Carrie's Weekly Update 2-4-18

posted Feb 5, 2018, 1:19 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events

Friday, 2/9

Re-enrollment Forms Due

Friday 2/9

Term 3 Ends - Last day to turn in Term 3 work!

Monday 2/12

Term 4 Begins

Monday 2/19

NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day

Friday, 3/23

End of Term 4 and Trimester 2

March 26-30

NO SCHOOL - Spring Break


Middle School Parents and Guardians,

Term 3 ends next Friday, February 9th.  We will have completed half our year, and will send out progress reports.  All assignments and your students grades are available in Jupiter Grades for you to view and go over with your student.  Please contact us if you wish to check in about your students progress, or if you are having trouble accessing Jupiter Grades.  

Growth Mindset

This graphic below describes growth mindset well.  As teachers and parents, we can always improve our language, and adjust our expectations to support a growth mindset in our young learners.   In every interaction we have the opportunity to influence them in one direction or the other.  In our busy lives and schedules it can take more time and energy to let them fail, but we honor and serve them when we welcome failure as a teacher.  Brene Brown said it best, “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.”  We are committed to fostering the growth of students “who dare greatly on their own.”  




This week we conducted an investigation inspired by the question “What happens to energy in an elastic interaction?”  As a result, we experienced first hand just how difficult it is to design and conduct an investigation that is a “fair test.”  For an experiment to be a fair test, we must control all the variables except the manipulated and responding variables.  Not as simple as the students at first thought. As a group, we will redesign our experiment to control all the variables we encountered when our table groups conducted the investigation the first time.   We will aim for consistent results, when conducting this investigation next week.  

Best Regards,

Carrie and India