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Spring Student-Led Conferences 2016

Families of Room 414-

Today, your child will be receiving a paper copy for you to sign up for Spring Conferences. These start March 10-17th, and all of these will be minimum days. Unlike the Fall conferences, these will be “student-led” conferences. So, your child will be making a brief presentation to you of his/her learning for the quarter. Our room will have up to three families presenting simultaneously in our room (not to each other- just their respective parents).

Below is a Google form to sign up. Families need only sign up online OR have your child return the paper copy. Please indicate your first, second, and third choices in case time slots fill up. If you have any questions, just let me know!


Room 414- February update

Dear Parents & Families of Room 414 — 

Happy Presidents’ & Valentine’s Day!  Please take a moment to review some important details about Camp, Eastlake Middle School, and Parent Conferences.  

23304_132957636723929_2050_n-1svo2tg6th Grade Camp >  Feb. 22-26 …. One week to go!

  • Camp Store money deposits – The last day I’ll accept any cash towards your child’s Camp Store purchases will be Friday, Feb. 19th.  Students are not limited to how much they deposit. Any leftover money will be returned to the child at the end of camp. I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCEPT MONEY THE MORNING OF CAMP!
  • Camp Equipment & Clothes – Please review the list of appropriate items to pack and NOT pack. The weather has been unusual since January. Layers are recommended. No electronics of any kind – phones, iPads, digital cameras. Disposable cameras are ok. Students are expected to carry their own luggage. Pack what is necessary, not just what they want!
  • Medications – All medications need to be in sealed containers with the prescription label. If your child gets sick the weekend before camp, any over-the-counter medication needs to be in the original packaging and appropriate for their age. Students may not even have cough drops in their possession. All meds will be collected by our school nurse and kept at the Camp Marston Health Office.
  • Parent Letters – You will be able to turn in as many sealed letters to your child as you’d like, with me on the morning we leave. Some parents write on each envelope, the day of the week they’d like their child to read the letter (ie. Jane Smith-Monday, Jane Smith-Tuesday..etc). This is a great way for younger siblings to say “hi” to their brothers or sisters. If you forget, another mail delivery may be collected at Camarena in the middle of the week, and our principals may bring these up during their visit. Please DO NOT directly mail to Camp Marston, because it will not get there in time. No care packages please- letters only.

Eastlake Middle School course registration

ELM_Logo-212x2006th Grade had an hour-long orientation of Eastlake Middle School onFeb.11th. Your child has an important packet to share with you about selecting his/her 7th grade elective. All the details are in the packet. A minor mistake: please DISREGARD any stapled orange slip regarding Dual Immersion. This was a mistake on the middle school’s part. For parents interested in learning more or visiting the campus, a separate parent orientation will be held at Eastlake Middle on March 3rd for Camarena. All registration packets can be turned in to Mrs. Hughes by March 9th.

Student-Led Parent Conferences

parent-teacher-conference.previewPlease save the dates of March 10-18. These will be Parent Conference days. This time, your child will be in charge, making a presentation of their learning. A separate Google Form will be emailed soon, for you to choose your conference day & time.


Room 414 Update – August

Dear Room 414 Families-

Our first month of school is now under our belt! Your children have been working diligently on several content standards and should have multiple representations of their work to show for it. Here are some highlights of what we have learned thus far:

Math > Ratio & rates – defining ratios and their equivalent ratios; using tape diagrams, double number lines and ratio tables; comparing ratio tables and graphing data on a coordinate plane. We have taken at least 2 quizzes and one Mid-Module Test. All these scores are recorded on your child’s Schoology account. If you have not connected with them on a Schoology parent account, just email me and I can send steps for creating one that joins directly to your child.

Language > Read Chapter 1-7 of Bud, Not Buddy; discussing theme, citing evidence, examples of figurative language, and general plot and details; quizzes on theme and vocabulary development. 

Writing > Have written at least 2 blog posts (some still awaiting moderation approval from me), and progressing through the narrative writing genre; “showing not telling”.

