Middle school scholars got to discuss what a true middle schooler looks like at TCSMS (which they decided would be a better acronym in comparison to TCMS.) After surveying student opinions, we decided that middle schoolers now have the option of wearing shoes in class. We had a big discussion about the importance of a growth mindset, and colored an image of the brain, and made some personal connections to help us remember the importance of maintaining a growth mindset. We set SMART goals for the month of September, and completed the beginning of the year pre-assessments. Oh I almost forgot everyone’s favorite part…. Chromebooks! We unboxed the Chromebooks and spent some time customizing them and setting them up, we all cannot wait for the next opportunity to use the Chromebooks again!
Middle School scholars began their individual course-study books this week. Watching their faces light up while book shopping in our new library was exciting to watch. They ALL delved into their books feverishly. They will be bringing these books home every night to read and should record their progress in their reading log.
In science, we put our investigator’s lenses on to begin this year’s scientific literacy journey! Students explored a live sea urchin during an inquiry exploration to jump start probing questions about the natural world around us. Students learned how to collaborate with partners with social distancing during our Marshmallow Challenge. Students spent time brainstorming and building the tallest tower they could out of dry spaghetti, tape, string, and one marshmallow. They completed the challenge able to disagree agreeably with their partners while having fun.
Learning to persevere is a lifelong skill that takes practice and work. Middle school students discussed persevering through tough times this week. In writing, Fifth and Sixth Graders received the well known quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” After thinking about what that means in the world today, they started writing a narrative about a time they preserved through something that they didn’t seem possible.
It’s a delight to be a part of your children’s learning! They are all eager to learn and ready for challenges. We are off to a great start!
September 7th- Labor Day (No School)