Jon's Weekly Update 10-11-18

posted Oct 11, 2018, 1:16 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Fri, 10/12: NO SCHOOL! (Statewide Teacher In-Service Day)
Wed, 10/24: Picture Day
Thurs-Fri, 11/8-11/9: NO SCHOOL! (Please Sign up for Conferences)
Mon, 11/12: NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day
Fri, 11/16, 6pm: Barnes and Noble Bookfair
Tues, 11/20: Bring Veggies for Stone Soup
Wed, 11/21: Bring Bowl and Spoon for Stone Soup
Thurs-Fri, 11/22-11/23: NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving
Mon, 12/24-Mon, 1/7: NO SCHOOL: Winter Break
Tues: 1/8: School Resumes

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Dear Middle School Family,

The Warm-Up Term is over. And we're still warming up! The First official Term of 2018-19 started this Monday. For those of you who were not with us last year, and don't yet have access to Jupiter Ed, I'll be sending out a link with your password shortly after you receive this e-mail.

Jupiter Ed is the online grading system we use to manage and track all of your students' school work. Instructions and due dates are available in Jupiter Ed, and we do our best to keep up to date with our grading, so you should have a pretty accurate, current idea about what your student is doing (or struggling to complete) at school.

This week, we started our US History projects, covering the time span from the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the end of the Civil War in 1865. During the previous two weeks, we watched the first six episodes of the A&E "documentary," "America: The Story of Us." 

I want to note right off the bat that the series is not as fully representative of all our stories as I would like. That said, it has given us some really important opportunities to discuss whose stories aren't being told. It's also been a very useful example of a biased narrative.

The students' projects will dig more deeply into a specific story in US History during this timeframe. From slavery on  cotton plantations, to the Trail of Tears, to the transcontinental railroad, to the Louisiana Purchase, to the Oregon Trail, the students are covering a lot of ground, and will fill in many of the holes that the documentary skipped over or sped through.

Students will be wrapping up their research by the middle of next week, and will begin putting together their presentations to share with the class hopefully by October 24. Maizzy and I are working closely with each student every step of the way. We're introducing a whole new way of thinking about information, and what to make of it. It's pretty exciting stuff.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Jon and Maizzy