May I Have a Word With You…

May I Have a Word With You…

I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.” Wilma Rudolph

I would say that Wilma Rudolph’s personal word was determination. As middle school teachers, we all came up with our one word that we would make applicable to our lives during this season. We also encouraged all middle school students to do the same. Students came up with a plethora of words for themselves, such as: courage, positive, unstoppable, perseverance, embrace, etc. Parents, perhaps you have a word that you are using as a source of encouragement for yourself or others. I am sure your child would be interested in hearing about your “one” word. Take time during a car ride, at the breakfast or dinner table to share your “one word” with your middle schooler(s).

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

What’s happening in Science:

Sixth Grade explored the differences between bacteria and viruses this week, feeling very relevant to our lives right now! They executed an epidemic simulation by exchanging “germs” in test tubes to witness how diseases spread. One person in the whole class started out with the disease, yet by the end of the lab, 69% of the class was infected. Obviously, they had a great discussion about Covid-19 afterward as they reflected on how the disease was spread despite no one having symptoms at the time during the spread. Next week, Sixth Graders will explore the Earth as a system, as well as the four subsystems -the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.

What’s up in Math?

Mathematicians are reviewing long division and “leveling up” by adding decimals. We have had many deep discussions this week on dividing with decimals. The workbook prompted some of those discussions but the students genuine curiosity and will to learn prompted most of them. They are so committed to mastery it is refreshing! Division with decimals wraps Unit 3, we will review on Friday and test next Tuesday. We will then begin Unit 4 which introduces Algebra through solving equations!

What’s happening in ELA?

Sixth Graders are now researchers! Exciting! They are using nonfiction resources to complete a research paper on a science topic of their choice. Students are encouraged to use four or more resources. These resources can be: YouTube videos, Ted Talks, informational videos, online resources/articles, e-books, books. One of the resources must be a book (e-book is acceptable). Students must have three to five main ideas with supporting details. Their research paper will have three to five paragraphs. An example has been placed on their Google Classroom. Research papers will be completed by January 20th.

Important Dates:

January 17th: MLK Day – No School