# News and Events

- ACA Elementary Newsletter 9-18-17
ACA ELEMENTARY WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

SSR BOOKS

All students 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade need to bring a book to read during SSR time. The book or books will be kept in their cubbies. SSR happens everyday. Please remind and help your student get their SSR book(s) to school.

FANTASTIC MR. FOX PLAY

Thursday is our study trip to see Fantastic Mr. Fox at the El Campanil Theater. All students should be at school at 8:15, drivers by 8:30. The play ends around 11:00. All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders are expected to come back to school after the play. We will be having lessons about the play and comparing the play to the book version we have already read.

If your student is not going to the play, they can still come to school and work in another room until we get back.

EASTERN HERITAGE TRIP FUNDRAISER DUE

All fundraiser orders and money are due. The due date is Wednesday. Any orders turned in past Friday will not be accepted. Please have all forms and money in by Friday at the absolute latest.

ACA DAISY TROOP

Daisy’s are kindergartners, young 6′s and 1st graders. With the troop each Daisy will go on a “journey” to learn about their environment, community and being a good friend. They earn patches through activities and also have the ability to sell girl scout products throughout the year.

Meetings will begin in September… Please contact Kelly MacCallister for more information.

(925) 207-3644 or kellymaccallister@gmail.com

NEXT FEW WEEKS

THURSDAY PURPLE FOLDERS

Students will be bringing home a purple folder most Thursdays. The folders will contain finished work from each student. Each student should look through the work and share the work with their family. The student will then choose one piece of work to reflect on. Parents will be expected to sign the reflection sheet. The piece of work and the reflection sheet will be returned to school in the folder on Fridays. That work will be placed in their portfolio that they will receive at the end of the school year.

OCTOBER BREAK-NO SCHOOL

October break is October 2 through October 6.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Sept 21-Thursday-Primary and Elementary Fantastic Mr. Fox Play

Sept 27-29-Garage Sale Drop Off Days

Sept 29-Friday-Clothing and Book Swap

Sept 30-Saturday-Fundraiser-Garage Sale

Oct 2-6-October Break-NO SCHOOL

- ACA Primary Newsletter 9-18-17
ACA PRIMARY WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Letter of the week- Ss

*Students this week are learning what it means to be a scientist. We are talking about the importance of observing and asking questions.**Students are also being introduced to sensorial jobs and learning about sequencing.*FANTASTIC MR. FOX PLAY

Thursday is our study trip to see Fantastic Mr. Fox at the El Campanil Theater. All students should be at school at 8:15, drivers by 8:30. The play ends around 11:00. Primary students may leave with a parent after the play if they wish. All primary students will be going home at 12:00.

EASTERN HERITAGE TRIP FUNDRAISER DUE

All fundraiser orders and money are due. The due date is Wednesday. Any orders turned in past Friday will not be accepted. Please have all forms and money in by Friday at the absolute latest.

ACA DAISY TROOP

Daisy’s are kindergartners, young 6′s and 1st graders. With the troop each Daisy will go on a “journey” to learn about their environment, community and being a good friend. They earn patches through activities and also have the ability to sell girl scout products throughout the year.

Meetings will begin in September… Please contact Kelly MacCallister for more information.

(925) 207-3644 or kellymaccallister@gmail.com

NEXT FEW WEEKS

OCTOBER BREAK-NO SCHOOL

October break is October 2 through October 6.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Sept 21-Thursday-Primary and Elementary Fantastic Mr. Fox Play

Sept 27-29-Garage Sale Drop Off Days

Sept 29-Friday-Clothing and Book Swap

Sept 30-Saturday-Fundraiser-Garage Sale

Oct 2-6-October Break-NO SCHOOL

- ACA II Middle School AOW 9-18-17
AOW #4:

**5 Reasons Why People Share Fake Photos During Natural Disasters**Source**:**A.J. Willingham, CNN.com, September 8, 2017Natural disasters are dramatic enough, and yet every time one hits, the Internet lights up with years-old pictures, out-of-context videos and, inevitably, the mascot of all fake social media posts: road shark.

