Raffle Basket fundraiser: The 8th grade theme is "Holidays Around the World." Please help by bringing in packaged food, recipes, children's books, CD's, toys, ornaments/decorations or other items that relate to various holiday traditions around the world.
Jog-a-Thon and 8th grade trip: Jog-a-thon information will be sent home on Friday 11/22. It will be important to get sponsorships from friends and family over the Thanksgiving break so that we can make it a great 8th grade trip, both for this year and next!
Evacuation surveys: Thanks to those of you who filled out the survey online. A yellow paper survey is being sent home for those of you who weren’t able to complete the online form--please complete and return it to the office.
Square 1 Art orders are dueonline. There is also a paper form on the catalogue, or you can call 888-332-3294 to order.
Binders: I always suggest that kids hold on to their graded work until after the report card comes out--this is a good skill to learn for high school and college. Meanwhile, the holiday is a good time to clean out binders and restock supplies for the second trimester.
Seventh graders are wrapping up their study of medieval Europe this week, with a history test on Thursday. On Friday, we’ll start a new history unit on the Middle East. We’ll begin by studying Middle Eastern geography before we go back into medieval times. We’ll concurrently be reading the novel Seven Daughters and Seven Sons, about an eleventh century Iraqi girl who dresses as a man in order to earn money for her family. Seventh graders also just finished up their first grammar unit with a quiz on sentence structure and compound sentences, and this week they started their Wordly Wise program. I encourage students to find Wordly Wise words out in the world and share them with the class for extra credit!
Eighth graders are currently studying the US Constitution. The students will be getting into “expert groups” on the three branches of government and will be teaching their “teams” what they learn. Finally, teams will form congressional committees and amend and pass bills for a class pizza party. At the same time, the kids will be discussing The Preamble in literature discussion groups, and they’ll be memorizing and reciting it aloud. They are also reading The Misfits, a novel about a group of middle school kids who form a new party for their school election. This novel is rich with themes of diversity, freedom of speech, political process, and anti-bullying. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to read aloud! The eighth graders are also continuing their study of Wordly Wise vocabulary.
Upcoming dates Nov. 22first trimester report cards mailed home Nov. 22Fun Friday Nov. 22Jog-a-Thon info and sponsor sheets sent home 11/25-11/29Thanksgiving break Dec. 9school-wide assembly Dec. 12winter performance Dec. 9-13Copperfield’s book fair Dec. 19Jog-a-Thon (raise money for the 8th grade trip!!!) 12/23-1/3winter break
Thanks for a great fall, and have a great break with your families.
21 October 2019
It was a pleasure to meet with many of you during conference week, and it’s hard to believe the trimester is already rushing to a close! The late work cut-off date isWednesday, October 30, and the trimester ends on November 8. Grades will be mailed out to families approximately two weeks after the trimester closes. Just a reminder that Humanities homework is posted on my school website at Hazelnut Humanities, and grades can be checked at Schoolwise. Students should check their grades online and make sure to turn in any missed work before the deadline!
Seventh graders have joined “feudal manors,” in which they play the part of lord, knight, peasant, or serf. As they learn about medieval European society, the manors will be competing against one another in academic “jousts.” Last week we finished our class novel, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, which is set in 14th century England. We have been studying vocabulary, plot, setting, character, and literary devices, as well as reviewing paragraph structure. Our last Crispin quiz is this Tuesday, October 22, and the next day we’ll be writing formal paragraphs about the story. We’ll also be writing in-class fictional narratives next week, and we’ve been reviewing and learning grammar this semester; we’ve graduated from “sentence basics” and will start learning how to craft and punctuate compound sentences later this week.
Eighth graders are currently learning about the Constitutional Convention. They are preparing for a simulated debate in which they discuss the issues that divided the delegates, and they’ll discover how the delegates finally compromised to write the U.S. constitution. Next week students will be writing an in-class analysis of literature essay, and we are well into our Wordly Wise study. It’s exciting to have students share Wordly Wise words that they find out in the world (and they earn extra credit when they do so). Lessons 1-6 in the Wordly Wise workbook are due on November 8. Our current grammar/writing unit is on active versus passive voice. We are doing a number of fun in-class activities that play with both active and passive voice so that students can recognize and use them in their writing.
Also, the Ark Boo Fest is this Saturday the 29th, and they are looking for middle school students to sign up for a shift to help (and earn community service hours). Lastly, be on the lookout for the Square 1 Art fundraiser: your child’s artwork should be sent home in the next two weeks!
Upcoming Dates: Oct. 30Humanities LATE WORK CUT-OFF Nov. 1Staff work day: no students Nov. 8End trimester 1 Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day holiday: no school Nov. 22Report cards mailed home Nov. 25-29Thanksgiving holiday
Thank you all for your support at home! ~Tanya
12 September 2019
I hope the end of the first weeks of school finds you all well. We’ve accomplished a lot at school in these few short weeks--it’s hard to believe the school year just started!
