# Countdown: 7 weeks

Spring Break has come and gone. It felt like a little taste of summer break. Students came back talking about sleeping in, sun burns, vacations, and sleepovers. The needed respite provided us, teachers included, the energy and space to persevere through the rest of the school year. However, this is probably my favorite part of the year. It’s the time we get to celebrate what we have accomplished. We all get together at Pass It On and Spread the Word. We take our annual class trips, celebrate at the dance, play at Field Day, and believe it or not, even enjoy ERB testing. It’s a time of tradition, reference to the past, and time for reflection. As we get ready to start a new tradition, graduation from Middle School, I look forward to this special time of the year and relishing in the hard work up until now.
Cheers to seven more weeks!
LD

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science?
Sixth graders learned about cellular respiration this week. They considered how food and air enter the body and then get transported as glucose and oxygen throughout the body. They created posters that model the process. Sixth graders also made their final selection of the disease in which they want to be an expert. They will research and present information about a disease that impacted history, considering not only how diseases impact us individually, but also affect society through global pandemics.

What’s up in ELA?

Sixth graders are editing and revising their research papers. They have also begun a new unit titled “Social Issues Book Clubs: Reading for Empathy and Advocacy.”

Finally, we are working on grammar week 15 and learning about prefixes (a- and be-)/suffixes (-ent and -ant).

What’s going on in Math?

This week, sixth graders have started their rational numbers unit. We are starting to develop some conceptual understanding of a negative number through discussions around elevation and temperature. We have studied mountains and ocean trenches to understand absolute value and negative numbers. Students have started to compare integers and are showing a great understanding of negative numbers. Next week, we will look at adding and subtraction negative and positive integers.

What’s happening in Social Studies?
Sixth grade focused on finishing up their Islamic World unit. Students were asked to finish the week with an assessment to test their comprehension.

Students will be diving into East and Southeast Asia next week. We will begin by looking at and comparing the different early dynasties of China. Students will then begin to look at different achievements of those dynasties before moving into Japan.

Important Dates:

April 22- TCS Spring Auction
April 27- Holocaust Survivor Speaker
May 4- 11:30 dismissal
May 5 – Middle School Dance