If you don’t know what road shark is, it’s an image of a shark swimming on a flooded highway that rears its Photoshopped head every time there’s a hurricane or major water-related event. The image, of course, is fake.

But why do fake posts get shared, time after time, disaster after disaster? There are a few reasons:

**1. People have been trained to believe**set of filters and authentication,” says David Weinberger, an internet and technology expert and senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center.

“You used to watch the news on TV and you were confident it had been checked or whatever. It was not your responsibility to fact-check the news. Simply being published was a mark of authority.”

Now that anyone with an internet connection can create and share content, that old assurance of trustworthiness doesn’t quite fit. But the assumption that something can’t be false because it’s being shared and discussed somehow lingers on.

During Superstorm Sandy in 2012, a Wall Street analyst tweeted out a series of updates about flooding, destruction and power shutdowns around the New York City area. They were all fake, but the thousands of people who read the posts and retweeted had no idea.

And how could they, unless they were there experiencing it with him? They had no immediate reason to believe what he was relaying was false.

Even big names can be led astray by the power of trust and friendship. During Hurricane Harvey, Katie Couric posted a picture a friend had sent her, ostensibly (seemingly) of an alligator in the friend’s driveway.

However, when people pointed out the photo was actually from months earlier, Couric’s friend’s story seemed to unravel, and Couric called it a “double punk.”

“There are other indications of the trustworthiness of what’s being said,” says Weinberger. “For instance, the number of likes or shares can be an indicator of trustworthiness.”

After all, the mistaken assumption goes, if a lot of people believe it enough to like or share it, it’s probably true.

**2. It fulfills a confirmation bias**Confirmation bias is the idea that we’re more likely to consume and share information that fits with our already-held beliefs. It’s another big reason why someone may be compelled to share information without doing their due diligence.

This often happens after terror attacks or shootings. People latch on to erroneous or made-up reports if the reports fit their assumptions about the situation — or their political and moral agenda.

A photo of a Sikh man wearing a turban has circulated after several terror attacks, with posts erroneously identifying him as a perpetrator. Sometimes, the photo is altered to add a suicide vest over the man’s plaid shirt.

“You are always going to believe that which makes sense to you,” Weiberger says. “And when there’s very little information, it is much easier to throw out ideas that seem plausible (possible).”

In Charlottesville in August, a photo of an apparent “antifa” protester attacking a police officer was widely shared by supporters of the white supremacist rallies. The photo was a fake. It was actually an image from 2009 that was manipulated to include an “antifa” logo on the attacker’s jacket.

**3. They want to be part of the conversation**As Hurricane Irma blows through the Caribbean, some Facebook videos of the storm’s destruction received millions of views. The videos were peppered with well-meaning comments. “Blessings to everyone here,” one person wrote.

The problem? They’re not from Irma at all.

Similarly, fake forecasts and warnings became so pervasive this week that the National Weather Service had to issue a clarification warning people.

When something horrible happens, whether an act of God or an act of man, it’s human nature to try and draw some sort of understanding from the chaos. It’s human nature to want to inform and comfort. So, we share.

“There’s social capital (value) in doing that, too,” says Weinberger. “That’s one reason people will tweet things, especially if they think they are the first one in their circle (to do so).”

When you find a new or fascinating piece of information, “it’s a sense that you are helping your community or your network make sense of the event,” he continues.

“They feel, ‘It’s my civic duty to move it along.’ Then it’s not just social capital. It’s, ‘Here is something that will touch you or inform you.’”

**4. Some just do it on purpose**For the most part, people who share fake posts online don’t actually

*know*they’re sharing fake posts online. Those that do, well, there’s not a lot you can say to make sense of it. “That’s impossible to answer,” Weinberger says. “It can be pathological. (It can be) somebody who is so eager for affirmation. It can be trolling. Or somebody purposefully trying to disrupt the news.”It’s hard to gauge the motivations of online trolls. Some may just want likes and shares and reactions. Others may want to legitimately influence politics or scam people out of their money.

