Beginning of the School Year ELA Supply List


Below is a link to sign up for the necessary school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year in English Language Arts. The number requested for each item is (30) because I would like each student to have (1) of each item. 

Additionally I have provided a link to scholastic. I would like to add a few more magazines to the classroom and scholastic provides some great educational choices. Please note that it is not necessary to purchase an entire class set subscription. Subscriptions outside of scholastic are also welcome! 

Thank you in advance! Have a great summer:)

-Mr. Watts 

Beginning of the Year ELA Supply List 


Social Studies Week 8 Update

Field Day is this Friday! Please make sure to wear a bright orange shirt! If you ordered a shirt, students will get it on Friday. I am looking for 2-3 parent volunteers to help run the activities (12:10-2:30). It would also be fun to have popsicles for students to have after the games. If you’d like to volunteer or donate popsicles, please let me know ASAP 🙂 at [email protected] Grades 4-8 will eat lunch 11:40-12:10. Please consider packing lunch that day. There will be more grades eating at the same time, so the hot lunch line will be very long.

  • This day in history: 6/3- Alexis, 6/4-Milan, 6/5-Paola, 6/6- Jonah, 6/7-Hudson
  • News update due Friday 6/7
  • Board Game due 6/12

Yearbook orders have been extended. The price is now $30

Social Studies Updates

We have finished our mini immigration unit. The Family Heritage project is due Monday, May 6th. Students who are not presenting Monday still have to turn in the assignment, on time, through google classroom. 

5/6 Presentations: Sarah, Alexis B, Jonah, Alexis E., Katherine, Lily, Anthony, Anna, Sage, Ameer, Tatiana, Rachel, and Jordan

5/7 Presentations: Alyssa, Isabelle, Isabella, Milan, Aiden, Hudson, Paola, Jacob, Finnegan, Felix, Rafael, Noyes, and Carson.

Parents are welcome to come check out projects from about 8:05-8:50 in the 6th grade homeroom/Social Studies classroom. Students will be stationed around the classroom, like a museum. If you plan to visit, please sign in at the office first. 

I hope everyone has enjoyed sharing and learning about their family’s history 🙂

We will end the year learning about Industrialization and Urbanization in America. Grandparent’s day: May 3rd: 9:00-11:55->come explore both immigration and industrialization 🙂

  • 9:00-9:40: Social Studies
  • 9:45-10:25: STEM
  • 10:30-11:10: Math
  • 11:15-11:55 ELA

Musical Performances

9:40-9:50: Violins

10:25-10:35: Pianos

11:30-11:40: Rock Band

Don’t forget, the GALA is this Saturday! I hope to see all of you there 🙂

Field Day T-shirt orders are due by May 7th($10). If you don’t order, please be sure to wear an ORANGE T-shirt on June 7th. 

CATALINA money ($180) is due by May 13th.


CAASPP State Testing

The CAASPP testing for grades 6-8th is coming up next week.  

Testing will take place between Tuesday, May 7th and Friday, May 10th

6th Grade Testing Schedule:

The CAASPP includes 4 Tests (2 math and 2 ELA)

  • ELA CAT- this test requires students to read many passages and asks comprehension and vocabulary questions regarding the text. This includes all 6-8th grade ELA Common Core standards. There are multiple choice and short answer questions. (all short answer should be in complete sentences and very detailed)
  • ELA Performance Task- This test takes TWO days to complete. It is lengthy. The test is made of 3 sources about a certain topic. For part 1, students read the 3 sources and are asked 3 questions. These answers must be in paragraph form with textual evidence to support their thinking. For part 2, students are required to write an essay (they will be randomly assigned an opinion, narrative, or informative essay, etc.)

Testing Week Information:

  • It is very important to be at school on time, have a healthy/filling breakfast, and a full nights rest. 
  • These tests are long and students can prepare at home by eating and sleeping right. 
  • Students who are absent during a test will have to miss class time later to complete the test. Please plan now for your child to be here all week. (if your child is sick, we can accommodate for them to take the test at a later date.)
  • Tests will start first thing in the morning. If students are late- Mr. C will hold them in the office until after our testing block so that students are not distracted by people coming in and out of our classroom. So, make sure students are ON TIME! 
  • All students need headphones or ear buds for the tests. There is some audio that students are required to listen to. If students do not have headphones at school already, please arrange to send some with your child. I do not have any extra headphones. 
  • Consider sending your student with a snack. I will allow for a break half way through testing, and students can benefit from having a snack to recharge their batteries. If you have extra snacks (granola bars, pretzels, etc.), please consider donating to the class. 


