Math Update!

Hello Everyone!

Wanted to provide an update regarding math and other important dates. We are currently exploring rational numbers (which include negative numbers!). Students have done an excellent job this unit thus far! Here are important dates to keep in mind:

1/11 – 1/12 – Math MAP Testing 

1/15 – No School (MLK Day)

1/19 – Math Quiz and OTA Family Skate Event 

1/26 – Unit Exam and End of Q2

Contact me if you have any questions 🙂

-Mr. Solis

Middle School ELA Update January 8-12

This Week

  • 1/8 Podcasting 101 
  • 1/10 Introduce Essay Outline 
  • 1/12 Tom & Sherlock Unit Reading Assessment 

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. 

Q2 History Update

This quarter our focus is The Enlightenment, French Revolution, and the Reign of Terror. 

  • Q2 Extended learning opportunities are posted on google classroom by clicking on the “About” tab. There are 3 due dates 12/1, 1/5, and 1/25. National History Day projects count as one extended learning. Reminder: Extended Learning is NOT extra credit. In order to earn an “A” these projects must be completed as well as all other classwork/projects.
  • We have begun researching an Enlightened thinker. Students chose from a list and will present to the class next Wednesday.
  • No News Update this week
  • No School Friday for Veteran’s Day
  • 11/15, 11/16, and 11/17 are minimum days (noon dismissal) and parent conference days. 
*NHDSD Help 4U on November 12 from 1-4 at the beautiful downtown Library. “Finding and Using Sources” is the theme for this workshop and features experienced teachers, students and parents who will help you in your quest for National History Day sources for your project. 
 
The librarians at the San Diego Library will also be prepared to help you find the best sources for your research. If you have been having problems locating the best primary sources for your NHDSD project, this is the place you will want to come as we will have experienced teachers, students and parents available to help you find the very best sources for your project.

Math Cookbook Project!

Hello!

In math class, the first quarter was filled with ratios, rates, and percents, so why not tie this learning to creating some recipes! Students today and through next week will be working on creating their very own restaurants with their partners. In addition to creating their restaurants, the corresponding cookbook will include 5 recipes from their restaurant where they list the recipes, ratios, rates, and percent relationships that they recognize. 6th graders are excited about the project and on Thursday, November 9th we would like to invite family and friends to attend their presentations and ensuing party that include the many recipes/foods they decide to bring in to class! 

Please email me if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing many families in attendance!

-Mr. Solis

Parent Teacher Conferences 2017

Hi Middle School Parents,

 
Parent Conferences with Math, ELA, and History are November 15, 16, and 17 from 1:00-4:00, because of conflicting schedules STEM will be holding conferences on November 13, 14, and 15 from 3:00-6:00pm
 
Thank you! Please click the links below to sign up. 
 
 
To sign up to meet with Solis, Watts, and Church sign up here:
 
 
To sign up to meet with Schlose, sign up here:
 

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

History Oct. 23-November 3 Update

  • No more News Updates for 6th grade, Quarter 1 🙂
  • Ancient Greece Test Make-up day on Tuesday 10/24
  • No Tutoring this Thursday, I will resume again 11/2.
  • Museum Exhibit project due date has been extended to 11/6. Students are working in groups to create a realistic exhibit to showcase an aspect of Ancient Greece or Rome.
  • Ancient Rome Quiz on November 1st
  • A total of 3 extended learning projects are due by November 2nd.1 was due by 10/6, the rest by 11/2.
  • Friday, 11/3: Last day of Q1, 12:00 dismissal and Twin Day.
  • Jog-A-thon money is due by November 10th.

ELA Bulletin October 16-20

This Week

  • 10/17 Literary Analysis Essay Outline Due
  • 10/19 Literary Analysis Essay Rough Draft Due
  • 10/20 Peer Revision
  • 10/20 Jog-a-thon Minimum Day

Coming Up

  • 10/23 Grammar Usage Test #1
  • 10/23 Literary Analysis Essay Final Draft Due

Announcements

  1. 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. 
  2. We will be reviewing for the grammar test all week. Students should feel very prepared for the test next Monday 10/23.
  3. Don’t forget about those Jog-a-thon pledges! The goal is to have 100% participation! 
  4. 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. 

History Update 10/16-10/20

Happening this week:

  • Greek Biography due Wednesday 10/18
  • Ancient Greece Quiz Thursday (Athens, Sparta, Persian War, Peloponnesian war, Alexander the Great) Quizlet study set
  • No news update this week 🙂
  • Jog-A-Thon Friday 10/20, 12:00 dismissal. Please encourage your children to get pledges or donations for the jog-a-thon. The money raised helps pay for 6th Grade Camp!
  • This Day in History
    10/16-Sydney
  • 10/17-John
  • 10/18-Angelina
  • 10/19-Niklas
  • 10/20-Rachel

10/2-10/6 History Update

Reminder: As stated in the previous History update, tutoring will resume this Thursday after school- 4:00 p.m 

  • Olympics project due Thursday, 10/5
  • Extended Learning #1 due by Friday, 10/6 (students choose 3 projects to complete this quarter)
  • News update due Friday, 10/6
  • Jog-A-Thon t-shirt orders are due by Tuesday morning! 10/3
  • Encourage your children to go out and get pledges. This is their opportunity to help out OTA. Class prizes are awarded to classes who have 100% participation 🙂
  • Movie night is this Friday, 10/6. A sign up genius was sent out by Mrs. Garb. Please sign up; the first movie night is 6th grade’s responsibility. Students should help set up and run the booths. Movie night begins at 6 pm.

This day in History:

  • 10/2-Aika
  • 10/3-Liesl
  • 10/4-Eunice
  • 10/5-Tani
  • 10/6-Ah’laysha

ELA Bulletin September 25-29

This Week

  • 9/25 Revise/Edit Letter to Mr. Watts
  • 9/27 Introduce Quarter 1 Project 
  • 9/28-9/29 MAP Testing

Coming Up

  • 10/2-10/6 Substitute 

Announcements

  1. I will be out of class all of next week, but I’m available anytime via email or text. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be leaving detailed sub plans to keep students on track with completing our amplify unit and our upcoming project. 
  2. Please remind students to work throughout the week on IXL skills and extended learning projects. The rubric can be found under the extended learning link. 
  3. As outlined in the syllabus, students are to complete a 1.5 page double spaced writing response in the reading-writing notebook weekly. Additionally, students are to read a minimum of three times per week for 20 minutes. Each reading session should be logged in the reading-writing notebook. The responses and reading log are due each Monday. 
  4. 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.
  5. Don’t forget about tutoring! My tutoring day is Tuesday from 3:15-4:00. 

