Carrie's Weekly Update 10-2-15

posted Oct 2, 2015, 1:08 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Weekly Update 10/2/15

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” - Dorothy Parker

 

Greetings Middle School Families,

Thank you parents who came to the Middle School Class Meeting.  It was helpful to put a few more names and faces together.  

 

Upcoming Events

Friday, 10/2 Vision Screening

Wednesday, 10/7 Bike & Walk to School

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Practical Life - Thank you to the parents who have committed to come in on Fridays mornings from 10:20 - 12:20 AM.  Your encouragement of student activities, interests and talents makes a difference.   

If you are interested in volunteering.  Email Jon or me to discuss possibilities.

 

Academics

Practical Life -  This week, Micro-Economy students are presenting their product ideas to the “board.”  Some will begin production, and some will continue development.  Either way, we will give constructive feedback and encouragement.

Products must fit three criteria:

· Return On Investment: The materials and time commitment must be reasonable and manageable for the student.

· Affordability - The final product must be reasonably priced.

· Market Potential - After the design team decides the previous two requirements are satisfied, students will conduct market research to find out if their product has a market.  Be prepared to be honestly discerning when you respond to survey questions regarding their product ideas.  Your  genuine feedback as a consumer, will help them save time in product development.

Science - This week, we began our work on Chapter 2: Introducing Interactions, in which we seek the answer to the question, “How can you describe interactions?”

The question we explored in Activity 1:

· What is the evidence that an interaction has occurred?  The students grappled with the challenge of describing an interaction using only directly observed evidence, not opinion.  It’s harder than you might think.  

Personal World - This week we focused our mindful attention on sound and emotions.  At the beginning of each week, your students receive a Mindfulness Lesson.   A Journal Reflection relating to the lesson will then be homework due Friday of that week. Directions are posted for the assignment on Friday in Jupiter Grades.  This week they were to focus on a feeling or sit for a minute and listen to the sounds around them, and then write about the experience.  

Carrie

 

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