Thank you very much to those parents who took the time to attend Curriculum Night last week. There seemed to be positive energy in all the sessions, which makes me feel even better about the coming school year.
8th graders, your persuasive essay on climate issues is due on Monday, September 30.
8th graders have a test on science practices on October 8; 7th graders have their test on October 10; and 6th graders have their test on October 16.
6th graders, please remember to include a full heading on everything you turn in to me. The heading should include your full name, the date, the LO, the SLE, and the name of the assignment.
MAP testing concludes on Tuesday and Thursday of this week, from 8:30-10:00. If possible, please arrange to be at school at those times.
LO: Describe (in essay form) the outcomes and real-world implications of scientific investigations (sp-7, sp-8, MS-ESS3-4)
SLE: Articulate ideas clearly and effectively
In August of this year, the governments of the UK, Iceland, and Canada declared a state of climate emergency: climate change is said to be occurring at such a rapid rate that urgent action is needed right now. Others have said that the word “emergency” is an overreaction to the actual situation, and that climate activists are panicking over scientific information they do not really understand.
Your task is to write a 3-5 paragraph persuasive essay on this topic. Do you believe that changes in the earth’s climate is an emergency in need of urgent action, or do we have more time than some people think?
Watch the videos and read the articles linked below.
Write a persuasive essay that agrees with one side or the other. Be sure to provide at least three arguments or pieces of evidence to defend your thesis. (Refer to the rubric)
Your completed short essay is due on Monday, September 30. (This is a 10 point assignment; it’s worth putting some effort into, but it won’t make or break your grade.)
Thank you students, families, and especially parent volunteers for a successful jog-a-thon this year. The 7th graders ran with their kindergarten buddies for their entire run, and then started their own 7th grade run, where they chalked up some impressive mileage! (or, um, Kilometer-age?)
MAP assessments take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, this week and next. If possible, please arrange for students to be at school at those times.
The middle school curriculum night takes place on Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 PM. We’ll begin in the church and then proceed to classrooms.