Here is a mid-year reminder of some team information:
MCAS Testing Dates for Spring 2020
April 1 & 2 - ELA
April 29 & 30 - Math
May 7 & 8 - Science
This week we wrapped up Ancient Rome and are currently starting the transition from the ancient world to the Middle Ages. Ask your son or daughter about Roman engineering innovations, government structure, and why Julius Caesar is still a relevant figure to study.
We took a break in the curriculum last week to wrap up our Geography Bee on team. I'm happy to say I've never had so many students make it so far in the preliminary rounds! We also took some time to talk about what was happening in the news regarding Iran. We focused on the importance of understanding the historical background behind many current world issues to help us form our own opinions and thoughts about things in the news. I was very proud of the students' excellent questions and their respect of each other's differing opinions on some aspects of the situation.
In the curriculum, one of the skills we are focusing on this year is synthesis of new information and analysis of both familiar and unfamiliar sources. This week we have been dissecting the thought process that leads to forming conclusions about the various types of information we see on a daily basis and how to analyze the validity and meaning of that information. Students are practicing this by forming conclusions using various sources on the Byzantine Empire to answer the question: Are the Byzantines their own unique civilization or just an extension of the Romans?
This message is for Grade 8 students who are applying to Assabet Technical High School: Please bring your completed applications to Mrs. Alvarez or Ms. Minio in the main office. Applications are due no later than Monday, December 9th. All completed applications will be delivered to Assabet Tech on Friday, December 13th. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Minio at KMinio@Shrewsbury.k12.ma.us or at 508-841-1212.
We are thankful for you and all the support you give our students. Here is what they are thankful for.
Unit 1 - Forces & Motion Complete
We finished our unit on Forces and Motion by building a car seat for an egg that was going to crash into a wall. Then everyone wrote about how understanding Newton's Laws of Motion helped them protect the egg.
We are finishing up our Newton's Laws of Motion unit
We are building seats to protect an egg during a car crash into a wall. Ask your student how their seat will protect the egg and how Newton's Laws were used in designing the egg. (Hopefully they will talk about inertia, equal & opposite forces, and acceleration). We are testing on Monday and writing a conclusion on Tuesday.
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.
The 8 Blue TEam