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Hello!
A quick bit about me.  This is my 16th year teaching at Riverview, and my 18th year teaching overall.  After 15 years of teaching 5th grade I am excited to transition into 3rd through 5th grade math and 5th grade engineering.  My first teaching experience was in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I spent two years teaching 3rd grade there.  I am a graduate of Fort Lewis College and Adams State.  My wife, two kids, two dogs, and two cats love Durango and we feel lucky to be part of this community. That's where you come in.  Thank you for taking the time to check in on what we have going on at school. Working with you and your family is such an important part of the success we find in the classroom on a daily basis.  
Thanks for visiting.  YOU, are important!
Sincerely,
Anthony Bonanno (Mr. B-)
970-247-3862 x-3217
abonanno@durangoschools.org
 

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Engineering News: Week of 3/9

Spring into Engineering!
"Engineering Invention" is our new topic.  This week sees us starting up a whole new rotation.  This next six weeks will be the final full rotation for each class.  I will see each class for an abbreviated schedule the final 3 weeks of school.  This rotation is all about putting the pieces together and engineering an invention.  The students will be learning about what invention means, conducting research on inventions, and then generating an invention of their own to present to our class panel.  The goal is to incorporate their engineering practices from throughout the year, while also personalizing and shaping their own "inventions," so to speak.  We're looking for fun, creativity, grappling with questions, and learning from prior invention while practicing and applying experience to engineer something new!  Thank you for your interest in our work.  Please contact me with any questions.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-) 

5th Grade Math: 3/9

Quick Spring wrap up!
Last week the kiddos completed their mid-term assessment on ratios.  We have also worked very in-depth with central tendency, percentages and averaging, which will enable us to complete our unit this week.  We did a class review for feedback, and the students got to own their assessment from that point forward.  This week week we will be honing our computation across the board delving into some practice for CMAS to re-familiarize the students with the testing platform in order to build some more confidence, as well as closing out our ratios unit.  We're having a blast and learning more each day.  Thanks for reading!  Reach out with questions.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)

4th Grade Math: Week of 3/9

Quick Spring wrap up!
Last week the kiddos completed their benchmark assessment for units 12-16.  We did a peer review for feedback, and the students got to own their assessment from that point forward.  This week week we will be honing our computation across the board and also doing some practice for CMAS to re-familiarize the students with the testing platform in order to build some more confidence.  The next step for 4th grade is to do a year-end review of our 4th grade content and then begin to look into early 5th grade curriculum to get a jump start for next year.  We're having a blast and learning more each day.  Thanks for reading!  Reach out with questions.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)

3rd Grade Math: Week of 3/9

Quick Spring wrap up!
Last week the kiddos completed their geometry unit assessment.  We did a peer review for feedback, and the students got to own their assessment from that point forward.  This week week we will be honing our computation across the board and also doing some practice for CMAS to familiarize the students with the testing platform.  We're having a blast and learning more each day.  Thanks for reading!  Reach out with questions.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)

Engineering News!: Week of February 17th

Engineers-
Just a quick note about our work over here.  Ms. Hupperts' class is entering their second week of Engineering.  During this week they will be finalizing a plane and a parachute for testing on Friday, as well as drafting a brief presentation that highlights their final airplane and parachute models and the data that led them to choose each model.  Next week will see Ms. Ames' class beginning their new Engineering rotation and they too will be working with airplanes and parachutes.  We've had so much fun and there has been learning going on as well.  Please stop in or contact us with any questions or if you have interest in our work.  Thanks so much!
Sincerely,
5th Grade Engineers 

4th Grade Math News: Week of February 17th

Hello 4th Grade!!
So much has been going on.  In the last couple of weeks we have adventured into measurement land and worked with hands-on measurement and converting units of measurement.  The students not only learned, but I believe they would even reveal that they had fun!  We were also able to gather data on our progress with measurement via Pearson Realize.  The students completed the online assessment (unit-14) last week and did extremely well.  Students are able to share their work with you in Pearson.  Our next transition is into geometry.  We have established some key vocabulary practice and have started to work with using protractors to draw and measure shapes/angles.  I think the students are excited, as am I.  Geometry is a blast!  Please contact us with any questions.  Thank you for being a part of our success.
Sincerely-
Mr. B-)  

5th Grade Math News: Week of February 17th

5th Grade is all about Statistics!!
Over the last couple weeks we have covered more than a few bases.  Most recently, we wrapped up our unit on multiplying and dividing with decimals (students have work to share) and have been using those skills to work with data collection and evaluating data.  Fractions decimals and percents are the foundation of our new unit.  The students have been busy gathering data around the school and within our classroom and drawing conclusions based on that data.  You can ask your child about rolling dice, eye-color, shoe sizes, and how we gather percentages and measure central tendency.  We will be working within this unit for the next few weeks, as it is also a great refresher for all-around computation.  Peeking down the road just a bit, geometry is on the horizon as well.  Please contact us if you have any questions.  Thank you so much for your interest in our work and for your ongoing support.
Sincerely,
5th Grade Math