9/18-9/22 History Update

Happening this week:

  • Researching Life in Athens or Sparta Essay (partner or individual project) Due Monday 9/25
  • Reading Black Ships Before Troy as a class and answering questions Ch. 4-5 due Monday 9/25
  • Newspaper Update Due Friday
  • This Day in History:
  • 9/18-Patrick
  • 9/19-Samantha
  • 9/20- Abraham
  • 9/21-Dalia
  • 9/22-Aiden

**No Tutoring Thursday. I am going out of town for my sisters wedding 🙂 Tutoring will resume 10/5.**

ELA Update

Hello!

The first week in English language arts was a success! All three middle school classes were able to set up their writing-reading notebooks and complete the first writing assignment. They reflected on themselves as readers and writers by answering a few reflective survey questions. For example, one of the questions asks: “What is the hardest part of writing for you?” Students used the survey questions to draft a letter explaining who they are as readers, writers, and learners. 

This week we will be launching amplify learning, assigning IXL targets, and introducing extended learning projects. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. 

-Mr. Watts 

6th Grade Syllabus 2017-18

Back to School Night and Standup For Kids

STANDUP FOR KIDS
Since OTA opened in 2011, the middle school families have adopted StandUp For Kids as their outreach project. Once a month we provide dinner for the kids at the SUFK Center. The kids always look forward to the delicious home cooked meals from OTA!!!
We need families to step forward for September and October to volunteer to serve a dinner at the Center. 
Upcoming dates:
  • September 28th
  • October 26th

If you are interested, and want more information, please contact Bob Hamm at [email protected]

Thank you in advance for your help with this volunteer OTA outreach project.

Middle School Math Update!

Hello!

With school right around the corner, I want to send out a blog post regarding some of the supplies needed and touch on a few class expectations!

SUPPLIES

This year, we are fortunate enough to have common core aligned workbooks! Notes and classwork will be completed in these workbooks. Because all of the curriculum will be in the workbooks, there really is very little need for additional supplies. Here is what students should have:

  • A 1″ binder (this is not a requirement, merely a suggestion for organization purposes)
    • 3 dividers
      • 1 section with paper for additional notes or scrap work.
      • 1 section for quizzes and exams.
      • 1 section for worksheet/other math material
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Highlighters (for notes)
  • Pens

Outside of this, no other materials are needed at this point. I will send out another blog post if additional supplies are needed.

EXPECTATIONS:

I will hand out a syllabus for my course on Tuesday, but please be aware of the following:

  • Students will receive a workbook, it’s important that students do not lose these as there are no additional copies.
  • Parents, please read and sign the syllabus and have students return it on Wednesday, September 6th.

As always please contact me with any questions at [email protected]

-Mr. Solis

Welcome to 6th Grade!

The first day of Middle School is right around the corner! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and I am looking forward to meeting you all very soon!

Please be sure to have some supplies ready for the first day of school. Each teacher will discuss what is needed for their classrooms on Tuesday, but below are some basic supplies.

  • binder
  • pencils
  • highlighter 
  • lined paper
  • planner/agenda-optional, but highly recommended! These can easily be made at home if you don’t want to purchase one. 

If you would like to donate to the classroom, below are some items that we tend to run out of. Any donations are greatly appreciated 🙂

  • white paper
  • construction paper
  • markers
  • kleenex
  • wipes

Last Week of 6th Grade!

This Friday, June 16 is a half day-> 12:00 dismissal and a free dress, spirit day.

This week in History:
  • Business project due Tuesday
  • Extended Learning #2 due by Wednesday
  • Test Thursday
  • IXL geography targets due by Friday at 12:00 (no paper & signatures required for this; all online)
StandUp for Kids:
A big “THANK YOU” to all the families in our middle school who volunteered their families to serve dinners at the StandUp For Kids Center during this school year.
Those families who have participated in this school outreach program, come away with a real idea of what it’s like for these kids to live on the streets every day. They also know how very much these kids appreciate all that OTA does for them. It is, for sure, for families a life changing experience.
Thank you to the Purdum, Godfrey, Schoeffel, Flores, Gabrieli and DiFillippo families for their help this school year!  A special thank you to the Godfrey family for serving dinners for three months this year!!
We will be looking for volunteer families when we get back in September. Please consider becoming a part of this special OTA outreach program.
For more information, contact Bob Hamm…[email protected]oldtownacademy.org.

Catalina

*Students may bring phones, cameras, go-pros, however it is the student’s responsibility to take care of their electronics. There will be little to no service on the island, so if students do bring phones, don’t expect to hear from them each day 🙂

*If students have inhalers or have an epi-pens, they must carry them on their person at all times while at camp.

*Please arrive at OTA around 5:30 AM. We need to be on the road by 6:00 am.  Check in time is 8:30 am, Monday May 22nd in Long Beach. 

*Our luggage tag is purple. Please tie a purple ribbon or string on each piece of luggage. 

*Students need to have a packed lunch for Monday. We will eat on the ferry. There  will be snacks for purchase on the ferry. 

Children’s Book Party

Children’s Book Party

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8:30am to 10:30am

Reading Literacy Leaning, Inc. presents its 33rd annual Children’s Book Party” Saturday,

April 29 at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Each child in attendance will receive a free new book. Entertainment and refreshments are provided. Admission is free. All kids are welcome.

 

Q4 Week 2 History Update

We’re starting off Q4 with the Immigration Unit. Students are researching their ancestors. Because families are very unique, students have the option on researching their biological family or family that they live with. Heritage can be passed down. For example, my family tree doesn’t consist of all biological family. Since my dad was adopted, my grandparents on my family tree, history reports, or cool stories from that side are based on his adoptive parents 🙂 The goal is that students learn more about their family and how they ended up in America or even San Diego. Students are required to interview at least 2 family members, so get those conversations going if they haven’t started yet.

*Grandparents Day is this Friday. It is a half day and students are expected to wear their uniforms. No News Update this week.

*Catalina money is due by May 15. Please turn in the Permission slip and medical form ASAP so I can get a headcount and make proper arrangements for carpooling as well as camp activities. 

