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    Name:   Kimberly Smith
    Grade:  7th and 8th Grade Science and Social Studies
    Room #: 202 802 Homeroom
     

    Welcome to my homepage.  This is my eighth year in the Mark Bills community and am very excited to see familiar faces and new faces at school!   

    A little background about myself.  East Peoria is my high school alma mater and The University of Iowa was home during my undergraduate days.  I worked in the business world for several years following graduation until DePaul University gave me the opportunity to attend graduate school and change careers.  Outside of school I am an avid NHL Chicago Blackhawks fan (as most of the students are aware), cake decorate, sew quilts for neices and nephews, read, travel and many other things during the summer or in any spare time. 

    I hope that you are able to find some helpful information within these links.  Please feel free to contact me by email with any questions or concerns.
     

    Thanks!
    Kimberly Smith
     

    COVID-19 Learn From Home Details

    A letter from Ms. Smith

    Hello Families!
     
    I hope that you are all well and remain healthy throughout this time!
     
    This week, I encourage students to continue investing in themselves by completing activities from the choice grid to keep engaging their minds and furthering their education as best they can.  If you did not receive the grid that came home on Friday on BLUE paper for 8th grade and GREEN paper for 7th grade, you can find the electronic version from the Mark Bills home page under "Work for students during shut down" or by following https://www.peoriapublicschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=568&ModuleInstanceID=2930&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=75277&PageID=3189
     
    Science options include:  Drawing an invention to help solve a problem in the country, recording information about the weather, recording calories they ate throughout the day, watching and writing a summary on a science related program, with parent permission go on a nature walk and record observations.  If you have access to the internet, www.scholastic.com/learnathome, 45 minutes of Acellus, research a science topic and create a powerpoint or other creative way to show off what you learned, or find a science based article from newsela.com and complete the questions. 
     
    For Social Studies, record 3 events from the news!  This can be any local news, world news, kid news, or CNN10 that is reporting current events.  If you have access to the internet, 45 minutes of Acellus, www.scholastic.com/learnathome, research a social studies topic and create a powerpoint or other creative way to show off what you learned, or find a social studies based article from newsela.com and complete the questions.  
     
    Try to mix and match activities and find different stories each day to keep those summary skills and science skills sharp.
     
    I would also encourage students to create their own primary source document by writing a daily journal about how their lives and activities are different.  Since this is an event that has not happened in the United States for over 100 years, this would be an interesting time for students to look back on.  Some things for them to write about:  What is different about today than what they would normally be doing?  Are they more aware of who they are in contact with?  What are they most concerned about during this time?  What questions do they have?  Where do they go to get answers to their questions?  What was one positive thing that happened or that they saw today?   Students could also include sketches or doodling of things they see! These are just some questions and ideas to get them thinking.  
     
    I will be available through email at kimberly.smith@psd150.org between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm this week and Monday, March 30.  Next week, we are observing spring break as expected, so I will not be available Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27.
     
    Stay healthy and wash hands frequently!
    Ms. Kimberly Smith