February: A Month of Celebrations and Accomplishments
January 2022 certainly went by quickly! We are now in the month of February in which we have already acknowledged the Chinese New Year and Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil, the weather forecasting groundhog, has spoken from Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania. Apparently, Phil saw his shadow. Legend holds that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Hopefully, meteorologists across the world will use their scientific knowledge to confirm or disavow Punxsutawney Phil’s weather prediction. An additional fact for anyone that may be interested, the first official Groundhog Day celebration was held in 1887 (AL.com News, 2022).
Black History is also celebrated in February. Have you ever heard of Neil deGrasse Tyson? Tyson is an African American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator. Tyson is the fifth head since 1935 of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a research associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Neil deGrasse Tyson will be appearing at the Gaillard Center on February 10, 2022.
Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:
What’s happening in Science:
Sixth Graders got a lot accomplished this week! We had an absolute blast on our field trip to the salt marsh. We explored the maritime forest and the saltmarsh at the DNR nature trail. We had a great view of Charleston Harbor to talk about the mixture of salt and freshwater. Back at school, they finished up researching their nature inspiration for their biomimicry project. They have chosen plants or animals that have figured out solutions to flood mitigation and are using nature’s solutions to build their own shelter that can protect or prevent flooding. They have sketched out their models using Tinkercad and they look awesome! We will start building models next week!
What’s up in Math?
This week marks the middle of Unit 4! Students were assessed Thursday and Friday on creating and solving equations as they pertain to real-life situations, including percents. The rest of the unit will include solving equations using the distributive property and solving for missing measures using area models. I am loving the progress I am seeing in the students and their abilities to solve equations. Solving equations is a skill that will follow them through high school and beyond and I feel honored to be a part of their foundation!
What’s happening in ELA?
This week your Sixth Graders are learning the art of writing an argumentative essay. They have been learning to look at both sides of an argument and backing up claims with evidence using the topic “Should Chocolate Milk Be Served in Public Schools.” They have also continued working on their grammar skills by reviewing the following: verbs, nouns, articles, pronouns, which-who clauses, defining vocabulary in context, and correct punctuation. They will have a grammar quiz on Weeks 7 & 8 on February 7th. The goal of grammar lessons is that students will apply the skills they have learned to their writings.
February 21-22- February Break
February 23- Middle School Student Social (3pm-4pm)