*Thank you to everyone who attended the GALA. The online auction will stay open until April 30th. Check out the awesome teacher experiences this year! You can bid on any experience 🙂

Middle School ELA Update

Middle School ELA Update

April 3-14

Middle School Announcements

  • The virtue of the month for April is forgiveness
  • Students are now responsible for IXL Language Arts on a weekly basis (See Weekly Assignment List on google classroom)
  • Please help your student pick out an independent reading book from the list for Q4
  • Weekly Assignments are posted on google classroom and are due on Mondays
  • 8th Grade has traffic duty the week of April 3-7, and the 7th Grade April 10-14

6th Grade

  • The 6th grade is currently working on a greek mythology unit. In the unit students explore the Prometheus myth, considering whether or not humans deserved fire and Prometheus deserved to be punished for providing it. They read Odysseus’s description of meeting the Cyclops Polyphemus, considering how these two tricksters treat one another and identifying the character traits that define Odysseus. And they read a retelling of Ovid’s “Arachne” myth, focusing on the different ways that Greek mythology influenced writers from other traditions and the different manner in which this tale has been told by separate authors. This unit thus provides students an overview of how for centuries storytellers have used literature to grapple with some of life’s great questions; it underscores the importance of text as a way for readers to learn about themselves and their communities.Throughout these readings, students practice and continue to develop the close reading and writing routines they’ve been working on throughout the year. They complete the unit by composing an essay that asks them to compare how two myths of their choice present and comment on the theme of human pride.

7th Grade

  • The 7th grade has nearly completed a unit centering around the creepy and engaging works of Edgar Allan Poe. In the unit students employ a set of visualization techniques that we call “Reading Like a Movie Director.” When movie directors make a movie out of text, they have to read it carefully. They have to make something out of their reading—something that captures the essence and key details of the original work, but also makes it new. Students have done a fantastic job of approaching these difficult (vocabulary/syntax) yet fascinating works! Our focus in the upcoming weeks will be shifting to a research project in which students research the mysterious circumstances of Edgar Allan Poe’s death. The project can be found on google classroom.

8th Grade

  • The 8th grade is currently finishing a unit in which they read Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein, a graphic novel that adds captivating illustrations to an abridgement of the 1818 edition of Mary Shelley’s book. Paired with Shelley’s text, Grimly’s haunting and—at times horrific—representations of Frankenstein’s creature push students to wrestle with some of the text’s central themes: the source of humanity and the root evil. Students are now working on an essay in which they determine whether Frankenstein’s creature should ultimately be considered human.

Independent Reading Book

  • Students are required to choose a book from the grade level associated reading list that I provided on google classroom this quarter. The book will be used for independent reading, writing responses, and extended learning assignments in Q4. Please help your student choose a book!

Q3 Week 8 History Update

The quarter is winding down quickly! Keep up the good work 🙂

*No tutoring on Thursday. I will be in a meeting.*

  • Due Friday 3/24: News Update 
  • Essential Questions: 3 per quarter. There will be 2 more offered this quarter. If you haven’t answered at least 1, you must answer this week’s, the one assigned on Friday, as well as the one after break. *An extra one can be answered for extra credit*
  • Geography targets due April 14th
  • Extended Learning #2 due by April 13th

Week 4 History Update

  • News Update Due Friday 2/24
  • This day in History
  • 2/21-Noa
  • 2/22-Brielle
  • 2/23-Jaclyn
  • 2/24-George
  • Revolutionary Times Project: students should have at least 5 articles completed by Friday 2/24…Final due 3/3
  • Essential Question #3 due Monday due 2/27
  • Extended Learning #1 due 3/3

Middle School ELA Update

Middle School ELA Update

February 8th-February 16th

Middle School Announcements

  • Intent to Re-Enroll forms due February 8th
  • Students are now responsible for IXL Language Arts on a weekly basis (See Weekly Assignment List on google classroom)
  • Please help your student pick out an independent reading book from the list if they do not have one already
  • Weekly Assignments are posted on google classroom and are due on Mondays
  • Vocabulary Test Friday, 2/10 (7th/8th)
  • 6th Grade Blog Presentations next Thursday, 2/16 at 1:00 pm (All are welcome!)
  • Robotics Team meeting next Tuesday, 2/14 in computer lab
  • The Virtue of the Month for February is Loyalty
  • 6th Grade has traffic duty this week

6th Grade

  • The 6th grade is currently finishing their Sherlock Holmes PBL unit. Next week students begin a new unit on information literacy; students learn how to determine if a source is reliable and understand the ethical uses of information. Having practiced these skills, students are ready to develop and sharpen their sourcing abilities in the next acompanying lessons, where they construct their own research questions and explore the Internet for answers.

7th Grade

  • This week students are begining the Perception Academy Quest, which takes them through a series of linked activities that focus on brain disorders and how they affect what we perceive and how we respond to the world around us. Students move through the periods of a school day as though they have one of the perception disorders detailed in the Oliver Sacks book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Students master excerpts from this difficult non-fiction text, building on the work they’ve done during the neurology unit so far. My hope is that the quest encourages students to continue reading in the sciences on their own.

8th Grade

  • This week students presented their dramatic readings from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas. Students will soon begin to draft and polish a brief essay to explain how Lincoln or Douglass tries to change what his readers/listeners believe about what it means to be dedicated to the American idea that “All men are created equal.” Next week the 8th grade will being an emancipation PBL project.

Independent Reading Book

  • Students are required to choose a book from the grade level associated reading list that I provided on google classroom this quarter. The book will be used for independent reading, writing responses, and extended learning assignments in Q3. Please help your student choose a book!

Math Update!

Hello,

First off, I’ll start this blog with a VERY important announcement. GO PATRIOTS!! Now for our math update.

Math Update

Students have been working hard on our 4th unit, namely, the Introductions to Algebra and Algebraic Properties! We will have a quiz this Friday 2/10 and an exam Friday 2/24 !A reminder that students should be completing a TenMarks assignment due every Sunday. Many students’ grades were reduced last quarter a whole letter grade. TenMarks is 10% of students’ grades and are on topics reviewed in class. It is important for students to complete these assignments as it offers students needed practice on grade level standards.

MAP Scores:

Students improved tremendously! Here are some results!

