Jon's Weekly Update 1-7-16

posted Jan 11, 2016, 9:57 AM by Cynthia Friedman


Mon, Jan 11:                          Dickie Jo’s & Dickie Yo’s Restaurant Fundraiser

Tues, Jan 12:                          Dickie Jo’s & Dickie Yo’s Restaurant Fundraiser

Tues, Jan 12, 3:15-4:15:        TRUE Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 14, 3:15-4:15:     TRUE Rehearsal

Mon, Jan 18:                          NO SCHOOL: Martin Lunter King, Jr. Day

Tues, Jan 19, :15-4:15:         TRUE Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 21, 3:15-4:15:     TRUE Rehearsal


Dear Middle School Family,


Welcome back!  Energy has been high this week, in a good way, as friends reconnect with friends, and the students get down to the business of learning.  We have a lot of exciting ground to cover between now and the end of the school year.  The second trimester started this Monday, so all grades start from scratch.  


Please encourage your student to stay on top of their work!  Learning is not a cram session, it is a day by day progression.



Late Work Policy

This Trimester we will be stricter about our Late Work Policy.  Excepting Math, all work is due at the end of the week. Consider Friday of the week the work is due as "On Time."  We tend to do most grading, except for Math (which we grade every day) on the weekend, after hours.


We will accept Late Work until the Friday following the due date.  We will not accept late work after the following Friday.


For the sake of Learning, it's most important that the students are "Immersed" in the work we're doing RIGHT NOW.  If students are unable to finish their work at school, they should be working on it at home.  Please check in with your student on a daily basis!  High school is right around the corner.  Good homework habits start now.




We're in the beginning phases of a Massive imaginative project that will hopefully engage every learning style.  The students are "enrolling" in two different Fantasy schools, and creating the world of the schools in two separate websites.


One school is High Technology: if you can imagine doing literally anything, you can create the technology to make it happen.  The school is well funded and has every resource to build anything they can imagine.


The other school is No Technology: Natural Magic.  The students engage in the natural forces of the earth and the universe, and learn to participate in the wonder that exists all around them.  Less control of the resources, and more participation.


I've created an account with Spiceworks, an on-line work management system, where I'll be creating job tickets with different point values for various necessary assignments.  The students will be creating all of the content for every aspect of each School Website, from the Mission Statement, to Fictional Calendar Events, to the Course Descriptions, Videos of Events, to Staff Bios, to ???.  


They'll also each be creating a character blog for their student, based on their initial School Application, developing backstory for their character, archiving pictures, and describing their character in more detail.


Once we have the school websites in place and the characters are developed, the students will continue to develop and evolve the websites, continue to develop and evolve their characters, and begin to write stories, using each other's well-developed characters as players.  We're going to collaboratively and completely build Two Fantasy Schools that will appear to be completely Real on the Internet.


Tee hee!




Next week we start to dig deep into US History.  I'll talk more about Only Humanities next week.


It's good to be back.