Science > Energy – types of energy transfer (conduction convection & radiation), forms of energy (kinetic, potential, chemical, mechanical, light, electrical, wind, etc.); introduced 2-week project-based learning task of designing and building a Thermos that conserves heat energy. Students received a detailed packet this week about this project, which they will be working with one other assigned partner. They are encouraged to bring in any approved materials discussed in class (these are also listed on this week Google Slide on Schoology) to start prototyping in another week. Tentatively, our grade level plans to highlight these projects at the upcoming SDMakerFaire on October 3-4 hosted by Qualcomm. Please help them do their best!

Behavior > As a friendly reminder to the students (and parents)… the Sixth Grade Teachers have noticed that between all classes there’s been several issues with lining up before school and during recesses and lunches. We had an especially poor performance yesterday when we had a fire drill during recess. While not everyone, the majority of the students were talking, laughing and even attempting to carry each other to their respective lines. All teachers needed to speak sternly to address the issue and remind everyone of their responsibilities – particularly during a fire drill – not to mention showing forms of disrespect to the adults. Because we have had so many inconsistent examples of behavior, we will be rewarding students whom we feel exemplify Camarena Rules and Code of Conduct through monthly Fun Fridays in the classroom (games & free time). I will be selecting those students based upon behavior Class Dojo Points, as well as thorough completion of homework percentages. Students will be informed of our new reward system tomorrow.

Parent Conferences > Amazingly, we are already at the first checkpoint of the year! Student-Parent Conferences will begin Sept 10-18th. However, I will only be available to meet in person with families on the following days: Sept 10,11,14 & 15 right after school until 6:00pm. A Parent Conference signup is listed here. I will accommodate parents on a first-come, first-serve basis. The form will open until approximately Sept. 7th (Labor Day weekend). Please have your child with you for this first conference. If you have difficulties attending, please email me directly and I may be able to make other arrangements for you.

Finally, our DonorsChoose Project: Find Me a Treasure is only 1/3 fulfilled. Thank you for ALL the donors who are contributing to the goal of getting GPS units in our classroom. We intend to share these with all of the Camarena campus on Geocaching walks! If you would still like to donate, please visit the link here.

Looking forward to seeing you in the coming weeks! – Mrs. Hughes

Spring Student-Led Conferences

It’s that time again! Camarena Parent Conference dates are approaching: March 13-March 21. Below is a Google Form for you to sign up for a “Student-Led” conference. This is very different than traditional parent-teacher conferences, and will require the child to do most of the presenting. Now that students have had some time to grow in several subjects, it is their time to shine and show off.  Please read the handout that will be going home with your child this week for specific details. You may return the handout at your convenience, or click through the Google Form below to pick a date online.

I look forward to having your child be the “teacher” this March!


February Update

Dear Families of Room 414-

Just one more week until your child is at 6th Grade Camp! Here are some luggage issues I’d like to clarify before then. These were addressed both at the follow-up meeting in January, and within our own classroom last week:


Camp Tips

**Pack layers and to be ready in case the weather changes. Temperatures may get into the 40s at night.
**Pack least two pairs of sturdy shoes (for muddy trails) and several pairs of socks. No one wants to be walking in wet shoes!

**Any electronics – including phones – are not allowed at camp, per the YMCA guidelines. (Besides, they will not be able to get any reception)

**We’ve also reminded them that although we want them to enjoy and have fun, that camp is not a “resort”. They need to bring what they NEED and not what they WANT. Limit to (2) pieces of luggage: a large duffel or suitcase, and a sleeping bag. Students will be carrying their own luggage to their cabins.

If you would like to write a letter to your child at camp, both Dr. Winters and Mrs. Orr will be making trips to Camp Marston, and can courier letters up. Every year, my students have enjoyed receiving news from home the “old-fashioned way.” Please have your letters ready no later than Wednesday afternoon with the front office. Don’t mail these yourselves, or your child will not get it in time!

