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6th-7th Grades

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posted May 7, 2017, 1:18 PM by Rebecca Tapley

6th and 7th grade mathematicians have been learning all about statistics. They've learned about finding representative samples and aiming to avoid bias. They've also been exploring ways of representing data, including methods such as box-and-whisker plots and histograms. They were challenged with understanding Mean Absolute Deviation, as well. This is all in preparation for applying this to a brief survey about a topic of interest to them. Results will be posted when available!

Reading Update , May 2017

posted May 1, 2017, 11:58 AM by   [ updated May 1, 2017, 12:10 PM ]

Our new book is The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. This story illustrates some of the differences between our culture in the West and that in the Middle East. These differences are particularly clear when it comes to the treatment of males versus females, young versus old, educated versus uneducated, peace versus war. 

A wonderful story about a family who experience, first hand, the war in Afghanistan. Although we have just begun reading this book, it has provided lots of opportunities so far to discuss, education, family, religion, ethics and freedom.

Dandy Candies

posted Apr 10, 2017, 5:39 AM by Rebecca Tapley

6th and 7th grade mathematicians are being challenged to find the least amount of packaging needed to wrap the collection of candies. There is great work going on understanding surface area and volume!

Voice 2 Voice Poetry Declamation

posted Apr 10, 2017, 5:25 AM by Rebecca Tapley

A community meeting was held on March 30th where the classroom finalists in the Voice 2 Voice program performed their poems. They all did an incredible job! Hannah, Adam, and Franklin earned a spot on the stage at the Voice 2 Voice Finale at the Stonington Opera House on Friday, April 7th. They did a spectacular job there, as well.

Please take a moment to appreciate the hard work that that these students put into this project. Bravo!







Student Council 2017-18

posted Apr 7, 2017, 11:14 AM by Benjamin Moss

It's been an exciting time in the build up to our elections on April 7th. Students have created their campaign posters, prepared their speeches, practiced being chair of a properly run student council meeting and edited and written bylaws and a constitution! 
Every student in grades K-8 voted, and the student council officers are the following:
Co-Presidents: Josh Chambers and Grace Whiting
Vice President: Cyrus Blake
Secretary: Whitney Torrey
Treasurer: Mason Cole
Congratulations to all!  All classrooms from K-8 will also be electing their own 'class representatives' who will add to our student council.


posted Mar 19, 2017, 8:10 PM by Amy Bebell   [ updated Mar 19, 2017, 8:12 PM ]

Everyone's favorite part of the chemistry unit is Slime Week. This week, we made a new slime in middle school every day.

We started out with a super absorbent polymer called sodium polyacrylate. It can absorb up to 300 times its own weight in water!

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On day 2 of Slime Week, we demonstrated a chemical reaction and the formation of a polymer with the classic borax and glue recipe, but we added shaving cream to make if fluffy and fragrant.

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Next was our only edible slime--instant pudding! The chemical reaction that allows instant pudding to thicken is similar to the reaction that makes cement harden.

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We ended Slime Week with Oobleck, the classic corn starch and water slime. It is a non-newtonian fluid, which means that sometimes it acts like a liquid, and sometimes it acts like a solid, depending on how you handle it. The students kept testing this slime in creative ways to see what it could do.

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Math Update

posted Mar 19, 2017, 1:15 PM by Rebecca Tapley

To wrap up the study of expressions and equations, the 6th and 7th graders joined forces with the 8th graders during a visit from the Equation Queen. They worked together to solve real-world situations, showing a visual representation, writing an equation, and solving it. Students had fun while working together and learning together. 
Students have also been studying some geometry, starting to look at nets and surface area. We had a bit of a celebration on Pi day, as well!

Forms of Government

posted Feb 17, 2017, 6:59 AM by Benjamin Moss   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 8:32 AM ]

Our 6-7th grades have been exploring concepts of government types in the ancient world. Watch the video!

Learning Strategies - The word is out!

posted Feb 11, 2017, 2:51 PM by Rebecca Tapley

The 6th and 7th grade writers completed their five (or more) paragraph essays about the six most effective learning strategies. After research was completed, they chose a teacher they wanted to share their learning with and began their writing. A bit of editing was done to polish up the message. Their letters have been signed, sealed, and delivered! It was great to make their writing purposeful and have an authentic audience. Well done, writers!

Math Update

posted Feb 11, 2017, 2:44 PM by Rebecca Tapley

Our middle school mathematicians have been doing an incredible job working with expressions the last couple of weeks. They had no trouble evaluating expressions and quickly moved on to using the distributive property and then factoring expressions. They also have been exploring inequalities (of the mathematical kind).  You know all of those times in the world when something is less than or greater than something else? There's a graph for that!

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