# October Middle School Students are Outstanding, Observant, Open-hearted…

You see what we have done? We have used all “O” words to share with you how overjoyed we are to see the growth in your kids throughout the past few weeks. The middle schoolers are learning to work together to accomplish goals. They are actively encouraging their own curiosity about interesting facts through the “curiosity board” located on the second floor of the middle school building.

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

What’s happening in Science:

Developers have been wrapping up their maps and models this week! THEY LOOK GREAT! We are so excited to share them with you. They are beginning to work on their brochures or google slide presentations that will provide the details of their park, as well as explanations of what they learned throughout this project experience. Making something realistic out of one’s imagination takes patience, effort, creativity, and perseverance. Seeing these models and maps come to completion makes me so proud as their teacher.

What’s up in Math?

As we are wrapping Unit 2, students are engaging with advanced multiplication of fractions. Students are sharing their thinking, using different diagrams and procedures, and developing number sense when operating with fractions. We are going to continue to practice with fraction multiplication and take our Unit 2 Assessment after Fall Break! Understanding fractions and how they are represented with expressions, diagrams, and in real-life situations will provide a sturdy foundation for the rest of their math education.

What’s happening in ELA:

This week fifth graders continue to hone their narrative craft writing skills. They have been writing fast and furious, capturing experiences on the pages of their writing notebooks. They’ve also chosen three writing goals they would like to accomplish in the next four weeks. If they haven’t shown you their checklist, it should be in their ELA binder. Please ask to see it. Finally, they are perfecting the skill of using quotation marks when writing dialogue. Please continue to review with them correct capitalization, punctuation, identifying nouns, homophones, and articles in sentences.

Important Dates:

October 18th & 19th: Fall Break NO SCHOOL

October 28th: National Park Presentations 2:00

October 29th: Halloween Carnival  11:30 Dismissal