertainment, educational or cultural enrichment, or valuable

Top 9 reasons to go visit

  1. Free programs and activities: From author visits to puppet shows to family films, libraries
    offer programs with kid appeal after school, on the weekends, and during the
    summer. Ask your librarian for the schedule of upcoming events.

  2. Story times: There's nothing like hearing a good story read by someone who
    loves to read aloud. Libraries are terrific settings for story times which
    often include finger plays, games, songs, and crafts that can be learned and
    enjoyed again at home.

  3. Workshops: Many libraries offer workshops that can help enrich your life as
    an adult and support you as a parent. At many libraries, it is possible to
    learn to knit, prepare your taxes, update your resume, gain computer skills, or
    improve your parenting skills.

  4. Books: Librarians are happy to make recommendations and most public
    libraries have a special section just for children's books.

  5. Audiobooks: Listened to a good book lately? Most libraries have a collection
    of popular adult and children's titles available for checkout on tape or CD.

  6. Movies: Your public library is a great source for free access to the
    latest blockbusters, family movie classics, documentaries, or favorite TV

  7. Music: Want to introduce your children to Beethoven or the Beatles or new
    children's songs? Check to see if your library has a collection of music on CD.

  8. Magazines and newspapers: Introduce your child to some of the magazines designed just for
    children. With bold photographs, poems and a joke or two, magazines are another
    reading choice for beginning readers. Or catch up on the news in your community
    and share a smile over the comics.

  9. Computers: Most public libraries offer free Internet access, computers with
    educational games for kids, and valuable online resources for teenagers.

Libraries are also working to get more of their own resources
online. Your local library may have its own website with links to other
resources within your community. If you're looking for the internet or the
street address of your local public library, offers several places to look.

Kari L. Schneider

Specialist/Student Council Advisor



Specials Teachers: Mrs. Contreras, Mr. Aguilar, Mrs. Ramirez, Ms. Chenoweth, Mrs. Perryman, Mrs. Schneider


Letter from Mrs. Pike