Top 5 scorers:

  1. Brielle Hanft – 246
  2. Lyndon Flake – 242
  3. Yama Mahmud – 238
  4. Shyla Ciampa – 237
  5. Alexia Pedace – 236

Top 5 most improved:

  1. Brielle Hanft – +15
  2. Desiree Avilla +14
  3. Anastasia Akopova – +12
  4. Sarah Inoue – +12
  5. Preslee Buckner – +7
  6. Lilly Feher – +7

Upcoming Important Dates:

2/8 – Intent to Re-Enroll Forms due; Staff Appreciation Lunch; Parent Tour-3:30pm

2/10 – Osprey Pride Assembly (Outstanding Osprey Tickets); Heart Felt Donations Day

2/13 – Parent Tour-3:30 p.m.

2/14 – Valentine’s Day!

2/15 – OTA Board Meeting

2/17-2/20 – President’s Holiday-No School

Thanks,

Mr. Solis

Middle School ELA Update

Middle School ELA Update

January 30th-February 3rd

Middle School Announcements

  • Intent to Re-Enroll forms due February 8th
  • Students are now responsible for IXL Language Arts on a weekly basis
  • Q3 Independent Reading Books must be in class by this Friday, February 3rd
  • Weekly Assignments are posted on google classroom and are due on Mondays
  • Middle School did a fantastic job on their vocabulary tests!
  • The Virtue of the Month for February is Loyalty
  • 7th Grade has traffic duty this week

6th Grade

  • The 6th grade is currently finishing their Sherlock Holmes PBL unit. Last week, students finished researching the science of crime scene analysis. Students completed a scavenger hunt as they became experts in areas like fingerprint, hair, and DNA analysis. Additionally, students learned about podcasting and got a chance to explore a podcast that interests them. This week students are working in groups of three to develop two five minute podcasts, one dealing with the Sherlock Holmes stories, and the other focused on forensic crime scene investigation. It has been amazing to see the level of discussion as their podcasts take shape. Students will ultimately publish their podcasts on a blog.

7th Grade

  • Last week students started reading the gruesome and true tale of Phineas Gage. The text is designed to ease students into the challenges of informative texts because it roughly follows a plot structure and tends to keep students engaged. This week, students are using the scientific information provided to complete interesting tasks like diagnosing the condition that ails Phineas following his accident. Although the content is heavy, students have been doing an amazing job of going back in the text to provide reasoning for their assertions. Next week, we will be engaging in fantastic Amplify Quest in which students get to go through a series of interactive activities that focus on several brain disorders and how the affect what we perceive and how we respond to the world around us.

8th Grade

  • The 8th grade is currently reading Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. As shocking as the facts of slavery are, students tend to enter into reading the text being desensitized in many ways. I have asked them to try to take a step back and read Douglass powerful words as if they are learning of these horrors for the first time. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave is a classic not only of anti-slavery writing but also of persuasive writing in general. In reading it students will learn the ugly facts about the slave system, but they will also see a living example of the power of language to change an entire culture. Critical thinking, questions, and powerful discussion is the name of the game for this unit. I hope to see more participation this week!

Independent Reading Book

  • Students are required to choose a book from the grade level associated reading list that I provided on google classroom this quarter. The book will be used for independent reading, writing responses, and extended learning assignments in Q3. Please help your student choose a book!

Q3 Week 1 History Update

We’re halfway through the year! Before you know it, you’ll be 7th graders! I saw lots of improvement last quarter, but there’s always room for more 🙂 Keep up the hard work!

Some thing remain the same: News Updates due every Friday, 3 Essential Questions, 2 Extended Learning projects (must be done to earn an A…NOT extra credit), and Geography Targets due at the end of the quarter.

Happening this week:

  • Map of Latin America due Thursday, Feb. 2
  • News Update Due Friday, Feb. 3
  • Essential Question #1 due Monday, Feb. 6
  • This Day in history (write a short description on an event before the year 2000)
  • 1/31-Olivia
  • 2/1-Anastasia
  • 2/2-Taylor
  • 2/3-Preslee

Q2 Week 8 History Update

The quarter is winding down! Keep working hard until the end!

  • 1/17-Essential Question #6 due
  • 1/20-News update due
  • 1/23- Essential Question #7 Due (only 3 are required +1 for extra credit)
  • 1/24-French Revolution & Napoleon Test
  • 1/25- Napoleon Report Card project due
  • 1/26-Extended Learning #2 Due
  • 1/27-News Update Due, Geography Targets, Last day of Q2, Half Day!

 

Middle School ELA Update

Middle School ELA Update

January 17th-20th

Middle School Announcements

  • Students took the MAP test last week and a copy of their scores will be included in Q2 report cards
  • Please remember to turn in your disaster kits
  • I have updated the seminar volunteer sign up with dates for January and February
  • 7th Grade Essay Due Tuesday, January 17th

6th Grade

  • The 6th grade is currently in the middle of our Sherlock Holmes PBL unit. Last week students finished reading “The Speckled Band.” I was excited to see their enthusiasm for unpacking a difficult text. After finishing the story, they began a self guided exploration of jobs in the forensic science field. Next week they will evaluate themselves agains the skills and traits needed to succeed in forensic science in hopes of “identifying their forensic potential.” This part of the unit allows students to engage in informative texts that connects with the fictional Sherlock Holmes. We will also begin reading “The Red-Headed League” next week.

7th Grade

  • Last week students finished reading the play A Raisin in the Sun and completed a compare/contrast activity while watching the 1961 film version. We have spent a great deal of time talking about dynamic characters and students have discussed how each of the main characters has changed in some for or another. I was extremely impressed with the depth of discussion as we tackled some mature issue that arise from the play. The culminating activity was an expository essay that they took through the writing process. We will begin our informative text unit in which students challenge themselves to learn more about brain science through a series of non-fiction texts.

8th Grade

  • Last week the 8th grade class was assigned a partner expository essay. The essay was challenging because students had to wade through a wide variety of high school/college level essays and experts. In general, students worked well with each other and embraced the challenge. Students will begin a new challenge next week as we begin a PBL unit centered around Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, which is also a high school/college level text.

I am looking for parents / community members who would like to lead seminar discussions with middle school classes. Each afternoon at 2:00 pm one of our fantastic middle school classes is engaged in a seminar discussion. I think it would be tremendous if we had a parent or community member choose a short article/story/song/etc. to use in leading a seminar discussion.

Math Update!

Hello Everyone!

