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A message from the principal…

The end of the first quarter has arrived, and this week our 7th & 8th grade students and teachers are finishing up practicing and preparing for the hosting of student-led parent/teacher conferences for next Tuesday and Thursday evenings (October 28 & 30) from 4:00pm-8:00pm. For the past several weeks, students have been putting together portfolios of academic work to showcase and define their strengths and weaknesses for each course that they are taking this semester.

We continue to choose this type of parent/student/teacher conference format at the middle school level (7th year of implementation) because this style allows each student to play an important role in acknowledging his/her education responsibilities. Each student has been given instruction, along with daily encouragement and time to prepare his/her portfolio under the guidance of his/her teachers. Students have been responsible for organizing their portfolios with two pieces of choice work from every class, doing a self-assessment, along with a teacher assessed behavior sheet, and creating an action plan for academic growth and success. This “project” culminates next week as students “present & discuss” their portfolios with their parents and teachers and review first quarter grades.

Social Studies News…This week in 8th grade social studies we continued with our non-negotiables by completing a close read over an entertaining article about the Salem witch trials while discussing the development of the New England colonies. Students will also be discussing the development of the Southern colonies and reading the book To Be a Slave. The book is a collection of stories from actual slaves and organized in letters from the slaves with the occasional explanation from the author. Throughout the book, students will be given several opportunities to reflect and write about the stories in an effort to gain a true understanding of this very sad time in our history. “History is not just facts and events. History is also the pain in the heart, and we repeat history until we are able to make another.”-- Julius Lester, author of To Be a Slave

Jenny Daniel, Principal

Upcoming events:

Oct. 24 & 31: No School
Oct. 28 & 30: Student Led Conferences, 4-8pm
Nov.3-7: Fall Harvest Competition
Nov. 5: Rachel's Legacy Day
Nov. 14: Early Dismissal
Nov. 17:  Mid-term
Nov. 24: 1st Home MS Basketball
Nov. 25:  Career Fair & 1st Home MS Wrestling
Nov. 26-28: No School, Thanksgiving Break

For detailed locations & times, please visit online Middle School calendar below

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES: Tuesday & Thursday, October 28 & 30 from 4:00-8:00pm
Our middle school format, referred to as “student-led conferences”, allows students to play an important role in acknowledging their educational responsibilities under the guidance of their advisory teachers. Each student has a portfolio which he/she is responsible for filling with the following required elements: pieces of choice work from each class, teacher behavior information sheets, grade card and student prepared plan of progress.

Eighth graders and parents will meet in the gym while seventh graders and their parents will meet in the cafeteria. Individual tables will be set up in each location. Students will present their portfolios to their parents and a teacher will be at the table to answer specific questions and help guide the student through this process. Each conference will take approximately 10 minutes.

The suggested time/night schedule below is designated to help with the flow of traffic as you do not need to make an appointment during the 4-7pm time period.  If you can only come on a night that is not designated for your last name, please know that you are still welcome on the other evening.  *If you have a special concern which requires meeting individually with a specific teacher without your student present, please call 540-2149 to schedule an individual time from 7-8pm.

Tuesday evening’s designated schedule

4:00-7:00           Parents with student whose last name begins with A-L
7:00-8:00           By appointment only (individual teacher/parent meetings)

Thursday evening’s designated schedule
4:00-7:00           Parents with student whose last name begins with M-Z
7:00-8:00           By appointment only (individual teacher/parent meetings)

Attendance Line, 987-9204

Office Hours: 7:00am - 3:30pm

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