Middle School Weekly Update 3/16/16

posted Mar 18, 2016, 9:32 AM by Cynthia Friedman

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear Middle School Community,

We’re wrapping up Cycle 2 this week, by reminding students to check their grades, gather and turn in missing assignments, and clean out lockers (especially food or food containers). Basically, we're getting everything squared away before Friday.  When we come back from break it will be to a fresh start, and our last Cycle of the year. Already? Kind of hard to believe!


Monday, March 21 – Friday March 25

NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Friday, April 1


Wednesday, April 20

All School Photo


Personal World – We are wrapping up the functional communication phase of our personal world curriculum with some discussions about how communication skills, mindfulness, perspective taking, and an open mind can lead us down a very different path than a pattern of reacting in the moment.  We asked the question, “What is bullying?”  It is not cut and dry, and not necessarily some extreme behavior that only happens somewhere else. It is something surprisingly easy to fall into if we feel wronged, assume the worst, and have a habit of acting or reacting without taking in the other perspective(s), in other words, a pattern of reacting instead of responding.  It can be surprisingly easy to act like a bully unintentionally if we do not use our mindfulness, perspective taking and functional communication skills. This is peace education, and we have been practicing these skills all year.  

Science –Our explorations this week have focused on illuminating the difference between force and energy.  Energy is transferred to an object, but a force is only applied when objects are actually interacting.  Often, force is used interchangeably with energy, but we spent a lot of hands on lab and simulation time this week clarifying that a force is a push or a pull on an object. Thus, we have been building the conceptual foundations for understanding the mechanisms of imbalanced forces. Check out this fun video illustrating vector addition resulting in balanced forces being applied to a soccer ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLuI118nhzc.    Fun stuff!

Math -Math Poetry by Vi Hart, How I Feel About Logarithms:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-7tcTIrers. Check out all her videos.  Her love of math is infectious.


One step at a time,