Math Update

6th grade is working hard on our 3rd unit of the year. The unit is on understanding rational numbers (positive and negative numbers). We’ve learned about absolute value and are wrapping up the unit this week with graphing coordinates involving negative and positive integers and using appropriate scales on coordinate planes. 6th grade has shown a lot of growth so far this year in math class and the class in filled with genuinely devoted students pursuing a passionate interest in their education. They are a very mature 6th grade bunch. I enjoy having them in class!

Students took the math MAP exam this week and I will be sharing results next week on a blog post.

This Week

1/16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday-No School

1/17 – Principal’s Advisory Committee Meeting- 2:00

Coming Up

1/23-1/27 – Great Kindness Challenge Week

1/24 – Day to Donate (for Rady Children’s Hospital)

1/27 – End of 2nd Quarter; Minimum Day; Spirit Day-TBD

Closing Thoughts

Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns. Also, a very special thank you for all of the holiday gifts and gifts for my soon to be born son. Lastly, a very, very special thank you to Bridget Celentino and Julie Gabrielli for putting together the baby shower for us. My wife and I were humbled by the sincere generosity we received by so many of you. Have a great long weekend!

-Mr. Solis

Week 6 History Update

Thank you all for the gifts and cards! It truly means a lot. I hope you all had a wonderful break and Happy New Year! 

**Emergency bags went home with 6th graders today. Please fill and return ASAP. **

  • 1/3-Essential Question #4 due (students are required to answer 3)
  • 1/6-Illustrated Timeline due
  • 1/6-News Update Due
  • This Day in History
  • 1/3-Taylor
  • 1/4-Shyla
  • 1/5-Arti
  • 1/6-Preslee

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Some of you have been asking about 6th Grade Camp. Catalina is May 22-24th and will cost about $255. Parents who are interested in chaperoning will also need to pay the $255. More info about 6th Grade Camp to come later.

Week 5 History Update

This Week:

  • Extended Learning due Friday
  • News Update due Friday
  • This day in History
  • 12/12-Lyndon
    12/13-Lilly
    12/14-Olivia
    12/15-Keenan
    12/16-Sophia

After Break:

  • Essential Question #4 due Tues. 1/3
  • Illustrated Timeline due 1/6
  • Geography Targets (due by end of quarter)

If anyone would like to donate items to the classroom, I am always in need of some art supplies and I’m trying to build up my history library. Here is an amazon wishlist, but I would love any extra history books you may have, or art supplies. We could also use more wipes for class. Thank you 🙂

Middle School ELA Update

Middle School ELA Update

December 5 – December 9

Middle School Announcements

  • ELA tutoring is now held on Mondays from 3:15-4:00
  • Sock Drive begins this week
  • Middle School Dance is Friday 12/9 from 6:30-9:00 pm at OTA
  • Remind students that participation is an integral part of learning in ELA. Participation looks like this: coming to class prepared and on time, staying on task, asking questions, sharing written and verbal ideas, participating in group and class discussions
  • Remind students that weekly homework consists of a writing response and reading log. Both are due on Mondays. The new writing response will be given on Tuesdays.
    Additional homework assignments will be posted on google classroom as needed.

6th Grade 

  • Unit 2 Tom Sawyer and Sherlock Holmes
    Character and Narrator: Describe how a character builds across many scenes
    Writing: Make connections between two or three moments in the text to show change
    Content: 19 Century Rural America, 19th Century London
  • Q2 Project Introduction

7th Grade 

  • Students will look at a guiding question as we begin a new unit
    Unit will be structured around Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun
    Character and Narrator: Analyze a characters unconscious motivations
    Writing: Make thematic connections across genres
    Text Structure: Literary devices; elements of plays and poetry
    Content: Mid-20th century urban America and small-town American south

8th Grade

  • Students will continue to explore the challenging works of Benjamin Franklin
    Character and Narrator: Trace the development of a historical character’s ideas across time
    Writing: Describe different sides of a character and reconcile his differences
    Text Structure: Biography and autobiography; humor; persuasion
    Content: Colonial American; founding democratic principles
    Guiding Question: How can exploring the complexity and depth of Franklin’s writing pose new ways of reading that can respond to that complexity and depth?
  • Q2 Project Introduction

Seminar Enrichment

Good afternoon,

I would like to invite parents, friends, older siblings, and community members to lead a seminar discussion with our OTA middle school students. The time commitment isn’t much; Seminar begins at 2:00 pm Monday-Thursday and rotates through the grade levels according to the A/B schedule. People need not volunteer for more than one session (unless they really enjoy the experience).

The first step to completing a meaningful seminar session is choosing a short excerpt, essay, article, story, fable, etc. that can be read in 5-15 minutes. I like to choose pieces that are challenging, but are still approachable for middle school students.

The second step is reading the work from the standpoint of grammar (basic understanding), logic (students mark the text with observations, thought provoking questions, etc.), and rhetoric (discussion) stages.

True learning is dependent upon meaningful conversation. Meaningful conversation can only take place if students share knowledge of a subject.

Volunteers can choose a date that works best by visiting the SignUpGenius page.

Please consider donating your time or spreading the word to someone who might be interested.

Thank you!

Turner Watts

Q2 Week 3 11/28-12/2

Happening this week:

  • Essential Question #2 due Monday 11/18
  • News Update due Friday
  • Enlightenment Quiz Friday 12/2
  • Middle school dance song requests due by Friday
  • This Day in History:
  • 11/28-Noa
  • 11/29-Alexia
  • 11/30-Giselle
  • 12/1-Yama
  • 12/2-Marie Claire

Coming up:

Middle School ELA Update

Middle School ELA Update

November 14th-18th

Middle School Announcements

  • ELA tutoring is now held on Mondays from 3:15-4:00
  • No  School 11/11 for Veterans Day
  • Parent Teacher Conferences Wednesday 11/16 to Friday 11/18 (These are minimum Days)       *Students are encouraged to attend with parents*
  • Remember to turn in forms that are sent home with students
  • Remind students that participation is an integral part of learning in ELA. Participation looks like this: coming to class prepared and on time, staying on task, asking questions, sharing written and verbal ideas, participating in group and class discussions
  • Remind students that weekly homework consists of a writing response and reading log. Both are due on Mondays. The new writing response will be given on Tuesdays.
  • Additional homework assignments will be posted on google classroom as needed.

