A Message from the PTO:
Dear Oak & Sherwood Middle Schools Families & Friends,
We are excited to kick-off a fair trade fundraiser to benefit the Shrewsbury Middle Schools. Through Monday, November 18th, you will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of fair trade holiday gifts and products and the Middle Schools will receive 30% of product sales to go towards enrichment programs, field trip expenses, and other activities and materials for our students that are not covered by the school budget.
From production to purchase, fair trade is a model of ethical, sustainable trade that puts people and planet first, so please share this fundraising opportunity with your friends and family!
Shrewsbury Middle School PTO
Students in ELA and math are working on an exiting project! Students are creating their own businesses, writing a business plan, and creating a shopping plaza presentation! See the attached images for more information.
In Social Studies, we are focusing on the two ancient governments that have impacted the development of the US Government. First, the students studied Greek city-states and focused on Athens & Sparta. We talked about democracy and how the culture of Athens drove their participation in government. In class, we used real-life situations that the Athenian ecclesia debated and voted on to get a feel for exactly how a direct democracy worked. I was very impressed with students' ability to form their own conclusions quickly based on the roles in society they were assigned. The attached photos are from this activity :)
This week, we started looking at Ancient Rome & are currently focusing on location & overall values. Soon we will be looking specifically at the Roman Republic's representative democracy and comparing it to our government.
We are investigating forces, including friction, gravity, and many others around us. Students are using whiteboards to explain their findings and understanding of of these investigations.
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMUNITY SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP CLUB:
The Community Service and Leadership Club is sponsoring its annual Food Drive to support our Food for Families Food pantry from October 7- October 10, 2019.
Each set of color teams has been assigned specific food items that are needed for our families, however, any and all donations are welcome. Assigning the foods ensures that we have a well-stocked pantry for the school year. 8 Blue's list of assigned foods is:
Tuna (cans or pouches)
Cream soups (Mushroom, Chicken)
Nutri Grain bars
Jelly (plastic bottle)
Tomato sauce (cans or plastic jars)
Students can bring in donations each day to their homeroom or donations can be dropped off in a box outside of the main office. Last year Oak families donated over 1,000 pounds of food which supported several families along with stocking our share basket in the cafeteria when needed.
We thank you in advance for your support of this important program. Food insecurity is a national concern; everyone deserves a healthy meal.
This month we have been talking about motion, finding the speed of an object and NOW we are calculating the kinetic energy of a model car.
Ask you student about the work that the car does to an index card.
It was great to get to meet so many of you at Curriculum Night! If you were unable to attend, our presentation is attached. You will also find the links for iPad insurance in the presentation. As always, contact us with any questions or concerns.
This has been an exciting week in ELA on 8 Blue! Students worked on defining their interests and passions and they created their own personal blogs! Here is why students are blogging this year:
Students are blogging about things they are interested in. Some of the topics are dance, book reviews, music, sports analysis, and more. I believe that teaching students to write for different purposes and audiences is an important skill. This unit also is teaching students about creating a positive digital footprint and gives them practice writing in the "real world."
The students are so enthusiastic about this assignment! I am so excited to see these amazing blogs as the year goes on. Ask your son or daughter to see their blogs! They should have the basic template set up, and the first post should be in progress. Their first two posts are due on Friday, so they should have a decent start!
You can see the blogs by going to the ELA course materials page in Schoology. There is a link to the blogs at the bottom of that page. Happy reading!
Things are off to a great start in ELA! The first two weeks, students have been completing getting to know you activities and we've been working on building a community of learners during class. Attached is the course overview for ELA. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
Welcome to 8 Blue Social Studies! In 8th grade, Social Studies is a history course - World History I. In preparation for the change to a new Civics curriculum next year, we will be adding some history at the beginning of the year (Greece) and including more government-themed work than in previous years.
This curriculum mostly covers Ancient Rome through Exploration, with a focus on the events that directly impacted our government and our daily lives. You can click through the syllabus slides I provided to the students here.
This year, 8th grade Social Studies will not only be implementing HOWLs standards, but new skills-based curriculum standards. You can see them in the above slideshow link, along with my contact information if you have any questions.
I'm looking forward to a great year :)
The 8 Blue TEam