English: Students made their way out of the Great Depression and Middle Ages (cheerful times, huh!) and now begin a new focus on either narrative writing or academic essay writing. The modules focus on the monomyth (6th is reading a re-creation of Ramayana) and the World War II time period (which they are also covering in ⅞ History class). Structure and characterization are the focus of the next couple of lessons as students practice.
Math: Students have begun new units in earnest! 6th Grade is working with unit rates and figuring out how not to get swindled by a “deal” as they navigate the predatory shopping world. 7th grade is exploring circles and using measurements of objects around us to investigate the relationship between circles and pi. 8th grade is continuing work with linear systems, using equations to model real-life situations. Happy Semester Two!!
Spanish: Spanish students have been working on learning how to talk about likes and dislikes that they and other people have. This has included learning a wide variety of everyday activities. Students will present their personal likes and dislikes and interact with their audience about what they have in common or do not!
6 History: 6th Grade history students are wrapping up their unit on the Age of Exploration and Colonization, studying the difference between the Spanish, French, and European colonies. They are continuing to work on their note taking and research skills by conducting research on a specific female explorer and sharing what they learned. 6th grade students transformed into early explorers and completed a “choose your own adventure” activity that tasked them to collectively make decisions on behalf of their colony and experience the outcomes. While “Colonies R-Us” established a successful colony, the “Pink Fluffy Unicorns” unfortunately perished.
This semester allows our 7th and 6th graders to step into more leadership roles in our community. Our 7th grade spends 1 hour every Wednesday helping the ⅔ classroom in the lower school. Students assist in practicing skills and research. 8th grade students use the hour in preparation for RoP (Right of Passage), which includes the DC trip, Reflection Portfolio, and trip to Red Canyon Ranch. Heidi and Ray recently decided on the idea for the Art Piece for portfolio. All students have been working a Sustainability Project that tackles a local problem. Groups intermingle all grade levels. From food waste solutions to recycling awareness, each member is passionate about the problem being addressed. Before break students visited the recycling center and learned loads about how to properly dispose of recyclable material. Student have been working diligently to make sure bottle caps are removed and compostable items are making it into the right bins.
Community Focus – Winter Journey Reflection
“On the winter journey, we learned about different types of snow crystals and how moisture and temperature affect snow crystals with Kevin Krasnow. We studies the snow pack, played with dry ice, and looked at snow crystals under hand lenses. Later we saw stellar crystals in the snow.” -Revi Kleyman’29
“On the winter journey I had a lot o f fun even though I fell on a bush!” -Ray Gomez’27
“On our winter journey, we learned lots of thing. Perhaps the most memorable thing being the snowflake.I had never learned about snowflake before!”- Cameron Freitas’28