The trimester is already rushing to a close! The late work cut-off date isFriday, November 2, and the trimester ends on November 9. Grades will be mailed out to families approximately one week 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.
Seventh graders have joined “feudal manors,” in which they play the part of lord, knight, peasant, or serf. They will be researching their roles, learning about the system of feudal obligations, creating coats of arms and maps of their manors, and earning “farthings.” Our class novel is Crispin: The Cross of Lead, which is set in 14th century England. We are studying vocabulary, plot, setting, character, and literary devices, as well as reviewing paragraph structure. Our last Crispin test is this Friday Oct. 26, and next week we’ll be writing formal paragraphs about the story. We’ve also been reviewing and learning grammar this semester, and there will be a “sentence basics” test the week of Nov. 5.
Eighth graders are starting a unit in which they participate in a “presidential” election process. The students joined campaign committees for various political parties. After researching their party platforms on various issues, they will write briefing papers for their presidential candidates, as well as create lawn signs, bumper stickers and TV ads. Their materials will be compiled on Weebly websites (I’ll send the eighth grade parents the urls and passwords as soon as they are published), and they will be holding an election rally for the fifth graders! Last week, we were lucky to have had a visit from our US Representative, Jared Huffman, while we are studying government. Eighth graders from previous years wrote letters to Congress, and he offered to come visit our school and answer questions about his job! Next week we’ll start reading The Misfits by James Howe, which addresses free speech, party politics, and elections, as well as makes a strong statement against bullying and name calling. Meanwhile, we’re finishing a literary analysis essay--I encourage students to have you look over their papers! And our third grade buddies have invited us to a Day of the Dead celebration on November first!
A message from the cafeteria: With this being Farm to School month, we wanted to take a moment and remind you to support the farm to cafeteria efforts here at Harmony. We are proud to offer local, organic to the highest extent possible, and house made meals. The children are excited to have more choices this year and many of the choices are harvested directly by the kids during garden time. Thank you for your continued support.
Upcoming Dates: Oct. 26Scholastic Book Order due class code: PDYWH Oct. 29Square 1 Art orders go home Oct. 31Halloween Parade 11:00 Nov. 2Humanities late work cut off Nov. 9Square 1 art orders due Nov. 9 end first trimester Nov. 12 no school Nov. 19-23Thanksgiving holiday
Thank you all for your support at home!
14 September 2018
I hope the end of the first four weeks of school finds you all well. Thank you so much for all the donations to the Arc raffle basket this week--it’s filled with fun beach items! Raffle purchase envelopes came home with your students today. You can buy raffle tickets all next week. I’ll be sorry to miss the Community Dinner next Friday night, as I’m spending my last night at home with my daughter before she heads off to college.
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 classmate’s posts on Kidblog. (7th grade blog and 8th grade blog: I’d bookmark the link on a home device. Kids will need their passwords to sign in to this private blogging site.) 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 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 requests in the next week or two. David will meet with the families of his seventh grade homeroom students, and I will provide detailed notes for him.
The seventh grade will finish a mini unit on the Roman Empire next week, and in preparation for the sentence building and combining work that we’ll do over the next two years, we are reviewing subject/predicate and simple sentence diagramming. We are also well into our first major writing project, a fictional narrative. Please ask to see your child’s draft on Google Classroom and also check out the fictional narrative rubric.
The eighth graders are studying the Declaration of Independence, interpreting and simplifying excerpts from the document to write picture books for the fifth graders. We are also reading S.E. Hinton’s classic young adult novel, The Outsiders, and we’re currently analyzing the Robert Frost poem that appears in the novel in preparation for writing literary analysis paragraphs. We are well into our Wordly Wise vocabulary program, and kids are searching for vocabulary words out in the world and are bringing them in to share with the class.
upcoming dates 9/21Community Dinner 9/26 Picture Day 10/1School Assembly 10/8-10/12Conference Week 10/117th Grade Field Trip to Luther Burbank Center
24 August 2018
Dear Middle School Families,
Welcome to the middle school Humanities class. It’s been a wonderful first two weeks of school. The eighth graders have come back to school with a new maturity, ready for their last year at Salmon Creek before looking forward to high school. The seventh graders are sweet and enthusiastic and are learning the procedures that come with switching classes. We’ve spent the first two weeks learning classroom routines and procedures, getting to know one another, and doing some academic reviews and assessments. Here are some highlights from class:
The seventh grade is doing a quick brush up on editing and world geography. In history class, we’ll learn about the Roman Empire for a few weeks, and we’ll simultaneously be studying Latin roots. Today we also started reviewing parts of speech (and next week we’ll review subject and predicate) so that we are prepared to dive into 7th grade sentence work.
The eighth graders have started the year reviewing U.S. geography and brushing up for a test on the 50 states. Next week we will learn about the physical and cultural landscapes of pre-Columbian “America.” The students have started their first writing project: a cover letter and application for a class job.
Here are some important pieces of information for the beginning of the school year:
You can stay on top of your child’s grades with the Schoolwise Parent Portal. I’ll begin entering grades at the end next week. Seventh grade parents and new eighth grade parents will be getting a sign-up sheet in the next week or two. Here’s the link to the portal--it’s useful to bookmark it and check it often!
I will be emailing you monthly newsletters and occasionally sending quick email news/updates. I also post weekly homework and other relevant information on our class website. And please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions. Email is the easiest way to reach me.
I hope you can all attend our Community Dinner on September 21. This is a wonderful opportunity for families, new and old, to get together. We are also holding our annual fundraiser, the basket raffle, at this event. We are accepting voluntary donations from families to fill the baskets. Our eighth grade homeroom basket has a BEACH theme: towels, beach games, deli certificates, lunch basket, small cooler, snacks, beach toys, water bottle... Please bring in donations over the next two weeks. Items are due on September 14.
And I look forward to seeing new and returning families at Back-to-School night on September 6, where you’ll get a chance to learn more about the two-year Humanities program. There will also be a volunteer registration booth on campus that night. If you would like to help on field trips and are not yet fingerprinted, please stop by the booth!
Lastly, below is a blurb from our kindergarten teacher, Allie. 5th-8th graders who attend the event can use the hours toward their Community Service graduation requirement:
Volunteer for Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 15th from 9am-12pm! Families are invited to join Ms. Allie (K) and Susan (5th grade) to help clean up North Salmon Creek Beach. TK-8th grade families are welcome and participants will help inventory the trash and recycling they find. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bucket(s), a reusable water bottle, and gardening gloves to help cut down on the amount of trash generated during the beach cleanup. 5-8th grade students can receive credit toward their community service requirement as well. RSVP at https://coastwalk.org/beach-locations/ and select North Salmon Creek Beach as the cleanup site.
Upcoming Dates Sept. 3Labor Day Holiday Sept. 6Back-to-School night Sept. 148th grade “beach” raffle items due Sept. 26picture day Sept. 21Community Dinner Oct. 8-12parent-teacher conferences
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