Frankenstein PBL

The 8th graders have been reading an amazing abridged version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Some students have even chosen to tackle the original version as an extended learning assignment. This gothic/horror/dystopian novel has lead to some important PBL driving questions:

How do we judge and treat someone who is different?

How should we judge and treat someone who is different?

What issues in the real world have dystopian potential?

In addition to reading the novel, students have  been working on a variety of research activities that will ultimately lead to a presentation in the TED Talk style. The TED Talk phenomenon is not without its critics, however, emulating the style is a great way of accomplishing speaking and listening standards that go beyond the traditional presentation.

Individual assignments are posted to google classroom. The following dates are a rough idea of when students will meet each component of the project:

1/12 – Annotated Bibliography Due

1/12 – TED Talk Review Due

1/16 – Frankenstein Reading Group Meeting #2

1/17 Frankenstein Debate

1/18 – Article Review Due

1/19 – TED Talk Outline Due

1/22 – TED Talk Rough Draft Due

1/22 Dystopian Short Story Review Due

1/23 – Frankenstein Group Meeting #3

1/24 – Descriptive Narratives Due

1/25 – TED Talk Presentations

1/25 All Material Uploaded to Dystopian World Weebly Site

As a culminating activity I would like to plan a field trip to the Museum of Man. They have several very relevant exhibits dealing with themes found in Frankenstein. I will provide more informative and a sign up upon approval of the trip.

Math Update!

Hello Everyone!

Wanted to provide an update regarding math and other important dates. We are currently in our linear equations unit! Things are getting a lot more difficult now as we enter systems of linear equations. Here are important dates to keep in mind:

1/11 – 1/12 – Math MAP Testing 

1/15 – No School (MLK Day)

1/19 – OTA Family Skate Event 

1/26 – Unit Exam and End of Q2

Contact me if you have any questions 🙂

-Mr. Solis

Yosemite Chaperone Sign Up

Hello 8th Grade Families!

Our big end of the year, 8th grade trip to Yosemite is right around the corner! With that said, Ms. Schlose and I would like to formally invite any parent who is interested in chaperoning to attend! We have many spots open so if you would like to attend please sign up below!
 
The trip will be from Monday, May 21st until Friday May 25th and we ask that if you do plan on attending to remember that while it is a fun trip for the kids, we are looking for chaperones who are willing to of course enjoy the time in Yosemite, but also contribute in chaperoning kids, assist in cooking, cleaning, etc.
 
This is a great time as our students are moving on from 8th grade into high school to become closer as a class and family. We really enjoy this trip every year and without help from parents, it just is not possible. We look forward from hearing from you soon!

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090B4AADAC23ABFA7-yosemite 

Thanks!

Miss Schlose and Mr. Solis

Middle School ELA Update January 8-12

This Week/Coming Up

  • 1/8 Project Work Time
  • 1/8 Annotated Bibliography
  • 1/12 Article of the Week Due
  • 1/16 Reading Group Discussion

Announcements

  1. STANDUP FOR KIDS DINNERS – We need families to volunteer to provide meals on the following dates for the remainder of the school year: January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, and May 24. If your family is interested in volunteering for these dates please contact Mr. Hamm at [email protected]

Quarter 2 Parent Teacher Conferences

Hello Middle School Families!

 
Parent teacher conferences will be taking place on February 2, 2018 to discuss your student’s progress through the second quarter of the year. We will be meeting as a middle school team in the Media Center during the school day to conduct these conferences. Meetings will take place every 15 minutes with four families at a time, so please do your best to let us know if you are running late or will not be able to attend. Report cards for the 2nd quarter will be distributed at the conferences.
 
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me, or any middle school teacher. Thank you!
 

MS ELA Update

This Week

Coming Up

  • 11/20-11/24 Thanksgiving Break

Announcements

  1. I have created a planner that will be updated daily. Students can check for missed work if they are absent or check for homework/extended learning assignments.
  2. Remember that students are expected to read a minimum of three times per week for 20 minutes. Students should log each time they read in their notebooks. Writing responses are due every Monday regardless of if I collect the notebooks. Response topics are posted to google classroom each week.
  3. Please check out the reading bingo project! If 100% of the class gets a bingo, I will throw a pizza party. All squares must be signed by a parent indicating that the book was finished.

StandUp For Kids Dinners

Hi Everyone,
Please read below and the attachment regarding a volunteer opportunity from Bob Hamm. Please contact me or Bob with any questions!
From Bob:
I need your help in getting the word out for families to volunteer to provide dinners at StandUp For Kids Center for the remainder of the school year. Please send out the attachment to this email as soon as you can. Thank you very much!!

Mid-Year Parent Conferences

Hello Middle School Families!
This email is to inform you about parent teacher conferences that will be taking place on *February 2, 2018* to discuss your student’s progress through the second quarter of the year. We will be meeting as a middle school team in the Media Center during the school day to conduct these conferences. Meetings will take place every 15 minutes with four families at a time, so please do your best to let us know if you are running late or will not be able to attend. Report cards for the 2nd quarter will be distributed at the conferences.
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090B4AADAC23ABFA7-middle2
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me, or any middle school teacher. Thank you! Jon

YOSEMITE!

Hello!
Our big end of the year, 8th grade trip to Yosemite is right around the corner! With that said, Ms. Schlose and I would like to formally invite any parent who is interested in chaperoning to attend! We have many spots open so *if you would like to attend please email Ms. Schlose and I directly*.
The trip will be from Monday, May 21st until Friday May 25th and we ask that if you do plan on attending to remember that while it is a fun trip for the kids, we are looking for chaperones who are willing to of course enjoy the time in Yosemite, but also contribute in chaperoning kids, assist in cooking, cleaning, etc.
Get excited for the trip! This is my 3rd year doing this and my excitement levels seems to be going up each time! More details to come 🙂
Hope to hear from you soon!
-Mr. Solis and Ms. Schlose