Carrie's Weekly Update 2-25-16

posted Feb 25, 2016, 1:21 PM by Cynthia Friedman

“Raising children who are hopeful and who have the courage to be vulnerable means stepping back and letting them experience disappointment, deal with conflict, learn how to assert themselves, and have the opportunity to fail. If we’re always following our children into the arena, hushing the critics, and assuring their victory, they’ll never learn that they have the ability to dare greatly on their own.”                ~ Brene Brown

Greetings Fellow Travelers on the Middle School Adventure Train,

Announcements

Saturday, February 27th

10:00 am

Pre-Lottery Info Session

Saturday, February 27th

10:45 am

Pre-Lottery Info Session (Middle School)

 

Academics

Personal World - This week in Personal World, we applied a shift in perspective, and practiced the skill of paraphrasing.  First, we looked at a picture of an old woman, I mean a young woman and discussed how each person can look at the same image or situation and see very different things depending on their preconceived ideas, or initial perspective.  It can be difficult to see another perspective, even when it is described to us.  Then we divided into groups (of 4 or so) and read a scenario involving a conflict of some sort.  Each student in the group wrote a half page description of what happened from the perspective of one person involved in or affected by the conflict.  

 

Science - Our Rubber Band Car Expo, was a blast. We wrapped it up with a classroom discussion regarding the Engineering Design Process, and discovered that many students already followed this process in designing their cars. Imagine that!  The rubber band cars that came in encompass some huge variation in engineering, and materials.   We brainstormed the many specific variables that might have affected the results in the “race.” There were many possibilities around the rubber band alone. Appropriate, since we are focusing on elastic interactions in our curriculum this week.  

-Question: Was the Rubber Band Car Expo a fair test?

Math - Studies have shown that teens need about 9 hours of sleep a night. This is difficult to accomplish much less enforce in our busy lives. It does get more and more difficult to think as it gets later into the evening, thus we encourage students to do their homework as early in the afternoon as possible. At school, of course, is the best place and time. The Examples in the beginning of each assignment are a great resource for how to do the problems in each section.  Students are encouraged to use them and the answers in the back of the book to check their progress.  

Note:  Please check around for calculators that may have accidentally made their way home from school. Our supplies have grown depleted.

 

Volunteer Opportunity- Our Canopy Connections Field trip will take place on May 19th.  This year our group is one and a half classrooms, and did not fit their number requirement in one or two groups.  Also, space was very limited.   Our seventh grade cohort will participate, and our eighth grade cohort, who participated last year, will participate in some as yet undisclosed fun with Jon.   Please contact me if you’d like to be a parent driver/chaperone for the canopy connections trip.  Every year, the chaperones have as great a time or better than the students!

 

Forward Ever,

Carrie

 

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