**5. Sometimes the truth really IS that bizarre**As a massive wildfire raged near Portland, Oregon, this week, the Beacon Rock Golf Course posted a photo of a group of golfers putting around as if there weren’t a giant, angry, red inferno directly behind them.

Immediately, people were skeptical. The photo looked manipulated, some said. They debated and scrutinized; they couldn’t bring themselves to believe it was true.

The photo certainly looked like fake, but it wasn’t. Perhaps one reason people aren’t more discerning when they come across something that’s fantastical (but fake) is because sometimes reality is equally awe-inducing

Maybe, just maybe, in this age of misinformation, we’d have less fake stuff to deal with if real life sometimes wasn’t so unbelievable.

**Possible Response Questions:**- In this “age of misinformation,” how do you know what you read is true? Explain.
- What steps might you take to protect yourself from “confirmation bias”? Explain. Remember: Confirmation bias is the idea that we’re more likely to consume and share information that fits with our already-held beliefs.

- ACA II Middle School Study Guide 9-18-17
May the Force Be With You Study Guide Name_________________________________

VOCABULARY:

- Galaxy
- Star
- Nebula
- Black hole
- Force
- eclipse
- Goldilocks zone
- Gravity
- Solar system

- What unit do scientists use to measure distance in space?
- What is the name of our galaxy? What type (shape) of galaxy is it?
- How many galaxies are in the universe? How many stars are in a galaxy?
- What do scientists think is in the center of a galaxy?
- What keeps objects in orbit?
- Describe what happens during a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse
- Identify the phases of the moon
- Explain what causes the phases of the moon
- How many planets are in our solar system? (Bonus points if you can name them)
- What are the two types of planets? (Bonus points if you can classify each planet in our solar system)
- Why do planets made of the same ingredients turn out to be different?
- What is the difference between contact and non-contact forces? Give examples of each.
- Explain what an electromagnet is and what electromagnets are used for

May the Force Be With You Study Guide Name_________________________________

VOCABULARY:

- Galaxy
- Star
- Nebula
- Black hole
- Force
- eclipse
- Goldilocks zone
- Gravity
- Solar system

- What unit do scientists use to measure distance in space?
- What is the name of our galaxy? What type (shape) of galaxy is it?
- How many galaxies are in the universe? How many stars are in a galaxy?
- What do scientists think is in the center of a galaxy?
- What keeps objects in orbit?
- Describe what happens during a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse
- Identify the phases of the moon
- Explain what causes the phases of the moon
- How many planets are in our solar system? (Bonus points if you can name them)
- What are the two types of planets? (Bonus points if you can classify each planet in our solar system)
- Why do planets made of the same ingredients turn out to be different?
- What is the difference between contact and non-contact forces? Give examples of each.
- Explain what an electromagnet is and what electromagnets are used for

- ACA II Middle School Math Assignments 9-18-17
Weekly Assignments

Course:

Core 2

MONTH:

September

YEAR:

2016

**September 18****September 19****September 20****September 21****CONCEPT**Add and subtract mixed numbers

Represent portions as fraction, decimal, percent, and words or pictures. Write decimals as fractions.

**CPM**Chapter 1 Closure: The Bubblegum Machine

Share Bubblegum Machine posters

Lesson 2.1.2

2-18 to 2-23

**Teacher Instruction/****Notes**Warmup: comparing probabilities (Khan); making predictions with probabilities (Khan)

Changing mixed number to improper fractions mini-lesson

Adding & Subtracting fraction and mixed number word problems (with notes)

Diamond Problems 2-16

Representation of portions web

**Game****Or worksheet****CPM**CL-1-142 to 1-150 due Wednesday

For Closure problems, you MUST show your work to get credit. Check your answers by turning to the last page of the chapter.