3rd Grade Math News: Week of February 17th

Math Fans!
Here's the latest for our 3rd grade math group.  Over the last two weeks we brought our work with understanding fractions to a little bit of closure.  Students completed the unit-9 assessment.  Scores are available via the Pearson Realize platform.  Your child can share their work with you.  Additionally, we have began to work with geometry basics, and will use geometry as a vehicle to practice computation and keep fresh with recent concepts involving fractions and problem solving.  "Time" is an additional concept we will touch on in the coming month as well.  Please contact us if you have any questions.  Thank you for the ongoing support.
Sincerely-
Mr. B-)   

New Engineering Rotation: Week of January 27th

Calling all Engineers (at least 5th grade ones)-
Here's the latest with 5th grade engineering.  We are headed into our 4th rotation already!  The students have been civil engineers, mechanical engineers, and battled the elements to craft a vessel that would rescue them from a tropical island (sounds okay to stay stranded as well).  The next step will take us to the air.  In this new rotation, student teams will be designing and implementing both aircraft and parachutes, as they learn about lift and drag.  Teams will strive for lengthy flights as well as slow descents, all while documenting their work and creating a summarizing slideshow.  It should be a super adventure and full of trial, error, and learning. 
Keep in touch.  My door is always open.  Thanks for reading!
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)
247-3862 x-3217

5th Grade Math News: Week of January 27th

Welcome!
Hard to believe that another Snowdown parade is upon us.  There is always a little extra energy in the school this time of year.  That is super for us, because we are moving right along with out math practice.  The students have most recently worked to compete their assessment on multiplying and dividing with decimals, and by week's end we will have parlayed that practice into our next unit, which is fractions-decimals-and percents. 
Keep in touch.  My door is always open.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)
247-3862 x-3217

4th Grade Math News: Week of January 27th

Happy Last Week of January!
Much like the current month, our math class has been moving rapidly.  In the last few weeks we have completed the iready assessment, reviewed our work with fractions, and are now venturing into the world of measurement.  The students have been learning about units of weight, time, length, and capacity as well as how to convert units of measurement.  We will use measurement as a vehicle to review fractions, multiplication, and division as we move forward with the curriculum. 
Keep in touch.  My door is always open.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)
247-3862 x-3217

3rd Grade Math News: Week of January 27th

Hello Team!
Here's what we've been up to lately.  Our most recent practice has been around an introduction to the world of fractions.  Last week we completed the benchmark assessment for units 5-8.  We spent a little time following up with that assessment, specifically focusing on prime and composite numbers.  In the coming weeks we will continue to reinforce computation and math facts as we explore fractions. 
Keep in touch.  My door is always open.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)
247-3862 x-3217

3rd Grade Math News: Week of 1/6/20

Welcome Back!
Here's the latest for 3rd grade math.  We are picking up with our division practice and finding that some review is necessary.  We will formally assess our progress early next week due to the fact that we are also negotiating our midyear diagnostic assessment via iready.  We started on Tuesday and should hopefully wrap up in the next class session, or two.  Once we have the iready results on hand we can look at additional areas to continue practice in as well as work forward with our core curriculum.  As we find a level of comfort with our division concepts in the coming week, the next step is looking into fractions!!  Your kids are doing a great job and we're looking forward to a super 2nd half of the school year.  Keep in touch.  My door is always open.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)
247-3862 x-3217

4th Grade Math News: Week of 1/6/20

Hello all! 
Here's the most recent breakdown of our math work in 4th grade.  This week is dedicated to refining, reflecting, and reviewing our work with fractions and mixed numbers.  We covered a great deal of ground before break and I am seeing that a step back in time is needed.  Th 1st half of the week is focused on group practice with adding and subtracting fractions.  Thursday and Friday have been set aside for the grade level to complete the midyear diagnostic assessment in the iready platform.  The diagnostic should give us a solid look at growth while also identifying some specifics we can practice.  This is a nice piece to add to our core curriculum work.  By the end of the month we should be well into applying learned concepts to measurement and geometry.  I am working to balance practice and assessment at this time of year, so we will be working hard as a team in class to share our thinking and dive deeper with fractions.  Thank you for all of the support. 
Keep in touch.  My door is always open.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)
247-3862 x-3217
 

5th Grade Math News: Week of 1/6/20

Hello Team!
Welcome back to your 5th grade math classroom.  Here's the latest update. 
The first part of this week found us needing a little look back in time to refresh our work with multiplying decimals in unit-3.  On Tuesday we tackled the half-chapter review for unit-3 and the students were feeling great about their work.  The remainder of the week will see us using division concepts with decimals, and that will conclude our unit-3 practice.  We are also also balancing our core work with the midyear iready diagnostic assessment.  We are scheduled to complete the diagnostic next Tuesday and Wednesday.  This should give us a solid look at growth thus far as well as some specific skills we can focus on to supplement our core curriculum.  My hope is that by the end of next week we will be transitioning out of the assessment and unit-3, and moving into unit-4 (the meshing of fractions, decimals, and percents).  We have a great pace going and the proficiency of the students' computation really enables us to work efficiently through the current units of study.  I'm so proud of the effort and independence our 5th grade math group shows.  We're looking forward to a super 2nd half of the school year.  Keep in touch.  My door is always open.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)
247-3862 x-3217