What's Happening in the Classroom:
This school year has gotten off to a running start as we are working and learning hard! Students are reading the novel Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and delving deep in order to create an understanding of Percy as a character. Students are working to understand the gist of a text, annotating the text with evidence tabs, making inferences about Percy as a person, and citing to justify their responses with textual evidence. Students are looking at text structure and the writing techniques an author uses to help readers infer information. Students are also analyzing example paragraphs to determine what qualities are essential to making their own writing stronger. But that's not all! Students are also reading informational articles such as "Shrouded in Myth" and "The Hero's Journey" (a synopsis of Joseph Cambell's A Hero with a Thousand Faces, a book I read in college!) Through this short synopsis of Cambell's work, students are analyzing the steps a Hero goes through on their journey and aligning them to our novel.
Over the course of this month, students are also working on attaining a deeper understanding of ratios. Not only are students learning about ratios in terms of their ratio relationships within real world contextual problems (such as taking on the role of head of the MVD, needing to know the number of commercial vehicles that travel on a highway in August to the number of noncommercial vehicles that traveled on the highway, or thinking like a business person to use ratios to determine the amount of a product that should be manufactured), but students will also be working to understand the relationship between ratios, fractions, and percents. Students have already learned four different ways of looking at ratios to help solve such problems.
Students have also been learning the importance of longitude and latitude, how these navigational tools allow them to pin point specific locations on the globe, as well as how they are used to determine time zones. Students will be using these map reading skills throughout the school year as we begin learning about ancient civilizations around the world. We will be beginning with the prehistoric era and Mesopotamia over the next few weeks.
Familiarity with the scientific method has been another focus the past few weeks. Students have developed a stronger understanding of the difference between independent, dependent, and controlled variables. Next week we will be beginning a unit on the composition of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans.
1-2 No School
5 Model UN Gen. Info. Sheet Due
10 Model UN Diplomacy Chart Due
12 Model UN Current Event #1 Due
19 Model UN Current Event #2 Due
26 Middle School Dance 5:30 - 7:30pm
Student Council Announcements:
Dance Tickets are $4 in advance & $5 at the door
Students do not have to dress according to the theme of the dance, however all clothing must be dress code appropriate as described in the Student Handbook found in the agenda.
Supporting College & Career Readiness at Home:
"Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations." - Bob Beauprez