Field Day T-Shirt Order

Field Day will be held on Friday, June 7th.

This year, each grade will represent a different color and T-shirts will be ordered. 6th Grade’s color is orange. T-shirts cost $10 each. If you’d like to purchase one, please complete the order form that went home today and return it by May 7th 🙂 Please pay with cash or check made out to Old Town Academy.

If you choose not to purchase a shirt, please wear orange on field day. 

Class Poetry Competition

You are invited to attend the 6th grade class poetry competition tomorrow. The celebration of poetry will take place from 11:10-11:50 in Mr. Watts’ classroom. Each student will recite from memory a poem chosen from the 6th grade core knowledge list. The top three recitations will be chosen to move on to the school wide competition on Friday. 

Following the competition, students will celebrate their accomplishment over some refreshments. Please consider donating a snack, drink, or cups/napkins.

Q4 Week 2 Social Studies Update

  • Family Heritage project due May 6. Students must be ready to present on Monday the 6th. In order for students to work on the assignment in class, it is necessary to complete the 2 interviews. Students may interview any 2 family members that can teach them about their heritage (mom, dad, grandpa, aunt, etc. )
  • This day in History: 4/24-Sage, 4/24-Sarah, 4/25- Finnegan
  • Newspaper update due 4/26

OTA Updates:

  • Poetry Contest 4/26. Parents of students participating may come watch at 1:30 in Mr. Watt’s room.
  • Grandparents Day Friday May 3rd, 9:00-11:55 AM. 12:00 dismissal. 
  • GALA Saturday May 4th: Tickets include all you and eat and all you can drink.

    FREE CHILDCARE is also available at Mathnasium Point Loma! Click on the link: Mathnasium Childcare Fiesta De OTA 

    Buy tickets Here!

    Want to volunteer at the event? Sign-up now and we’ll send you a promo code for $40 off admission price:

  • 100% tax deductible and to support your child’s school: PRICELESS

6th Grade ELA Update

This Week:

Monday 4/22 — No School  

Thursday 4/25 — Classroom Poetry Competition (All Students)  

Friday 4/26 — School Poetry Competition 

Coming Up:

Friday 5/3 — Grandparents Day (Minimum Day)

Monday-Friday 5/6-5/10 — State Testing Window

You are invited to attend the 6th grade poetry competition on Thursday, April 25th at 11:10 am in Mr. Watts’ room. Each student will recite their poetry by memory. The top three presentations will move on to the school wide competition. 

Please consider donating a snack or refreshment. Sign up HERE

Mr Hamm is still in need of a family to volunteer to provide a meal for approximately 20 kids on Thursday, May 23rd. If your family is able and willing to donate to this worthy cause pleas contact Mr. Bob Hamm at [email protected]org

Q4 Social Studies Update

We made it to quarter 4! This quarter is all about “The Making of America: Immigration, Industrialization, and Reform.” We have started talking about why people immigrate, focusing on before and during Industrialization.

Students were introduced to the Family heritage project. This project will have students explore their own family histories, since most of us have ancestors that were immigrants at one point. I understand that every family is unique and we may have more information about one side of the family, than the other. What ever students can learn about their own family and how they ended up in San Diego is great. 

  • Traffic Duty Sign ups
  • This Day in History: 4/17-Lexi, 4/18-Alyssa, 4/19- Jacob
  • Catalina Permission slips due by April 23, money due by May 13th. 
  • No School Monday April 22nd.
  • Grandparent’s Day 5/3, 9:00-11:55 am
  • GALA 5/4

Yearbook pictures: It’s time to submit the photos you’ve been taking all year so they can be included in the 2019 OTA Yearbook…
First day of school, Jog-a-thon, Halloween, holiday parties, field trips, sports, spirit days, school dances, family events, pictures around campus, pictures in class, music, STEM…etc!  Please email pictures to:   [email protected] or [email protected]
The Yearbook Committee