After camp….Yes, after the excitement of the mountain, students will be need to prep themselves for report cards

Quarter 3 Parent Conferences & Report Cards > I will be hosting Student-Led Conferences with you & your child coming up in March. This will be very different than the traditional parent conference,

student led conferencessince your child will be showcasing what he/she has been learning. You WILL have some time to speak to me to ask questions and concerns, of course. However, most of the conference will be looking at the student’s thinking and products. More details will go home shortly, including scheduling a time to confer.

Eastlake Middle School Visits > The middle school’s counselors, band and strings orchestra will be making visits to speak to your children about 7th grade and electives. These visits will be recorded and archived on our Ustream Channel. We will NOT be having a field trip to Eastlake Middle, so all the information they will share will be coming to your child at school. A separate parent orientation by Eastlake Middle will be scheduled and announced in the near future.

Thank you for all your participation, and as always please email me with any questions!

Happy New Year!

Greetings, Camarena 414 Families!Happy-New-Year-2014

I trust you and your children have had a restful, maybe indulging vacation! Can you believe we are already into 2014 ?! When you children come back to school on Tuesday, Jan. 14th, we will be exactly at the halfway point of the school year! I hope you were able to celebrate some of their accomplishments these last two quarters. Quarter 3 is going to go by very quickly, with many short weeks because of the holidays and camp. Here are some things to add to your calendar:

January 14th > Camarena students return to school. This is a FULL DAY.


January 20th > No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January TBD
> 6th Grade Camp Followup Informational Meeting- What to bring. An archived video recording of the meeting will be posted if parents cannot attend in person.

February 14-17 > No School – Presidents Day Weekend

camp marston

February 24-28 > 6th Grade Camp! Students who do not participate, will still be required to attend school at Camarena, since at least one teacher will be staying behind to teach non-campers.


March 13-21 > Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences. Parents will receive their scheduled appointment dates by the end of February.


Winter Break Cultural Project > Your child has been asked to complete a cultural presentation about his/her family. The details were sent home before break, and digital copies are also online on their Edmodo account, and on our classroom website blog post. These are due when they come back Jan. 14th. I can’t wait to hear more about your families’ heritage!

Gallery of Experts Online > Your child did an exceptional job on his/her science presentation last December! Dr. Winters sent this email the next day to the 6th grade teachers, “Brilliant, brilliant, brillant!”  The Ustream videos will briefly remain online this month, and then will be removed. If you’d like a chance to listen to your child, or any another 6th grader, please go to our Camarena Elementary Ustream Channel and scroll through the videos to watch!

Content Standards > This quarter, the 6th grade plans to cover these topics and integrate Common Core State Standards & Next Generation Science Standards. In Room 414, I plan to spend much more time on reading comprehension in small groups. Reading comprehension is an area I noticed students struggled with during our testing assessments.

    • Reading- More small group Guided Reading strategies using varied literature
    • Writing – Argument/Opinion genre
    • Math – Positive & Negative Numbers and Using a Coordinate Grid
    • Social Studies – Review of Egypt content, Greece
    • Science – Earth & Human Activity
    • Technology – Coding, increased book reviews & bloggingblog


Science Expo Field Trip > We have been granted FREE bus transportation in March to enjoy part of the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering! The exact activity and date is TBD. We will need chaperones, so please keep the week of March 17-21 in mind, when I do get more details.

VOICEMAIL! > Finally, we have voicemail. Please refer to the direct email that was sent to parents for Mrs. Hughes’ voicemail extension.

Whew!!! I think that is all for now. Looking forward to a great 2014!

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences

**A duplicate of this post has been sent to parents via Teacherease.com

Our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are approaching in less than three weeks. Attached is an online link for you to sign up to meet with me. Some notes:

• Conference availability will be Thurs. 9/12-Thurs 9/19. I will not be free on Friday 9/20.
• Slots range from 1:30-5:30pm
• Meetings will be between 20-25 minutes
• I ask that your child attend the conference with you, if possible.

Please click for the online Fall Parent-Teacher Conference form, or make a choice here:

If you have any last minute changes or cancellations, please let me know at least 24 hours in advance. I will be happy to reschedule the date, the best that I can. Email is best, since our school still does not have voicemail attached to our classroom extensions.

Thanks for all your support!