6th Grade

  • Response to literature essay
  • Q2 Project Introduction
  • Students will use the Amplify grammar app to continue strengthening their vocabulary

7th Grade

  • Students will look at a guiding question as we begin a new unit
  • Unit will be structured around Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun 
  • Q2 project introduction
  • Students will use the Amplify grammar app to continue strengthening their vocabulary

8th Grade

  • Students will continue to explore the challenging works of Benjamin Franklin
  • Guiding Question: How can exploring the complexity and depth of Franklin’s writing pose new ways of reading that can respond to that complexity and depth?
  • Students will use the Amplify grammar app to continue strengthening their vocabulary

I am looking for parents / community members who would like to lead seminar discussions with middle school classes. Each afternoon at 2:00 pm one of our fantastic middle school classes is engaged in a seminar discussion. I think it would be tremendous if we had a parent or community member choose a short article/story/song/etc. to use in leading a seminar discussion. I will send out a sign up genius starting the week after Thanksgiving. Thanks!

Q2 Week 1 History Update

This quarter our focus is on The Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Some projects remain the same: Geography targets, news paper updates, and essential questions. Students are required to answer only 3 essential questions this quarter, which are due on Mondays. News paper updates are every Friday, but changes may be made due to holidays, etc.

  • Newspaper update #1 due Monday 11/14
  • Essential Question #1 Due Monday 11/14
  • Enlightened thinkers project due Wednesday 11/16
  • No School Friday for Veterans Day
  • Wednesday-Friday 11/16-11/18 12:00 P.M. Dismissal for Parent/Teacher conferences. Please sign up if you have not done so.
  • Please bring in Pledge Packet and Money ASAP if you have not yet!

Last week of Q1 History update

  • 11/3: Q1 Final project presentations
  • 11/3: Extended Learning #2 due
  • 11/4: Geography Targets Due
  • 11/4: Essential question due (if needed)
  • NO News Update this week

Parents, you are all welcome to join us on Thursday from 9:00-10:00 for presentations. Students have been working hard to show what they’ve learned this first quarter and are getting really creative with this project! Students will be showing what they filmed (newscast, time travel interviews, play, etc). *Some students may need to present Friday, if we don’t finish Thursday*

Friday, 11/4, is a half day. 12:00 Dismissal!

Math Update!

Hello!

Math class is rolling along and students have been working hard daily to sharpen their math skills! New MAP data reveals just that and we are seeing growth abound in grades 6-8 once again this year. As the year continues, I’m excited to see students continue to flourish and put their best food forward in math class.

MAP Test Data

A few weeks ago, students took their first MAP test of the year. I am pleased to share some data below:

  1. 19 of 26 students are scoring above 6th grade level.
  2. 13 of 26 students are scoring above 8th grade level.
  3. Top 5 in the 6th grade class:
    1. 1) Lyndon Flake – 240
    2. 2) Keenan Depaz – 239
    3. 3) Shyla Ciampa – 236
    4. 4) Jack Wroolie – 235
    5. 5) Abigail Scott – 234

The national average for 6th graders on the exam is a score of 218. The next MAP exam will be in January. If you would like to discuss more about this, please email me!

Current Unit

6th graders are working hard on the current unit. The topic? Rational Number Operations! We have been learning how to divide fractions and we will soon learn how to divide and multiply multi-digit numbers using estimation.

Here are important math dates to be aware of:

10/4 – Final quiz of the quarter

10/18 – Unit 2 exam

Other Updates

10/31 – Halloween (please ensure student costumes are school appropriate)

11/4 – Last Day of 1st Quarter; Minimum Day; Spirit Day- Cape Day

11/7 – First Day of 2nd Quarter; Jogathon Pledge Money Due

11/8 – Picture Make-Ups (changed from 11/1)

11/10 – CPR Awareness Day

11/11 – Veterans’ Day – No School

11/16 – 11/18 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (please sign up and reference the previous email by Ms. Schlose. Sign up for a 30 minute block for each student where you will meet with each teacher.)

11/21 – 11/25 – Thanksgiving Break – No School

Please do not hesitate to email me at [email protected] with questions!

-Mr. Solis

Middle School ELA Update

Middle School ELA Update

October 24th-28th

Middle School Announcements

  • ELA tutoring is held on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:00
  • No writing response this week
  • 7th grade Informative Website presentations will be held on 11/2 at 9:00 am in Mr. Watts’ room
  • 8th grade Resilience Project presentations will be held on 11/2 at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm in Mr. Watts’ room
  • Remember to turn in forms that are sent home with students
  • 8th grade has traffic duty this week

6th Grade

  • Amplify lessons 4-7
  • Students will continue to use Dahl’s youthful memoir as a mentor text in exploring textual details, sentence structure, using details persuasively, and much more
  • Students will use the Amplify grammar app to continue strengthening their vocabulary

7th Grade

  • funky-elements-project
  • Students will finish reading The Red Scarf Girl 
  • Students will focus on the evident change in the protagonist as the base for an essay
  • Students are writing essays that flow from their internalized understanding of argumentative structure, rather than simply using the traditional formula
  • Students will use the Amplify grammar app to continue strengthening their vocabulary

8th Grade

  • Resilient Community Member Interview Questions answered and shared with Mr. Watts
  • Resilient Community Member Paper 1-2 pages double spaced typed size 12 and printed
  • Resilience Spoken Word rough draft
  • Resilience Spoken Word 2 peer revisions
  • Presentation Planning Job

Please remember that middle school students are responsible for traffic duty. The 8th grade will have duty this week. We ask that each student and parent commit to a 3:15 pickup time for one day this week.

Week 7 History Update

  • Begin Hannibal and his Elephants project-in class (Due 10/26)
  • Essential Question due 10/24 (complete 4 each quarter, 1 for extra credit)
  • Geography Targets (due by 11/4)-adult needs to initial once each target is completed
  • Extended Learning #2 due by 11/3- can be found on googleclassroom “About”
  • JOG-A-THON FRIDAY-> Half day 12:00 PM Dismissal Pledges due in November 
  • Ancient Greece quiz 10/24

This day in History:

  • 10/18-Yama
  • 10/19-Giselle
  • 10/20-Alexia
  • 10/21-Noa

Week 6 History Update

This Week 10/10-10/14:

  • News Update due 10/14
  • Persian war OR Peloponnesian War partner project due next Monday 10/17
  • First Extended learning project due 10/17!! This is NOT EXTRA CREDIT -check google classroom for project choices
  • Geography Targets due by end of Q1, November 4th

Oct. 21st: Jog-A-Thon is coming up!!! Please get out there, make calls, talk to friends/family, get those pledges!! This is a big fundraiser for OTA and it’s a fun half day 🙂 

 

Week 5 History Update

  • Essential Question #3 due 10/3 (students choose to write 4 each quarter)
  • Olympics Project due Friday 10/7-I am looking for a couple parents to help run this event. We will be participating in our version of the 5 original olympic games. Students are allowed to dress up in togas so long as they can run and jump in them 🙂 If interested in helping this Thursday 2:05-2:55 please contact me at [email protected]
  • News Update 10/7
  • Continue to work on Geography Targets (due by 11/4)
  • First extended Learning Project due by 10/17 (choose 2 of the 4 from googleclassroom)

This Day in History (must be before the year 2000!)

