Franklin Borough School
Teachers can be
contacted by calling (973)-827-9775 and entering
the extension next to their names.
We’ve had the
showers; bring on the May flowers!
In 6th grade
science, we have wrapped up our PARCC
testing, and the students were great! We
will get back into our unit on forces
and motion by exploring Newton’s Three
Laws of Motion. We have begun our
station work using Max Axiom, Super
Scientist (and main character in his
comic books) as our guide. Going
forward, we will continue to work
through this unit and conclude with a
final investigative phenomenon on force
and motion. We record important notes
Monday and Tuesday while utilizing our
science stations Wednesday, Thursday,
and Friday. It has been exciting!
In 5th grade
math, we will begin PARCC testing and
continue for seven school days. Keys to
success include lots of sleep, a big,
healthy breakfast, and many deep breaths
throughout the day! At the conclusion,
we will jump right back in where we left
off, learning about fractions,
multiples, and patterns. We spend Monday
and Tuesday recording important notes
and lessons and switch to project-based
learning Wednesday, Thursday, and
Friday, incorporating mini-lessons into
each day. As we continue through the
year, we will work toward automaticity
with multiplication facts as it is
essential for future math units.
The end of the
school year is quickly approaching.
However, there is still a lot to be
accomplished. In CAM class each student
continues to work on his/ her own level
and is very successful meeting his/ her
The eighth graders
are now reading The Outsiders by
S.E.Hinton. It is a coming-of-age novel
about two rival gangs and their trials
and tribulations. They continue to
develop their vocabulary and writing
skills using prompts from the novel.
The sixth grades
will begin the novel Hoot by Carl
Hiaasen. This Newbery Honor-winning,
hilarious Floridian adventure involves
new kids, bullies, alligators,
eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls,
and more. The students will then
research environmental projects to be
presented in a research paper.
All students are
encouraged to use smiley face tricks and
their vocabulary words to enhance their
writing. They continue to develop their
vocabulary and writing skills using
prompts from the novels. Remember every
Tuesday vocabulary definitions are due
and every Friday paragraphs using these
vocabulary words are due. By completing
these assignments, it helps the students
to perform well in their quizzes and
C.S. Lewis said—We read to know that we
are not alone.
In addition to
language art classes, I assist in Mr.
Samiljan’s sixth grade math classes.
Here the students are working on all
operations of decimals and percents.
Panaite’s May Web Update
This year flew by and
is almost coming to an end, but we are still
busy this month with Battle of the Books, novel
projects, papers, and reading!
If you need to
contact me, please feel free to call school at
973-827-9775 x423 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am also available after school Mondays and
Tuesdays until 3:15 p.m. to make up any missing
work or for extra help.
Wonder by R.J. Polaccio, focusing on
characterization and using textual evidence
to support answers to questions
Personal Narratives, using voice in writing
with smiley-face tricks
Using context clues to determine meanings;
detailed sentences; quizzes are on
Homework is due and tests are given on
- AR: Students
are required to earn 9 points for the fourth
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen; non-fiction texts;
Research Papers; using smiley-face
tricks to add voice to writing
Vocabulary: 10 words are given each
Monday, and tests are on Thursdays.
are due on Thursdays.
25 words are given Mondays, and tests
are on Fridays.
Students are required to earn 10 points
for the fourth marking period.
- All work
missed due to absences must be
please encourage your child to read
daily. This lifelong habit helps develop
strong comprehension skills. Our third
Battle of the Books book must be read by
Web update May :
This May, 5th grade students will spend some
time learning how to make and use line plots and
line graphs to analyze data and solve problems.
They will also learn how to plot and name points
on a coordinate grid. The homework you will see
will include making and analyzing line graphs
and creating images on a coordinate grid.