2-8 to 2-17, skip 2-16

*Remember, for help with cpm Review/Preview section, go to cpm.org/cc2*2-26 to 2-30

*Remember, for help with cpm Review/Preview section, go to cpm.org/cc2***Khanacademy***Khanacademy.org. Do the following exercises for a total of 30 minutes OR until you get 5 in a row correct for EACH exercise.**Comparing probabilities

*Making predictions with probabilities

*Khanacademy.org. Do the following exercises for a total of 30 minutes OR until you get 5 in a row correct for EACH exercise.**Write number as a fraction and a decimal

*Rewrite decimals as fractions

*Converting fractions to decimals

*Rewriting decimals as fractions challenge

*Comparing rational numbers

**Project****PERFORM**X5

*(2 pages, both sides completed, OR 15 minute Moby Max Fact Fluency due FRIDAY if you did not finish the timed test within 3 minutes)*Concept Quizzes:

**Concept 6:**Convert a rational number to a decimal using long division; recognize decimal form of rational numbers (7.NS2d)Quick Check: Add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers

Weekly Assignments

Course: Algebra MONTH: September YEAR: 2016 **September 18****September 19****September 20****September 21****CONCEPT**Find slopes and write linear equations Use algebra to find the equation of a line when given its slope and a point on the line Construct a linear function given two points. Simplify exponential expressions **CPM**Lesson 2.2.3 2-68 – 2-69

You may wish to use e-tool at cpm.org for 2-68. But, you need to show Mrs. McC your final graph.

Lesson 2.3.1 2-75 to 2-79

(2-76 to 2-77 are to help you answer 2-75; use them to help you if you are stuck on 2-75. If you can do 75 without help, then you may skip 76 and 77)

Lesson 2.3.2 2-87 to 2-88

Lesson 3.1.1 3-1 to 3-4 (PLEASE CHECK ANSWERS WITH Mr. Caillault or Mrs. McC BEFORE YOU TURN THIS IN)

**Teacher Instruction/****Notes****Khanacademy****video***For help with problem 2-78, watch the videos at Khan Academy “Slope-intercept equation from slope & point” and “Slope-intercept form problems”**If you need help, khan videos**“Constructing the equation of a line given two points”**”Slope-intercept equation from two solutions example”***Game****Or worksheet**“Algebra Vs. Cockroaches” Play until you get past level 7. Print or take a screen shot of a report. Note: you can google the game, but the link is the one that has hotmath in the domain name. This game requires Adobe Flash player, which our school computers have. After each round, you need to click “Start New Game” to go to the next round. You can click the “hint” button each time to see two points on the line.

“Save the Zogs” on mathplayground.com Play until you get to level 9.

**CPM**2-70 to 2-74 2-82 to 2-86 2-90 to 2-94 2-95 **Khanacademy***Writing slope-intercept equations * Slope-intercept from two points

*Graph from slope-intercept form

**Project****PERFORM**Concept 3: Evaluate functions for inputs in their domains, and interpret statements that use function notation in terms of a context. Relate the domain of a function to its graph. (F-IF.2, F-IF.3) Concept 4: Construct linear functions given a graph, a description of a relationship, or two points (F.LE.2)

Weekly Assignments

Course: CAP 8 MONTH: September YEAR: 2017 **September 18****September 19****September 20****September 21****CONCEPT**Move a shape on a coordinate graph using rigid transformations – translations (slides), rotations (turns), and reflections (flips). Describe and complete transformations on a coordinate plane, and use coordinates to describe the position of objects in a plane Use expressions to represent movement on a coordinate plane. Identify whether a shape has been translated, rotated, or reflected Use dilation to transform figures. **CPM**Lesson 6.1.1 6-1

*Note: need computers for this lesson*Lesson 6.1.2 6-8 to 6-11

*Note: need computers for this lesson*Lesson 6.1.3 6-18 to 6-26

Lesson 6.2.1 6-42 to 6-44

**Teacher Instruction/****Notes****Khanacademy****video**Notes: define rigid transformations; translations, rotations, and reflections (Do notes the last 10 minutes of class, after students complete the activity in 6-1)