  • 10/4-Lilly
  • 10/5-Lyndon
  • 10/6-Bella
  • 10/7 Brielle

Week 4 History Update

This Week:  * NO tutoring Thursday due to staff meeting

  • Greek Personalities due 9/30
  • Newspaper update due 9/30
  • This Day in History:

9/26-Shyla
9/27-Taylor
9/28-Sophia
9/29-Keenan
9/30-Olivia

Coming up:

  • Essential Question #3 due 10/3
  • Geography targets due by 11/3

Middle School ELA Update

Middle School ELA Update

September 26-30

“A writer should be judged on how red they make their reader’s eyes.”

—Luke Taylor

Coming Up

9/26 OLP/St. Augustine Visit (7th and 8th) 8:30 am

9/30 Osprey Pride Assembly & Ticket Drawing 8:00 am

Middle School Announcements

-Reading/Writing Sections of the MAP testing will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday
-We will be using IXL for grammar beginning this week (more details in later post)
-ELA tutoring is held on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:00
-Flag football is going on for all interested middle school students (boys & girls)
-Remember to turn in forms that are sent home with students
-Get those jog-a-thon T-shirt designs in!
-A big THANK YOU for the generous 100$ gift card donation to Barns & Noble

img_0594We were able to add 14 new books to the library! Thank you!!

6th Grade

-Check for reading response and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
-Complete unit on narrative and elements of fiction
-MAP testing

7th Grade

-Check for reading response (2-4 pages) and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
-MAP testing
-Funky Element Project
-Continue Amplify Unit 1 (Red Scarf Girl)

8th Grade

-Check for reading response (2-4 pages) and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
-MAP testing
-Resilience Café Project Introduction
-Reading with a writer’s eye (Continue Amplify Unit 1)

 

Please remember that middle school students are responsible for traffic duty. The 5th grade will have duty this week. We ask that each student and parent commit to a 3:15 pickup time for one day this week.

6th Grade Math Update!

Hello!

Today concludes week 3 of the school year! We’re off and running in math class having started our grade level mathematics. The level of focus I’ve witnessed has been consistent and authentic across the board and as the year progresses I’m excited to see academic momentum continue. We achieve a lot in math class and the bar will continue to be set high.

This Week:

This week, we worked on our ratios unit! We’ve learned how to find equivalent ratios, organize ratios on tables, and discover patterns within these tables. They have also been given their Cookbook Project partners and have started brainstorming!

Coming Up:

On Monday, 6th graders will start their first Math MAP test which will conclude on Tuesday. This is an exam that assesses students grade level proficiency. The exam is tailored to each student and depending on how students perform, the system is able to indicate at which grade level students are performing (I even saw some 8th grade students assessed on Trigonometry! Great to see that). We will work on unit rates over the next two weeks in conjunction with the Cookbook Project (details can be found on google classroom!). The project will conclude on Friday, 10/7 and parents and family members are invited to come watch presentations! The following week (10/10-10/14), we will conclude our unit on ratios as we learn about percentage. The unit exam will be Friday, 10/14.

Please email me if there are any questions!

-Mr. Solis

6th Grade History

Happening this week:

  • News Update Due Friday
  • MOVIE NIGHT 6 PM 🙂
  • Student’s chose 2 Famous Greeks to research-Biographies due Sept. 30th

Coming up:

  • Essential Question option #2 Due Monday 9/26
  • Geography Targets (due by end of Q1)

 

Middle School ELA Update

Middle School ELA Update

September 19-23

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”

—Ray Bradbury

Coming Up

9/21     OTA Board Meeting

9/23     OTA Movie Night—6:30

Middle School Announcements

  • Amplify digital curriculum will begin this week
  • We will be using IXL for grammar beginning this week
  • ELA tutoring is held on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:00

6th Grade

  • Check for reading response and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
  • Continue unit on elements of fiction

7th Grade

  • Check for reading response (2-4 pages) and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
  • Complete informative texts mini-unit
  • Funky Element Project
  • Begin Amplify Unit 1

8th Grade

  • Check for reading response (2-4 pages) and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
  • Complete informative text mini-unit
  • Resilience CafĂ© Project
  • Begin Amplify Unit 1

Please remember that middle school students are responsible for traffic duty. The 6th grade will have duty this week. We ask that each student and parent commit to a 3:15 pickup time for one day this week.

Weekly Math Update!

Welcome back everyone! It’s been an amazing week seeing how much the kids have grown on so many levels. I’m excited for the upcoming year! Here are a few updates.

Math

Students worked hard this week on a project called “Math About Me.” The purpose was to start the year with students reflecting on their personal lives, such as their future aspirations and hobbies, and relate them to math. They were asked to create a poster or some form of art project that expressed how math related to their lives. It’s amazing to see  the quality and unique nature of their work when we let them use their creativity.

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                                                       Math By Brielle!

On Monday (9/12) we will start on 6th grade level mathematics, specifically around ratios and unit rate! Here are some important dates to flag.

Quiz #1 – Friday 9/16 

Quiz #2 – Friday 9/30

Unit 1 Exam – Friday 10/14

**Tutoring Update – Tutoring/Homework Help will start Monday the 12th, hope to see students there!

We’re off to a great start!
-Mr. Solis

Middle School ELA Update

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Announcements:

  • Outstanding job this week! We are off to a great start. 
  • Information about Power School and the online grading system’s parent portal is coming soon! 
  • In an effort to stay organized and to save time, I am asking students and parents to print large writing assignments (3-4 timer per quarter). I will be available in the mornings for students who are not able to print an assignment. I only ask that students bring the assignment on a flash drive. Telling me that they don’t have a printer on the day an assignment is due is not an acceptable excuse. Thank you in advance.
  • Starting next week, tutoring will be held every Tuesday from 3:15-4:00 pm.

