Jon's Weekly Update 1-26-12

posted Jan 26, 2012, 11:50 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Dear Middle School Family,

It's impossible for me to believe that we're already halfway through the school year, but it's true. There is no school Friday, January 27, or Monday, January 30. There is, however, plenty of project work for your students to do over the long weekend. Please encourage them to keep on top of things. Or catch up! I won't print grade reports until Sunday, so they have until midnight, Saturday, to get their work turned in, if they want it to show up on their grade report that will go home on Tuesday.

Our Inventions Projects are still morphing into being. Students are figuring out pretty quickly (using the Deep and Complex Thinking note-taking templates) that they have to choose an invention with some significance to make a project out of it. Please help your student focus on clearly articulating the IMPORTANCE of the invention they've chosen for their project. This is where most of them are struggling: How did this thing, this idea change the course of human history? I love helping them struggle through this. Once they can boil it down to a single sentence, the rest of their project will be a breeze.

Only one BIG announcement this week: We're going back up into the old-growth canopy! I locked down May 3rd today for this amazing field trip. We'll spend the day out at Blue River learning about the old-growth forest and tromping around in the woods. We're going to forego the overnight option and save our energy and money for the Adventure Trip in June. We'll need volunteers to drive out there (about an hour east).

Here are some absolutely essential up-coming dates (Mark/Double-check your calendar!):
February 17--"Kids' Night In" 5:30-8:30pm Fundraiser hosted by the Middle School.
March 9--"Kids' Night In" 5:30-8:30pm Fundraiser hosted by the Middle School.
March 20-22--Florence Coast trip. Honeyman Park. $50 per student. (Permission slip coming soon.)
April 20--"Kids' Night In" 5:30-8:30pm Fundraiser hosted by the Middle School.
May 3--Canopy Connections 8:30am-3:15pm All day field trip to old-growth forest.
May 18--"Kids' Night In" 5:30-8:30pm Fundraiser hosted by the Middle School.
June 7--8th Grade Graduation. 6-8 pm.
June 11-15--Adventure Trip! TBD
Have a fun-filled (long) weekend!

Jon and Carrie
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