It is so nice to see you at school again. In-person conferences, presentations, coffee gatherings, and even vaccine clinics are happening at TCS…yay! We truly appreciated having the opportunity to connect with you this week. Being able to meet in person to celebrate your children’s work and brainstorm ways to support them truly will help us navigate the rest of the school year. Because you know your sons and daughters better than anyone, learning more about them straight from you is so helpful for us to guide their learning.
Thank you for your transparency, stories, support, and great company!
Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:
What’s happening in Social Studies:
This week, historians learned about the fall of the Roman Empire and life during the Medieval time period. Historians researched some of the Roman Empire’s major accomplishments and presented their findings to the class. They studied the map of Medieval Europe and how it is different from modern day Europe. Historians have started working on realistic fiction stories about daily life during the Medieval time period. We have read about an array of characters, such as knights, jesters, cooks, young families, and so much more! They also had their first Harkness Discussion and did a wonderful job!
What’s up in Math?
This week, mathematicians have continued to explore division of fractions. We are sailing through Section B and will have a Section B Checkpoint mid-week next week. This week, we have connected real-life scenarios with fraction division expressions. The students have even created their own stories about fraction division. I introduced a few tricks that I have heard them use and remind each other of! We worked through some vocabulary so that we are speaking the language of math during class. I am hopeful that this deep work will create a great foundation for their understanding of fractions that will come as they continue through their math classes.
What’s happening in ELA:
I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather that we’re having here in Charleston.
Many of your middle schoolers completed their first trimester successfully and I am so proud of them. Now that I have gotten to know your students and what they’re capable of, and they’ve gotten to know me and my expectations, I expect them to be even more responsible during this 2nd trimester.
Your middle schoolers are expected to follow the “Three Rs” introduced to them in the first trimester of ELA class: respectful, responsible, and resourceful. Students are expected to come to class prepared and complete all class and homework assignments. Homework assignments are to be written down in their planners and can also be found on their Google Classroom.
Students will be completing their vocabulary lessons this week and starting grammar next week. We alternate between grammar and vocabulary every two weeks. The skills they learn throughout their grammar and vocabulary lessons are expected to be applied in all their ELA writings.
November 19: Harvest Festival (10am)- 11:30 Dismissal
November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break- No school