The fourth grade classes of Mrs. Latham, Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Stevens and Mrs. Tooke are having a fantastic year. The year is flying by. We recently celebrated the 100th day of school with a variety of hands-on math and reading activities. A few of our fourth grade students have even reached 100 Accelerated Reader points already this year; Hudson Burcham, Gavin Poirier, Antwoine Wharton, Kailee DeLancey, Kady Fuller and Taylin Hancock. These students and any others who reach 100 AR points will be invited to attend a special field trip at the end of the year to celebrate their success. There is still plenty of time to reach this reading goal, so make sure you keep reading at home and earning those Accelerated Reader points!

The students are also learning amazing concepts in science about the structures and functions of plants and animals, including humans. The students completed a Mystery Science activity where they made their own moving mechanical finger and model eye. They learned how the structures of plants and animals are designed for specific functions, and how these functions help them survive.

There are many opportunity of learning in and out of the classroom coming up for our fourth grade students. The students will be visiting a local college, participating in two math challenges, and learn about summer camp options. At the end of March, all of the fourth grade students will be traveling to Princeton, Ky., to visit Caldwell Area Technology Center. While there, students will get a tour of the facilities and learn about classes they offer. It is never too early to start talking to your child about their future education and career options.

Math is an essential skill all students need to master. We are excited to announce there are two math challenges all the Intermediate school students can participate in at home, the Saint Jude Math-a-thon and the Math Everywhere Above and Beyond challenge. Students get to participate in these challenges at home to help strengthen their math skills and reinforce what they are learning in the classroom. The Saint Jude Math-a-thon is an opportunity for students practice their math skills and raise money for the children of Saint Jude Children's hospital. TCIS is also having their first Math Everywhere Above and Beyond challenge. Teachers and students will be setting weekly math goals in either Dreambox or IXL for students to complete at home. Links to both of these programs are on the school website and be accessed through Clever. The first of May, the three homeroom classes with the most students participating and math work completed at home will be rewarded. If you would like to know more about these exciting math challenges, please ask any Intermediate School student or faculty.

Learning does not stop when school ends for the summer. Throughout the remainder of the year, students will be coming home with various camp opportunities fourth and fifth grade students can participate in during the summer. Camp Curry and 4H Camp information have already been sent home. If you did not receive this information, you can find it online. Keep checking your student's weekly Paws folders for more exciting summer opportunities.

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