*Note: For 6-43, use the etool at cpm.org/cc3 for problem 6-43. You DO NOT have to DRAW each graph for 6-43, but do it on an ipad and look for the pattern of what happens.**Start Khan homework. It looks like a lot, but each one should be quick.***CPM**6-2 to 6-7 ( *Remember, if you need help you can go to**www.cpm.org**/cc3**.)*6-12 to 6-14 *(Remember, if you need help you can go to**www.cpm.org**/cc3**.)*Finish class work 6-18 to 6-26 **Khanacademy*****Identify Transformations***

**Translate points*****Translate shapes*****Determine translation*****Rotate points*****Determine rotations*****Reflect points*****Reflect shapes*****Determine reflections****Play for 30 minutes.****PERFORM**Common percents as fractions (2 due FRIDAY if you did not finish the timed test within 3 minutes) **Concept 27:**Sum of interior and exterior angles of triangles; Identify parallel line angle pair relationships (8.G.5)**Concept 23:**Verify the properties of rotations, reflections, and translations (8.G.1)Weekly Assignments

Course: Core 3 MONTH: September YEAR: 2017 **September 18****September 19****September 20****September 21****CONCEPT**Simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms. Simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms Solve linear equations. Solve linear equations. Determine if an equation has an infinite number of solutions or no solution. **CPM**Lesson 2.1.6 2-56 to 2-57

Lesson 2.1.7 2-63 to 2-66

Lesson 2.1.8 2-72 to 2-75

Lesson 2.1.9 2-81 to 2-84

**Teacher Instruction/****Notes****Khanacademy****video**Notes: Associative and Identity Properties **Game****Or worksheet****CPM**2-58 to 2-62 *Remember, for help with cpm Review/Preview section, go to cpm.org/cc3*2-67 to 2-71 *Remember, for help with cpm Review/Preview section, go to cpm.org/cc3*2-76 to 2-80 *Remember, for help with cpm Review/Preview section, go to cpm.org/cc3*2-85 to 2-88 *Remember, for help with cpm Review/Preview section, go to cpm.org/cc3***Khanacademy****Project****PERFORM**Common percents as fractions (2 due FRIDAY if you did not finish the timed test within 3 minutes) Concepts Quizzes Quick Check Assessment: Simplify expressions by combining like terms

Pretest:

**Concept 13**Solve linear equations in one variable (8.EE.7a)Weekly Assignments

Course: Core 2 MONTH: September YEAR: 2016 **September 18****September 19****September 20****September 21****CONCEPT**Add and subtract mixed numbers Represent portions as fraction, decimal, percent, and words or pictures. Write decimals as fractions. **CPM**Chapter 1 Closure: The Bubblegum Machine Share Bubblegum Machine posters Lesson 2.1.2 2-18 to 2-23

**Teacher Instruction/****Notes**Warmup: comparing probabilities (Khan); making predictions with probabilities (Khan) Changing mixed number to improper fractions mini-lesson Adding & Subtracting fraction and mixed number word problems (with notes)

Diamond Problems 2-16

Representation of portions web **Game****Or worksheet****CPM**CL-1-142 to 1-150 due Wednesday For Closure problems, you MUST show your work to get credit. Check your answers by turning to the last page of the chapter.

2-8 to 2-17, skip 2-16 *Remember, for help with cpm Review/Preview section, go to cpm.org/cc2*2-26 to 2-30 *Remember, for help with cpm Review/Preview section, go to cpm.org/cc2***Khanacademy***Khanacademy.org. Do the following exercises for a total of 30 minutes OR until you get 5 in a row correct for EACH exercise.**Comparing probabilities

*Making predictions with probabilities

*Write number as a fraction and a decimal

*Rewrite decimals as fractions

*Converting fractions to decimals

*Rewriting decimals as fractions challenge

*Comparing rational numbers

**Project****PERFORM**X5 *(2 pages, both sides completed, OR 15 minute Moby Max Fact Fluency due FRIDAY if you did not finish the timed test within 3 minutes)*Concept Quizzes: **Concept 6:**Convert a rational number to a decimal using long division; recognize decimal form of rational numbers (7.NS2d)Quick Check: Add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers