Math: 6th and 7th-grade students have been exploring percentages and their real life application. This includes sales tax, tips, commission, interest, markups, markdowns, and more! 7th grade is building up to a project where they will engage the stock market. 8th grade has transitioned into work with functions, both linear and nonlinear. They are building up to using functions in combination with three-dimensional shapes to better understand volume and changes in volumes
6 History: The 6th-grade history students have begun their new unit on Westward Expansion. We have defined what Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny are by evaluating beliefs about America’s mission in the world. We’re working our way through a brief analysis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by exploring and studying primary sources such as journal articles from the Expedition. I’m excited to continue this unit and learn how Westward Expansion has influenced the growth of our community!
Music: The Middle School is writing and performing their own original musical! The title is yet to come, but the setting is Dungeons & Dragons and the theme is about the importance of friendship and working together. We have started practicing the opening song, so feel free to ask the middle schoolers to show you! Shout out to Tilly Hoath and Ray Gomez for their incredible leadership in lyrics writing and script writing. The show will be on May 22nd at 1:30 PM in the Dining Lodge. Be on the lookout for more details to come!
⅞ History: The 7th and 8th-grade history class has been studying the lead up to World War II and the great changes that occurred during this time both socially and politically. We have been looking at the complex web of events that can occur during the war and how one person and one decision can have a dramatic impact. As we finish up World War II, we will pivot to The Cold War and discuss how allies (USA and USSR) will become bitter rivals both looking to export capitalism and communism around the world.
Science: Students are studying weather patterns, which will lead to an analysis of climate regions and ecosystems. Recently, students have been gaining an understanding of the air molecules around them and discovering how changes in air pressure can lead to wind. Students are also collecting weather data on a daily basis in order to examine changes over the seasons and will soon be comparing weather patterns in Jackson Hole with other regions around the world.
ELA: 7 and 8th grader finished up Code Talkers and started their second reading of the unit, Farewell to Manzanar. The time period in both books remains the same but the genre does not. As they read the memoir, students are asked to focus on how WWII impacted Japanese Americans in the US. 6th graders are character and context deep into their original monomyth creation. Students are using skills and understanding inspired by their readings of the retellings of The Odyssey and Ramayana: The Divine Loophole.
Though 6th graders are often thought of as the “new kids” on the block, we recognize that our 6th graders (and ALL 6th graders) have a LOT to offer. That is why we are so excited to have them be a part of the 5th grade capstone experience. Students will be mentoring, workshopping, and reviewing the capstone project.
The entire middle school traveled to The Center for The Arts to watch act 1 of The Sound of Music. It was a delight to watch Rowan as Friedrich, and the technical crew, which Jack was a part of, made set transitions and light cues look like magic.
While it seems winter is holding on strong, our students have been springing forward and painting bee boxes. Over the past month, students have learned about bees and their importance. Advisory groups decided on designs and are now in the process of painting portions of the bee box.