Q1 Week 1

0There has been a lot of information this week, but I know we’re off to a great start!

Information about new online grading system is coming soon!

  • Please be sure to turn in the medical forms, if they haven’t been turned in yet.
  • Please consider enrolling your child in Mr. Benjamin’s Cotillion class. It is a great opportunity for children to learn etiquette. (This went home in the envelope).
  • Please read and sign all of the syllabi if you haven’t yet (Social Studies syllabus is late as of Friday 9/9)
  • Thursdays: I am available after school 3:15-4:15 starting NEXT week.
  • First NEWSPAPER UPDATE is due tomorrow! This form can be found in class or on the social studies google classroom site (click on the About tab). This assignment is due every Friday and must be a current event (preferably in the news within the week).

** Back to school night is September 14th.

  • 5-6:30 PM BBQ
  • Session 1: 6:30-6:55
  • Session 2: 7-7:25 PM

**Movie night is coming up! 6th graders are responsible for running this event on September 23rd. More information will go out soon!**

Welcome 6th Graders!

**This was originally posted Aug. 22nd, but due to the upcoming 6th grade email list not being updated, many of you did not see this. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Try to get a good nights rest and don’t forget to eat breakfast tomorrow!**

classroom-welcome-clipart-back-to-school-college-clip-art-1Dear incoming 6th graders,

The first day of 6th grade is fast approaching. I hope you all are as excited as I am for this year to begin! You are now middle schoolers, so it’s time to start preparing!

 

Some items you will want to have this year in order to be successful are:

  • Binder (to stay organized)
  • paper (a lot of work is completed on the computer, but it is important to have lined paper handy). This can be in the form of spiral notebooks or individual lined paper.
  • pencils
  • *Planner-not required, but helpful

*Each teacher may require additional materials. 

Some additional items I will use in the classroom can be found by clicking on this link. Donations are not required, but are greatly appreciated.

This is going to be an exciting year. I am looking forward to working with all of you! Enjoy the rest of your summer. See you all September 6th!

Ms. Church 🙂

2016-2017 School Year__ELA

Good afternoon!

I hope everyone had a fantastic summer! I’m excited to see some familiar faces and some new ones as well. I look forward to working in partnership with you throughout the coming year and I am confident that together we can provide the support and encouragement needed to help your child excel in language arts. My goal is to help each student become a better reader, writer, and critical thinker. In addition, I strive to hold students accountable for their actions and promote positive citizenship.

Beginning of the Year:

6th grade update:

We will begin the year with a focus on close reading and writing to learn. Students study how an author develops point of view and how an author’s perspective, based on his or her geographic location, is evident in his or her writing. We will begin to place a great deal of emphasis on working with evidence.

7th grade update:

Similar to 6th graders, we will focus on close reading and writing to learn. Students will build proficiency in using textual evidence to support ideas in their writing, both in shorter responses and in an extended essay.

8th grade update:

Students will continue to develop their ability to closely read text while studying the theme of taking a stand. Like 7th grade, we will continue to build proficiency in using textual evidence to support ideas at a higher level in preparation for high school and beyond.

**A syllabus will be given on the day they arrive detailing everything students and parents will need to know for the upcoming school year**

Classroom Requests:

There are a few classroom items that I would like to ask parents to help purchase for the class to have. Please email me if this is a possibility. Thank you in advance!

-Boxes of tissue

-Wet Wipes (I really believe this keeps germs/illness at bay.)

-Paper -Pencils

-Books! Any new/used books are welcome to join our class library. I would love to see some young adult titles (those books that the students get excited to read on their own) join the library. **This is especially important as we unfortunately don’t have a school library** I will post an amazon wish list with some titles in the next few days.

-1 subject notebooks (I would love if each student purchased one or two of these). They don’t have to be college ruled.

-Note cards -Markers

Thank you for taking the time to read this email. As usual if there are any questions, concerns or if you would just like to talk about the upcoming year I am available through email or phone at 443-939-6944.

-Mr. Watts

History Update End of Q2

This week we are preparing for our "Tale of Two Cities" play. If you have any old sheets we can use (may get cut up) please bring to school. Our goal is to perform next Wednesday 1/24 at 8:00 am.

There is no newspaper update due this week or next in preparation for the play, studying for the test (1/22), and working on extended learning #3 (due 1/25). 
No Tutoring this Thursday 1/18 due to Staff meeting. Thursdays will resume 1/25.
This Day in History:
Wednesday 1/17-Aiden
Thursday 1/18-Samantha
Friday 1/19- Aika
Tuesday 1/23-John
Wednesday 1/24-Alex
Thursday 1/25- Niklas
Friday 1/26-Taylor
Family Skate Event 1/19: 5:00 P.M. at Skate World
Last day of Quarter 2 is Jan. 26th: Noon dismissal and "Throwback" Spirit day. Dress as a different decade. 

Quarter 2 Parent Teacher 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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us!
Thank you!

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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me, or any middle school teacher. Thank you!
Jon 

Week 6 History Update

Thank you all for your participation in the sock drive this year! The 6th graders were one of the top donating classes so they have earned a free dress day. This Friday, January 5th will be a free dress day for the 6th grade class. 

Extended Learning #2 is due this Friday.
This day in History: 
Wednesday- Tani
Thursday- Angelina
Friday- West
STANDUP FOR KIDS DINNERS  	Thank you to the middle school families who provided dinners for the StandUp For Kids Center this Fall. We now need to continue our efforts to provide one meal a month for those kids. We need families to volunteer to provide meals on the following dates for the remainder of this school year: 		January 25 		February 22 		March 22 		April 26 		May 24 	If your family would be interested in providing a dinner on one of these dates, please contact me for further information.  	The kids at the Center look forward to the home-cooked meals from OTA!  	Be a part of this very important OTA community outreach program. Bob Hamm [email protected]

History Update Week 5

The research essay and newspaper update are due this Friday, 12/15.

Extended Learning #2 will be due the Friday after break, 1/5. 
I will have tutoring after school this Thursday. Please remind your children this is a time to ask questions, get help, and complete school work. 
Friday is the last day to donate socks for the sock drive. The class with the most socks will earn a free dress, but it's more than that; OTA provides most of the socks for the homeless children in San Diego so we need your help. 
Reminder: This Friday is a half day (12:00 dismissal) and Spirit Day: Ugly Sweaters.