The seventh grade finished brush ups on editing and world geography, and this week we embarked on a short history unit on the Roman Empire. The students are taking on a “barbarian” persona and are gathering data in order to try to breach the border of the empire and help bring about The Fall of Rome! In English class, we are reviewing subject/predicate and are learning simple sentence diagramming in preparation for the sentence building and combining work that we’ll do over the next two years. We are also well into our first major writing project, a fictional narrative. The kids have been very willing to share their drafts with the class, and I’ve been impressed with the students’ creativity and skill, as well as with their insightful critiques of one another’s work. Please ask to see your child’s draft on Google Classroom and also check out the fictional narrative rubric. Rough drafts will be due late next week, and final drafts are due the following week.
The eighth graders have started the year reviewing U.S. geography and brushing up for a test on the 50 states. They have three chances to get 100%, and the final test is on September 18. For those who haven’t passed the pre-test, they should be practicing a lot at home! There are online map games on Google Classroom to help them. In English class, the students have finished their first writing project: a cover letter and application for a class job. We are currently reading S.E. Hinton’s classic young adult novel, The Outsiders, and this week we are analyzing the Robert Frost poem that appears in the novel in preparation for writing literary analysis paragraphs.
Students from both classes should be spending at least three hours of time at home during the week reading a book of their choice. Each week they alternately write a blog post about what they are reading or comment on classmates’ posts on Kidblog (The kids will need their passwords to get onto this private site, and I’d have them bookmark their class blog on a device at home: 8th grade blog and 7th grade blog.) For those who don’t have internet service or a device at home, don’t worry. The students get adequate time to work on Kidblog during Reading Workshop each week, and if they don’t finish that day, they can continue blogging during Thursday work time.
And if you haven’t already, please bookmark my teacher website to see classroom information and weekly homework assignments. I look forward to meeting with my 8th grade homeroom families during conference week. I will send out conference sign ups in the near future. David will meet with the families of his seventh grade homeroom students, and I will provide detailed notes for him.
Lastly, I hope to see you at the Community Dinner this Friday night!
upcoming dates 9/13Community Dinner 9/20 Shark Run 9/21Coastal Clean-up Day 9/25Picture Day 9/26Back-to-School Night 9/27 progress reports 10/7-10/11conference week
18 August 2019
Dear Middle School Families,
Welcome to the middle school Humanities class at Salmon Creek School. My name is Tanya Turneaure, and I’ll be teaching your children history, English, and art in both the seventh and eighth grades. I am an artist, reader, and writer myself, and I love sharing these passions with the students. I live in Sebastopol with my two daughters (one in high school and one in college), my husband, and a doggie that we foster for six months of the year. I’ve been an educator for over twenty-five years. Of the twelve years I’ve spent teaching middle school, eight of those have been at Salmon Creek. What I appreciate most about middle school students is their mixture of youthful enthusiasm and their emerging ability to think critically about the world and their places in it. I’m looking forward to helping shepherd your children through these important years of their lives!
It was a great first two days of school. The eighth graders were excited to see friends and teachers and were comfortable sliding right back into class routines. The seventh graders are sweet and enthusiastic and are learning the procedures that come with switching classes. We are spending the first days learning classroom routines and procedures, getting to know one another, creating art, and doing some academic reviews and assessments. The eighth graders will begin their first project this week: creating a flier and writing a cover letter to apply for a class job. Students will do their writing projects on Google Classroom, which is linked to their school gmail accounts. Eighth grade parents, you can take a look at the cover letter rubric to see what skills we are working on and offer any assistance at home.
Just so that you are aware, homework over this weekend is twofold: one is the parent survey (7th grade can be found here, and 8th grade here), and the other is to gather school supplies for their academic classes. The students have their own hard copies of these assignments that they should share with you.
A great way to keep up with homework, as well as to get basic information on the Humanities class is on our class website. I would also highly recommend setting up your Schoolwise Parent Portal account, where you can check your child’s assignments and grades. I believe that Suzi has shared Schoolwise activation codes with you, but if not, I’ll make sure these get distributed to families.
My family email list is incomplete at this point, so if you’d like me to send you or anyone else in your family email updates, please let me know which email address to use. And I look forward to seeing new and returning families at Back-to-School night on September 26, where you’ll get a chance to learn more about the two-year Humanities program.
4 August 2019
Hi Students and Families! I'm looking forward to seeing our 8th graders back at school on August 15, as well as meeting all the 7th grade students! If you have any questions for me between now and then, don't hesitate to reach out. My email is email@example.com.