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January 2015 Newsletter

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January 2015

WordMasters News!


Meet #1 is "in the books", as they say and preparations for Meet #2 should be well underway.  If you haven't already marked your calendars,  Meet #2 Challenge Tests will be available for download next Monday, February 2nd.  The final day to submit scores online is Friday, February 27th, so please keep that deadline in mind (as well as potential weather delays and cancellations) when you schedule your Meet #2 tests.  While you're at it, mark your calendars with these three important Meet #3 dates:  Word Lists available 2/23/15, Challenge Tests available 4/6/15, and score submission deadline 5/5/15. We need to maintain such a tight schedule during the spring semester because many of our participating schools are wrapping up by mid-May!

This is a good time of year to do some early "spring cleaning" of your team account.  You may have noticed an option to "Archive Students/Team Leaders" when you are on the Manage Teams & Students page.  This function allows you to delete teachers who are no longer involved with WordMasters and to archive students who are no longer in your school or participating on your teams.  Just click on "Archive Students/Team Leaders", select "Archive Students" or "Archive Team Leaders", then click on Archive for any individuals not currently participating.  This will prevent that individual from appearing in the dropdown list for Team Leaders or when adding students.

If you haven't already reviewed the results of Meet #1, you can find a summary posted under the RESULTS tab at our website.  You can also log into your Dashboard, click on View Reports, and select "2014-15 Meet 1".  If you choose "All My Teams & Students", you receive a report that lists all the scores submitted, broken down by teams with students listed in order from highest to lowest score.  To determine your team score, just sum the top ten individual scores for a team. 

Newsela: Current Events for Every Reader

If you're looking for ways to incorporate reading current event into your classroom, try Newsela. Newsela is a website which offers each news articles at five different reading levels so the entire class can read the same article at each student's individual reading level. You can assign articles to read, test comprehension, and more. Click this link, for more information.

Tracking WordMasters Word Lists in the News
Here are two Study Tools for WordMasters students to use to track their word list in conjunction with reading the news:










 

 

Idea Gallery Sharing: WordMasters Hall of Fame

To recognize hard work and keep her students motivated, one Team Leader created a WordMasters Hall of Fame wall in her classroom. Students who score a 13 or higher on any meet have their name added to the wall. Students scoring a 19 or 20 get a special treat. A cookie from the cafeteria does the trick for her team. Modify as needed for your class!

Resources for Meet #3 Preparation

Checkout some Team Leader favorite resources for the following:

Word definitionsNote: The authority on which we rely in matters of dispute is Webster’s New World College Dictionary.

Creating flashcards
Practice analogies

Calendar Reminders



Meet #2 Testing: 
Feb. 2 - Feb. 20th



2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™
  
Meet #2
Word Lists Available Dec. 8th
Test Administered   Feb. 2nd - Feb. 20th 
Score Reporting Deadline   Feb. 27th
Results Available  March 13th
  
Meet #3
Word Lists Available Feb. 23rd
Test Administered   April 6th-April 24th 
Score Reporting Deadline   May 1st
Results Available  May 15th
  
Cumulative Champions Announced   May 15th 

To find the entire 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge Calendar click here or the Challenge Schedule can be found under the Resources tab on the WordMasters Challenge website.

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Share your successful teaching tips, photos, or videos. E-mail us at lisa.kennedy@wordmasterschallenge.com and we'll add it to the Idea Gallery.

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