Monday, October 16, 2017

Reading Expectations

Hello Team Prospect Students and Parents,


I wanted to let you know about the reading expectations for English Language Arts this year. Students are responsible for reading 30 minutes every day, as has been true in past years of middle school. This 30-minute daily requirement may come from in-class reading, the Read Read Read Unified Arts class, and independent reading time at home. The most important thing is that your students are reading, and that they enjoy what they are reading.


Reading Logs will look a little different this year than last. Last year, I was discouraged by the participation rate with reading logs. At the start of last year, roughly 50% of students turned in reading logs. By the end of the year, the participation rate for reading logs was down to about 10%. I came to realize that reading logs were not encouraging enough students to read, and students saw reading logs as a chore, rather than as a tool to help them with independent reading. I want students to know that independent reading should not be a chore, and should be something that they are motivated to do because they enjoy it. In an effort to get more students reading, reading logs will look more like a list of books read, rather than a weekly sheet that includes questions. Students may also be asked, occasionally, to send me an email or write a short paragraph about what they're reading. It can be helpful to encourage a “no screen time” rule for a certain amount of time, to give your students time and space to read.

Please see the attached list "Team Prospect's Favorite Books." All of the books on the list are favorites of at least one student (or teacher) on the team. This year, we will be reading some books as a class. We are currently at the end of reading The Giver by Lois Lowry for our dystopia and government unit. This winter, we may be reading The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson as part of our unit on immigration. During our Holocaust unit this coming spring, students will have a choice in the novel they read. Some Holocaust-themed novels are Night by Elie Wiesel, Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, and Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry.

Please feel free to email me, arehm@mymtsd-vt.org if you have any questions about reading, or anything else relating to Language Arts! Check out the Favorite Books list, and happy reading.

Ms. Rehm

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Social Studies and the Declaration of Independence

Well friends, currently in Social Studies we are analyzing elements of the Declaration of Independence.  Next week we will address important battles in the conflict between the American colonies and the British Empire.  Students will present on an important battle, campaign or fort to their classmates!  Tune in next week to see if the Americans will finally win their complete independence from those stinky Redcoats!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Science Activity Scroll

Hi,

Thanks for your patience while I figured out an efficient way to communicate daily science .

You can check out the shared Google doc I use for classroom and student learning opportunities.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lG6YIcP07UGtAzK6zMiV98gvIvh89cu22M9d75xPCho/edit?usp=sharing

Basic scroll setup lists daily classroom activities & resources by the week.

Students have taken two Friday quizzes (9/22 & 9/8) and submitted individual/group tabloid paper notes from three weeks' worth of activities.  I am still entering data into our PowerSchool software.  It has been a good learning curve for all of us.  I enjoy the scientific curiosity & voices throughout the day.  Most of them are not mine!  I look forward to many other voices throughout the year.

Keep me posted if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks,
Duncan

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Field Trip to Bombardier Park!

Who: Team Prospect Students!
What: A team building field trip put on by the staff of Northern Lights Rock and Ice
Where: Bombardier Park, Milton, VT
When: Friday, September, 15th, 7:45 AM - 2:25 PM

Your students will be coming home today with a permission slip, as well as a health form and waiver from Northern Lights Rock and Ice. Unfortunately, due to development on their land, Northern Lights no longer has a high ropes course. However, they are able to bring the fun to us, and their staff, along with a climbing wall, will be coming to Bombardier Park next Friday!

Students should dress comfortably and wear good, closed-toed walking shoes; we'll be walking 1.5 mile each way to Bombardier Park!

Cost of the trip is $16. Payment and permission forms are due back to your student's advisor on Monday, September 11th.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hello Team Prospect!  My name is Leah Genzlinger and I am one of the new Special Educators on the team.  I grew up in South Burlington, went to Boston College for my undergraduate degree, and then went to UVM to get my Special Education certification.  I have lived here in Milton for the past 9 years.  I have two daughters, one in 7th grade and one in 6th.  I enjoy being outside, and spending time with my family.  This is my 19th year teaching, and I am very excited to start this new adventure here at the Milton Middle School.